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Fall 2018

Celebration of the Life of Bernard Woma

October 21 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Near-Marshall BCC Grand Hall Join friends, students, teachers, colleagues, and family for a celebration of the life of this extraordinary musician, teacher, and human being through music, song, dance, and spoken word. Download the flyer here.


Film Screening: Vaya

November 1 | 4:30pm | Wells 048 (Screening Room)
In filmmaker Akin Omotoso's VAYA, the title is a phrase spoken in South African townships meaning “to go.” VAYA takes viewers along on a journey of three young South Africans who travel away from their rural homes on a train bound for Johannesburg. Stirring and suspenseful, the intertwining stories of these naive strangers as they struggle to survive culminates in an explosive moment not soon forgotten. Based on real accounts, VAYA made its World Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered Mr. Omotoso the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director. Sponsored by Black Film Center Archive, ARRAY, and the IU African Studies Program. Discover more at


Lecture: Janet Roitman

November 2 | 3:00pm | Student Building, Room 159
Janet Roitman, Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research, New York, and author of Anti-Crisis, an examination of the status of the concept “crisis” in contemporary theoretical discourse, presents Inside the Ethnographer’s Studio. Sponsored by the IU Department of Anthropology and the African Studies Program. Roitman will also take part in a panel discussion on Saturday, November 3, 12:00pm - 5:00pm, in the IMU Distinguished Alumni Room, sponsored by the IU Department of Germanic Studies.


Lecture: "It's Hard Work to be a Gamebwoy, and Other Lessons on Money, Magic, and Masculinity in Ghana"

November 7 | 6:00pm | Morrison Hall, Hoagy Carmichael Room
Emily Stratton, Ph. D. student in the IU Department of Religious Studies, makes a brief return to Bloomington from Ghana and will present this intriguing talk. Full abstract here.


Conference: A Double Colonialism

December 3 | 10:00am - 6:30pm | IMU Oak Room

A Double Colonialism: New Directions in the History and Culture of Namibia and South West Africa. A one day workshop bringing together established scholars and graduate students working on the history and culture of Namibia and South West Africa from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Featuring:

  • Adam Blackler
  • Robert Gordon
  • Patricia Hayes
  • Asher Lubotzky
  • William Lyon
  • Molly McCullers
  • Bernard Moore
  • Jason Owens
  • Stephanie Quinn
  • Christian Williams
  • A screening of “Skulls of my People”
Sponsored by:
College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI)
IU Department of Germanic Studies
IU Department of International Studies
African Studies Program