Global Hot Spots: God Spends Most of His Time in Africa: Religion, Education, and International Political Economy

Amy Stambach

The popular Global Hot Spots Lecture Series will continue on Friday, December 10, 2010, with the talk “‘God Spends Most of His Time in Africa’: Religion, Education, and the International Political Economy” by Amy Stambach.

This free and public lecture will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Pyle Center, located at 702 Langdon Street in Madison. To attend the event, registration is requested by Friday, December 3, 2010. Register now!

Amy Stambach is professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is also an affiliate of the Department of Anthropology and director of Global Studies (one of eight federally funded national resource centers here on campus). Professor Stambach’s early research and publications (including her first book Lessons from Mount Kilimanjaro: Schooling, Community, and Gender in East Africa) are the result of two years of anthropological fieldwork in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.  More recently, she has expanded her interests to include a study of the educational initiatives of transregional religious groups who work in governmental and private settings. This research informs several recent publications, including her recently published 2010 book, Faith in Schools: Religion, Education, and American Evangelicals in East Africa (Stanford University Press), from which her “Global Hotspots” talk derives. Professor Stambach teaches courses on Anthropology and Education; Theories of Social and Educational Change; and Global Studies: Themes, Theories, Methods. She is interested in the various cultural, political, and social contexts within which religion, education, and human rights are understood around the world.

About Global Hot Spots Lecture Series

This monthly series focuses on worldwide importance and local interest topics. Join Madison-area learners and UW faculty to go beyond the headlines and take an in-depth look at the events that are shaping our society. Along with an exciting slate of scheduled lectures, expect unique insights you can only get from renowned UW faculty. These thought-provoking lectures focus on everything from politics to faith, to nuclear weapons, the environment, and NGOs.

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The 2010-2011 Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the UW-Madison Division of International Studies, the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or UW OLLI, and Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization or PLATO, which is a program of OLLI.