In Memory of Dr. Joseph Adjaye

Dr. Joseph Adjaye

Statement from Ariel Armony, Vice Provost for Global Affairs:

It is with sorrow that I share with our UCIS family news of the death of Professor Emeritus Joseph Adjaye, a beloved former director of the African Studies Program and faculty member in the Department of Africana Studies. 

Dr. Adjaye was instrumental in creating the African Studies Program and served with distinction as its inaugural director from 2001 until his retirement in 2010.

His wide-ranging areas of research included African spirituality, the Akan language, popular culture, and the Pan-Africanism movement throughout the Caribbean and around the world. His edited and authored books included Language, Rhythm, and Sound: Black Popular Cultures into the 21st Century (1997); Diplomacy and Diplomats in 19th Century Asante (1996); and Time in the Black Experience (1984). His essays and reviews were published in numerous journals and publications, including the International Journal of African History Studies, Journal of Ethnic Studies, American History Review, Journal of Black Studies, and African Historical Review.

Dr. Adjaye’s distinguished educational background included a PhD and MA from Northwestern University, an MA from SUNY-Binghamton, and a BA from the University of Ghana.

The viewing for Dr. Adjaye will be held this Friday, July 5, 2019, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, at Freyvogel Funeral Home (4900 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213). A service is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 10:30 am, at East Liberty Presbyterian Church (116 South Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, 15206), with repast to follow.

I know you join me in offering our condolences to Dr. Adjaye’s family.