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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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October

Carolina Seminar
Faculty Panel on Emerging Research

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

A Conversation with Prof. Emily Burrill and Prof. Lisa Lindsay on "Women and Enslavement in Atlantic Africa." This is a faculty-led panel aimed at offering faculty members an opportunity to present, dialogue and exchange ideas, with colleagues and students, on related research topics. This talk is part of the Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Teaching on Ugandan Music and the Rudiments of Style
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

A session with Prof. David Pier, Haruna Walusimbi and James Isabirye.   Free.   Please Contact: Dave Pier dpier@email.unc.edu for more information.


Ambassador Mark Asquino
Monday, October 28, 2019, 5:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Ambassador Mark Asquino, career Foreign Service Officer and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea from 2012 to 2015, will deliver a talk on his work addressing human rights, democracy and corruption in the country. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ambassador Asquino has served in postings in Latin America, Europe, Central Asia and Africa and served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sudan and in Kazakhstan. In Washington, he was Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State. This talk is part of The Art of Resistance Speaker Series. More Information   Free.   Please Contact: Ingrid Smith ingrid.smith@unc.edu for more information.


FLAS Info Session
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:00 PM
School of Law, Room 4082, UNC-CH

The African Studies Center offers Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Graduate and Undergraduate students. Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and Summer 2020 will be due February 7, 2020.More information on ASC FLAS can be found at our FLAS Page. This informational meeting is designed to answer questions from prospective applicants and will be a joint meeting with other area studies centers. More info sessions are available Nov. 6, 12, 19, and Jan. 13. Each session will cover the same information.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



November

Celebrate Africa Week!
Friday, November 1, 2019 - Thursday, November 14, 2019, Times vary, see individual event descriptions.
Multiple Venues: The Pit, FedEx Global Education Center

Share with us #whatmakesmeAfrican during this series of events hosted in collaboration with The Organization of African Students Interests and Solidarity (O.A.S.I.S.). We will offer Congolese drum lessons and performances, a student-led discussion and viewing of the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and a panel discussion on "Africa's Evolving Forms of Political Critique and Social Movements." Africa Week Information   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Global North Carolina K-12 Teacher Workshop
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9 AM - 4 PM.
John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University

Expand global competencies and area studies knowledge in this one-day workshop. Sessions will address immigration trends, cross-cultural communication and collaboration, as well as diverse cultures, histories, and perspectives of different global communities in North Carolina, preparing teachers to navigate global issues in the classroom. Workshop is free of cost; CEUs available. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sponsored by the NC Department of Instruction & the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers.   Free.   Please Contact: Emma Harver harver@email.unc.edu for more information.


Congolese Drum Lessons by Dr. Ken Wilson
Monday, November 4, 2019 - Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:30 PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005/1009, UNC-CH

Orange County native and UNC alumnus Dr. Kenneth Wilson will offer free introduction to Congolese drumming sessions. He has been playing the Congolese drums for forty years as he loves the tradition, sound, and rhythm of these African drum. This will be an introductory class geared toward how to use the drums and appreciating Congolese music in general. Dr. Wilson, a retired physican, has been involved in the Congolese drumming scene in the Triad for many years. Congolese drumming is similar to West African and Afro-Cuban drumming but involves more guttural sounds, Wilson said. The class will feature the Ngoma, a drum that goes hand-in-hand with the Congolese drumming style that produces a low and deep sound. The event takes place several times throughout Africa Week at UNC. It occurs on November 4, 11, and 18th at 6:30 pm. The Nov. 18 session will be in room 1009, GEC and the earlier sessions will be in room 1005.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


FLAS Info Session
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 2:30 PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3009, UN-CH

The African Studies Center offers Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Graduate and Undergraduate students. Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and Summer 2020 will be due February 7, 2020.More information on ASC FLAS can be found at our FLAS Page. This informational meeting is designed to answer questions from prospective applicants and will be a joint meeting with other area studies centers. More info sessions are available Nov. 12, 19, and Jan. 13. Each session will cover the same information.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Annie Griffiths
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 5:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Auditorium, UNC-CH

Annie Griffiths is a photographer deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document programs that are empowering women and girls throughout the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. This talk is on the Ripple mission of assistance to women globally, and will discuss Syria and the refugee crisis. The film The Water Wheel will also be shown. This film was shot in a refugee camp by Ripple photographer Lynn Johnson, with music written by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. This talk is part of the Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


