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Year of Global Africa

In the Year of Global Africa, we explore MSU’s rich history and connection with our many partners in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora through diverse scholarship, engagement, and activities. The Year of Global Africa is an umbrella under which all Africa-related programming can gather. It's an invitation. It’s a celebration. It’s a time for reflection and exploration. It’s an opportunity to learn and to teach about Africa and its influence throughout the world. Throughout the Year of Global Africa, MSU colleges, departments, programs, and organizations are all invited to work closely with the Year of Global Africa team to create activities and programs connected to our three core themes: global Africa, unity in diversity, and partnership.



  • MSU Cultural Engagement Council
  • MSU International Studies and Programs
  • African Studies Center
  • MSU Alumni Association
  • University Outreach and Engagement
  • Many MSU Colleges and Departments
  • Many Community Organizations


  • Office of the Provost
  • MSU Cultural Engagement Council
  • Many MSU Colleges, Departments, and Units
  • Many Local Organizations


C. Kurt Dewhurst

Director for Arts and Cultural Partnerships, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Michigan State University Museum
Professor, Department of English
University Outreach and Engagement Campus Senior Fellow

Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship