African Economic Development – Spring 2019

Course Number: ECON 347

Course Attributes: R, SS, W

Course Description: 

Today, Africa presents two seemingly contradictory faces. As a continent, the economy has been growing briskly. It is in process of transformation with modern infrastructure and glittering megacities. Investors from Europe, China and elsewhere flock to Africa. Yet, in the South of Sahel, about 40% of the population remains in stinging poverty, deprived of many basic needs such as education, healthcare, and electricity. Ethnic and religious contestations continue to create an undercurrent of social and political instability, and malaria, HIV/AIDS and other diseases take an unacceptably large number of lives. While the African economy is still small relative to the rest of the world, Africa’s future – the “last frontier” of the global economy – cannot be ignored. This course studies economic development in sub-Saharan Africa since independence, with a focus on challenges that the continent faces at present in shaping an inclusive future. It will be taught from the perspectives of policymaker and practitioner, supported by the relevant academic literature.
Hiro HinoFaculty Biography:
Prof. Hiroyuki Hino, a native of Japan, began his professional career as an economist in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1975, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester. At the IMF, he held various positions, including Division Chief and Assistant Director in the Policy Development and Review Department; Resident Representative to the Philippines; Assistant Director and Senior Advisor in the African Department; and finally, Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. During his tenure at the IMF, he participated in the formation of IMF policies on the external indebtedness of developing countries and the establishment of the IMF lending facility for low-income countries. In addition, he took part in negotiations of the IMF financial assistance program with a number of countries, including Thailand, India, China, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Nigeria. He retired from the IMF in 2006 and returned to Japan.
Back in Japan, Hino joined Kobe University as Professor of Economics at its Research Institute of Economics and Business Administration (RIEB). He was commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2007 to undertake a large-scale, interdisciplinary study of “Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa”. He established a team of prominent scholars in economics, history, political science, and anthropology from Africa, Europe, the US, and Japan to undertake this task. The study’s main findings were published as a collective volume (Hino et al, Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa: Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 2012). He was also commissioned by JICA in 2011 to conduct a comprehensive study on the Challenges of Youth and Employment in Africa as the background for the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) in 2013. The report’s summary was presented as a Policy Brief in a TICAD high-level panel discussion; the panelists consisted of the Presidents of three African countries (South Africa, Tanzania, and Gabon) and three development agencies (the World Bank, African Development Bank and JICA), as well as the Executive Director of J-PAL at MIT. The papers prepared for this study were published as a collective volume (Hino and Ranis, Youth and Employment in Sub-Sahara Africa: Working But Poor, Routledge 2013). Hino retired from Kobe University in 2015 and continues to hold an honorary position of Research Fellow.
Hino was the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kenya during 2009–2013 and the Senior Advisor to the Presidency of Kenya for Strategic Initiatives and Economy during 2013–2014 on special assignment from Kobe University and as a JICA expert. During these periods, he was involved in a wide range of economic policy issues, including unemployment, devolution, drought emergency, promotion of renewable energy, sustainability of natural resources, and others. In addition, he carefully studied the issues of ethnicity, horizontal inequality and social cohesion in Kenya, supporting a major study by the Kenya Institute of Public Policy, Research, and Analysis (KIPPRA).
After completing his assignments in Kenya, Hino moved to Yale University as a Visiting Professor (2014–2015), where he taught a course on the challenges of Africa’s economic transformation. He subsequently moved to the University of Cape Town (UCT) as a Visiting Professor at the Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit (SALDRU), a position he still holds. At UCT, he took part in its Poverty and Inequality Initiative (PII) and engaged in research on poverty, inequality and social cohesion in South Africa and, more broadly, in sub-Saharan Africa. His most recent work in this area is presented in a SALDRU working paper, “Identity, Inequality and Social Contestation in the Post-Apartheid South Africa”, for which he is a co-author: is external). This paper will be published as a chapter in Hino et al, From Divided Pasts to Cohesive Futures? Reflections on Africa, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Wednesdays at the Center – Fall 2017 Schedule

Wednesdays at the Center (W@TC) is a topical weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with the audience. This semester the John Hope Franklin Center is proud to collaborate with partners across Duke and throughout the larger academic community to present a discipline diverse series.

Join us on Wednesdays throughout the semester from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Franklin Center’s Ahmadiah Family Conference Hall, room 240. A light lunch is served at each event.

New Gaza Short Films: The Student Eye

A film screening and discussion with Ahmed Mansour, NYU and Nancy Kalow, Duke CDS

September 6, 2017, 12:0pm – 1:00pm

Muslims in South Asia

A lecture with Ali Mian, Ph.D., Seattle University

September 13, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

When Global Health Comes Home: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa and Refugees in the U.S.A.

