September 19
Amnesty in South Africa
Annette Seegers, Visiting Professor, Woodrow Wilson School

September 26
Native Medical Auxiliaries in Colonial Algeria: A Prosopograhical Approach

Hannah-Louise Clark, Ph.D. Candidate, Program in History of Science

October 3
Using the Past to Imagine the Future: Development Planning for a Tanzanian-Zambian Railway, 1925-1975
Michelle Bourbonniere, Ph.D. Candidate, African History, Stanford University

October 10
Competing with Refugees:  The Politics of Generosity, Rejection, and Delegation

Lamis Abdelaaty, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

How to Do Things to Children with Words: Rituals of Lexical Reform in a Pediatric AIDS Clinic
Betsey Brada, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Health and Wellbeing

October 24
Studying Geladas in the Ethiopian Highlands

Caitlin Barale, 4th year Graduate Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

November 14
Napoleon in Egypt
Robert Tignor Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, emeritus, Princeton University

November 21
South Sudan: Civil War, Predation, and the Making of a Military Aristocracy
Clemence Pinaud, Ph.D. Candidate, History, Universite Paris 1 Sorbonne

November 28
Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs: Transforming Students to Transform the Environment
Nancy Rubenstein and Stephanie Siller '13

December 5
Market-based Conservation: Assessing Food Security and Technology Adoption in the Luangwa Valley, ZambiaKimberly Bothi, Research Affiliate, Consultant, International Conservation

December 12
Cows, Wildlife, and People: Can They Live Together?
Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1977 Professor of Zoology; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Director, Program in African Studies

February 6
Medical Humanitarianism in the Age of Global Health Education: A Pilot Research and Teaching Project in Sierra Leone
Peter Locke, Associate Professional Specialist, WWS

February 13
By Bread Alone? Promoting Science in Africa and Elsewhere
Samuel G. Philander,Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences

February 20
Colonialism and Economic Development in Africa

James Robinson, Harvard University

February 27
Cutting Pice and Running Away: Missionary Discipline and African Reactions at the UMCA Boy's Industrial House, Zanzibar, 1901-1905
Morgan Robinson, Ph.D. Candidate, History

March 6
Rapid Results: Building Capacity, Changing Norms
Rushda Majeed and Yoni Friedman, Senior Research Specialists, Innovations for Successful Societies

March 13
Innovations in Conservation: Successful New Approaches in Southern Africa to Create Large Protected AreasHerbert Prins, Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

March 27
Foreign Reporters Armed to Attack Kenya: 2013 Election as Contestation Space between Western and Local Mediascapes of the ‘African problem’
Mahiri Mwita, Lecturer in Swahili, Program in African Studies, PIIRS

April 3
League of Nations and the Colonial State: Campaign Against Child Trafficking in Southeastern Nigeria, 1930s
Robin Chapdelaine, Program Manager, African School of Economics

April 10
Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) - Partnerships and Progress
Lori Mulcare, Program Associate, Institute for Advanced Study

April 17
Traditional Africa Peace-Making Culture
Ephraim Isaac, Scholar and Director, Institute of Semitic Studies

April 24
Senior Thesis Presentations
Program in African Studies Certificate Students     

May 1
Senior Thesis Presentations
Program in African Studies Certificate Students                    



Building Common-Interest States in Africa
Lecture Series. Lunch will be provided at the noon events.

Friday, October 5
Building Institutions at the Micro Level: Results from a Field Experiment in Property Dispute and Conflict Resolution
Christopher Blattman
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University
Noon/Robertson Hall, Room 015

Friday, October 19
State versus Consumer Regulation: An Evaluation of Two Road Safety Interventions in Kenya
James Habyarimana
Associate Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Georgetown University
Robertson Hall, Room 015
Click here for working paper

Wednesday, November 28
What Prognosis for the Crisis in Mali? Fragile States and Islamist Challenges in Sahel

Leonardo Villalón
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the Center for African Studies
University of Florida
4:30 p.m.


Spring 2013
Wednesday, February 27
An American in Tahrir: Notes on Year Three of the Egyptian Revolution
Ellis J. Goldberg, University of Washington
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Popular Literature and Youth Identity in East Africa
Fikeni Senkoro, University of Dar es Salaam
4:30 p.m.
216 Aaron Burr Hall


September 21

Nutrition Scarcity and HIV/AIDS Education in South Africa

Sojung Yi ’12 and Alan Utria ’12

September 28
Landscape Histories and Literary Ecologies: Thoughts on the Emergence of Ecocriticism in African Literature
Taylor Young, GS (English)

October 5
Information, Citizenship, and Education in East Africa: Preliminary Results from a Randomized Field Study

Evan Lieberman, Department of Politics

October 12
The Effect of Biodiversity on the Transmission of Diseases: Schistosomiasis in Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, Tanzania
Claire Standley, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

October 19
African Drylands and the Global Carbon Cycle
Frances O'Donnell (Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

October 26
Notes from Ethnographic Research on Oromo Ex-Political Prisoners from Two Eras of Ethiopian Politics

Kulani Jalata ’12

November 9
Wealth, Witches, and Tiefman: Unintended Consequences of an Income-Generation Project in Kono, Sierra-Leone
Raphael Frankfurter '13

November 16
When Good Neighbors Don’t Need Fences:  The Economics of Territoriality in Savannah Baboons

