- 26 August 2014
Republished from http://www.pbs.org/pov/bigmen/filmmaker_statement.php
The world of international oil deals is not an easy one to enter with a camera. And I knew no one in the oil business — or in Africa — when I began this film. I started with a pen, a notebook, an idea and a plane ticket to Lagos, Nigeria. But I took the attitude that I could get to anyone if I was careful and patient enough. In the end, I spent almost two years traveling back and forth between West Africa and New York, getting all the necessary permissions to shoot before I ever picked up a camera.
- 03 August 2014
Taking place on the eve of President Obama’s African Leaders Summit, the Empowered Africa Dialogue at Howard University’s Blackburn Center from 9:00-5:30 on Monday, August 4 will provide an alternative space where grassroots citizen-activists, scholars, progressive NGOs and community organizers from Africa and the United States will not only critique significant issues related to US-Africa policy, but also discuss alternative strategies and policies from a progressive and proactive perspective.
- 10 July 2014
International Conference on International Criminal Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: The ICC and Beyond 10th - 12th July, 2014
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) African Peacebuilding Network (APN) with contributions from CDD West Africa and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law are undertaking a joint two-phase program titled International Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: the ICC and Beyond. This programme is founded on the observation that the ICC has captured the imagination of many on the continent and come to represent for various parties either the epitome of many of the things that are wrong with the international justice system or a key instrument in the prevention gross human rights violations in Africa and the insurance of justice for its victims.
- 12 June 2014
Dear Members of the African Studies Association:
We are proud to serve as the co-chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee for the upcoming 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, to be held in Indianapolis from November 20-23, 2014. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana University- Bloomington are pleased to be serving as the local host institutions this year and are joined by Martin, Marion, and Butler Universities in this effort. The members of the LAC have been working diligently over the past year to help publicize the conference and the call for papers to scholars and practitioners of Africa in coordination with the ASA Secretariat. We have sought to expand participation by inviting more students to attend and be exposed to scholarship on Africa. We have also invited politicians, diplomats, members of the broader community, and members of the ecumenical community who have provided support to African countries in a variety of ways through the years. Finally, we have been working assiduously to develop a variety of activities and events to make your visit to Indianapolis an enjoyable and memorable one. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to each and every one of you in November.
- 07 June 2014
By Toyin Falola
It is time to commend our friend and colleague, Smooth, co-curator, and rejoice with him over the overwhelming success of Dak'Art 2014. Smooth and Dak’Art require no introduction, but as I am sending this to thousands of people some of whom do not follow this big event, I plead to art lovers and artists to forgive me for telling them what they already know.