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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.
 
 
PLEASE READ THIS URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON
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!)
 

CAS DIRECTOR OUSSEINA ALIDOU WAS HONORED TO RECEIVE AN
INVITATION FROM SENATOR MENENDEZ TO ATTEND THE
AUGUST 4, 2014 CONGRESSIONAL RECEPTION FOR AFRICAN LEADERS AT THE
U.S.-AFRICA LEADERS SUMMIT
, CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Please see her message below and the images that we are so happy to share!

 
Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

I had the honor of being invited by Senator Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to attend the historic U.S.-Africa heads of state summit on August 4, 2014. I would like to share with you some pictures with the dignitaries. This event is a credit to the Rutgers University Africanist community in building a strong visibility to scholarship on Africa across the fields and in the U.S. and global affairs. We are truly honored that Senator Menendez has recognized the crucial contributions of our work at the Center for African Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. It was an important moment to speak to him and to Dr. Zuma directly, who is the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and also the spokesperson for all of the African heads of state attending this reception. CAS student affiilates such as Yetunde Odugbesan, were in attendance, as well as some of the Mandela fellows, members of the New Jersey African immigrant communities, and the Mayor of Roselle, New Jersey, Jamel Curtis Holley, whose constituents, such as Pamela Morgan, Executive Director, Women in Media-Newark, contribute to the work of the Center for African Studies.

We at CAS wish you a great summer and we look forward to working with each one of you at the beginning of the new academic year. We thank you for your continued support to the Center for African Studies.

Best Wishes and Regards,
Ousseina D. Alidou, Ph.D.
Director, Center for African Studies

cc: Professor Renee Larrier, Chair, Dept. of French and CAS Associate Director
cc: Renee DeLancey, CAS Manager

 
Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomes the African heads of state and guests. H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, is pictured far left.
 
Group picture of the many African leaders attending the summit
 
H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and Rutgers University
Center for African Studies Director Dr. Ousseina Alidou

 
H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
is pictured second from left with women leaders.
 
Dr. Ousseina Alidou and Senator Menendez
 
Dr. Alidou, Senator Menendez, and Jamel Curtis Holley, Mayor, Roselle, New Jersey
 
Rutgers Center for African Studies Graduate Affiliate Yetunde Odugbesan, Dr. Alidou,
Senator Menendez, and Dr. Akin Awofolaju, NIDO
 
Dr. Alidou and Reverend Jesse Jackson
 
U.S. Representative Carol Moseley Braun and Dr. Alidou
 
Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete and Dr. Alidou
 
Dr. Alidou and Liberata Mulamula, Tanzania Ambassador to the U.S.
 
Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk (hosted by CAS October 20, 2011) and Dr. Alidou
http://ruafrica.rutgers.edu/about/media/cas_newsletter_volume_19.pdf
http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2011/10/trade_ambassador_ron_kirk_visi.html

 
CAS DIRECTOR OUSSEINA ALIDOU TAUGHT A CLASS ON JULY 21 ENTITLED, "WOMEN LEADERS OF AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA" TO THE 2014 YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS INITIATIVE FELLOWS
HOSTED BY RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
 
The upcoming Fall 2014 CAS newsletter will feature testimonials from the YALI fellows,
reports from media presenters Kim Selden and Ijeoma Unachukwu, pictures, and more!
 
 
REGISTER TODAY FOR FALL 2014 COURSES ON AFRICA!
 
LIST OF FALL 2014 AFRICA COURSES
 
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
 
 



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