Catherine Markham (Graduate Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

November 30
Potential Interactions between Climate Change, Agriculture, and Biodiversity Conservation in South Africa
Lyndon Estes, Woodrow Wilson School Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

December 7
Jeanne Altmann, Professor Emeritus, Scholar, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

December 14
Model Village, Model Shelter, Model Prison: Nhangau and the Legacies of Colonialism in Central Mozambique
Zachary Guthrie, GS (history)

February 8
Complex Trajectories of Legal Status among Senegalese Migrants in Europe
Erik Vickstrom, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, and the Office of Population Research

February 15
Race in North Africa: French Portrayals of the Indigenous, 1820-1850
Edna Bonhomme, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science

February 22
Defining the Boundaries of the Sudanese Economy: a New Currency and Economic Survey
Alden Young, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

February 29
Volunteer Soldiers for Life: Recruiting in Sierra Leone, 1812-1815
Padraic X. Scanlan, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

March 7
Life in Miniature: Asante Goldweights from the Collection of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
Kristen Windmuller, Ph.D. Candidate, Art and Archaeology

March 14
Lessons from Liberia: Learning from Case Studies on Liberia’s Postconflict Police Reform and Civil Service Reform
Laura Bacon, Associate Director, Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS)
Jonathan Friedman, Senior Research Specialist, Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS)

March 28
Partnership Concurrency and Coital Frequency in Rural Malawi
Lauren Gaydosh, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology and Social Policy

April 4
Authorized and Unauthorized Associations: A Discussion of Livelihoods and Lifeways outside Western Serengeti, Tanzania
Celeste Alexander, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology

April 11
Policy Deliberation and Election Outcomes: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Benin

Leonard Wantchekon, Politics

April 18
Race, Civilization, and Violence in the 1961 Election on Zanzibar
Morgan Robinson, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

April 25
We Want What’s Ours: Land Restitution in South Africa
Bernadette Atuahene, LAPA Fellow, Visiting Associate Research Scholar, WWS

May 2
Certificate Students Senior Thesis Presentations


African Film Series
7:30 p.m.
106 McCormick Hall

This fall the Program in African Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, and the Center for African American Studies present a series featuring films from Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa. Hosted by Professor Wendy Belcher as a companion to COM/AFS/AAS 239, the series is open to the public. Click here for film titles and screening dates.

Wednesday, October 19
Africa, Latin America, and the Conundrum of Identity
Ibrahim Sundiata, Brandeis University
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Cosponsored with the Program in Latin American Studies

Wednesday, October 26
To Defeat Racialism Whenever It Raises Its Ugly Head: Africa and American Political Life in the 1960s
James H. Merriwether, California State University Channel Islands
216 Aaron Burr Hall

November 11-12
Collective Motion 2.0: Developing Empowered Communities
Conference on Sustainable Development
Bernard Amadei, EWB-USA founder
Hamish Fraser, Partners in Health
Nat Paynter, charity:water
Megha Agrawal, Unreasonable Institute
Riall Nolan, author of Developmental Anthropology
Carl A. Fields Center


Tuesday, March 6
Ugandan Drumming and Dance
Alfdaniels Mabingo
New York University
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Friday, March 16
Black Morocco: A History of Slavery and Islam

Chouki El Hamel
Arizona State University
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Tuesday, March 27
The Women Writing Africa Project: African Women, Feminism, and the Production of Knowledge

Abena Busia
Rutgers University
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Tuesday, April 24
Beating Swords into Poems: What Role for the Humanities in Liberia’s Postwar Recovery?
C. Patrick Burrowes
Penn State University, Harrisburg
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Tuesday, May 1
Senior Thesis Presentations
AFS Certificate Seniors
216 Aaron Burr Hall



February 2
Laura Cunial (Norwegian Refugee Council and the Rural Development Institute)
“Housing, Land, and Property in Liberia”

February 9
Corinne Kendall (EEB)
“The Impacts of Human Activities on the Avian Scavenger Guild”

February 16
Alden Young (Ph.D. Candidate, History)
“Sudan after Empire: Planning for Development”

February 23
Mariana Candido (History)
“Benguela, the Rise of an African Slave Port”

March 2
Tyson Roberts (Politics)
"Foreign Finance, Political Constraints, and Development Strategy in Africa"

March 9
Nick Nesbitt (French and Italian)
'Reification and Rationalization in Postcolonial African Music: The Mande and the Ballets Africains'

March 23
Elizabeth Levy Paluck (Woodrow Wilson School)
“The Social Psychological Effects of a Democracy Promotion Radio Program in Southern Sudan"

March 30
Emma Impink (Barnard College, '10)
“Land Use and Tenure Challenges in Southern Kenya”

April 6
John Vincent (U.S. Foreign Service Officer, retired)
"East Africa and the Horn: A Special Problem for U.S. Foreign Policy"

April 13
Cordelia Person and Stephanie Hooper (Princeton in Africa)
“Creating Young Leaders Who Are Committeed to Africa's Development"

April 20
Marcia Schenck (Ph.D. Candidate, History)
“Bain's Bushmen and the Birth of the Bushman Myth"

April 27
Program in African Studies Certificate Students
Senior Thesis Presentations

May 4
Program in African Studies Certificate Students
Senior Thesis Presentations


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