Conference Lecture: Special Update on Recent Nile Valley Conference II
Charles S. Finch, III: Scholar, Author, Doctor, Researcher, Master Teacher
Charles S. Finch III was formerly Director of International Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He is a 1971 graduate of Yale University and a 1976 graduate of Jefferson Medical College. He completed a family medicine residency at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in 1979.
Dr. Finch joined the Department of Family Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1982 and then the Office of International Health in 1989, eventually becoming the principal investigator of a traditional healer survey among the Serer people of Senegal, 1991-1992. Dr. Finch led three additional traditional healer projects in Senegal, ending October,1995. Between 1992 – 1995, he led groups to traditional healing ceremonies in Senegal.
Dr. Finch has conducted independent studies in African antiquities, comparative religion, anthropology, and ancient science since 1971. Since 1982, he has published more than a dozen articles, including The African Background of Medical Science and Science and Symbol in Egyptian Medicine. A collection of Dr. Finch’s essays, The African Background to Medical Science, was published by Karnak House (London) in November, 1990. His Echoes of the Old Dark Land (August, 1991) was published by Khenti Inc. (Decatur) and his most recent book, The Star of Deep Beginnings: Genesis of African Science & Technology, was published in February, 1998 (Khenti Inc., Decatur).
Dr. Finch has lectured numerous times in the U.S., Senegal, England, Switzerland, Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Bahamas, and Egypt on diverse topics. He has led eight study tours to Egypt since 1989 and traveled to Africa extensively. He was a co-organizer of Coumba Lamba USA, an 8-day African healing ceremony on St. Helena Island, South Carolina in 1996. He was Morehouse School of Medicine’s principal investigator of a cooperative agreement with the U.S.-sponsored Global AIDS Program Initiative to conduct programs against non-AIDS sexually transmitted infections in two southern African countries.