Past Events

  • 2018 Feb 14

    Spring Colloquium with Christa Clarke

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    The Activist Collector: Recovering the Story of an African American Woman in Pre-Apartheid South Africa

    About Christa Clarke

    Free and open to the public.  A Q+A session will follow each talk.  Please feel free to bring a lunch.

    EVENT ORGANIZER: Hutchins Center
    MORE INFORMATION: http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events-...

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  • 2018 Feb 12

    African Studies Workshop Featuring David Amponsah

    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Lower Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

    David Amponsah is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His research focuses on the history of religion in Africa and its diaspora. He will present Enchanted Geography: India in the West African Popular Imagination. Discussant: Lydia Walker.

    A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop listserv. It is assumed that everyone has read the paper before the...

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  • 2018 Feb 12

    Boston University Walter Rodney Seminar Series Featuring Myles Osborne

    12:15pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Boston University, 232 Bay State Road, Room 505

    "Mau Mau in Jamaica: From Garvey to Black Power" by Myles Osborne

    The Boston University Walter Rodney Seminar lecture series is held every Monday from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm at the African Studies Center.

    Over the past 35 years, the Walter Rodney Seminar has brought more than 500 guest speakers to BU’s African Studies Center. The lecture series is interdisciplinary, and has included presentations by established and incipient scholars in all Africa-related disciplines, including history, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology,...

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  • 2018 Feb 11

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    3:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard University - Sanders Theatre

    With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo are the undispbuted kings of mbube, South African a cappella music. The group came together in the early 1960's and continue to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies harmonized in layers of call and response.

    ORGANIZER(S): World Music/CRASHarts
    MORE INFORMATION: https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=worldmusic

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  • 2018 Feb 07

    Who Would Choose to Be LGBT and Nigerian!?

    4:15pm to 5:15pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    In this theatrical presentation, Ifeoma Fafunwa, 2017–2018 Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and founder and creative director of iOpenEye, a Nigerian production company driving social change through performance art, will speak about her latest production—a socially transformative stage play that explores solutions to the homophobic environment in today’s Nigeria. Utilizing theatre informed by research of cultural norms, popular opinion, and true stories from Nigerian LGBTQ community, Fafunwa examines the roles that women and religion have played in the...

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  • 2018 Feb 07

    Spring Colloquium with Zebulon Dingley

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    Labor, Kinship, and Drought: A Vampire Story from the Kenyan Coast, 1945

    About Zebulon Dingley

    Free and open to the public.  A Q+A session will follow each talk.  Please feel free to bring a lunch.

    ORGANIZER: Hutchins Center
    MORE INFORMATION: http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events-lectures/events/february-7-2018-1200pm/...

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  • 2018 Feb 05

    African Studies Workshop Featuring Kristin Doughty

    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Lower Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

    Dr. Doughty is a political / legal anthropologist with geographic focus in Africa, particularly in Rwanda, where she has been conducting ethnographic research since 2002. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (2011), and has been on the faculty at the University of Rochester since 2012. She will present Converting Threats to Power: Methane Extraction on Lake Kivu. Discussant: Pauline Peters.

    A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the ...

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  • 2018 Jan 29

    African Studies Workshop Featuring Kenda Mutongi

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Lower Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

    Kenda Mutongi is Professor of African History at Williams College and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor of History at MIT. Her research interests include: Modern Africa (focus on eastern and southern Africa); Women’s and Gender History; Political Economy; Urban History; Historical Ethnography; and Business History. At Williams College, Mutongi has served as chair of the Africana Studies and the Africa/Middle Eastern Studies Programs, is on the editorial boards of several journals in African Studies, and teaches a wide range of courses in the history of...

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  • 2018 Jan 29

    Leadership Lessons: Social Ventures in Africa

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Ellwood Democracy Labs (R-414AB), Harvard Kennedy School

    The African social entrepreneurship landscape has expanded rapidly in recent years. From health ventures to sustainable energy solutions, Africans are forging new paths across the continent and around the world to stimulate economic growth and social wellbeing. Join us for a discussion on these issues with Claude Grunitzky, founder and editor-in-chief of TRUE Africa, a media platform championing young African voices. Mr. Grunitzky will share leadership lessons from cultivating his own social ventures, and examine the new generation of African social entrepreneurs...

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  • 2018 Jan 26

    HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True

    Fri Jan 26 (All day) to Sun Feb 11 (All day)

    Location: 

    Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

    Featuring a cast of leading Nigerian actresses, HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True is inspired by multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation. Staged by director and writer Ifeoma Fafunwa, the show grapples with the issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria, and the factors that limit their potential for independence, leadership, and meaningful contribution in society. Combining song and dance with intimate portraits of resilience and resistance, the show celebrates the women who have broken the culture of silence, ...

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