Florida A&M will host the National Conference on African/Black Psychology. The conference events will span from Friday, Sept. 10, to Saturday, Sept. 11, and will honor Dr. Kobi Kambon.
Kambon is a FAMU psychology professor, former department chair and nationally renowned author for his work in the field of Afro-centric psychology.
“Psychology in general is often Eurocentric and leads to a very tainted or distorted understanding of the behavior of people of African descent,” said Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman, chair of the Department of Psychology.
“He [Kambon] has completed 30 years of service and he’s made very tremendous contributions in the field of African/black psychology,” said Jackson-Lowman, who is one of the main coordinators of the event.
“The conference is going to be an opportunity for us to look at…what the future direction of the field is in relationship to the work that he has done.”
The conference is open to the general public and will follow a discussion-based panel with Kambon and other speakers.
The event will begin with a reception located in the new pharmacy building at 1 p.m. on Friday, followed by presentations at 6 p.m.
Another round of presentations will be held Saturday from 9: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a banquet in Kambon’s honor at the Civic Center.
“Certainly students and other faculty members would want to have an opportunity to participate in something so historic and maybe ground breaking,” said Jackson-Lowman.
The conference offers students the unique opportunity to and witness what could be called a historic event.
“This will be the first time that we have featured one of our own scholars and an opportunity to look at the work he’s done and the contributions he’s made.”
Students interested in the conference can register online at http://www.famu.edu/continuinged.