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Sheila S. Walker

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Sheila S. Walker

Sheila S. Walker

Road Scholar is pleased to award the Asa Grant Hilliard III Award for Lifelong Learning to Sheila S. Walker, Ph.D. The award provides $5,000 toward a learning adventure offered by Road Scholar, and honors the late Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III, world-renowned Pan-Africanist, educator, historian and psychologist.

Dr. Walker, a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker, is the executive director of Afrodiaspora, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that is developing a documentary series and educational materials about the global African Diaspora.

In 2010 she co-produced a documentary, “Slave Routes: A Global Vision” for the UNESCO Slave Route Project. She also edited the volume, “African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas,” and produced the documentary film, “Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora.”

A longtime member of the Association for the study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Dr. Walker served as director of the Center for African and African American Studies, and was the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. More recently she was the William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology and director of the African Diaspora and the World Program at Spelman College.