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Swahili Table is back. Strengthen your Swahili skills every week, at 5pm. Mark your calendars for these dates:
Jan 27, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 3, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 10, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 17, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 24, 2021 05:00 PM

Register here for this Zoom event.
Opportunities
Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies
Northwestern University GRADUATE CONFERENCE
May 14, 2021 via Zoom:
“The End of the World as They Knew It: Crisis and Collapse in History”
convened by Sian OLSON DOWIS, T.H. Breen Fellow at the CCHS
Call for Papers—proposal deadline: February 1, 2021

Get more information regarding the call for papers here.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Kate Brown (MIT), author of Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster (2019). 
Interested graduate students should send a paper proposal of no more than one page (250 words), and an updated CV to Sian Olson Dowis (olsondowis@u.northwestern.edu) by Monday, February 1, 2021.
 
 
Undergraduates: GESI will be offered in Spring 2021! Applications will open next week for the Spring 2021 GLO program, GESI 2021: Virtual Global Development in Action. GLO is offering a virtual rendition of the GESI program in lieu of canceled study abroad programs due to COVID-19. This is a unique hybrid opportunity to explore complex questions through coursework while simultaneously engaging in a meaningful internship—all in a completely virtual online setting.
 

The Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar, developed by Professor Katrina Daly Thompson and led by Dr. Adeola Agoke, allows students engage in supported, self-directed language study.
 
A NEW PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED LANGUAGE LEARNERS & THE STUDY OF RARE LANGUAGES
The target audience for this new program includes students who are not well-served by a traditional summer language program for one of two reasons:
 
  1. Students who have achieved such an advanced language proficiency that traditional programs no longer serve their learning needs, or 
  2. Students who are studying extremely rare languages that are otherwise not offered in the classroom 
Learn more about the program and how to apply here.
Africa News and Events

On behalf of the Center for African Legal Studies at the UPSA Law School (Ghana) and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at the Fordham Law School (USA), we are pleased to invite you as well as members of your institution to participate in the upcoming African Customary Law Conference under the theme “Customary Law in a Changing Africa”. The virtual conference is scheduled for January 28-29, 2021 at 1:00pm - 4:30pm GMT each day.

Interested persons are required to register for the conference using this link:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GVpvgCgpQ-uK72wYCxa5Dw
The event will also be live-streamed on various online platforms, including: · www.facebook.com/upsalawschool
·  Youtube UPSA Law School
 
THURS, FEB 4 TO THURS, MAR 4
Save the Date for the 28th New York African Film Festival!

Under the banner Notes from Home: Recurring Dreams and Women's voices, the 28th edition of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns with a virtual program celebrating the shared aspirations that drive humanity through time and the voices of the women who push the culture forward while preserving treasured traditions.

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center (FLC), Maysles Cinema and AFF, this year’s NYAFF will showcase over seventy films from Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. The event will be presented in FLC’s Virtual Cinema from February 4 to 14 and in the Maysles Virtual Cinema from February 18 to March 4.

Tickets for the Film at Lincoln Center portion of the festival go on sale on Friday, January 22 at noon and you can view the line-up here. The Maysles line-up will be announced soon.
Sakhile&Me's next exhibition, Gaabo Motho, features works by Wangari Mathenge, Mario Moore, Anike Joyce Sadiq and Lerato Shadi. "It emphasizes a sense of acceptance and nurturing from or by the place or the people close to us, inviting the audience to meditate on what makes a home." The show runs from February 4 - March 20, 2021. Visit the Sakhile&Me website for more information.
Image still from "Visited by a Tiger," 2019, by Anike Joyce Sadiq.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC now has a virtual presentation of The Block's Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa.  If you didn't see the exhibit when it was at The Block Museum, or would like to see it again, visit: https://africa.si.edu/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/.
More Africa news and events:

Covid 'Vaccine Hoarding' Putting Africa At Risk – WHO, UN News Service, 21 January 2021

Central African Republic Declares Emergency Amid Surge in Rebel Attacks, Deutsche Welle (Bonn), 21 January 2021

Africa: How Biden Can 'Build Back Better' U.S. Africa Policy. allAfrica.com, 22 January 2021

South African Scientists Who Discovered New Covid-19 Variant Share What They Know, The Conversation Africa (Johannesburg), 22 January 2021

Africa: Kenya Tops Continent By a Mile in Internet Penetration, The Nation (Nairobi), 22 January 2021

This Is What Lockdown Sounds Like, The Conversation Africa (Johannesburg), 20 January 2021

 
Report Aims at ‘Reconciling’ France and Algeria, Its Former Colony, New York Times, 21 January 2021

How African body markings were used to construct the idea of race in colonial Brazil, The Conversation, 21 january 2021, 

South African government minister Jackson Mthembu dies of Covid-19, CNN, 21 January 2021, 

 
Mauritania: Today - UNHRC Delegates Praised Slave-Holding Mauritania On Human Rights, PR Newswire (New York), 19 January 2021,

South Africa: Delving Into Cape Town's Art Deco Heritage, University of Cape Town (Cape Town) 21 January 2021,

The Long Walk to Equality Historical Influences on Women in Igbo Society, The Republic, 20 January 2021

Nigeria: The Longshot Bid to End Rampant Banditry in Nigeria's Northwest, The New Humanitarian (Geneva), 19 January 2021

Obituary  --  Sibusiso Moyo: Zimbabwe foreign minister dies from Covid-19, BBC, 20 January 2021

Ice flies African asylum seekers to Nairobi in last-minute deportation push, Guardian, 18 January 2021

 
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