Events


OCT
18
Date:
Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Rm 201 International Center
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Topic: "#HerskovitsMustFall? A Meditation on Whiteness, African Studies, and the Unfinished Business of 1968."

About the Speaker:

Jean Allman is Professor of African and African American Studies and directs the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on West African history. She is the author/co-author of The Quills of the Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana, "I Will Not Eat Stone": A Women's History of Colonial Asante, and Tongnaab: The History of a West African God, and has edited several collections, including Fashioning Africa: Power and the Politics of Dress.  Allman co-edited the Journal of Women's History for six years and is series co-editor of New African Histories at Ohio University Press. She is currently the president of the African Studies Association (USA) and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.

OCT
22
Date:
Monday, 22 Oct 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Wells Hall B 342
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About the Speaker:

Fredrick received a Doctorate in Water Resources Management in the year 2000. He is currently working as Deputy Principal in the College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University, were he is in charge of teaching, managing academic, internship and research activities of the college. Fredrick has been Principal Investigator in research projects including capacity building at graduate level in demand-driven research projects. In addition, he has also trained fisher communities in post-harvest technologies and livelihood improvement.

About the Talk:

This study was carried out in Lake Kijanebalola, a small satellite lake in the Lake Victoria basin, in 2007 and then in 2015. A total of 14 fish species were identified but catches declined drastically between the two sampling periods owing to intensive fishing pressure. Juvenile fish were concentrated in shallow inshore areas. The water quality changed between 2007 and 2015, with significant increases in temperature, oxygen concentrations, pH and BOD, suggesting that the lake had become eutrophic. There was a significant decrease in faecal coliforms in the water suggesting improved sanitation in the lake basin. Recommendations for management of the fishery and catchment area through community involvement and education have been included.

 

NOV
8
Date:
Thursday, 08 Nov 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Rm 201 International Center
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About the Speaker:

Shingi Mavima is a Ph.D candidate in the African American and African program at MSU, and his dissertation is titled Popular Expressions of Pan-Africanism and Southern African Nationalism(s): Transformations, Tensions, and Reconciliations in South Africa and Zimbabwe. His peer-reviewed publications include "Bigger by the Dozens: The Prevalence of Afro-Based Tradition in. Battle Rap" (Journal of Hip Hop Studies), and "A Historiographical Interrogation of Literature and Discourse on the Gukurahundi Massacres (1982- 1987)" as well as "Stories of Struggle: The Intractability of Early African Fiction from Nascent African Nationalism in Rhodesia" both published in the Journal of Pan-African Studies.

About the Talk:

For four decades, Robert Mugabe reigned over Zimbabwe with a tight-fisted and definitive set of principles and government machinery that we now know as "Mugabeism." This presentation discusses how the 'new' government- and the society at large- are negotiating the legacy of this polarizing ideology one year since he was deposed from power.

MAY
16
Date:
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Time:
All day
Location:
Kellogg Center, MSU
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MSU's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is collaborating with the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) to host the second annual Youth Leadership Summit in East Lansing from May16-18, 2019.

Background At present, 1.8 billion of the world's population are youth between the ages of 10 and 24. Eighty seven percent of these young people live in less developed countries. The energy and innovative capacities of these young people, especially concentrated as they are in countries whose overall populations are more youthful, offer potential for economic prosperity, if invested in. The unprecedented levels of unemployment and disenfranchisement is a critical challenge, one that is no longer a concern for the future. It is here, staring at all of us in the face and worsening the longer we wait to act. Today, it no longer matters where you live, the burdens of unemployment, migration, rising inequality, and decreasing democratization is affecting all of us. For too many, being young means being unemployed, excluded from decision-making, limited in their access to productive resources such as financing and land – and, as a result, more vulnerable to unemployment, poverty and sometimes violence and acts of extremism.

It is in response to this crisis that MSU's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is collaborating with the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) to host the second annual Youth Leadership Summit in East Lansing from July 13-15, 2018. The inaugural Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation summit (YALESI) occurred in Dakar, Senegal in 2016. While the summit was very successful, with over 250 youth in attendance from over 30 countries, one of the major critiques of the event was that the summit did not provide enough opportunities for the youth to operate as full contributors and to fully show-case and express themselves. Young people are asking for a place at the table and have some common recurring requests that the 2018 summit is seeking:

• Infrastructure, such as youth innovation labs and technology hubs to promote skill acquisition within countries

• An enabling environment that promotes youth livelihoods in the agri-food system and other sectors in the broader economy

• A medium to effectively advocate for access to finance, electricity, land, training, and other resources necessary for them to succeed

Goal To create an environment for young leaders to brainstorm, question, challenge, innovate and collaborate on a range of global issues.

Objectives

● To provide a venue for young people to exchange ideas and innovative practices that support the scaling and replication of successful youth-led enterprises.

● To provide a forum for young entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative products and services

● To provide young people with a platform to pitch their business ventures to investors

● To facilitate and equip young people with the tools and networks they need to work together to collectively define their future

● To build the capacity of nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to enable young women and men to be involved in policies and programs that affect their lives and their livelihoods.