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    Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in Africa and the Diaspora
      AAP will hold its third Public Dialogue in two weeks! On May 12, a panel of leaders will share their perspectives on higher education institutions’ role in structural racism, global race relations, racist actions, and paths for meaningful change. The “Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in Africa and the Diaspora” session is co-hosted by @African Studies Center, @Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, @Dept of African American and African Studies, and @international Association of Universities.  Agenda:   8:00AM - Welcome remarks & introduction of dialogue  Moderators:  Dr. CassandraVeney, Professor and Chair, Dept of International Relations, US International University, Kenya (USIU)• Dr. Upenyu Majee, Manager, Ubuntu Dialogues Project, African Studies Center, MSU  8:05AM - Opening Remarks: Dr. Pero G. Dagbovie, University Distinguished Professor & Associate Dean, The Graduate School, MSU: The historical context of the Black experience globally  Panelists  8:20AM - Jabbar R. Bennett, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Michigan State University 8:30AM - Norman Duncan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Pretoria, South Africa 8:40AM - Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President International, Kings College London, United Kingdom 8:50AM - Ana Flávia Magalhães Pinto, Professor, Dept of History, University of Brasília, Brazil 9:00AM - Sharron Reed-Davis, President, Black Student Alliance 9:10AM - Q&A Session 9:25AM - Monique Kelly, Assistant Professor, Dept of Sociology, MSU  To register: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/5616184940488/WN_HC8K6Gw7RyS1Z1JV1SOf0Q  
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    MSU ranks globally for impact on SDGs
    Michigan State University has been recognized international for progress in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most significantly, MSU was ranked #1 nationally and #4 internationally in the key goal of “Zero Hunger”. The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are determined through submitted documents and activities by universities which are relevant to SDG indicators.     Additionally, MSU was placed #3 for “Partnership for the Goals”. This demonstrates the work of the MSU International Studies and Programs which utilize international connections to push forward SDGs in curriculum and research.      AAP is proud of its work to bring together member institutions and support international work. Specifically, our recent Partnerships for Innovative Research in Africa (PIRA) grants ensure multi-institutional collaboration on projects. PIRA is a tiered funding opportunity designed to cultivate and support transnational research partnerships which will directly impact lives within Africa and beyond.     AAP has also recently held two of our Public Dialogue Sessions which have utilized global partnerships to better communicate ongoing global challenges within vaccine distribution and soil health. Our latest dialogue session, “The Future of Farming to Meet Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: Reflections on Soil Health and Policy”, directly addressed MSU’s dedication to the progress of SDGs.     To read more about MSU’s impact: https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2021/times-higher-ed-impact  To learn about THE ranking: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/impactrankings#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats  
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • Join the UCLA African Studies Center and the Earth Rights Institute
    Join the UCLA African Studies Center and the Earth Rights Institute for a virtual forum on climate change in Africa   April 19 – 23, 2021   Registration to attend ARCC (via Zoom) is now open:RSVP here   Students interested in Climate Action Design Thinking Session: Register here   Please join us for this great line-up of four distinguished keynote speakers, thematic panels, environmental narratives, an exhibitor’s hall, and a design thinking jam session on climate action.   PLEASE SEE UPDATED ARCC FORUM SCHEDULE AND PANELISTS’ BIOS ATTACHED     All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) (Los Angeles)   UCLA African Studies Center and Earth Rights Institute appreciate the support of the ARCC co-sponsors.     For more information, visithttps://www.international.ucla.edu/asc/article/206676 or email sbreeding@international.ucla.edu or call 323.335.9965.  
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    YIELD Documentary
    Young Innovators in Entrepreneurship and Development (YIELD) published a documentary which demonstrates their success in providing youth employment and entrepreneurship opportunities! YIELD calls for agri-preneurship in order to promote employment, value addition, and higher productivity in Africa.   AAP first provided a seed grant to YIELD in 2017 and continues to support their work. YIELD aims to improve access and maximize opportunities for young entrepreneurs in agri-food systems with international partners MSU Global Youth Advancement Network, Africa Center for Economic Transformation in Ghana, and Sokoine University of Agriculture.   To check out their most recent documentary: https://youtu.be/YxAtO09afMo   To explore resources YIELD has given for young agri-preneurs: https://globalyouth.isp.msu.edu/programs-projects/yield/yield-shop-webinar-series/
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    UCLA African Studies Event: Africa's Readiness for Climate Change
    Please find attached a special edition of our newsletter about the upcoming Africa’s Readiness for Climate Change (ARCC) virtual forum, organized by the UCLA African Studies Center and Earth Rights Institute.    The webinar event is scheduled for April 19-23 and registration to attend is free; register at:  https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b5cGk3_ASFO1WEkwK2NAtA.  Exact times to be announced, but starting time will be 9 am for most days as three of the presenters will be Zooming from the continent.   Confirmed Speakers are Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation; Ousmane Aly Pame, President Global Ecovillage Network Africa, Founder/President REDES (Network for Ecovillage Emergence and Development in the Sahel); HE Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai, Sierra Leone Ambassador to the US; and Elizabeth Wathuti, Founder, Green Generation Initiative and Head of Campaigns at Wangari Maathai Foundation, Kenya.   Additionally, there will be panels on Public Health, Indigenous Knowledge, Policy, and more.   For information, please email africa@international.ucla.edu or visit the conference website at https://www.international.ucla.edu/asc/article/206676 or call 323.335.9965.  
