SERSAS Logo, Courtesy Jonathan T. Reynolds

Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS)

Fall 2001 SERSAS Conference
12 - 13 October 2001
East Carolina University

SERSAS, the Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies is pleased to announce the program for its Fall 2001 conference, to be held at East Carolina University, host institution of the SERSAS web site and caretaker of a major African art collection, on October 12th and 13th. Visit ECU's African Studies Committee and ECU's online African Art Collection.

The conference hotel for SERSAS is the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 203 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, North Carolina 27834, (252) 355-8300. SERSAS room rates are $55.50 per night for singles, $60.50 for doubles. Room rates include a full breakfast buffet (hence the extra charge for doubles). Reservations must be made by September 28 to guarantee these rates. Identify yourself as a SERSAS member to receive this special rate. Twenty rooms have been reserved. The Ramada has a shuttle that travels between the hotel and Greenville's airport. Guests should call the hotel when they arrive, and also let the hotel know when they need to get back to the airport. As of 20 September, the Ramada Inn states the cost is $10 per trip. If you need transportation between the Ramada Inn and the conference (it is too far to walk) on Friday before 7 pm and after 11 pm, and on Saturday before 8 am and after 5 pm, email Ken Wilburn at to arrange free transport. For additional information on directions and lodging, please visit the SERSAS website at

SERSAS takes great pride in providing a friendly and collegial atmosphere which facilitates the open exchange of scholarly perspectives. Faculty are encouraged to bring graduate and undergraduate students as a means of introducing them to the workings of an academic conference.


Friday, October 12th, 7 - 11 pm.: Opening reception, Bloxton House (7 - 9 pm) and Mendenhall Student Center, Room 244 (9 - 11 pm). See map of campus at Friday night's reception will begin with refreshments in the African art exhibition room of Bloxton House. Around 9 pm, guests will walk across the lawn to Room 244 in Mendenhall to be entertained by the SERSAS Structural Adjustment Blues Band, led by the gifted musician and Africanist, Jonathan Reynolds, and backed by the local band, 12 Degrees. Recorded African music will be provided at Bloxton House and Mendenhall as well.

Note that parking will be plentiful, free, and located to the right of Mendenhall on the campus map. Avoid parking in metered or handicapped spaces. Find Ken Wilburn as soon as you arrive to receive your parking permit. Should you receive a ticket in the meantime, give it to Ken Wilburn to resolve.

Saturday, October 13th: Room 244, Mendenhall Student Center. See the map and parking information above.

The African Studies Committee of East Carolina University
and SERSAS gratefully acknowledge the strong support given
to this conference from the following campus agencies:

Bloxton House, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Planning
Department of Political Science
The Division of Student Life
Institute for Historical and Cultural Research
Mendenhall Student Center
Office of International Affairs
School of Business
School of Industry and Technology
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina University School of Art

    Contact the coordinators:

Join SERSAS/Renew Dues:

Email James W. Brown, Treasurer or see him at the conference.

Send corrections/suggestions to Kenneth Wilburn, Web Editor for SERSAS

First Online Edition: 18 September 2001
Last Revised: 8 November 2001