Chubb Fellow 2016-2017: Hawa Abdi Human Rights Activist and Physician

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Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe is a Somali human rights activist and physician. She is the founder and chairperson of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF), a non-profit organization.  She was born in 1947 in Mogadishu. Her father was a worker in the city’s port and her mother died when she was very young. As the eldest child, Hawa was forced to raise her four sisters in conditions of poverty. But she never lost hope and sight of her dreams.

Chubb Fellowship Lecture


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 4:30 pm

The Chubb lecture will be held on April 18, 2017, in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona 1 Prospect Street, at 4:30 pm.  Doors will open for seating at 4;10 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.  It will be followed by a reception for Dr.Hawa Abdi with Timothy Dwight Fellows at the Timothy Dwight Head of College house.  This reception is by invitation only.  Following the reception, Head of College, Mary Lui will host a dinner in Dr. Hawa Abdi’s honor for Timothy Dwight students and other invited Yale students and guests.

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‘The Art of Life in South Africa’: Q&A with Yale historian Daniel Magaziner

From 1952 to 1981, South Africa’s apartheid government operated a training school for art teachers in the Bantu Education system — the school system for black South Africans.

Although primarily intended as a place to train teachers, the school, known as Ndaleni, offered black South Africans the largely unheard-of opportunity to learn art history and to train as artists. This opportunity came at a price: Upon completing the course, the students were to teach in a Bantu school for at least a year, entangling them with the apartheid state.

The Art of Life in South Africa,” a new book by Yale historian Daniel Magaziner, tells the story of Ndaleni’s students and teachers, the art they created, and the compromises they made — providing insights into the complexities of life under apartheid.

A new location and a new focus for Yale’s African Art Collection

A new installation of African art at the Yale University Art Gallery presents objects from Africa’s earliest cultures along with pieces that inspired modernist artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

Relocated from the gallery’s second floor to a more prominent space on the ground level, the installation presents more than 250 objects, spanning 3,000 years, including sculpture, ceramics, masks, ivory carvings, and metalwork. The objects are arranged by various themes, offering viewers a sense of Africa’s complex and varied artistic traditions.

Growth of Mega-Cities Will Consume Swaths of Cropland in Africa and Asia

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The growth of mega-cities will eliminate massive areas of valuable cropland in some parts of the world by the year 2030, according to a new international study co-authored by Yale Prof. Karen Seto.

According to the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, some 300,000 square kilometers of fertile cropland worldwide — an area roughly the size of New Jersey — will be lost.

While that accounts for only about 2 percent loss of today’s global cropland, the losses will be acute in some countries and regions, particularly in Africa and Asia, said Seto, Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).

Yalie Anjan Sundaram On Long List Of Pen-E.O. Wilson Awards

An award-winning journalist, Sundaram’s writing has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Observer and Foreign Policy. His war correspondence from the Central African Republic won a Frontline Club award in 2015, and his reporting on Congo won a Reuters prize in 2006. His work has also been shortlisted for the Prix Bayeux and the Kurt Schork award. Anjan graduated from Yale University, his website says.

Sundaram was born in Ranchi, India, and grew up between India and Dubai. He studied at Rishi Valley School in India, and Dubai Gem Private School in Dubai. After enrolling in the engineering program at IIT Chennai, he moved to the United States and graduated from Yale University in 2005. Sundaram earned a master’s degree in mathematics as an undergraduate at Yale studying abstract algebra under the legendary mathematician Serge Lang.

Alumnae spearheading campaign for digital girls’ library collection in Haiti

Studies have shown that males are represented nearly twice as often as females in books for children. Now Yale alumnae aim to empower girls around the globe through the creation of the Library For All Girls’ Collection.

Gwen Tilghman and Lauren Hoffman, both Yale College Class of 2014, are working with the non-profit Library For All on the first-of-its-kind digital girls’ library collection. Library For All seeks to close the gap in quality education through cloud-based digital libraries filled with locally relevant e-books.

Yale Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Attend African Conference on Emergency Medicine

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This week, as the university celebrates Africa week, a cohort of faculty, fellows, and residents from the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) travelled halfway across the globe to Cairo, Egypt, for the African Conference on Emergency Medicine (AfCEM).

The AfCEM meeting is the preeminent conference on emergency medicine and critical care on the African continent. It is the flagship scientific meeting of the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM). In recent years, the AFEM has taken multiple steps to address the need for a cadre of clinicians, specializing in initial management and stabilization of patients with “life- or limb-threatening illnesses.” Their efforts have led to the establishment of emergency medicine specialty training programs across Africa, as well as the founding of more than 10 emergency training programs during the past five years.