Executive Applications Deadline

We would like to inform all members that the deadline for submitting applications for an Executive position with AAI is this Thursday, March 18th at 11:59pm. Submit your applications to vpadmin.aai@gmail.com otherwise your name will not be on the ballot.


Dialogue Session

MCF in collaboration with AAI is organizing a dialogue session. Our speaker is Thato Makgolane, an alum of UBC who is originally from South Africa. Thato is an experienced accountant with over 4 years of broad range mining related work experience, including operating mine experience. He graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting from the UBC Sauder School of Business. He is also a member of the Harambe Entrepreneurs Alliance – a network of young African thought leaders and change makers. Thato is absolutely fantastic at maintaining and creating relationships with people in his home country and the broader African continent.

1) Building and Sustaining a Professional African Network from outside of the African Continent.
2) Education is not the answer to Africa’s leadership void

When: March 16th from 6:30 to 8pm
Where: Global Lounge
Food will be served!

Hope to see you there:)

International Development event

IdeasXChange is organizing a panel/workshop this Thursday, February 25 at 6:00pm.  Given IdeasXChange commitment to sustainabilityInternational Development, Interdisciplinary Solutions event is meant to inspire and empower anyone that wants to make a difference on an international scale.

This will be a chance to mingle and learn from some of Vancouver’s most innovative minds in international development.

Panelists are:
Darren Schemmer – Over 25 years in international development and diplomacy experience. Schemmer has worked in CIDA and has served abroad as a diplomat in Nicaragua, Honduras, USA, Egypt, and was most recently as the High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo.
Scott Nelson – Nelson has been an activist and entrepreneur in Vancouver for over 25 years. He is the founder of various startups and has been a consultant for Environment Canada, Greenpeace, BCCIC and many others. Nelson will share the role of technology/non profits in international development.
Malaika Kapur – Kapur is an active UBC student and the founding president of the Tanzania Heart Babies Project. An initiative that raises awareness about pediatric cardiac surgery in Tanzania. She is also a director at the UBC African Business Club. Kapur will highlight changing the African conversation and the opportunities there are within Africa to alleviate poverty.
WhenThursday, February 25 at 6:00pm
What else you will get out of this event:
             Food and beverages provided
             The chance to mingle and learn
             Cost: FREE! (Donations accepted)
WhereUBC Liu Institute for Global Issues (6476 NW Marine Dr)
Please arrive by 6:00pm as food is provided and since there will be a chance to mingle with other participants, facilitators, and panelists. 
Hope to see you there!

The UBC African Studies Colloquium Presents

Clandestine Construction in the Subúrbios of Lourenço Marques, Mozambique, c. 1960 – 1974

Talk by: David Morton, Assistant Professor, African History

Date: Thursday, Feb. 11, 3:15 – 4:45 pm

Venue: Green College Coach House (6201 Cecil Green Park Road V6T 1Z1)

For most of the colonial era, the rules for building a house in the African suburbs of Lourenço Marques were relatively simple. If you were assimilado—an African who had legally established that he was sufficiently “Portuguese”—you had to live in a wood-framed, zinc-paneled house. It was a requisite for keeping your more privileged status. If you were classified indígena, chances were that your income wouldn’t permit you to build more than a house of reeds. No one, save in the rare case, was allowed to build in concrete blocks.

The bulk of the city’s population lived in these neighbourhoods, yet one’s existence there was made officially precarious. The City of Reeds, as the suburbs were collectively known, was designated for the future expansion of the city’s European core. According to official thinking, if Africans were allowed to build in permanent construction in the City of Reeds, it would have legitimated their presence there, and made the eventual job of bulldozing homes that much more difficult.

This presentation, based largely on oral history, explores the intersection of citizenship, race, status, and home construction in the shantytowns of Lourenço Marques during the late colonial era. It focuses, in particular, on the risks some suburban residents took to build illegally in concrete block, a means through which they established a sense of permanence in the city, and a claim to belonging.  

Morton African Studies colloquium poster – 2.11.16 v3

For more information about the African Studies Colloquium, contact david.morton@ubc.ca.