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Symposium on Religion, Media, and Mediation in Africa and Beyond

Symposium on Religion, Media, and Mediation in Africa and Beyond

April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Committee on African Studies and the Harvard Divinity School invite you to join us for a Symposium on Religion, Media, and Mediation in Africa and Beyond.   Panel 1 (2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) Birgit Meyer, Utrecht University Annalisa Butticci, Harvard Divinity School, Utrecht University Panel 2 (3:15 p.m.… Read more »

Changing Policy: Health Care for Conflict-Affected Communities in Syria and the DRC

Changing Policy: Health Care for Conflict-Affected Communities in Syria and the DRC

April 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This event features a panel discussion by clinical, policy, research, and NGO experts on the health and policy implications of a rights-based approach to health care provision among conflict-affected populations, with a focus on communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Syrian civilians in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.  Panelists will discuss their first-hand experience with health care provision and health policy among conflict-affected communities, including the eastern DRC and Syria and its neighbors.… Read more »

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Careers in Africa

Careers in Africa

April 2 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn more about working in Africa and potential internship, volunteer and job opportunities on the continent.  Harvard students are invited to enjoy cuisine from the continent while listening to diverse panel about their careers in a variety of fields and regions across the continent.… Read more »

World Bank’s Africa Energy Group @ MIT

World Bank’s Africa Energy Group @ MIT

April 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

590 million Africans lack access to electricity. Meanwhile, solar technology already exists that can deliver decentralized services that meet many Africans’ current energy needs. On April 2, e4Dev welcomes colleagues from the World Bank’s Africa Energy Group to discuss this opportunity, highlight what the Bank is doing to accelerate solar development, and explain the obstacles to a solar future in Africa.… Read more »

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Two Sudans: The Paths Forward

Two Sudans: The Paths Forward

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Born of a long conflict with her sister country to the north, South Sudan became the world’s newest democracy in 2011 and has faced crisis upon crisis, including a near civil war in December 2013.  The people of the broader Sudan region continue facing turmoil in Darfur, along the Blue Nile and South Kordofan borders, and in oil-rich Abyei.  The national governments in Khartoum and in Juba are considered to be among the world’s most corrupt, and instability in the two Sudans threatens the whole region.  This panel, co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Harvard University Committee on African Studies, brings together strong voices with passionate views about the prospects for the two Sudans.… Read more »

Benevolent Slavery and Other Oxymorons: The Case of Black-African Women in Early Modern Portugal

Benevolent Slavery and Other Oxymorons: The Case of Black-African Women in Early Modern Portugal

April 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

MAHINDRA HUMANITIES CENTER SEMINAR  Women and Culture in the Early Modern World featuring Darlene Abreu-Ferreira, University of Winnipeg  … Read more »

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Mobile Money in Kenya, the Fundamentals

Mobile Money in Kenya, the Fundamentals

April 4 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

The Center for International Development presents it’s Spring Graduate Student Luncheon Seminar Series.   This week is features Diana Sirila, LL.M. candidate at the Harvard Law School.   Diana Sirila’s talk will focus on her experience while working for M-PESA and why it is such an important financial inclusion tool.  Before coming to Harvard Law School to pursue a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M), Sirila worked as legal counsel for the Financial Services (M-PESA) and Finance Departments from 2010 to 2013, as well as supported the Technology Department of Safaricom Limited.… Read more »

Graduate School of Design Open House Lecture

Graduate School of Design Open House Lecture

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Michael Murphy, MArch ’11, and Alan Ricks, MArch ‘10, are cofounders of MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm based in Boston, working in Rwanda, Liberia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Haiti, and beyond.… Read more »

Africa Week Kickoff Mixer

Africa Week Kickoff Mixer

April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kickoff Harvard Africa Week at the Queen’s Head Pub.   View complete Africa Week event listing here. … Read more »

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Africa Week Soccer Competition

Africa Week Soccer Competition

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Harvard African Student Association will take on MIT’s African Students Association in a friendly soccer game.   View complete Africa Week event listing here. … Read more »

Harvard Film Archive Screening of ‘Pays Barbare’

Harvard Film Archive Screening of ‘Pays Barbare’

April 5 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Italian filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi have over the past 25 years proven themselves to be masters of the assemblage of found footage film, returning over and over again to images from the first decades of the 20th century, with a special attention to images of war and colonialism.… Read more »

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HALA Spring Break Trip Debrief

