About CAS (Faculty Research, CAS Newsletters, Faculty Publications, Africa at Rutgers)
Faculty, Staff, Visiting Scholars
For Students (Undergraduate Minor, Graduate Certificate)
Upcoming Events
African Languages: AMESALL
Resources for K-12 Teachers & Businesses
Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs
Search Rutgers
Donate to CAS
 
Welcome! Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Karibu! Akwaaba! Ẹ ku abọ!
Learn the African languages Arabic, Swahili, Twi, and Yoruba in the
Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures


CAS promotes the teaching of Africa through curricular and faculty development. It informs a broader public through a vigorous outreach program of community projects and educators' workshops for K-12 teachers and coordinates a large offering of Africa-related courses throughout the university system. Building on the Rutgers commitment to international education, CAS also supports faculty research in Africa and builds linkages with Africa-based scholars, institutions of higher-learning and non-governmental organizations.
CAS members serve as consultants to public officials, businesses, schools and ngo's.
 
 
RENEWED CALL TO ACTION
THE RUTGERS RESPONSE TO THE EBOLA CRISIS IN WEST AFRICA
 
 
(The announcement includes how to make financial donations, which medical supplies are most urgently needed, and where to ship the supplies. Your assistance is so greatly appreciated, we thank you for your generosity!)
 
The CAS Appeal to President Obama and Congress
to increase, broaden and quicken the response to the Ebola epidemic was
Published in the NY Times on October 6, 2014!
Co-written by Meredeth Turshen and Tefera Gezmu (Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Al Howard (History).
 
 
REGISTER TODAY FOR FALL 2014 COURSES ON AFRICA!
 
LIST OF FALL 2014 AFRICA COURSES
 
 
VISITING PROFESSOR VERONIQUE TADJO HOSTED BY THE FRENCH DEPARTMENT FALL 2014
     
CAS is very pleased to have co-sponsored
Véronique Tadjo's talks on

"Art and Activism? Lessons from Rwanda"
Monday, September 15, 12:35pm, Hickman Hall Room 119, DOUGLASS

and

"A Reading & Conversation with Keorapetse Kgositsile (South Africa's Poet Laureate) & Véronique Tadjo"
Wednesday, October 1, 4:30pm-6pm, Brower Commans A/B/C, CAC

CAS warmly welcomes you to Rutgers, Véronique!

 
 
SPECIAL EVENT: NURUDDIN FARAH PUBLIC READING AND BOOK LAUNCH NOVEMBER 6!
 
CAS is so excited to announce that

Nuruddin Farah
(Somali novelist, essayist, playwright, and screenwriter)

will give a Public Reading and Book Launch
of his new book Hiding in Plain Sight
(Penguin Books, October 2014)!


Thursday, November 6
1pm-1:30pm Reception
1:40pm-3pm Public Reading and Book Launch
Brower Commons ABC
College Avenue Campus


Hiding in Plain Sight Press Release

Copies of the book will be available for
purchase at the event.

This event would not be possible without the greatly
appreciated support of our co-sponsors:
The Writers House;
the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures;
Comparative Literature
;
the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs;
the SAS Dean of Humanities;
the SAS Executive Vice Dean;
the Department of Africana Studies;
and Africa World Press, Inc. and The Red Sea Press, Inc.
We sincerely thank each sponsor!
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20
 
CAS, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages present a talk by Ousseina Alidou (Center for African Studies Director and AMESALL Professor) entitled, "Contextualizing Boko Haram."

Monday, October 20, 12:35pm-3:35pm
Hickman Hall Room 119
DOUGLASS CAMPUS



Special thanks to Abena P. A. Busia, Chair, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, for screening this talk in her
Social Justice
course 01:904:399:01.
 
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21
 
The Institute for Women's Leadership's Dialogues with the IWL Director Series presents
"A Conversation with Jane Bennett and IWL Director Alison Bernstein
about Women & Leadership in South Africa."


The program will feature Professor Jane Bennett, Head of the African Gender Institute, editor of Feminist African Journal, scholar and activist, who is vastly knowledgeable of feminist theory, sexualities, pedagogies and violence. She is interested in research allied to political activism within the African continent. She works regularly with colleagues at several universities in North and South America as well as the Human Sciences Research Council and a number of NGOs across Southern and Eastern Africa.



Tuesday, October 21, 4pm
Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
162 Ryders Lane
DOUGLASS CAMPUS


Please RSVP to Emily Haran: emharan@rci.rutgers.edu.
 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23
 
CAS, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and the Department of History present a "Teach-in on the Political Economy of Ebola." CAS Associate Director and Chair, Department of French, Renée Larrier, will moderate the following panelists: Ismail Rashid (History, Vassar College), Allen Howard (Professor Emeritus of History), Meredeth Turshen (Public Health Policy, Bloustein School), and Tefera Gezmu (Public Health, Bloustein School).

The teach-in will offer solutions to the Ebola crisis by exploring the following questions: What is Ebola? Why is Ebola killing many youth and women? How is Ebola a regional crisis? Have war and structural adjustment lead to Ebola? Why are women the main caregivers? Should the U.S. military be delivering aid? What role might outside agencies have?



Thursday, October 23, 6pm-8pm
Edward J. Bloustein School Forum, Civic Square Building
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

Please note: this program is intended to complement, not replace, the
"Zoonosis and Society: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Animal-to-Human Disease" Ebola forum on November 14.

 
 
PLEASE ENJOY THESE PICS FROM THE PRESIDENT KIKWETE PROGRAM AT RU SEPTEMBER 26
 
CAS sincerely thanks the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs for making this program a fantastic success! We were so very honored to receive President Kikwete and his team of delegates at Rutgers.
 
