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February 19 2016


African Studies Newsletter

Event @ Carleton:” Michael Gerson: The ONE Campaign”

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  • When: February 26, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Human Computer Interaction Building
  • Room: 4th floor; 1125@Carleton
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Edana Cassol
  • Email

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Click here to register.

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in nearly 100 other newspapers. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism (HarperOne, 2007) and coauthor of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour, Face the Nation and other programs. Gerson serves as Senior Advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of Presidential Speechwriting, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor.

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About the ONE Campaign

220px-ONE_CampaignONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Not politically partisan, ONE raises public awareness and presses political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.  The name ONE was inspired by the belief that one voice, coming together with many others — the political left and right, business leaders, activists, faith leaders and students — can change the world for the better.

ONE was originally founded by a coalition of 11 non-profit humanitarian and advocacy organizations, including DATA, World Vision, Oxfam America, and Bread for the World, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2012, ONE Canada was formed.

Following the talk by Michael Gerson, representatives of ONE will be present to discuss opportunities to form a Carleton University chapter.

Event @ St. Paul’s University:”Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa : partners in building a secure, sustainable and prosperous future.”


African Study Group

DATE: Wednesday, February 24th

TIME: 17:30 pm – 19:30 pm

LOCATION: St. Paul’s university, Guigues Hall, 223 Main street, Room 103



  1. Opening remarks


  1. Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa : partners in building a secure, sustainable and prosperous future. Talk by : Ms. Lise Filiatrault, Assistant Deputy Minister, Sub-Saharan Africa Branch, Global Affairs Canada 



Lise Filiatrault is the Assistant Deputy Minister for Sub-Saharan Africa Branch since November

  1. Prior to that, Mme Filiatrault held various positions at the Canadian International

Development Agency (CIDA) between 1990 and 2013, at which point CIDA and DFAIT merged.

Between May 2010 and October 2013, she was Regional Director General for the Americas, with

responsibilities for the Canadian international development programs in Latin America and the

Caribbean. Prior to taking this position, she served as acting Regional Director General for the

Europe, Middle East and Maghreb Directorate for almost a year. She was Director General for

the Europe Division from April 2008 to June 2009 and managed the Russia, Ukraine, Balkans

and Europe Regional Programs. From September 2005 to March 2008, she held the position of

Director, Middle East Division, which included responsibilities for Lebanon, Jordan, West Bank

and Gaza, UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Near East) and

Palestinian refugees.


Ms Filiatrault had many overseas postings, notably as Head of the Cooperation Program in Cuba

(2002-2005) and in Chile (1996-2000) where she was also responsible for programs in Argentina,

Uruguay and Paraguay. She also served at the Canadian High Commission in Guyana from 1992

to 1994.


Prior to joining CIDA in 1990, Ms Filiatrault worked for two Canadian NGOs where the focus of

her work was West Africa. She studied at Ottawa University (Graduate Studies Diploma in

International Development and Cooperation) and at Université du Québec à Montréal (Bachelor

in Biology / Ecology).

  1. Varia – news from members

Event @ St. Paul’s University: “Le Canada et l’Afrique subsaharienne: un partenariat pour un avenir sûr, durable et prospère”

Le Groupe de Réflexion sur l’Afrique

1)    Mot de bienvenue


2)    Le Canada et l’Afrique subsaharienne: un partenariat pour un avenir sûr, durable et prospère : Madame Lise Filiatrault, Sous-ministre adjointe pour l’Afrique subsaharienne, Affaires Mondiales Canada



Lise Filiatrault est sous-ministre adjointe pour le secteur de l’Afrique subsaharienne depuis

novembre 2013. Mme Filiatrault a occupé différents postes à l’Agence canadienne de

développement international (ACDI) avant que cette entité fusionne avec le MAECI en 2013.

De mai 2010 à octobre 2013, elle a été directrice générale régionale pour les Amériques chargée

des programmes de développement international du Canada en Amérique latine et dans les

Caraïbes. Avant d’occuper ce poste, elle a été directrice générale régionale p. i. de la direction de

l’Europe, du Moyen-Orient et du Maghreb pendant près d’un an. Elle a été directrice générale de

la Direction de l’Europe d’avril 2008 à juin 2009 et a dirigé les programmes régionaux de la

Russie, de l’Ukraine, des Balkans et de l’Europe. De septembre 2005 à mars 2008, elle a rempli

les fonctions de directrice de la division du Moyen-Orient responsable du Liban, de la Jordanie,

de la Cisjordanie et de Gaza (Office de secours et de travaux des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés

de Palestine dans le Proche-Orient).


Mme Filiatrault a complété plusieurs affectations sur le terrain, notamment à titre de chef du

programme de coopération à Cuba (de 2002 à 2005) et au Chili (de 1996 à 2000) où elle était

responsable en outre de programmes en Argentine, en Uruguay et au Paraguay. De 1992 à

1994, elle a travaillé au haut-commissariat du Canada en Guyane.


Avant de se joindre à l’ACDI en 1990, Mme Filiatrault a travaillé pour deux ONG canadiennes à

des tâches axées sur l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Elle a étudié à l’Université d’Ottawa (elle est diplômée

en coopération et en développement international) et à l’Université du Québec à Montréal (elle a

obtenu un baccalauréat en biologie et en écologie).


3) Varia – nouvelles des membres


Lancement de la revue du CERCLECAD  à Ottawa ce samedi 27 février 2016 comme d’habitude à 15H00, dans la salle du Sénat de l’Université d’Ottawa, au sous-sol du pavillon Tabaret (Salle 083), 75, Avenue Laurier Est ou 119, Rue Wallers ou 550, Rue Cumberland).

