News at CAS

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

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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

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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,

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African Languages in the Disciplines and Professions Conference

May 8, 2016

A successful African Languages in the Disciplines and Professions Conference & the Neville Alexander Memorial Lecture took place on April 21st and 22nd, 2016. This conference aims to engage a diverse range of scholars and African heritage communities in serious discussion about the contributions of African languages to the disciplines.

Indigenous African languages are vital to comprehending how Africans understand, organize, and transmit essential knowledge to successive generations, both through oral and written

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The Center for African Studies Welcomes Professor Achille Mbembe, Senior Research Fellow

January 27, 2016

The Center for African Studies is delighted to welcome Professor Achille Mbembe as the Center’s Spring 2016 visiting Senior Research Fellow. A major figure not only in the fields of African history, politics, and social science, Mbembe is widely regarded as one of the most important public intellectuals writing about contemporary African and global phenomena in the world today.

Mbembe’s influential On the Postcolony was published in English in 2001, followed by On Private Indirect Government (State of the Literature), 2002, Sortir de la grande nuit – Essai sur l

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The Center for African Studies Welcomes Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellows

January 12, 2016

In 2014 the Center for African Studies received an anonymous gift to establish a Postdoctoral Fellowship program to support promising African scholars to spend 2-3 years at the Center, pursuing their scholarship, teaching, and receiving mentoring in the early phase of their academic careers. The Center was delighted to welcome Grieve Chelwa and Mekonnen Firew Ayano, the first of the Center’s Postdoctoral Fellows, to Cambridge on January 4, 2016.

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