College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Africa @ KU & Beyond


Spring 2019 Events:


Thursday, January 31

FLAS Info Session
Receive tuition support and a stipend for African language study!
Applications for Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-20 fellowships are due February 8, 2019
Reference letters are due February 18, 2018.
Find out more and ask questions at this final info session.
English Room, Kansas Union
4:00-5:30 pm


Wednesday, February 13

Somali Open House
Ecumenical Campus Ministries, ECM, 1204 Oread Ave.

An afternoon of food, dance, and information about Somali culture and language
Refreshments served


Thursday, February 21

Migration in the Heartland
Conference Hall, Hall Center for the Humanities
3:00 - 5:00 pm

A film screening of Strangers in Town followed by a discussion with filmmaker Steve Lerner and Amy Longa of the International Refugee Commission. Longa is featured in this short documentary about how global migration transformed Garden City, Kansas. She will talk about her work with migrants in Kansas.


Friday, February 22

Bridging Health Divides in East Africa
Conference Hall, Hall Center for the Humanities
1:00 - 2:30 pm

An interdisciplinary panel featuring global medical humanities research from KU's first-ever Humanities Lab, ColLAB


Thursday, March 7

Religion and Power in Africa: A Conversation with Ebenezer Obadare
English Room- Kansas Union | 3:00 – 5:00 pm

A conversation with Ebenezer Obadare (Sociology) about his book Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in NigeriaReception to follow


Monday, March 18

Visiting Artist Doreen Garner
Lecture, Marvin Hall Forum, 216 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Demonstration, Chalmers Hall, 315 | 5:300 – 7:00 pm

Doreen Garner creates corporeal sculptures to explore the frequently suppressed and traumatic medical histories of the Black body. Her sculptures are foten incorporated in performances and video works.

Thursday, April 4 and Friday April 5

Beyond Discourse: Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking
Hall Center for the Humanities

This conference will feature panels and presentations by KU faculty and graduate students as well as human trafficking scholars from around the country.
Panelists will discuss critical research methods on human trafficking and related social problems.


Monday April 8

4th Annual KU African Language Festival
Ballroom, Kansas Union
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Celebrate African languages at KU with performances in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof from our entertaining students. Activities include Henna body art, a fashion booth, games, raffle draw, and Arabic calligraphy
Refreshments served


Friday, April 12

9th Annual Graduate Research Workshop
318 Bailey Hall
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

A showcase of junio scholars working on research about Africa and its diaspora with many examining themes of power, memory, and violence
Abstracts due to KASC by March 25, 2019
Lunch and snacks provided


Thursday, April 25

Attaya Session Open House
Bailey 318 
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Join our Wolof language table to learn how to make Senegalese tea called Attaya. Meet Dr. Omar Ka, a specialist in African language instruction.
No knowledge of Wolof required.
Tea and snacks provided.


Wednesday, May 8

Ujamaa Food for Thought: "From Ghandi and Mandela to Democracy in South Africa"
Bailey 318
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Visiting scholar Tony King will discuss the revitalization of a prison in Johannesburg that housed both Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. The complex is now a center of public discourse on human rights and South Africa's authoritarian past that houses the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country.
Free light lunch served.


Fall 2018 Events:


December 5, 2018


"Materiality of Care" 
Rethinking True Love from an
African Epistemic Foundation
Dr. Annabella Osei-Tutu

Bailey Hall 318 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

November 6, 2018


Kansas Room, KU Union | 7:00 pm

November 1-2, 2018


Nov 1: Food, Film & Discussion

Hall Center Conference Hall | 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Nov 2: Arabic Film Screening

Woodruff Auditorium | 4:00 - 7:00 pm

October 25, 2018


"Body Movements: Positioning Sundanese Women in an Age of Empire"

Dr. Marie Grace Brown

KU Department of History

Lied Center Pavillion | 7:30 pm

October 10, 2018


Study in Africa Series II

Dr. Teruna Siahaan

KU School of Pharmacy

Bailey Hall 318 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

September 26, 2018


Study in Africa Series I

Dr. Lisa Ottinger, Mark Best &

KU School of Business Students

Bailey Hall 318 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

September 6, 2018


McLain's Market 1420 Crescent Rd | 4:00 - 5:30 pm



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