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Nigeria: Islamic Fundamentalism, Boko Haram and Challenges to the Nigerian State

Tuesday, April 22, 4:30p
Maurer School of Law Room 120

This panel of experts will discuss the escalating violence in Nigeria.  Professor John Hanson from IU's Department of History will discuss the ways current events in Nigeria resonate (or not) with past Muslim movements in West Africa and specifically Nigeria.  Professor Osita Afoaku from IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and Professor Brandon Kendhammer from the Department of Political Science at Ohio University will address the contemporary security concerns, the rise of Boko Haram and Islamic fundamentalism and the political context within Nigeria.  The panel discussion will conclude with an open question and answer session.

 

“The Possible Unraveling of Elite Utopian Dreaming: Rumblings In and Outside Post-Genocide Rwanda As An African Home Grown Democracy”

Professor John H. Stanfield II, Indiana University
Monday, April 14, 12:00-1:30p
Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park Avenue

 

"Critical Junctures: Independence Movements and Democracy In Africa"

Professor Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University
Friday, April 11, 12:00-1:30p
School of Public and Environmental Affairs Room 278

 

“Labor Market, Youth, and Development in Senegal”

Professor Babacar Fall – Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar, Senegal
Thursday, April 3, 5:30-7:00pm
201 N. Indiana (Global Center conference room)

 

"Where 'God is like a Longing': Theater and Social Vulnerability in Mozambique."

Professor Luís Madureira, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tuesday, March 4, 4:30pm
Georgian Room (IMU Tree Suites)

This paper is the result of research on theater that I conducted in Maputo, Mozambique between February and December 2010. My original aim was to understand how the sustained and diverse performance culture that has thrived in Mozambique since the early 1980s entails a novel and effective mode of exercising citizenship. I wanted to gauge the extent to which, for both spectators and theatre workers, drama constituted a powerful form of political participation. Ultimately, I wished to propose that Mozambican theatre opened up spaces for the negotiation and re-articulation of ethnic, class and gender identifications both against and alongside dominant nationalist discourses. But in the course of my investigation I was compelled to rethink my hypotheses. In the paper I will be presenting I will try to explain why I needed to revise my original hypothesis and will then attempt to broach an interrogation of how (and indeed whether), in the course of Mozambique’s tumultuous recent history, theater has succeeded in catalyzing, or at least symbolizing, social change and political participation in rural and peri-urban zones.

 

Writers in Conversation: Ondjaki, Jacinda Townsend and Samrat Upadhyay

Tuesday, March 4, 2:30-4:15pm
Oak Room (IMU)

Ondjaki (Ndalu Almeida) is a highly acclaimed Angolan writer whose books (novels, short story collections, poetry and children’s books) have received literary prizes in Angola, Portugal and Ethiopia where he was awarded the Italian Grinzane Cavour prize for Africa. His most recent novel, Os Transparentes received the Saramago Prize in 2013. Ondjaki’s work has been translated into English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. In 2006, with the Angolan filmmaker Kiluanje Liberdade, he co-directed a documentary film about daily life in Luanda, the Angolan capital, entitled Oxala Cresçam Pitangas (Hope the Pitanga Cherries Grow).

Jacinda Townsend is the author of the novel Saint Monkey (Norton). A former Fulbright fellow to Côte d’Ivoire and Carol Houck Smith fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin, she has published short fiction in numerous literary magazines such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, Obsidian II, Passages North, Phoebe, and Xavier Review. She is a former Hurston-Wright Award finalist, and a graduate of Harvard University, Duke Law School, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is at work on a novel about transnational adoption set partially in Marrakech, Morocco.

Samrat Upadhyay is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, a Whiting Award winner; The Royal Ghosts, which won the Asian American Literary Award; The Guru of Love, a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year; and Buddha’s Orphans, a novel. His work has been translated into several languages. He has written for the New York Times and has appeared on BBC Radio and National Public Radio. His new novel, The City Son, will appear in the summer of 2014. Upadhyay is the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University.

