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Ufahamu Africa is a podcast about life and politics on the African continent, co-hosted by Kim Yi Dionne, professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, and Rachel Beatty Riedl, professor of government at Cornell University. Each Saturday, a new episode highlights what is happening in the news, followed by an interview with a diverse thinker or innovator who is deeply ingrained in the life, culture, and politics of the continent.
 
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This week, we are sharing expertise from Souleymane Bachir Diagne who spoke on a panel last October as part of "Repatriation of Museum Objects" for Cornell University's Institute for European Studies. Next week, we will be sharing the expertise of Cécile Fromont, another of the event's panelists, as part 2 of this episode.In the news, Kim and Rache…
 
Happy New Year! We are back with our first episode of 2021, and a conversation between our co-hosts Kim and Rachel. On our minds from 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, many of the elections held in the past year, and as always, we share what we are reading and the scholars and perspectives we're watching. … More Ep. 104: Looking back on 2020 a…
 
Joining us in conversation this week is Cyril Obi, program director of the African Peacebuilding Network, to talk with Rachel about the geopolitics of oil in Africa, his work with the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program, and the great work of the African Peacebuilding Network.And if you're still looking for gifts for your African stud…
 
Rachel Beatty Riedl, the new director of Cornell's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, illuminates the Center's new Migrations Initiative, as well as her investigations as a scholar and podcast host into life and politics on the African continent. Listen to Rachel's podcast, Ufahamu Africa, at https://ufahamuafrica.com. #jamm…
 
Nana Akufo-Addo has just won the presidency in this week's Ghanaian election with about 51 percent of the vote. We interview Noah Nathan, who has just published a new book on electoral politics in Ghana. He also tells us about his upcoming work on political brokers and party and state bureaucracy.Rachel and Kim tell us what's going on in African ne…
 
Why would a dictator create constraints to their own power? Anne Meng explains to us in this week's episode! Meng shares her expertise, which can also be found in her newly published article, "Winning the Game of Thrones," and book, "Constraining Dictatorship." In other news, Kim and Rachel cover Ivorian elections, term limits, and the insurgency i…
 
In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked language students at Cornell to thank their teachers for their hard work, particularly through the transition to remote learning in 2020. We share what a few of them had to say (in their target languages, of course). In order of appearance: Nandi Ndoro for Nandipa Sipengane, Zulu Alejna Gjakmani for Banu Ozer Grif…
 
Listen to our interview with Siba Grovogui about race and racism in international relations, in French! In this week's news wrap, Kim and Rachel talk about Zambia's COVID response, a crisis in Ethiopia, and the passing of Jerry Rawlings.We also announce our Ufahamu Africa essay competition. Submit a one-page essay reflecting on a topic of your choi…
 
Happy #100EpisodesOfUfahamu! For our 100th episode, Rachel interviews Siba Grovogui about race and racism in international relations. You can listen to the interview in English or French! Kim and Rachel talk about Zambia's COVID response, a crisis in Ethiopia, and the passing of Jerry Rawlings. We also announce our Ufahamu Africa essay competition.…
 
Christopher Hromalik follows up his talk, “Inclusive by Design: Universal Design for Learning and the World Language Classroom,” with a conversation about Universal Design for Learning and what it means for the language classroom. To watch Chris's talk and see his presentation slides, please visit our Speaker Series archive at https://lrc.cornell.e…
 
We are delighted to share this conversation between Nobel Prize winner Program of African Studies (PAS) and professor of English. Thank you to PAS for sharing this interview with us, which they hosted on October 2, 2020. Soyinka shares his thoughts on the American presidential election, the African diaspora, reclaiming African art, and more.Before …
 
David Forman talks all things Yiddish at Cornell, and shares some history of the language in New York and the United States in general. Join David for Yiddish Conversation Hour on Fridays from 12-1pm. אַן אַלרײַטניק# קענען זיך אין די שוואַתצע פּינטעלעך זײַן אַ קענער אין די שוואַרצע פּינטעלעךBy Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
In the news this week: #EndSARS, elections in Tanzania, and more. Kim and Rachel put these events into context and share what you need to know.This week's interview features guest host Patrick Mbullo Owuor in conversation with Denielle Elliott about KEMRI, Elliott's new research, and more! … More Ep. 98: A conversation between Patrick Mbullo Owuor …
 
Presidential elections are happening in multiple African countries, where we're seeing constitutional changes that allow presidents to seek third terms. Kim and Rachel also talk about the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Nigeria, the politics of education access, and a new report on migration in Africa. This week's interview features Lina Benab…
 
Kate Paesani joins us to follow up her talk, “Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Teacher Professional Development: From Research to Practice.” We’ll learn how educators can integrate multiliteracies into their curriculum. https://fllite.org/ https://newlearningonline.com/ https://carla.umn.edu/literacies/index.html #libellule #kindness…
 
Yonatan Morse, assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, says that there have been three crises occurring in Cameroon over the last few years. He discusses them with Kim in this week's interview.In the news: 400,000 people have not been able to register to vote in Burkina Faso, the world is watching the U.S. electio…
 
