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The Global School Event Series: Applications of Generative Justice in sub-Saharan Africa

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
9:00 am to 11:30 am

The Global School Event Series 2021-2022 is a public forum highlighting the significant role of The Global School at WPI in addressing global grand challenges. From climate adaptation to new technologies for development, from re-thinking water and energy systems to poetry and place-making, our student projects, faculty research, and community collaborations bring the innovative WPI ethos around the world.

In this event Applications of Generative Justice in sub-Saharan Africa, the third in a series hosted by WPI, we will build off of our previous offerings to report on our ongoing work and projects and partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa. We see this work as a way of overcoming the difficulties that western science and technology have historically wrought on the region. This session will further demonstrate the ‘WPI approach’ for engaging the region in matters of STEM, scientific applications, and technological innovations. Our relational approach brings peer-to-peer partnerships, cross-cultural co-design, and economic projects that support host communities. To offer further insights into this effort, Professor Leonard Wantchekon, and Beninese economist, Princeton Professor, and founder of the African School of Economics will offer a keynote. Following the keynote, scholars from around sub-Saharan Africa will offer additional insights into productive and just collaborations. Following the talks, Professor Wantchekon will participate in a panel with HE Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, WPI’s Distinguished Statesman in Residence and former Ghanaian Ambassador to the US, and economics Professor Gbetonmasse Somasse that will be moderated by the Inaugural Dean of WPI’s Global School, Mimi Sheller. To ground the discussion, we will offer a video montage of projects lead by students from our new program in Science and Technology for Innovation in Global Development.

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9:00 - 9:10 am Welcome Remarks
Mimi Sheller, Dean, The Global School, WPI
Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Distinguished Statesman in Residence, WPI
Introduction of Keynote
Gbeton Somasse, Associate Professor of Teaching, WPI
9:10 - 9:50 am Keynote Presentation
Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University
9:50 am - 10:20 am Lightning Talks: Doing Transdisciplinary Work in Sub-Saharan Africa
Moderated by: Rob Krueger. Head of the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies, Ad Interim, WPI
Zarina Patel, University of Cape Town
Hermine Vedogbeton, WPI
Patricio Langa, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo
Terence McGoldrick, WPI
Lucy Agyepong, WPI 
10:20 am - 10:50 am Roundtable discussion
Moderator: Mimi Sheller, Dean, The Global School, WPI
Participants: Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University, Tony Bebbington, Rockefeller Foundation, and Gbeton Somasse, Associate Professor of Teaching, WPI 
10:50 am - 11:00 am WPI Initiatives in Africa
Julian Bennett, Kennedy Damoah, Rachel Santarsiero and Kelley Townley
11:00 - 11:05 am Closing remarks
Wole Soboyejo, Senior Vice President and Provost, WPI

To view last year's Africa focused event and on demand content, click here.

Rachel Roy