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Linguist Adams Bodomo described the lives of African migrants in China at a recent African Studies Center event.
African Studies Center (ASC) staff and UCLA faculty speak about their work on the ASC's gender education program in Rwanda.
Katheleen McHugh, director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, discusses her recent trip to Rwanda and her work on the capacity-building partnership between the UCLA African Studies Center and the University of Rwanda College of Education.
Vinay Lal is Associate Professor in the Department of History. He writes widely on the history and culture of colonial and modern India, popular and public culture in India (especially cinema), historiography, the politics of world history, the Indian diaspora, global politics, contemporary American politics, the life and thought of Mohandas Gandhi, Hinduism, and the politics of knowledge systems.
A biography of Nelson Mandela exploring his early years, his political journey, the prison years, and his election as the first President of a democratic South Africa.
William Worger specializes in the social and economic history of southern Africa. He has worked on historical representations of Shaka, the industrial origins of racial discrimination contestations between African and European over the meaning of colonialism. He taught at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Dalhousie University. He has also served as Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at UCLA, and Dean of the Graduate School at LSU.
Ned Alpers is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies and after teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania he joined the faculty at UCLA. His research and writing focus on the political economy of international trade in eastern Africa through the nineteenth century and the western Indian Ocean. He has served as President of the African Studies Association and Chair of its National Program Committee.
Merrick Posnansky is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of History and Anthropology, where he has been a faculty member since 1977. After completing his PhD in Archaeology at Nottingham University, he taught in Africa for twenty years, where he worked as Curator of the Uganda Museum, Director of African Studies at the University of Makerere and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Ghana.
Verne Harris of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory points out the limits of transitional justice and offers human rights archivists new lines of inquiry for the future.
Paulette Donald fell in love with Arabic during an African Studies Center summer study program in Morocco. Today, she shares her love of the language with her kindergarten and first-grade students.
Applications are being accepted for a unique six-week opportunity for teachers to study the culture, history, and tradition of Morocco. The program consists of studying Arabic and traveling throughout Morocco, as well as an opportunity to be part of an important musical/cultural festival in the picturesque coastal town of Essaouira.
Deputy Director of the African Studies Center Azeb Tadesse, who has been employed at the center since 1999, has won the 2013 Excellence in Leadership (Excel) Award of the UCLA Administrative Management Group.
Political scientist Pearl T. Robinson describes the work of Mama Kiota as a vital part of the global feminist movement. A female Sufi educational and spiritual leader, Mama Kiota has been working under the radar in her local community in Niger for 40 years, educating and empowering rural African Muslim women.
This profile of African Studies Center Director Françoise Lionnet looks at her upcoming presentation on historical and present-day migration and draws attention to the current phenomenon of African "boat people" — individuals from northern and western Africa in search of a better life who try to make the dangerous trip between the two continents in small boats. Lionnet delivers UCLA’s 114th Faculty Research Lecture in Schoenberg Hall on April 15, 2013, at 3 pm.
A $1 million grant has been awarded to the UCLA African Studies Center (ASC) for a capacity-building partnership with the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) of Rwanda.
Do Catholics See Things Differently? On Photographs and Museum Objects in Missionary Representations of Africa
A podcast of a public lecture by Professor Peter Pels, Leiden University
Due to unexpected last minute changes on the United Nations General Assembly program, President Paul Kagame regrets that he is unable to visit UCLA on September 28, 2012, and deliver his planned lecture. His visit to UCLA may take place at a future date, though no further details are available at this point.
With a land mass only about 1.5 times that of Los Angeles, this island nation packs a real punch when it comes to the creation of art, literature, music and culture, says Professor Françoise Lionnet
A lecture by Sung Choi, UCLA
Fred Lawson, Mills College
Tariq Ali, editor, New Left Review
Gelvin is the author of the recently released book "The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know"
International development student among recipients
A lecture by Farah Chaudhry and Chip Duncan
Mamadou Diouf delivers the James S. Coleman Memorial Lecture: Islam and the Making of the Public Space
Mamadou Diouf is Leitner Family Professor of African Studies. He leads Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies at the School of International and Public Affairs.
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