The Center for African Studies is the University’s preeminent convener for Africa-related events, programming, and initiatives. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Center hosted and co-sponsored over 60 events across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Professional Schools. These events spanned a wide range of subject areas, including public health and medicine, religion, law, entrepreneurship, literature, history, and government, to name only a few. Below is a list of some of this year’s highlights.
On September 23rd, 2014, the Center 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. Speakers included Harvard Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Professor Jennifer Leaning, HSPH visiting Scientist Dr. Patrick Vinck, Kristian Andersen from the Broad Institute, and Maggie Koerth-Baker the Science Editor at Boing Boing. Read more here.
In December the first Africanist faculty retreat was held under the auspices of the new Center. Together, over fifty faculty, fellows, and administrators came together from eight departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and seven professional schools. Read more here.
Held in early April, the 6th Annual African Development Conference was an occasion for student groups from all of Harvard’s professional schools to collaborate on a major conference focused on Africa’s contemporary achievements and challenges. Read more here.
With major sponsorship from the Center for African Studies, the Africa Business Club (ABC) at the Harvard Business School organized the 17th annual Africa Business Conference from February 27th through March 1st. With over 1,450 participants at this year’s conference, which pursued the theme “A More Inclusive Africa: The Pursuit of Progress For All,” the conference was an essential “must attend” event for the best and brightest minds in African economic growth and innovation. Read more here.
This international workshop was the culmination of a three-year initiative that gathered scholars and practitioners to analyze the intersections between the archive, history, and the law. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow opened the Workshop with a keynote address that drew upon her internationally-acclaimed scholarship. Read more here.
In the wake of Nigeria’s historic elections and peaceful transition from the Goodluck Jonathan to the Muhammadu Buhair government, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka returned to Harvard on April 29th, 2015 to deliver a keynote lecture entitled “Predicting Nigeria? Electoral Ironies.” Read more here.