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CAS Executive Director visits Maru-a-Pula Program

 A Perfect Storm of Growth, Learning and Discovery   by Alastair Hagger, Communications Coordinator, Maru-a-Pula School Published: 16 July 2014 on Maru-a-Pula website Dr Susan Cook (left, with MaP Principal Andy Taylor), the Executive Director of Harvard University’s Committee on African Studies, visited MaP on July 14th 2014 to catch up with the progress of the current Harvard interns, and talk about the impact the internship programme, now in its sixth year, has on both MaP students and the internees themselves.… Read more »
Posted On: Thursday, July 24th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Harvard grad student analyzes impact of Africa’s security situation on Chinese investment in Nigerian ‘Guardian’

Irene Yuan Sun, joint degree candidate in the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, publishes an article the Nigerian The Guardian, an independent daily newspaper published in Lagos. Africa’s Incoherent Security Framework Threatens Future Chinese Investments Saturday, 12 July 2014 15:26   IN its engagement with Africa to date, China has been notable for accepting risks that Western countries generally do not.  The willingness of Chinese people, especially small-time traders, to put up with a range of personal safety risks—from petty theft to risk of kidnappings to health & sanitation limitations—has been a key factor as to why China has so rapidly become Africa’s largest trade partner.  In Nigeria, over 600 Chinese businesses have invested, with at least 200 of them investing more than USD $10 million and collectively generating 69,000 jobs, according to a 2013 World Bank study.… Read more »
Posted On: Monday, July 14th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research Announces Second Class of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

The new class of W.E.B. Du Bois Fellows will include 10 Africanists, including Committee on African Studies Faculty Chair, Caroline Elkins.     Published: April 15, 2014 in Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies’ Newsroom  Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the newly launched Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, has welcomed twenty-three first-rate Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.… Read more »
Posted On: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

In Africa It Is Another Story – Looking Back at Italian Colonialism Exhibit

There will be an art exertion in the Pusey Library this month.   April 4th through May 2nd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Pusey Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138 The exhibit features personal albums, photographs, postcards, and maps from the Harvard Library collections ranging from the early twentieth century to the Fascist period.  Curated by Professor Giuliana Minghelli and Italian Doctoral candidates Matt Collins, Dalila Colucci, Eloisa Morra and Chiara Trebaiocchi, In Africa it is Another Story investigates the visual, literary and political imaginary that prepared and accompanied Italy’s belated and violent participation in the colonial “scramble for Africa.” The event is free and open to the public.… Read more »
Posted On: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Professor Dryden-Peterson talks about education in broken states with Harvard EdCast

Harvard EdCast: Schools in a Broken State All around the world there are nations in turmoil. From the current political unrest in the Ukraine and Venezuela to the civil war in Syria, countries are in crisis, much of the struggle on display to the world through news reports.… Read more »
Posted On: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Professor Kane delivers inaugural Prince Alwaleed bin Talal lecture on Islamic Institutions of Higher Learning in Africa

Ousmane Oumar Kane, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, delivered the inaugural Prince Alwaleed bin Talal lecture. The lecture, which took place on March 6, 2014, was titled “From Medieval Sankore to Modern Say: Islamic Institutions of Higher Learning in Africa in Historical and Comparative Perspective.”… Read more »
Posted On: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Harvard Business School alumni entrepreneurs harnessing power of Nigerian subsistence farmers

The Solution to the Global Food Crisis Just Might Come From Nigeria   In one of West Africa’s most turbulent countries, HBS alumni entrepreneurs are harnessing the extraordinary power of subsistence farmers.… Read more »
Posted On: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Harvard School of Public Health organizes conference to discuss AIDS-free generation

By Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer Published: March 10, 2014 in Harvard Gazette     Toward an AIDS-free generation A group of HIV researchers and medical ethicists gathered at Harvard School of Public Health for a session titled “Trials of HIV Treatment as Prevention: Ethics and Science” (photo 1).… Read more »
Posted On: Friday, March 14th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Harvard scholars, contributors celebrate Mandela’s legacy, by Harvard Gazette

By Christina Pazzanese, Harvard Staff Writer Published: March 12, 2014 in Harvard Gazette   Memories of Mandela Perhaps the clearest summation of Nelson Mandela comes from the honorary degree citation Harvard presented to the then-South African president in 1998.… Read more »
Posted On: Thursday, March 13th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

In Case You Missed It: African Studies Workshop @ Harvard featuring Andrew Apter

On February 3, 2014, Andrew Apter presented “History in the Dungeon: Spectral Spaces and Sovereign Signs in Cape Coast Castle, Ghana.” Apter is a Professor of History at UCLA. Emmanuel Akyeampong, Professor of History at Harvard University, was the discussant.… Read more »
Posted On: Monday, February 24th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News
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