As the clocks change to British Summer Time (GMT+1), here's a list of the Ethiopia related virtual events happening from now, until the end of April, including two more new ones in March. Most are free:
Sunday 28 March, 18:00 BST - Rewind Series III: Lij Iyasu and Empress Zewditu by State of The Horn
This seminar will explore the reigns of Lij Iyasu, the uncrowned emperor, and Empress Zewditu, the first empress regnant. Three talks outlining how transitions of power unfolded, the larger sociopolitical context of the region at the time, and how their reigns laid the groundwork for future governments.
Dr. Hanna Rubinkowska - author of Ethiopia on the Verge of Modernity: The Transfer of Power During Zewditu's Reign, 1916-1930
Dr. Ahmed Hassen - co-author of Lij Iyasu: A Reformist Young Prince and author of Evaluating Muslim Ethiopia: The Christian Legacy, Identity Politics, and Islamic Reformism
Dr. Eloi Ficquet - author of The Life and Times of Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia: New Insights
Monday 29 March, 19:00-20:30 BST - Online Book Club - Land to the Tiller by Ann Oosthuizen by The Anglo-Ethiopian Society.
The book is based on a series of interviews that Zegeye Asfaw, a pioneer in the land reform movement in Ethiopia, gave to Ann Oosthuizen.
Tuesday 30 March, 16:00-17:00 BST - A USA Foreign Policy Research Institute Special Event: An Update on the Ethiopia-Tigray Crisis
The recent hostilities between Ethiopia and its northern Tigray region have escalated into a full-scale humanitarian crisis. With forces from neighboring Eritrea now involved in the conflict, there is a growing number of massacres reported in the Tigray region, both of Tigray people and Eritrean migrants. The worsening conflict has also affected the agricultural sector in Tigray, putting many at risk for starvation and in need of humanitarian aid. With access to information limited, the United Nations and the United States have called for de-escalation and removal of troops from the region.
How will Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed respond to this request from the U.N. Security Council?
What is the likelihood that the crisis worsens?
To help make sense of this complicated and volatile situation will be:
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Vikki Huddleson
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Rea Brazeal
The discussion will be moderated by FPRI Trustee and Chair of FPRI's Africa Program, Ambassador Charles A. Ray.
Tuesday 30 March, 19:15-21:45 BST - Ethiopia, Shooting commercially, off the beaten track - James McCormick by Oxford Photographic Society - £3
OPS present former Reuters photographer James McCormick, with a talk about an entire shoot, Documenting the Origins of Coffee, including showing and discussing every shot
Wenesday 31 March, 13:00-14:00 BST - Using 3D Printing and Laser Cutting to Produce PPE in Ethiopia and Malawi by Centre for Global Equality.
Learn about the collaborative, international project with Bahir Dar Institute of Technology and the University of Malawi Polytechnic to produce 3D-printed and laser cut PPE in Ethiopia and Malawi during COVID-19.
Wednesday 31 March, 14:00-15:00 BST - The Open Ventilator System Initiative Story by Centre for Global Equality.
Hear the story behind the OVSI: a joint project developing a low-cost, high quality ventilator and concentrator. The event will feature short presentations from key consortium members in Cambridge, Ethiopia and Kenya, along with an inside look into the labs and workshops where they work.
Wednesday 31 March, 14:30-18:00 BST - Crisis Communications and Vaccine Uptake in Fragile African Settings by Columbia Global Centers Nairobi
How to build trust in vaccines among a weary, anxious and often skeptical public?
Wednesday 31 March, 19:00 BST - Modern Exodus with Ashager Araro by Manchester Jewish Society
Ashager was born on the roadside in Ethiopia whilst her family were escaping on foot from a civil war that threatened their existence as Jews. From being rescued by the Mossad to her new life in Israel - hear Ashager's story of a true modern exodus.
Thursday 1 April, 01:00-02:00 BST - The Path Forward’s discussion on Healthcare in Africa: A Report from the Front Lines by Jenelle Blackmon
Dr. Rick Hodes, a medical physician working with Ethiopian patients gives a report on the health & wellness in Ethiopia and across Africa.
Dr. Hodes is the medical director of the Ethiopia Spine and Heart project run by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). His work in Ethiopia was the subject of an HBO documentary, Making the Crooked Straight, and a Marilyn Berger book, This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.
Thursday 1 April, 23:30 BST - News & Views: Conflict in East Africa by International Relations Council
News & Views, a new conversation-based series from the International Relations Council, brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international news stories.
Saturday 3 April, 12:00-15:00 BST - Celebrating Empress Menen Asfaw - 127th Earth Day by Sista Miriam
Conscious guests will be introduced to The Royal Family and Empress Menen's journey with His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I.
