The Year of Global Africa at Michigan State University

Watercolor Map of Africa
The Year of Global Africa Logo

The Year of Global Africa is exploring MSU's rich history and connection with our many partners across Africa and throughout the African diaspora through diverse scholarship, engagement, and activities.

Throughout the year, MSU colleges, departments, programs, and organizations are all invited to create activities and programs that connect to three core themes.

Global Africa

A new African diaspora is emerging, one that sees the possibilities in connecting and creating a more mutually beneficial process of globalization. Africa today is a powerful economic and cultural force. Explore the world starting here.

Unity in Diversity

Experience the diversity that distinguishes people from different African states and what brings them together, from the arts to agriculture to emerging technologies.


During the Year of Global Africa we are calling out the importance of reciprocal partnerships that honor different ways of knowing in the search for collaborative ways of acting.

These themes honor the many rich traditions of the continent and the African diaspora while shining a light on Africa's bright future.

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Year of Global Africa Leadership Team

C. Kurt Dewhurst
Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Letters
Director, Arts and Cultural Initiatives, University Outreach and Engagement
Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, MSU Museum

Stephen L. Esquith
Dean, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

Lisa Frugé
Managing Coordinator, International Projects and Events, African Studies Center

Jamie Monson
Director, African Studies Center
International Studies and Programs

Leo C. Zulu
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
College of Social Science

An Invitation • A Time for Celebration • A Time for Reflection and Exploration

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