A lecture with Brandon Knettel, Ph.D, Duke Global Health Institute

September 20, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Intercultural Learner @ Duke

A panel featuring Darla Deardorff, Ph.D., Sarah Russell, Ph.D., Bethzaida Fernandez, M.A., Samira Wellenmeyer, M.A.

September 27, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Cyber Sufism: Lessons from the Landscape of American Digital Islam

A lecture with Robert Rozehnal, Ph.D., Lehigh University

October 4, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Chronicling Marcus Garvey and the UNIA: The Process of Research and Writing the African Diaspora

A conversation betweeen Robert A. Hill, Ph.D., UCLA and Michaeline A. Crichlow, Ph.D., Duke University

October 18, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Mexican Contemporary and Interdependent Art Scene, Biquini Wax EPS: The Temple of Sub-Critique Studies

A presentation with Paloma Contreras Lomas, Julio García Murillo, Nika Chilewich, Natalia de la Rosa, and Roselin Rodríguez

October 25, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Mongols, Marco Polo, and Pu’er Tea: China’s Southwest Silk Road as a Gateway to Southeast Asia

A lecture with James Anderson, Ph.D. from University of North Carolina, Greensboro

November 1, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Law, Dynasty, and Islam in Arab Monarchies, 1860s-1930s

A lecture with Adam Mestyan, Duke University

November 8, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

How Far is 100 Miles? An Update on US-Cuban Relations from a Cuban Diplomat

A lecture with Miguel Friga, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C.

November 15, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Looking at Scholarly Issues from Diverse Angles: Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues Panel

A panel of International Graduate Working Groups

November 29, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm



The Making and Measure of a Judge: The Honorable Sammie Chess Jr.

A lecture with Judge Joe Webster, Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina

December 6, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Duke Hosts Middle East and Islam Summer Institute

Twenty-three educators from around the country convene on campus to develop 6-12 grade curricula.

From June 25-29, 2017 Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center led “The Middle East and Islam: New perspectives of Islamic History from the 16th century to the present” a summer institute for middle and high school educators from around the country. Over the course of the program, the educators attended lectures by Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina professors, and received specialized resources from the Duke Libraries.



Throughout the week, programming focused on different themes including the Ottoman and Safavid Empires of Turkey and Iran, and Islam in America. The educators were assigned readings from several books before arriving on campus and came prepared with questions. Participants engaged in daily curriculum session and discussions with university experts in K-12 education and Middle East Studies.


Along with their studies, the educators also partook in several experiential learning activities: film screenings, visiting a local mosque, and eating a variety of traditional Middle Eastern cuisines. “Our hope for the summer institute is to introduce teachers to new, engaging content and resources, and provide a space for participants to form networks with like-minded educators across the country,” said Emma Harver, a partner on the program from the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

Students in library training

Emma Harver watches librarian Mohamed Hamed deliver a library resource training session at the Edge.


Program participants were selected through a nation-wide search which received over 110 applications. A committee of teachers and Middle East specialists selected the program attendees which represent 14 states, teach a variety of disciplines, and work with both middle and high school students.


“I know for myself, I came in with a fairly solid understanding of Islam, but the institute was still able to tell me there was still a lot of things that I didn’t know and that I was open to learning about,” said Tara Rana, a Global History teacher from New York City, New York.


Learn more about the Duke Islamic Studies summer institute.


Group photo

Participants of the 2017 Middle East and Islam Summer Institute for Educators.

Trump in the Age of Captain America

As part of the Wednesday at the Center series, the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies welcomed Professor Jason Dittmer to speak about President Trump’s populism in the context of Captain America.


Duke welcomed Professor Jason Dittmer to discuss the unexpected relationship between Captain America and President Trump on February 15, 2017. Dittmer is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University College London.


Dittmer speaks at Duke

The John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies hosted the packed event which focused on Trump’s populism, power, and sforeign policy in relation to the wildly popular Captain America comics and movies. Professor Dittmer discussed the theory that President Trump is the embodiment of American New Populism and masculinity, similarly to how Captain America is portrayed.


Dittmer compared the politics of Captain America with the politics of President Trump, noting that citizens of both the right and left have used Captain America to advance and undermine President Trump’s rhetoric and policies.  Dittmer went on to say, “We have this notion of [Trump] as a superhero or as someone who needs to be fought by super heroic action.”


During his visit, Dittmer also gave a lecture entitled “The UK in the World/the World in the UK” which featured research from his forthcoming book, “Diplomatic Material: Affect, Assemblage, and Foreign Policy” (Duke University Press, 2017).


