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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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Global Career Night @ UNC
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 5:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Mandela Auditorium, UNC-CH

Featuring UNC Alumni and Area Studies Center representatives.  Learn about Global Careers from alumni working in various world areas.   Free.   Please Contact: Lily Herbert for more information.

Languages Across the Curriculum Workshop
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9 AM - Noon
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3024, UNC-CH

Join us to learn about creating and teaching LAC courses at UNC (additional teaching stipend offered for LAC courses). Any UNC faculty, staff, or graduate student interested in teaching a LAC course is encouraged to attend. LAC courses combine content with language. By using the foreign language to teach the topic, instructors help their students become more knowledgeable about the topic and the culture surrounding it. The goal for LAC/CLAC courses is to use multilingual resources and multicultural perspectives in approaching course topics. Students and faculty in LAC/CLAC courses, in any discipline, use primary resources in the applicable language(s) to enhance their research and study of the material. LAC/CLAC course formats include one-hour stand-alone courses and one-hour recitation courses attached to other UNC courses. Registration is required. Please contact Dr. Michelle Gravatt by February 24, 2020 to register.   Free.   Please Contact: Michelle Gravatt for more information.


The Plantationcence: A Lusotropical Theory
Monday, March 2, 2020, 6:00 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 1005, UNC-CH

Wendy Wolford’s research addresses issues within and between the political economy of development, agrarian studies, social mobilization, land reform, and political ecologies of conservation. The Plantationocene: A Lusotropical Theory: From the earliest hunter-gatherer communities to the formation of the modern nation state and the search for new frontiers, land has been central to the organization of society. If we center land in our understanding of social life, then the defining characteristic of the modern era is the way in which the logic of the plantation has sustained an elite, propelled colonial exploration, organized labor and shaped both the cultures we consume and the cultural norms we inhabit and perform. In this talk, she draws on empirical research from the Lusotropics—Brazil and Mozambique.   Free.   Please Contact: Beatriz Riefkohl-Muniz for more information.

GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9 AM - 3:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, UNC-CH

GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement with global communities, and develop intercultural competencies. First-time travelers and experienced globetrotters alike can benefit from session topics like “Voluntourism” + the White Savior Complex, The Ethics of Healthcare Abroad, Race + Ethnicity in a Global Context, and Local Global Opportunities. The conference offers interactive workshops on the diverse contexts and challenges you may face while abroad, an intimate global networking lunch featuring tables hosts with global experience, opportunities to connect with peers interested in global experiences and cross-cultural engagement, and a Q&A forum for attendees to ask questions that may not have been answered during the day’s sessions. 2020 REGISTRATION opens Thursday, February 13! More Info   Free.   Please Contact: Katie Costanza for more information.

Introduction to Malawi and Chichewa: A Workshop on Chichewa Language and Malawi Culture
Monday, March 30, 2020 - Friday, April 3, 2020, 5:30-7:30 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. Space is limited - please register by emailing Mamie Harris at Dates of the workshop are: March 30/31 & April 2/3 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Monday 3/30, Tuesday 3/31, Thursday 4/2 and Friday 4/3).   Free.   Please Contact: Mamie Harris for more information.


Countless Blessings: A History of Childbirth and Reproduction in the Sahel Prof. Barbara Cooper
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 5:00 PM
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 for more information.

Forecasting Africa 2035
Friday, April 17, 2020,
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH

The Forecasting Africa 2035 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. ASC plans to pull from our trans-university expertise in African Studies as we consider the implications of demographic and structural shifts that are projected to occur on the continent starting in 2035. The conference 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 for more information.

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