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Global Reads: Explaining Successes in Africa

April 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Join Global Reads for books, thought-provoking discussions, and meaningful connections!

Aga Khan Foundation Canada is pleased to invite you to join an enlightening edition of our book club series, Global Reads. In April, we’ll be exploring the remarkable narratives in Erin Hern’s book, Explaining Successes in Africa: Things Don’t Always Fall Apart. This isn’t your typical Africa narrative; it’s a journey into the unsung victories, resilience, and triumphs that often go unnoticed. We’re thrilled to have Erin Hern herself as our guest author, offering a firsthand account of her inspirations and insights.

To facilitate this conversation, we will be joined by Adrian Harewood, Journalist, Carlton University, School of Journalism and Communication.

Let’s connect for an evening of insightful dialogue with both speakers in person! Don’t miss this opportunity to dig deeper into what Choice has called a masterful study of policy successes in Africa.

Additional information for attendees:

  • When you register, please indicate your interest in attending in person at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat or attending online (Zoom) by selecting the relevant ticket option.
  • Networking/Refreshments: In-person attendees are encouraged to participate in an informal networking session and enjoy refreshments after the event.
  • Please note that this event will be offered in English only.

To request an accommodation or any other inquiries, please contact us at [email protected].



Erin Hern

Associate Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

Erin Hern is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University. She has published widely on issues of political behavior, gender, development, and democratic backsliding, with a regional focus on Africa. She has conducted extensive field work in Zambia, Ghana, and Senegal.

Adrian Harewood

Journalist, Carlton University, School of Journalism and Communication

Adrian joined Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2021. He completed a BA in Political Theory & History at McGill University and an MA in History at Carleton University. Adrian has been a journalist for over a quarter century. He was the host of CBC Ottawa’s drive home radio show All in a Day for 3 years, and then the anchor of CBC Ottawa News at Six for 13 years. In 2017 he was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Interviewer, and in 2020 he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Local Anchor. For 7 years Adrian hosted the CBC weekly cultural magazine show Our Ottawa.

Adrian’s academic interests include the History of Black Canadian Journalism, the History of the Black American Press, the US Civil Rights Movement, Community Radio, Sports Journalism, Journalism in Community Building and Development, Journalism in Carceral Spaces and Human Rights Journalism. Adrian created the Carleton Journalism School’s first-ever course focused on race, a graduate seminar called Journalism, Race and Diversity. He also created the first course in Canada devoted to the study of the History of Black Canadian Journalism.



Global Reads is a book club series where participants can connect and learn together with other globally minded professionals. Global Reads primarily explores recent works focused on international affairs, policy, or practice—with an emphasis on innovation, new voices, and diverse perspectives. Notable leaders and thinkers from the international affairs, global development, and allied sectors facilitate lively and inclusive discussions, providing a structure for collaborative interpretation, learning, and growth.

Join Global Reads to:

  • Forge new connections with likeminded, globally focused thinkers
  • Encounter inspiring, challenging, and unconventional ideas
  • Gain a fresh perspective on your work
  • Reignite your professional development goals

Register Today!


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