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Graduate students are invited to join Afrisem, February 9, at 11am, for a panel discussion: "Navigating the U.S. Job Market for Africanists." Current graduate students and recent graduates of the Africa Seminar will share their experience on how to navigate the academic job market before and after obtaining a Ph.D. 


Panel participants include the Afrisem alum:  Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga  (Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, Predoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia), Andrew Wooyoung Kim (Ph.D. in Anthropology, Postdoc, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School),  Delali Kumavie  (Ph.D. in English, Postdoc, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University), and Mlondi Zondi (Ph.D. in Performance Studies, Postdoc, Center for Humanities, Wesleyan University)


Email Afrisem for an invite to the event on Zoom.

SITA’s online speaker series showcases new books and innovative research about Islam and Africa. The live talks take place on selected Wednesdays at 1pm US Central Time during winter and spring quarters, 2021.  The events are free and open to everyone, but registration for each talk is required. The winter/spring calendar is available here.

Cosponsored by the Program of African Studies and the Department of History, Wednesday, February 24, join ISITA for the first talk of the series: "Africanization: The Bridge to Edward Blyden's Final Intellectual Transformation," by Harry Nii Koney Odamtten (Santa Clara University). Click here to register for the event.

Save the date! Ava Thompson Greenwell's (Medill School of Journalism) documentary about Chicago’s anti-apartheid movement, Mandela in Chicago, will premiere on Sunday, February 14, at 4pm on WTTW-Channel 11. Click here for the trailer.

Graduate student Bright Gyamfi (PhD candidate in the Department of History) is in the TGS student spotlight! Read more about the former Afrisem coordinator's research and what inspires him here.

Strengthen your Swahili skills every week, at 5pm. Mark your calendars for these dates:

Feb 10, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 17, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 24, 2021 05:00 PM

Register here for this Zoom event.
The Program of African Studies has a new blog site! Visit for highlights from our quarterly newsletter, exhibits from the library, treasures from our archives, information about PAS events, people and more.
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.
A new fellowship for West African scholars in the US:

WARA is thrilled to announce a new fellowship for West African scholars based at US institutions!  In collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, WARA has developed a $4,000 fellowship for West African PhD students to conduct research in West Africa.  We know that many West African citizens studying in the US do not have access to the traditional funding sources used by American scholars to conduct research in the field or to consult archives, so thanks to the Mastercard Foundation we have been able to create the Ideas Matter US-based Scholar Fellowship.  For more information click here!

Africa’s Readiness for Climate Change  (ARCC) Forum 2021

Call for Proposals

We are excited to announce that the inaugural forum will be taking place virtually from April 19-23, 2021, with speakers and panelists joining from Africa, the US, and around the world.  The inaugural forum will expand an integrated vision of “Green Development” in Africa that is both ecologically and economically sustainable, emphasizing local solutions to climate change developed by African stakeholders in urban and rural communities. Please save the date and check back here for updates on panel themes, program schedule and more.  We look forward to engaging with you on these important topics!

Proposal deadline: February 15, 2021
For more information or to submit a proposal, please contact:
Registration to attend ARCC is now open: RSVP here

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.
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
African Students Association of Notre Dame presents
PAN-AFRICAN YOUTH CONFERENCE: Looking back, thinking forward
Join a pan-African network of young Africans seeking to discover and fulfill our generation's historic mission towards advancing Africa's development agenda.
Registration is open at
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:
How DRC’s colonial legacy forged a nexus between ethnicity, territory and conflict, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 1 February 2021

Nairobi’s airports – windows on Kenya’s colonial past and top-down planning, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 1 February 2021

Introducing “Melting Clocks,” Eloghosa Osunde’s New Column for The Paris Review, Brittle Paper, 29 January 2021

The children colonial Belgium stole from African mothers, Al Jazeera, 3 February 2021

Following controversial remarks by Tanzania's president, WHO urges country to stick to science in fight against Covid-19, CNN, 3 February 2021

#Demlootchallenge: Zimbabwean activists sing to protest corruption, Guardian, 3 February 2021

Insights from Fulani pastoralists and host communities in southwestern Nigeria, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 3 February 2021

Uganda: International Crimes Court Convicts Dominic Ongwen of War Crimes, The East African (Nairobi), 4 February 2021

Obituary: Remembering Sibongile Khumalo, South Africa's Divine Diva, This Is Africa (Hilversum), 2 February 2021

How Isabel Dos Santos, Once Africa’s Richest Woman, Went Broke, Forbes Africa, 1 February 2021

Sudan minister warns Ethiopia against filling dam without deal, Al Jazeera, 2 February 2021

Somaliland’s quest for recognition passes through its ancient caves, Washington Post, 31 January 2021

Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Resident Artists Are Named, New York Times, 2 February 2021

Africa: Continent Nears 3.6 Million Confirmed Cases of Covid-19,, 3 February 2021

Uganda: Bobi Wine Approached for Talks With Museveni, The Observer (Kampala), 3 February 2021

Congo-Kinshasa: Belgium Staggers Toward Decolonization, Deutsche Welle (Bonn), 1 February 2021

South Africa: Executive Producer Doug Schwalbe Oversees Distribution of First Animated Series, 'Iyanu: Child of Wonder', Triggerfish, press release, 3 February 2021

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