Events


APR
26
Date:
Thursday, 26 Apr 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
201 International Center
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"Manufacturing Sameness:  Continuities and Expansions of Community Identity in Afro-Chinese Relations."

Tara Mock is a fifth year doctoral candidate in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University (MSU). Her dissertation, entitled "Manufacturing Sameness: Continuities and Expansions of Community Identity in Afro-Chinese Relations", explores cultural identity and community formation through the lens of Chinese nation branding in Africa. The project questions whether Africa's incorporation into Chinese cosmology encourages expansion of community identity beyond sanguine and geographical boundaries to include the "Global South" née Chinese. Prior to MSU, Tara received a MALD in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and studied international business at the HEC School of Management in Jouy-en-Josas, France. Her areas of research interest include Afro-Chinese relations, cultural political economy, and globalization in Africa. .

The talk will present an overview of the scholar's research project which examines the constitutive role of Chinese nation branding in the interconnected materialities of culture, economics, and politics within Afro-Chinese relations. The project questions how people in Kenya, South Africa, and the Gambia receive and reconstitute notions of 'community', 'self', and 'other' constructed through Chinese nation branding in Africa and how such constructions are diffused through one-on-one interaction.

APR
28
Date:
Saturday, 28 Apr 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Lansing Center
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We're delighted to welcome the author of this year's Capital Area Reads selection, Behold the Dreamers, winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award and an Oprah's Book Club selection. Imbolo Mbue will be here for a candid conversation with WILX TV's Lora Painter about her own experiences and the themes of family, immigration and the American Dream. This free event is held at the Lansing Center. Free parking available in the Lansing Center lot or parking garage by mentioning the words "Library Author Event." *Registration required; call 517-367-6348 or register at:

https://cadl.evanced.info/signup/eventdetails?eventid=41729&lib=999

In order to facilitate maximum student participation in the "Meet the Author" event on April 28, 2018 we have decided to organize a group trip via CATA. Please share this information with all of your students. To facilitate a group of students attending the event we are planning to travel together via CATA to the Lansing Center. If you are interested in joining our group, please meet at the MSU Union in the lobby in front of Sparty Store at 2:45 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We will then walk together to the CATA bus stop on Michigan Ave for the 20 minute ride to the Lansing Center.

If you have any questions regarding the ride, please contact John Metzler at the African Studies Center: metzler(at)msu.edu

MAY
1
Date:
Tuesday, 01 May 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Rm 303 International Center
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NOTE: TUESDAY, May 1

Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller, public speaker, social entrepreneur, and human rights advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflict, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries as a child. At age twelve, she was granted asylum in the United States and went on to receive a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Clemantine now uses stories drawn from her experiences to catalyze change and create community.

Ms. Wamariya will speak about her new book : The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After.

There will be a question and answer period and an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.

MAY
3
Date:
Thursday, 03 May 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
305 International Center
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Join world-renowned economist and agricultural development expert, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for a presentation on the evolving landscape of development research in Africa entitled, "The changing landscape of impactful research in Africa."  During the open forum, Dr. Adesina will also lead a discussion about how international universities can be more effective through partnerships.

Dr. Adesina will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Agriculture from MSU during the advanced degree ceremony on Friday, May 4.

Sponsored by: International Studies and Programs, Alliance for African Partnership, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

 

MAY
4
Date:
Friday, 04 May 2018
Time:
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Breslin Center, Michigan State University
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Distinguished African Leaders to receive Honorary Degrees

Two prominent African Leaders will be on campus to receive Honorary Degrees during the 2018 Spring Commencement. Michigan State University's commencement ceremonies will be held on May 4th at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Road.

Undergraduate Convocation: May 4th - 1:00 p.m.

Justice Albert "Albie" Louis Sachs, activist and former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, will receive an honorary doctorate of law. Sachs' career in human rights started at 17, when, as a second-year law student at the University of Cape Town, he participated in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign, which was the first large-scale, multi-racial political mobilization against apartheid laws under a common leadership. At the age of 21, he started practicing law, working to defend people charged under racist statutes and security laws. After being placed in solitary confinement, Sachs went into exile in 1966 in England. He spent 11 years studying and teaching law there, followed by another 11 years teaching in Mozambique, South Africa.

In 1988, he lost his right arm and sight in one eye after a bomb placed in his car detonated, which inspired him to devote his attention to a new democratic Constitution for South Africa. In 1990, Sachs became a member of the Constitutional Committee and the Africa National Congress in South Africa. Nelson Mandela appointed Sachs to South Africa's new Constitutional Court in 1994. While serving as a justice on the court, Sachs adjudicated the landmark case Prinsloo vs. Van der Linde, which established the connection between the right to equality and dignity. He's written many books, including "The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs."

Advanced degree ceremony: May 4th - 3:30 p.m.

Akinwumi "Akin" Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group will receive an honorary doctorate of agriculture. Adesina was elected president of the African Development Bank Group in 2015.

He previously served as Nigeria's minister of agriculture and rural development. During his tenure, he established transformative agriculture policies and empowered millions of rural farmers through the introduction of an electronic wallet system that provided seeds and fertilizers to farmers. Adesina has received a number of global awards for his work in agriculture, including the 2017 World Food Prize and the Outstanding Black Agricultural Economist from the American Association of Agricultural Economists.

A respected economist and agricultural development expert, he has served as vice president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and as associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation. Adesina also was principal economist for three organizations: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the West Africa Rice Development Association and the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. In addition, he is a former president of the African Association of Agricultural Economics. Adesina has written more than 70 publications, and he has sat on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Commencements are free and open to the public. The convocation will also be live streamed and can be watched at https://commencement.msu.edu/.

