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February 2016

Meet Nigerian writer, director, and producer Ifeoma Fafunwa

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Loeb Drama Center Dance Studio,
64 Brattle Street
Cambridge , MA
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Ifeoma Fafunwa will discuss HEAR WORD!, which will be presented at Harvard April 15-17. HEAR WORD! is a powerful piece of performance art that combines artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of inequality and transformation, delivered by some of Nigeria’s most talented actresses.  The stories are based on real life issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria and examine what factors limit their potential for independence, leadership, and meaningful contribution.  The show not only gives a voice to these women,…

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Hutchins Center Spring Colloquium with Roshan Galvaan

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center,
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Roshan Galvaan, is the Hutchins Center Spring 2016 Mandela Mellon Fellow, and Associate Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town. Galvaan will be presenting, Disrupting Traditions: Developing Contextually Relevant Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Knowledge in South Africa

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Arts Education for Social Transformation in Africa

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The African Education Initiative will host a panel on Arts Education for Social Transformation in Africa. Panelists will draw from their experiences in Cameroon, Tanzania, and Ghana to discuss the role and the impact of arts education in Africa. Together they will examine how the arts in education can be a tool to spark social transformation on the continent. Panelists include: Kosi Yankey, Harvard Kennedy School Danielle Williams, Harvard Graduate School of Education Divine Gordan Asaah, Harvard Divinity School Flossy…

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International Photo Contest Reception

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Since 2004, undergraduates at Harvard College have submitted photographs documenting their travels around the globe. Students submit their best photos in the following four categories: Landscape/Nature Sense of Place/Culture People Architecture OIE prizes for the four categories listed above are judged by Jennifer Quick, the Harvard Art Museums' John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Fellow in Photography. Photos are judged based on the following criteria: artistic expression, creativity and originality, quality of image, and international content. Contest winners will be announced at the…

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African Studies Workshop featuring Nkatha Kabira

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lower Library, Robinson Hall,
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States
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Nkatha Kabira is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hutchins Center and a Teaching Assistant at the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and at Harvard Extension School. Kabira will be presenting "Commissionizing Governance in Kenya." The discussant will be George Paul Meiu, assistant professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop…

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Islam in Africa Series featuring John Mugane

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Center for African Studies and the Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University will host the third talk in the Islam in African Series featuring Harvard University Professor John Mugane. Mugane is the Director of the African Language program in the Department of African and African American Studies. He is a linguist specializing in African languages and is the Professor of the Practice of African Languages and Cultures at Harvard University. Mugane has been the Director of the language program since…

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Africa Business Conference

February 26 @ 9:00 am - February 28 @ 12:00 pm
Harvard Business School,
Soldiers Field
Boston, 02163
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The Africa Business Club, a student club at Harvard Business School, will host its 18th annual Africa Business Conference. The theme for the 2016 conference is "Unite. Innovate. Disrupt: Homegrown models for Africa’s prosperity".  Despite the media's focus on the challenges in Africa, we see Africa as a land filled with opportunities and remarkable success stories. During this year's conference, we aim to celebrate and promote awareness of existing innovative solutions that have been deployed in Africa, in addition to motivating attendees to…

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African Studies Workshop featuring Sarah Nuttall

February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lower Library, Robinson Hall,
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States
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Sarah Nuttall is a Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, and current Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. Nuttall will be presenting “Outside the Human? Literary and cultural Form in the age of the Anthropocene – perspectives from Africa.” The discussant will be BJ Jeyifo, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.…

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March 2016

The Story of Swahili Panel Discussion

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center,
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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The Department of African and African American Studies, the Center for African Studies, and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research will host a panel discussion on The Story of  Swahili.  The Story of Swahili, written by Harvard University Professor John Mugane, is about where languages come from, where they are at, and where they are headed, using the success of Swahili as a convenient point of entry. As a language that arose from contact between peoples from diverse…

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African Development Conference

March 4 @ 4:00 pm - March 5 @ 5:00 pm

The African Renaissance: Re­imagining engagement and opportunities The 7th Annual African Development Conference (ADC) at Harvard takes on the challenge of revisiting the idea of the “African Renaissance.” It invites conversations on how the continent’s potential can be realized and its growth sustained over the coming years. It will reflect on how to advance human rights, promote civic participation, and increase security. The ADC will explore the challenges of building infrastructure, navigating rapid urbanization, tackling climate change, eradicating poverty, and achieving…

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