Melina Ivanchikova and Matt Ouellett, Center for Teaching Innovation Giulia Friso, Senior Research Associate, Plant Biology In our 100th episode, we dive into “Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom,” a Massive Open Online Course developed by Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation. Two of its creators, Melina Ivanchikova and Matt Ouellett, …
 
A lot is happening in the news! Kim and Rachel highlight some of the things they're seeing in their news feed, including: ECOWAS and Mali, African responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Takondwa Semphere's recent review of Beyonce's "Black is King."Kim interviews Oumar Ba, whose new book about the International Criminal Court highlights his expert…
 
Daniel Gallagher, from Cornell’s Classics department, reflects on his decade of experience living and working as a Latin secretary in the Vatican, and shares the many benefits of learning to speak and converse in a language some may consider “dead.” #sapientiaBy Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
We're back with season 5 of the Ufahamu Africa podcast! In this teaser episode, Kim and Rachel share what they've been reading, the conversations and guests they are looking forward to, and announce that the podcast has received funding from the Carnegie Corporation.Tune in every Saturday for new episodes that will continue to prioritize African pe…
 
Professor Beth Lyon, Director of Cornell’s Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, and Victor Flores, J.D. Candidate and Spanish instructor in our Languages Across the Curriculum Initiative, offer a look into Cornell’s Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, and the different educational methods they utilize to create access to the American justice system …
 
We kick off our first episode of season 6 with lessons learned over the summer. Sam and Angelika discuss building the LRC's Online Learning Community, and Cornell instructors Thierry Torea and Su George talk about their experiences in building community and engaging students online. #saucissonBy Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne (@dadakim) read her review of two recent books with insights on how increasing urbanization in Africa changes (or doesn’t change) politics and power: Noah L. Nathan’s (@noahlnathan) “Electoral Politics and Africa’s Urban Transition: Class and Ethnicity in Ghana,” and Jeffrey W. Paller’s (…
 
In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read Laura Seay’s review of From Pews to Politics: Religious Sermons and Political Participation in Africa, a book by Rachel Beatty Riedl and Gwyneth McClendon. The review was published in this past Friday’s installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS20), and th…
 
This week’s news wrap featured discussions about recent election updates in Burundi and Benin, leadership changes in Lesotho, and more news regarding summer bonus content! In this episode, we highlight a panel discussion from an event with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Our very own cohost, Kim Yi Dionne, was a part … M…
 
In the final episode of our Spring 2020 season, we speak with three Cornell language students about their transition into remote learning over the course of this semester: Jabari Gambrel (Wolof), JT Miller (Korean), and Skyeler McQueen (German). #hersugol #그냥 패스 #우리 #zanahoriasBy Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
Claire Ménard, Naomi Larson, and Munther Younes, lecturers of French, Japanese, and Arabic at Cornell University, share their experiences with the transition to remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. #samak#sharib#wunderbar#がんばろうBy Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
The news wrap for this week’s episode offers insights into legislative elections in Mali, COVID and politics in Malawi, and more. This week, we highlight a panel conversation with entrepreneurs from the Africa Summit at Princeton University on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation was hosted b…
 
We start this week's episode discussing the swarm of locusts wreaking havoc in East Africa, how COVID-19 will push the African region into its first recession in a quarter century, and the long term consequences of the pandemic for democracy and rights. Our featured guest this week is Dr. George Ogola (@Ogolah), a scholar of media in the global sou…
 
As we continue our special focus on language teaching and learning strategies in a virtual space, we welcome Andrew Ross to our podcast. Dr. Ross is the director of the Language Center at Harvard University. He joins us to discuss the role of the language center supporting teachers and students in these times.…
 
In this episode, we are joined once again by our colleague Chris Kaiser, Program Manager for the Shared Course Initiative, a collaborative agreement among Columbia, Cornell, and Yale Universities to share instruction in the less commonly taught languages. Chris shares several philosophies and strategies for assessing students in a time of social di…
 
What it is, Speaking of Language listeners! As we're sure you can imagine, our usual schedule here at the Language Resource Center has been disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. But fear not — we still plan to deliver weekly podcasts to you, both to maintain a sense of normalcy in an unusual time, and to keep you up to date on teaching and lea…
 
Ali Moeller, Edith S. Greer Professor of Language Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, joins us on campus as part of our monthly LRC Speaker Series to give a talk titled “Pathways to Language and Intercultural Proficiency.” She discusses how language learners can take on the role of cultural anthropologist for greater success and deeper…
 
Angelika interviews some fellow attendees of Language Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Trey Calvin, Managing Director of JNCL-NCLIS Rebecca Blouwolff, ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2020, French, Wellesley Middle School in Wellesley, MA Jenny Delfini, Spanish, Lenape Elementary in New Paltz, NY Keith Cothrun, Executive Director of AATG Meredith White, S…
 
Cornell senior Charlie Accurso describes his experiences as a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow, and the many opportunities he has been afforded as a speaker of many languages. FLAS Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and help graduate and undergraduate students acquire high levels of competence in languages that are d…
 
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