 

Symposium: African Innovations: Ideas Shaping Africa and the World

Friday, February 28, 6:30pm
Saturday, March 1, 8:30am-5pm
Indiana University in Bloomington Neal Marshall Center

Friday, February 28th

6:30pm

Welcome Dinner

Location: Neal Marshall Center

Saturday, March 1, 8:30am

8:30am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am-10:10am
Session 1: Global Systems and African Solutions
Moderator: Dr. Osita Afoaku, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
Presenters: Cheikh Lo, Indiana University; Jane Leslie Saffitz, University of California-Davis
Location: Neal Marshall Center Bridgewaters Lounge
10:10am-11:20am Session 2: Africa's Representation in Global Discourses
Moderator: TBD
Presenters: Benedine Azanu, Ohio University; Rudo Mudiwa, Indiana University
Location: Neal-Marshall Center Bridgewaters Lounge
11:20am-12:30pm Session 3: Religion and Social Change
Moderator: Dr. John Hanson, History
Presenters: David Glovsky, Michigan State University; Christopher Tounsel, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Location: Neal-Marshall Center Bridgewaters Lounge
12:35pm-1:30pm Lunch
Location: Neal-Marshall Center Grand Hall
1:30pm-3:00pm Session 4: Popular Culture, Expressive Media
Moderator: Dr. Marissa Moorman, History
Presenters: Therese Kennelly Okraku, University of Florida; Landon Jones,
Indiana University; Neel Thakkar, Stanford University
Location: Neal-Marshall Center Bridgewaters Lounge
3:00pm-4:00pm Keynote Address: What is African Innovation? How and Where Do We Find It?
Presented by Dr. Clapperton Mavhunga, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Neal-Marshall Center Grand Hall
4:00pm-5pm Reception
Location: Neal-Marshall Center Grand Hall

 

"Clear Souls l Clear Fields": Christian Conversations and Agricultural Landscapes in Madagascar

Dr. Sarah R. Osterhoudt, Yale Univerity
Monday, February 24, 4:00pm
Glenn Black Laboratory (423 N Fess)

The village of Imorona, Madagascar is currently experiencing rapid rates of conversion to Christianity from ancestral worldviews. In my discussion, I examine the relationship between religious conversions and agricultural meanings and practices. I illustrate how ideas of being a good farmer and being a good Christian become intertwined, as agarian landscapes act as sources for metaphors, spaces of reflection, and places to put into practice the new moral ideals of Christian teachings. Overall, the cultication of land and the cultivation of self are fundamentally connected, as people look towards their local landscapes to articulate new formulations of identities, moralities, and nature.

 

"Race, Sovereignty, and the African Postcolony"

Dr. Jemima Pierre, Vanderbilt University
Monday, February 17, 4:00pm
Glenn Black Laboratory (423 N Fess)

If colonial rule in Africa depended upon a racial hierarchy that simultaneously consolidated supposedly "tribal" difference and white racial and cultural and political supremacy, what happens to this structure at the end of formal colonial rule? And, what would it mean to explore racial formations in our analyses of decolonization and the African postcolony? In this lecture, I use examples from my current ethnographic and historical research on the political economy of resource extraction in Ghana to address these questions.

 

France, Germany, The Muslim World, & The Struggle for Empire 1914-1918: European History Workshop Lecture

Professor Richard Fogarty, Department of History, SUNY Albany
Friday February 14, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Indiana Memorial Union: Oak Room

Professor Fogarty is an historian of modern France and Europe with particular interests in French colonialism, the First World War, the French army, racism and French and European attitudes toward Islam and Muslims. He is author of the award-winning Race and War in France: Colonial Subjects in the French Army, 1914-1918.

