4pm, December 1: Angele Kingue, Leanne Trout Chair, Bucknell University

venusPresented by the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

Venus of Khala-Kanti
is a tale of life-altering loss and mystical recovery. Set in an imaginary West African village that becomes a charming cul-de-sac, the unintended consequence of a national roadwork project gone awry, the story follows characters drawn with humor, irony, and empathy. The heart of the story beats with the laughter and tears of three women. Having faced incredible hardship, they come together to build their lives anew, armed with the age-old spirit of human resilience, understanding, and tenderness. Tapping into the very soil of Khala-Kanti, Bella, AngeleAssumta, and Clarisse construct spaces, both internal and external, where they and others can rejuvenate their bodies, minds, and spirits. They build the Good Hope Center, which embraces both the physical and the mystical landscape of the story. The Center fuels the restoration and growth of the village’s inhabitants, and offers sanctuary for those who visit and those who stay.


Seeding Labs Seeking Applicants and Reviewers for Instrumental Access

Instrumental Access is now open for applications.

We are looking for university departments located in low- and middle-income countries where the faculty are conducting strong scientific research and teaching the next generation, but need equipment to fully realize their work. The deadline for applications has been extended to 2 August 2015. Applications that are received by the original deadline of 15 July 2015 will be reviewed for completeness and can be resubmitted by the new deadline if necessary. Interested applicants can view the full Request for Applications on our website: seedinglabs.org/2015-rfa-instrumental-access/

Seeding Labs is also seeking volunteer reviewers to help us assess these applications later this fall.

Serving as a reviewer will give you a window into the diversity of research projects, the successes and the needs of global scientists and their students. By reviewing, you”ll have the chance to connect them with the equipment to continue pursuing their important work. Read our reviewer guidelines and sign up here: seedinglabs.org/reviewer-registration/

Please direct questions about applying or reviewing to: application@seedinglabs.org

Seeding Labs is a US-based nonprofit whose mission is to catalyze science research and education in developing countries. Our flagship program, Instrumental Access, provides high-quality scientific equipment for research and education to university departments in low- and middle-income countries at an affordable price. Since 2008 we have equipped labs in 13 countries with nearly $3M of equipment and supplies.

5 pm – Monday, February 16- Dr. Frank Anderson presents to the MichiGhana-Net Student Group

5:00-6:00 pm | 1080 S. University, Ann Arbor 48109 | International Institute Gallery School of Social Work | Room 1644

It’s an honor to have Dr. Anderson speak with us. He has extensive research experience in Ghana in maternal health and mortality. He is the director of the Global Initiatives program in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and engages with several committees regarding maternal health including the Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Michigan Maternal Accident Committee.

For more information on MichiGhana-Net : https://maizepages.umich.edu/organization/michighana/about

3 pm – Thursday, February 19, 2015 -Sanyu Amimo Mojola: Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS

500 S. State Street |  LSA Building Room 4154 | Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology

Sanyu A Mojola is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research examines social structural processes underlying health disparities in a variety of settings including Kenya, South Africa, and Washington DC. Her current work uses mixed methods to examine gender disparities in HIV rates among African youth, the HIV epidemic among older adults in rural South Africa, and the HIV epidemic among African Americans in Washington DC. Her methodological specialty is combining qualitative methods (such as focus group and life history interviews) with quantitative methods (survey analysis) to answer research questions. She has published a book entitled Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS (University of California Press) which explores the question of how modern women in developing countries experience sexuality and love. She draws on interview, ethnographic, and survey data from her native country of Kenya to examine how young African women, who suffer disproportionate rates of HIV infection compared to young African men, navigate their relationships, schooling, employment, and finances in the context of economic inequality and a devastating HIV epidemic.  She has published articles in Signs, Social Science and Medicine, Studies in Family Planning, andPopulation and Development Review. Mojola received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where her dissertation was awarded the 2009 Richard Saller Dissertation Prize for the dissertation considered to be the most distinguished piece of scholarship across the Social Science Division of the University of Chicago in a given year.

Tuesday, February 17,2015 “Songs for Khwesi” with Refilwe Nkomo and special guest Antonio David Lyons

4:30-5:30 p.m. 5511 Haven Hall (DAAS Lemuel Johnson Center)

Please join us for a special performance of a work-in-progress choreopoem by visiting artist Refilwe Nkomo which will be followed by a discussion/dialogue. The piece deals with the issues surrounding the South African case of President Jacob Zuma accused of rape by “Khwesi” a young woman who tested positive for HIV, that ended with an acquittal for Zuma. We will discuss violence against women and men’s roles in preventing rape culture. The discussion will be facilitated by Refilwe Nkomo, who has worked with NGOs in South Africa focusing on gender and health,  and Antonio David Lyons, who is performing “We Are Here” across campus throughout the month. http://www.pambazuka.net/en/category/letters/33434


Pic. 26: Richard Hayford Boateng, the then Regional Head of The Upper East Regional Museum, Bolgatanga, undertaking restoration work on Koma terracotta figurines recovered during the 2008 Dept. of Archaeology and Heritage Studies’ field school at Yikpabongo in the Northern Region, Ghana. The exercise was part of the annual practical training package for Senior Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Archaeological Field Methods and Techniques. And, as part of the partnership between the dept. and GMMB, Mr. Boateng was responsible for monitoring on-site conservation of artifacts and features.

ASC Welcomes the 2014-2015 Scholars

ANN ARBOR, MI—The African Studies Center (ASC), a member of the International Institute, is pleased to announce the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) for 2014-15.

The cohort represents a broad range of academic interests and disciplines, including pharmacology, environmental history, mathematics, and nursing. Each scholar will be in residency for a two- to six-month period and will work closely with U-M faculty while pursuing individual writing and research projects.

UMAPS is designed to enhance collaboration between early career faculty from Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda with students and faculty at the University of Michigan. The program is designed to support faculty development in Africa and capacity building for their home institutions. African scholars are brought to campus for four to six months and given access to library and research materials that can assist them with research projects, academic degrees, grant proposals, or other relevant activity. While in residency, the scholars are paired with a U-M faculty member for mentorship or collaboration on projects that will help advance their careers. These activities allow the university to build and strengthen lasting scholarly relationships with visiting scholars and their home institutions.

Click here to view the list of scholars»