The University of Iowa

Spring 2010 Events


"What Are We Doing Here?"

Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A
Presenter: Tim Klein, producer and director


"Kiswahili and Political Discourse in Tanzania: Nyerere's Rhetoric against Political Cannibals"

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: 2520D, UCC
Presenter: Professor Deogratias Ngonyani, Michigan State University


"The Neo-African-Americans"

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Illinois Room (Room 348) Iowa Memorial Union
Presenter: Nicole Nisly, M.D., UI Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President; Director Kobina Aidoo
Panel: Dr. Sherry Watt, Edudzi Etsey, Dr. Katrina Sanders, and Dr. Lyombe Eko
The Neo-African-American Trailer II

Aidoo an immigrant from Ghana, documents how rapid, voluntary immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is transforming the African-American narrative.
Nicole Nisly, M.D., UI interim chief diversity officer and associate vice president, will introduce Aidoo who will introduce the film.
Panelists include Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs and panel chair; Aidoo, film director and public affairs consultant; Lyombe Eko, associate professor, UI School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Edudzi Etsey, service delivery and operations manager, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and Katrina Sanders with Sherry Watt, both associate professors in the UI College of Education.
This event is sponsored by International Programs at the UI. Co-sponsors include: African American Council; African Studies Program; Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies; Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives; Chief Diversity Office; City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission; and UI Staff Council.


"Environmental Change and Development in Tanzania"

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC
See attached poster


"Educating African Sexuality: Process of Gendering in African Instructional Films"

Date: Monday, March 29, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117
Presenter: Allison McGuffie (PhD candidate, Cinema and Comparative Literature)
See attached poster

"Press Freedom in Ghana: A Comparative Analysis of the Nkrumah and Kufuor Regimes "

Date: Monday, March 29, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117
Presenter: Etse Sikanku (PhD candidate, Journalism and Mass Communication)
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"Zimbabwe: Depotism or Democracy?"

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117
Presenter: Zimbabwean exile, Philemon Matibe

Philemon Matibe, a noted Zimbabwean exile and a passionate advocate for democracy, will talk about his new book and his life experiences in a talk titled “Zimbabwe: Despotism or Democracy?”

Matibe lost everything in the face of tyranny, including his Zimbabwean citizenship, and is committed to exposing the government corruption he has witnessed. He is driven to return to Zimbabwe to rebuild a greater country. His book, “Madhinga Bucket Boy,” is his memoir of growing up amid apartheid in Rhodesia and fighting against tyranny in Zimbabwe. Among other endeavors, Matibe is a helicopter pilot, coffee roaster and agro-business entrepreneur.  He has two children and lives in exile in the U.S.

Sponsors include the African Studies Program and the University of Iowa’s International Programs. Matibe will also participate in a book reading and discussion for the Prairie InSight program at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 29, at Prairie Lights.


"Restoring Health, Hope, Peace: Reflections from a Grassroots Doctor in Burundi"

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A
Presenter: Dr. Alexia Nibona
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"Symposium on Youth and Urban Culture in East Africa" 

Date: Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, 2010
Time: beginning at 9:00 a.m. both days
Location: varies: 109 EPB, UCC 2520D, BCSB 101, UCC 1117
Synopsis: Two days of films and discussion about urban culture in East Africa featuring two films by Ron Mulvihill. Mulvihill himself will be present and will lead a discussion on Saturday afternoon. The films include"Maangamizi - The Ancient One"  and  "Poetry in Motion: 100 
Years of Zanzibar’s Nadi Ikhwan Safaa" 
Complete Schedule

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Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117

In connection with their “Symposium on Youth and Urban Culture in East Africa”, the UI African Studies Program and Department of English cordially invite the university community and the general public to a reception on Saturday, April 3, at 5pm in the International Commons (UCC 1117). The reception will be catered by Ali Baba Restaurant and will feature North African fare. You are kindly requested to RSVP your attendance to Edward Miner at


"Screening of Invisible Children's Latest Documentary"

Date: Monday, April 5, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: W151 Pappajohn Business Building

Northern Uganda has been victim to Africa's longest civil war, raging over 24-years. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) continues to rampage through northern Uganda, destroying everything in their path. The LRA leader, Joseph Kony, is demanding his troops to raid villages and kidnap children as young as 5-years-old. These abducted children are forced to fight, becoming soldiers for the LRA. Neither the LRA or the Ugandan government has any record of how many children are abducted or killed. These children are invisible to the world.

