Africa Table

About

Students getting food from table

The Center for African Studies hosts its weekly lecture series Africa Table every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm in 123 Encina Hall, 615 Crothers Way on Stanford's Campus. 

Africa Table has been held on the same day, at the same time for over 30 years, hosting speakers from around the world on topics ranging from hip-hop to public health, generating lively discussions. Over the years CAS's growing number of students, faculty, staff, and community members has flourished. We look forward to welcoming you to learn with us at one of Stanford's most successful and attended lecture series.

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Student Reflection

"My favorite event hosted by CAS is the weekly Africa Table.  I have learnt a lot from speakers on many different topics about and related to various countries and communities within Africa. Africa Table has been a great opportunity to learn outside of class. I like that I can get up to date on academic, social, and political developments on the continent and simultaneously have a midweek check in with my favorite people on campus. One of my favorite  Africa Table talks was about the colonial era looting of art from the Senufo region in West Africa to Europe. There is so much about Africa that I have learnt at Africa Table that I would never have the opportunity to learn elsewhere. The food is always fantastic as well."
-CHARLES MULEMI, B.S. COMPUTER SCIENCE ‘17

 

Past Events

April
21
Date
Wed April 21st 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Speaker
Ken Opalo

A large literature documents the electoral benefits of clientelistic and programmatic policies in low-income states.

November
4
Date
Wed November 4th 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
This event will be held online

In dominant-party states, why do individuals vote in elections with foregone conclusions when they are neither bought nor coerced? In this Africa Table discussion, Dr.

October
7
Date
Wed October 7th 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
This event will be held online

Outsiders often perceive Africa as a continent in crisis, and many blame Africans for their plight.  Schmidt challenges this position, arguing that many current crises are the result of foreign…

February
26
Date
Wed February 26th 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
-DR. SARA LOWES-

123 ENCINA COMMONS
615 CROTHERS WAY
STANFORD, CA 94305

Between 1921 and 1956, French colonial governments organized medical campaigns to treat and prevent sleeping sickness.

February
19
Date
Wed February 19th 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
-NIC LYONS-

123 ENCINA COMMONS
615 CROTHERS WAY
STANFORD, CA 94305

The status of same-sex rights in many African countries has attracted considerable international scrutiny.

February
19
Date
Wed February 19th 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
-STEFANIA MANFIO-

123 ENCINA COMMONS
615 CROTHERS WAY
STANFORD, CA 94305

Mauritius is an island created by maritime endeavour and has been a critical node in the movement of people, goods, and ideas during the period of European expansion.

February
5
Date
Wed February 5th 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
-LIZ JACOB-

123 ENCINA COMMONS
615 CROTHERS WAY
STANFORD, CA 94305
Sexual Insult and Female Militancy in Côte d'Ivoire
 
For centuries, West African societies have borne witness to variations of the same feminine ritual: a…
January
29
Date
Wed January 29th 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
-DR. THOMAS SERRES-

123 ENCINA COMMONS
615 CROTHERS WAY
STANFORD, CA 94305

This talk investigates how a longstanding political and economic crisis has shaped Abdelaziz Bouteflika's rule in Algeria (1999-2019).

January
22
Date
Wed January 22nd 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
-DIVINE DUBE-
123 ENCINA COMMONS
615 CROTHERS WAY
STANFORD, CA 94305


Zimbabwe’s local media landscape has been in dire straits since the country's independence from white minority rule in 1980.

January
15
Date
Wed January 15th 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
123 ENCINA COMMONS
615 CROTHERS WAY
STANFORD, CA 94305

With the invention and global dissemination of new forms of biomedical birth control in the 1960s, African health workers across the continent faced a shared predicament: they relied on…