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.
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...
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:
Ilham Abdalla Tagelsir Ali
FDR Initiative Research Assistant working with Grad student Orelia Jonathan
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...
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...
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!