 

"Constitution-Making In Anglophone Africa"

Professor Christina Murray, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town
Thusday, February 13, 12:00pm
Mauer School of Law

Events in North Africa have once again drawn attention to constitution-making processes in Africa. This paper looks south to Anglophone Africa where every country, with the exception of Botswana, has experienced some constitutional change since 1990. Many of the processes have been elaborate and a number of attempts at constitutional revision have either failed completely or failed to deliver a constitution that might provide the basis for building a democratic state.

The huge diversity of African states makes it difficult to draw general conclusions from the experience of the past 25 years. Nonetheless, focusing on a number of important examples (South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Zambia), this paper considers the catalysts for constitutional change, the processes chosen, and what has contributed to the success (or failure) of different processes. In so doing it is concerned, among other things, with the roles of citizens exercising the right of popular participation affirmed by the African Union in 1990, the roles of political elites as both initiators of and resisters to constitutional change, and the implications of the strength or weakness of political parties.

 

"A Sea of Protection": Piracy, Trade and Regulation in the Western Indian Ocean

Dr. Jatin Dua, Duke University
Monday, February 10, 4:00pm
Glenn Black Laboratory (423 N Fess)

From 2008-2012, a dramatic upsurge in incidents of maritime piracy in the Western Indian Ocean led to renewed global attention to this region: including the deployment of multi national naval patrols, attempts to prosecute suspected pirates, and the development of financial interdiction systems to track and stop the flow of piracy ransoms. Largely seen as the maritime ripple effect of anarchy on land, piracy has been slotted into narratives of state failure and problems of governance and criminality in this region. Through a focus on longer histories of trade, empire and regulation this talk reframes maritime piracy as an economy of protection straddling boundaries of land and sea, law and economy, and history and anthropology.

 

Remaking District Six: Memory Politics, Land Restitution, and Contest of History

Ciraj Rassool, Department of History, University of the Western Cape
Thursday, January 23rd, 2:30-4:00pm
Indiana Memorial Union: Oak Room

 

Symposium on The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, December 11, 4:00-5:00pm

IMU Faculty Club

Speakers: Samuel Obeng, Director, African Studies Program; Patrick O’Meara, Professor Emeritus and Special Advisor to the Indiana University President; Kevin Brown, Professor of Law; Alex Lichtenstein, Associate Professor of History; Marissa Moorman, Associate Professor of History; Pedro Machado, Assistant Professor History.

The African Studies Program will hold a symposium on the life and legacy of the late South African President and Statesman, Mr. Madiba Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela. There will be a brief introduction by Professor Samuel Obeng, Director of the African Studies Program.

Former South African President and Anti-Apartheid Leader, Nelson Mandela, Passes on at 95 (1918-2013)
The African Studies Program (ASP) is saddened to learn of the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa.  A statesman and a world leader, Mr. Mandela was the first black president of South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid. A hero to many, a larger than life person, a symbol of freedom, and a father of the New South African nation, Mr. Mandela, one of the greatest humans who ever lived in the 20th and 21st Centuries, gave hope to many and inspired people, the world over, to reach for the heights and to love one another. The ASP family wishes to take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa.

A charismatic leader and a forward-looking individual, Mr. Mandela noted that it was futile to think about the past; rather, he believed that as a people we must think abut what is happening now and what will happen in the future.

A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a man of grace, integrity and courage, a master of symbolism, a transformer, an avid sports enthusiast, and a political and moral giant, Mr. Mandela inspired the world to pursue truth and justice.  He was selfless, humble, and a uniter.  He led the struggle against apartheid and championed the cause of people with HIV/AIDS. Mr. Mandela encouraged others to speak the truth to power and to engage in courageous activism.  After spending 27 years in jail, Mr. Mandela forgave his enemies, reconciled the entire South African nation, and never stopped his quest for a brighter tomorrow for his people.

Rolihlahla (the ‘troublemaker’) fought economic and social injustice and believed that power should be used to help the poor and the disenfranchised.  Not only did Mr. Mandela fight against white domination, he also fought against black domination.  He believed that South Africa was for all South Africans.  He valued and worked for a society that was democratic and free in which all South Africans would live together in peace, in unity and in harmony and with equal opportunities.

