Pandemic Year Key Events

ASC Key Events and Projects 2020-21

Yoruba Language Now Offered

UNC students are now able to learn the Yoruba language offered by Fayetteville State University (FSU) through the UNC system’s Language Exchange. Yoruba 102 will be offered through UNC-CH’s AAAD department starting Spring 2022. Starting left: Prof. Tim Ajani, Prof of Language & Linguistics, FSU; Prof. Emily Burrill, Director, African Studies Center and Prof of History and Gender Studies; and Oluwasegun Fabiyi, 2020-2021 Yoruba FLTA, UNC-CH.

ASC Hosts Virtual SERSAS/SEAN Conference

ASC hosted the Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies and SouthEast Africanist Network’s Annual Spring Conference, this year titled African Mobilities: the Means and Modalities of Movement(s) Within and Beyond Africa.

MEAC Fellows
The 2020 Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows participate in a program on Zoom.

K-12 Teachers Complete MEAC Fellowship

In December 2020, 15 North Carolina teachers completed the intensive nine-month Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program (MEAC) offered by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and the UNC African Studies Center. The 2020 MEAC program was held virtually, connecting teachers with presenters and communities across North Carolina.

African Languages Fair

This year’s virtual African Languages Fair featured student performances and guest artists to highlight the study of African languages at UNC. Guest artists included Swahili (Jabali Afrika), Wolof (Y’En a marre) and Yoruba (Ewi and poetry by Adeyemo).

Fall 2021 Key Event Highlights:

  • 2nd Business in Africa Series, a spotlight on South Africa. Please participate in this survey: 
  • Africa Fest, a community event
  • Villages of West Africa exhibition