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February 2021

Building Coalitions for Positive Change: A Humanities Special Event at NCSSM

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Building Coalitions for Positive Change is a virtual event focused on how communities can create a more just future. Featuring a keynote address by Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Liberia), a question-and-answer period, and a panel discussion with community leaders, the event will explore how, together, we might bring about systemic change to build a better world. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first democratically elected woman president in Africa, leading Liberia from…

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Global Career Night 2021

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying (like you!) at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take your questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are in…

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Cross-Sectoral Programs for Youth Development: The Rationale, Process, & Possible Outcomes

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Global Social Development Innovations at the UNC School of Social Work presents a virtual panel to discuss current progress, challenges, and the role of digital technology in cross-sectoral programs for youth. Panelists: Gigi Gatti, Director, Technology for Development, Grameen Foundation; Audrey-Marie Moore, Senior Researcher, Mathematica; and Peter Joyce, Senior Advisor on Youth and Workforce, USAID Kenya and East Africa. Registration

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March 2021

Women in Federal Careers

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The UNC Area Studies Centers are jointly sponsoring a conversation on women in federal careers.  This panel highlights women who have held or currently hold positions of leadership working for our country. They will talk about their careers, provide advice to others looking to enter US government service, consider the challenges specific to women in government leadership, and also discuss the strengths that women have brought to federal careers and the benefits that await them. The panelists are a distinguished…

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African Mobilities: the Means and Modalities of Movement(s) Within and Beyond Africa: SERSAS/SEAN 2021 Virtual Spring Conference

March 12 - March 13

The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people move through the world in unprecedented ways. While many choose to shelter at home as a public health measure to prevent the spread of the virus, this is not possible, realistic, or desirable for others. Some states and institutions across the globe have implemented strict guidelines and regulations against movement and gathering, while others have not. Through the restrictions of movement and moral discussions about the choice to leave the home…

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Malik Ambar: Ethiopian Migration in World History

March 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This talk, by Dr. Omar H. Ali, is the Keynote Address for the Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies and Southeast Africanist Network (SERSAS/SEAN) Virtual Spring Conference. Dr. Ali is Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The author of Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean, co-editor of Afro-South Asia in the Global African Diaspora (3 vols.), and co-curator of the exhibit “The…

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Introduction to Malawi and Chichewa: Zoom Interactive Workshop on Malawian Culture and Chichewa Language

March 20 @ 9:30 am - March 27 @ 11:30 am

This two-part workshop, held Saturday March 20 and March 27 from 9:30am – 11:30am, will provide a brief overview of the social, cultural and political context of Malawi with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity in health services for UNC students, staff and faculty planning research, service or internships in Malawi.  Using a mixture of panel discussions, large and small group breakout sessions, participants will explore social and behavioral, practices and norms in Malawi. Participants will also receive: • Introductory tips…

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African Languages Fair: COVID 19 and African Languages and Cultures

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate African Languages at UNC-Chapel Hill.  The African Language Night (ALN) has become one of UNC’s traditions of celebrating Africa’s linguistic and cultural presence on the campus. This online event will feature performances and artists and highlight the study of African languages at UNC. Student performances and guest artists:  Swahli (Jabali Afrika), Wolof (Y'En a marre) and Yoruba (Ewi and poetry by Adeyemo).  Registration is required.

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World View K-12 and Community College Virtual Program

March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This virtual program introduces educators to the concept of the African diaspora and the experiences of African diaspora communities in the United States.  This program is designed for K-12 and community college educators of all disciplines. Limited scholarships offered by the UNC African Studies Center to educators in North Carolina Title I schools. Please email WORLDVIEW@UNC.EDU to apply.  More Information and Registration

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Pan African Youth Conference

March 26 - March 27

The Pan-African Youth Conference (PAYC) is a two-day conference organized by the African Students’ Association (ASA) at the University of Notre Dame that seeks to foster a common understanding and diagnosis of Africa’s challenges amongst African students across the world. The inaugural edition of the conference is set to be held virtually between March 26 - 27, 2021. The Conference will bring together university students from Africa and across the world with the goal of fostering a common understanding of…

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