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The African Studies Program has long been recognized as one of the leading centers for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. It has been a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center every year since 1965.

We are committed to being one of the nation's leading programs for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. Our diverse research, teaching, and outreach activities promote greater understanding and appreciation of the continent and its people. We also promote the study of Africa in global perspective by cooperating with other area-studies programs, international centers, professional schools, and departments inside and outside Indiana University. All of our activities are conducted in accordance with our values stressing integrity, excellence, diversity, community, collaboration, and creativity.

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Guest Lectures

Thursday, October 2, 4:00-6:00pm
Woodburn Hall 218
“Literary History and Uneven Development: An African Example”
Professor Susan Z. Andrade, Associate Professor of English,
University of Pittsburgh
In literary history as in social history some years are of particular importance: 1968—with its uprisings in Paris, Mexico City, Chicago and elsewhere--might be better understood if we cast the historical net more globally, away from Europe and the U.S., to include the relation of Africa, especially Algeria and West Africa, to Paris.  In this talk, I introduce a new perspective, as offered by the formally experimental, the political and psychoanalytically-inclined novel, The Golden Notebook (1962) by Doris Lessing.  What relation does this novel posit between Africa and the European ruminations of the two feminists in London? What relation might the novel bear to a history of decolonization and, especially, a broader literary history in an uneven world?

Tuesday Noon Talk Series

Fall 2014, Woodburn Hall 218, Noon-1:00pm


October 7th

“The Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: From on-the-ground Health Care Worker Experiences to Liberian Diaspora Relief Efforts”
Verlon Stone, Liberian Collections/African Studies Collection, IU Libraries & M. Aaron Sayegh, School of Public Health