African Studies Department Newsletter October 18 23, 2005

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African Studies Department Newsletter

October 18 - 23, 2005


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African Studies Graduate Student Association

Monday, October 31, 2005 – ASGSA Meeting – Graduate Lounge

4pm in the Graduate Lounge on the 4th floor of the Howard Center


Department/University News and Events

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 – Zimbabwe: A Model for the Future of Africa? – Blackburn Center

7-9pm @ the Gallery Lounge Blackburn Center

A Positive Action Educational Forum

Invited Speaker: A representative from the Embassy of Zimbabwe

Other Panelists: Representatives from A-APRP, Pan-African Liberation Organization (PALO), SALSA, African Studies Department and HUASA

Sponsored by the Howard University African Students Association and the All African People’s Revolutionary Party


Saturday, October 29, 2005 – African Fashion Show – Blackburn Center

2-4pm @ the Ballroom, Blackburn Center

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Katrina Relief

For ticket information please call: 301-257-6176 or 240-398-9927



Friday, October 21, 2005 - Special Briefing with the U.N. Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa – Woodrow Wilson Center

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. @ Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

The Wilson Center you to a Special Briefing by members of the United Nations' Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (CHGA). This forum is a first-ever opportunity to have an informal discussion of findings and proposed recommendations from the CHGA, who will publish their final report late next month.


The CHGA represents the first instance in which the continent most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic has taken the lead in an effort to assess the long-term impact of the AIDS pandemic on African government capacity and economic development; to sensitize African governments and their citizens, and their international partners to the scale, gravity and nature of this threat; and to mobilize political will among all African stakeholders for the policy decisions and programs required to address human resource capacity requirements and the scaling up of effective treatment.


Participants will include K.Y. Amoako, Chairman of the CHGA and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, H.E. Pascoal Mocumbi, Patron of the CHGA and former Prime Minister of Mozambique, and economist and CGHA Research Director Nana Poku.


Friday, October 21, 2005 - "Africa Cultural Day" – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ UPENN. Hamilton Rooftop Lounge. 3901 Locust Walk


Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 1st Annual African Against Cancer "5K Walk-a-Thon " - Wheaton, MD

9:00 AM @ Wheaton Regional Park. 2000 Shorefield Park, Wheaton, MD

Presented by African Women's Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA)

9:00 am Pre-registration check in and event Day registration begin.

10:00 a.m. WALKATHON begins


Cost: Event Day registration is $10 for all

Pre-register online or by mail until FRIDAY OCTOBER 21st, @ 5pm


For more info, please visit

"Event planning courtesy of NenyéProductions"

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Saturday, October 22, 2005 – Global Gulu Walk for Children of Northern Uganda – Washington, DC

In northern Uganda, 40,000 children walk up to 10 miles nightly from their homes in camps for the displaced to the relative safety of towns, where they sleep on sidewalks, in parks, and in tents to avoid nighttime attacks by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. If these "night commuters" stayed in their homes, they would risk abduction by the LRA. The rebel group has abducted more than 30,000 children and forced them to become child soldiers over the last two decades of this war.


Called the world's "worst neglected humanitarian crisis" by the UN, finding peace in northern Uganda has been elusive due to a lack of focus from the international community. The GuluWalk is the first step to changing that.


On October 22nd, tens of thousands of people will march in more than 40 cities around the globe--from Seattle to Ottawa to London to Beijing to Uganda itself--to participate in this Global GuluWalk to call for an end to this tragic war.


In Washington, DC, walkers will meet at the Ugandan Embassy at 3:30, walk 4 miles to Lafayette Park across from the White House, and hold a vigil from 6:30-7:30. Staying overnight to walk back to the embassy at 5AM the following morning--as the children do every morning--is optional. Check the website for more details.


The many speakers at the event will include members of Congress, human rights advocates who have just returned from northern Uganda, and children who will read testimonies from their peers in northern Uganda. Participants will also be able to learn more about how to contribute to peacebuilding and relief for the children in Uganda.

Directions: Several Metrobus lines serve the 16th and 14th Street corridors. Check to find more.


