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2017 Annual ASIMP Symposium: Innovations in Africa

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

University Student Union, Northridge Room

African Studies Interdisciplinary Minor Program
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
California State University, Northridge

Innovations in Africa Symposium Schedule

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

9:00    Continental Breakfast

9:30     Welcome:

Dr. Theresa White, Chair, Africana Studies
Tom Spencer-Walters, Africana Studies
Suzanne Scheld, Anthropology, ASIMP Coordinator

9:45     Creative Responses to Crises: Dealing with Famines in Medieval Egypt and the Maghrib

Rachel Howes, History, CSU Northridge

     Innovative African Contributions to the Global Garment Industry

Suzanne Scheld, Anthropology, CSU Northridge

11:00   Engineering and Innovating with New Technology

     Building Engineering Capacity in Africa: IEEE’s Roles and the EPICS in IEEE Programs

Dean S.K. Ramesh, College of Engineering and
Computer Science, CSUN/Vice President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, IEEE

     From Celluloid to Digital: Trial and Error in Postcolonial African Cinema

Hamidou Soumah, Cinema and TV Arts, CSU Northridge

12:45   Keynote Address

     “Intellectual Property as Related to Patents”

Lytton Ade-Kunle Williams, M.D.

1:45    Break

2:00    African Innovation in Expressive Culture

     Women and Art-Making in Africa

Kanchana Ugbabe
University of Jos,
Nigeria & Gender & Women’s Studies,

     Imagination and Innovation in African Art

Peri Klemm, Art, CSU Northridge

3:15    Closure

This program is free of charge. Parking is available in the B3 structure via Booth 2 at Prairie St. & Darby Ave. for $8.00. For additional information, please call the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 818-677-3317.

Communication services (sign language, interpreters, notetakers, real-time captionists or assistive listening devices) are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance.