Penn State Global welcomes Paul Zeleza, distinguished professor, for lecture

October 4, 2022

Editor’s note: This news release was originally published on Penn State News. The Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs co-sponsored the event, and a recording of the lecture is available online.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Paul Zeleza, the North Star Distinguished University Professor and Associate Provost at Case Western Reserve University, will visit Penn State to give an open lecture titled “Higher Education Internationalization between Africa and the Global North.” His presentation, sponsored by Penn State Global, will take place from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library. The event is co-sponsored by the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP).

The visit, hosted by the Sub-Saharan Africa Engagement unit of Penn State Global, offers the University community a platform for engaging in a constructive dialogue with Zeleza on issues surrounding educational policies and resources, knowledge production, political, social and technological infrastructure, and the dynamics between national governments, higher education institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Educated at the University of Malawi, the University of London and Dalhousie University, Zeleza has published 27 books, five short monographs and more than 400 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedic entries and online essays. He also is a respected higher education administrator, working in the role in six countries and on three continents. He served as a faculty member in the Penn State Department of History before going to the University of Illinois, Chicago, to head the Department of African American Studies.

Other positions Zeleza has held include:

  • Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, Quinnipiac University
  • Fellow, the Hutchins Centre for African American Research, Harvard University and
  • Vice Chancellor (President), the United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Zeleza collaborated with the Institute of International Education to found the highly popular African diaspora initiative, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP), with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. CADFP is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions.

In addition to SEDTAPP, Zeleza’s visit to Penn State is co-sponsored by the following Penn State groups:

  • College of the Liberal Arts
  • Africana Research Center
  • Department of History
  • African Studies Program
  • Department of African American Studies
  • Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • School of International Affairs

For further information, please contact Sylvester Osagie at or Wanda Devlin at


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