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Dr. Mario Beatty is the 3rd International President of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC), following Dr. Jacob Carruthers (1985-1990) and Queen Nzingha Ratibisha Heru (1991-2011). He has been a member of the organization since 1995 and served as a National Representative on the Board for almost a decade before assuming the office of President. Dr. Beatty received his B.A. degree in Black World Studies/History at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1992), his M.A. degree in Black Studies at The Ohio State University (1993), and his Ph.D. degree in African-American Studies at Temple University (1998). His dissertation, entitled The Image of Celestial Phenomena in the Book of Coming Forth By Day: An Astronomical and Philological Analysis, was guided by his internationally acclaimed mentors, Dr. Jacob Carruthers, a founder and 1st President of ASCAC, and prominent political scientist, historian, educator, and expert in the Kemetic language, and Dr. Theophile Obenga who served as Chair, a prominent African linguist, historian, philosopher, and educator and close colleague of Cheikh Anta Diop. He has maintained a close relationship with his mentor, publishing a number of articles in the exceptional journal ANKH: Revue D’Egyptologie et des Civilisations Africaines. Before recently accepting a position at Howard University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies, he served as Chairperson of the Department of African-American Studies at Chicago State University from 2007 to 2010. From 2004 to 2007, he served as an educational consultant for the School District of Philadelphia where he helped to write curriculum and to train teachers in the novel, district-wide mandatory course in African-American history. In May 2008, he became the first African American to present a paper at the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists in Rhodes, Greece. He is a former recipient of the UNCF/Henry C. McBay Fellowship and also has been a Scholar-In-Residence at New York University. In 2010, he received the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS). In December 2010, he was formally invited to deliver a conference paper at the Third World Festival of African Arts held in Dakar, Senegal. He currently serves as President of The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC). His research interests include the Ancient Egyptian language, history, wisdom literature, astronomy in Ancient Egyptian religious texts, comparative analyses of African cultures, the image and use of ancient Africa in the African-American historical imagination, the theory and practice of African-American Studies, and Pan-Africanism.