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African Youth Lives and Livelihoods Symposium

September 13, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm EDT

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The African continent is home to the largest number of young people int he world—a “youth bulge” that is expected to grow in the coming decades. This interdisciplinary symposium is designed to foster new conversations among faculty, students, and community members about issues related to youth in Africa. This event is free and open to the public.

Featured presentations:

  • Dr. Joan DeJaeghere, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Mary Mendenhall, Columbia University Teachers College
  • Teresa Speciale, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mastercard Foundation Scholars


8:30a Opening Remarks
9:00a “Youth Livelihoods Admidst Precarity in East Africa: Tensions and Alternative Framings for Entrepreneurship Education” (Dr. Joan DeJaeghere, University of Minnesota)
9:50a “Language, Education, Religion and Youth Global Aspirations in Dakar, Senegal” (Teresa Speciale, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
11:00a Panel: Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Africa (Dr. Chinwe Effiong & Mastercard Foundation Scholars, Michigan State University)
1:00p “Youth Amidst Forced Displacement: Living, Learning and Planning for the Future” (Dr. Mary Mendenhall, Teachers College, Columbia University)

Join us for all or part of the day. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to coete@msu.edu by Sept. 10, 2019 and indicate any dietary restrictions.

Contact Bethany Wilinski (bethanyw@msu.edu) with any questions.