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Table Mountain at Cape Town, South Africa

Photo: mattharvey1, "Table Mountain," via Flickr

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Ouarzazate, Morocco

Photo: Alexander Cahlenstein, "Old kasbah in the Sahara desert," via Flickr

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Africa Day 2019

Founded in 1959 as a U.S. National Resource Center, the James S. Coleman African Studies Center (ASC) serves as the “central processing unit” of Africanist expertise at UCLA, bringing Africa to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Africa. Today, we engage a growing global network of students, scholars, educators, policymakers, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists committed to the imperatives of transformational research. As an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the University of California, the ASC's mission is threefold: 1) to promote and disseminate cutting-edge Africanist research and scholarship; 2) to develop community outreach and service programs, including public diplomacy initiatives, international conferences, teacher-training workshops, African languages instruction, and dialogues with the performing and visual arts; and 3) to connect UCLA students and their counterparts in Africa with opportunities for academic and professional enrichment. Our current collaborative projects build bridges between STEM fields, professional schools, social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. They address human rights and the refugee crisis; economically and ecologically sustainable community-driven solutions to climate change; linkages between the science and culture of healthcare; the history and ethnography of Ghana’s slave forts and castles —and more. The ASC also publishes the flagship art history journal, African Arts, now in its 52nd year, and the interdisciplinary graduate student-run Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, now in its 49th year. Through research initiatives that produce knowledge and “make a difference,” we strive to promote change based on collaboration with African partners, international colleagues and organizations, and Los Angeles constituencies. As we celebrate 60 years of connecting communities of world-renowned faculty and experts, passionate students, and dedicated local and global allies, we invite you to join us in charting a course for the future of #UCLAforAfrica.


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