Past Events

Book Launch of Africa Awakening

Book launch, African Awakening. Special Guest Speaker: Firoze Manji, an editor of African Awakening from Pambazuka in Oxford. Guest Speakers: Amy Kallander, Assistant History Prof. Pan African Studies  Graduate Students: Courtney Sargent, Fred Otieno, and Muoki Mbunga. This event will be chaired by Dr. Micere Giathe Mugo, Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence from the African American Studies Dept. at Syracuse University.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 5:00pm in Maxwell Auditorium.

The Eduardo Mondlane Brown Bag Lecture Series

"Neoliberalism and Livelihood Change in Western Kenya."

Naomi Shanguhyia, Geography Doctoral Candidate in the Geology and Geography Department in West Virginia University.

Sims Hall, Rm. 313, the Atrium. Wednesday, April 4th 4:00pm-5:30pm

Dr. Horace Campbell introducing visitors at 2008 AI Reception; PAS classes of 2008 and 2009; and visitors at 2008 AI Reception.

Eduardo Mondlane Brownbag Lecture Series

Speaker: Ann Adams, Professor Emerita

Africana Studies Department, Cornell University

& Former Director of the Du Bois Center, Accra, Ghana

Topic: "Kwame Nkrumah & The Du Boises: Implications of Ghana

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012

Time: 5pm to 6:30pm

Place: Sims 319, The Atrium

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

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September 9, 2010

  • Africa Initiative Reception; Guest Speaker, Micere Githae Mugo, Affirming Indigenous African Sites of Knowledge: Possible Theoretical and Methodological Paradigms

The Eduardo Mondlane Brown Bag Lecture Series

October 22, 2010

  • Dr. Efemini Andrew, University of Virginia, Topic: The Politics of Nigeria and the Development of the Niger Delta Region

November 11 2010

  • Charlie Tuthill, Syracuse University (PhD candidate and AAS External Fellow), Community Forest Management in Mozambique; and Solomon Mungure, SUNY ESF (PhD candidate), The Dynamics of Conflict in Illegal Diamond Dealing in Chiadzwa Zimbabwe

December 3, 2010

  • Dr. Tanya Solomon, University of Illinois, Chicago, Balancing Acts: African American Youths' Constructions of Science Learner Identities

February 4, 2011

  • Spring Reception; Keynote, Dr. Amy Kallander, Syracuse University, Tunisia’s Revolution: Towards Dignity, democracy and Human Rights

March 10, 2011

  • Dr. Micere Githae Mugo, Syracuse University, The Crisis of Rape as a Weapon of War in the Congo

March 24 2011

  • International Visiting Scholars from North Africa, Maxwell Civic Education and Leadership FellowsDr. Mohamed Behnassi, Dr. Ouamouch Halima, and Dr. Hakim Hassan, Africa: Bridging the North and Sub Saharan Divide

April 7 2011

  • Dr. Martin Shanghyia, Syracuse University, Africa's Engagement with Global Environmental Politics: Some Thoughts on Challenges and Opportunities in Historical and Recent Times 

Symposia and Conferences  

  • October 26, 2010: Who’s Been Telling Our Story? W.E.B. DuBois and 100 Years of The Crisis; Keynote, Jabari Asim, current editor of The Crisis magazine; co-sponsored with the Newhouse School.  
  • December 10, 2010: International Human Rights Celebration; Guest Speaker, Jerome Verdier, 
  • February 1-28, 2011:Black History Month 2011 at Beauchamp Library (press here a pdf of the full event listsing).

Community Engagement  

  • The Africa Initiative emphasizes the building of relationship between our work in the academy and the expanding Pan-African community in Upstate New York. Our activities, programs and goals remain in tandem with Syracuse University’s stated commitment to Scholarship in Action, a holistic educational approach that commits scholars and students to an awareness of, and a connectedness with the immediate community that surrounds the university. Towards this end, A.I. works closely with community organizations, like the Pan-African Community of Central New York (PACCNY) that brings together many nationality-based community organizations. Similarly, the Africa Initiative join hands with the Onondaga County’s Beauchamp Library in events that target the youth and adults, including public lectures on topical issues delivered by SU faculty, students as well as invited guests whenever resources may allow. Other partners in the past have included the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the African Students Union (ASU).

