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 apparent end to the commodity supercycle has sent shock waves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in stock markets, put pressure on currencies and fuelled concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances.Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent’s economic future, with fears that the remarkable gains of the past two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank meetings I attended at the height of the Asian financial crisis nearly 20 years ago, when… Read more about Resources Not Africa’s Only Gem - in Business Day
Real Talk - Telling Nigerian Women’s Stories, by Patrick L. Kennedy featured in Harvard Gazette
Ifeoma Fafunwa knows there was a time in living memory when Germans gassed gay people along with Jews, Gypsies, and others they considered inferior. So it struck her as ironic when, a few years ago, she had to enter a German embassy in order to attend a screening of a pro-gay-rights film in Nigeria. In a discussion afterward, a German official — whom Fafunwa knows and likes — earnestly told the local audience, “You can talk freely here!” Read full article… Read more about Harvard Gazette Interview with Ifeoma Fafunwa
Producer, director, performer, writer, architect. Over the past two decades, Ifeoma Fafunwa has worn many hats searching for the ideal vehicle with which to marry her art with her deep concerns for the world. Two years ago, she found it with the ambitious, critically acclaimed Nigerian production “Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True,” which she and a cast of 10 women are bringing to the Harvard Dance Center April 15-17 for its US premiere.
The Center for African Studies grantee, Hanna Amanuel ’16, was recently featured in the Harvard Gazette. Amanuel was awarded a CAS Summer Grant in 2015 to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on the history, politics, and meaning of female genital cutting (FGC) in Eritrea. The article, titled “Coming of Age, Setting a Goal,” was part of a series showcasing some of Harvard’s most promising graduates. After graduation, Amanuel will begin a Harvard-UK Fellowship at Oxford University. To learn more about Amanuel’s story and future aspirations, read the full article… Read more about CAS Grantee featured in The Harvard Gazette
Grieve Chelwa published his fifth piece on the blog site Africa is a Country on March 20th. "It's the economy, N°5." Chelwa is a Post-Doctorate Fellow at the Center for African Studies. His research focuses on the economics of education in his native Zambia. He frequently blogs for the online blog Africa Is A Country and in Quartz Africa.
Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Anthropology at Stanford University collaborated on research to determine the underlying causes that led to the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Read the full story Lessons from a Pandemic - Illuminating the hidden causes of the Ebola outbreak, by Jake Miller here.
The Center for African Studies in association with American Repertory Theater, Division of Social Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Dance Center, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Mahindra Humanities Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Theater, Dance & Media Concentration at Harvard University present: HEAR WORD… Read more about HEAR WORD!