Harvard African Studies
The Committee on African Studies at Harvard University was established in 1969 to coordinate teaching and research on Africa and advance knowledge and understanding of the continent and its peoples. It is chaired by Harvard College Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong and members are drawn from faculty across the University who have African expertise. Its' membership currently stands at thirty-two.
The Committee is the sponsor of the Africa Initiative, an inter-disciplinary research, teaching, an outreach project revolving around the five themes of Health, Healing and Ritual Practice; Governance, Power and Authority; Human Capital and Economic Growth; Realms of Knowledge, Memory and Contestation; and African Creativity: Popular Culture, Performance and Art.
In the 2002-03 academic year, the Committee expressed an interest in a relationship with the African Public Broadcasting Corporation (APBF), and to serve as a knowledge base for development-oriented programs for broadcasting in Africa. From the summer of 2005, the Committee and APBF will co-sponsor internships for Harvard undergraduate students with an interest in broadcasting in Africa. More information on the Committee on African Studies can be found at: www.africa.harvard.edu.