Mr. Mandela believed that it was through tackling racism, poverty and inequality, and promoting racial harmony that the legacy of apartheid could be dismantled. His belief that leadership is not about power but about love for one’s country and for one another, and his love for the power of dialogue and reconciliation is what made South Africa heal and not descend or degenerate into chaos.

Mr. Madiba Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela will forever be remembered for speaking the power of truth and doing so in a way that soothed one and all.   He understood that a new and non-racial society required all hands on deck. His life was emblematic of forgiveness on a grand scale.  He taught us a lesson on love and even though he was the core of a steel, he was humble and dignified. He believed that society could accomplish much more with dignity and grace. His life was illustrative of resilience, integrity, and principle.  We will forever miss Madiba Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela.

Samuel Gyasi Obeng
(Professor and Director)

 

Madiba and Me: About My Documentaries on Nelson and Winnie

Peter Davis, Independent Film Maker
Monday November 18, 5:15pm
Woodburn Hall 218

 

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
Sunday November 10, 6:30pm
IU Cinema

This Oscar-winning documentary chronicles the life of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit singer who recorded two albums in the early 1970s and was forgotten in the U.S. When ambitions to become the next Bob Dylan fell flat, he found work doing manual labor and disappeared into obscurity. A bootlegged copy of one of his albums made it to apartheid South Africa where, unbeknownst to him, his socially engaged music became a huge hit in the 1980s. In 1997, after the end of apartheid, two South African fans (a record store owner and a journalist) found him in Detroit. They arranged a tour of postapartheid South Africa, creating a world-wide revival of his music. (2K DCP Presentation)

 

Cuba, An African Odyssey (2007)

Directed by Jihan El-Tahri
Sunday November 10, 3:00pm
IU Cinema

From Che Guevara’s military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. Cuba, an African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for African revolutions, one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology.

Screening sponsors include IU's African Studies Program, Department of History, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Cynthia Roberts and Marissa Moorman.

 

“DEVELOPING AFRICAN ECONOMIES: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE”

Augustin K. Fosu, Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research-University of Ghana
November 7, 4:00pm
IMU Walnut Room

 

DEVELOPMENT AND POLITICAL ECONOMY IN AFRICA - Discussion with Augustin Fosu

Augustin K. Fosu, Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research-University of Ghana
November 5, 4:00pm
Woodburn Hall 218

Professor Fosu is an esteemed global economist and former Deputy Director of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research. He has also served as Senior Policy Advisor/Chief Economist at the UN Commission for Africa.

 

The Photography of Santu Mofokeng: A Conversation with the Artist

Santu Mofokeng, Photographer
Friday November 1, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Woodburn Hall 218

Santu Mofokeng is an internationally acclaimed photographer from South Africa whose interest is in the ways landscapes are invested with spiritual significance, the political meaning of landscape and more generally in space and belonging. He has received numerous awards and has exhibited his work in solo and group shows in Africa and around the world.

 

Digital Paradox: Piracy, Ownership, and the Constraints of African Screen Media

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Film Screening: Maami (dir. Tunde Kelani 2011)
Venue: IU Cinema
Time: 7:00pm (Followed by Q&A with the director)

Friday, October 18, 2013

9:00am: Introduction & Opening Remarks: Ruth Stone; Samuel Obeng; David Hertz; Eileen Julien

Morning Session: 9:30am – Noon
Interventions I: Mahen Bonetti
Interventions II: Jean-Marie Teno
Response: Moradewun Adejunmobi

Noon - 2:00pm: Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:00pm

Conversation: Jonathan Haynes with Tunde Kelani

4:00-4:30pm: Break

Film Screening: Leaf in the Wind (dir. Jean-Marie Teno2013)
Venue: IU Cinema
Time: 4:30pm (Followed by Q&A with the director)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the African Studies Program; the Provost’s Office; the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching grant; the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs; the Departments of Comparative Literature, Anthropology; the Cultural Studies Program; the Project on African Expressive Traditions; and Horizons of Knowledge.

