Program & Registration – Association of African Studies Programs (AASP) Spring Meeting, April 6-7

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Dear colleagues,

We invite you to join the Association of African Studies Programs (AASP) for its spring meeting!

Registration is free. AASP connects established and emerging African studies programs at higher education institutions in the US and beyond. Whether you’re at a federally-funded research center or are the sole person at your institution teaching and researching about Africa, all are welcome.

The meeting will be on Zoom on Thursday-Friday, April 6-7, 11am-3pm EST. Register at

See the flyer here and the full program details below. We look forward to (re)connecting with you soon!

Best wishes,
Eric, on behalf of the AASP

Cherif Correa (Madison College), Chair
Eric J. Schmidt (Boston University), Vice Chair
Anna-Maria Karnes (University of Pittsburgh), Secretary



Day 1: Thursday, April 6

11am | Panel: Federal International Education Programs (Title VI and Fulbright-Hays)

Dr. Gaby Gillespie, Jessica Lugg, and Matthew Robinson, program officers from the US Department of Education’s International Foreign Language Education Office (IFLE), will share updates and insights on international education programs including:

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
  • National Resource Centers (NRC) Program
  • International Research and Studies (IRS) Program
  • Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program
  • Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad

12:30pm | Keynote, Dr. Bob Wekesa: “US-Africa University Partnerships: Possibilities and Realities”

Dr. Wekesa, Deputy Director of the African Center for the Study of the United States, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa, will speak on the implications of the recent US-Africa Leaders Summit for higher education institutions.

2pm | Panel: Nonprofit International Education Programs

Program officers from several nonprofit organizations will share updates and insights on their programs. These include:

  • Jihane Ait Bihi, Program Coordinator, The Stevens Initiative
  • Jenny Parker, Director, West African Research Association
  • Alix Saba, Executive Director, African Studies Association

Day 2: Friday, April 7

11am | Tea Time: Collaborative Discussion on African Studies Programs

Join colleagues from African studies programs to network and discuss insights and challenges facing programs today. All are welcome to learn and share.

12:30pm | Keynote, Teresa Clarke: “Africa’s History Told by Africans”

Teresa Clarke, Chair and Executive Editor of, will discuss her work to reshape global narratives about Africa and a project recording oral histories of African businesswomen.

2pm | AASP Business Meeting

We invite AASP colleagues to join us to address various organizational priorities, including upcoming panels and bylaws. A full agenda will be shared at the meeting.


Registration for the spring meeting is free and can be completed at Title VI centers are reminded to please ensure they have paid their annual AASP dues on the ASA website.


You can join our Facebook page here and join our mailing list (aasp-l) by emailing Vice Chair Eric Schmidt ( requesting to be added.



Eric J. Schmidt, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
Assistant Director, African Studies Center
Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies |