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Chicago’s anti-apartheid movement documentary, Mandela in Chicago, by Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell, will premiere on Sunday, February 14, at 4pm on WTTW-Channel 11. Click here for the trailer.

And check out this new interview, where documentary maker Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell (Medill School of Journalism) discusses her inspiration and process with her colleague Doug Foster (Medill School of Journalism).

The first installation of the mini-series "Queering Belonging", curated by Bimbola Akimbola (performance studies, Northwestern University), is now available for viewing!
Watch author and scholar Keguro Macharia's video, "And So, Kinship?"

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) will award its sixth Global Jurist of the Year Award to Justice Mumbi Ngugi. Justice Ngugi will receive the award during a webinar at noon, Tuesday, February 16. Register here.
Justice Ngugi also will be available to meet via zoom with members of the Northwestern community at noon on February 18, allowing the community to engage in a conversation with the justice about human rights issues in the U.S. and abroad. Register here.

More details about the events, Justice Ngugi, and the Global Jurist of the Year Award can be found here.
ISITA’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.
Strengthen your Swahili skills every week, at 5pm. Mark your calendars for these dates:

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

Register here for this Zoom event.
Calling all Northwestern University students! Learn how apply for a Fulbright Research Award. The Northwestern Office for Fellowships is offering a series of online informational sessions to learn about deadlines, campus resources, and how to construct a competitive application . Visit their calendar and sign up for a session!
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 West African Research Association (WARA) currently has 6 fellowships open for applications!  See below for descriptions of each fellowship and their deadlines (the deadline for the WARA Fellowships is Feb. 15!).

WARC Library Fellowship

WARA Residency Fellowship

WARA Pre-doctoral Fellowship

WARA Post-doctoral Fellowship

Ideas Matter Fellowship for West African Scholars in a US institution

Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships for West Africa

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
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:
More Africa news and events:

Fela Nominated for 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Premium Times (Abuja), 12 February 2021

Why African countries must invest more in earth sciences, The Conversation (Johannesburg), February 11, 2021

Crush the Insurgency Now, Buhari Orders Military Chiefs, This Day (Lagos), 10 February 2021

Why Lake Victoria Fishing Boats Are Named After Women, The Nation (Nairobi), 10 February 2021

Tunisia: Oscars 2021 - Ben Hania's "The Man Who Sold His Skin" Shortlisted, Tunis Afrique Presse (Tunis), 10 February 2021

Africa: The Profound Instrument - Sibongile Khumalo's Voice, New Frame (Johannesburg), 9 February 2021

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