Boston University to Host 46th Annual African Studies Association Conference on Youthful Africa

in BU In the Community, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases
October 2nd, 2003

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston, Mass.) — At the start of the new millennium, Africa is the most “youthful” continent in the world with approximately 50 percent of its population below the age of 18 years. Despite devastating constraints such as AIDS, war, and poverty, Africa’s youth population is expected to continue growing.

In a year marking the 50th anniversary of African studies at Boston University, the African Studies Center at the University will host a conference from October 30 through November 2, “Youthful Africa in the 21st Century.” This event will bring together an assembly of distinguished Africanists from around the world to discuss current political hot spots in Africa, such as politics, civil war, and U.S.-African relations and their effect on Africa, past, present, and future.

Through a series of sessions, panels, and roundtable discussions, participants will reflect on the implications of the significant challenges facing African youth from a range of disciplines such as art and music to sociology and anthropology to political science and economics.

Wande Abimbola, professor of religion at Boston University and an expert in Ifa divination, will deliver the convocation, as well as the 2003 Bashorun M. K. O. Abiola lecture. Former Zambian President and first Lloyd G. Balfour President-in-Residence at Boston University, Kenneth Kaunda, will deliver welcoming remarks as well. All sessions are open to the media.

Interested media are asked to RSVP by Oct 13 to Tom Testa at 617/353-2240 or by e-mail at to arrange press credentials. For further information on the conference, the preliminary program, and logistical details, see

Event:Youthful Africa in the 21st Century
46th Annual African Studies Association Meeting

Dates:Thursday, October 30 – 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, October 31 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, November 1 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 2 – 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Place:Sheraton Boston Hotel, Prudential Center, Grand Ballroom, Level 2
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA

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