If you drive, feel free to use Carter Barron pavilion in Rock Creek Park at the 5400 block of 16th Street to park.




Sunday, October 23, 2005 - Fashion Fundraiser for Africa - University of Maryland Inn & Conference Center (Adelphi, MD)

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM @ the University of Maryland Inn & Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard, Adelphi, MD The African & American Women’s Association (AAWA) hosts a delicious luncheon program to raise funds in an effort to continue its local and international charitable work. The fundraiser celebrates the theme "Honoring The Past Today By Preparing For The Future". Tickets are $50 and available through AAWA members August 15th.


The African and American Women's Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of closer relationships and understanding between women of Africa and the Americas through cultural, educational, charitable, and social activities. AAWA enjoys a longstanding relationship in the Washington, DC community and African communities and has won praise for its social and charitable activities, particularly its support of other non-profit organizations. AAWA members who include Ambassadors wives, museum curators, educators, physicians, lawyers, business professionals, and community leaders look forward to guests joining their caring spirit at their 2005 Luncheon Fundraiser.


Guests will be serenaded by the breezy sounds of a Caribbean steel drum, while enjoying a delectable meal of Yellowtail Snapper, Chicken Tuscany, or Angel Hair Pasta with a Fresh Sliced Tomato Sauce. The luncheon program continues with the magnificent Ambassador Shirley Barnes as Guest Speaker. The esteemed Dr. Wilma Bonner, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction for DC Public Schools, will be the afternoon's MC. Distinguished guests include Ambassador Barbara Masekela of the U.S. Embassy of South Africa, Candice Cason, wife of TransAfrica Forum President Bill Fletcher, and Mrs. Michelle Fenty, wife of DC Ward 4 Councilmember and Mayoral Candidate Adrian Fenty.


Among the afternoon's activities is the Raffle Spectacular. First prize is four hours of luxury limousine service, courtesy of LA Executive Services. Second prize is an African Ornament Basket from Zawadi's Fine Gifts. The third prize is a pair of tickets to "Born Yesterday", Arena Stage's play about scandalous, Washington, DC. Fourth prize is the Got It Goin' On Empowerment Series for Girls by Essence Award winning author, Janice Ferebee. Raffle Spectacular proceeds go towards famine relief in Niger.


The Luncheon Fundraiser's finale presents a haute couture tea room fashion show, produced by vibrant designer, Dana Greaves, featuring Micmac Bis, Artistic Aya, Target featuring Isaac Mizrahi, Pape Aw, Nuven DaSilva, Khismet Wearable Art, Corjor International, Stella Bleu, Mezuri, and Eliam Arts, all encompassing the program's theme. Following the show, guests can shop at over 15 unique boutiques, and parting gifts include CD's by world-renowned South African entertainer, Jonathan Butler, Warm Spirit spa products, world music CD's, Universal Colors cosmetics with posh Cultural medical spa services, and mementos.


Generous participants in the African & American Women's Association's 2005 Luncheon Fundraiser are Saks Fifth Avenue, Rendezvous Entertainment, Where Dreams Come True, Roger Miller Restaurant, Aleysha R. Proctor - Warm Spirit Executive, Sankofa International, and DC MD & VA Operation Crossroads Africa Alumni Association.


Contact an AAWA member or the following for tickets: Elizabeth Banks (202) 882-8263 June Bland (202) 723-4986 Rosita Ellis (202) 291-4518 Eleanor Neal-Ehanire (410) 381-9987 Odessa Woods-Mathews (301) 596-4462


Monday, October 24 2005 - New Scholarship in Race and Ethnicity: African-American Women’s Mental Health and Politics – Woodrow Wilson Center

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ Woodrow Wilson Center, Conference Room, 5th floor. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Melissa Harris Lacewell, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Center of the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, University of Chicago, speaker; commentators Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Director, Women’s Research & Resource Center, Spelman College; Julia Boyd, Clinical Psychotherapist and Author.