Additional details regarding public activities are forthcoming.

MAY
11
Date:
Friday, 11 May 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
303-305 International Center
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Events listed here are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all events are in the International Center (3rd Floor).

8:30-9:00 am Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am Welcome & Introductions

9:15-11:00 am Panel One: Power Politics & Authoritarian Resilience in Africa --Leonardo Arriola, Associate Professor of Political Science & Director of the Center for African Studies, University of California, Berkeley --Adrienne LeBas, Associate Professor of Government, American University --Eldred Masunungure, Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Zimbabwe --Daniel Posner, James S. Coleman Professor of International Development, University of California, Los Angeles --Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

11:15 am-1:00 pm Panel Two: Accountability Rising: Evidence of Growing Demands for Popular Power --Boniface Dulani, Senior Lecturer & Faculty Coordinator, Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Malawi & Afrobarometer Operations Manager --E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Afrobarometer & Former Executive Director, Ghana Center for Democratic Development --Karen Ferree, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego --Nicholas Kerr, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Alabama --Lauren M. MacLean, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University

1:00-2:30 pm Lunch & Keynote Address --Nicolas van de Walle, Mawell M. Upson Professor of Government, Cornell University

2:45-4:30 pm Panel Three: Uncertain Trajectories: Exploring Recent Transitions from Zambia to Gambia to South Africa --Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development, University of Birmingham --Richard Klein, Senior Advisor for Election Programs, National Democratic Institute --Danielle Kushner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, St. Mary's College of Maryland --Robert Mattes, Professor of Politics, Strathclyde University & Afrobarometer Co-Founder and Senior Adviser --Nicolas van de Walle, Mawell M. Upson Professor of Government, Cornell University

4:30-4:45 pm Closing Comments

6:00-8:00 pm Reception Alan & Rebecca Ross Education Wing, Broad Art Gallery

MAY
20
Date:
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
MSU Campus
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Spartans from graduating classes celebrating 25 years and beyond are invited to return to campus for two annual reunion events. 50-year graduates will enjoy special recognition and gifts from the MSU Alumni Association.

Registration will be open March 22-May 14, 2018. At that time, you will be able to select the events, tours, and presentations, and sessions you would like to attend.

A $50 (per person) registration fee will cover the cost of the following, and more:

• Opening Reception at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (hors d'oeuvres and cocktails included) • A continental breakfast on Monday, May 21, hosted by the deans of multiple colleges • Tours of campus, new developments, and projects • Choice of two educational sessions • Transportation between sessions • Closing Reception at Cowles House (hors d'oeuvres and cocktails included)

Choose from a variety of sessions and tours, including:

• Innovate Gov: Cultivating the Next Generation of Community Leaders • MSU Then and Now: Current Issues in Higher Education • From Aggies to Spartans: Object Stories and Storied Objects Tour

The Global Year of Africa: New Faces of African Research at MSU

• Building Citizens Through Music • Michigan State University — Advancing Michigan to a Place of Opportunity, Innovation, and Prosperity • The Entrepreneurial Mindset at MSU • Debunking Food Myths • MSU Library Tour: From Rare Books to Virtual Reality — Gems of the MSU Libraries • What is Microfinance? • Arts and Culture at MSU: Tour of Wharton Center See Photos from Last Year

Providing Lifelong Enrichment for Spartans

https://alumni.msu.edu/get-together/alumni-university/index.cfm

Sponsored by MSU Alumni Association

MAY
21
Date:
Monday, 21 May 2018
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
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The Global Year of Africa: New Faces of African Research at MSU

International Center, Room 303 (25 Participants)

Come listen and be inspired by the next generation of MSU scholars doing research in Africa! Exchange ideas with these leading experts on topics from public health in Uganda, to food security in Nigeria, to Lesotho's development in southern Africa. This panel will give you a taste of MSU's ongoing commitment to African research and partnership — as we do research together that will make a difference.

Presented by: Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics; John Aerni-Flessner, Assistant Professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities; Mieka Smart, Assistant Professor, Flint Public Health; Ruth Mbabazi, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology; Sarah Evans, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology; and African Studies Director Jamie Monson will serve as the panel moderator.

AUG
6
Date:
Monday, 06 Aug 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
MSU Main Library
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From Nsukka to Now: The History of African Studies at MSU

August – December 2018 in the MSU Main Library

This exhibit traces the origins and history of African Studies at Michigan State University, beginning with the founding of the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1960. Using material from MSU Libraries' Special Collections, it focuses on three key themes in this history: partnership, innovation, and activism. This exhibit is sponsored by MSUFCU.

SEP
13
Date:
Thursday, 13 Sep 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Rm 201 International Center
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For more than fifty years, Dr. Hartwig has lived in Minnesota, North Carolina and Tanzania as a teacher, researcher, program facilitator and as a writer. She taught at St. Olaf College and North Carolina Central University. The Lutheran College Consortium for Tanzania, an exchange program between several Lutheran colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam was operative for thirty-three years. Mwangaza Education for Parthership ELCA/ELCT is in its twenty first year. She has published four books, the most recent – EDUCATION OF A STRANGER (2014) and LIVING WITH DYING – A FAMILY VOCATION (2017).

The primary documents, letters, pictures and tapes related to ANICETI KITEREZA – A TANZANIAN EPIC, were collected in 1969 when she lived on the island of Ukerewe. During that time, her husband, Gerald Hartwig, assembled oral traditions from the Bakerebe in preparation of writing their history. Kitereza was one of his informants. The Hartwigs published four articles related to Kitereza's novel – Bwana Myombekere na Bibi Bugonoka.

Currently, Dr. Hartwig lives in Roseville, MN. She is mother of four, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of seven.