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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.
 
 
 
Save the Date for this exciting workshop!
Global Africa

September 25-26, 2015
Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick
Douglass Campus
 
The Global Africa workshop will bring public intellectuals, journalists, artists, academics, and activists from Africa, India and elsewhere to discuss and "workshop" their draft chapters for the book Global Africa, edited by Dorothy Hodgson (Rutgers) and Judith Byfield (Cornell). Through short, lively, engaging articles, profiles, interviews, photo-essays and more, contributors to Global Africa document some of the significant global connections, circulations and contributions that African people, ideas and goods have made in the world - not just in the United States, but in South Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere. Open to everyone, but pre-registration required to access the papers.



Visit the Global Africa Workshop website for the program, presenter bio's, a full list of sponsors, and more!
 
 
Congratulations to Dr. Kaia Niambi Shivers!
Kaia Niambi Shivers has successfully defended her disseration in the School of Communication and Information's Journalism and Media Studies Department. Her disseration is entitled, "Interrogating Diasporic Identity and Media: Distribution Flows, Reception Practices, and Video Film Interpretations of Nollywood Audiences in Newark, New Jersey."
 
The Inaugural Launch of the Rutgers Senegal Service Learning Program was a success!
"Youth Artists and Community Development"
July 14-28, 2015
 
Pictured at the Goethe-Institut in Dakar, from left to right:
Rutgers Senegal Service Learning students Jonae Potter-Gill, Srutika Sabu, Chioma Nwankwo, and Chante Dyson; Serigne Maguette Ball (Université Cheikh Anta Diop), Paige Botjer (Rutgers Senegal Service Learning student), Victor Emmanuel Gningue (Université Cheikh Anta Diop), Renée DeLancey (Rutgers Program Assistant), Gacirah Diagne (Présidente, Association Kaay Fecc), and Ousseina Alidou (Director, Rutgers Senegal Service Learning)
 
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.
 
 
 
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


 
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
 
 
 
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)
     


Renée Larrier and Ousseina Alidou, Editors
Lexington Books, September 2015






Stéohane Robolin, Author
University of Illinois Press, September 2015

 



 
     

Carolyn Brown, Co-editor
Cambridge University Press, April 2015














 
 



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