Josette Souza, an Africana studies concentrator, has been awarded third place in the undergraduate division of the 2013 National Council of Black Studies (NCBS) College Student Essay Contest. She will receive her award of $125 at the 2013 NCBS meeting during the student luncheon. Souza will also present her paper at the 2013 meeting, March 13-16, 2013, in Indianapolis. Souza's paper, Breaking Rules and Pushing Boundaries: The Politics of Space and the Creative, examines how African women use art to create spaces for empowerment and self-expression in postcolonial societies. Her paper grew out of her study abroad experiences in Ghana in 2012 and was part of her Global Independent Study Project (GLISP), “Creating the Radical: Ghanaian Women’s Arts in Service to Black Liberation.” Africana studies faculty members Anani Dzidzienyo and Tricia Rose serve as Souza’s advisers. Established in 1975, the National Council of Black Studies is the premier professional organization for scholars and students in the discipline of Africana Studies. The Brown University Department of Africana Studies is an institutional member.

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