It is with heavy hearts that the Harvard Center for African Studies, and indeed, the entire Harvard community, reflects on the memory of Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (AB ’89, JD ’93), who passed away on Tuesday, May 16th.
Jennifer was a zealous supporter of educational opportunity
In remembrance of Ghana’s 60th Independence Day Anniversary, the Center for African Studies Africa Office Executive Director Obenewa Amponsah was featured in an interview on KAYAFM 95.9 to discuss what it means to be a South African Ghanaian. Listen to the full interview covering pertinent topics related to development across the continent, the African diaspora, and Ghanaian heritage. Obenewa Amponsah is of Ghanaian descent, grew up in the Washington DC area and has lived in South Africa for over ten years. Her experience spans from community to governance development
Respect for difference and religious freedom are long-held values at Harvard University and the Harvard Center for African Studies (CAS). President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning the entry of immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries compromises the status of these values in our communities. More specifically, this ban directly impacts the exchange of the thousands of students, faculty, and scholars that travel between Harvard and the targeted regions each year.
No doubt, the world has become increasingly complex and interconnected. The Harvard
Harvard Kennedy School Professor Calestous Juma, a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for African Studies, will co-chair the African Union Commission’s (AUC) new High Level African Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET). The panel, created by Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), His Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will advise the African Union on existing and emerging technologies.
As co-chair, Professor Juma will lead ten experts from diverse professional backgrounds as they make policy recommendations concerning existing and emerging technologies. The panel will
Achille Mbembe, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center was recently featured on the front cover of the daily French newspaper, Libération. An interview with Achille Mbembe was also published in the "Ideas" section, highlighting Mbembe as a global thinker. View the original publication in French here.
The Center for African Studies is looking for two qualified individuals to join our dynamic team. We are seeking an Events & Fellows Officer and a Communications Officer. To learn more and apply, go to the Harvard ASPIRE website and use the position req codes: 39509BR and 39568BR.
Kathy Delaney-Smith, head coach of Harvard women’s basketball, was featured in an interview with the Harvard Gazette. For thirty-four years, Delaney-Smith has coached Harvard's women's basketball team, leading her teams to more victories than any other in Ivy League history. At 66, she has no immediate plans to retire, but when she does, Delaney-Smith hopes to work with the Center for African Studies' Royal Bafokeng Sports Summer Program. Read the
The African Language Program was featured in the Harvard Gazette's May 16th edition. The article, From Swahili to Bemba, by Liz Mineo, highlights the breadth and depth of the African Language Program at Harvard and the strong leadership by Professor John Mugane, the Director of the African Language Program, who has overseen the program's development.