International Studies & Programs

Eye on Africa

Eye on Africa is a weekly seminar series that provides scholars, policy-makers, applied practitioners, students, and the interested public with cutting-edge and highly-contextualized knowledge about the African continent.

Spring 2017 Speaker Schedule (PDF)
Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.*

*(Please confirm as individual dates and times may change)
International Center, Room 201

Emerging and established scholars share the results of their recent research, with time for audience questions and comments. The series draws on a diverse group of presenters to create an inclusive, holistic view of African history, social movements, the economy, and politics.


Upcoming Speaker(s)

Stephen L. Esquith, Dean, Residential College of Arts and Humanities, MSU. 

"Peace Building in Mali"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:00-1:30pm, Room 201 International Center

Esquith.png Steve Esquith is professor of philosophy and Dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. He has been working in Mali since 2002 on a variety of ethics and development projects, including the commercialization of art, the decentralization of political power, the reform of education, and the intensification of agriculture. He taught at the universities in Mali in 2005-06, and since the coup and occupation in 2012-13, he has focused on local initiatives to achieve truth, justice, and reconciliation in Mali. He is the author of, among others things, The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders (Penn State University Press, 2010) and ³The Political Responsibility of Bystanders: The Case of Mali,² Journal of Global Ethics (December 2013)

About the talk:
Transformative peace education empowers students and other citizens to address the spread of violence in their communities through a process of reflection and dialogue in which they take an active role. In Mali this has taken the form of a set of related concrete community-based initiatives that can be scaled up to reach other communities. These initiatives have included a picture book project, an interactive peace game, and a series of local dialogue forums. The three initiatives are linked together as part of a single peace education program that has begun in the town of Kati where the 2012 coup began.


Past Episodes

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