November 19, 2014
Table of Contents:
ASWAD 2015: Charleston, South Carolina - Call for Papers Now Open
Symposium, "The Future of African Leadership
USF in Brazil 2015 Summer Program Afro-Brazilian Culture, Portuguese Language, and Service-Learning! Salvador, Bahia, Brazil June 10 -July 11, 2015
The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) presents African and Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes Harvard University Friday, April 3, 2015 8 am - 5 pm
University of Florida African American Studies Program Lecturer

ASWAD 2015: Charleston, South Carolina
4-7 November 2015

"African Diaspora Circularities: Forging Community, Cultures and Politics"

Call for Papers Now Open - Deadline 12 January 2015  


TLP - Transformational Leadership Program

December 2, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
Philadelphia, PA

Strengthening Leadership on the African Continent

Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and The Africa Center, The Africa-America Institute will host a symposium, "The Future of African Leadership -- Assessing Leadership Development on the Continent", exploring the tremendous possibilities and challenges to African leadership.

The symposium will feature:
  • A case study on Leadership Development on the African continent;
  • Strengths-based Leadership & the Challenge with Deficit-Oriented Models for Leadership Development;
  • Evaluating Leadership Development Programs panel discussion; and
  • A special presentation on "The Impact of Leadership Development Programs in Africa", highlighting key findings and recommendations from AAI's evaluation study, The Transformational Leadership Program: An Evaluation of Impact in Capacity Building Leadership Program for Africa's Social Sector.

Co-sponsored by: The Africa-America Institute, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and Africa Center.
For more information, please contact:

The Africa-America Institute
phone: 212-949-5666

The Africa-America Institute (AAI) is a U.S.-based organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity in Africa through education, training and dialogue. To learn more, please visit

The Africa America Institute (AAI)
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1706
New York, NY 10170-0002
Tel: (212) 949-5666


USF in Brazil 2015 Summer Program 
Afro-Brazilian Culture, Portuguese Language, and Service-Learning!
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
June 10 -July 11, 2015


As part of the University of South Florida's initiative on Afro-Descendants in Latin America, we are organizing our third annual USF in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil program.  Salvador is a UNESCO Heritage Site, located in the northeastern region of Brazil, and it is characterized by a unique blend of African, European, and Indigenous cultures.  This program offers an intensive four week summer immersion program in two courses: 1) Afro-Brazilian culture and society and 2) Portuguese Language, so students can earn 6 credits. The Afro-Brazilian culture and society course will be taught with an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from sociology, political science, and anthropology to study contemporary issues such as racial discrimination, environmental justice, and social movements.  This program is unique because students will live with Brazilian families in a home-stay arrangement and participate in service-learning with the community organization, Instituto Steve Biko.  There are excursions to nearby towns (Cachoeira and the Island of Itapar´┐Żca) and opportunities to participate in cultural activities such as capoeira.  We welcome graduate and undergraduate students from across the country to participate in the USF in Brazil program.
It's free to apply, but space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis! Learn more and apply at: Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman at for more information.


The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) presents
African and Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes
Harvard University
Friday, April 3, 2015
8 am - 5 pm


Submission Deadline - Friday, December 19, 2014


The African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) presents its third day-long conference on the theme African and Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes. Coined by R. Murray Schafer, the term soundscape refers to a combination of sounds that inhabit an environment. Songs, stomps, chants, claps, rhythmic breaths, animal sounds, ringing bells, prayers, shaking rattles, shouts, laughter, rustles of leaves, pounding of pestle on mortar, and more comprise the soundscapes of African and Diasporic Religious practice. This conference will investigate and celebrate these sounds, the aural tapestries they weave, and the ways in which they are integral to our understandings of the worldsenses contained in these rich traditions.
For more information and to submit a proposal visit


University of Florida African American Studies Program Lecturer


The African-American Studies Program at the University of Florida is seeking a full-time lecturer in a non-tenure accruing position with a renewable nine-month contract. The position will begin in the Fall semester 2015. The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses per semester, including at least one of the Program's core courses:  introduction to African-American Studies course, Key Issues in African-American and Black-Atlantic Thought, African-American Studies Senior Integrative Seminar.  Candidates should have a Ph.D. in African-American Studies or a related academic field, demonstrated experience in teaching African-American Studies courses, a record of service related to the discipline of African-American Studies, and the ability to develop and teach online courses. Disciplinary backgrounds may include, but are not restricted to the following: anthropology, criminal justice, Diaspora studies, economics, history, literature and culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban studies, women's studies. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and include a full benefits package.


The African American Studies Program, which was established in 1969, has five core faculty members, and 10 faculty affiliates. The program currently offers a major and a minor in African American Studies and is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program emphasizes exceptional teaching, outstanding scholarly research, and service. The University of Florida is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the American Association of Universities, with 16 colleges and more than 100 research, service, and education centers.


Applications must be submitted on-line at and must include a letter of application, CV, statement of current and future research plans, two sample syllabi or a statement of teaching philosophy, samples of peer or student teaching evaluations (as available), selected publications or writing sample, dissertation abstract and chapter outline, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants will provide names/emails of references and the application system will send automated emails to references requesting that they upload their letters of reference directly to the application website. For full consideration, application materials should be received by November 30, 2014 when the committee will begin reviewing applications, but the position will remain open until filled.


All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at


The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida Sunshine's Law. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD).


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