105) Up Close and Personal: Africa

Join the Adult School’s deep dive into Africa’s rapidly evolving cultural, environmental, and political realities guided by scholars, some of whom have lived under Apartheid and frequently return to their home countries to stay abreast of those realities. With 54 sovereign countries, and the second largest population as well as continental landmass, Africa, historically and currently, demands a closer look.    Our experts will share their research on a range of subjects including: the paradoxes of “warlord democracy”; contemporary Nigerian art; environmental changes that affect people and animals; expanding education; and, strategies for disease elimination.

Topics and Speakers:

Mar 9: The Terrorist Album: Apartheid’s Insurgents, Collaborators, and the Security Police; Jacob S. T. Dlamini, Assistant Professor, History Department, Princeton University

Mar 16: The Transformation of Education in Sub-Saharan Africa; Marlaine E. Lockheed, Former Acting Director for Education, World Bank 

Mar 23: The End of American Exceptionalism and the Question of Foreign Aid: Who Needs More Help?; Carolyn Rouse, Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University   

Mar 30: Changing Dynamics of Infectious Diseases; C. Jessica Metcalf, Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University  

Apr 6: Governance in Africa: Historical Roots and Future Prospects; Leonard Wantchekon, Professor, Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Apr 13: African Languages in the 21st Century; Florian Lionnet, Assistant Professor, Program in Linguistics and African Languages, Princeton University 

Apr 20: African Landscapes in Transition; Daniel Rubenstein, Director, Program in Environmental Studies and Professor, Ecology & Environmental Biology, Princeton University 

Apr 27: African Modernism in America; Perrin Lathrop, PhD candidate in Art History, Department of Art & Archeology Department, Princeton University 

May 4: Africa and the Atlantic Entanglement; Simon Gikande, Robert Schirmer Professor and Chair, English Department, Princeton University 


Additional Information:
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