O.A.S.I.S. at the Pit!
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 10 AM
The Pit, UNC-CH

O.A.S.I.S. stands for Organization for African Students' Interest and Solidarity. The organization uses different forms of expression, such as acting and poetry. The mission of O.A.S.I.S. is "spreading awareness of the beauty of African culture and serving as a resource for the UNC-CH campus." On November 7 and 13th at 10 a.m. O.A.S.I.S. will be in the pit. This event is a part of Africa Week at UNC.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Congolese Drum Performance by Pline
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:00 PM, 1:45 PM
The Pit, UNC-CH

Pline is a Raleigh based artist from Brazzaville, Congo. He is a guest artist and teacher at Duke University's Department of Music. He also teaches Congolese drum lessons in Chapel Hill. This event is part of Africa Week at UNC. The event takes place on November 7th from 12-1 pm in the Pit; Nov. 7 from 1:45-2 pm in the Fedex GEC; and November 13th from 12:05-12:20 pm in the Fedex GEC. More info about the artist.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium
Monday, November 11, 2019, 9 AM - 3 PM
Stone Center, UNC-CH

This one-day symposium will bring together “conversants” from communities thrown together as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Representatives from Native/Indigenous American, African American, African, European and White American (descendant) communities will offer their unique insights and reflections on the 400th year since the eventful moment in 1619 when those enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort near the English settlement at Jamestown, in what is now Virginia. The event will feature 2 keynotes (morning and afternoon) that will serve as the foundation for the conversations that will take place between invited guests. Event Information   Free.   Please Contact: Stone Center 919-962-9001 for more information.


FLAS Info Session
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:15 PM
School of Social Work (Tate-Turner-Kuralt), Room 500, UNC-CH

The African Studies Center offers Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Graduate and Undergraduate students. Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and Summer 2020 will be due February 7, 2020.More information on ASC FLAS can be found at our FLAS Page. This informational meeting is designed to answer questions from prospective applicants and will be a joint meeting with other area studies centers. More info sessions are available Nov. 19 and Jan. 13. Each session will cover the same information.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Film and Discussion:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Auditorium, UNC-CH

Join us for a viewing and discussion of the 2019 film based on the memoir The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba. As a boy in Malawi, William read all the books he could find on science and technology in his local library, and built a windmill for his family out of spare parts salvaged in the village. The windmill powered a water pump which he had salvaged earlier, and assisted his family in fighting the effects of a drought striking his home. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


UNC Global Passport Drive
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Thursday, November 14, 2019, 10 AM - 3 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

UNC Global will sponsor a Passport Drive on November 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 4th floor of the FedEx Global Education Center. 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 here.   See event details/link for cost info.   Please Contact: Ingrid Smith ingrid.smith@unc.edu for more information.


Congolese Drum Performance by Pline
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:05 PM
The Pit, UNC-CH

Pline is a Raleigh based artist from Brazzaville, Congo. He is a guest artist and teacher at Duke University's Department of Music. This event is part of Africa Week at UNC. The event takes place on November 7th at 12 pm and 1:45 pm and November 13th at 12:05 pm. Congolese drum lessons will be held through the week on November 4, 11, and 18th. More info about the artist.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Carolina Seminar
Africa's Evolving Forms of Political Critique and Social Movements

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

This panel discussion will feature case studies on Equatorial Guinea and Sudan. This event is part of the Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes and a part of Africa Week at UNC. The Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


World View 2019 Community College Symposium
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Thursday, November 14, 2019, All day.
Friday Center, UNC-CH

The workshop theme this year is "Confronting Poverty Globally and Locally." Poverty is a worldwide threat. It has a direct impact on North Carolina where the poverty rate remains above historical averages (North Carolina Poverty Report, 2018). This symposium will explore topics and strategies that address poverty globally and locally. Through engaging interactive breakout sessions, plenary talks, and panel discussions, educators will learn about resources and build a network of colleagues who are passionate about this work. This program is designed for community college instructors of all disciplines, as well as administrators and staff. More Information   See event details for cost info.   Please Contact: World View (919) 962-9264 for more information.


