Department News

News from the African/African American Studies department

  • Career Kickstarter: A Workshop Seminar

    December 5, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Career Kickstarter is a 4-week workshop seminar series for seniors who are seeking a job post-graduation. In the seminar we review various job searching skills, to help with a job search now and in the future.


  • The Program

    Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Cairo.

    Working at AUC

    Interns work full-time in one of seven university offices, such as the Office of the President and Office of Communications, which provide opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and substantive work. At the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment, I recently returned from conducting fieldwork for agricultural and community development projects in desert oasis communities.


    Program benefits include a monthly living stipend, faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.


    We have traditionally accepted a diverse array of students, including those with no background in Arabic or Middle Eastern Studies. Interested students should visit our website for more information on the program and how to apply. They can also visit our Facebook page and blog. The application is due January 15, 2015.  Contact with any questions.

  • The African Studies Review Distinguished Lecture

           "Integrated Yet Marginalized: Global Governance and African Development"

          Delivered by Léonce Ndikumana,
                  Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics,
             University of Massachusetts at Amherst 
                Saturday, November 22,  2014   1:30 pm-2:30 pm 


    The African Studies Review together with the ASA Board launched a distinguished lecture in 2011 featuring state of the art research in African Studies.

    Léonce Ndikumana is the Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also Director of the African Development Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). He is a recipient of the 2013 UMass Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity and was nominated as Spotlight Scholar also in 2013. He is a Member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy and an Honorary Professor of economics at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He served as Director of Research and Operational Policy at the African Development Bank, and Chief of Macroeconomic Analysis at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Ndikumana's research specialization is in macroeconomics and economic development with a focus on: external debt and capital flight, financial markets and growth, macroeconomic policies for growth and employment, and the economics of conflict and civil wars in Africa. He is co-author of Africa's Odious Debt: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent, published also in French as La Dette Odieuse d'Afrique: Comment l'endettement et la fuite des capitaux ont saigné un continent, in addition to dozens of academic articles and book chapters on African development and Macroeconomics. Léonce Ndikumana is a graduate of the University of Burundi and received his doctorate in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Weitz Fellows Program

    October 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

    The Weitz Fellows Program will provide one-year jobs for seven Carleton 2015 grads at seven nonprofit organizations in Omaha and Lincoln, NE.

    Positions are paid, include benefits and funding for professional development, and will provide exposure to all aspects of the organization.

    This is an unmatched opportunity for anyone interested in beginning a career in arts management, non-profit management, or social change.

    Info session: Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon-1:00, Weitz Center for Creativity, room 236

     Participating Organizations:

    Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest

    Nebraska Appleseed is an advocacy organization working for justice and opportunity in Nebraska via legal, policy, and civic engagement work.  They focus on economic justice, healthcare access, child welfare, immigrants and communities.  Fellows will participate in creating active legislation alongside a staff of attorneys, policy specialists, and community organizers.

    Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

    Planned Parenthood of the Heartland provides comprehensive sexuality education and advocacy, as well as reproductive healthcare.  The fellow will provide exposure and project management experience in development, advocacy and organizing, education, and health services.

    OpenSky Policy Institute

    OpenSky Policy Institute focuses on policy related to budget and taxation, particularly as pertains to low and middle-income families.  They work closely with the legislature and governor’s office.  The primary audience is lawmakers and media, and the work is bipartisan with a focus on data.  The fellow will conduct research and analysis on state budget and tax policies, produce reports for policy makers, and develop expertise in policy areas.

    University of Nebraska, Omaha Service Learning Academy

    The Service Learning Academy is an office within University that supports university faculty and students, P-12 teachers and students, and community partners in the development and implementation of quality service learning courses and projects. Work will involve collaborating with partners and projects, assisting with program administration and management, as well as analyzing data on impact.

    Women’s Fund of Omaha

    Women’s Fund of Omaha focuses on research, grants, and advocacy around issues facing women and girls in their communities.  They provide grant funding to service providers, advocate for policy change, and influence dynamic change within the community.  Fellow will assist with research, policy development, communications, and donor and volunteer relations.  Research areas include: economic conditions, domestic violence, and challenges facing girls.

    Opera Omaha

    Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches thousands from elementary school through adulthood.  Fellow will work with all areas of arts management, with rotations in marketing, fundraising, production, and community engagement.  Fellow will also gain exposure to rehearsal and mounting of a new opera production.

    Joslyn Art Museum

    The Joslyn Art Museum features European and American collections, and is renowned for its collection of art of the American West.  Fellow will work closely with staff on projects related to the Museum's permanent collection, its temporary exhibitions, and its public programs, and will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of museum operations, including curatorial, collections, protection, education, retail services, outreach, development and marketing.

  • Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers on "Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone"

    Sunday, September 21


    Minneapolis Institute of Art

    Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, curator of African Art and head of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the MIA, offers insights into “Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone,” a new exhibition featuring 75 artworks collected by William Siegmann, a Minneapolis native and former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Covering a period from the 15th to the late 20th centuries, the exhibition provides an overview of the region’s traditional art forms such as masks, wooden and stone statuary, metalwork, and textiles.

    Musu Bryant-Bah, a local community leader from West Africa, will join Grootaers at the end of his talk to address the current situation in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and the impact of Ebola.

    $10; $5 MIA members; free to African Art Affinity Members. To register, call (612) 870-6323

  • 30 Min. Session with Trustee Margaret Simms

  • African Studies Assoc News

    June 8, 2012 at 10:46 am



  • CFP: Africana Annual, new journal

    April 26, 2012 at 10:10 am
  • Professor Harry Williams, Black History Month event in Beijing.

    Black History Month event with U.S. Ambassador Locke and History alum Claire Du '08