September 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Wealth & Poverty Theme Begins with Focus on Africa in September

The Wealth & Poverty theme begins with a faculty forum on Sept. 4, followed by a special series focused on inequalities in sub-Saharan Africa from Sept. 17-24.

Wealth & Poverty: Focus on Africa

The Wealth & Poverty: Focus on Africa series brings together faculty and students interested in Africa. 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.

Wealth & Poverty Theme Activities, Fall 2015

Please note that some new research talks are likely to be added to the list over the course of the semester, especially toward the end.  Any additions or changes will be announced in a timely manner.

Friday, Sept. 4 – Wealth and Poverty faculty forum, noon-1 p.m. at Baker 230

Focus on Africa

  • 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.

Additional Fall Events

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 – Dr. Jerry Dávila, Professor of History at the University of Illinois, on “Rethinking Brazilian Race Relations in the Era of Affirmative Action,” 4:30-6 p.m. at Bentley Hall 124 – co-sponsored with Latin American Studies.
  • Thursday, Oct 1, to Friday, Dec. 4 – Wealth and Poverty Food Drive at Bentley Annex 125 (led by Dr. Steve Scanlan, Associate Professor of Sociology.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Dr. Matthew Layton, Assistant Professor of Political Science, on “Wealth, Poverty, and Power: Connecting Economic Inequality and Exclusionary Politics in Latin America,” 9-10:20 a.m. at Bentley 233.
  • Monday, Oct. 26, to Friday, Dec. 11 – “Wealth and Poverty in Africa” exhibit on the fourth floor of Alden Library (curated by Araba Dawson-Andoh, Alden)

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