FLAS Info Session
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:00 PM
Rosenau Hall, Room 101, UNC-CH

The African Studies Center offers Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Graduate and Undergraduate students. Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and Summer 2020 will be due February 7, 2020. More information on ASC FLAS can be found at our FLAS Page. This informational meeting is designed to answer questions from prospective applicants and will be a joint meeting with other area studies centers. The remaining info session is available on Jan. 13. Each session will cover the same information.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



December

Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10 AM - 3:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Atrium, UNC-CH

The Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium is a unique way for North Carolina world language students to conduct and present preliminary research in their language of study. Eligible students include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish students, including heritage speakers. Please note that registration is now complete. Judges are needed! More Information   Free.   Please Contact: Emma Harver harver@email.unc.edu for more information.



January

FLAS Info Session
Monday, January 13, 2020, 10:15 AM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3009, UNC-CH

The African Studies Center offers Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Graduate and Undergraduate students. Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and Summer 2020 will be due February 7, 2020.More information on ASC FLAS can be found at our FLAS Page. This informational meeting is designed to answer questions from prospective applicants and will be a joint meeting with other area studies centers.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Scholars in Conversation: Laura Fair and Kenda Mutongi
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 5:30PM -7:00PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

In this first of our new series, Kenda Mutongi, (History, MIT) will discuss her 2017 award winning book Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi. Laura Fair, (African History, Michigan State) also discusses her 2018 book Reel Pleasures: Cinema Audiences and Entrepreneurs in 20th Century Urban Tanzania. The speakers will also discuss research methods and approaches. This talk is part of the Scholars in Conversation series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes, and is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Business and Trade in Africa: Interview with Hakeem Bello-Osagie
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 5:30PM -7:00PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Hakeem Bello-Osagie is a Nigerian businessman and a trained petroleum economist. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of UAE based telecom provider Etisalat in Nigeria. He is the Chairman of the Abuja Investment Company and a director of Timbuktu Media. Until 2004, he served as the Chairman of the United Bank for Africa Plc, one of the largest commercial banks in Nigeria. He was also the founder and first Chairman of First Securities Discount House, which is Nigeria’s leading money markets trading firm. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School. Mr. Bello-Osagie serves on Harvard University's Global Advisory Council, also on the Yale University President's Council on International Activities, New York University President's Global Council, In addition, Bello-Osagie sits on the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution and the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bello-Osagie holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, a law degree from Cambridge University and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



February

Scholars in Conversation: Professors Adom Getchaw and Cemil Aydin
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:30PM -7:00PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Prof. Aydin moderates this talk with University of Chicago’s Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science, Adom Getachew, as she discusses her recent project Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. In this book, Prof. Getachew reconstructs the animating questions, debates and institutional visions anti-colonial nationalists of the Black Atlantic pursued during the height of decolonization. ASC in collaboration with Global History Seminar is organizing this event. This talk is part of the Scholars in Conversation series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes and is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Colonial Shadows: The Life and Afterlife of Cecil John Rhodes as a Commemorative Statue Prof. Sandra Klopper
Monday, February 17, 2020, 5:30PM -7:00PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Mandela Auditorium, UNC-CH

Sandra Klopper is a Professor Emerita of Art History and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town. In her paper, she discusses, the symbolic importance the statue of Rhodes played in fuelling and focusing debates related to historical injustices at UCT, which culminated in demands across different campuses in South Africa, the UK and elsewhere for a radical de-racialization and decolonization of all universities and their Eurocentric curricula.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



April

Countless Blessings: A History of Childbirth and Reproduction in the Sahel Prof. Barbara Cooper
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 5:30PM -7:00PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Barbara .M. Cooper is a Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her new book, Countless Blessings, is a book on the history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel. Prof. Cooper sets out to understand childbirth in a country with the world’s highest fertility rate and an alarmingly high rate of maternal and infant mortality. She shows how the environment, slavery and abolition, French military rule, and the rapid expansion of Islam have all influenced childbirth and fertility in Niger from the 19th century to the present day. This talk is part of the Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Meet and Greet: Africa Scholar's Network ( Africans and Africanists)
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
TBD

  Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Annual Spring Conference: Africa Today
Friday, April 17, 2020, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
TBD

The UNC in Africa interdisciplinary conference is organized to encourage dialogue and expand research interest and support around critical and emerging issues of interest to relevant faculty and students. UNC in Africa is designed to serve as a clearing house for research and new ideas, an idea generating forum and a networking space for the university community, especially students. The conference will include panels as well as e-poster micro presentations.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



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