Image for Language as a product of the human mind
Linguist Harold Torrence, chair of the African Studies M.A. Program, teaches a field methods class every year in which he and his UCLA students work on a language none of them has ever studied before.

Posted: 5/20/2019


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Andrea Goldman (history) and Ippolytos Kalofonos, M.D./M.P.H. (Geffen School of Medicine/ International Institute) were recently awarded 2019 ACLS Fellowships. Goldman is a member of the faculty advisory committee of the Center for Chinese Studies; Kalofonos teaches in the Institute's Global Health Program.

Posted: 4/2/2019


Image for Andrew Apter, an anthropologist among the historians*
Anthropologist-historian Andrew Apter, interim director of the African Studies Center, hopes to oversee a period of much greater undergraduate student involvement in its activities.

Posted: 1/16/2019


Image for Award for new faculty book
Faculty members from two UCLA departments combined forces to report on a little-known minority group: Jewish communities in North Africa during the Holocaust.

Posted: 1/9/2019


Image for New leaders, faculty join the International Institute
Several of the Institute's research centers and teaching programs have new faculty leaders as of July 1, 2018, and three new faculty have joined the Institute's academic teaching staff.

Posted: 7/2/2018


Image for Colonial extractions: Race and Canadian mining in contemporary Africa
Canadian mining companies' presence on the African continent and their efforts to disempower indigenous artisanal miners are new iterations of colonial economic systems, said Paula Butler at the latest African Studies Speaker Series.

Posted: 5/31/2018


Image for Celebrating female refugees and migrants as “women who move”
At the UCLA celebration of International Women's Day 2018, E. Tendayi Achiume discussed female refugees and migrants from the Global South as women who exert their agency to improve their lives.

Posted: 3/26/2018


Image for “Waking Lions” depicts unseen Israelis
Speaking about her new novel at the Y&S Nazarian Center, Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen described the “unseen” Israel and the role of literature in revealing the things we don't want to know about ourselves.

Posted: 3/12/2018


Image for From Aimé Césaire to Black Lives Matter: The ongoing impact of negritude
The latest speaker in the African Studies Center Speaker Series argued that Black Lives Matter and social media activism are a continuation of Aimé Césaire's writings on negritude.

Posted: 2/23/2018


Image for The kola nut: West African commodity in the Atlantic world
Shantelle George presented her research to date on the kola nut's introduction into the Caribbean and its connections to African religion, medicinal practices and identity in the New World.

Posted: 12/15/2017


Image for Erasing the intellectual divide between African American and African Studies
Jemima Pierre views slavery and colonialism as two sides of the same coin: a global process that intentionally flattened African identities into the racialized categories of “black” (in the Americas) and “native” (in Africa).

Posted: 10/16/2017


Image for Kevin Njabo to speak in Tanzania about the Congo Basin Institute
The UCLA environmental health sciences professor was selected to give a TEDGlobal talk. "Let's stop painting Africa as a continent of darkness,” he said. “The Congo Basin Institute is that vision that gives a positive outlook of what Africa can be.”

Posted: 7/21/2017


Image for Fowler exhibit explores Brazil
“Lineage through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil by Fran Siegel” considers the potential of Afro-Brazilians to transcend global displacement through ancestral rituals and symbolic systems that keep their connections to Africa alive.

Posted: 7/18/2017


Image for A writer still seeking to write the defining novel
Renowned African writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o read from his recent memoirs at the 2017 James S. Coleman Memorial Lecture in late May.

Posted: 6/13/2017


Image for In memoriam: Mark Sawyer
A UCLA professor of African American studies and political science, Sawyer died Sunday, March 26, in Los Angeles. He was 45.

Posted: 3/29/2017


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