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February 3, 2015
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Chinelo Okparanta
Chinelo Okparanta read selections from her work and participated in a moderated discussion.
November 10, 2014
Éwé Storytellers from Ghana
Children's Africana Book Awards Winners, Agbotadua Togbi Kumassah and Anna Cottrell speak about their work with Harriet McGuire from Africa Access.
October 30, 2014
Phyllis Ressler speaks about her book, "Kanga Stories," a collection of historic and contemporary information on textile trade, cultural exchange and history of East Africa. Since Kanga cloth was first produced in the mid 1800s, millions of people across East and Central Africa have treasured this textile for its designs and meaning. The value of the Kanga is closely tied to culture and context and is linked to innumerable life stories.
October 17, 2014
Cote d'Ivoirean writer Véronique Tadjo read selections from her work and participated in a moderated discussion with the Library's Marieta Harper as part of the "Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series"
June 24, 2014
MASK Art Prize 2014
Alla Tkachuk spoke about the 2014 MASK Prize and showed some of the winning art work. MASK is a British charity that trains young people for creativity and innovation. The MASK Prize is the annual national creativity competition open to all young people up to the age of 25 in Africa and its diasporas.
June 10, 2014
Poet & Writer Zainab Hassan
Somali writer and poet Zainab Hassan discusses her work in an interview presented in partnership with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.
May 8, 2014
The Autobiography of an African Princess
Vivian Seton spoke about the publication of her mother's memoirs. Born to an African king in colonial Sierra Leone at the beginning of the 20th century, Princess Fatima Massaquoi lived an extraordinary life that encapsulated the contradictions, upheavals and unprecedented opportunities of her time. Beginning with her lovingly recounted memories of growing up in Liberia, it follows her to Hamburg, Germany, where she pursued an education and forged friendships, but also experienced the racism, terror, and nationalistic fervor that accompanied the Nazis' rise to power.
March 20, 2014
Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Tope Folarin
Tope Folarin read selections from his short story "Miracle" and was interviewed by the Library's Angel Batiste on the body of his work and on African contemporary literature.
March 18, 2014
333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu
In 2007, supported by a Fulbright Grant, Alexandra Huddleston spent a year in Timbuktu photographing the legacy of traditional Islamic scholarship. Photographs from this project have been included in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress and exhibited at solo and group exhibitions around the world.
February 27, 2014
Retrospective & Prospective: Sudan & South Sudan
Richard Lobban discussed the long history and vast geography of Sudan. He presented a comprehensive view of many significant events and personages in Sudanese history. As Sudan has had a turbulent and troubled post-colonial life, the program also looked closely at its political and military history including the conflicts in Darfur, the north south conflict as well as the intra-south conflict at present.
February 20, 2014
Pan African Cuisine: Healing Secrets of the Continent
Tambra Raye Stevenson shared her culinary nutritional discoveries in African heritage foods.
December 3, 2013
Conversations with African Poets and Writers:
Mukoma wa Ngugi
Kenyan-American writer, Mukoma wa Ngugi read from his work and discussed the state of contemporary African literature, highlighting African languages and culture.
November 14, 2013
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Abdourahman Waberi
Djiboutian author Abdourahman Waberi read from his work and discussed the state of contemporary African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture.
November 8, 2013
Celebrating 60 Years: African Studies at Howard University
Scholars meet to discuss and celebrate 60 years of African Studies at Howard University. Speakers included Angel Batiste, Gregory E. Carr, Wilfred L. David, Howard Dodson Jr., Robert R. Edgar and Sulayman S. Nyang.
September 25, 2013
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Amadou Koné
A conversation with novelist and scholar Amadou Kone of Côte d'Ivoire.
July 23, 2013
Engaging Africans in Policy Dialogue: The Southern Voices Network
Steve McDonald discusses the new Southern Voices Network initiative. In 2011, the Leadership Project launched the network stemming from the concern that the Southern "voice" or perspective is seldom heard in debates around issues directly affecting the nations of the global South.
May 8, 2013
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: A. Igoni Barrett
Nigerian writer A. Igoni Barrett reads from his work and discusses the state of contemporary African literature.
April 18, 2013
MASK: Mobil Art School in Kenya
Alla Tkachuk discussed the MASK: Mobil Arts School in Kenya.
April 2, 2013
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Omekongo Dibinga
Poet Omekongo Dibanga, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, reads from his work and discusses the state of contemporary African literature.
March 21, 2013
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Maaza Mengiste
Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste reads from her work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature.
February 28, 2013
Growth & Transformation Plan of Ethiopia
Girma Birru discusses the prospects and challenges of the Ethiopian 2011-2015 Growth and Transformation Plan
February 21, 2013
NGOs & Importing Democracy
Author Julie Fisher discusses her book, "Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan, and Argentina."
February 20, 2013
UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Republic of Mali
Janet Goldner, scholar and sculptor speaks on the UNESCO World Heritage sites within the Republic of Mali.
December 13, 2012
The Somali Collections at the Library of Congress
Abdulahi Ahmed discusses the Somali collections at the Library of Congress.
