News & Events

To be a South African Ghanaian feat. Executive Director Obenewa Amponsah

March 3, 2017

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 with a previous post… Read more about To be a South African Ghanaian feat. Executive Director Obenewa Amponsah

CAS Responds to the Executive Order Banning Refugees and Immigrants

February 1, 2017

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… Read more about CAS Responds to the Executive Order Banning Refugees and Immigrants

Professor Calestous Juma Named Chair of African Union Panel on Technology

December 19, 2016

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… Read more about Professor Calestous Juma Named Chair of African Union Panel on Technology

Join Our Team

June 7, 2016

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 on Center for African Studies' Royal Bafokeng Sports Summer Program

May 19, 2016

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… Read more about Kathy Delaney-Smith on Center for African Studies' Royal Bafokeng Sports Summer Program

African Language Program featured in the Harvard Gazette

May 17, 2016

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.

Read the full article here.

Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong Appointed Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies

May 17, 2016

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong as the new Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies effective July 1, 2016.

Akyeampong, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, is the senior historian of Africa at Harvard, and specializes in West African history, Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa, comparative slavery, social history of alcohol, disease and medicine, ecology, the African diaspora, political economy and trade, and social and cultural history. He is the author of Drink, Power,… Read more about Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong Appointed Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies