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Save the Date: ARCC 2021

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Alden Young: Working at the intersection of politics and economics

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UCLA historian Alden Young. (Photo: Dan Komada/ Institute for Advanced Study.)

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Founded in 1959 as a U.S. National Resource Center, the James S. Coleman African Studies Center (ASC) engages a global network of students, scholars, educators, policymakers, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists committed to the imperatives of transformative research. As an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the University of California, the ASC's mission is threefold: 1) promote and disseminate cutting-edge Africanist research and scholarship; 2) develop community outreach and service programs, including public diplomacy initiatives, international conferences, teacher-training workshops, and dialogues with the performing and visual arts; and 3) connect UCLA students and their counterparts in Africa with opportunities for academic and professional enrichment. Our collaborative projects build bridges between STEM fields, professional schools, social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. They explore human rights and the refugee crisis; community-driven solutions to climate change; linkages between the science and culture of healthcare; the history and ethnography of Ghana’s slave forts and castles—and more. The ASC also publishes the flagship art history journal, African Arts, now in its 53rd year, the interdisciplinary graduate student-run Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, now in its 49th year, and the newly launched undergraduate multimedia magazine, Atlas Africa. Through research initiatives that produce knowledge and “make a difference,” the ASC strives to promote change based on collaboration with African partners, international colleagues and organizations, and Los Angeles constituencies. As we celebrate 60 years of connecting communities of world-renowned faculty and experts, passionate students, and dedicated local and global allies, we invite you to join us in charting a course for the future of #UCLAforAfrica.

Upcoming Events

Abolitionist and Emancipatory Futures: Anti-Racist Struggles and Climate Justice

Friday, January 22, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Militarized Global Apartheid and Security Imperialism

Monday, January 25, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

African Philosophies of Language Conference

Thursday, February 18, 2021

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