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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!
Swahili Table returns! Strengthen your Swahili skills every week, at 5pm,  starting this Wednesday.   Mark your calendars for these days:
Jan 20, 2021 05:00 PM
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.
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.
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.

Call for Papers: The Sixth J. A. Atanda Lectures and Conference

Yoruba Culture and Society
June 21 – 23, 2021
Pan-African University Press in collaboration with Babcock University

Conveners: Professor Bola Sotunsa, Babcock University; Toyin Falola, the University of Texas at Austin

Click here for more information.

Africa News and Events
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:
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.
More Africa news and events:
Nigerian-Brazilian History Project Appoints Adebowale As Its Senior Curator, This Day (Lagos), 15 January 2021
How El Anatsui Broke the Seal on Contemporary Art, New Yorker, 18 January 2021

Uganda elections 2021: What you need to know, BBC, 13 January 2021
Nigeria: Informal Waste Management in Lagos Is Big Business - Policies Need to Support the Trade, The Conversation Africa (Johannesburg), 12 January 2021

Congo-Kinshasa: Tshisekedi Pardons Laurent Kabila Killers, The East African (Nairobi), 13 January 2021

Wole Soyinka: 'One casualty of the Capitol riot will be Uganda's election', Guardian, 13 January 2021

Malawi declares state of disaster as two ministers die of COVID-19, Al Jazeera, 12 January 2021, 

World Bank plans to invest over $5 Billion in Drylands in Africa, Ventures, 12 January 2021,

Dinosaurs, living animals and crafts: Inside Niger's National Museum, Africanews, 12 January 2021

Uganda elections 2021: How ex-rebel Yoweri Museveni has stayed in power for 35 years, BBC, 10 January 2021

Nigeria: Unending Rivalry Among Fuji Musicians Bothers Me a Lot - Kwam 1, Premium Times (Abuja), 21 December 2020, 

‘Complete mess’: Ghana army steps in to quell parliament clash, Al Jazeera, 7 January 2021, 

Two Chinese companies win $1.32bn contract to build Tanzanian rail line,  Business Live, 7 January 2021, 

Sierra Leone: President and First Lady spent over Le5.2 billion on December travel and holidays, Africanist Press, 5 January 2021, 

How Western media would have covered the storming of the U.S. Capitol if it had happened in another country, Washington Post, 7 January 2021, 

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