Lectures & Special Presentations

  • "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...
  • 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....
  • 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 Parliament, Rabbi Sizomu discussed the history and current...
  • "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...
  • "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...
  • "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...