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Joint Statement on Xenophobic and Racist Actions in Response to COVID-19

April 23, 2020

We strongly condemn xenophobic and racist acts arising from the global COVID-19 pandemic. International media outlets have reported on incidents worldwide targeting individuals and communities of Asian ancestry and the spread of racially targeted misinformation on social media platforms. Xenophobic and racist actions have also been reported against African and African American communities in Guangzhou, China. According to the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China:

In response to an increase in COVID-19 infections, officials...

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The passing of Professor Thandika Mkandawire

March 27, 2020

The Harvard Center for African Studies sends our deepest heartfelt condolences to Professor Thandika Mkandawire's family and friends. His passing is a great loss to our community. Professor Thandika Mkandawire was the Chair of African Development and Professor of African Development at the London School of Economics. He contributed immensely to the scholarship of social sciences in Africa.

We wish to share CODESRIA's announcement on his passing and tribute to his scholarly work and highly esteemed career here:...

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50th Anniversary of Africa at Harvard

February 28, 2020

 

50th Anniversary of Africa at Harvard

On February 28th – 29th, 2020,  the Center for African Studies, the Department of African and African American Studies and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Researchcelebrated the 50th anniversary of African and African American Studies. The two-day symposium kicked off at Harvard Memorial Chuch with a full agenda that commemorated this occasion as well as highlighted the...

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Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program Alum, Alex Fitzgerald '17, shares her Harvard experience on Kaya FM

February 24, 2020

Alexandra (Alex) Fitzgerald (Harvard Law School / HSAFP '17), attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a Senior Legal Officer at the South Africa Human Rights Commission, shares her experience at Harvard and the Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) on Kaya FM (South Africa).

"Would you be where you are today had you not gone to Harvard?"

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J-Term Grantee Mohamed Ally Iddi (College 2021) hosts three-week coding boot camp in Tanzania

January 27, 2020

In January 2020, the Center for African Studies supported Mohamed Ally Iddi, a rising senior studying computer science at Harvard College, to travel and organize a three-week coding boot camp named “BitHub255” for students in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, during J-Term.

The aim of the project was to demystify computer science by introducing students to the basics of programming using Python. Mohamed collaborated with two students Edmund Sepeku (Rochester ‘22) and Akram Ismail...

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The Center Mourns the Passing of Two Accomplished Africanists in Our Community: Professor James Pritchett and Professor Tejumola Olaniyan

December 10, 2019

 

It is with a heavy heart that the Harvard Center for African Studies announces the passing of two accomplished Africanists in our community, Professor James Pritchett (Michigan State University) and Professor Tejumola Olaniyan (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

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African Twilight: Vanishing Ceremonies of the African Continent

December 5, 2019

On December 5, 2019, the Harvard Center for African Studies hosted a lecture on African Twilight: Vanishing Ceremonies of the African Continent, which featured highlights from African Twilight, a fifteen-year study and visual homage to the vanishing traditions of the continent. Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith shared striking photos and videos, insightful stories, and unique experiences seeking out remote communities to record sacred ceremonies, celebrating Africa’s powerful art forms and boundless creativity. Forty percent of the traditions and ceremonies that Beckwith and Fisher have...

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Tom Osborn, CAS Summer Grantee, Publishes Research on Depression and Anxiety Among Kenyan High School Students

November 8, 2019

Over the past two summers, the Center for African Studies supported Tom Osborn (College '20) to travel to Kenya and work on the Shamiri (Swahili for “thrive”) project. Tom is concentrating in Psychology with a secondary in Computer Science. He is the President of the Harvard Africa Business and Investment Club and resides in Eliot House.

The Shamiri project is a wellness and academic functioning intervention developed for adolescent high school students in Kibera, Kenya....

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