Category: Event Recaps

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 […]

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).”

Congratulations to the Igbo students for winning the Best Skit award for the 2021 African Language Theater Night.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Language Theater Night 2021. After nearly two and a half semesters of non-traditional learning, it was great to see everyone’s faces and to see how our collective hard work and dedication has paid off!  The votes are in and….the Igbo group has won first place! Congratulations! They were closely followed by the […]


ASC Assistant Director Eric Schmidt and his Music of Africa class welcomed Ben Paulding for music workshop.

Last month, Eric Schmidt and his Music of Africa class welcomed Ben Paulding, who directs the Fafali Ghanaian music ensemble at Brandeis University and is a member of the Boston-based Afropop band Kotoko Brass, for a socially distanced kinka drumming workshop. The students substituted household objects for instruments and recorded themselves playing. Each student’s recording was edited together to create a music video, with […]


ASC Hosted Spring Student and Faculty Mixer

Students, faculty, and staff filled the ASC last Tuesday for the Spring Student and Faculty Mixer. Director Fallou Ngom and Assistant Director Eric Schmidt led everyone in brief introductions and then gave a short presentation on the FLAS Fellowships, for which applications are now open. After the presentation, prospective applicants got to hear from current and former FLAS […]