Spring 2017 Awards, Grants, & Scholarships

The Franklin Center’s area studies programs support and administer several awards, grants, and scholarships for Duke undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Below is a list of opportunities all with upcoming deadlines. Click the links for more information and to apply.


This merit-based scholarship supports full-time students in the Duke in China summer program. Preference is given to students demonstrating a strong and sustained interest in Chinese and China Studies as well as those with no other sources of financial aid. 

Faculty needing assistance to cover travel expenses for presenting on East or Southeast Asian topics at conferences and professional meetings may apply for up to $700 from APSI.

Provides graduate students working on international research topics with funding for travel to archival and research sites inside and outside the continental United States, for attendance at specialized conferences, or for foreign language & methods training. Awards range from $500 to $2,500.

Provides funding for full-time Duke undergraduate students to complement their classwork with research experience in different social and cultural settings. On average, DUCIGS makes five awards of up to $2,000 each annually.

With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, DUMESC invites undergraduates and graduate students to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. The awards provide stipends of $2,500 each plus remission of tuition and registration fees up to $5,000 for one summer session. DUMESC awards FLAS fellowships for the study of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Full-time graduate and professional school students who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply to engage in language and area studies training on Latin America and Caribbean.  Priority:  Less commonly taught languages. 


This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. The student’s application must be submitted through the appropriate channels at his/her university, and transmitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) by the university’s Project Director.

APSI provides merit-based tuition fellowships to East Asian Studies MA students. All students applying to the program are considered for first-year funding during the application process; no separate application is needed. Students should apply for the second-year award of a $10,000, one-semester grant in the spring semester of their first year.

These awards provide opportunities for Duke undergraduates to complement class work with research experience in Latin America and the Caribbean (includes Puerto Rico and US-Mexico border region).  The awards are open to all fields and subjects.  Approximately 10 awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each will be offered. 

This grant supports student projects with the goal of furthering Asian-American understanding, as well as funding need-based grants for students to study in Asia. Duke undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

Special consideration will be given to projects connected with Asian-American relations, Asian-American cultural or legal issues, and women’s issues, but any project designed to meet a need and which encourages student leadership initiative will be considered.

Limited funding is available to full-time Duke students who plan to go to Japan or Korea to study a language. Priority is given to students who 1) wish to continue language study after finishing Duke University’s language requirement of three semesters, 2) are majoring or minoring in Japanese, Korean, or AMES, and 3) have arranged affiliations with local institutions in Japan or Korea.

The maximum award will be $1500.

The award is not need-based; however, should the recipient be on financial aid, the amount of the scholarship will be used to reduce the self-help portion of the financial aid award. The award is given to the student(s) who best embody the ideals and interests that Sirena held. Preference for the award will be given to students who:

• Are of Asian ancestry, preferably Chinese-American
• Have made a valuable contribution in the area of East-West culture, and
• Have demonstrated academic excellence

Full-time Duke sophomores and juniors may receive up to $2,500 to conduct research in China, Japan or Korea. Priority will be given to students who 1) will conduct research for a senior thesis; 2) whose projects have a high probability of developing into a senior thesis, and 3) who have done some preliminary work and have arranged affiliations with local institutions for the research.


Grants of up to $3,000 are given to support research beginning in the summer and concluding by June 30 of the following year. Priority will be given to:

• Junior faculty or those with low/no alternate funding sources

• Faculty needing to travel to conduct East or Southeast Asia research

• Faculty who have not recently received APSI funding

• Faculty who have done conspicuous service for APSI


APSI annually provides up to $3,000 in funding for research clusters that promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural inquiry and collaboration among East and Southeast Asian studies faculty and students at Duke University and other Triangle area universities.


Wednesdays at the John Hope Franklin Center – Spring 2017 Schedule

Wednesdays at the Center (W@TC) is a topical weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with the audience. This semester the John Hope Franklin Center is proud to collaborate with partners across Duke and throughout the larger academic community to present a discipline diverse series.

Join us on Wednesdays throughout the semester from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Franklin Center’s Ahmadiah Family Conference Hall, room 240. A light lunch is served at each event.

