“Eye on Africa” is the weekly seminar series of the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. This public seminar aims to provide academicians, policy-makers, applied practitioners, students, and the interested public with cutting-edge and highly-contextualized knowledge about the African continent. Each Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm an emerging or established scholar shares the results of her or his recent research, allowing ample time for audience participants to engage via their own questions and commentary. Careful attention is paid to maintaining disciplinary and paradigmatic diversity among the presenters in hopes of insuring the broadest treatment of the multifaceted nature of African historical trends, social movements, economic functioning, cultural production, political tendencies and global connections. In short, the aim of “Eye on Africa” is to capture the historical and contemporary vibrancy of Africa, and to make it available to the widest possible audience.