The University of Iowa

Blood diamond phenomenon in Africa is topic of March 14 talk

March 6th, 2014

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. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This talk considers the “blood diamond” phenomenon in Africa, identifying antecedents as far back as the early 20th century through an examination of the history of Angola’s diamonds, but also traces the phenomenon into present times, with a focus on the continuing diamond-fueled repression in Zimbabwe.

By employing a more encompassing understanding of “blood diamonds” than do most international organizations, rather than considering this phenomenon both recent and resolved, Cleveland instead argues for a re-periodization by asserting that the history of diamond-induced violence in Africa is much longer, more durable and, in many significant ways, ongoing.

The African Studies Program in International Program is sponsoring this event.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact James Giblin in advance at or 319-335-2288.