HALA Spring Break Trip Debrief

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Harvard African Law Association (HALA) and its partners would invite you to a brown bag lunch to debrief on their Spring Break trip to Kenya. During the trip, the students met with senior government and policy leaders, and traveled and experienced the culture and tourism of the country.… Read more »

Conversation with Filmmakers Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian

Conversation with Filmmakers Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This conversation follows the screenings of Pays Barbare and  Images d’Orient – Tourisme Vandaleat the Harvard Film Archive. Italian filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci-Lucchi have over the past 25 years proven themselves to be masters of the assemblage of found footage film, returning over and over again to images from the first decades of the 20th century, with a special attention to images of war and colonialism.… Read more »

African Studies Workshop featuring Brian Larkin

African Studies Workshop featuring Brian Larkin

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Brian Larkin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College. He will be presenting, “Techniques of Inattention:  The Mediality of Loudspeakers in Nigeria”.  Annalise Butticci, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, will be the discussant.… Read more »

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Africa Week Panel Discussion: History in the Making

Africa Week Panel Discussion: History in the Making

April 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join for a panel discussion with Ameto Akpe, Christa Kuljian and others.   View complete Africa Week event listing here. … Read more »

Postsocialist Poetics

Postsocialist Poetics

April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please join us for a lecture by Kelly Askew, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies, and Director of African Studies Center, at the University of Michigan. Askew’s presentation will explore the vexed relationship between poetic arts and politics in postsocialist Tanzania.… Read more »

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‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ Film Screening

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ Film Screening

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As part of Africa Week, the Harvard African Students Association (HASA) and the Committee on African Studies (CAS) will be hosting a free public screening of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.… Read more »

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African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association Conference

African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association Conference

April 11

The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) presents its second day-long conference on the theme Love Supreme: Devotion, Intimacy, and Ecstasy in African and Diasporic Religions.  “Devotion,” “marriage,” and other intimate relational language is often used to characterize the relationships between adherents of African and Diasporic Religions and the universal energies with which they interact during worship.… Read more »

20th International Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School

20th International Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School

April 11 @ 8:00 am - April 12 @ 5:00 pm

The Wrong Way?  Forging New Paths for Development   Registration for the 20th International Development Conference is now open.  Over the course of the two days of the con­fer­ence, we will exam­ine the global forces that are dis­rupt­ing tra­di­tional mod­els of devel­op­ment, and how new orga­ni­za­tions and inno­va­tions are redefin­ing, redesign­ing, and finding new evidence for suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment.… Read more »

CDI Luncheon Seminar Series: Featuring Bruce Bolnik

CDI Luncheon Seminar Series: Featuring Bruce Bolnik

April 11 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

The Center for International Development presents it’s Spring Graduate Student Luncheon Seminar Series.   “Observations on the Zimbabwe Economy: from Collapse to Rebound to Slump” Speaker: Bruce Bolnik, Former Chief Economist for the International Group at Nathan Associates  Following a decade of economic collapse and extreme inflation between 1997 and 2008, Zimbabwe’s economy stabilized and rebounded from 2009 through 2012.… Read more »

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20th International Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School

20th International Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School

April 11 @ 8:00 am - April 12 @ 5:00 pm

The Wrong Way?  Forging New Paths for Development   Registration for the 20th International Development Conference is now open.  Over the course of the two days of the con­fer­ence, we will exam­ine the global forces that are dis­rupt­ing tra­di­tional mod­els of devel­op­ment, and how new orga­ni­za­tions and inno­va­tions are redefin­ing, redesign­ing, and finding new evidence for suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment.… Read more »

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The Politics of Memory in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

The Politics of Memory in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

April 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lecture by Prof. Rene Lemarchand from the University of Florida.  In the context of Rwandan Genocide Commemoration week, Lemarchand will speak about the politicization of memory and commemoration of recent genocidal violence in Africa’s Great Lakes Region.  Lemarchand has Widely published about the history of violence and social and moral repair in Burundi, Rwanda and DRC (Congo).   … Read more »

African Language Theater Night

African Language Theater Night

April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The African Language Program invites you to attend a night of African cuisine and students performing skits in African languages from Amharic to Zulu.   … Read more »

African Studies Workshop featuring Nancy Rose Hunt

African Studies Workshop featuring Nancy Rose Hunt

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Nancy Rose Hunt is a Professor of History and Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Michigan.  She will be presenting Colonial Nervousness, and A Nervous State.  Joshua Walker, PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago, will be the discussant.… Read more »

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African Language Theater Night

African Language Theater Night

April 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The African Language Program invites you to attend a night of African cuisine and students performing skits in African languages from Amharic to Zulu.   … Read more »

