The staff and programs of the African Studies Center work to provide the University and the people of North Carolina with a campus hub for interdisciplinary inquiry and communication on Africa, including the sponsorship of a wide variety of activities that bring together interested faculty and students from a large number of academic disciplines, focusing on the interconnected issues of political change, expressive culture, gender, sustainability, health, and Islam. The African Studies Center is located in the FedEx Global Education Center on the UNC Campus and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Diversity Policy
Prof. Chérie Rivers Ndaliko and her husband, internationally acclaimed Congolese filmmaker and activist Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, were recently featured in the Carolina Arts and Sciences Fall 2016 issue. Prof. Ndaliko's new book on activism and art in the Congo, Necessary Noise: Music, Film and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo, will be published in October. In addition, she is co-hosting a conference at UNC-Chapel Hill in Oct. 27-28, The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises which will bring together an interdisciplinary mix of scholars, artists, community organizers and students to examine the relationship between creativity and humanitarian aid in conflict regions.
Prof. Idris Assani was also profiled on the College of Arts and Sciences homepage. He will travel to Benin (his home country), Cameroon and Burkina Faso in November to check on the progress of the Africa Centres of Excellence, a project led by the World Bank in partnership with the Association of African Universities. The centers partner with existing universities to strengthen their capacity to deliver high quality training and applied research and to encourage students to pursue STEM degrees.