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Events, Academic Year 2008-2009

Hunger Fast with Kermit Washington and Project Contact Africa
Kermit Washington, SIS alumnus and former NBA Star led a hunger fast on the quad.  Cosponsored with AU Special Events and others (October 1 – 5)

“The Tyranny of Oil” with Antonia Juhasz from Oil Change International and the Institute for Policy Studies, and the author of The Tyranny of Oil (October 9)

“Opportunities and Constraints for Action on the Climate in Africa: Experiences from Uganda”
with Prof. Emmanuel Kasimbazi a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (October 16). 

Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, United Republic of Tanzania
Guest lecture for the course, “Civilizations of Africa” (October 27).

Screening of The Linguists and discussion with filmmaker David Harrison
Associate Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College, an alumnus of SIS, and the author of When Languages Die: the Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge.

Sharing the Burden of Disease: the AIDS Epidemic in Latin America, Africa, and Washington, DC
SIS professor Rachel Robinson-Sullivan, Dr. Hirnschall of the PanAmerican Health Organization, and Tiffany West-Ojo of the DC Department of Health discussed the global and local impact of HIV/AIDS and how communities around the world are working to combat the further spread of this disease (November 6).

The Second Annual Africa Career Café
Over 130 alumni, faculty, and recruiters from NGOs, the government, and the private sector participated in an evening of refreshments and informal networking.  Co-sponsored by AU Career Center, AU Abroad, SIS Alumni Office, Student Organization for African Studies, African Student Organization, and Invisible Children (January 22).

“The State of Nigeria’s Political Parties” with John A. A. Ayoade, Professor Emeritus, University of Ibadan and former director of the Director of Center for Democratic Studies for the Presidency in Abuja (February 5).

“Reforming Africa’s Armed Forces,” with Lt. Col. Diop is an Air Force pilot for the Ministry of Defense in Senegal and a Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, where he is preparing a report on military reform. (February 12).

“Greed or Grievance? Understanding the Niger Delta’s Militants” with Judy Asuni of Johns Hopkins University, an American sociologist who lived in Nigeria for 36 years and co-founded Academic Associates Peaceworks (February 26).

“Violence Against Women as a Weapon of War in Darfur” with Niemat Ahmadi from the Save Darfur Coalition who spoke about rape as a weapon of war in Darfur and other conflicts.  Co-sponsored with Darfur Action (March 23).

“Zimbabwe: Death of a Nation,” film and discussion with Dan Whitman, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, led a discussion following the film (April 9).

“Meeting the Maasai of Kenya,” with Joseph Ole Tipanko, a teacher and community leader from the Maasai Good Salvage Outreach Organization, will discuss rural development and cultural preservation among the Maasai people.  This special meeting of the course, “Civilizations of Africa” is open to the broader community. (April 16)

Workshop on “The Consequences of Political Inclusion in Africa.”  Click here to visit the conference page for papers, photos, and a list of attendees (April 24-25).

Governance and Development:
Reassessing and Reinventing Power Sharing and Decentralization in Africa

African Studies Association Workshop, Annual Meeting 2011

Hosted at American University
Wednesday, November 16

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