The University of Iowa

Tanzanian social activists to present talks Nov. 15-16 at UI

November 3rd, 2011

The UI African Studies Program will welcome two social activists from Tanzania for a series of talks Nov. 15-16, all free and open to the public.

Annagrace Rwehumbiza will present “It’s the Context Stupid: HIV-AIDS and the Vulnerabilities of Adolescent Girls in Tanzania” Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in 213 English Philosophy Building. Rwehumbiza is a lawyer and social worker who specializes in issues related to the health and rights of youth and women in Tanzania.

Richard Mabala will present “You Can’t be Serious!: Writing Political Satire in Tanzania” Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. In addition to being one of Tanzania’s most prominent political columnists and satirists, Mabala is also a social worker specializing in youth issues and a prolific author of children’s books.

Mabala will also present a talk Wednesday, Nov. 16, titled “Contested Development: Tanzania through the Eyes of Young People Fifty Years after Independence” from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.

These presentations are funded by UI International Programs and the U.S. Department of Education through an Undergraduate Studies International and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant to the African Studies Program.

For more information, contact Jim Giblin at or 319-335-2288.