Lectures & Special Presentations

  • Mozambique’s Samora Machel: A Life Cut Short, Allen F. Isaacman and Barbara S. Isaacman, Ohio University Press, 2020, pp. 257, ISBN: 978-0-8214-2423-0 For more information, click here: https://www.ohioswallow.com...
  • This talks explore how colonialism was established in two cities of today’s Niger (Zinder and Agadez) between 1898 and 1906 by exploring the discourses and the practices of French colonial domination and the agency of African actors.   For a link to the author's book, click here: ...
  • In recent years, the College of ACES has offered several Study Abroad experiences for students to visit South Africa and Tanzania. These trips are focused on the conservation of African wildlife with emphases on not only the threats to these species and ecosystems but also the human dimensions of...
  • Teresa Barnes, of the UIUC History, Gender & Women's Studies Department and Director of African Studies, talks about her book, "Uprooting University Apartheid in South Africa: From Liberalism to Decolonization," which uses the political biography of a philosophy professor at the University of...
  •   This presentation explores sources and themes for writing the postcolonial history of the Zanzibar Nationalist Party's intellectuals in exile.                 {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/1_forn4lch.jpg?itok=...
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  • Dr. Charles Fogelman describes himself as a human-environment geographer who studies the relationships between land and people. In this video, he discusses how the international development industry has changed the landscapes of Lesotho in both its material and symbolic forms.   {"...
  • Chapane Mutiua (University of Hamburg) provides an introduction to the little-known manuscript culture, that of Swahili and other Ajami manuscripts from Northern Mozambique, their production, use, and circulation.   {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/...
  • Presented by Prof. Laila Hussein Moustafa, Dr. Hoa Luong, and Miss Abby  Fogarty, the speakers provide common practices in file management to help develop personal strategies. They also discuss where to find African and Middle East materials online, in the library, and beyond.   {"...
  • The talk explores the significance of Afro-Iraqi rituals within a problematic oppressive context. Afro-Iraqi rituals play two important roles within Afro-Iraqi culture: assert and sustain communal identity and resist hegemony and discrimination. The talk touches on slavery in pre-Islam Arabia and...
  • Dr. Andrea Brigaglia (University of Naples "L'Orientale") presents a fascinating set of talismanic tablets from Northern Nigeria and explores their relationship with a popular work of esoteric sciences locally known as Ummu Musa. ‎‎‎‎ {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/...
  • Affirming African Agencies. Dr. Chambi Chachage discusses "Affirming African Agencies"  Affirming African Agencies. Dr. Chambi Chachage discusses "Affirming African Agencies" from his book, Africanizing Capital:  Emergence of Black Entrepreneurs in Eastern Africa. This talk is based on...
  • "I Give You Half the Road " presented by Dr. Carol Spindel. Dr. Spindel discusses and reads passages from her book titled, I Give You Half the Road: Life Stories, Meaningful Lives in Ivory Coast. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/...
  • The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles, presented by Prof. Charles Piot and Kodjo Nicolas Batema. The speakers examine Togolese individuals who apply for and attempt to game the US Diversity Visa lottery.   {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/...
  • Struggle to Survive: The Story of the Abayudaya Jewish Community, presented by Rabbi Gershom Sizomu who is the first native-born black rabbi in Sub-Saharan Africa, first chief rabbi of Uganda, and a member of the Ugandan {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/...
  • "From Yellowstone (USA) to Bimbia (Cameroon): Land and Wellbeing in Global Nodes in Africa and the USA." Dr. Emmanual Nuesiri (African Leadership University (ALU) Mauritius) discusses the "global idea about a specific form of land management regime, with constraints on human freedom, having ...
  • Timbuktu Talks--Islam, Ethnicity, and Conflict in Ethiopia: The Bale Insurgency, 1963-1970  {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/1_xt4y2kum.jpg?itok=wQFL8KwG","video_url":"https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_xt4y2kum","settings...
  • "Placing Value on Black Intellectual Travel."  Dr. Malcom Ahmad Jamal presents models of Black intellectuals who developed during their travel around the world. Questions such as, "What exactly is intellectual travel?" and "Why is intellectual travel important for students and scholars?" are...
  • Prof. Terje Østebø (University of Florida) discusses the role of ethnicity and religion in an Oromo insurgency that took place in the region of Bale, in southeastern Ethiopia, between 1963-1970.   {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/...
  • "A Calabash, Cash, and a Community: Women's Savings Associations in Urban Senegal." Dr. Maimouna Barro's talk presents Rotating Savings Associations (ROSCAs) as community-based financial associations through which women in Senegal exercise their agency and negotiate their way from the periphery...
  • "The Neglected Power of Listening: A Case Studies of Communities in Sierra Leone." Through field examples of failed engineering infrastructure projects throughout Sierra Leone, Alexandra Timmons begins a discussion on the shortcomings of many current decision-makers, particularly when it comes to...
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  • Dr. Maimouna Barro discusses "Reframing and Rethinking Global Development" at the Friday Forum- Fall 2018 Lecture Series. The link to the video is here, as published on Urbana Public Television. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/...