Coordinators: Akin Adesokan, Beth Buggenhagen, Marion Frank-Wilson, Maria Grosz-Ngaté, Marissa Moorman.

 

Tool of Power, Site of Nervousness: Broadcasting to Africans in Colonial Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, 1930s-1960s

Mhoze Chikowera, UC-Santa Barbara
Thursday October 10, 4pm
Ballantine Hall 004
Co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Communication and Culture, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and the African Studies Program

 

Historical Teaching and Practice Seminar: Doing Public History in South Africa

Omar Badsha, CEO South African History Online - David Thelen, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus - Alex Lichtenstein, Associate Professor of History
Friday October 4, 3pm
Mathers Musuem, DeVault Gallery Classroom
Co-Sponsored by the School of Education, African Studies Program, and the Department of History
South African History on line: http://sahistory.org.za

 

Talking Past Each Other On a Global Scale: Why What We Say to Foreign Publics is Not What They Hear

Ambassador Wohlers
Thursday October 3, 12:30pm
Woodburn Hall 218

 

Politics, Power and Poverty: Who Wins in Africa’s Resource Boom?

Ian Gary, Senior Policy Manager for Extractive Industries, Oxfam America
Friday, September 13, 2pm
Woodburn Hall 218

 

Annual Fall Reception for faculty, students, and friends of the African Studies Program

Thursday, September 19, 4-6pm
IMU Faculty Club

 

Symposium: "A Contested Resource: Oil in Africa"

Friday, March 22, 2013
Center for the Study of Global Change, 201 N. Indiana Ave, 1:00-4:15pm
Presented by The African Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington and the Indiana Consortium for International Programs.

1:00pm Welcome by Samuel Obeng, Director, African Studies Program and Karen DeGrange, Executive Director, ICIP
1:15-2:45pm Moderator: Beth Buggenhagen, Indiana University Department of Anthropology
“Dead letters: Grievances and the domestication of disputes in the oilfield region of Chad” (Watch Video) Lori Leonard, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
“Mythic Oil: Corporations, Protests and the Politics of Claim-Making in Nigeria” (Watch Video) Omolade Adunbi, Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan
  Watch Question and Answer Session Video
2:45-3:00pmBreak
3:00-4:15pm Discussant and Moderator: Osita Afoaku, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
“Banishing the resource curse: What Ghana needs for its new petroleum sector” (Watch video) Kwamina Panford, Department of African-American Studies, Northeastern University
  Watch Question and Answer Session Video

 

African Studies Program Fall Reception

October 12, 2012
IMU University Club - Faculty Room
Faculty, students, and friends of the Program are cordially invited to enjoy food and conversation. Brief remarks by Director Samuel Obeng.

 

“Axe of Vengeance” – Ghanaian Film Posters and Film Viewing Culture

August 24-September 15, 2012
Grunwald Gallery of Art, IU Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
Exhibition of hand painted posters created to advertise Hollywood, Bollywood, Kung Fu, Nollywood and Ghanaian films circulating in Ghana during the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibit features a recreation of the traditional cinematic space, reproducing key aspects of the original viewing experience where visitors can view the films Isaka Boys, Secret Adventure, The Snake Girl and Oganigwe.

September 9, 6:30pm Black is Black: Mama Mia, screening at IU Cinema
September 15, 9:30pm  Oganigwe, screening at IU Cinema

Organizers: Marissa Moorman (History) and Betsy Stirratt (Grundwald Gallery)
Sponsors: College of Arts & Sciences Themester, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Department of History, African Studies Program, and Black Film Center/Archive at IU.

