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Dr. Kenneth Dossar of Temple University is an arts consultant and cultural historian who works closely with numerous cultural/arts organizations in creating public programs that explore the common heritage of people of African descent.
He has performed field research in the Caribbean and Cuba on the continuance of African traditions in music, dance, belief systems and other cultural practices. Over the past three decades he has made numerous sojourns to Brazil in order to research Bahia’s African heritage.
Dr. Dossar produced the popular program of African-Atlantic music 'Under One Sun' for the Temple University radio network over a period of seven years. He has assisted national and local arts institutions in producing cultural and educational exchange projects with Brazil.
Dr. Dossar is a founding member and President of the Brasil Cultural Center of Philadelphia, a not-for-profit organization with the objective of promoting Brazilian culture, history and contemporary issues in the Philadelphia region. Through the Partners of the Americas, he has represented the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on numerous cultural delegations.
The professor also plays pandeiro and dances a pretty mean samba.
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