Invisible Children is a nonprofit, advocacy organization that is designed to bring an end to the child soldiering in northern Uganda. We work to bring peace and safety for these children. Through various programs, such as Schools For Schools and the Tri Campaign, we are able to help bring education to the children of Uganda. The University of Iowa chapter of Invisible Children is determined to raise awareness on campus and begin implementing this programs.

On Monday April 5, 2010 at 7:30pm in W151 Pappajohn Business Building, we will be conducting a screening of the latest documentary. This gives students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community an opportunity to learn more information about the atrocities in Uganda. So come and join us as we begin the journey to peace in Uganda. There is no admission fee, so bring your friends and family!

For more information about Invisible Children, you can visit or find the UI chapter on Facebook, Invisible Children University of Iowa (Iowa City). For questions and concerns about the event, please contact Keely Kemp at


“Sudan: Discussing and Promoting Democracy from the Ashes of Civil War”

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D
Panel: Hiba Ahmed, Mahmoud Siddig, and Joseph Khan

The panel includes Hiba Ahmed, a graduate student in health sciences, along with Mahmoud Siddig and Joseph Khan, both undergraduate students in liberal arts and sciences. Together they will share their views on the upcoming elections scheduled for April, the arguments for and against another postponement of the elections, and the referendum on the separation of Sudan into two states scheduled for 2011.

Sudan is Africa’s largest country and has been at war since its independence in 1956 from Great Britain. It is divided by ethnicity, tribal differences, economic disparities, and religion. In less than one month, amid these divisions, the Sudanese people will participate in the first major elections in more than 25 years.

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the Iowa United Nations Association and the UI Center for Human Rights, a part of UI International Programs. For more information contact Liz Crooks at (319) 335-3900 or email


"Constructions of African Diasporic Identities Through Labor in the Context of Immigration in Franc"

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: 3321 Seamans Center
Presenter: Sonia Kpota-Richardson, PhD candidate, Department of French and Francophone Studies

Brief abstract: In this presentation, I will give you a glimpse of my dissertation which deals with the construction or destruction of diasporic characters’ identities at work in francophone novels and films.   

Bio-data: Sonia Kpota-Richardson was born in Ivory Coast, a West African country that she left to go to Burkina Faso.  In Burkina Faso, she studied at the Lycée St Exupéry and got a bachelor from the University of Ouagadougou in Journalism and Communication. Later on, she studied at the University of Delaware were she received a master in Art and French studies. She is now a candidate for the PhD in French and Francophone Studies, and will defend her thesis this coming June. Her thesis is a reflection of her passion for human rights issues. 


Fall 2010 Events

Baraza Series

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. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

Topic: “Oil, Ethnicity and Religion: The woes of a blessed nation in the face of outright political ineptitude”
Presenter: Sunday Goshit (International Programs)
Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: 2520D University Capitol Centre

Topic: “Why is Abd el-Kader Relevant Today?: the Legacy of an Algerian Leader of Anti-Colonial Resistance and Namesake of Elkader, IA”
Presenters: Kathy Garms (Abd el-Kader Education Project) and John W. Kiser (author of Commander of the Faithful: the Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (1808-1883): A Story of True Jihad)
Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 12, noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

Topic: “eGranary evaluation and update on progress”
Note: This lecture was canceled.
Presenter: Cliff Missen (Widernet)
Date/Time:Monday, Oct. 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

Topic: "The economics of language of instruction in Africa - an example from Tanzania"
Presenter: Fungisai Nota (Wartburg College)
Date/Time:Monday, Oct. 25, 12-1 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

Topic: "The Figure of Griot in Ousmane Sembene's Cinema"
Presenter: Moussa Fall (French and Italian)
Date/Time:Monday, Nov. 8, 12-1 p.m.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre


African Studies Program meet-n-greet

The UI African Studies Program cordially invites faculty, students, and the general public to a mini-reception on Monday, October 11, 4:30-5:30pm, in UCC-2520D (Old Capitol Mall, 2nd floor). There will be no formal presentation, just a relaxed opportunity to meet and socialize with scholars and community members interested in Africa, including African writers currently resident in the International Writing Program. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.