Saturday 3 April, 23:00 BST - Empress Menen Day Chicago by Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Inc
Learn how Ethiopia's Empress walked in the beauty of her ancestors and provides us with a stellar example of remarkable African womanhood.
Wednesday 7 April, 19:00-21:00 BST - Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy by The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
Book Launch - Verena Krebs in conversation with historians Felege-Selam Yirga and David Spielman.
Thursday 8 April, 00:00-02:00 BST - Ethiopian Vegan Red Lentils & Sweet Potatoes by City of Hope - Department of Community Benefit
With chef Christian Eggerling and nutritionist Dr. Susan Nyanzi.
Thursday 8 April, 16:00 BST - Circular Ethiopia: Demo Day by Yunus Environment Hub
Ethiopian entrepreneurs who attended the Circular Ethiopia training program present their social business at the virtual Demo Day, in front of a broad audience of investors, incubators, industry experts, change makers, media as well as international partner organisations of the Yunus network.
Thursday 8 April, 23:00-24:00 BST - Amharic Covid Vaccine Education with Dr.Kebede by Refugee Women's Network, Inc.
Refugee Women's Network and Clarkston Community Health Center host a presentation and Q&A about the Covid Vaccine all in Amharic - with Dr. Senait Kebede.
Friday 9 April, 14:00-15:30 BST - Operationalising AAP in the Humanitarian and Development Contexts by Civil Society Study Group, Development Studies Association Ireland
Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) has become an integral part of the work that humanitarian and development agencies carry out in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Monday 12 April, 19:30 BST - Ethiopia from top to bottom by Leicester Lit&Phil
Using seismology to understand how tectonic plates rise, split, then fall by Dr Ian Bastow
Tuesday 13 April, 18:30-20:00 BST - Talking about... resilience in life and work by Lancaster University Public Events
Lancaster University experts explore the resilience of young people in low- and middle-income countries. Three talks including Young Lives, Interrupted? Resilience of young people in low- and middle-income countries during the Covid-19 pandemic by Dr Catherine Porter. Research findings from a phone survey of just under 10,000 young people in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.
Tuesday 13 April, 22:30-24:00 BST - Livestream: Yesiga Wat (Spicy Beef Stew) & Lentil Salad by City Market Classes & Events
Learn how to make Mulu Tewelde’s yesiga wat, a spicy beef stew, and a fresh salad of lentils, cucumber, tomato, and herbs.
Thursday 15 April, 15:00 BST - Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Africa 2021 by Learning Connected
Sustainable entrepreneurs working in Africa share their innovative solutions for sustainability as well as emerging trends, challenges and opportunities. Focus on Health with:
Pazion Cherinet, Orbit Health, Ethiopia
Yusuf Bilesanmi, Shifa Technologies, Nigeria
Fatou Juka Darboe, Make3D, Gambia
Sunday 18 April, 18:30-20:00 BST - From Ethiopia to Israel: The Unofficial Story by Qesher - Discover, Learn, Connect - $18
A dynamic interactive journey through the story of the Ethiopian Jews and their immigration to Israel - a talk by Efrat Yerday.
Tuesday 20 April, 19:30 BST - Red Sea Spies - The true story of Mossad's fake diving resort by Israel Bonds /Canada-Israel Securities, Limited
Hear the real-life events that inspired the Netflix hit movie! With Mossad commander Dani Limor and author Raffi Berg.
Wednesday 21 April, 19:00-20:00 BST - The Power of Geography with Tim Marshall by Blackwell's, Oxford - £5
Join Tim Marshall as he discusses The Power of Geography, the much-anticipated sequel to the million-copy bestseller Prisoners of Geography. Marshall explores ten regions that are set to shape global politics in a new age of great-power rivalry, including Ethiopia.
Tuesday 27 April, 00:00-02:00 BST - Intersection of agriculture, environment and people: adapting to climate change by RAID Network
Showcasing PhD research projects from around the world (Australia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Ethiopia), focusing on ways to feed the world whilst reducing carbon emissions, restoring biodiversity and supporting the role of farmers. Five speakers, including Zelalem Lema, PhD ECR - Addressing barriers to sustainable intensification of smallholder livestock systems in Ethiopia: the role of multilevel innovation platforms.
Friday 30th April, 11:00 BST - Food Systems and Nutrition Webinar Series by IFIAD
Webinar 3 - A discussion on how programmes promoting women’s empowerment can contribute to improved women’s nutrition and health. Findings from a research project in the Tigray Region to measure economic and nutritional empowerment, and case studies from Irish and other NGOs undertaking projects focused on women’s empowerment, will be presented.