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For those of you who are still missing discussions about Ethiopia during the COVID-19 lockdown, here is another selection of free, online Ethiopia related events that we've heard about (some a bit more Ethiopia related than others). They take place in various locations throughout the world - enjoy them from the comfort of your own home:

Tue, 23 June, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
From Ethiopia to Israel - The Lost Biblical Tribe Saved by Spies by Raffi Berg
A lost Biblical tribe, a fake holiday resort and one amazing, audacious plot. BBC journalist and author Raffi Berg tells the remarkable true story of the secret operation which brought the Jews of Ethiopia back to their ancestral home. In a tale which inspired a recent Netflix film, Berg lifts the lid on how Israeli secret agents ran a holiday village on the Red Sea coast of Sudan, posing as diving instructors by day and smuggling Ethiopian Jewish refugees through the desert by night, under the noses of the unwitting Sudanese authorities and the guests who stayed there.
[This is the Anglo-Ethiopian Society's next lecture]

Wed, June 24, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Annual Celebration and AGM by Exeter Ethiopia Link
This is an invitation to the Exeter Ethiopia Link charity annual celebration and AGM.
Join them for their AGM which will start at 7pm on Wednesday 24 June 2020. This will be an opportunity for members and guests to hear more about the work of the charity in 2019. They will also have guest speakers who will be talking about the current situation in Nekemte and Ethiopia and the opportunities for the future.

Thu, June 25, 15:00 – 16:30 BST
Take It to the Farmer: Critical Reflections on Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat and Improving Future Impact by Borlaug Global Rust Initiative
Borlaug Global Rust Initiative will present a series of reflections on what it means to deliver genetic gain in wheat to farmers and ways to improve the future impact of wheat research.
Videos: Wheat farmers in the UK, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nepal, India and Mexico discuss challenges they face.
Panel Discussion: Moderated by Maricelis Acevedo, associate director of science for the DGGW with BGRI wheat experts Hans Braun (CIMMYT/Mexico), Dr. Bedada Girma (EIAR/Ethiopia), Anne Gichangi (KALRO/Kenya), Vijay Vijayaraghaven (Sathguru/India), Bill Angus (Angus Wheat/UK) and Chhavi Tiwari (Harvest Plus and Banaras Hindu University/India) discuss evolving partnerships and ways to improve access to new technologies and improved wheat varieties.

Thu, June 25, 20:00 – 21:00 BST
Curatorial Talks: Daniel R. Quiles with Dawit L. Petros by Mana Contemporary
Quiles joins Eritrean-born artist, researcher, and educator Dawit L. Petros. Dawit completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, an MFA in visual art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University; a BFA in photography from Concordia University, and a BA in History from the University of Saskatchewan. Working with installations, photography, research, and extensive travels, his practice centres around a critical rereading of the relationship between African histories and European modernism.

Thu, June 25, 22:30 – 23:30 BST
Global Religions of Africa film series - Africa in Reel Time by National Museum of African Art
Spirituality through the Lens of Cultural Continuity and Tradition
Filmmaker Steffan A. Spencer examines the vibrant cultural and spiritual traditions of ancient Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia in his 14-minute documentary short Kissed by the Sun: A Study of Nile Valley Cultural Continuity.

Sat, June 27, 16:00 – 17:00 BST
Italy and East Africa: Unexplored Histories, with Teresa Fiore and Liz Park by The Power Plant
To consider multiple perspectives about migrations, modernism, and Italian colonization in East Africa – the subject of Dawit L. Petros: Spazio Disponibile – in greater depth, The Power Plant presents a series of online conversational programs in partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
Transnational Pre[-]Occupations in Dawit L. Petros’ Project about Colonial and Migratory Spaces (Eritrea-Italy-Canada) by Dr. Teresa Fiore, Professor and Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University.
This talk unpacks the complex transnational map of colonial and migratory mobilities that Dawit L. Petros explores in his project, a relentless search for the connections linking Italy, Eritrea and Canada, both historically and culturally.

