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Last Updated February 23, 2015

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FEBRUARY Black History Month
February 4
Ackerson Hall 106

The Zoonosis and Society working group and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs present a conference entitled, "Commerce and Contagion: Vectors through Time and Space."

Nükhet Varlik (History, RU-Newark), Introduction

Monica Green (History, Arizona State University), "The Unknown Vectors of the Black Death"

Alan D.T. Barrett (Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, University of Texas Medical Branch, and WHO Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training for Emerging Infectious Diseases), " Flaviviruses: The Out of Africa Phenomenon"

Jessica Ware (Biology, RU-Newark), "Cockroaches and the Spread of Pathogens"

John Cambridge (Entomology, RU-New Brunswick; Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences), " Anthropogenic Transport of Invasive Insects and the Consequences for Non-human Organisms"

February 12
Van Dyck 301

The Program in Medieval Studies is happy to announce a lecture by François-Xavier Fauvelle entitled, “The Catalan Atlas, Islamic Commerce, and the Definition of Medieval Africa.”

During the period commonly designated as the Middle Ages, large tracts of Africa were involved in an intense process of exchange in goods and of interaction in religious and political ideas with the outside, mainly Islamic, world. Despite the considerable distances between western Sahara and the Red Sea coast, and between the Ethiopian highlands and southern Africa where such processes occurred, a common picture emerges from this period: that of African societies and élites playing a distinctive role in the world of the time. Starting with an examination of the Catalan Atlas (a famous 14th-century map representing the king of Mali), and based on a comparative approach of African archaeological sites and historical sources, this talk suggests new perspectives on medieval kingdoms and kings, towns and trade.

F.-X. Fauvelle is a Senior Research Fellow in African History and Archaeology at TRACES (CNRS), University of Toulouse, France; associate researcher at the Centre Jacques Berque (CNRS), Rabat, Morocco; and Honorary Research Fellow at GAES, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. A former Director (2006-2009) of the French Center for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he is currently leading several research programs in Africa.
February 18
2:45pm-3:15pm reception and book launch (copies for sale on site)
3:20pm-4:40pm lecture
Livingston Student Center, 202ABC

Parking: Visitors to Rutgers may park in Lots 105, 112 & Yellow without permits. Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

CAS, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures present a Black History Month lecture by Paul Zeleza (Vice President of Academic Affairs, Quinnipiac University) entitled, “Africa's Contemporary Resurgence: Myth or Reality?” and a book launch of his new book, Africa's Resurgence: Domestic, Global and Diaspora Transformations. Special thanks to Edward Ramsamy, Chair, Department of Africana Studies, and to Kavitha Ramsamy for hosting this program in her "Intro to Africana Studies" course 01:014:103:03.

February 23
Alexander Library, Pane Room

The Department of Italian presents a talk by writer Amara Lakhous entitled, "Living Between Languages." Born in Algiers of Berber parents, Lahkous writes in French, Arabic, and Italian. He worked for the Algerian Radio until threats forced him to emigrate and move to Rome. His novels (Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, 2006; Divorce Islamic Style, 2012; Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet, 2013) experiment with languages and offer an interpretation of the world through the contemporary immigrant experience.
Lakhous has been awarded, among others, the Premio Flaiano in 2006
and Algeria’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix des libraires Algeriens
in 2008.

Women's History Month
March 10
Hardenbergh Hall A6
615 George Street, New Brunswick

CAS, the Department of History, and the African Studies Association present a talk by Boubacar Barry (History, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar) entitled, "Senegambia and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade." Professor Boubacar Barry is reknown as a scholar, educator, and deeply committed advocate for African democracy and West Africa regional unity. He has authored numerous books and articles, and has led the Department of History at Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar) to international prominence. He received the 2014 "Distinguished Africanist" award from the African Studies Association (U.S.).

Special thanks to Allen Howard and to Marisa Fuentes for hosting this talk in her "History of the Caribbean to 1898" course 01:508:271.
March 24-April 1
Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-257

Women in Media-Newark presents the 6th Annual Women's History Month Film Festival, screening an international array of independent films by and about women! This year the central theme focuses upon the phenomena of "disappeared" women. A special addition this year is a free Jazz Concert on March 26th, featuring the Geri Allen Trio and the Mimi Jones Group!

The 2015 Illustrious Honorees include:
Rutgers University Professor and former CAS Director Ousseina Alidou, Ph.D.
Rutgers University Assistant Chancellor Diane Hill, Ph.D.
Shine Global Co-Founder and Executive Director Susan MacLaury, Ph.D.
City of Newark Executive Director Gwen Moten, Ph.D.
New Jersey Assistant Attorney General Tracy M. Thompson, Esq.
NJPAC Vice President Donna Walker-Kuhne, Esq.
March 27
8:15am-9am continental breakfast
12pm lunch
5:30pm light dinner
Alexander Library
169 College Avenue
4th Floor Teleconference Lecture Hall
Call for Papers: proposals due February 15, 2015

Parking for Rutgers Visitors: Visitors to Rutgers may park in Lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits. Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the University which does not include free metered parking. Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

CAS, the Department of History, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies proudly present the 9th Annual Greater New York Area African History Workshop.

In past years, this workshop has always served as an inviting space where faculty and graduate students working on diverse historical topics can meet in a small setting. This year the organizers are reaching out to North African scholars and graduate students to paricipate, in the hope that a truly continental representation can be achieved. The format of the 8th annual workshop, hosted last March by Emmanuel Krieke and Zachary Kagan Guthrie at Princeton University, will be followed. There will be 4-5 sessions with 3-4 papers each.

The organizers welcome papers on all topics related to the history of any area of the continent of Africa and all historical periods. Please submit a proposal to gnyaahw9@rutgers.edu by February 15, 2015 that includes: (1) Your name, affiliation and a paper title; (2) a 250 world abstract; (3) a brief 1-2 pg c.v;(4) a 4-5 line paragraph describing your main research interests.

Graduate Student Organizers:
Moyagaye Bedward (moyagaye.bedward@rutgers.edu)
Taylor Moore (taylor.morgan@rutgers.edu)

Faculty Advisors:
Carolyn Brown (carbrown1944@gmail.com)
Bayo Holsey (bayo.holsey@gmail.com)

Special thanks to our African Studies librarian Melissa Gasparotto and Alexander Library for their support of this workshop.

April 22
Murray Hall Room 213

CAS, the African Studies Association, and the Department of History present the 10th Annual African Studies Association Presidential Lecture at Rutgers, by ASA President Toyin Falola (History, The University of Texas at Austin), entitled, "Nationalism, power and personalities: Nigeria in the late colonial era, 1945-1960." Special thanks to Carolyn Brown for hosting this lecture in her "Africa and WWII" course (01:508:327).
April 22
Dana Library, Dana Room

The Divison of Global Affairs presents a talk by Olivier Walther (Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark) entitled, "Armed Conflicts and Terrorism in the Sahara-Sahel."







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