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Center for African Studies Presents International Premiere of Critically Acclaimed Nigerian Production, HEAR WORD!

The critically acclaimed Nigerian production of HEAR WORD! Naija Women Talk True directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa made its international premiere on April 15th, 2016 at the Harvard Dance Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The production was proudly presented by the Center for African Studies in association with the American Repertory Theater, the Division of Social Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Dance Center, the Hutchins Center for African &...

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Harvard Business School’s Africa Business Club Pursues a More Inclusive Africa

While the story of Africa's economic growth has been amply celebrated in recent years, the Harvard Business School’s Africa Business Club (HBS ABC) saw a gap in inclusivity and sustainable progress in Africa’s story. Defining inclusivity in terms of socioeconomic segments, industries, gender, and sectors, HBS ABC sees an opportunity to promote growth that cuts across sectors, will generate multiplier effects in the African economy and will promote political stability --led by the private sector.

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Islam in Africa Lecture Series Explores Sociocultural Experiences of Muslims

djenne_great_mud_mosqueThe historical legacy of Islamic culture in Africa is rich and diverse. This culture is also impacted and transformed by a rapidly modernizing and globalizing African continent. To explore the nexus between Islamic tradition and the modern experience of Muslims in Africa, The Center for African Studies held the first session of the Islam in Africa Seminar Series, co-hosted with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.... Read more about Islam in Africa Lecture Series Explores Sociocultural Experiences of Muslims

Workshopping Innovation and Cooperative Research in Global Law and Policy

"As you travel across Africa, you observe one thing about how Africa is growing: graceless poverty, sitting beside unbelievable wealth. I think the idea of inclusive growth should be front and center in policy discussions in Africa and regulatory mechanisms to promote it must be enacted throughout the continent,” Nigerian native, Chilenye Nwapi, representing the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in Canada, raised the issues around how to promote inclusive growth in Africa and the world during the pilot initiative of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP).

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T.H. Chan School of Public Health Student Emma Din Researches Reproductive Health in Cameroon

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In Cameroon, 62.5 percent of the population is younger than 25 years old, 30 percent of women give birth before age 18, and each year, 782 maternal deaths result from every 100,000 live births. In January 2016, Emma Din, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health ’16, spent...

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Lessons in African Entrepreneurialism with Aliko Dangote

Lagos-based Dangote Group represents one of Africa’s most successful conglomerates, with diversified activities in flour, sugar, cement, steel, and numerous other sectors. The Group’s business activities span over a dozen African countries like Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Zambia, with projects in Asia also being explored. Founder of the organization Aliko Dangote has spearheaded a multi-million dollar charitable foundation that has provided post-famine aid to Niger, contributed to flood relief in Pakistan, and encouraged leadership training in Nigeria.

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African Development Conference Advances South-South Collaboration

African countries are looking beyond traditional partners in the West and forging South-South linkages in trade and politics. This trend was front and center at the 6th Annual African Development Conference (ADC), with the theme, “Looking South – Moving Forward: Fostering development collaboration within the global South.”

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Ebola in Interdisciplinary Perspective

The Harvard University Center for African Studies convened a unique panel discussion on the Ebola epidemic that delved into critical, yet less well-understood, aspects of the crisis by approaching the topic across disciplines. Medical specialists discussed the clinical, research, and public health aspects of the disease with an historian and a media expert. Together, these diverse panelists came to unique and concerning conclusions about the likely scenarios for ending the present epidemic, as well as future ones. By combining the findings and approaches of these very different disciplines...

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ASW Conference 2014: Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa

The African Studies Workshop (ASW) culminates each year with a conference event in the spring.  The 2014, entitled Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa, was held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Knafel Center.  The scholarly objectives of the conference were 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. We sought to explore the impact of the global economy, liberalization, state...

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