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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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September

African Studies Center Fall Reception
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 5-7:00 PM.
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

All faculty and graduate students are cordially invited to join us for our Fall Reception. Come reconnect with colleagues and meet new African Studies faculty and graduate students. This year we are welcoming our new Associate Director, Ada Umenwaliri. Please rsvp to Stacey Sewall: sewall@email.unc.edu.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Dr. Laurel Kilgore
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5:30-7:00 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Dr. Kilgore is an expert in Malawian indigenous art and will present a talk titled "Chewa masking and society in Malawi: a thirty year retrospective - 1984 to the Presidential election in 2014."   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


A Conversation with Filippo Grandi
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7 - 8:30 PM
Memorial Hall, UNC-CH

Insights Into Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis – A Conversation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. Free and open to the public. Tickets are required and available beginning early August.   Free.   Please Contact: Amy Cole coleac@email.unc.edu for more information.


The Art of Resistance Opening Reception
An Exhibition Featuring Work by Ramón Esono Ebalé

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 5:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Atrium, UNC-CH

This exhibition explores the work of Nsé Ramón Esono Ebalé, a world-renowned graphic novelist and political cartoonist, whose primary artistic focus has been to criticize the long-ruling, oppressive government of his native Equatorial Guinea. Esono Ebalé lived in exile from 2011 until 2017, when he was detained and imprisoned upon returning home. News of his imprisonment spread and artists from around the world began a virtual collective and social media campaign under the hashtag #FreeNseRamon to call for his release, which inspired others to contribute their own art in support of Esono Ebalé and culminated in his release in March 2018. This exhibition features work created by Esono Ebalé prior to and during his imprisonment, the art of those who participated in the #FreeNseRamon movement, and new original art created for the exhibit by the artist. The exhibit will run August 19 - December 13, 2019 and the Opening Reception will be held Sept. 24.   Free.   Please Contact: Ingrid Smith 919.962.0299 for more information.



October

Carolina Seminar
Faculty Panel on Emerging Research

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

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.



November

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.


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.


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. 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.



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