Events and Activities

Thursday, September 8

Be A Good Samaritan
Time:
5:30 pm
Location:
Power Center Room, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15282
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of Duquesne University, Duquesne Michael P. Weber Learning Skills Center and Foundation Bon Samaritan
Cost:
$25.00
Contact:
Romeo Kihumbu
Contact Email:
romeo.kihumbu@gmail.com

Come an enjoy an evening of humanitarian fellowship, while helping Foundation Bon Samaritan reach their goal of providing economic stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo through education and empowerment. Entertainment (live performances) and hors d'oeuvre are included. Cash bar available.

Foundation Bon Samaritan is a Pittsburgh PA based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is the mission, duty and purpose of Foundation Bon Samaritan , Inc. to popularize the notion of Good Samaritan “to grow mercy”

Our vision is to address, educate, coordinate, and provide aid and relief that will alleviate and eliminate exodus movement, break the cycle of poverty through Children, Youth, strengthen woman movement and Families on a local and global level

Cost: Payment required - Location will be in the Power Center Room of Duquesne University Cost is $25.00, and includes entertainment and heavy appetizers.

Categories: Fundraising & Charity

Friday, September 9

Interested in Serving in the Peace Corps?
Time:
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Presenter:
Nick Langston
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of
Cost:
None
Contact:
Nick Langston
Contact Phone:
+1 309 206 3321
Contact Email:
NGL6@pitt.edu

Come to learn more from a recruiter and get the chance to speak with returned volunteers about their service!

Life is calling... How far will you go?

https://www.peacecorps.gov/

Wednesday, September 14

Let's Talk Africa
Paleo-biogeochemistry: Using chemical signals in mud to understand climate and environmental change in East Africa
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Josef Werne
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
412-648-1802
Contact Email:
kwm18@pitt.edu

The questions driving research in Quaternary climate, the period of geological time that includes the recent ice ages and interglacial climatic periods, and environmental change are important not only for our understanding of how the Earth System has changed in the past, but also because this time period represents the closest analog for what we will be seeing in the near future. My research focuses in part on understanding climate and environmental change in low latitude systems, such as in East Africa. At low latitudes, temperature changes are measureable, e.g. on glacial/interglacial timescales, but they are quite muted compared to high latitudes. In contrast, significant variability in the hydrological cycle is observed, often resulting in major shifts of arid zones associated with global climate change. Such changes in temperature and hydrology can have a significant impact on both terrestrial and aquatic biota – including humans. In Africa, my group has identified numerous significant changes in temperature over the past ~million years, including a warming of 3.5ºC from the Last Glacial Maximum to present, but also major changes just during the last 10,000 years, including a temperature shift of 2-4ºC that occurred at the end of the African Humid Period ~5,000 years ago – a time when temperatures of Lake Turkana were in fact warmer than they are today. Furthermore, we have identified a substantial increase in the temperature of Lake Malawi surface waters of ~2ºC over the past 100 years, most likely attributable to anthropogenic influences. These changes in temperature are associated with major shifts in rainfall as well. Ongoing research is exploring these climate shifts on longer timescales throughout East Africa, in an attempt to provide an environmental context for hominin development.

Dr. Josef Werne, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, received his PhD in Geological Sciences at Northwestern University in 2000 with an emphasis in Biogeochemistry. He was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research from 2000-2002 and on the faculty of the Large Lakes Observatory and Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (Assistant/Associate Professor) at the University of Minnesota Duluth before joining the Department in 2012. Dr. Werne spent a year in Perth, Australia as a Gledden Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Western Australia, as well as a visiting scientist in the Western Australia Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Centre at Curtin University (2009-2010).

Thursday, September 29

ASP Welcome Back Reception
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Katherine Mooney
Contact Phone:
412-648-1802
Contact Email:
kwm18@pitt.edu

Please join the African Studies Program family for a welcome back celebration! All students, faculty, and staff are welcome at this event. There will be food, friends, and merriment.