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About the Center

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

The Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) and the SouthEast Africanist Network (SEAN) are pleased to announce a joint conference to be hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill. The theme for the conference will be African Technologies and Creativity: Innovation in Times of Uncertainty. We are planning to open the conference on Friday evening with a reception and screening of "Her Broken Shadow," a sci-fi film by Ugandan filmmaker Dilman Dila. View the Conference Website for registration and the conference program.

Announcing the Barbara Anderson Travel Award

Earlier this month we celebrated Barbara Anderson's thirty-four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the last thirteen of which were spent as the founding Associate Director of the African Studies Center. Now we are excited to announce the Barbara Anderson Travel Award. This annual award will be given to a deserving Carolina undergraduate student to defray costs associated with study abroad or an approved study experience in an African country. Strong preference will be given to first-generation students and students from underrepresented communities. To launch the award, Raymond Farrow, Associate Provost for Global Affairs, has pledged $5,000 in matching funds from the Chancellor's Global Education Fund. Every dollar you give between now and June 30, 2019, will be doubled up to this amount. Be part of this initiative!