November 29, 2012
A lecture by Jeffrey Flocken, whose book discusses the work of 40 top conservationists and the animals they study and protect.
November 14, 2012
Building and Preserving the Cultural Heritage of the New Republic of South Sudan
John Bul Dau, Abioye Oyewole, Angel Batiste, Hanibal Goitom, Marieta Harper
November 9, 2012
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Tijan Sallah
A reading with Tijan Momodou Sallah.
Part of the "Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series"
November 2, 2012
A lecture by Sarah Markes on a collection of drawings and creative writing on Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
October 5, 2012
Disability Awareness in South Africa: Lessons from UNISA
Mbambo Thata discusses disability awareness in his native South Africa.
September 25, 2012
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Mandlakayise C. Matyumza
Mandlakayise C. Matyumza discusses African poets and writers in an event co-sponsored by the Africa Society for the National Summit on Africa.
May 24, 2012
Women from the Nigerien Sahel
Antoinette Tidjani Alou discussed "The Secret Faces of Women from the Nigerien Sahel: Agency, Influence and Contemporary Challenges."
May 22, 2012
Living Treasures: African Elephants & Shared Responsibilities
Julius Kipng'etich discusses African elephants.
May 3, 2012
No One's Son
Documentary filmmaker, Tewodros "Teddy" Fekadu has lived in five countries and three continents, ultimately journeying from Eritrea and Ethiopia to the Gold Coast of Australia. His life spans war, family love, the Catholic Church, homelessness, three years of detention in Japan, and finally a country to call home and the creation of his own company.
May 1, 2012
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Helon Habila
Award-winning Nigerian novelist Helon Habila read excerpts from his novel "Oil On Water" and discussed his new anthology "The Granta Book of the African Short Story" in a program cosponsored with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.
April 4, 2012
Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Donato Ndong
Donato Ndongo appears in a program co-sponsored by the Library, the Africa Society for the National Summit on Africa and Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain.
April 3, 2012
Conversations with African Poets & Writers: Keorapetse Kgositsile
South African poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile discusses the state of contemporary African culture, including poetry and literature.
March 22, 2012
A Momentous One Hundred Years: Ancient Ethiopia, 520-620 A.D.
Hailu Habtu discusses the critical century of 520-620 A.D. in Ethiopia.
February 28, 2012
Growing Up Gullah
Dorothy Browner-Hubler discusses growing up Gullah in South Carolina and Maryland.
December 8, 2011
Ambassador Johnnie Carson: 40 Years of Dedication to Africa
Ambassador Johnnie Carson took part in a discussion of his career in the U.S. State Department.
November 16, 2011
"Conversations with African Poets and Writers" series
To celebrate the African Studies Association Annual meeting, Ugandan poet and ASA Presidential Fellow Susan Kiguli reads her own work, followed by a moderated discussion.
November 14, 2011
Africa: Re-Sourcing History
David Birmingham presents a lecture on "Africa: Re-Sourcing History."
November 10, 2011
Joseph in Africa: The Story of a Story
Morgan Johnson presents the illustrated lecture, "Joseph in Africa: A 3,000 Year Story of a Story Retold in the Multi-ethnic Continent of Africa."
October 7, 2011
"Conversations with African Poets and Writers” series
Ali Mazrui discussed the state of contemporary African culture and post-independence literary production
September 8, 2011
I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb
Betty Press discussed and signed her new book, "I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom for Life."
May 20, 2011
Mere-Bi: A Senegalese Celebration of Motherhood
Francoise Pfaff introduced the documentary film and show excerpts from "Mere-Bi" a film on Senegal's pioneer journalist, Annette Mbaye d'Erneville, directed by her son and noted filmmaker Ousmane William Mbaye.
April 12, 2011
The Impact of Mobile Technology & Telephony in East Africa
J. Kwabena Addo discusses how mobile technology and telephony have affected job and wealth creation in East Africa, and possible lessons for the rest of Africa.
March 31, 2011
Coffee, Culture and Intellectual Property Rights: The Case of Ethiopia
Heran Sereke-Berhan discusses coffee and intellectual property rights in Ethiopia
March 17, 2011
Compassionate Conservation in East Africa
Will Travers of the Born Free Foundation offers a multimedia presentation on wildlife conservation in East Africa.
February 15, 2011
Managing Diversity & Social Harmony in Mauritius
Roukaya Kasenally discusses her native land in a presentation on the challenges and limitations of managing diversity and social harmony in Mauritius.
African Section Webcast Archive
As Marimbas de Angola concert featuring
Dr. Jorge Macedo, writer, journalist and ethno-musicologist,
contributes to the 27th anniversary celebration of the independence
of the Republic
of Angola with a lecture and music. Matias Sacotingo serves as
his interpreter. A speech by Her Excellency Josefina Pitra Diakité,
Ambassador from Angola opens the event. Sponsored by The Embassy
of Angola and the African Section, African and Middle Eastern Division
of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. November 14, 2002