Winter 2012 Newsletter

From the Director

A letter from the Director of the African Studies Center, Kelly Askew

Effort to Rebuild Liberia’s Universities Underway

An $18.5-million effort to help rebuild Liberia's universities and infrastructure after 15 years of civil war has begun, and University of Michigan professors, staff and students are play-ing an important role.

Perception is Really Important

Dr. Kwesi Yankah is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ghana, where he also served as the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University until August 2011.

Meet the U-M African Presidential Scholars for 2011-2012

The U-M Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program remains a key initiative of the African Studies Center.

The Work of Art

Ghanaian artist George Kushiator is one of the 14 African scholars who are part of the 2011-2012 cohort of African Presidential Scholars.

Enhancing Teaching and Learning at Makerere University

Andrew State, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Makerere University (Uganda), is one of the 2011-2012 cohort of African Presidential Scholars. In this essay he describes the work he has undertaken during his stay at U-M.

New Student Organization Focuses on Education in Tanzania

One of the newest student organizations on campus aims to send young women in Tanza-nia to secondary school, while simultaneously promoting cultural awareness and educating the campus community about education and gender in Tanzania.

Pharmacy Shops and Visual Culture in Kabila’s Congo

Written by Nancy Rose Hunt

Conference Investigates the Politics of Heritage

The African Heritage Initiative’s second international conference was convened at Museum Africa in Johannesburg from 8 to 10 July 2011.

Sudan’s Secession and the Future

A Conversation with Amal Hassan Fadlalla

Pioneer High School and ASC Collaborate in Teaching African Studies

Twenty 11th and 12th graders from Pioneer High School are getting their first taste of col-lege-level work this semester. They are enrolled in “African History and Culture,”...

African Social Research Initiative (ASRI)

An update on the African Social Research Initiative

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The second in a series of conferences on the vital role of mathematics in profes-sional research and society at large was held May 2-13, 2011, in Buea, Cameroon...

African Heritage Initiative (AHI) Update

The African Heritage Initiative has been involved in a great amount of activity during the past year. Most notable were the two academic conferences organized under the Initiative’s auspices...

Collaboration On Emergency Medicine In Ghana

A 2010 pilot grant from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center al-lows the Department of Emergency Medicine at U-M...

Undergraduates Travel to Kenya for Course on Sustainability

The interdisciplinary course on “Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities in East Africa”—

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