Events & News

The Africa Institute works collaboratively across campus to bring our membership and the Western community a variety of inclusive and engaging events. Please explore below to learn more about our events and stay tuned for future events!

Africa-Western Collaboration Day

Every year during International Week at Western, which takes place in November, we host our annual Africa-Western Collaboration Day. Click here to learn more about this annual event. 

African Conversations Series

The Africa Institute is excited to announce the launch of our new monthly talk series, Africa Conversations. You can see our upcoming talks, past recorded talks, and learn more here

Lectures, Speakers and Other Events

The Africa Institute hosts a myriad of events from hosting speakers to workshops to forums. See below to see some of our past events.

Past Events

May 11, 2017
RGE Murray Annual Lectureship
Dr. Peter Mugyenyi, Executive Director, Joint Clinical Research Centre, Kampala

December 15, 2017
“Changing Narrative on Development Discourse in Africa: The African Population Health Research Center’s Experience”
Dr. Alex Ezeh, Senior Advisor, Senior Advisor, African Population Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya
Co-hosted with Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

February 2, 2018
“Bridging the Gap”
Africa Institute Seminar Series

March 23, 2018
“From the Field to the Classroom: How to Turn your African Field Experiences into Teaching Cases”
Dr. Patrick Shulist, Ivey Business School

March 27, 2018
AI Graduate Committee Spring Speaker Series
“Behind the Scences: Sharing Experiences of Doing Research in Ghana and Madagascar”
Dr. Andrew Walsh, Anthropology and Mingyuan Zhang (PhD Candidate, Anthropology)
Dr. Patrick Shulist, Ivey Business and Siera Vercillo (PhD Candidate, Geography)
Facilitator: Uche Ikenyei (PhD Candidate, FIMS)

March 29, 2018
“The Landscapes of Boko Haram”
Scott MacEachern, Bowdoin College
Co-hosted with Department of Historory and Anthropology and Social Science Student Donation Fund

April 26, 2018
Dr. Ernest Yanful, Professor, Civil Engineering, Western
Africa Institute Seminar Series

May 4, 2018
Sponsored Free Symposium on Health Through Food and Microbes

June 12, 2019
A Reception to Honour Prof. Tebello Nyokong, Rhodes University
Alumna and Honorary Degree Recipient
Co-hosted with the Department of Chemistry

October 2, 2019
Case Writing Workshop
A Collaboration between HEIDI and the Africa Institute

October 24, 2019
“Women’s Peacebuilding : Lessons from a Liberian Leader and Activist”
Cerue Konah Garlo, Carter Centre Liberia
Co-hosted with the Ivey International Business Club and the Global Health Systems Program

January 17, 2020
Case Writing Workshop
A collaboration between HEIDI and the Africa Institute

Canada-Africa Young Scholars Coalition Events

You can read more about the newly launched Canada-Africa Young Scholars Coalition here. To see some of the past events the graduate students of the Africa Institute have offered, see below.

Past Events

December 15, 2017
Meet and Greet with Dr. Alex Ezeh
Senior Advisor, Senior Advisor, African Population Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya

January 29, 2018
Meet and Greet with Trust Birungi
Brought by Engineers without Borders, a Ugandan Entrepreneur
Co-Founder of Akorion

April 8, 2019
AIGSC Social at The Grad Club

November 13, 2019
Meet and Greet with Dr. Abeba Mengistu, Dr. Jean Bosco Rusagara, Dr. Charles Lagat and H.E. Tarig Hassan Sulieman Abusalih, Ambassador to Sudan
Distinguished Guests for our 2019 Africa-Western Collaboration Day