Category: Center News

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

ASC Welcomes New Director, Amb. (ret.) Mark Storella

To the Scholars, Staff, Affiliates and Friends of BU’s African Studies Center: It is a great honor to succeed Michael Woldemariam as Director of Boston University’s African Studies Center.  ASC is the jewel in the crown of the Pardee School of Global Studies and is a national resource for African language training, documentation, research publication […]

Repatriating a Centuries-Old Ethiopian Psalter

In late May 2022 BU ASC Fulbright Scholar Dr. Masresha Fetene will be carrying a smoky leather-bound Ethiopian Ge’ez language psalter from Boston to the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University for preservation and study in its venerable manuscript collection. That volume was originally in my possession and how it came to Boston […]

ASC Hosts Fulbright-Hays Teachers Heading to Morocco

From June 9 through June 11, the African Studies Center hosted a pre-departure orientation (PDO) for 16 US high school teachers ahead of their participation in a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad to Morocco, “Education in Morocco—An Evolving Landscape.” The seminar in Morocco is led by the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational & Cultural Exchange (MACECE), the Moroccan Fulbright […]

United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard (CAS ’84) visited the Pardee School and African Studies Center

On April 6, 2022, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University hosted United States Ambassador to Nigeria and BU alumna Mary Beth Leonard (CAS ’84) for a Policy Leaders Forum on U.S. diplomacy in Nigeria. Following the forum, Amb. Leonard visiting the African Studies Center, presented in ASC Director Michael Woldemariam’s Africa […]

ASL Resources of the Week 4-15-2022

LIBRARY NEWS Education Resources Center in partnership with CineMAfriq, and BU Libraries invites you to Language of the Month Film Discussion of Guangzhou Dream Factory with special guest speakers, Wen-hao Tien, Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Asia, of the Pardee School of Global Studies and Eric Schmidt, Assistant Director, African Students […]

Zekeria Salem was invited to the ASC to delivered the 32nd Annual Bradford Morse Distinguished Lecture

Last Thursday, the ASC hosted its 32nd Annual Bradford Morse Distinguished lecture featuring Zekeria Salem, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa at Northwestern University. The lecture was titled, “Islam and the Post-Colonial State in Africa: The Formation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (1960-2022).”

Fall Course Spotlight: CAS AH114 Kongo to Cuba: Art, Exchange, and Self-Determination in Africa and Latin America

This course introduces the arts of Africa and Latin America. It explores the rich diversity of each continent’s artistic production and highlights the impact of their intertwining histories on visual expression in the wake of transcontinental exchange and globalization. Effective Fall 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking.