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.


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

Talk: Jennifer Brass, “NGOs, Civil Society and Democratic Participation in Kenya”

Jennifer Brass
Department of Political Science, Indiana University at Bloomington
“NGOs, Civil Society and Democratic Participation in Kenya”

University of Notre Dame

Tuesday, 30 October at 12:30pm in C103 Hesburgh Center

Talk: Kristin Micheltich, “Good Morning Timbuktu! Impact of Radio on Democratic Agency in Rural Islamic Africa”

Kristin Micheltich
Department of Political Science, New York University
“Good Morning Timbuktu! Impact of Radio on Democratic Agency in Rural Islamic Africa”

University of Notre Dame

Tuesday, 23 October at 12:30pm in C103 Hesburgh Center

Talk: Luise White, “The Lost History of Rhonasians: Rhodesian Independence and the Place of Race in Decolonization”

Luise White
Professor of History and 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, University of Florida
“The Lost History of Rhonasians: Rhodesian Independence and the Place of Race in Decolonization”

Kellogg Africa Working Group, University of Notre Dame

Monday, 12 November 2012 at 5:00pm in TBA