Events and Activities

Tuesday, March 31

Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi
No Secret Under the Sun
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Professor Anika Wilson
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with Department of Africana Studies and World History Center

Professor Anika Wilson of the Department of Africology, University of Wisconsin, will present a lecture on her book "Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi: No Secret Under the Sun."

Book Description: Informal folk narrative genres such as gossip, advice, rumor, and urban legends provide a unique lens through which to discern popular formations of gender conflict and AIDS beliefs. This is the first book on AIDS and gender in Africa to draw primarily on such narratives. By exploring tales of love medicine, gossip about romantic rivalries, rumors of mysterious new diseases, marital advice, and stories of rape, among others, it provides rich, personally grounded insights into the everyday struggles of people living in an era marked by social upheaval.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Katie Jones, joneskh@pitt.edu or 412-624-3073

Thursday, April 2

African Studies Graduating Student Presentation
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Eric Swetts
Contact Email:
ems137@pitt.edu

Join us for presentations by our graduating students, who will share their experiences, research, and how the African Studies Certificate Program has impacted their lives thus far and looking forward! Pizza will be provided!

Careers in International Media & Communications
International Career Toolkit Series
Time:
3:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, International Business Center and Study Abroad Office
Contact:
Sarah Angel Markwardt
Contact Email:
saa133@pitt.edu

Are you interested in global issues?
Join us Thursday, April 2nd at 3:00pm in 4217 Posvar to discuss careers in international media and communications with alumni and professionals working internationally.

Discover career opportunities for students in all fields of study.
 
Network with alumni and professionals in the field.

Thursday, April 9

Let's Talk Africa!- Onyinyechi “Gandhi” Chukwunyere Esq.
Africa’s Paradox of Plenty: The Nigerian Example
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
Onyinyechi “Gandhi” Chukwunyere Esq., MPIA, GSPIA
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact:
Eric Swetts
Contact Email:
ems137@pitt.edu

This presentation will explore the irony of Africa's poverty and underdevelopment in the midst of its vast mineral wealth. Using Nigeria - Africa's biggest economy and most populous country - as a case study, the topic will x-ray the probable nexus; identify the underlying sociopolitical and economic causes of the paradox often referenced as the 'resource curse'; and suggest policy options for reversing the trend.

About the Presenter: Onyinyechi 'Gandhi' Chukwunyere is a lawyer, rights advocate, researcher, and policy analyst. As president of the Legal Aid Group Nigeria, he was actively involved in the advocacy for efficient resource management, transparent leadership, and rapid socioeconomic development in Africa. He has done extensive work in Oil and Gas Law, Human Rights Law, and Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. He is currently working on a research proposal with the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh on the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent. Also, he currently serves on the Welfare and Benefits Committee of the University Senate. He has a bachelor of laws degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and Bar Certification from the Nigerian Law School; he is presently a candidate for the MPIA/IPE degree (2016) at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, April 14

Before there was Ebola: European Responses to Diseases in Africa – Past and Present
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Contact Email:
euce@pitt.edu

U.S. and European news coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa highlighted the urgency of the public health crisis, focusing often on the need to contain the outbreak to prevent its spread to “our shores.” Implicit (and often explicit) in these stories, however, were long-standing xenophobic and racialized attitudes toward African diseases that can be traced back to European imperial and pseudo-scientific ideas of the nineteenth century. This month’s Conversation will ask historians, political scientists, and public health experts to discuss the extent to which contemporary European and U.S. representations of Ebola borrowed from representations of earlier diseases occurring on the African continent and to speculate on the possible implications that such representations had and continue to have on mounting an effective response to an ongoing public health crisis. How much has news coverage contributed to what one political scientist described as the “long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place” and what can be done about it? Audience participation is welcome and encouraged.

Thursday, May 14

Cultures Day at Harrold Middle School
Time:
(All day)
Presenter:
African Studies Program
Location:
Harrold Middle School
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Contact Email:
AfricanStudies@pitt.edu

Are you interested in teaching 7-8 grade students about Africa? Please join us for our annual visit to Harrold Middle School as part of Cultures Day! This is an excellent volunteer opportunity and a great way to use your knowledge of Africa in a uniquely enriching way! The date is still TBD and will be updated when it is announced. Interested participants should email AfricanStudies@pitt.edu.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015