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Duquesne Faculty Research Grants to Support Work in Nigeria, South Africa

Two professors in Duquesne University's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts have been awarded 2015 Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., Faculty Research Grants in African Studies to further their work in Nigeria and South Africa.

Recipients, announced by Dr. Gerald Boodoo, director of Duquesne's Center for African Studies, are Dr. Peter I. Osuji, C.S.Sp., assistant professor of health care ethics, of Uptown and Dr. Derek Hook, associate professor of psychology, of Mount Lebanon.

Osuji, a Nigerian native and Spiritan priest, will study Informed Refusal of Treatment in African (Igbo) Traditional Medicine in Imo State, Nigeria. Osuji's previous research found that medical decisions in African cultures are made by the community, including the patient, the family, kindred elder and the African traditional medicine doctor.

These decisions lead to informed consent and treatment. But what if the patient does not follow through with treatment? The Loogman grant will help Osuji to answer that question as he documents African traditional medical practices.

Hook, who started his academic career at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, is a psychoanalyst who has written about post-apartheid South Africa. His research will lead to a biographic account of the earliest years of Robert Sobukwe, one of South Africa's greatest Africanist intellectuals and opponent of the apartheid regime.

Hook's work, based upon photographs and interviews gathered in a research trip to South Africa last year, will explore influences in Sobukwe's early life, including his Christian upbringing against the historical backdrop of slavery.

The Loogman Faculty Research Grant competition is open to all full-time Duquesne faculty members working in any academic discipline; collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects are encouraged.

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