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CAS Lecture Series: On 'Being Constitutional': J.E. Casely Hayford and the Facts of the Gold Coast Faith

Jeanne-Marie Jackson is an Associate Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, and a current Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her most recent book, The African Novel of Ideas (Princeton 2021) reads African novels through the lens of African philosophy to craft a story of how the form has negotiated between liberal selfhood and liberal critique. It ranges from the Fante Coast in the early twentieth century to contemporary South Africa and Zimbabwe, foregrounding work by figures including J.E. Casely Hayford, Stanlake Samkange, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, and Imraan Coovadia.

Ayi Kwei Armah’s “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” (1968), an Inspiration

Stephanie Newell, George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, will discuss the classic Ghanaian novel that inspired Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s ongoing series “The Beautyful Ones,” represented in the YCBA’s current exhibition of her work. Newell will describe the history and context of Ayi Kweh Armah’s novel of Ghanaian independence, and explore some of its themes. In this visceral novel, filled with dirt and bodily fluids, Armah vividly conjures the stench of political corruption.

South Sudan, Education and Yale

After losing his parents to the world’s longest civil war in Sudan, Lorem Aminathia spent 8 years of his childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. Raised a group of older boys, he launched an astonishing journey to Yale College, culminating in his selection for the first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in China.
Returning to the world’s newest independent country, South Sudan, Lorem recognized that his nation’s lack of an education system was not only an obstacle to progress, but also an exceptional development challenge in its own right.

South Sudan: Education and Yale

After losing his parents to the world’s longest civil war in Sudan, Lorem Aminathia spent 8 years of his childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. Raised a group of older boys, he launched an astonishing journey to Yale College, culminating in his selection for the first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in China.

PRFDHR Seminar: Assessing the Direct and Spillover Effects of Shocks to Refugee Remittances, Professor Sarah Walker

Professor Sarah Walker examines the impact of an exogenous shutdown of remittances to the Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya in 2015. She finds that the shutdown did not reduce refugee consumption on average. However, for households that previously received remittances through the networks that were shutdown, consumption decreased, while for those who continued to receive remittances through other mechanisms, consumption increased.

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