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The Film Studies Center presents Mati Diop

The Film Studies Center presents Mati Diop

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Beautifully inscrutable, Diop’s films are exceedingly personal, drawn from memory, experience, and chance encounters. Drifting and dreamy, they proceed (sometimes haphazardly) like phantasms of the mind, travelling over bodies that are magnetically drawn together—“the triumph of the flesh,” as Diop once put it—whether it be for comfort or lust (or especially the interstice where the two meet), or in order to access distant lands that are remembered, yearned for, or fancifully concocted.… Read more »

The Kingdom of Kongo and the Thirty Years’ War

The Kingdom of Kongo and the Thirty Years’ War

April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This event is co-sponsored by the Committee on African Studies and the Early Modern Committee at Harvard. This lecture is presented by John Thornton, Professor of African American Studies and History; Director of Graduate Studies, Boston University.… Read more »

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Africa and Its Partners: The U.S.-African Relationship during the Rise of China

Africa and Its Partners: The U.S.-African Relationship during the Rise of China

April 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Harvard Africa Caucus invites you to join them for a round-table discussion with Ambassador David Shin, former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1996-99) and Burkina Faso (1987-90). Shin is currently a Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University and co-author of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement. Moderated by Irene Sun (MPP/MBA) of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.… Read more »

Masquerade for Malaria

Masquerade for Malaria

April 18 @ 10:00 pm - April 19 @ 2:00 am

The Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum presents Masquerade for Malaria, in support of Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign. One dollar saves a life – 100% of proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar by the MCJ/Amelior Foundation.… Read more »

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Masquerade for Malaria

Masquerade for Malaria

April 18 @ 10:00 pm - April 19 @ 2:00 am

The Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum presents Masquerade for Malaria, in support of Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign. One dollar saves a life – 100% of proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar by the MCJ/Amelior Foundation.… Read more »

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African Studies Workshop featuring Claudia Gastrow

African Studies Workshop featuring Claudia Gastrow

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Claudia Gastrow is a PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago. She will be presenting, “Geographies of Dispossession: Understanding the Politics of Demolition in Angola.”  Michael Hooper, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, will be the discussant.… Read more »

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Science, Ethnicity & Identity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge Regimes

Science, Ethnicity & Identity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge Regimes

April 24 - 25

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African Languages in the Discipline Conference

African Languages in the Discipline Conference

April 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

African Languages in the Discipline Conference (ALD) aims to engage a diverse range of scholars and African heritage communities in serious discussion about the contributions of African languages to the disciplines. Indigenous African languages are vital to comprehending how Africans understand, organize, and transmit essential knowledge to successive generations, both through oral and written traditions and through aesthetic practices.… Read more »

One Book Presentation with William Kamkwamba

One Book Presentation with William Kamkwamba

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

To power his family’s home, young William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap — starting him on a journey detailed in the book and film “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.”  Kamkwamba’s achievements are a testament to the triumph of imagination and the power of human potential under the most adverse circumstances.… Read more »

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Science, Ethnicity & Identity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge Regimes

Science, Ethnicity & Identity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge Regimes

April 24 - 25

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African Studies Workshop 2014 Conference

African Studies Workshop 2014 Conference

April 25 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa The scholarly objectives of the conference are to interrogate – to document, analyze, and theorize — changes in the politics, economics, and cultural practices surrounding the institution of chiefship, and of the so-called “customary,” under present-day conditions in Africa.… Read more »

Malaria Matters – Miles for Malaria

Malaria Matters – Miles for Malaria

April 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

On World Malaria Day (April 25), Harvard Malaria Competition winner and HSPH MPH candidate Ukachi Emeruwa invites you to join her for Miles Against Malaria, a 5K community-wide walk/jog/run that will harness the unity and reach of the Harvard community for the purposes of demonstrating to the world that at Harvard malaria matters.… Read more »

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African Studies Workshop featuring Stephen Clingman

African Studies Workshop featuring Stephen Clingman

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Stephen Clingman is a Professor of English and Director of the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts. He will be presenting, “’Pathologies of the Boundary: South African Fiction”.… Read more »

The Supreme Price – International Film Festival Boston

The Supreme Price – International Film Festival Boston

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Supreme Price is a feature length documentary film produced and directed by Joanna Lipper, a member of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research Board. Following the annulment of her father’s victory in Nigeria’s Presidential Election and her mother’s assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Harvard aluma Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria’s most marginalized population: women.… Read more »

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