Events


JUL
10
Date:
Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
201 International Center
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University Outreach and Engagement Welcomes:

Siyabulela Mandela:  Re-imagining Africa through the Lenses of Cultural Heritage, African Politics and Youth Activism. 

Siyabulela Mandela is a South African scholar and diplomat from Nelson Mandela University and the former Youth Pioneer at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha.

Ubuntu Dialoges: Tuesday, July 10, 2018; MSU International Center, Rm 201, 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Mandela will engage a conversation with MSU students around student activism, politics, and cultural heritage.

Other sponsors include:  African American and African Studies; Alliance for African Partnership, and the Year of Global Africa.

Contact Tiffany Caesar, MSU Cultural Heritage Fellow:  tiffanycaesar(at)gmail.com

 

AUG
6
Date:
Monday, 06 Aug 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
MSU Main Library
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From Nsukka to Now: The History of African Studies at MSU

August – December 2018 in the MSU Main Library

This exhibit traces the origins and history of African Studies at Michigan State University, beginning with the founding of the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1960. Using material from MSU Libraries' Special Collections, it focuses on three key themes in this history: partnership, innovation, and activism. This exhibit is sponsored by MSUFCU.

SEP
13
Date:
Thursday, 13 Sep 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Rm 201 International Center
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For more than fifty years, Dr. Hartwig has lived in Minnesota, North Carolina and Tanzania as a teacher, researcher, program facilitator and as a writer. She taught at St. Olaf College and North Carolina Central University. The Lutheran College Consortium for Tanzania, an exchange program between several Lutheran colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam was operative for thirty-three years. Mwangaza Education for Parthership ELCA/ELCT is in its twenty first year. She has published four books, the most recent – EDUCATION OF A STRANGER (2014) and LIVING WITH DYING – A FAMILY VOCATION (2017).

The primary documents, letters, pictures and tapes related to ANICETI KITEREZA – A TANZANIAN EPIC, were collected in 1969 when she lived on the island of Ukerewe. During that time, her husband, Gerald Hartwig, assembled oral traditions from the Bakerebe in preparation of writing their history. Kitereza was one of his informants. The Hartwigs published four articles related to Kitereza's novel – Bwana Myombekere na Bibi Bugonoka.

Currently, Dr. Hartwig lives in Roseville, MN. She is mother of four, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of seven.

Date:
Thursday, 13 Sep 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Rm 201 International Center
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About the Speaker

For more than fifty years, Dr. Hartwig has lived in Minnesota, North Carolina and Tanzania as a teacher, researcher, program facilitator and as a writer. She taught at St. Olaf College and North Carolina Central University. The Lutheran College Consortium for Tanzania, an exchange program between several Lutheran colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam was operative for thirty-three years. Mwangaza Education for Parthership ELCA/ELCT is in its twenty first year. She has published four books, the most recent – EDUCATION OF A STRANGER (2014) and LIVING WITH DYING – A FAMILY VOCATION (2017). The primary documents, letters, pictures and tapes related to ANICETI KITEREZA – A TANZANIAN EPIC, were collected in 1969 when she lived on the island of Ukerewe. During that time, her husband, Gerald Hartwig, assembled oral traditions from the Bakerebe in preparation of writing their history. Kitereza was one of his informants. The Hartwigs published four articles related to Kitereza's novel – Bwana Myombekere na Bibi Bugonoka.

Currently, Dr. Hartwig lives in Roseville, MN. She is mother of four, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of seven.

About the Talk

His book Myombekere na Buganoka, received a mere glance in 1945. Yet, when Aniceti Kitereza welcomed an American to his home on the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania in 1969, ordinary began to be transformed to extraordinary. From her forthcoming book – Aniceti Kitereza – A Tanzanian Epic, Dr. Shoonie Hartwig will give glimpses in word and picture of Kitereza's writing, its one of a kind contribution to African literature and the man, a one of a kind lived epic. His novel first written in Kikerebe, is now published in Kiswahili, French, German and English. The story of the publishing process is an epistolary saga. The story of the man places Kitereza and Tanzania at the epic center of African literature.

SEP
27
Date:
Thursday, 27 Sep 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
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Save the dates:  September 27-28, 2018

Details forthcoming

OCT
1
Date:
Monday, 01 Oct 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
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Plans are being made for the Deborah L. Feltz Sport, Exercise and Human Movement Science in Africa Lecture Series to have its inaugural presentation in fall 2018. (Dr. Alison September)

About Deborah Feltz:

"I wanted to be able to give back," said University Distinguished Professor Deborah Feltz prior to retiring from Michigan State University this spring after 37 years of service. "I wanted to help—to be a catalyst for good, collaborative research partnerships that I thought people doing research in any aspect of kinesiology could benefit from." That is why she has established an endowment supporting a new lecture series: the "Deborah L. Feltz Lecture on Sport, Exercise and Human Movement Science in Africa," in the Department of Kinesiology.

The biennial series will help bring an African scholar from a higher education institution to present on a topic connected to physical education, exercise science or public health, among other related areas of study.

Feltz hopes the MSU community will benefit from the series by being exposed to international work, and potentially finding new areas of collaborations and partnerships.

In fact, it was a collaboration that initiated Feltz's connection with the continent in the first place.

 

 

OCT
5
Date:
Friday, 05 Oct 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
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Save Oct. 5-6

Event information forthcoming

 

OCT
18
Date:
Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Rm 201 International Center
MAY
16
Date:
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Time:
All day
Location:
Kellogg Center, MSU
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MSU's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is collaborating with the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) to host the second annual Youth Leadership Summit in East Lansing from May16-18, 2019.

Background At present, 1.8 billion of the world's population are youth between the ages of 10 and 24. Eighty seven percent of these young people live in less developed countries. The energy and innovative capacities of these young people, especially concentrated as they are in countries whose overall populations are more youthful, offer potential for economic prosperity, if invested in. The unprecedented levels of unemployment and disenfranchisement is a critical challenge, one that is no longer a concern for the future. It is here, staring at all of us in the face and worsening the longer we wait to act. Today, it no longer matters where you live, the burdens of unemployment, migration, rising inequality, and decreasing democratization is affecting all of us. For too many, being young means being unemployed, excluded from decision-making, limited in their access to productive resources such as financing and land – and, as a result, more vulnerable to unemployment, poverty and sometimes violence and acts of extremism.

It is in response to this crisis that MSU's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is collaborating with the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) to host the second annual Youth Leadership Summit in East Lansing from July 13-15, 2018. The inaugural Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation summit (YALESI) occurred in Dakar, Senegal in 2016. While the summit was very successful, with over 250 youth in attendance from over 30 countries, one of the major critiques of the event was that the summit did not provide enough opportunities for the youth to operate as full contributors and to fully show-case and express themselves. Young people are asking for a place at the table and have some common recurring requests that the 2018 summit is seeking:

• Infrastructure, such as youth innovation labs and technology hubs to promote skill acquisition within countries

• An enabling environment that promotes youth livelihoods in the agri-food system and other sectors in the broader economy

• A medium to effectively advocate for access to finance, electricity, land, training, and other resources necessary for them to succeed

Goal To create an environment for young leaders to brainstorm, question, challenge, innovate and collaborate on a range of global issues.

Objectives

● To provide a venue for young people to exchange ideas and innovative practices that support the scaling and replication of successful youth-led enterprises.

● To provide a forum for young entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative products and services

● To provide young people with a platform to pitch their business ventures to investors

● To facilitate and equip young people with the tools and networks they need to work together to collectively define their future

● To build the capacity of nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to enable young women and men to be involved in policies and programs that affect their lives and their livelihoods.