Sat, 27 June 17:00 – 19:00 BST
History of Muslim Scholars & Islamic Seminaries of East Africa by Ustadh Mohammed Abdullah Artan
In this short introductory webinar, we will learn how Islam arrived and set root in East Africa way before it came to Madinah.
Mohammed Artan is the founder and managing director of Looh Press, a publishing company specialising in Islamic, African, and Somali studies resources.

Thu, July 2, 22:30 – 23:30 BST
Global Religions of Africa film series - Africa in Reel Time by National Museum of African Art
A Spiritual Journey on Horseback from Addis Ababa to Lalibela
Join filmmaker Indrias G. Kassaye and subject Ty Christen Joseph as they share Ty's experience as a young African American English teacher from Brooklyn who goes on a spiritual journey to discover more about his African ancestral heritage.

Tue, 7 July 17:00 – 18:00 BST
Creative Conversations: Ribka Sibhatu and André Naffis-Sahely
In celebration of the publication of Aulò, poet Ribka Sibhatu and translator André Naffis-Sahely take part in Creative Conversations. An Eritrean poet whose work deals with matters pressingly relevant today, Sibhatu's work explores identity and represents a modern, multicultural, multilingual Europe that includes cultures and heritage from outside Europe. The complex lyric and storytelling tropes that her work engages with enriches, renews and sustains an oral poetic tradition from the Horn of Africa. Whether it is her activist poems discussing migrant experience or those of her personal journey, her passion for these stories is infectious and captivating. Sibhatu will be joined by André Naffis-Sahely who has worked closely with her for over 10 years, translating her poetry to bring it to the attention of English speaking audiences. They will be in conversation with Colin Herd of University of Glasgow.

Sat, July 11, 16:00 – 17:00 BST
Italy and East Africa: Unexplored Histories, with Belmonte and Campolmi  by The Power Plant
To consider multiple perspectives about migrations, modernism, and Italian colonization in East Africa – the subject of Dawit L. Petros: Spazio Disponibile – in greater depth, The Power Plant presents a series of online conversational programs in partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
Italian Colonialism and Its Legacy: The Transnational Lives of Works of Art by Carmen Belmonte, PhD, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University/ Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
This paper aims to frame the relationship between colonialism and the arts in Italy, investigating the artistic politics and the commissions of selected monuments and works of arts realized or displayed to celebrate colonial events.

Thu, 16 July 19:00 – 20:30 BST
Online Book Club - Songs We Learn from Trees - Chris Beckett & Alemu Tebeje
The Anglo-Ethiopian Society's book club will discuss Songs We Learn from Trees, an anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry in English.
The first of its kind, the 304-paged collection features much-loved giants of the 20th century Ethiopian poetry such as Kebede Mikael and Tsegaye Gabre Medhin, in addition to poems by over 30 contemporary poets, some living and working in Ethiopia and others abroad.

Sat, July 18, 16:00 PM – 17:00 BST
Italy and East Africa: Unexplored Histories, with Negash and Petros  by The Power Plant
To consider multiple perspectives about migrations, modernism, and Italian colonization in East Africa – the subject of Dawit L. Petros: Spazio Disponibile – in greater depth, The Power Plant presents a series of online conversational programs in partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
Postcolonial Spaces: Modernity, Conscription and Resistance in G. Hailu’s Novel The Conscript by Ghirmai Negash, Professor of English & Postcolonial Literatures and Director of African Studies Program at Ohio University.
Grounded on the notion of Edward Said’s theorization of colonial spaces in which the violent relationships between colonizers and conquered peoples are fundamentally defined by “the struggle over geography,” this presentation proposes to show how the identities of Eritrean conscripts in Gebreyesus Hailu’s novel, The Conscript (1927), were moulded by modernity (exposure to urban architecture, transnational travels across seas and deserts by trains, ships, and trucks, modern warfare, and racialist cultural ideology).
 
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