Saturday, October 29, 2005 - Miss Africa International Pageant - Warner Theatre

8 p.m. @ Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Information: 202-397-7328


Saturday, November 5th, 2005 - 2ND Annual African Women's Cancer Awareness Gala - Greenbelt, MD

7pm-12am @ Martin's Crosswinds. 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, MD

Hosted by Angelique Shofar, Executive Producer of 89.3fm's "AFRICA MEETS AFRICA" & ATTORNEY Margaret Dureke


2005 guests of honor include:

Mrs. Onyeka Owenuh, Dr. Dora Nkem Akunyili, Director General (NAFDAC), African Ambassadors Wives Club, Bishop Darlingston G. Johnson, Mass international media, and most importantly, CANCER SURVIVORS !!




Thursday, November 10, 2005 – Graduate School Fair - George Washington University

4:00 to 7:00 @ George Washington University, on the 3rd floor of the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW.

At this fair you'll have the opportunity to meet with admission staff from a variety of graduate programs oriented toward the public good.


These include Master's and PhDs in Social Work, Public Administration, International Affairs, Education, Public Policy, Public Health, and Public Interest Law.


For more information, and to register (it's free), please go to:



2005 –2006 – Ubuntu: The Essence of South Africa – Philadelphia, PA

An International House Philadelphia Celebration

Ubuntu is a South African ethic or ideology focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other. Just as ubuntu is seen as one of the founding principles of the new republic of South Africa, so too could it be used to describe the mission and practices of International House Philadelphia. Thus Ubuntu is a fitting title for our year long celebration of the people, history and culture of South Africa.


Friday, October 21 at 7:00pm - Siliva the Zulu

dir. Attilio Gatti, Italy/Zululand, 1927, BetaSP, 60 mins, b/w, silent w/ live musical accompaniment

Musical accompaniment by Themba Tana

In the annals of African cinema, Siliva the Zulu is a landmark. In 1927, Italian director and explorer Attilio Gatti traveled to Zululand, where he devised a script filled with love, hate, intrigue and adventure. He chose to shoot in a rural community, and as a result, Siliva stands virtually alone as an authentic record of Zulu life and culture at that time. Siliva will be presented with live music composed and performed by Themba Tana, a South African Canadian.

$7.00 General Admission; $5.00 Members, Students and Seniors. Available in advance at or one hour before showtime at the Box Office.


Saturday, October 22 at 11:00am - African Drumming Workshop with Themba Tana

Explore the rhythms of South Africa and the world beyond in this intimate workshop with international recording artist Themba Tana. Originally from South Africa Tana has trekked all over the world, collecting stories, instruments and music. Tana will be performing live on Friday, October 21, accompanying Siliva the Zulu.

Free Admission; participation will be limited.

To reserve your space, call 215.895.6543 or email


Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm - In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid

dir. Peter Davis, Canada, 1994, BetaSP, 112 mins, color and b/w

Introduced by director Peter Davis

Almost from the beginning of cinema, filmmakers have looked at the continent of Africa with a mixture of fear and fascination, prejudice and contempt. South Africa, with its fabulous mineral wealth, exotic locations, and white settlers, attracted scores of movie makers. Now, with the era of white rule finished, In Darkest Hollywood asks, “What was the role of cinema during the 45 year reign of apartheid?” Through a mosaic of feature, documentary, and propaganda films, with commentary by writers, directors and actors, some of whom supported apartheid, and others who fought to destroy it, Peter Davis award winning film turns the lens towards the filmmakers and the society they so often misunderstood and misrepresented.


Preceded by


dir. Peter Davis, Canada/South Africa, 1997, BetaSP, 54 mins, color

One of the legacies of apartheid is a two-tiered health system that heavily favors the white population. Inyangas and sangomas – the traditional healers – have always been regarded with suspicion by practitioners of Western medicine. New efforts to integrate traditional healers into primary health care, nutritional education, and AIDS work holds some promise for a public health system under siege. Sangoma explores how homeopathy and holistic healing are gaining acceptance in South Africa as therapeutic concepts which make no distinction between mind and body, individual and society.

$7.00 General Admission; $5.00 Members, Students and Seniors. Available in advance at or one hour before showtime at the Box Office.


