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2018 Annual Lectures Series & Gala Night

The Ivory Club of Tampa Bay will hold its Annual Lecture Series and Gala night on May 5 2018. 

Please join us as we celebrate the 14th anniversary of our signature charity event. 

Eventbrite - The Ivory Club of Tampa Bay 2018 Annual Lecture Series & Gala Night

Venue – Westshore Grand Hotel, 4860 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa 

Time6pm (Silent Auction), 7pm (Dinner, Lecture, and entertainment)

Theme: “Recording Collective Memory: Preserving Africa’s Oral Narratives”.

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Joyce Ashuntantang, renowned poet, actress, creative writer and Associate Professor of English at the University of Hartford, Connecticut.

The Ivory Club of Tampa Bay, a non-profit organization, has been a mainstay in the Tampa Bay area for more than 20 years. An “Evening in Africa” is a charity event that serves as a key fundraising vehicle the Ivory Club of Tampa Bay relies on to support its key programs such as:

  • • University of South Florida (USF) Endowed Scholarship. Since 1999, the Ivory Club has awarded need and merit based scholarships annually to deserving students.
  • •  International Student Exchange Program where recipient USF Students are sent to an African university for a semester
  • •  Disaster relief and social assistance – Donations to Haiti earthquake and West African Ebola relief efforts, Tampa Bay Boys & Girls Club, and more

We invite you to come and experience the night with us. 

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joyce Ashuntantang, a renowned poet, actress, creative writer and Associate Professor of English at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. She has appeared as a guest speaker around the world including Africa, Europe, Latin America and USA. 

She is a dynamic presenter who draws from her personal experience, interdisciplinary education and extensive encounter with many cultures to make an impact on diverse audiences around the world.  A graduate of three continents, Dr. Ash received a B.A in English with a minor in Theater Arts from the University of  Yaoundé Cameroon, a Masters in Library and Information science from the University of Aberystwyth, UK, an MA and Ph.D. in English/African Literature from the City University of New York. She is the author of many scholarly and creative publications.

Her poems which have been translated into Spanish, Greek, Hebrew and Turkish have also been anthologized in major international volumes.