From left to right:
Dick Edwards (Executive Vice President Academic Affairs and Chancellor, New Brunswick) and Joanna Regulska (Vice President, International and Global Affairs) (front row), Governor Florio and Ousseina Alidou (Director, Center for African Studies) preceding row

Eman Osagie (President, RU-Wanawake), Kafilatu Tiamiyu (Secretary, TWESE), President Kikwete, and far right Faidat Gbajabiamila (Secretary of RU-Wanawake)

From left to right
Governor Florio, President Kikwete, and CAS Director Ousseina Alidou

Govenror Florio, President Kikwete, Ousseina Alidou, and Abena P. A. Busia (Chair, Women's and Gender Studies)

Katie Orlemanski (Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology) and President Kikwete
 
From left to right:
CAS receiving line and Peter March (from left to right: Renee Larrier (Associate Director, Center for African Studies), Abena P. A. Busia, Dorothy Hodgson, Peter March (Executive Dean, School of Arts and Sciences), and Ousseina Alidou)

CAS pic with President Kikwete (from left to right: Renée DeLancey (Manager, CAS), Renée Larrier (Associate Director, CAS), President Kikwete, Abena P. A. Busia, and Ousseina Alidou)
 
EXCITING FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS!
Faculty: Dorothy Hodgson, Richard Schroeder, Julie Livingston, Jim Simon, and Sarah Brett-Smith


Dorothy Hodgson (Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick) has been elected President of the African Studies Association. She'll serve a three
year term as Vice President, President and then Past President. An additional achievement is her Honorable Mention for the Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award from the Northeastern Association of Graduate
Schools. We celebrate with you on these fantastic accomplishments, Do!

Richard Schroeder
(Chair, Department of Geography, School
of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and former CAS Director) has been awarded
the Doctoral Teaching Award by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools!
CAS sincerely congratulates you on this wonderful award, Rick!

Julie Livingston (History) has been awarded the
Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems
by the Royal Anthropological Institute: http://www.therai.org.uk/.
This is one of its oldest medals, having been set up by the Founder of the Wellcome Trust himself.
Julie has also received a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship!
The fellowship recognizes “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement,
and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future."
See Her MacArthur Fellow 2013 Video

Jim Simon (Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University-New Brunswick) has received the 2014 Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development Special Service Award for career contributions in international agriculture and rural development. Well done and congratulations, Jim!

New book by Sarah Brett-Smith (Art History)!

The Silence of the Women: Bamana Mud Cloths
By Sarah Brett-Smith
5 Continents Editions, September 2014



 
Graduate Students: New Ph.D.'s Robin Chapdelaine, Chaunetta Jones, and Bojana Coulibaly
and Helen Elizabeth Olsen Winner of the 2013 ASA Travel Award
CAS sincerely congratulates each of you on your successful dissertation defenses!

Robin Chapdelaine
(History)
“A History of Child Trafficking in Southeastern Nigeria, 1900s-1930s”

Chaunetta Jones (Anthropology)
"Between State and Sickness: The Social Experience of HIV/AIDS Illness Management and Treatment in Grahamstown, South Africa”

Bojana Coulibaly (African Literature)
"L'invention du quotidien dans la nouvelle ouest africaine d'expression anglaise"
"The invention of the quotidian in West African Anglophone short fiction"

Helen Elizabeth Olsen (Ph.D. candidate, Geography) was awarded the
2013 Royal Air Morocco-African Studies Association Student Travel Award

at the 2013 annual ASA meeting in Baltimore.
The grant, which is in its inaugural year, will provide a voucher for Helen to travel to Sierra Leone via Air Maroc to conduct pre-dissertation research and undergo intensive language training.
 
 
GENDER AND LEADERSHIP IN AFRICA PARTNERSHIP
 
 
Watch this video on the launching of the Gender and Leadership in Africa Partnership!
The meeting was held in Dakar, Senegal in November 2012.


 
The images below were taken at the July 19-22, 2013 second curriculum workshop on
gender transformative leadership in Africa. Enjoy!


UNESCO in collaboration with Rutgers University, UNFPA, and African Universities (Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, and Liberia)
Abuja, Nigeria, July 19-22, 2013


From left to right: Dr. Hassana Alidou (Chief of Section, Basic to Higher Education and Learning, UNESCO Regional for Education in Africa (BREDA), and Director, UNESCO Abuja Bureau); Dr. Ann Therese Njdon-Jatta, Director of UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Africa and UNESCO's representative in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and The Gambia), and Dr. Ousseina Alidou (Director, Center for African Studies, Rutgers University; Professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures)


From left to right: Dr. Ousseina Alidou (Director, Center for African Studies, Rutgers University; Professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures); Dr. Abena P.A. Busia (Chair, Women's and Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University); Dr. Funmi Soetan; and Dr. Hajo Sani

 
 
BOOKS ON AFRICA

A continually updated list of new books on Africa in the Rutgers libraries can be viewed on the
African Studies Research Guide.
 
 
RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY OUR FABULOUS FACULTY (AND MORE BOOKS)
     


Cati Coe, Author
University of Chicago Press November 2013


James E. Simon, Co-editor
ACS Publications, October 2013
 
 



© 2011 Center for African Studies - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. All Rights Reserved.

Center for African Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Lucy Stone Hall A346, Piscataway NJ 08854-8045
Phone: (848) 445-6638 Fax: (732) 445-6637
Contact Webmistress