ASC Launches Fall 2021 Walter Rodney Seminar Series

On September 13, 2021, the African Studies Center (ASC)an affiliated center of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, kicked off its Walter Rodney Seminar lecture series for Fall 2021. 

In the premier lecture, Mai Hassan, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and an award-winning scholar of authoritarian and hybrid regimes in Africa, presented her new research on the Sudanese popular uprising of 2018-19. She introduced her analysis of some of the key protest strategies used by Sudanese dissidents to coordinate their mobilization in oppressive environments – what she refers to as “coordinated non-coordination” – that manage to outmaneuver state security forces and sustain protest movements.

For over 40 years, the Walter Rodney lecture series has brought more than five hundred guest speakers to ASC. The series aims to bring together a truly interdisciplinary array of speakers who present cutting-edge research in African studies that encompasses the arts, humanities, social sciences, as well as health and physical sciences. “The Rodneys” are held every Monday with the last lecture taking place on December 6, 2021. A schedule of Walter Rodney Seminar lectures can be found on ASC’s website

Founded in 1953, BU’s ASC has provided a strong foundation in African studies to generations of university professors, economists, health workers, government officials, development personnel, diplomats, and numerous others. Learn more on the ASC website