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October 2016

H.E. Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria: “Unraveling Boko Haram and Rebuilding Northeast Nigeria.”

October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On October 27, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Harvard community will host His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo GCON, SAN Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a discussion about dismantling Boko Haram and rebuilding northeast Nigeria. This lecture is part of the Weatherhead Center's "Nigeria in the World" seminar series, which explores the future of Nigeria's engagement with the world community.

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AAAS Graduate Student Forum

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Raines Library, Barker Center 246, 12 Quincy Street
Cambridge , MA 02138 United States
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The Center for African Studies will join AAAS Graduate Student Forum to discuss fellowships and funding opportunities available to Harvard graduate students through the Center.

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“Mama Rwanda” Cambridge Premiere

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pickman Concert Hall at Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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The Akilah Institute for Women, the only women's college in Rwanda, is thrilled to partner with award-winning filmmaker, Laura Waters Hinson, for the release of her newest film, Mama Rwanda. The film follows two Rwandan women and highlights the roles of education and access to capital in empowering women to overcome poverty through entrepreneurship. You can view the trailer here. Akilah is hosting a series of film premieres this fall to raise funds and celebrate female leaders and entrepreneurs at Akilah and in East Africa. The Boston premiere…

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Walter Rodney Seminars: “Minutiae of a Massacre or Two”

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
African Studies Center, William O. Brown Seminar Room, Room 505, 232 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215 United States
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Boston University’s weekly Walter Rodney seminars are held Mondays at noon in the B.U. African Studies Center. This week’s seminar features Greg Marinovich, Lecturer on Journalism in the Boston University College of Communication, presenting “Minutiae of a Massacre or Two.”

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CGIS Trick or Treat

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CGIS Buildings, 1730/1737 Cambridge St., Room TBD
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Explore the globe this Halloween! -Visit the international centers in CGIS South and CGIS Knafel (1730 and 1737 Cambridge Street) -Learn more about programs and funding opportunities -Enjoy some delicious holiday treats Participating centers: Asia Center, Center for African Studies, Committee on Regional Studies East Asia, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard China Fund, History Department, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Korea Institute, Reischauer Institute of…

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African Studies Workshop Featuring Xolela Mangcu

October 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lower Library, Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States
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Xolela Mangcu is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University Capetown and a Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center. Professor Mangcu will be presenting “Black Political Modernity in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth South Africa and the Rise of Nelson Mandela.”Melusi Nkomo, a student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva will be the discussant. A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop listserv.  It is…

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November 2016

Effective Storytelling: Igniting Global Health Change

November 1 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Effective Storytelling: Igniting Global Health Change, centers on the power of narrative storytelling for global health change. The event will showcase a number of speakers with diverse backgrounds, including Professor Jay Winston of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, an expert in behavior change communication and creating awareness-building campaigns; Lisa Goldman-Van Nostrand, a global health advocate experienced in malaria and HIV/AIDS efforts; three talented documentarians/filmakers and artists who have successfully crafted multimedia efforts to inspire change through film, video, and…

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Finding & Funding Internships in Africa

November 2 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Want to intern in Africa but not sure where to begin? Do you want to get experience in a particular country and need ideas? Hear from students about their internship experiences across the continent as well as how they found and funded their internships. OCS and CAS will share information about funding options and what you should know in order to apply. Cosponsored by the Office of Career Services, the Center for African Studies, HASA (Harvard African Students Association), (HABIC)…

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“Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo”

November 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
SAR-102 (classroom), 635 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 United States
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Yolanda Covington-Ward is a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Trained as an anthropologist, she is the author of Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo (2015, Duke University Press). Her research interests revolve around the relationship between social connections, interpersonal interactions, and group identities, and how they impact and are impacted by physical bodies. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research in the Democratic Republic of Congo and among Liberian communities in the United…

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“I Don’t Even Know Monrovia in the First Place”: Displaced Bodies and Shifting Identities in the Liberian Diaspora

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Boston University African Studies Center, 232 Bay State Road, 5th floor Seminar room
Boston, MA United States
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This workshop with Professor Yolanda Covington-Ward of the University of Pittsburgh (Africana Studies and Anthropology) will be on the subject of her new research on Liberian diaspora identities. Students or faculty interested in attending the workshop should respond via email to to reserve a space and to receive a copy of a pre-circulated paper. The small West African country of Liberia was devastated by a fourteen-year-long civil war from 1989-2003.  More than half of the country’s population was displaced either internally…

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