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February 2017

“A Taste of Morocco” – Rabat Programs Information Session

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Enjoy North African cuisine while learning how you can explore the language and culture of North Africa and the Middle East in Morocco’s cosmopolitan capital city of Rabat!

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Walls or Bridges? Restructuring for a Better Tomorrow – 2017 Pardee School of Global Studies Graduate Conference

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - February 25 @ 6:00 pm
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Rd
Boston , MA 02215 United States
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The Pardee Graduate Council is excited to invite you to attend our sixth annual Pardee Graduate Conference. This years' theme will bring together graduate-level scholars together from Boston University and across the country to present their research in panel discussions. The keynote speaker includes BU alumnus, Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

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“Rioting through Religion: Spirituality and Activism in Free French Brazzaville, 1940-1944”

February 27 @ 12:20 pm - 1:50 pm
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Rd
Boston , MA 02215 United States
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Join us as we continue the 39th year of the Walter Rodney Seminar Series, every Monday at noon at the African Studies Center. Presenters represent the interdisciplinary nature of African Studies at BU and always lead to active and engaging discussions. This week Danielle Sanchez, Assistant Professor of African History at Muhlenberg College presents, “Rioting through Religion: Spirituality and Activism in Free French Brazzaville, 1940-1944.”

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African Studies Workshop Featuring Abdoulaye Gueye

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Robinson Hall Basement Conference Room, 21 Robinson Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States
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Abdoulaye Gueye is a professor at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa. He will present "Reaching Out to the Homeland: The African Academic Diaspora and Universities in Africa." Jacob Olupona, Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School and Professor of African and African American Studies, will be the discussant. 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…

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March 2017

Africa Command

March 2 @ 2:30 pm
Belfer Center Library, 79 Jfk St
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Please join Deputy Commander for Military Operations U.S. Africa Command Vice Admiral, Michael Franken discuss US Military Operations in Africa.

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African Studies Workshop Featuring Zebulon Dingley

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lower Library, Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States
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Zebulon Dingley is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Departments of Anthropology and History at the University of Chicago. He is currently an Exchange Scholar with the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University and Teaching Fellow in the Department of African and African American Studies. He will present "Fisi ra Kaya: 'Elders' in South Coast Sorcery and Sacrifice." Jo Helle-Valle, Professor at the University of Oslo, will be the discussant. A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard…

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Performance with Angélique Kidjo

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Horner Room, Agassiz House, Radcliffe Institute, 5 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Details TBA. Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and activist.  

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Race, Representation, and Museums Lecture Series: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make: European Social Theory and the Real-Life “Fetish”

Since the early-modern encounter between African and European merchants on the Guinea Coast, the term “fetish” has invoked African gods as a metaphor for what European social critics believe to be disorders in European thought. Yet African gods have a social logic of their own that is no less reasonable than the different, but equally socially positioned, theories of Marx and Freud. This lecture will offer a novel perspective on the social roots of these tandem African and European understandings of…

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The Harvard Graduate Conference on International History: Migration, Immigration, & Diaspora

March 9 @ 8:00 am - March 10 @ 5:00 pm
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The organizing committee for the Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History (Con-IH) will hold its seventeenth annual conference. This year’s theme is migration in international and global history. Human migration, immigration and diasporas have played a fundamental role in world development and continue to do so. The forced and free movements of people throughout history intersect with some of the most important subjects of urbanization, imperialism, slavery, capitalism and globalization. Con-IH 17 seeks to discuss cutting-edge studies that take up…

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Public Lecture Series: Kunlé Adeyemi

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer, and urban researcher, and founder of NLÉ, an architecture, design, and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. His work includes Makoko Floating School (MFS), a prototype structure on the lagoon at the heart of Lagos, Nigeria and part of African Water Cities, an extensive research project by NLÉ. MFS II, a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School, was in the exhibition Waterfront Atlas at this year’s…

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