 

“African Cultural Production and the Challenges of Digital Technology”

April 6, 2012
Woodburn Hall 218 – morning / IMU Distinguished Alumni Room
This multi-disciplinary, day-long, seminar constitutes the first phase of a larger project on New African Media and Literary Initiatives. The morning session brings into conversation invited participants Miriam Conteh-Morgan (Ohio State University), Stacy Hardy (Chimurenga, South Africa), Sean Jacobs (New School for Social Research), Patrice Nganang (SUNY Stony Brook) with respondents Julie Bobay (IU Wells Library), Jason Jackson (IU Folklore and Ethnomusicology), Premesh Lalu (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), and Marissa Moorman (IU History). In the afternoon, IU graduate students Steffan Horowitz (African Studies), Samantha Merritt (Informatics), and Adrien Pouille (Comparative Literature) engage the presenters. A general discussion follows both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Seminar organizers: Akin Adesokan (Comparative Literature), Beth Buggenhagen (Anthropology), Marion Frank-Wilson (Wells Library), Marissa Moorman (History), and Maria Grosz-Ngaté (African Studies).
Sponsors: African Studies Program, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Comparative Literature Department, IU Libraries, Department of History.

New African Media and Literary Initiatives Website: http://nemlia.org/

 

New Directions in African Cinema – Film Series

7:00pm, Black Film Center/Archive, Wells Library
A series of shorts and feature films produced by young Africans living on the continent and abroad, followed by discussion.

March 8, 2012 “African/American?: First Generation Africans in America
me broni ba by Akosua Adoma Owusu (Ghana/US)
African Booty Scratcher by Nikyatu Jusu (Nigeria/US)
Bronx Princess by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed (Ghana/US)

March 22, 2012 “Sci-Fi Flicks: Alien Invasions, Post-Apocalyptic Life”
Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya)
Alive in Joburg by Neill Blomkamp (South Africa)

March 29, 2012 “African Action: Shoot ‘em up! Get the Girl!”
Viva Riva! By Djo Tunda Wa Munga (DRC)

Organizers: Graduate Students Steffan Horowitz (African Studies) and Nzinga Kendall (American Studies)

 

“African Lens: Photojournalism of Africa by Africans”

October 7-27, 2011
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington
An exhibition of photographs by Jacob Otieno (Kenya) and Djibril Sy (Senegal).

October 20, 5:00pm - Welcome of the artists and kick-off of the African Studies Program’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in the Gallery; followed by a reception at the Uptown Café.

Organizers: Eileen Julien (Comparative Literature) and James Kelly (School of Journalism)
Sponsors: African Studies Program, School of Journalism, Office of the Provost, IU Art Museum, Project on African Expressive Traditions, Center for Integrative Photographic Studies.

Sembene: The Making of African Cinema
October 16, 2011
5:00pm, Black Film Center/Archive, Wells Library
Screening of this documentary by Manthia Diawara and Ngugi wa Thiong’o to mark the African Studies Program’s 50th anniversary.
Organizers: Graduate Students in African Studies (GSAS)

African Studies @ 50
October 21, 2011
4:00pm, Radio-TV Building 251
Distinguished Alumni Lecture I – Mary Jo Arnoldi (Smithsonian Institution)
“From Timbuktu to the National Mall: Performing the Malian Nation on an International Stage”
Distinguished Alumni Lecture II – Manthia Diawara (New York University)
“African Cultural Studies between Film and Literature”

7:15pm Reception in the IU Art Museum, with music by Afro Hoosier International

October 22, 2011
1:30pm, IMU State Room West
“50 Years of African Studies at IU”
Panel discussion with former Directors Patrick O’Meara, Brian Winchester, and John Hanson, and the current Director Samuel Obeng. Moderator: Patrick McNaughton (Art History)
“African Studies: Meanings and Futures”
Panel discussion with graduate students Brittany Sheldon (Art History), Hassan Wahab (Political Science), and Katherine Wiley (Anthropology). Moderator: Patrick McNaughton (Art History)

4:00pm Reception in the IMU University Club – Presidents’ Room, with music by Kwesi Brown

Sponsors: African Studies Program, Graduate Students in African Studies, IUSA, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs,  Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.