Welcome new students!
Welcome new students to the second half-century of the African Studies Program! We just finished in the spring with a wonderful year-long tribute to the founding of this program in 1964, to honor the newly decolonizing surge in Africa. We are glad that you have joined us to think about the role of Africa in the world today, and to immerse yourself in Africa's languages, peoples, cultures, and rapidly changing social environments. We dedicate this year, 2014-15, to consideration of human rights issues in Africa, and maternal and child health in Africa, and we invite you to join with us investigating these important themes and applying them in the work you do with our great faculty and staff.
The African Studies Program will celebrate 50 years of educating the world's students about Africa during the 2013-14 academic year.
The Passion for Africa
Summer Intensive Language Program
Dates: May 12-June 27, 2014
Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013
The passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela has caused the world to reflect on leadership and on its glaring absence across Africa and the globe. His political commitment to a unitary, democratic, multiracial and progressive government in South Africa quickly became a moral commitment as he was tried for crimes against the racist regime that ruled the country, and then thrown into jail for 27 years in the prime of his life. From a jail cell on Robben Island he became a silent and enormous symbol of freedom’s potential. He eventually exercised this moral authority to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule in resource-rich South Africa, and gain election as its first Black President. Millions of people- millions of youth- in South Africa and around the world participated in liberating South Africa and Mandela was always the potent image of the possibilities of freedom.
Ayca Bobcats! Welcome Maurice Ndour
Women make African Music: Concert & Lecture with Patience Chaitezvi
Through partial funding from Arts for Ohio, African Studies hosted Patience Chaitezvi, one of the very few Zimbabwean women who grew up playing mbira regularly in traditional ceremonies. Patience discussed and performed traditional mbira music and explained her own personal experience growing up as a female mbira player.
Towards African Renaissance: Translating The Conscript
Wednesday, October 2, 7pm Computer Services Center 121B
“You may have missed this!”
Charles Cantalupo, Penn State University
"Joining Africa: From Anthills to Asmarad"
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