Center for African Studies Annual Report (20-21)

Join CAS as we reflect on the Center's accomplishments, collaborations, and perspectives throughout the past virtual year.

A Virtual Year in Review

CAS Stats & Overview
Letter from the Director
CAS Event Spotlights
Global Black Studies Reading Group, Shaping the Conversation Series, and AFRICAST 95 - Shifting Frames
Community Voices
Undergraduate Testimonial, Grad Student Remarks, Faculty Soundbites

CAS Stats and Overview

Being virtual this year enabled CAS to host some of its incredible guest speakers abroad and collaborate with centers across campus. Going virtual helped the Center reach more people than ever before, expanding our community impact in more ways than we could imagine. 


Whether teaching, sharing, or building community, every participant and attendee had a role to play in carrying CAS forward this past year. Scroll on to see what our faculty, students, and friends have to say about 2020!

Letter from the Director

CAS Director Joel Cabrita shares her thoughts about the 2020-2021 academic year in our latest edition of our Center's annual report.

Read the full letter here.

New Partnerships

CAS Gets Innovative

This year, CAS was able to partner with student groups and centers on campus to create three new workshops, while continuing the legendary "Shifting Frames" course online. Click on to read more!

Shaping the Conversation On Justice, Access, and Equal Rights

Also know as the Africa Table takeover, this series sought to deepen conversations around youth politics, healthcare, LGBTQ rights, & FinTech on the continent.

The Global Black Studies Reading Group

...aiming to illustrate the broad and capacious nature of African and African-American Studies at Stanford and the field of Black Studies as a whole.

AFRICST 195: Shifting Frames

Heard of Shifting Frames? Few courses compare to the experience of AFRICAST 195, where students have a platform to discuss  and reframe real issues concerning the African continent. 



"What Does CAS Mean to You?"

With a year full of challenges and time apart, we find solace and joy reflecting on the  the Center's purpose and meaning. With all the programming and learning we've been able to facilitate this year, click below to hear what some of our favorite undergrads, graduate students, and faculty members have to say about CAS. 

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Voices featured: Thierry Uwase, Bena Habtamu, and Bethel Bayrau


Faculty Voices

Dr. Grant Parker

Click here to listen to what CAS means to our award-winning, Classics professor Grant Parker

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Dr. Fatoumata Seck

Listen to Dr. Fatoumata Seck's take on what our Center means to her

Dr. Desiree LaBeaud

Watch Professor of Pediatrics and CAS faculty affiliate Dr. Desiree LaBeaud  as she talks about her experience with the Center for African Studies

Dr. Robert Siegel

Microbiology & immunology professor Bob Siegel shares his thoughts on our center's impact on his teaching over the last 15 years. 

Please Stop By!

And just like that, we're back on campus. After months of working and learning at home, CAS is back in session, open Monday through Thursday from 11am-6pm. In addition to using the inside of Encina Commons 127, you can find our door open from the adjacent courtyard as well, where we will continue learning and building community with one another. We encourage you to stop by, and sign up for one of our mailing lists to keep up with our busy event schedule. Email africanstudies [at] to get connected!