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Wealth & Poverty: Focus on Africa

The Wealth & Poverty: Focus on Africa series brings together faculty and students interested in Africa in September 2015. The series features scholars and practitioners from African and American institutions who address issues of economic inequality in Africa.

The events include a public lecture, documentary screening, research talks, and a month-long exhibit at Alden Library. The goal of these events is to provide a better understanding of the progress made in the context of health, socioeconomic, food, and environmental concerns in sub-Saharan African communities, as well as the challenges that remain.

The events are jointly sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, the Center for International Studies, and Ohio University’s Wealth & Poverty theme. All the events are free and open to the community.

Focus on Africa, Fall 2015

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Dr. Diane Ciekawy, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University, on “Kung San Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyles: Collective Resource Production and Consumption” 1:30-2:50 p.m at Bentley 136.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 – Dr. Philip McMichael, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Cornell University, on “The Food Regime as a Lens on Global Development,” 9-10:20 a.m. at Clippinger 119.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 – Dr. Philip McMichael gives a Wealth & Poverty public lecture on “Food Sovereignty and the Global Hunger Games,” 1:30-3 p.m. at Walter Hall Rotunda.
  • Monday, Sept. 21 – Dr. Brandon Kendhammer, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Acting Director of the African Studies Program at Ohio University, on “How Violence Impacts Development: Nigeria’s Boko Haram Insurgency,” 10:45-11:40 a.m. at Alden 1951 Lounge.
  • Tuesday, Sept 22 – Ohio University alum Aggrey Otieno, founder and executive director of the medical non-profit Pambazuko Mashinani in Kenya, on “Community Organizing as a Tool for Social Change: A Case Study of Korogocho Slum, Nairobi – Kenya,” noon to 1 p.m. at Alden 319.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Dr. Edna Wangui, Associate Professor of Geography, screens the documentary film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, 5:15-6:45 p.m. at Alden 319.
  • Thursday, Sept 24 – Dr. Jeffrey Giesey, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, on “Engineering Projects in Ghana,” noon-1 p.m. at Schonoover 450.
  • Thursday, Sept 24 – Aggrey Otieno (Pambazuko Mashinani in Kenya) “Towards Improving Maternal and Child Health Care Delivery in Korogocho Slums, Nairobi – Kenya,” 4:10-5:30 p.m. at Grover 111.