    By: Madeleine Futter
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  • Virtual Dialogue "Vaccine Inequities in the Global South"
    AAP is excited to announce its first Virtual Dialogue Event of 2021. For our inaugural dialogue, we will be highlighting conversations around COVID-19 Vaccine Inequities in the Global South.     We are delighted to partner with MSU African Studies Center, MSU Asian Studies Center, MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and MSU Institute for Global Health as co-hosts on this event. We are also looking forward to opening remarks from President of @MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, an expert in epidemiology and public health.     Our speakers will include:  Tonya Villafana, Global Franchise Head, Infection, AstraZeneca, USA    Richard Mihigo, Coordinator for Immunization & Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Programme, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Republic of the Congo  Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development, Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana  Ova Emilia, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia   Roberto Lopez, Executive Director, Acción Internacional para la Salud (AIS), Peru   Amit Kumar, Consul General of India, Chicago, USA    This international panel brings together diverse voices from the frontlines of addressing health disparities and inequities in vaccine access and distribution in a global context.    Register at the link below to attend  https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/5416152374824/WN_xAwE0u78TE6PuiBXe_ei-w     Learn more about the AAP Public Dialogue Series: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/engage/aap-public-dialogue-series/ 
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    Announcing Journal of West African History, Volume VI, Issue II
    Founding Editor-in-Chief: Nwando AchebeEditors: Saheed Aderinto, Trevor Getz, Vincent Hiribarren, and Harry OdamttenBook Review Editors: Mark Deets and Ndubueze Mbah JWAH 6.2 NOW AVAILABLE ON JSTOR AND PROJECT MUSE! The Journal of West African History (JWAH) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal that publishes the highest quality articles on West African history. Located at the cutting edge of new scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political history of West Africa, JWAH fills a representational gap by providing a forum for serious scholarship and debate on women and gender, sexuality, slavery, oral history, popular and public culture, and religion. The editorial board encourages authors to explore a wide range of topical, theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives in new and exciting ways. The journal is committed to rigorous thinking and analysis; is international in scope; and offers a critical intervention about knowledge production. Scholarly reviews of current books in the field appear in every issue. And the publication is in both English and French; an abstract in both languages will be provided. JWAH is published by Michigan State University Press. Editor’s Note Vincent Hiribarren, "African History Will Make Us Breathe" Articles Klas Rönnbäck, “The Built Environment of the Precolonial West African Coast: Materials, Functions, and Housing Standards” Ismail Warscheid, “The West African Jihād Movements and the Islamic Legal Literature of the Southwestern Sahara (1650–1850)” Holly Rose Ashford, “Modern Motherhood, Masculinity, and Family Planning in Ghana, 1960–75” Retrospective Jan Jansen and James R. Fairhead, “The Mande Creation Myth, by Germaine Dieterlen, as a Historical Source for the Mali Empire” Conversations Kwasi Konadu, “COVID-19 and Caution for Historians: Views from a Place in West Africa” Karen Flint, “‘Africa Isn’t a Testing Lab’: Considering COVID Vaccine Trials in a History of Biomedical Experimentation and Abuse” Alhaji U. Njai, “COVID-19 Pandemic at the Intersection of Ebola, Global Leadership, and the Opportunity to Decolonize the Political Economy of Sierra Leone” Helen Tilley, “COVID-19 across Africa: Colonial Hangovers, Racial Hierarchies, and Medical Histories” Book Reviews Harry N. K. Odamtten, Edward W. Blyden’s Intellectual Transformations: Afropublicanism, Pan-Africanism, Islam, and the Indigenous West African Church, reviewed by Tracy Keith Flemming Jonathan E. Robins, Cotton and Race across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900–1920, reviewed by Andrew James Kettler Emily S. Burrill, States of Marriage: Gender, Justice, and Rights in Colonial Mali, reviewed by Harmony O’Rourke Katherine Ann Wiley, Work, Social Status, and Gender in Post-Slavery Mauritania, reviewed by Erin Pettigrew Cassandra Mark-Thiesen, Mediators, Contract Men, and Colonial Capital: Mechanized Gold Mining Colony, 1879–1909, reviewed by Andrea Ringer Submissions The editorial board invites scholars to submit original article-length manuscripts (not exceeding 10,000 words including endnotes, 35 pages in length) accompanied by an abstract that summarizes the argument and significance of the work (not exceeding 150 words). Please see submission guidelines for detailed expectations. Review essays (not exceeding 1,000 words) should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. See what we have available for review on our Book Reviews page. Please contact our Book Review editors Mark Deets mark.deets@aucegypt.edu and Ndubueze Mbahndubueze@buffalo.edu for more information. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of West African History should be submitted online athttps://ojs.msupress.msu.edu/index.php/JWAH/about/submissions. In order to submit an article, you will have to create an account. The site will guide you through this process.