Refugee Literacy Program  

  • The city of Syracuse and Central New York in general has become home to many resettled refugees from many parts of the world in the past decade. The refugee population has continued to rise as the city remains one of the preferred destinations for these new Americans from Liberia, Burundi, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). However, the literacy rates among most families are very low and the children often require remedial help with their schoolwork. Towards this end the Africa Initiative has partnered with the Syracuse University School of Education and the African Students Union to provide much-needed tutoring services to help the young people in English Language and Mathematics and to help them adjust to life in America’s educational institutions. Africa Initiative.

September 2009

  • Africa Initiative Reception

October 2009, 29-31

  • Zimbabwe: Healing, Reconciliation and Reconstruction (Symposium)

January 15, 2010 

  • Spring Reception 

February 24, 2010

  • Dr. Eva Tagoe-Darko, The Neglected Role of Traditional Teachings and Practices for Child Health in Ghana

April 8-10, 2010

  • Africa and China: The Search for a Mutually Beneficial Relationship (Symposium) 

September 2008

  • Africa Initiative Reception

October 21-22

Africa Week

  • In partnership with the Africa Student Union (ASU), A.I. hosted campus wide events to celebrate the Africa Week, including bringing to Syracuse University Thomas Mapfumo, the Zimbabwean artist whose music on social justice and criticism of Robert Mugabe’s administration earned him exile:
  • Public Dialogue (October 21), Thomas Mapfumo and Dr. Micere Mugo, Syracuse University, Topic: African Culture and Liberation
  • Mapfumo Concert (October 22)

Congo Week

  • A.I. partnered with the Congolese Community in Central New York and the Africa Students Association to celebrate the Congo Week. This occasion was marked at Syracuse University by hosting a public lecture by a keynote speaker, screening and entertainment activities. The day’s events included the screening of a documentary on the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, a dance by Congolese children, as well as a speech by Cyprien Mihigo as representative of the Congolese Community in Central New York. The keynote speech was delivered by the distinguished Congolese Scholar Dr. Nzongola Georges, Professor of Political Science at North Carolina Hill. Having delivered on his chosen topic of “From Lumumba ion in the Congo,” a question‐answer and open discussion followed.


The Eduardo Mondlane Brown Bag Lecture Series

November 11

  • Dr.Salah Hassan, Cornell University, Topic: the Darfur crisis

January 15, 2009

  • Spring Reception

January 22-23, 2009

  • Symposium on Obama and Africa: Which Way; Keynote (on health and wellness), Dr. Patricia Rodney, Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Director of the Master of Public Health Program (co-collaborators: Center for African Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, and A.I.)

February 19, 2009

  • Dr. Jeremy Keenan, author of “The Dark Shadow: America’s War on Terror in Africa” and Dr. Abdi Samatar, University of Minnesota, Theme: “Fabricating Terrorism in Africa.”

April 2009

  • 33rd Annual New York Africa Studies Association (NYASA) Conference, hosted by A.I. at Syracuse University

A.I. in the Community (January 24, 2009)

  • In collaboration with the Pan‐African Community of Central New York (PACCNY), A.I hosted a community conversation along the theme of Celebrating Change and Making it Real: Assessing efforts for peace, social justice and reparations” during which Patricia Daley, a Professor of geography at Oxford University, UK, spoke on how to answer President Barack Obama’s Call for Change. She expressed hope for a new American policy regarding the violence in Africa. The event was held on Saturday, January 24, 2009,at the Community Folk Art Center in downtown Syracuse, a facility owned and operated by the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University. It brought together local artists, community members and leaders, faculty, staff, and students, and was moderated by Professor Horace Campbell, the Director of the Africa Initiative and Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Syracuse University. Participants included members of both Syracuse University and Syracuse community.

Black History Month Activities at Beauchamp Library (February 7-28, 2009)

  • The Africa Initiative partnered with the Onondaga County Library system to hold a series of events to mark the 2009 Black History Month in February. Among other partners include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the African Students Union, and the Caribbean Students Association.