Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

April 15 2016


African Studies Newsletter

Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series:”Crossing borders to find common ground”

Join alumnus Alex Trebek as he welcomes 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee to speak on the topic of Crossing borders to find common ground.

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, author and women's rights advocate. Her leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia's fourteen-year civil war in 2003. This historic achievement paved the way for the election of Africa’s first female head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: Cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.
Location: Shaw Centre, Trillium Ballroom, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

$15 – uOttawa alumni, students, staff, professors and their guests
$20 – general public

De BIG Bajan Lime!

Saturday, April 23, 2016
2 PM to 2 AM
Ottawa Masonic center, 2140 Walkley Rd., Ottawa, Ontario

FREE EVENT presented by The Barbados (Ottawa) Association Inc. Feat.: *FOOD Hot & cold Bajan treats and other refreshments on sale – plus alcoholic beverages. Enjoy cutters, fish cakes, mini rotis, pizza, patties, rock cakes and lots, lots more! *FUN Karaoke (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.) Dominoes, hearts, tonk, chess, checkers, lucky dip & more! Enjoy fun Bajan videos, and after 10 p.m. we pump up the music with DJ Selekta Shellz! *FOR ALL Everyone is invited. Bring out the whole family! Show up anytime! And, we invite you to bring along donations of non-perishable food items for The Ottawa Food Bank.
***Save the Date***
The Golden (50th) Anniversary Dinner & Dance will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at The Centurion Conference & Event Centre

FUNDRAISING CONCERT: A Great Night of Music with Yaa-Hemaa to Raise Money for Paipir Primary School in Uganda

Friday, April 22, 2016
8PM – 2AM
Cafe Nostalgica, 601 rue Cumberland St., Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Join us for a great night of music. The night begins with the sounds of Duo D’Accord and then you will be treated to the soulful sounds of Yaa-Hemaa as she treats us to her favourite classica and contemporary pieces. The proceeds for the night will go to installing solar power at Paipir Primary School in Uganda. Tickets $12 students / $15 for non-students at the door. African jewellry will be available for purchase. Spread the word!


Friday, April 22, 2015
Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre, 4837 Albion Rd, Ottawa, ON K1X 1A3 (613) 822-2211

JAMAICA NIGHT AT THE RACES, a fundraiser for JAMDAY 2015. Presented by Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association Inc. & Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre. Tickets: $35/person (includes Jamaican buffet, $5 in slot play, $5 Buffet voucher). There will also be a 50/50 draw. As part of this fundraising event, RCR is offering advertising space in the program for the evening.  This program reaches far and wide, so your business/organizations will be seen not just by the Raceway patrons but others as well.  Half and Full page ads receive a Pace Card Ride (limited space – first come) Business Card: $25.00; 1/4 page: $50.00; 1/2 page: $75.00; Full page: $125.00 For more info and/or tickets: Adeline (613) 231-5517, Joyce (613) 526-4345, Myra (613) 733-6619.

WHERE WE BELONG with Pamela Mordecai, Lynne Kutsukake and George Elliott Clarke

Hosted by Adrian Harewood
Sunday April 17, Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St, 6:30pm

We welcome three acclaimed writers with new works that explore difficult coming of age stories. Short readings will be followed by a conversation on history, race, and the search for belonging.

The Red Jacket is the first full-length novel from Pamela Mordecai, an award-winning poet, critic, and short fiction author.  Growing up on the Caribbean island of St. Chris, Grace Carpenter never feels like she really belongs. Although her large, extended family is black, she is a redibo. Her skin is copper-coloured, her hair is red, and her eyes are grey. Publisher's Weekly praises the work, saying "The novel manages to strike a balance between the bleak awfulness of Grace's life and the lush beauty of it."

After spending the war years in a Canadian internment camp, thirteen-year-old Aya Shimamura and her father are faced with a gut-wrenching choice: move east of the Rocky Mountains or go "back" to Japan. Told through rich, interlocking story lines, The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake, mines this turbulent period to show how war irrevocably shapes lives.

In his new novel, The Motorcyclist, George Elliott Clarke, Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate, illuminates the life of a young black man striving for pleasure, success and, most of all, respect. Told in vibrant, energetic and sensual prose the story is inspired by the life of Clarke's father, it tells the story of a black working-class man caught between the expectations of his times and gleaming possibilities of the open road.

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children's literacy programs.

More information about the Festival and tickets can be found here.

REMINDER-Event @ Carleton: “Film screening of We Will Win Peace “

Join us for a film screening and expert Q & A on conflict minerals in Democratic Republic of Congo

We Will Win Peace goes behind the scenes of humanitarian advocacy and activism in the United States – via the forests and mines of the eastern Congo – to reveal the limits of good intentions, in an unexpected story that follows the lives of two Congolese miners as they react to the competing pressures placed upon them by Hollywood celebrities, rebel soldiers, student activists, and, ultimately, their own families.