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    ASA Seminar: "Emerging Schoars at Work"
    Join us for an ASA Member exclusive event entitled Emerging Scholars at Work: Bridging the Gap Between Practitioners and Scholars on March 22, 12:00pm EST/UTC-4. We’ll be joined by with Jean Claude Abeck, an ASA Emerging Scholar (Howard) and Founder of the think tank Africa Center for Strategic Progress (ACSTRAP). ACSTRAP bridges the gap between knowledge and public policy process by partnering with seasoned experts both in Africa and around the world. Zoom links to this event will be available in MyASA. Sign up to receive a reminder about this event.   To register click here
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    ACARE's 2020 Annual Report
    Access the 2020 Annual Report for the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education here   "The year 2020 seemed longer than usual. When we looked up from our desks, we realized that it was not actually the 15th month of 2020, but March of 2021. The photo at the right is a perfect representation of our year of interactions. We are excited to share with you our successes and progress from 2020. Despite interacting with you only on screens and trapped in our basements, we grew, and we continue to do so. We look forward to another good year and anticipate we will be seeing you in person soon."  
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • DesignThinkers Group Follow Up
    DesignThinkers Group USA (DTG) recently followed up on the beginning of the AAP initiative at MSU. In 2016, DTG designed a three-day co-creation workshop which helped finalize the creation of the AAP. More recently, DTG conducted two focus group discussions in Nov 2020 to better understand the AAP’s impact since its creation.      To read about DTG’s key findings and challenges for the AAP, read the link below.     https://www.designthinkersgroup.us/why-co-creation-is-important-an-alliance-for-african-partnership-case-study/.  
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • Epidemiological Change and Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa: Social and historical perspectives
    UCL Press is pleased to announce a new open access book that is likely to be of interest to list subscribers: Epidemiological Change and Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, edited by Megan Vaughan, Kafui Adjaye-Gbewonyo, and Marissa Mika.   Epidemiological Change and Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa offers new and critical perspectives on the causes and consequences of recent epidemiological changes in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly on the increasing incidence of so-called ‘non-communicable’ and chronic conditions. Historians, social anthropologists, public health experts and social epidemiologists present important insights from a number of African perspectives and locations to present an incisive critique of ‘epidemiological transition’ theory and suggest alternative understandings of the epidemiological change on the continent.   Arranged in three parts, ‘Temporalities: Beyond Transition’, ‘Numbers and Categories’ and ‘Local Biologies and Knowledge Systems’, the chapters cover a broad range of subjects and themes, including the trajectory of maternal mortality in East Africa, the African smoking epidemic, the history of sugar consumption in South Africa, causality between infectious and non-communicable diseases in Ghana and Belize, the complex relationships between adult hypertension and paediatric HIV in Botswana, and stories of cancer patients and their families as they pursue treatment and care in Kenya.   In all, the volume provides insights drawn from historical perspectives and from the African social and clinical experience to offer new perspectives on the changing epidemiology of sub-Saharan Africa that go beyond theories of ‘transition’. It will be of value to students and researchers in Global Health, Medical Anthropology and Public Health, and to readers with an interest in African Studies.   Download free: https://bit.ly/37ISfIy ********************************** uclpress.co.uk | @uclpress
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • Africa Past and Present Podcast: African Sports Studies (ep 30)
    Check out this podcast from Matrix: the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Hisotry at MSU!   "In this episode, Dr. Gerard Akindes discusses his experience playing and coaching basketball in West Africa and Europe, and evaluates the prospects of the new Basketball Africa League. He considers the role of "electronic colonialism" in a changing sport media landscape and then reflects on his work advancing African scholarship through research publications and through Sports Africa, a coordinate organization of the U.S. African Studies Association that he co-founded in 2004."   Here is the link: https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/afripod.aodl.org__;!!HXCxUKc!hObxORTy0n-bBMe5kVD4_jKz5Dofcp-uVBmltNqs7GdwfilTm7c19FREo-3gvmKNhw$   This podcast can also be found on Apple podcast and similar outlets. 
    By: Madeleine Futter
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