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Africanizing Technology Conference

An invitation from Jasmine Mack ’16:

Africa has long been a space of technological innovation and adaptation despite popular Western media depictions to the contrary. In fact, Africa is at the center of global technology stories such as the history of nuclear proliferation. Recently scholars have documented novel uses of contemporary media technologies on the continent, as well as adaptations of older technologies such as studio photography or the automobile, all of which have had rich and complicated social impacts. Writers, artisans, and farmers have also created new technological cultures, while many African medical professionals have responded to technologically ‘poor’ environments by improvising basic solutions. Africanizing Technology aims to highlight and interrogate these and other technology stories on the continent from an interdisciplinary perspective.

More information after the jump:

Africa Innovation Summit and Ariya

A post on behalf of Chelsea Amo-Tweneboah ’15

Wesleyan’s African Students Association will host the first Africa
Innovation Summit on November 7, 2014. With co-sponsorship from
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and other
campus partners, this event will provide a platform for exposure and
conversation about the growth of innovation on the African continent,
and it will celebrate those who are paving a new path for progress in
Africa. In addition, their annual culture show, Ariya, will be taking
place Saturday November 8th, 2014 in the World Music Hall

When: 2:30-8pm Friday 11/7 for the conference, and Saturday 11/8 for the culture show
Where: Daniel Family Commons and World Music Hall
Cost: $5 Wesleyan Students $10 General Admission
Link: for all of the information

 

Changing Lives with Clean Water Information Session

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From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:

Interested in volunteering in Africa?  Want to learn more about the global water crisis?  Looking for experience working in the field and want to make a sustainable impact?  Come to an information session about the Community Water Solutions (CWS) Fellowship Program!

The CWS Fellowship Program is a three-week volunteer trip in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the program is to teach students about the water crisis while giving them an opportunity to make a significant, lasting impact on this global problem.

Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. Each team works with their community to build a water treatment business and train local women entrepreneurs how to run it. By the end of the 3 week program, each team will have provided a permanent source of safe drinking water for an entire community (approx. 1,000 people)! Over the past 3 years, CWS has hosted 179 Fellows in Ghana who have launched 50 water businesses in rural villages. Check out this video to learn more about the CWS and the Fellowship!

CWS hosts two programs in Ghana each year: The Winter Program, which takes place from December 28th-January 19th and the Summer Program which takes place from May 29th-June 19th. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply now!

Date: Today, November 12th
Time: 4:15pm
Place: Allbritton 004
Link: REGISTER HERE

From Apps to Africa: Wes Students Use Technology to do Big Things

kwakuAnyone who goes here knows that Wesleyan has no shortage of exceptional students. Just recently, Wesleying caught up with one who is making serious waves in the tech community. Read on to learn about HushCal and JóòMah, two revolutionary ideas with potential to change the world.

I met up with Kwaku Akoi ’14 at 9am on Wednesday morning in Pi Cafe, an hour before his Classic French Comics class.  Originally from Ghana, Akoi actually spent most of his high school career at the Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut, which is only 45 minutes north of Middletown. Here at Wesleyan, he is majoring in Economics and French, so when people learn about his true passion, it always comes as a bit of a surprise.

“I love Software Design. And I do a little bit of Programming.”

Akoi is tall, thin, and well spoken. As we talked, a few people approached him, gave him nods or high fives, and then continued on towards their coffee and bagels.

RevioSync

 Last February, Akoi started a company, called RevioSync, which consists of Wesleyan      students and a business partner at Microsoft Corporation. When I asked Akoi who this  partner or what he did, he told me that he couldn’t disclose that information.

“Alright,” I said. “Can I just call him Morpheus?”

SHOFCO Valentine’s Day Singing Grams

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From the angelic Maeve Russell ’14:

Need something for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? SHOFCO and Wesleyan’s a capella groups are teaming up for the ultimate gift: a live delivery of beautiful singers serenading your boo at ze’s door.

We’ll be selling these performances ($10 each) on Monday-Wednesday at lunch and dinner in Usdan. Then just wait and enjoy all the serenading that will happen on Valentine’s Day! Supply is extremely limited, so knowing your loved one’s campus address and having a vague idea of their Thursday whereabouts will be helpful!

