The University of Iowa

Baraza series begins with talk on African soccer players Mar. 7

February 22nd, 2011

The UI African Studies Program’s spring Baraza series will begin Monday, Mar. 7, with a lecture titled “Following the Ball: African Soccer Players, Labor Strategies and Immigration across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1945-75,” presented by Todd Cleveland. The talk is at noon in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

This talk will explore how African soccer players, such as the legendary Eusébio, immigrated to Portugal from the Portuguese empire’s politically oppressed African territories during the colonial period. These players strategically parlayed their ability to travel to Portugal to secure their future in the country beyond the end of their playing days.

Cleveland is an assistant professor of history at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

The Swahili word “baraza” roughly translates to “meeting” or “forum” in English. The Baraza series brings a combination of UI and external scholars, graduate students, faculty and practitioners in various fields to the university for lectures on interdisciplinary research in African studies.

International Programs and the African Studies Program are sponsoring the lecture series.

To view the entire series schedule, visit For more information, contact Leo Eko at or or 319-353-1926.