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Namibia: Waiting out a deadly drought

Struggling to survive the severe shortage of food and water, people in Namibia’s Kunene region have no choice but to wait out the worst drought in three decades.For more information, visit: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/namibia_70107.html
 
By Max Fisher
Published: August 13, 2013 in Washington Post
The United Nations Children’s Fund released this short video from Namibia, a country in southwestern Africa that’s twice the size of California, documenting the effects of the country’s most severe drought in decades.… Read more »

Posted On: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog, Multimedia, Videos Tags:

New universities in South Africa seeking interested faculty

Two new universities will open in South Africa for the 2014/15 academic year. These are the first universities to be launched by the South African government since the move to full democracy in 1994, and will be located in the town of Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province and the city of Kimberley, Northern Cape Province.  The university in Kimberley will be the Northern Cape’s first university.  This announcement was made last July by President Jacob Zuma, and the government is now in the process of seeking interested faculty members be apart of these new endeavors. 
Last week, President Zuma announced the names of these new universities.  The new university in the Northern Cape will be named Sol Plaatje University and the one in Mpumalanga will be called the University of Mpumalanga.  During this announcement, Zuma noted that the National Development Plan, a national policy blueprint, envisages an increase in higher education enrollments from 17.9% in 2012 to 25% by 2030.… Read more »

Posted On: Thursday, August 8th, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog Tags:

Meet Joh – Harvard student’s portrait of Malian musician

Harvard rising junior Debbie Onuoha sits with Sidi Mohammed ‘Joh’ Camara, a master drummer and dancer from Mali.  Debbie completed this video project as part of Professor Joanna Lipper’s course Using Film for Social Change.… Read more »

Posted On: Monday, July 15th, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog, Multimedia, Videos Tags: ,

Hiphop – The Lingua Franca of the World’s Youth

This past spring, Harvard’s Committee on African Studies co-sponsored an event with the Cambridge Public Library in celebration of Black History Month. The event featured Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, a Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies, as well as the Executive Director of the Harvard HipHop Archive.… Read more »

Posted On: Monday, July 1st, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog, Podcasts

Maru-a-Pula Harvard Interns meet former Botswana President Masire

by Julia Kee
Julia Kee is a rising sophomore at Harvard College, and one of CAS’ six Maru-a-Pula Summer Program interns this summer.  Below is an excerpt from her blog, transatlantictravel.… Read more »

Posted On: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog Tags: ,

HGSE alum runs the Sahara for laptops

This spring Liz Byron, Ed.M.’08, ran 155 miles across the Sahara Desert to benefit the Gardner Pilot Academy in Boston, the school at which she teaches.  The race is the Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands), an ultramarathon in which participants run nearly six marathons over the course of six days, across southern Morocco.  But as Liz’s blog asserts, “155 miles is crazy, not having sufficient access to technology in middle school is crazier, but ALL is attainable!”  The 28-year-old special education teacher set out to raise $50,000 to fund the purchase of 30 new laptops for her students. 

Liz’s cause has been featured in Boston.com, The Huffington Post, and on CBS Boston (coverage below). 
 
 
To date, Liz has raised over $40,000; visit Liz’s fundraising page to help her reach her goal!… Read more »

Posted On: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog

University of Ghana, Institute of African Studies Conference – Call for Papers

International Conference on African Studies
Theme: Revisiting the First International Congress of Africanists in a Globalised World
Date: October 24, 2013 – October 26, 2013
Venue: J.H.K. Nketia Conference Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Visit the University of Ghana’s Institute for African Studies website for more information. 
 
Call for Papers
The Conference invites proposals for panels and individual papers.… Read more »

Posted On: Friday, May 24th, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog Tags: ,

Graduate Student Spotlight: Interview with Ayodeji Ogunnaike

In a recent interview with CAS, Ayodeji Ogunnaike discusses his experiences as a Harvard undergraduate (’10), and now as a graduate student pursuing a PhD in African Studies and Religion. A recipient of a George Peabody Gardner Traveling Fellowship, Ayodeji spent a year in Nigeria after graduation, working directly with a traditionalist priest to document the divinatory corpus called Ifá which includes oral history and myths, proverbs, and songs.  His current research continues to be focused on religious traditions in Nigeria, and works closely with Professor Jacob Olupona.  Ayodeji is a previous CAS summer grantee, a Resident Tutor at Pforzheimer House, and will be participating in a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad in Nigeria this summer, continuing his Yoruba language studies. … Read more »

Posted On: Friday, May 24th, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog, Multimedia, Podcasts Tags:

UN chief promotes education, gender empowerment during trip to Mozambique

Yesterday (May 21, 2013), during United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s final day visiting Mozambique, he commended the Government and people of Mozambique for steady progress in political development, but urged greater efforts to overcome human rights challenges, including discrimination and violence against women, through education and awareness-raising.… Read more »

Posted On: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog, Multimedia, Videos Tags:

2012 Fulbright-Hays Fellow conducting research in South Africa

Matthew Kustenbauder, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history at Harvard University, has received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education.   The Fulbright will fund ten months of research in South Africa for his dissertation, “South African Cosmopolitans in a British Imperial World, c.… Read more »

Posted On: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013   |   No comments   |   Posted in CAS Blog Tags: ,
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