Benoît Awazi Mbambi  Kungua (Dir.), Dieu et l’Afrique. Une approche prophétique, émancipatrice et pluridisciplinaire, Afroscopie VI/2016(Revue savante et pluridisciplinaire sur l’Afrique et les communautés noires), publiée par Le Cerclecad-Harmattan, Ottawa-Paris, 2016.

La séance du lancement sera coordonnée par le Professeur Benoît AWAZI MBAMBI KUNGUA, Président du CERCLECAD et réunira autour de la table ronde tous les auteurs de la revue qui habitent à Ottawa et qui sont individuellement invités à venir présenter chacun son article en vue du débat avec quelques participants qui ont déjà acheté et lu la revue – aussi bien en format électronique qu’en format ‘’papier’’. Les auteurs invités à cette table ronde sont : Juvénal Barankenguje, Alban Mabiala-Nsimba, Isabelle Frappier, François Kibwenge, Kaseraka Kavwahirehi, Ousmane Diallo, Lambert Nieme.

Black Words Matter

Celebrating Black Literary Achievement

The National Reading Campaign in partnership with TD Bank present an evening of performances, readings and panel discussion celebrating Black literary achievement. We’ll also have live music and a reception to follow!

When: February 23 | 7:00pm

Where: National Gallery of Canada | 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Cost: $10 | TICKETS & INFO


Sylvia Hamilton is a Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her award-winning documentary films as well as her publications. Her awards include a Gemini, The Portia White Prize, the CBC Television Pioneer Award, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, among others. She is currently an Assistant Professor at University of King’s College, in Halifax.

Ian Williams is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.

Cecil Foster is an author of several acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction. He is currently Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Director of Canadian Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Obi Simic is an author and artist. Her debut novel, Getting Over Yonder was published in 2014.


Adrian Harewood is the co-host of CBC News Ottawa.


JustJamaal is an Ottawa-based page and stage poet who uses song, acting and kinetic energy to deliver his style of poetry to the eardrum of the heartbeat


Thursday, February 25, 2016
NAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa

Samito is a Mozambican/Canadian artist whose music blends acoustica & electronica to create a distinct sound partly inspired by his upbringing in Maputo. He has worked with Nom De Plume, New Groove Orchestra, Emma Frank, Pierre Kwenders, etc. His influences include Seu Jorge, Imogen Heap, Talvin Singh and Shangaan beat. Samito was announced one of 2015 – 2016 Révélations Radio – Canada which is a personalized program designed to showcase and promote the most promising talents. He will perform at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage on February 25 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the NAC Presents series. Tickets: $20
For more information:

Global Community Alliance Gala Night & Award Ceremony

Saturday, February 27, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Cocktails @ 6:00 p.m. and dinner @ 7:00 p.m.)
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa
Admission: $65 per person (with complimentary cocktails). Advance tickets only.

An annual event to highlight the diversity within the Ottawa community and recognize individuals, associations, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference within our diverse community.  Featuring a keynote speaker, award recipients, and enlightening  entertainment for the evening. Part of the proceeds to be donated to Black History Ottawa.
Information:  Yomi or Kelly Pratt  or  Fax: 613-824-6392

Graduate Student Workshop on Africa @ UMass Boston

Please join us on April 8, 2016 for the Graduate Student Workshop focused on Africa in the 21st Century: Prospects for Secure Sustainable Development. 

It is organized by PhDs in the new PhD on ‘Global Governance & Human Security’ at UMass Boston & is scheduled for 8 April, 9AM-6AM in Cambridge MA.

Synopsis:This workshop is designed to bring graduate students and faculty with research interests in Africa and studying/teaching within or outside the city of Boston, toogether to foster networking opportunities and further knowledge exhange and debate on topical issues around three broad themes of security, environment, and development. It’s organised into three sessions namely: security;environment and natural resources; and shifting trends in developing partnerships


REMINDER-Event @ Carleton:“History, memory and refugee resettlement”

  • When: February 24, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433 (History Lounge)
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Institute of African Studies
  • Email
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600 x 2220

The Institute of African Studies presents a Brownbag Seminar talk entitled “History, memory and refugee resettlement” with Andriata Chironda, PhD candidate, Department of History, Carleton University

Vacancy: Director/Deputy Director – Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS)

CASAS is an Africa-wide Research Centre based in Cape Town which co-ordinates and develops research on pre-eminently the languages of Africa. CASAS seeks applicants for the following positions: –


The Director/Deputy Director should be a person with strong scientific and administrative skills, with a doctorate degree in linguistics or related field, with a focus on African languages. Good computer skills are a requirement for this position. The person should have some experience in African languages orthographical research. He/she should be able to communicate in English. For purposes of its Africa-wide work, communication skills in French or Portuguese would be an added advantage.

Applications, including CVs and the names and addresses of three references, should be addressed to:

The Chairperson, Board of CASAS Trustees, P.O. Box 359, Rondebosch, 7700, Cape Town, South Africa OR e-mailed to

Applications should be received no later than 29 February 2016.

For more information, click here

AU 2016 Scholarship Call for Applicants with Physical Disabilities

CLOSING DATE: 31st March 2016

To encourage the participation of young African students with permanent physical disabilities at postgraduate level in Masters Programmes and support them to achieve their higher education goals, the Commission of the African Union is offering a Special Call Only for Applicants with Physical Disabilities to study in African Universities which have appropriate facilities and good services for the disabled students.

For more information, click here.

Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme

The purpose of the Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is to provide opportunities for scholars in Africa to pursue their own research projects, thereby indirectly strengthening the academic milieux in African countries, and to provide opportunities for scholars in Sweden, Finland and Iceland to pursue their own research projects. The programme offers scholars access to the Institute’s library and other resources that provide for a stimulating research environment. Through the Programme, the Nordic Africa Institute can establish and maintain relations with and between African and Nordic research communities.

For more information, click here

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