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Thursday, September 20

African Studies Program Welcome Back Reception
Time:
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

Come and join the African Studies Program to welcome in the new academic year. Meet staff, affiliated faculty and fellow students and discuss the program, events for the year and opportunities for engagement!

Tuesday, September 25

Let's Talk Africa
War, Conflict and Hidden People: The Case of Uganda
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Presenter:
Victoria Namusisi Nalongo
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

A presentation by Victoria Nalongo, Founder & CEO of Bright Kids Uganda Victoria will be discussing the war in northern Uganda and the impact the war has had on children and communities. Why has the war gone on for almost 20 years without any end in sight? Victoria will talk about the causes and contributing factor to the continuation of the war as well as identification of potential opportunities for bringing peace to the region.

Thursday, September 27

Let's Talk Africa
Time:
1:00 pm to 2:20 pm
Presenter:
Victoria Namusisi Nalongo & Justin Forzano
Location:
4217 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

Join us for a round table discussion with Victoria Namusisi Nalongo, Founder & CEO of Bright Kids Uganda and Justin Forzano, Founder & CEO of Cameroon Football Development Program (FDP). Both speakers are professionals in the field of international development who will be talking about internships and volunteer opportunities for students in Africa.

Saturday, October 13

UCIS 50th Anniversary Celebration
Time:
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Presenter:
UCIS
Location:
Cathedral of Learning 1st Floor Commons
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center, Global Studies Center, International Week, Nationality Rooms, Office of International Services and Study Abroad Office
Contact:
Jeff Whitehead
Contact Email:
whitehead@pitt.edu

In 1968, the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) was created as the University of Pittsburgh’s encompassing framework for all its multidisciplinary international programs. To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we will be holding a celebration open to both the University and larger Pittsburgh community.

Join us for an afternoon of international performances, sweet treats from around the globe, children’s activities, and more!

Thursday, October 18

Critical Research On Africa
Re-imaging history in Africa and the role of technology
Time:
2:00 pm
Presenter:
Nisi Shawl
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

Nisi Shawl will present on themes that surround her recent novel "Everfair" which is set in an alternative future of the Congo. Please join us for an interesting conversation!

Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Friday, October 19

Let's Talk Africa
ASP Student Panel on Summer Experiences in Africa
Time:
12:00 pm
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

Come here about your fellow ASP students' summer experiences in Africa. Whether it be in the Tanzania, Ghana or South Africa study abroad programs, the Uganda field-based internship program, or independent research and learning, your fellow students have some amazing stories to tell. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about options and logistics if you are contemplating studying or working abroad in Africa this coming summer!

Thursday, November 8

Let's Talk Africa
Multi-cultural Education in Africa
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Adesoji Adeolu Oni
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program

Dr. Oni is a visiting professor at Robert Morris University this fall. He specializes in Sociology of Education. His area of research focus includes; social problems in education, Social change in education, social deviances/social disorganizations in education with particular focus on students’ secret cult in Nigeria.

Wednesday, November 14

An Education in Diaspora: African Students in the USSR and the Queer Contours of Socialist Friendship in Sissako's "October" and "Rostov-Luanda
Time:
12:00 pm
Presenter:
Jennifer Wilson, Ohio State University
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Center for Russian and East European Studies
Contact Phone:
412-648-7407
Contact Email:
crees@pitt.edu

In “Oktyabr (October)” (1993) and “Rostov-Luanda” (1998), the Mauritanian film director Abderrahmane Sissako shines a light on the experiences of African students in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Sissako, like many young Africans at the time, studied in the Soviet Union in the 1980s on a “Socialist Friendship” scholarship, making these two very different films, one a work of fiction, the other a pseudo-documentary, divergent experiments in documenting the displaced self. Working within the frameworks of diasporic intimacy and queer diaspora, this talk explores “Oktyabr” and “Rostov-Luanda” as meditations on the uniquely constructed intinerancy of black communities in the Soviet Union, a distinctly "queer" transience all the more intensified by the peripatetic nature of student life.