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The African Studies Center hosts and co-sponsors a wide array of talks, conferences, symposiums, and seminars by internationally renowned intellectuals, artists, and scholars.

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African Languages Fair/Night
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 10 AM - 1 PM, 5-7 PM.
GEC Atrium, and the Pit, UNC-CH

Get to know African language instructors, meet past and current African language students, hear about African languages, and watch African language students speak, sing and perform in the languages they are stuyding. African Language Night will be held at 5 PM in the Global Education Center Atrium and the African Languages Fair will be held 10 Am- 1 PM in the Pit. Please drop by our table and learn more about African languages at UNC.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall for more information.

Global Brexit and the Lost Futures of European Empires
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - Saturday, April 6, 2019, See Conference Page for Schedule
Various Locations

Join us in discussing global responses to the United Kingdom’s anticipated exit from the European Union, and in exploring the historical context of these events. The Global Brexit Keynote Panel & Reception will be held in the Graham Memorial Lounge, April 4: 5:00pm Reception; 5:30-7:15pm Keynote Panel. Workshop panels will be held April 4-6, in the Fedex Global Education Center and the Institute for Arts and Humanities (Hyde Hall). Please see the Conference Page for detailed program information.   Free.   Please Contact: Mark Reeves for more information.

Introduction to Malawi and Chichewa: A Workshop on Chichewa Language and Malawi Culture.
Monday, April 15, 2019, 5:30 - 7:45 PM.
Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Beard Hall, Room 116, UNC-CH

This four-part workshop will focus on introductory Chichewa greetings and linguistics, medical interview vocabulary, and cultural sensitivity in health services for UNC students, staff and faculty planning research, service or internships in Malawi. Workshop sessions cover elementary language construction, health and cultural training, as well as brief presentations on the history, geography, politics and economy of Malawi. Participants will be given soft copies of readings and basic language material. Light dinner will be provided. Attendance at all sessions is strongly recommended. Dates of the workshops are: When: April 2019 – Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th & 23rd, Thursday 25th from 5:30pm – 7:45pm.   Free.   Please Contact: Mamie Harris for more information.

Spring Passport Drive
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9 AM - 4 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

UNC Global hosts officials from the U.S. Department of State and a photographer to make first-time passport applications and renewals easy. This event is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as their families. Details about required materials and payment can be found at   See website for cost details   Please Contact: Ingrid Smith for more information.

Youssou Ndour: A Griot Sufi Poet
Prof. Mamarame seck

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 5 PM.
Graham Memorial, Room 039, UNC-CH

Dr. Seck is a researcher in the Department of Languages and Civilizations at IFAN (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire) at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Among his research interests are the Wolof language, culture, French linguistics, Islamic discourses in West Africa and the functions of Sufi oral discourse in the practice of Islam in Senegal, in particular in the socialization of Sufi disciples and their relationship with the shaykh.   Free.   Please Contact: Ayana Brown for more information.

The Role of the Judiciary in the Reconstruction and Transformation of Transitional Societies: Lessons from Kenya
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 5 PM.
Location TBD.

The Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies will host a talk by Kenyan High Court Judge, Justice Joel Ngugi. He will explore the role, opportunities and challenges of Kenya's Judiciary in achieving the societal transformation envisaged in the country's 2010 Constitution.   Free.   Please Contact: Ayana Brown for more information.

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