Here’s the lineup:

NEW GROUP: Love On Top- Beyonce, Secret- Maroon 5, I Wanna Be Your Lover- Prince
Delivery @ 12am Thursday (midnight Wednesday)

NOTABLY SHARP: S&M- Rihanna, Time of the Season- The Zombies, This Love- Maroon 5
Delivery @ 12pm Thursday

Parents Talk: Winter Break Controversy ’12/’13

We’re now four weeks into break with one left to go. As a senior back on campus, I can tell you it seems a lot of people have found excuses to come back early. Is break too long, or does it offer the optimal amount of time to get a job, an internship, work on one’s thesis, or do something else productive? Regardless of how you feel, your parents sure have opinions. Some gems from the “parents_talk” listserv:

“At this moment we Californians are blessed with a relaxing, sunny (as in no snow) riotous (bumpy backroad stand-up-in-the-jeep) vacation with our daughter who is also preparing for her upcoming “internship” when we return to the Bay Area. It couldn’t be sweeter. That said, in speaking to her about the viewpoints expressed here, she’d gladly “trade” several winter break days for a couple of extended weekends with no classes to get on top of the voluminous workload at school…just because she loves it so much!!” – P’15

“If you live in a rural college town that is also dormant for part of Wes’s break, there are no museums open. Many local businesses also close. The local college kids sew up any internships, via long-standing program relationships. Sleeping, movies, reading, and walks are fine for a few weeks, as is visiting, but eventually sibs and high school friends head back to school. And the Wes kid – is – still – on – break. It’s like waiting for Godot.” – P’15

“My daughter works SO hard on her double majors at Wes that she both needs and benefits from the downtime over winter break. I know she is going back re-charged and ready to give her best for the spring semester and have no problem with the well deserved rest.” – P’?

“The time away has afforded my son the opportunity to experience unique travel and service programs related to his life and learning at Wes. He is currently in Africa, and is working with the people in rural areas, as well as with the small businesses looking to launch successful entrepreneurial ventures. I think this is an important part of his learning experience.” – P’14

Also of note, Roth mentioned “thinking now about new January programs” in his latest blog post. Read past the jump for more thoughts from our parents. Also, as always, please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Wesleyan World Wednesdays: Clean Water Talk

From Grad Student Dana Pellegrino:

Come listen to Wesleyan students and alums talk about why clean water saves lives and how they’ve helped to create innovative solutions for contaminated water. Refreshments will be served.

Alum Max Perel-Slater writes in that:

Additionally, we will provide information about the new Maji Safi Group Cardinal Internship for students interested in working with the organization in  Shirati, Tanzania during the summer of 2013.

Date: Today, December 5
Time: 4:30pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free Food!

SHOFCO Benefit Brunch @ Brew Bakers

From Ari Fishman ’13:

Do you like brunch? Are you getting sick of Usdan? Do you want to help girls in Kenya become more empowered and educated?

If you answered yes to any and all of these questions, join us Saturday, November 3rd for brunch at Brew Bakers to support SHOFCO. 10% of all proceeds go to Shining Hope for Communities.

THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC AROUND LUNCHTIME FROM SOME OF THE CHILLEST AND ILLEST CAMPUS MUSICIANS like…Mel Hsu, Andrew Zingg, Jason Katz, Kelly Lee, Gabe Greenberg, and maybe even Emma Daniels!

Click here learn more about SHOFCO.

Date: Saturday, November 3
Time: 7am-5pm
Place: Brew Bakers (169 Main St)

Opportunities in Africa Info Session

Yinka Taiwo ’12 writes in to announce that the Opportunities in Africa information session has been moved to tomorrow:

The Opportunities in Africa at Wesleyan info session has been rescheduled to 11/29/11, this Tuesday, from 4 – 5:15 PM in PAC 001. There will information about study abroad, work, travel, and volunteerism in Africa. This event is sponsored by African Studies Cluster, Office of International Studies, African Students Association, and SHOFCO-Wesleyan.

Date: Tuesday, 11/29
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Place: PAC 001

Volunteer or Intern this Summer in Africa

Victor Cadilla ’10 writes:

Do you want to do something meaningful this summer? Get out of the country? Volunteer or intern with Volunteer Kilimanjaro.

Placements include education, agriculture, and program development. Teach English, learn about sustenance farming from a local farmers, teach computer literacy to teachers, develop extracurricular activities for school children, and form lasting relationships with local community members in Tanzania.

A local organization in Tarakea, Tanzania at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Two week to three month placements. No previous experience necessary. Affordable, with lower rates for pairs and groups and discounts on Kili treks and safaris. You can stay with a host family or in Kilimanjaro cabins and eat and cook typical Tanzanian food. Learn about international development outside of the classroom!

Currently accepting applications for summer volunteers and interns. Contact volunteerkilimanjaro(at)gmail(dot)com or vcadilla@wes for more information.