Past Events

  • 2019 Sep 16

    Fall Semester 2019 Welcoming Party

    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Hutchins Center 104 Mt Auburn St. 3rd Floor

    Welcome to the fall semester with food, drink, and conversation at The Hutchins Center For African & African American Research 104 Mount Auburn Street, 3rd floor.

    Welcome Party Poster

    Sponsored by The Center For African Studies, The Department iof African & African American Studies, and...

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  • 2019 Sep 16

    Boston University Walter Rodney Lecture Series feat. Darren Kew (U. Mass. Boston)

    12:15pm to 2:00pm


    William O. Brown Seminar Room (Rm 505) - 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

    “After Nigeria's 2019 Elections: What Implication for Democratic Development, and What Next?” by Darren Kew (U. Mass. Boston)

    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,...

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  • 2019 Sep 14

    West African Dance Class

    Sat - Sat, Sep 14 to Nov 16, 1:00pm - 2:30pm


    Harvard Dance Center Studio 1 - 66 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    For all levels, this class introduces students to traditional West African dance and culture. Students will develop body strength and flexibility by learning intricate feet patterns, hand movements, and full movement sequences. Each class will be accompanied by live drumming and will include a warm-up, a break-down of the movements, high energy dancing, and will close with a community dance circle.

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  • 2019 Sep 13

    Workshop on Development in the Data Economy

    8:30am to 5:15pm


    Milstein West A, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School

    A one day workshop titled Development in the Data Economy will be hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society on 13 September 2019. The event will focus on creating fairer data markets, exploring new business and governance models to harness personal and non-personal data, and enabling competitive forms of governance to benefit the needs of local businesses and people in all countries regardless of their level of development.


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  • 2019 Sep 12

    Urban Activism: Staking Claims in the 21st Century City

    (All day)


    Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    The Center for African Studies, Dept of Anthology, Dept of History, Center for History & Economics, CMES, DRCLAS, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, & WCFIA present

    Urban Activism: Staking Claims in the 21st Century City
    This conference emerges from the shared need to create a collective discourse on how critical urban research and urban political activism are increasingly converging and creating a common field of inquiry and action. It connects scholars in various fields such...

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  • 2019 Sep 08

    Heineken in Africa with Olivier van Beeman

    7:00pm to 8:30pm


    Trident Booksellers & Cafe - 338 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

    Join Olivier van Beeman as he talks about his new book, Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed.

    For Heineken, ‘rising Africa’ is already a reality: the profts it extracts there are almost 50 per cent above the global average, and beer costs more in some African countries than it does in Europe. The world-famous Dutch brewing company claims its presence boosts economic development on the continent. But is this true? Investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen has spent years seeking the answer, and his conclusion is damning: Heineken has hardly benefted Africa at all. On the...

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  • 2019 Sep 07

    Awake: Poetry on Afrocentrism, Love & Healing

    6:00pm to 9:00pm


    Suya Joint 185 Dudley St Boston, MA, Massachusetts 02119

    Awake is a 2-part performance series by Nigerian Poet Andrew Patience (AP), African American poet Amanda Shea and Haitian-American poet Ashley Rose. It is a series of Afrocentric and conscious poetry enhanced by meditative and African cultural music. Awake explores poems on Africa, gender and spirituality.

    The show seeks to explore the role of art as both a revolutionary and spiritual tool for social justice and spiritual awakening in humans. Its goal is to utilize the tool of poetry in telling unapologetic stories about Africa on one hand, and on the other awakening the...

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  • 2019 Sep 07

    Legacies of 1619: Recognition and Resilience

    3:30pm to 5:00pm


    Museum of African American History 46 Joy Street Boston, MA 02114

    In 1619, the first enslaved Africans arrived in English North America. To mark the 400th anniversary of this historic event, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of African American History, and Roxbury Community College offer four programs to discuss the history of Africans and African Americans in the American past. Each program features leading scholars who will elaborate on a theme from the perspective of the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

    Program 1: ...

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