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Walter Presents to Host Discussion with Dr. Mustafah Dhada

California State University, Bakersfield's (CSUB) Walter W. Stiern Library is presenting a discussion with Dr. Mustafah Dhada, entitled “Exhuming a Massacre: A Historian’s Struggle With Truth Telling, Some Reflections.”  The event will take place on Tuesday, February 16 in the Library’s Dezember Reading Room at 7 p.m.

Dr. Dhada will provide a historical and personal perspective on the narrative that was developed seeking to explain the massacre detailed in his book, The Portuguese Massacre of Wiriyamu in Colonial Mozambique.  This critical incident prompted the fall of a 500-year-old African empire and continues to have a lasting impact on the every-day lives of individuals in post-colonial Mozambique.

Dr. Dhada, who is from Mozambique, examines the dynamics of colonial rule that led to the massacre, how we became aware of it, and its consequences on the Portuguese empire. Using fieldwork, interviews, and archival sources, Dr. Dhada assembled a unique body of information spanning from 1964 to 2013 that firmly places the massacre in its historical context and ties its significance to modern-day society.  

Dr. Dhada spent nearly 11 years in Asia as a monk before studying sculpting under abstract and neo-representationalist masters. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1987. In 1984 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London. Dhada's works are found in important international collections including, the United States, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Switzerland, and Mozambique. Dhada is a current CSUB Professor of History. 

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