African Studies Center (ASC) staff and UCLA faculty speak about their work on the ASC's gender education program in Rwanda.
Katheleen McHugh, director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, discusses her recent trip to Rwanda and her work on the capacity-building partnership between the UCLA African Studies Center and the University of Rwanda College of Education.
Vinay Lal is Associate Professor in the Department of History. He writes widely on the history and culture of colonial and modern India, popular and public culture in India (especially cinema), historiography, the politics of world history, the Indian diaspora, global politics, contemporary American politics, the life and thought of Mohandas Gandhi, Hinduism, and the politics of knowledge systems.
A biography of Nelson Mandela exploring his early years, his political journey, the prison years, and his election as the first President of a democratic South Africa.
William Worger specializes in the social and economic history of southern Africa. He has worked on historical representations of Shaka, the industrial origins of racial discrimination contestations between African and European over the meaning of colonialism. He taught at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Dalhousie University. He has also served as Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at UCLA, and Dean of the Graduate School at LSU.
Ned Alpers is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies and after teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania he joined the faculty at UCLA. His research and writing focus on the political economy of international trade in eastern Africa through the nineteenth century and the western Indian Ocean. He has served as President of the African Studies Association and Chair of its National Program Committee.
Merrick Posnansky is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of History and Anthropology, where he has been a faculty member since 1977. After completing his PhD in Archaeology at Nottingham University, he taught in Africa for twenty years, where he worked as Curator of the Uganda Museum, Director of African Studies at the University of Makerere and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Ghana.
Paulette Donald fell in love with Arabic during an African Studies Center summer study program in Morocco. Today, she shares her love of the language with her kindergarten and first-grade students.
Applications are being accepted for a unique six-week opportunity for teachers to study the culture, history, and tradition of Morocco. The program consists of studying Arabic and traveling throughout Morocco, as well as an opportunity to be part of an important musical/cultural festival in the picturesque coastal town of Essaouira.
Deputy Director of the African Studies Center Azeb Tadesse, who has been employed at the center since 1999, has won the 2013 Excellence in Leadership (Excel) Award of the UCLA Administrative Management Group.