Thursday, October 27 at 6:30pm - Memoirs

Ahmed Kathrada, Nelson Mandela prison confidante debuts Memoirs at the National Constitution Center

Arrested and charged with treason in South Africa, Ahmed Kathrada spent nearly 27 years imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. Kathrada will speak about his autobiography, Memoirs, and hold a book signing in an event co-sponsored by International House Philadelphia.

Free Admission. The National Constitution Center is located at 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia.


Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00pm - Growing up Under Apartheid

Moderated by Richard Stengel, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center

Join us as we hear from three South Africans – white, black and colored – on what it meant to grow up under apartheid, what daily life was like, and how life has changed since the system was dismantled.

Free admission.


For more information:



Beginning October 14, 2005 - The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till – Landmark E-Street & Loews Magic Johnson

Keith A. Beauchamp's extraordinary film is the culmination of a 10-year investigation to uncover the details behind the nightmarish 1955 Mississippi murder of Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth who was slain by two white men for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Abducted, severely beaten, and finally thrown into the Tallahatchie River with a weight fastened around his neck with barbed wire, Emmett Till's murder sparked the black resistance of the South, better known to many as the American Civil Rights Movement. The film has led to a national effort to investigate new evidence and witnesses to the murder.


Thursday, October 20, 2005 - Film Screening: "Desert Ark" - SAIS

4:30 p.m. @ SAIS, Rome Building Auditorium. 1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

Members of the SAIS community and the public are invited to a screening of the film "Desert Ark." The film has English and Arabic subtitles. For more information, contact Shawnetta Jackson at 202.663.5676.


Sunday, October 30, 2005 - Ndeysaan (The Price of Forgiveness) – Museum of African Art

2 p.m. @ The National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue, SW. Lecture Hall, Sublevel 2

Director Mansour Sora Wade adapts Mbissane Ngom´s novel to explore the uneasy coexistence of past and present felt by many Africans in the 21st century (Senegal, 2002, 90 min., in Lébou with English subtitles).


Film Festivals

November 17-20, 2005 - New African Films Festival – Busboys & Poets

BUSBOYS AND POETS, 2021 14th Street, NW

TransAfrica Forum, afrikafé, and BET Jazz present: New African Films Festival


*Featuring new documentaries and dramas from Africa.*

Call 202.223.1960 ext. 137

For more information to come.


February 9 - 20, 2006 - 14th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival - Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (California)

The 14th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) will take place from at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (BHCP). Situated at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevards, the 820,000 square foot, art deco, regional mall is located in the heart of the Los Angeles, middle-class Black community. Anchor stores include Sears, Robinson-May and Wal-Mart. The Magic Johnson Theatres are also on the Plaza grounds. There is ample free parking.


PAFF is the largest Black History Month event in the United States. The Artist Market will showcase only fine art, sculpture and photography, unique handmade crafts, home furnishings, designer jewelry, designer fashions and accessories that highlight the artistry and beauty of the African aesthetic. In addition to the Artist Market, the Pan African Film Festival is the largest and most prestigious Black Film Festival in North America. Over one hundred fifty (150) new black films from around the world will be exhibited. PAFF also features musical performers, poets and performance artists. Past Art Market have attracted over 150,000 people over the 12-day event.



Call for Papers

The Developmental State in Africa

The Center for Policy Studies of Johannesburg and Partners -in-Development, Cairo are very pleased to announce the launching of a research project entitled "The Developmental State in Africa" which examines challenges, successes and failures of the attempts by African states to pursue goals of democracy, economic development and nation-building. The concept of the developmental state is the central organizing concept in this research program as outlined in the research document available at : or at PID Research Manager's website :


We would appreciate very much expression of interest from African scholars in joining this program by writing or forming a team to write one of the papers identified in this document. Paper writers will be invited to present their papers in regional conferences as well as in the concluding conference of this project, expected to last for two years. All contributions to this project will be reviewed by eminent African scholars before they are accepted for participation. Papers should be of 9000-12000 words of length, very well documented and of such a good quality as to be published in credible scholarly journals.

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