Northern Africa, Muslim Women Voices Festival @ Wesleyan, THIS WEEK!

From my colleague, Typhaine Leservot

A quick announcement to bring your attention to several events this week involving Northern Africa through the “Muslim Women Voices” festival:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM / Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003) / free: Women’s Voices, Verbal Ability, and Symbolic Power: The Case of Moroccan Shikhat. Alessandra Ciucci analyzes a wedding celebration in Morocco to determine the role(s) of the shikhat, a class of professional female singer-dancers.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM / CFA Hall / free: Panel Discussion: Gender, Islam, and the ‘Muslim Problem’. Organized and moderated by Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM / World Music Hall / Free for Wes students. Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine—Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul. In this workshop, Meryem Saci will explore her experiences as a refugee, an artist, and a Muslim woman. She will unpack the therapeutic and spiritual benefits that music can provide, pulling examples and lessons from her own history and life story. Meryem Saci fled Algeria in 2000 and now lives in Montréal.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM / Fayerweather Beckham Hall / Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert – Evening performances by international Muslim women in hip hop, including London’s spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci (pictured) as a solo artist, and the New England debut of Washington, D.C.-based and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh as a solo artist.

More at a later date: look for Hind Benali, Moroccan dancer, who will come at Wesleyan the week of October 13th.

For more information about the entire MWV festival, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/mwv

Language maps of the US, include African languages

So, this is interesting. Slate has as series of interesting maps showing the most popular languages spoken in each American state. After filtering for the obvious second language (Spanish), they present a series of specialized maps, including the most popular African language in each state. Data probably is not perfect, but likely about as good as we have. “Kru, Ibo, Yoruba” seems to be most dominant (Go, Nigeria and West Africa!). After that is Amharic and Cushite. Then Swahili, Bantu, and “Nilotic” (Sudanese mostly?).

Language map: What’s the most popular language in your state?.

Professor White on the Affordable Care Act, This Thursday

Thursday, April 3, 2014

4:15 p.m.

Public Affairs Center 002

The Missing Piece
in the Affordable Care Act

Sponsored by the Government Department

Professor Joseph White

Luxenburg Family Professor of Public Policy
Case Western Reserve University

Four years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act makes no credible promise to meet the goal that most voters most desired — which was not to expand coverage to the previously uninsured, but to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of paying for health insurance. Why did the Democrats pass legislation that was not explicitly designed to reduce health insurance costs? The answers involve interest group politics, regional divisions in the Democratic Party, and the politics of the health care policy community