"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


shameless self-promotion

I have several speaking engagements coming up this academic year:

  • New York: October 12, 7pm - Congo in Harlem Week - Kony 2012: Lessons for Congo. Panelists include Amanda Taub & Kate Cronin-Furman of Wronging Rights, Milton Allimadi of Black Star News, Richard Mark Ochaka of Invisible Children, Michael Poffenberger of RESOLVE, Bukeni Waruzi of WITNESS, and yours truly. Moderator is Elliot Ross of Africa is a Country. In other words, it's gonna be a doozy of a debate. Venue: The New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street)
  • Atlanta: October 29, 6pm - Spelman College Congo Week - panel discussion of issues in the DRC. Venue TBA.
  • Austin: November 5, 11:30 am - Concordia University Texas - Keynote speaker for Service-Learning Week. I'll be speaking on the importance of doing no harm while doing good.  Venue: Concordia campus, Building A, Auditorium
  • Atlanta: March 28, 4pm - Emory University Institute of African Studies seminar - Venue: ILA Detweiler Conference Room, S423 Callaway


what I've been up to

Oh, hey, blog friends, it's been awhile. Sorry about that - the new semester + finishing a book manuscript + visiting Taiwan (more on that later) = little time for blogging. But life is getting slightly less hectic now, so I should be back to a more regular schedule around here now.

Among the many things I've been doing lately is working on a new project for my African politics course. We're joining forces with the fantastic folks at Project Diaspora to help students connect with and learn from leaders in Africa and the African Diaspora through a variety of social media platforms. You can read all about what we're up to here.

Project Diaspora founder TMS Ruge and I have been working hard to get this set up and we're excited about the project's potential, but it won't work if we don't have people from around the world participating. Please join us in an extended series of conversations about African politics, leadership, and the continent's future. We'll be hosting Twitter chats every Friday (starting Friday, September 21) at noon EST/5pm GMT/7pm East African time using the hashtag #projectdiaspora. Topics range from the role of technology to gender and sexuality to youth engagement and civil society. Please join in the conversation, challenge my students with your experiences and observations, and be part of a worldwide conversation. Hope to catch you there!