The Center for African Studies is the University’s preeminent convener for Africa-related events, programming, and initiatives. During the 2015-2016 academic year, The Center for African Studies hosted and co-sponsored numerous 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 October 18th, the Center for African Studies, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and the Department of African and African American Studies hosted a special screening of Beasts of No Nation, followed by a discussion and reception with author Uzodinma Iweala. Read more here.
This year, 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. This series aims to trace the rich historical legacy of Islamic culture in Africa, as well as discuss the implications of Islam in a rapidly modernizing and globalizing African continent. Read more here.
The 18th Annual Africa Business Conference attracted students, business leaders, and policymakers from the United States, Africa, and beyond for a forum on the current business climate in Africa and the innovative approaches Africans are taking to improve it. Read more here.
The 7th Annual African Development Conference (ADC) at Harvard took on the challenge to revisit the idea of the “African Renaissance.” It invited conversations on how the continent’s potential can be realized and its growth sustained over the coming years. A highlight of this event was the keynote address delivered by the President of Niger, His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou. Read more here.
The Center For African Studies hosted the international premiere of the critically acclaimed Nigerian production HEAR WORD! Naija Women Talk True, directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa on April 15th, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The four performances at Harvard’s Dance Center were sold out, and brought together members of the local African diaspora with Harvard students, faculty, and staff, Cambridge theater-goers, students and faculty from Boston University and Bunker Hill Community College, and a sizable contingent of Nigerian women who flew in from Lagos to join the celebration. Read more here.
The ALD Conference aims to engage a diverse range of scholars and African heritage communities in serious discussion about the contributions of African languages to the disciplines. This year’s conference included panelists from across Africa and the globe, discussing topics related to the “Use of African Languages in African Institutions”, “Nko Business”, and “Preservation, Reconstruction, and Dissemination of Intangible Cultural Heritage.” Read more here.