Past Events

  • 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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  • 2019 Sep 04

    African Language Program Open House

    11:00am to 1:00pm


    Center for African Studies Lounge - 1280 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA

    The African Language Program Open House is a chance to learn about Harvard's many African language courses, meet the ALP's language instructors, and decide on class meeting times for the upcoming semester. Come to learn more about the most linguistically-diverse program on campus, and to meet the ALP's talented language instructors.

    ORGANIZER: African Language Program

    QUESTIONS: Feven Girmay, AAAS Undergraduate Studies and ALP Coordinator,  fevengirmay@fas....

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  • 2019 Aug 31

    Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)


    University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

    Christianity has important early roots in the Nile Valley and Ethiopia. Related arts often embody core local African values—an aesthetics that privileges moral value and simplicity over opulence, wealth, or power. This is an art of the people: limestone not marble, wool and linen rather than silk, bone instead of ivory, terracotta, wood, and copper in place of gold.

    Transformation, a unifying theme in early Christian art, connects with the life of Jesus and the life-changing impact of religious conversion. Grapes become wine for communion and feast days. Flowers become...

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  • 2019 Aug 05

    Gender Matters: A Globally Focused Professional Development Workshop for Educators

    Mon Aug 5 (All day) to Thu Aug 8 (All day)


    CGIS South - 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138

    Gender Matters: A Globally Focused Professional Development Workshop for Educators

    Workshop Background

    The Harvard Global Studies Outreach summer workshop for 2019 will focus on gender, considering both issues of identity and equality. The following questions will guide our exploration of this global topic:

    1. What is gender? How has it been constructed and understood across time, place and space? How does gender intersect with race, sexuality, class, ability, and other differences...
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  • 2019 Jul 18

    Mandela Day 2019

    2:00pm to 4:00pm


    Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA Hall of Flags 24 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02133

    Mandela Day 2019

    Honoring Madiba's commitment to social justice and his lifetime of service to others.

    Please join Bridgewater State University and South Africa Partners in partnership with Senator Jason Lewis in honoring Nelson Mandela's birthday and welcoming this year's Young...

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  • 2019 May 29

    Graduation Party

    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
    The Department of African and African American StudiesCenter for African Studies, and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research invite you to join us in celebrating our doctoral students, graduating seniors, and secondary fielders at the 2019 graduation party. 
  • 2019 May 16

    African Philanthropy Conference

    (All day)


    Donald Gordon Auditorium - Johannesburg, South Africa

    On May 16-17, 2019, the African Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at the Wits Business School, the African Philanthropy Forum, TrustAfrica and the Harvard University’s Center for African Studies will host a two-day workshop in Johannesburg to explore key themes in African philanthropy and social investment.

    The workshop will convene philanthropists (African and non-African), Non-Governmental Organizations that work in this area, policy-makers, the private sector, and academic researchers to explore how together we can formulate a coherent framework...

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  • 2019 May 15

    Belo-Osagie Lecture on Business and Entrepreneurship feat. Kola Karim, Shoreline Energy International



    GIBS Business School - 26 Melville Rd, Illovo, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

    This year's Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Lecture on African Business and Entrepreneurship will feature Kola Karim, CEO and Managing Director, Shoreline Energy International.


    Livestream link for those who wish to join virtually:


    ORGANIZER: Harvard University Center for African Studies...

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