Film screening of We Will Win Peace followed by Q & A with Doris Buss (Law & Legal Studies, Carleton) and Gisèle Eva Côté (Partnership Africa Canada).

  • When: April 21, 2016
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Dunton Tower
  • Room: 2017

Co-organized by Partnership Africa Canada and the Institute of African Studies.

More information available here

REMINDER-Event @ Carleton: "From Climate Change to Environmental Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa and Canada"

  • When: May 04, 2016
  • Time: All day
  • Location: River Building
  • Room: 2220-2280
  • Cost: Free

2016 Conference

The Institute of African Studies In conjunction with The Group of African Heads of Mission in Ottawa & NPSIA, BGINS, ASG, Pan-Africa Affairs Division, GAC Present:From Climate Change to Environmental Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa and Canada


 Panel 1: Assessing the Effects of Climate Change in Africa: The Unique Impact on Women

Panel 2: Supporting African Innovation: Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Women's Empowerment

Panel 3: Strengthening Canada-Africa Partnerships: Policy Solutions to Building Climate Resilience

Please register on eventbrite .

CODESRIA's Call for Applications: African Futures and the Futures of Childhood in Africa

he Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Child and Youth Institute that will be held for two (2) weeks, from 17 to 28 October 2016 to strengthen the analytic capacities of young African researchers on issues affecting children and youth in Africa and elsewhere in the world. The institute is designed as an annual interdisciplinary forum in which participants can reflect together on a specific aspect of the conditions of children and youth, especially in Africa.

The 2016 child and youth institute focuses on how African children place themselves with respect to aspirations, rights, entitlements, and imaginations in Africa's futures.


The theme of 2016 child and youth institute is "African futures and the futures of childhood in Africa"


  • encourage the sharing of experiences among researchers, civil society activists and policy makers from different disciplines, methodological and conceptual orientations and geographical/linguistic areas
  • promote and enhance a culture of democratic values that allows to effectively identify issues facing children and youth on the African continent
  • foster the participation of scholars and researchers in discussions and debates on the processes of child and youth development in Africa

Eligibility Criteria

  • Resource Persons: Lectures to be delivered during the session are intended to offer laureates an opportunity to advance their reflections on the theme of the Institute. Resource persons should therefore be senior scholars or researchers who have published extensively on the theme, and who have significant contributions to make to the debates on it. They will be expected to produce lecture materials which would stimulate laureates to engage in discussion and debate around their respective lectures and the general body of literature available on the theme. Once selected, resource persons must:
    • Interact with the Director of the Institute and the laureates to help the latter readjust their research questions and their methodological approaches
    • Submit a copy of their course materials for reproduction and distribution to participants no later than one week before they deliver their lectures
    • Deliver their lectures, participate in debates and comment on the research proposals and the papers of the laureates
    • Review and submit the revised version of their lecture notes or research papers for publication by CODESRIA not later than two months following their presentation at the Institute.
  • Laureates: Applicants should be PhD candidates or scholars in their early career with a proven capacity to conduct research on the theme of the Institute. Intellectuals active in the policy process and/or social movements and civil society organizations are also encouraged to apply. The number of places offered by CODESRIA at each session is limited to ten (10). Non-African scholars who are able to raise funds for their participation may also apply for a limited number of places.

For more information in English,click here

For more information in French, click here

Canada-Africa Business Summit 2016

The Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica) is pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the Second Edition of theCanada-Africa Business Summit (CABS2016), to be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel on November 6-9th, 2016. We encourage you to mark your calendars, invite your clients, colleagues, and friends, and register today to save over 50%. (click here to register online)

Following the success of our Inaugural Summit in 2014 and the overwhelming feedback we received from you, CCAfrica is pleased to invite you to this highly anticipated gathering of key business and institution decision makers. The Summit will feature the leading capabilities of Canadian companies and institutions, their expertise, technologies and project financing experiences, while learning about tangible business opportunities in Africa about such areas as infrastructure, energy, natural resources / mining, agri-food, education/training, information communication technology (ICT), and financing.
The Canada-Africa Business Summit has attracted over 700 participants representing 300+ organizations from around the world in 2014. (Click here to view list of organizations)


As the only Pan-Canadian not-for-profit organization promoting trade and development between Canada and Africa, CCAfrica for the past 14 years has continuously delivered the highest level of engagement and participation at each of its activities. The 2016 CABS event is focused on making meaningful impact on Canada-Africa trade and development relationships. We invite you and your colleagues to join us by Registering online today

and to save and fully benefit from your participation.
We are currently working with our partners at lining up another impressive list of speakers for the 2016 Summit (70 High profile speakers presented in 2014. Click here to see the list)! Real business opportunities in several different African countries will also be presented and shared with participants. We are excited about developing the program which will be available on our website soon.
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