Considering race and poverty

To continue one thread of conversation from class last week: how are race and poverty related in South Africa? In class, we looked specifically at conditions in black communities in Johannesburg: Alexandra and Soweto during the 1970s. This photo essay by Nadine Hutton complicates that conversation significantly, and brings the issue up to the present. We will continue to discuss the relationship between race and poverty, with a particular focus on education and the circulation of ideas when we look at Steve Biko’s biography next week, and then bring the conversation to more recent history in the week after that.

Thanks to John Edwin Mason for posting links to Hutton’s work.

Yeah Samake

The Center the Study of Democracy and the International Studies Program cordially invites you to a special lunch on Democracy and Conflict with

Yeah Samake, Mayor of Ouélessébougou, Mali
“Making Democracy Work in Mali”
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
SSPA 2112

Yeah Samaké is Mayor of Ouélessébougou, Mali, and, until a military coup unseated the government in March, was a presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential election.  Mr. Samaké (Masters, Public Policy) has directed the Mali Rising Foundation since 2004, a non-profit organization that builds schools in rural Mali.  As Mayor, he helped Ouélessébougou become one of the top ranking economies in Mali, he organized local councils to foster democratic voice, and he promoted the education of government officials on the importance of good governance and transparency.  He was elected Vice President of the League of Mayors in 2011.  Mr. Samaké will discuss his efforts to make democracy work as Mayor of Ouélessébougou, the recent challenges to democracy posed by the coup, and the future prospects for democracy in Mali.

Please RSVP to by Friday, May 11, 2012 as seating is limited.  A light lunch will be served so your response is required.

Comparing Resistance Movements: Palestine

The Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine presents its annual Palestine Week during Week 6 [5/7/12 – 5/10/12].

This week, titled “Palestine Liberation Week: Getting to the Root of the Occupation” aims to educate and raise awareness on campus about the plight of the Palestinian people, who have been living under illegal occupation for almost 64 years, with the hope that this knowledge will turn into action.

MSU is hosting a number of events and will be out on Ring Road everyday throughout the week!

Specifically the event: “Apartheid Resurrected: Parallels Between Israel and Apartheid in South Africa” next Tuesday, May 8th at 8 PM in the Student Center Crystal Cove Auditorium. This talk is given by Omar Shakir a activist, he has an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a law student at Stanford University School of Law.

For more information about Palestine Liberation Week, visit