Category: Center News

General news about the Center, its affiliated faculty, or related events.

Honoring the Career, Scholarship and Mentorship of Professor Jim McCann

The African Studies Center will celebrate and honor Professor Jim McCann on Friday, December 9, on the occasion of his retirement from Boston University. In addition to his current roles as Professor of History and Associate Director for Development at the African Studies Center, Professor McCann has served as Director of the African Studies Center, […]

Now Accepting 2023 FLAS Fellowship Applications

The ASC is now accepting applications for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for summer 2023 and the 2023-24 academic year! This program supports undergraduate and graduate students who are engaging in the study of any of the several African languages taught at BU, which include Akan Twi, Amharic, Arabic, Igbo, Mandinka, Swahili, Wolof, […]

ASC Publishes New Hausa Ajami Workbook for Public Health

The Boston University African Language Program is pleased to announced that it has published a new workbook in its growing series of Ajami teaching resources: Littafin Koyan Hausa Ajami Don Lafiyar Al-Umma (Hausa Ajami Workbook for Public Health) by Dr. Mustapha Hashim Kurfi.   Dr. Kurfi is a Senior Lecturer at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria, […]

BU African Ajami Project: New Resources

The Boston University NEH Ajami project, led by Prof. Fallou Ngom (PI) and Dr. Daivi Rodima-Taylor (Project Manager), is pleased to share resources developed in the course of its three-year research engagement funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project, Ajami Literacy and the Expansion of Literacy and Islam: The Case of West […]

ASC Awarded $2.4 Million in Title VI Funds

The African Studies Center is thrilled to share that is has been selected for generous support from the US Department of Education through its Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships programs for the 2022-26 funding period. We are excited about our continuing and new initiatives to promote teaching […]

Workshop Connects Ajami Researchers in Discussions of Best Practices

In early July, the ASC hosted a vibrant three-day workshop led by Prof. Fallou Ngom and Dr. Daivi Rodima-Taylor to connect researchers involved in Ajami research in West Africa. Participants included BU African studies faculty, research affiliates, staff, and graduate students as well as members of the Geddes Language Center, African Studies Library, and colleagues […]

Remembering Dr. Jean Hay

It is with great sadness that we inform the African Studies Center community of the passing of former Editor of the International Journal of African Historical Studies, Dr. Margaret Jean Hay. She passed peacefully on July 11, 2022, at age 78, after a long struggle with Alzheimers. At the African Studies Center, Jean is remembered as […]