What we’re reading this week: Somalia’s new president, Design Indaba meets IKEA, and more

Following up on the Somalia election earlier this year, UCLA PhD candidate Safia Farole wrote a piece for The Monkey Cage about what the election means going forward. Farole draws connections between new president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s previous experience as a bureaucrat in the United States and the broader role the Somali diaspora will play … More What we’re reading this week: Somalia’s new president, Design Indaba meets IKEA, and more

Ep10. Conversations with Zimbabwean scholars on citizen responses to economic decline

This week we chat with three scholars in the diaspora about recent episodes of civil unrest in Zimbabwe. Dr. Chipo Dendere (@drDendere) of Gettysburg College gives us an overview of the recent protests in Zimbabwe and shares insights from her research on remittances and politics. Melusi Nkomo (@MelusiNkomoZim), fellow at Harvard University’s Center for African … More Ep10. Conversations with Zimbabwean scholars on citizen responses to economic decline

What we’re reading this week: Nigeria’s missing president, a marathoner in exile, and more

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari is still in London, where he has been since January 19th. The 74-year-old’s trip was meant to be a short leave that included some medical check-ups. He was scheduled to return to Nigeria in early February. His prolonged absence reminds us of the long absence of Nigeria’s former president Umar Yar’Adua, … More What we’re reading this week: Nigeria’s missing president, a marathoner in exile, and more

Ep9. A conversation with Dr. Laura Seay on conflict and minerals in DRC

This week we chat with Dr. Laura Seay (aka @texasinafrica), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colby College. She studies politics in Democratic Republic of Congo and is an expert on what many people call “conflict minerals”. She is also an editor at The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington … More Ep9. A conversation with Dr. Laura Seay on conflict and minerals in DRC

What we’re reading this week: WEB DuBois, the lack of African children’s books, and more

This week’s episode marks the end of our Black History Month series. Sadface. February 23rd was WEB DuBois’s birthday and in advance of that, there has been renewed interest in some hand-drawn data visualizations in The Georgia Negro: A Social Study, published in 1900. Anne Quito at Quartz provides some more information about the data … More What we’re reading this week: WEB DuBois, the lack of African children’s books, and more

Ep8. A conversation with Dr. Daniel Magaziner on an Apartheid-era art school

In the final week of Black History month, we chat with Dr. Daniel Magaziner, Associate Professor of History at Yale University. We talk about his recently published second book, The Art of Life in South Africa. Dr. Magaziner is a historian of 20th century South Africa, and his work focuses on intellectual history. He is also … More Ep8. A conversation with Dr. Daniel Magaziner on an Apartheid-era art school

What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: Somaliland, Umebinyuo’s poetry, Sinkane’s album, & more

The self-declared independent nation of Somaliland has submitted a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and the secretary of Homeland Security asking for an exemption from President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned entrance to the U.S. by migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as refugees. According to a government press release, Somaliland’s foreign minister … More What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: Somaliland, Umebinyuo’s poetry, Sinkane’s album, & more