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Published: Friday, 02 Mar 2018
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

AAP's purpose is to promote sustainable, effective and equitable long-term partnerships among African organizations, MSU and other international organizations to address mutually defined challenges across a range of thematic issues. Toward this end, the AAP initiated activities in 2017 under three broad categories: (1) creating and refining the AAP Partnership Model; (2) building relationships and awareness about AAP; and (3) initiation of AAP programs.

Published: Thursday, 01 Mar 2018
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

Scholars, government, and the public at large have increasingly recognized higher education as an essential element for any society to address today's global challenges. However, key questions remain: Are higher education institutions and the higher education sector overall currently structured in such a way to most effectively meet this expectation? How might international partnerships contribute to institutions—on both sides of the partnership—in achieving this goal?


Peace Corps volunteer Heidi Kershner helps prepare chicken dinner in Komde, Benin.

Published: Monday, 26 Feb 2018
Author: Athalia Snyder
Department: Office of the Dean

MSU graduate Heidi Kershner was a senior at Michigan State when she applied to the Peace Corps, though her interests and studies had nudged her in that direction for years. In 2008, she earned her B.A. in anthropology and history, with specializations in African studies, peace & justice studies, and international development. By the time she walked the stage at graduation, Kershner was ready to go.


Hilda Tabulo sits with a child in Lilongwe's Mitundu market. Photo credit: Lizzy LaFave.

Published: Monday, 26 Feb 2018
Author: Lizzy LaFave
Department: Global Center for Food Systems Innovation

Women farmers and entrepreneurs in Malawi experience more limitations than their male counterparts, researchers say. Students in the 2017 Frugal Innovation Practicum (FIP) interviewed vendors at Mitundu market to learn about issues they face that affect their businesses and ability to put food on the table.


Keller at Work

Published: Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018
Author: Blessing S Mavima
Department: African Studies Center

"A Spartan researcher helps digitize rare African photos and create global access."

MSU's Candace Keller has been doing some incredible work with heritage preservation in Mali

(Read more about it here http://msutoday.msu.edu/feature/2018/preserving-heritage-in-mali/)

Published: Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018
Author: Blessing S Mavima
Department: African Studies Center

"MSU is a leader in innovating approaches to cross-continent research and collaboration and this dynamic platform will help us further integrate and connect area studies in new and exciting ways," (ASC director) Monson said.

(Rest of article here: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/msu-to-host-worlds-largest-research-hub-on-china-africa-engagement/)


Dr Monson marches with the Campus Community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published: Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018
Author: Blessing S Mavima
Department: African Studies Center

Given last week's hate-filled remarks about the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora, it is all the more critical that we use this opportunity to continue to strengthen our historical commitment at MSU and in the African Studies Center- to the production and dissemination of truthful knowledge about Africa.


Scholar Symon Masiaine (left) with Dr. Laura Marker at Pathways Namibia conference

Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Youth Empowerment Program
Department: Office of the Dean

Graduate Scholar Symon Masiaine presented at the 2018 Pathways Africa conference in Namibia. Masiaine attended the conference to present his current research findings from Northern Kenya, while also learning from other conservationists and speakers.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Being able to study and explore ecological and sustainability engineering topics helped broaden my view on what I could do in my career as an engineer. I had the opportunity to firsthand see wind farms, dam systems, observe and discuss farming methods, and explore waste reduction issues.



Published: Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Fortunately, my classes in Rome were far from traditional which made them more engaging and easier to succeed in. As much as I love my daily stroll past Wells Hall here in East Lansing, nothing beats going inside the Sistine Chapel or seeing the Trevi Fountain during a Tuesday class.