January 25, 2017 – Community and Student Filmmaking in Palestine: A Shorts Screening

with Professor Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

February 1, 2017 – Understanding and Supporting Comprehensive Internationalization

with Professor Penelope Pynes, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

February 8, 2017 – Council for European Studies Society of Fellows 

with Malachi Hacohen, Director of CES; Eliza Bourque-Dandridge, Romance Studies; Thomas Prendergast, History; Carole Baker, Divinity; Kelly Alexander, Cultural Anthropology

February 15, 2017 – Trump in the Age of Captain America

with Professor Jason Dittmer, University College, London

February 22, 2017, Vienna – Duke Exchange: Scientific World Conceptions

with Duke’s Vienna Summer School graduate students

March 1, 2017, The War Against Rape as a Weapon of War

with professor miriam cooke, Duke University

March 8, 2017, Translocal Melancholy: Ba Jin’s Anarcho-Humanism in Republican Shanghai

with Daniel Rose-Burton, North Carolina State University

March 22, 2017, Central European Trieste: Presnitz in the piazza, Sissi in the Square

with Professor Maura Hametz, Old Dominion University

March 29, 2017, PINKS: Social Justice and Filmmaking in South Korea

with PINKS Collective

April 5, 2017, Iraqi Pioneer Art

with Dr. Nedda Ibrahim Drabick

April 12, 2017, Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues

with DUCIGS 2017 Working Groups

April 19, 2017, TBD

Haiti Remembered

by Catherine Angst

Today Jacques Pierre releases an artistic memorial video honoring the victims and survivors of the January 12th, 2010 Haitian earthquake. Pierre is the Haitian Creole lecturer at Duke University’s Department of Romance Studies and the co-director of Duke’s Haiti Lab. Pierre was born in Cap-Haitian, Haiti.

Seven years ago, Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake that took 230,000 lives and injured 300,000 people. Many countries from the around the world showed solidarity with Haiti during this catastrophic moment. Haiti has made substantial strides toward recovery since 2010. Pierre wants to keep the memory of the victims alive.

In 2015, Pierre coordinated a special commemorative service for the fifth anniversary of the earthquake at Duke Chapel. “The service was a symbolic way to grieve but, I didn’t want people to forget about the loss experienced by the Haitian people,” said Pierre. Shortly after that commemorative service, Pierre began what would develop into this digital memorial.

Over the past two years, Pierre has collected words of solace from around the world and many universities. People have shared their messages of love and support across this book’s pages.

Pierre says, “My hope is this video becomes a collective memory. I would like everyone to share their wishes and hopes for rebuilding Haiti.” Pierre plans to give the memorial book to Haiti which is in the process of constructing an earthquake memorial site.

Mexican Printmaker to Visit Duke, Durham to Celebrate Day of the Dead

by Jennifer Prather

Sergio Sánchez Santamaría, one of Mexico’s foremost printmakers, will visit Duke and the Durham community Oct. 21-29 to celebrate the Day of the Dead in North Carolina.

Sánchez Santamaría is a muralist, illustrator and printmaker who has taught and exhibited in the United States, Europe and Russia. The Frederic Jameson Gallery in the Friedl Building will display an exhibit of his works, “Printing Realities,” from Oct. 27-Dec. 9. An opening reception is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the gallery, and is free and open to the public.

Sánchez Santamaría will teach at Duke, the Durham School of the Arts and Durham Technical Community College, and will make a limited edition linocut print for Supergraphic, a printmaking studio located in Durham’s Golden Belt complex. He will also create an original mural for the Mural Durham Festival at the Duke Arts Annex, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Course numbers: AMES 321, RELIGION 321


Course codes: CCI, R, ALP, CZ


Course Description:

Rumi is the iconic love poet of Islam, and one of the great mystical visionaries in history. This course explores Rumi’s traditional erotic love poetry, where human and Divine love mingle. All reads are in English. Open to all. No previous coursework required.

Instructor: Dr. Omid Safi

Dr. Safi is Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He is the past Chair for the Study of Islam, and the current Chair for Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. In 2009, he was recognized by the University of North Carolina for mentoring minority students in 2009, and won the Sitterson Teaching Award for Professor of the Year in April of 2010.

Omid is the editor of the volume Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism, which offered an understanding of Islam rooted in social justice, gender equality, and religious and ethnic pluralism. His works Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam, dealing with medieval Islamic history and politics, and Voices of Islam: Voices of Change were published 2006. His last book, Memories of Muhammad, deals with the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. He has forthcoming volumes on the famed mystic Rumi, contemporary Islamic debates in Iran, and American Islam.



Indigenous Resistance & Revolution: Mexico and Central America

Course Numbers: LATAMER 490S, ROMST 490S, ICS 490S, CULANTH 490S


Course code: CCI, EI, CZ, SS


Course description:

Interdisciplinary study of geographical, historical, economic, governmental, political, and cultural aspects of modern Latin America and the current issues facing the region.

Instructor: Dr. Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj

Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj is the 2017 Mellon Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University. She is an indigenous rights activist, journalist, and social anthropologist from Guatemala. She is the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology and she initiated the court case that made racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala.