An event announcement from one of my students.
We are screening A Place at the Table, a documentary produced by the creators of Food, Inc., about food insecurity in the United States today. It documents the experiences of three food insecure American families, while challenging the viewers to consider the options for ending American hunger for good.
A talk by Rachel Schurman, a professor of sociology from Minnesota, about her project “Science for the Poor: Foundations, Firms and the New Green Revolution for Africa” at 4:30 pm Monday, October 14, in PAC 001. Her website, http://www.soc.umn.edu/people/schurman_r.html.
FORUM: Government Shutdown
Professor Logan Dancey, Department of Government
Professor Jennifer Smith, Department of Government
…will discuss the domestic and international implications of the recent Government shutdown
Thursday, October 10, 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Public Affairs Center 002
Free and open to the public
The African Studies cluster symposium
March 1st, 2013, Allbritton 311
1:30pm: Welcome remarks
1:40pm: Ousseina Alidou, Associate Professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, and Director of the Center for African Studies, Rutgers University. “African Muslim Women’s Agency, Leadership and Contribution to Social Change.”
Followed by ten minutes Q&A
2:30pm: Tsitsi Jaji, Assistant Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, Mary I. Bunting Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2012 – 2013). “Nokutela Dube and Charlotte Manye Maxeke: Towards a Feminist Geneaology of pan-Africanism in South Africa and beyond.”
Followed by ten minutes Q&A
3:15pm: SUYA: Wesleyan Student African Dance Team performance (including spoken introduction)
3: 45pm: Coffee break
4:00pm: Clemantine Wamariya, Yale 2013, board member, US Holocaust Museum
Followed by ten minutes Q&A4:45pm: Discussant comments
4:55pm: Final open discussion
International Human Rights Leadership Conference Announcement – Call for Applications 2013:
The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the ninth annual International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, to be held August 9 – 18, 2013 in Storrs, Connecticut. Applications must be received by March 8, 2013.
The Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights. To this end, the Forum will:
· Introduce participants to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
· Build a network of solidarity among human rights leaders
· Expand the knowledge relevant to human rights practice
· Provide tools and a platform for open debates
· Provide programmes, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership
· Promote the sharing of experiences and understanding
· Showcase speakers on such topics as: health and human rights, education, the environment, the plight of child soldiers, the use of media, fundraising, conflict resolution and transformation; litigation and advocacy
· Emerging human rights issues
The UNESCO Chair will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals, ground transportation in Connecticut, resource materials and a certificate of participation. Participants will be responsible for providing their own airfare to Connecticut upon acceptance.
Young people between the ages of 18-30, with community service experience, and with demonstrated ability to work on solutions to human rights problems, should apply. Relevant issues include, but are not limited to, human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees, hunger, HIV/AIDs, gender discrimination, racism, classism, the environment and peace education.
Conference will be held in English only. Fluency in English is required. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their application essay, demonstrated commitment to human rights (practical/hands-on experience), potential impact on the individual and their potential contribution to the Forum, regional and gender representation.
Programme details and application material can be accessed by linking to http://www.unescochair.uconn.edu/upspecialevents.htm
On Tuesday, Apr. 10, Kalpana Kochhar will speak on “The Life of an Economist at the IMF and World Bank”. She is the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region at the World Bank, and previously held a number of positions at the IMF. The talk is at 4:15 in PAC 001.
Our Guest Speakers:
Katherine E. Hoffman, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University, has worked for almost twenty years among Amazigh (Berber) populations in North Africa. She is currently researching in southern Tunisia and Western Libya on the role of Amazigh ethnicity in the integration of populations displaced by political violence into the country of first asylum. The project considers as well the surprising ways in which rural Tunisian community organizing in the South during their own revolution created networks that then allowed Tunisians to host, house, and feed hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Libya outside the auspices of international relief organizations. Hoffman is the author of We Share Walls: Language, Land, and Gender in Berber Morocco (Blackwell-Wiley 2008) and journal articles in American Ethnologist, Contemporary Studies in Society and History, Ethnomusicology, and Language and Communication. She is co-editor (with S.G. Miller) of Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib (Indiana University Press 2010). Hoffman will be a Eurias Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Nantes during the 2012-2013 academic year where she will be working on her book manuscript Mirror of the Soul: Custom, Islam, and Legal Transformation under the French Protectorate of Morocco (1912-1956).
Leonardo A. Villalón is associate professor of Political Science and African Studies at the University of Florida. From 2002-2011 he served as director of the university’s Center for African Studies. He has published numerous works on religion and politics and on democratization in the Muslim countries of the African Sahel, where he has lived and traveled broadly over the past twenty years. He has taught for three years in Senegal, at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar and the Université Gaston Berger in St. Louis. From 2001-2005, he served as president of the West African Research Association (WARA).
His current research focuses on religion and democracy in Senegal, Mali and Niger, as well as on social change and electoral dynamics across the Francophone Sahel. From 2007-09 he was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, for a project entitled: “Negotiating Democracy in Muslim Contexts: Political Liberalization and Religious Mobilization in the West African Sahel.” He is completing a book based on that research. With Mahaman Tidjani Alou of LASDEL (Niger) he directs a research project on religion and educational reform in the Sahel. He is also co-directing the two-year State Department funded “Trans-Saharan Elections Project,” focused on six countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad.
Sponsors: The African Studies Cluster, the Government Department, the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Memorial Fund of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, the Dean of the Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs, the College of Letters, and the Anthropology Department
On Saturday, Feb 25th:
Organized by my colleague and fellow Africanist, Sarah Croucher