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Harvard Center for African Studies to host virtual conference on transformative role of women entrepreneurs to drive socio-economic change in Africa

September 18, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 9.18.20

Harvard Center for African Studies to host virtual conference on transformative role of women entrepreneurs to drive socio-economic change in Africa

Recent studies have pointed to the huge obstacles women entrepreneurs in...

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Welcome Back Message from CAS Interim Oppenheimer Faculty Director

September 9, 2020

 

Dear Students, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, and Friends of CAS,

As the summer has drawn to a close and we begin an academic year unlike any other, I hope this message finds you in good health and in good spirits. Although the semester ahead will require us to be physically distanced from one another, we hope to find many opportunities to remain socially united as a CAS Community.

Last month marked a milestone in the...

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Harvard University Announces Presidential Fund for Africa-focused STEM Research

September 9, 2020

Harvard University is delighted to announce a new gift from South Africa’s Motsepe Foundation, which will launch the Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa to advance groundbreaking research on key issues impacting the continent. This gift will support faculty-led and student-driven science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research across Harvard’s Schools, exploring questions of crucial importance to the region. The Motsepe Foundation’s gift will significantly enhance Harvard’s...

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CAS Summer Research Grants

September 1, 2020

Over the summer, CAS supported students with interested in doing Africa-related independent research and faculty supported research which resulted in a presentation and written report at the end of summer. You can find the topic of research by the student research below:

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Ilham Abdalla Tagelsir Ali FDR Initiative Research Assistant working with Grad student Orelia Jonathan
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CAS Student Grantee Harsh Sinha AB'20 Featured in the Gazette

August 19, 2020

Harsh Sinha’s international experience at Harvard began during his first summer with the Center for African Studies’ Maru-a-Pula internship program. With six other Harvard College students, he made his way to Maru-a-Pula, a secondary school in Gaborone, Botswana. That same summer, he managed to travel to Namibia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa, experiences that changed what he thought was feasible during his Harvard experience. Traveling became a way for him to get out of his comfort...

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CAS Faculty Affiliate Doris Sommer to co-teach a GENED course

August 13, 2020

Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams, Jr. Professor of Romance Languages, Literature and African and African American Studies Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences will co-teach GENED 1011 Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems in the fall. Be sure to sign up for a preview session below and watch the intro video.

What problems do developing countries face, and how can individuals contribute to solutions rather than awaiting the largesse of the state or other actors? Intractable problems – such...

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Passing of Ambassador Walter C. Carrington (July 24, 1930 – August 11, 2020)

August 11, 2020

 

It is with great sadness that the Center for African Studies mourns Ambassador Walter C. Carrington’s passing.

“Walter Omowale Carrington was of that breed that provokes the time-honoured, nostalgic sentiment, a cliché that is however grounded in unvarnished truth: “They don’t make them like that any more”.”

- Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Prizewinning Nigerian playwright and poet.
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A Letter from the Center for African Studies Interim Oppenheimer Faculty Director

July 2, 2020

 

We are pleased to announce that Professor Wafaie Fawzi has been appointed the Interim Oppenheimer Faculty Director at the Center for this upcoming academic year while Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong is on sabbatical. Please find his introductory letter below and join us in welcoming him to the Center!

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