African Studies hosts a regular brown bag series at the University of Illinois campus every Wednesday from noon to 1 pm in the International Studies Building. It is open to the public and all are welcome to bring their lunch and attend these sessions.
It is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to learn about the research and work that other Africanists are undertaking.
For scholars working on new material or preparing a publication, dissertation, or thesis, the venue provides an environment to present your material amongst colleagues and friends and get supportive feedback.
For attendees, the series is a means to learn about other people's research and work. It is also an opportunity to expand your African studies networks within the UIUC community and beyond.
Fall 2013 Brown Bags (Click here)
“Nigerian Students at the University of Illinois: Transition, Support, and Identity”
Ifeyinwa Uchechi Onyenekwu--Doctoral student in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership
“The Official and Private Archives of a South African Immigration Officer: Understanding the Immigration Bureaucracy and the Chief Immigration Officer, Clarence Wilfred Cousins (1905-1916)”
Uma Mesthrie--Professor, University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa and Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois
“Shea Butter Production as an Income Generating Activity for Women in Rural Africa: Solving the Paradox of Paradoxes”
Julia Bello-Bravo--Assistant Director, Illinois Strategic International Partnerships Â
“Arabic in the United States: Current Challenges and Future Prospects”
Eman Saadah--Language Coordinator of Arabic; Lecturer of Linguistics
“State Violence and Hypermasculinity Undermining Family Well-Being: An Africana Feminist Analysis of Maternal and Child Health in Zimbabwe”
Assata Zerai--Associate Professor of Sociology
"The Scramble for Africa’s Renewable Energy Resources”
Brian Dill--Assistant Professor of Sociology
“Diasporic Islam and Anti-Slavery Movements: The African Muslim Uprising in Bahia as DebatedÂ by Brazil’s Press, 1835-1838”
Jose Cairus--Visiting Lecturer, Brazilian Studies, Department of Foreign Languages
For information on past brown bags please go to: Archive of Past Events: Brown Bag Lectures and Events