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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.
Rutgers Hosts a 2015 Cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows

The Center for African Studies warmly welcomes the Mandela Washington Fellows to Rutgers!

These 25 fellows are among Africa's brightest civic leaders whom Rutgers is hosting
for a six week academic and leadership institute.

From left to right: Chika Okoye (RU Division of Global Affairs dotoral candidate), Nana Afrifah (RU graduate and former President of TWESE), and 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow Lungowe Situmbeko Chisenga (Zambia)

From left to right: 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows Abdou Hasna Soariziky (Madagascar),
Lungowe Situmbeko Chisenga (Zambia), Marie Béatrice Sandrine Ah-Choon (Mauritius), and Faith Njahira Wangari (Kenya); Prosper Godonoo (Director Paul Robeson Cultural Center); David Hughes (Anthropology); and Nana Afrifah

The Rutgers 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows cohort is pictured with
Professor Ron Quincy (Social Work) far left, Professor Abena P. A. Busia (Chair, Women's and Gender Studies) front row center, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee front row, second from right

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee gave a talk on Friday, June 26
to the 2015 Rutgers Mandela Washington Fellows

Senegal Service-Learning
"Youth Artists and Community Development"
July 14-28, 2015
The aim of this program is to expose students to the ways in which African youth are using music, dance, documentary film, graffiti, fashion, and more not only for entertainment purposes but to address social justice and human rights issues while also creating employment opportunities. Artistic activism is creatively and peacefully used to engage African youth to participate in dialogues for advocacy movements aimed at transformative social change. The course focuses on youth in Senegal and explores the ways in which they contribute to civic education and peace-building initiatives.
The fieldwork will give participants an opportunity to experience youth creative energy and its use for community development through visits to different artist and artisan community sites.
The Center for African Studies is very pleased to announce the

Senegal Service Learning Travel Scholarship

in support of students studying abroad in Senegal.  Eligible applicants must be Rutgers students, and must have completed the application for the Senegal program before the March 13 application deadline.  Scholarship awards will range between $500-$750, and will be reviewed internally by the Center for African Studies the week of March 16-20.  All students accepted to the Senegal service learning program will automatically be considered, but preference will be given to students who demonstrate academic interest in Africa or African Studies and who have strong demonstrated financial need.  Recipients of this scholarship will be notified by the end of March.
For more information on Senegal Service Learning please contact Service-Learning Coordinator Gregory Spear.
Announcements from Abena P. A. Busia:
Hassana Alidou, Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the U.S.A.;
and The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship
Dear CAS Family,

The moment arrived, and we are excited to share the evidence with you! Attached the photograph of Professor Alidou, the newly credentialed Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the United States of America, with President Barack Obama. No, don't panic! We haven't yet lost our intrepid colleague. You will see from the second photograph that the new ambassador is Professor Hassana Alidou, formerly of UNESCO, seen in the second photograph with her family including her identical twin sister our Professor Ousseina Alidou, as well as her newly arrived grandson, Marcel Ousmane Kenechi Egbuonye, in the arms of his father, Chisom Egbuonye, standing beside his wife, Hassana's daughter, Nafissatou Egbuonye. Hassana's son, Halirou Abdoulaye Cisse, is pictured at far left.

The Center for African Studies sincerely congratulates Hassana and her family on this extraordinary accomplishment!


Dear CAS Community,

We are delighted to announce that we have received news that our bid for The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship has been successful. This means that Rutgers Center for African Studies amongst the very first cohort of organizations to be given this new very competitive fellowship, under the auspices of The Institute For International Education.
This Fellowship, announced last year at the African Studies Association, is directed at creating synergy between Africa born Diasporic scholars in the United States, and continental African Universities, for collaborative research, training, and co-curricular development and other capacity building projects. It can be used to cover the cost of scholar exchanges and intensive short term workshops amongst other projects. Our particular grant will support Dr. Ousseina Alidou, Director of The Center for African Studies and Dr. Abena Busia, Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, in going to West Africa to hold workshops related to the work of the partnership between CAS and UNESCO in our ongoing initiative in co-developing a curriculum in gender and transformative leadership for Africa. CAS and UNESCO are working in partnership with African
universities Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, the University of Ghana, Legon, Tubman University in Liberia and the University of the Gambia along with NGOs in those countries to create what, when completed, will be a collectively owned flexible open source curriculum for a wide range of communities.
Dr. Abena P. A. Busia
Chair, Department of Women's & Gender Studies
Director and Executive Board Member, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
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)
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


A continually updated list of new books on Africa in the Rutgers libraries can be viewed on the
African Studies Research Guide.

Cati Coe, Author
University of Chicago Press November 2013

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

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