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October 2014

Panel Presentation: Women's Land Rights as Economic Rights

Thursday October 16, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 pm | Reception to follow
Thomson 101, University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Presented by UW Center for Human Rights and Landesa. Sponsored by: China Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies, South Asia Center, Gates Public Service Program, Sustainable International Development L.L.M. Program, Center for Global Studies and East Asia Center.

Women’s Land Rights as Economic Rights. Speakers are visiting professionals from Africa, China and India.

Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Followed by Reception (7:30 - 8:30 pm)
University of Washington, Thomson hall, room 101


Fibian LukaloFibian Lukalo, Ph.D., Education Sociology and Gender, University of Cambridge
Director, Research and Advocacy, Kenya National Land Commission

Currently the director of research and advocacy for Kenya’s National Land Commission, Fibian Lukalo views gender as a vital component to decision-making around the legal demands of land reform and its utilization in communities. Fibian Lukalo received her PhD in educational sociology and gender in 2010 from the University of Cambridge. With extensive experience in research, program development, and consultancy work in East Africa, Fibian has advanced African gender studies through projects conducted with the Lake Victoria Sida-Sarec Initiative, the Nordic African Institute (Gender, Youth and Age and Food Project), CODESRIA-Senegal, and OSSREA-Ethiopia.

Sabita ParidaSabita Parida, M.A., Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University, Heller
Program Coordinator, Smallholder Agriculture & Climate Change, Oxfam India

Sabita Parida manages Oxfam India’s smallholder agriculture and climate change program, which includes an objective to increase women farmers’ access to and control over land. Sabita has worked at Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), helping rural women increase their farm incomes through the introduction of new production technologies. She is currently pursuing studies in policy development and gender, receiving a Ford Foundation scholarship to attend Brandeis University’s MA program in sustainable international development.

Xiaopeng Pang, Ph.D., Economics, Renmin University of China
Associate Professor, School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development

Deputy Director of the Rural Development Institute, Renmin University of China, Beijing
Xiaopeng Pang teaches courses in development economics, Chinese economy, and rural development. She has also been invited as a visiting professor to teach at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and to conduct research at the University of California, Davis. Xiaopeng’s research focuses on Chinese village elections, poverty reduction and rural development, and gender and public policy, and she has contributed to numerous studies in these areas. She is currently conducting research on bringing a gender perspective to the process of public policy development using evidence from China’s rural education policy.

This is event is generously sponsored by China Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies, South Asia Center, Gates Public Service Program, Sustainable International Development L.L.M. Program, Center for Global Studies and East Asia Center.


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Friday October 17, 2014
Communications 202

Members of WIRED (Women Investigating Race, Ethnicity, and Difference)

Simpson Center for the Humanities

Simpson Center for the Humanities tel (206) 543-3920

This Symposium brings together WIRED (Women Investigating Race, Ethnicity, and Difference) members to engage the life and work of Stuart Hall (1932-2014). Presentations may take the form of reflections, manifestos, reports on ongoing projects, or plans for future projects. 

More details on WIRED event

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November 2014

16th Annual Africa Day Business Forum and Celebration Dinner

Saturday November 8, 2014
8:00am - 10:00pm
Motif Hotel - 1415 5th Avenue Seattle, WA

Various presenters

African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest

Irine Kariuki (206) 256-6139

'Wake up to the New Africa"

Business and Investment Opportunities

Join us for the 16th Annual Africa Day Business Forum, an all-day event of net-working and learning about the many business and trade opportunities between Africa and the Pacific Northwest. At the forum, you will have the chance to hear from and speak with local and international experts about expanding your business abroad. Come join us and meet your local business, community, and political leaders to discuss the many trade opportunities with Africa! The Africa Day Business Forum is an all-day conference that includes a morning business forum and lunch, panel discussions, a dinner auction, and local African entertainment. There will also be opportunities to have one-on-one sessions with Ambassadors and other presenters.


§ Honorable Senator Maria Cantwell, US Senator for Washington State

§ Honorable Congressman Jim McDermott

§ Honorable Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle

§ H.E. Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the U.S.

§ H.E. Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, African Union Ambassador

§ Honorable Governor Jackson Mandago, Governor Uasin Gishu County

§ H.E. Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, Trade and Industry Department African Union Commission

§ H.E. Ambassador Martin Andjaba, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the U.S.

§ Mr. Anthony Carroll, VP Manchester Trade Limited, INC.

§ Mr. Kevin Boyd, US Department of Commerce

§ Mr. John Brislin, Director of Export-Import Bank of Seattle

§ Mr. Albert Shen, National Deputy Director for Minority Business Development Agency

§ Ms. Barlin H. Ali, Program Coordinator at the Center of International Disaster Information USAID

§ Doug Kemper, President & CEO of Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington State


Register Now!

Call: (206) 256-6139


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Back to the Indiginous: Re-Imagining Spirituality in Response to Climate Change

Thursday November 13, 2014
7 PM - 9 PM
Communications Bldg, room 120

James Perkinson, Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Comparative Religion

 A long-time activist and educator from inner city Detroit, where he has a history of involvement in various community development initiatives and low-income housing projects, Perkinson holds a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago, with a secondary focus on history of religions. His books include: White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity and Shamanism, Racism, and Hip-Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion. He has written extensively in both academic and popular journals on questions of race, class and colonialism in connection with religion and urban culture. He is in demand as a speaker on a wide variety of topics related to his interests and a recognized artist on the spoken-word poetry scene in the inner city.

Jim  is particularly concerned to understand the way white supremacy, as an effect of colonial Christian practices, continues to be reproduced in mainstream Western cultures. In addition, he explores how the creative forms of cultural resistance developed by marginalized groups and indigenous peoples can critically challenge Christianity today.

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African Studies Program
University of Washington
419 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Ben Gardner / Chair
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

Harry Murphy
ASP Librarian