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Statement of Support and Solidarity with the University of Cape Town and Residents of Cape Town, South Africa

April 19, 2021

 

We would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss endured by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and residents of Cape Town, South Africa due to devastating fires beginning on Sunday, April 18, 2021. The fire is reported to have been contained following tireless work by fire and rescue services; however, efforts continue to control flare-ups and respond to the displacement of students and Cape Town residents.

We stand in support of the UCT community and sends our positive thoughts to students who are being relocated to alternative...

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Awardees Announced for the Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa

April 6, 2021

This week, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, in collaboration with the Center for African Studies, announced the inaugural awardees of the Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa.

This fund, supported by the generosity of the Motsepe Foundation, will significantly strengthen the University’s relationship with Africa through faculty-led science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research across Harvard’s Schools, exploring questions of crucial...

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Message from the Director: Developing the Next Generation of Scholars at Harvard and in Africa

March 3, 2021

As we approach the one-year anniversary of our shift to virtual programming, the Center for African Studies has been focused on our capacity-building initiatives and training opportunities. We are fortunate to have an ever-expanding cohort of undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard that are choosing to focus at least some of their training on African studies. We are dedicated to supporting their research and education in close association with their faculty mentors.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and we are keen to advance the aspirations of postdoctoral...

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CAS furthering research and scholarship on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Health in Africa

March 2, 2021

On April 21 – 22, 2021, the Harvard Center for African Studies will reconvene our Climate Change, Agriculture, and Health in Africa initiative around the theme of water for a two-day virtual conference on Africa’s Water Opportunity: Science, Sustainability, and Solutions.

This research initiative was launched in November 2017 with a...

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Training the Next Generation of African Scholars at the Center for African Studies

March 1, 2021

The Center for African Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program will be relaunched and accepting applications beginning Monday, March 15.

This fellowship is aimed at providing opportunities for postdoctoral candidates to conduct independent research, publish, and increase knowledge in their fields of...

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Opportunity for South Africans to study at Harvard

February 22, 2021

For more than 40 years, disadvantaged South Africans who have shown considerable skill in their chosen fields have studied law, public health, business, and humanities at Harvard University through the fully funded Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program. While the challenges and opportunities South Africa faces have evolved, the need for the program remains as urgent as ever.

The Harvard Center for African Studies is announcing that applications for...

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Sexual Extortion: the “silent” corruption Across Sub-Saharan Africa

February 5, 2021

By Zakhona Mvelase (HKS’21, HSAFP ’20-‘21) and Tendai Mvuvu (HKS’21)

The African Union launched 2018 as the African year of Anti-Corruption, under the theme of “Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s Transformation.” For many, this call was a fight against monetary corruption, but for many women in Africa, corruption not only manifests in monetary form, but also through unscrupulous behavior that infringes women’s rights and well-being. Corruption is globally ...

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Fall 2020 CAS Faculty Grant Recipients

January 29, 2021

The Harvard Center for African Studies supports research questions and opportunities for which other funding is not readily available. The primary purpose for supporting faculty-led projects related to Africa, is to seed new areas of research and education or deepen existing areas. Grants focus on any country in Africa, or that advance ideas that are related to Africa-Asia, or other regional engagements that connect Africa to the Global South. Research or educational opportunities at any school at Harvard are welcomed. More information:...

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Congratulations to Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

January 27, 2021

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has named Henry Louis Gates Jr. the recipient of the Don M. Randel Award for Humanistic Studies. The award — which is being given for only the seventh time since it was established in 1975 — recognizes remarkable scholars whose work shapes our inner lives and our understanding of the world around us.

A prolific scholar and public intellectual, Gates’s...

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