It is with heavy hearts that the Harvard Center for African Studies, and indeed, the entire Harvard community, reflects on the memory of Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (AB ’89, JD ’93), who passed away on Tuesday, May 16th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive of Dangote Group, shared his vision for a vibrant and entrepreneurial Africa with the Harvard community. He highlighted the untapped and under-recognized potential sub-Saharan African economies possess, despite the challenges they face. Drawing an overflow crowd from Harvard and beyond, Mr. Dangote prompted the largely student audience to consider business careers in Africa and find ways to tap into the Continent’s many resources.… Read more about Inaugural Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie African Business and Entrepreneurship Lecture