African Studies Program

UI alumnus J. Roger Kurtz, professor of African literatures at The College at Brockport: State University of New York will present on engaging trauma theory through African literature in an upcoming UI talk Thursday, April 24, 2014, at noon in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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Todd Cleveland, assistant professor of history at Augustana College, Rock Island, will present “Blood Diamonds: Before and After the Phenomenon,” on Friday, March 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.

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The African Studies Program at the University of Iowa will welcome Julie Weiskopf, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, for a talk titled "'A Revolution in Tribal Life': Sleeping Sickness Concentrations and Colonialism in Kigoma in the 1930s." The talk will be held Thursday, February 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.

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For two survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the possibility to bear witness relied on their mutual ability to take a camera, to shoot back, and edit an unprecedented representation of themselves as witnesses and survivors. Alexandre Dauge-Roth of Bates College will present “Auto-Documenting the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda: The Testimonial Encounter within the Cinema of Me” on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.

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The African Studies Program, a unit of UI International Programs, has named Blandina Kaduma Giblin winner of the African Studies Faculty of the Year award. Giblin is a lecturer of Swahili in the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures. The African Studies Program recognizes her “Meritorious service to the African Studies Program as an exemplary Instructor, translator, mentor, and co-director of study abroad programs in Tanzania, East Africa."

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Dan Ojwang of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, will present a public talk at the UI Monday, Sept. 30, on “Queering the Indian Ocean: Gender, Sexuality and Language in Recent East African Indian Writing.” The talk begins at 11:30 a.m. in Gerber Lounge, 304 English Philosophy Building.

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The UI African Studies Program cordially invites the university community and the general public to an informal reception for this year’s African participants in the International Writing Program. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 4:30-6 p.m., in University Capitol Center 2780. Please invite your colleagues, students, friends of Africa, and lovers of literature.

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Jacqueline Asiimwe, a social justice and political rights activist from Uganda, will give a presentation at the University of Iowa Monday, Sept. 23, on “The Black Monday Movement: Re-energizing the Fight Against Official Corruption in Uganda.” Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the University Capitol Centre, Room 2390.

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In an upcoming presentation April 22, James R. Brennan, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seeks to dispel layers of misinformation about controversial African politician Oscar Kambona's life and show what the political stakes of his biography are in Tanzania today.

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The UI African Studies Program is holding a public lecture, featuring Ruramisai Charumbira of the University of Texas-Austin, on the topic “Black Colony, White Memory: The Price of Commemorating Occupation in Rhodesia, 1890-1980.” The presentation will be held Monday, March 11, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.

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