Twenty-first century Africa is diverse and urbanizing. It is a continent of rapidly changing countries with hundreds of cultures and languages. This series includes experts who were born in Ethiopia and Benin, have lived in Ghana, who return often to Chad and Kenya. They are authorities on subjects as varied as contemporary Nigerian art; the paradoxes of “warlord democracy;” changes to the landscape that affect people and animals; expanding education; strategies for disease elimination. Join us for a fascinating series.
These lectures are co-sponsored by the Princeton Adult School and the Community Auditing Program of Princeton University’s Office of Community and Regional Affairs.
NOTE: Lectures will be held in the Friend Center Auditorium, William and Olden Streets. Park in lot #10 or 10A between Olden Street and Washington Road. You will receive a course ticket for the entire series at check-in at the first lecture you attend. No prior confirmation will be sent.
March 17: The Transformation of Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
MARLAINE LOCKHEED, Former Acting Director for Education, World Bank
March 24: The Riches of the African Archive: New Knowledge of Early (1300–1900) African Literature
WENDY BELCHER, Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and Department for African American Studies, Princeton University
March 31: Changing Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
C. JESSICA E. METCALF, Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
April 7: Governance in Africa: Historical Roots and Future Prospects
LEONARD WANTCHEKON, Professor, Politics and International Affairs, the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
April 14: African Languages in the 21st Century
FLORIAN LIONNET, Assistant Professor, Program in Linguistics and African Languages, Princeton University
April 21: African Landscapes in Transition
DANIEL I. RUBENSTEIN, Director, Program in Environmental Studies, Princeton Environmental Institute and Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
April 28: African Modernism in America
PERRIN LATHROP, PhD Candidate in Art History, Department of Art & Archeology and African Studies, Princeton University