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Eye on Africa: African Studies Center Weekly Speaker Series. Scroll down to see Speaker information. Full list of speakers: africa.isp.msu.edu
Eye on Africa
The African Studies Center Weekly Speaker Series
For more information on the Eye on Africa series, including a full list of speakers, visit https://africa.isp.msu.edu/programs/eye-africa/
Sep 8, 2022 12:00 PM
Sep 15, 2022 12:00 PM
Sep 22, 2022 12:00 PM
Sep 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Oct 6, 2022 12:00 PM
Oct 13, 2022 12:00 PM
Oct 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Oct 27, 2022 12:00 PM
Nov 3, 2022 12:00 PM
Nov 10, 2022 12:00 PM
Nov 17, 2022 12:00 PM
Nov 24, 2022 12:00 PM
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Dr. Willibroad Dze-Ngwa
Mobilizing International Support for a Return to Peace in Cameroon
Dr. Willibroad Dze-Ngwa is Senior Peace & Conflict Analyst and Founding President of the Heritage Higher Institute of Peace and Development Studies, Yaounde-Cameeroon. He is also Executive Director of the Africa Network against Illiteracy, Conflicts and Human Rights Abuses and current President of Africa for Research in Comparative Education Societies affiliated to the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). Dr. Dze-Ngwa is a UN-trained independent Consultant in Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Reconciliation (DDRR) of ex-combatants of terrorism and violent extremism. His presentation will highlight three main conflict situations in Cameroon including the Boko Haram terrorist activities in the Far North Region, the protracted violent secessionist armed conflicts in Anglophone Cameroon, which is shaking the very foundation of the country’s unity and the situation in the East Region caused by armed conflicts in the Central African Republic.
Matt Lindenberg
The Future of South African Conservation: Local Leadership, Technology, Equitable Education, Combining Forces to Save the Rhino
Matt Lindenberg is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Conservation Corps (GCC), an international nonprofit organization committed to bridging the gap between people and wildlife. GCC was founded on an inherent belief that the conservation of this world's precious wildlife comes directly from working with, and empowering people, specifically the youth bordering protected areas. GCC’s Future Rangers Program now reaches over 10,000 youth bordering the Kruger Park, with a supporting education platform that is set to scale across the continent. South Africa is home to 80% of the world's remaining rhino population. Since 2008, over 8,000 rhinos in the Kruger National Park alone have been poached. Paramilitary operations have drastically increased over the years, but the poaching crisis continues to proliferate, indicating this approach alone is not achieving the intended outcomes.
Oumar Thiam
Once Upon a Crisis: Resilience and Leadership Lessons from African and African American Tales
Dr. Oumar Thiam is a senior Assistant Professor at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal. He has research interests in comparative literature in general and British, African and African American texts and stories in particular. Started with Joseph Conrad’s solitary figures, colonial representations and interracial convergences, his recent publications investigate cultural differences and dialogues through the canal of oral written stories and folktales. Dr. Thiam was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Michigan State University in 2021.
Eric Montgomery
Crossing Currents: Gorovodu and Yewevodu in Contemporary Togo
Dr. Eric J. Montgomery is a Cultural Anthropologist and Assistant Professor at Michigan State University where he serves as the Peace and Justice Adviser; he is also a long-time faculty member in the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University where Professor Montgomery serves as the Saperstein-Lentz Senior Fellow in Peace Studies. He is the co-author of the book “Ethnography of a Vodu Shrine in Southern Togo” (BRILL, 2017), and editor and contributor to “Shackled Sentiments: Memory and Slavery in the African Diaspora” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019). He is also editor and contributor to a forthcoming book “Spirit Service: Vodun and Vodou in the Black Atlantic” (June 2022) Indiana University Press. Montgomery is the director and producer of two films Chasing the Spirit (2012) and African Herbsmen (2014) stemming from ethnographic research into “Voodoo” in Western Africa.
Christopher Tounsel
Christianity is now your tribe: Christian and Ethnic Politics in South Sudan
Christopher Tounsel is the Catherine Shultz Rein Early Career Professor in the College of the Liberal Arts and Assistant Professor of History and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is an historian of modern Sudan, with special focus on race and religion as political technologies. His first book, Chosen Peoples: Christianity and Political Imagination in South Sudan, is forthcoming at Duke University Press. Dr. Tounsel’s scholarship has appeared in numerous journals, including The Journal of African American History, the Journal of Religious History, the Journal of Eastern African Studies, and the Journal of Africana Religions, as well as the popular outlet The Conversation. Support for his research has come from several institutions and organizations including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Council of Overseas American Research Centers, and Doris G. Quinn Foundation.