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Local Arrangements Activities at the ASA Annual Meeting

The 59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association will take place December 1-3 in Washington, DC. The ASA depends on its local members to help all Annual Meeting attendees make the most out of their visit to the host city each year, and Washington, DC, is no exception. The 2016 Local Arrangements Committee has put together a slate of activities, workshops, and panels to showcase Washington, DC, throughout the conference.

Conference attendees who have registered for the pre-conference Library of Congress workshop will have the chance to tour the Library, meet with the African Law Librarian as well as the Africa Section specialists, and view some of the documents, maps, and other materials held at the library.

Howard University will host the 2016 Welcome Reception, providing Annual Meeting attendees the chance to leave the hotel and visit Howard’s campus. The Welcome Reception will include welcomes from local dignitaries and university officials. Take this opportunity to explore a new part of Washington, DC! The ASA will screen the film, As I Open My Eyes, at Howard University during the Welcome Reception.

During the conference, Annual Meeting attendees can learn about the research being done in local universities, as well as what topics in African Studies are most salient to the Washington, DC community by attending one of the Local Arrangements Committee sponsored roundtables. This year’s sponsored roundtables are:
•    Roundtable: Human Rights Horizons: Obama’s Legacies and Transnational Advocacy Strategies
•    Howard University -150 Years of Engagement with the African World: A Legacy of Teaching, Scholarship and Public Service 
•    Roundtable: Re-Conceptualizing Genderhood in Post-Conflict Societies: Education, Policy, and Art as Pathways to the Future
•    Roundtable: Bridging the Boundaries of Scholarship, Policy, and Practice in African Studies
•    Roundtable: Imagining Africa at the Center of our Plate: Preserving, Profiting, and Healing our Roots
•    Roundtable: Centers for African Studies as Models for Collaborative Teaching, Research and Public Education: U.S. Department of Education Academic Partnerships

More information about each of these roundtables can be found in the ASA preliminary program, and will be available in the final program.

The closing reception and awards ceremony will be sponsored by American University and Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, and as always, will be an event not be missed! The ever popular dance party will feature a local band, Cheick Hamala Diabate Band, and DJ Georges Collinet of AfroPop Worldwide, and a chance to celebrate another great Annual Meeting.

If you have questions about the Local Arrangements Committee’s activities or Washington, DC, you can find more information about the committee here, and here.

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