Category Africana Studies

Séverine Autesserre: The Trouble With The Congo

Social Sciences Forum
Séverine Autesserre: “The Trouble With The Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding”
Wednesday, October 11, 4 – 5 p.m.
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Based on more than 330 interviews and a year and a half of field research, Professor Autesserre develops a case study of international intervention during the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s unsuccessful transition from war to peace and democracy (2003–2006). Grassroots rivalries over land, resources, and political power motivated widespread violence. (Click heading for full description.)

Toyin Falola: The Contemporary African Immigrant Communities in the U.S.

Humanities Forum — W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture
The Contemporary African Immigrant Communities in the U.S.
Toyin Falola, Professor of History, Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Wednesday, November 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

Many citizens of continental Africa now live in the United States. In this talk, celebrated scholar Toyin Falola will discuss how African immigrants create a new, contemporary form of citizenship between the United States and Africa. The lecture will highlight differences in trends, particularly between migration of enforced slavery and voluntary migration. It will point to patterns of cultural transformation that are emerging and the ambiguous future of transnational engagements between the United States and Africa. (Click heading for full description.)