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MSU African Studies Center
September 21, 2021

Fall #3

Upcoming ASC Activities
Eye on Africa: Dr. Robin Hayes 
Love for Liberation: African Independence, Black Power and a Diaspora Underground
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Register for Eye on Africa
African Tea Time:
Education in Africa and the Diaspora: Transformational Initiatives and Experiences
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Register for Tea Time

African & Africanist Community Fall Welcome Picnic
September 24, 2021
Picnic Information
African Alumni & Student Homecoming Town Hall
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Register for Town Hall

Eye on Africa

Eye on Africa is a weekly seminar series that provides scholars, policy-makers, applied practitioners, students, and the interested public with cutting-edge and highly-contextualized knowledge about the African continent. Emerging and established scholars share the results of their recent research, with time for audience questions and comments. The series draws on a diverse group of presenters to create an inclusive, holistic view of African history, social movements, the economy, and politics. 
They are held every Thursday, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m (EST), and are held virtually on Zoom.

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African Alumni & Students Homecoming Town Hall

Join us for African Alumni and students townhall hosted by the African Alumni & Friends Network! The event will be part of MSU’s Homecoming celebration and an opportunity for the African alumni community to meet and interact with current students at MSU. Alumni will share their Spartan experiences and career journeys and respond to questions from students. Plan to register and join this invigorating discussion, and feel free to share the invitation with students and alumni in your network.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the African Alumni and Friends Network, please contact Damaris Choti, student and alumni engagement coordinator, at MSU’s African Studies Center.

Town Hall Registration

African Tea Time

African Tea Times are an opportunity to learn and share about first-hand experiences on the African continent. Every other week, the African Tea Times focus on different countries. The tea times open to everyone. They are held every other Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m (EST), and are held virtually on Zoom.

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African & Africanist Community Fall Welcome Picnic

Students, faculty, visitors, and members of the community from and with interest in Africa are invited to this fun-filled event to welcome new students, scholars, and visitors to the MSU community.

Plan to come and connect with new and old friends; enjoy Mediterranean food, fun games & activities for adults and children and African music by DJ Mussa Maingu!!

Please bring your mask!

Picnic Flyer

Please see below for other opportunities

Seventh International Conference on Africa and Its Diaspora
(2021 BICAID)  
November 10 – 12, 2021 
Register for Conference

Registration Now Available for AART 25th Anniversary Symposium
October 15, 2021
Registration for Symposium

The Michigan State University African Atlantic Research Team (AART) cordially invites you to attend our virtual Symposium, October 15, 2021. The Symposium’s conceptual theme is: “Opacity, Transcendence and Tradition in African Diaspora Religion of the Americas: Horizons of Knowing”. Confirmed presenters include David Carrasco, Harvard University; J. Lorand Matory, Duke University; James H. Sweet, University Wisconsin; Veronique Altglas, Queen’s University Belfast; and James Spickard, University of Redlands, and an historic presentation to one of the oldest Historically Black College campuses, Talladega College of Alabama, Alma Mater of MSU’s late Professor Ruth Simms Hamilton, the guiding inspiration of our Research Team.

The Program will acknowledge the 25 Years AART has mentored students of color toward the academic PhD as well as guide two major panel dialogues of scholar researchers discussing the state of ideas and research regarding “Opacity, Transcendence, and Tradition of African Descendant Religion in the Americas’ portion of the African Diaspora.”

Call for Poster Presentations at ASMEA Annual Conference
Deadline: October 15, 2021
Registration Information 

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is pleased to invite undergraduate students to participate in its Poster Competition at the Fourteenth Annual Conference being held November 13 - 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 

In addition we will award Travel Grants of up to $500 to assist in covering costs associated with attending the event. This competitive opportunity is open to student members of the Association. Undergraduates can join at this membership level here.

Applicants must be juniors or seniors in the Fall 2021 academic year to be eligible to apply. Interested students must submit an application via the online submission portal and include a 300-word abstract of original unpublished data. Topics must be related to the Middle East and/or Africa. To submit a poster proposal students do not need to be members, however, to apply for the Travel Grant in conjunction with the poster proposal, applicants will need to become undergraduate student members.

Divest from War, Invest for Peace Invest for Peace Lecture Discussion Series
September 23, 29 at 7pm EST
Registration Website

The tragic end of the Afghanistan war provides ample evidence of the futility and wastes of war. Continuing to pour billions into military solutions instead of real human development and planetary health must be challenged. These four programs offer alternatives and actions we can take to redirect our common wealth for the health and prosperity of people and the planet.


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