So far, it appears people enjoy the new email look. The Facebook and Google groups have already been created, to join Facebook group simply click on the follow us button at the bottom right of this email. We are going ahead with putting on a debate at a quieter location at the next event (still looking for a place, but I am hoping we may be able to commandeer the National Museum of African Art). In the meantime, here are some questions to ponder (pardon the simple polling tech, we are still working out the kinks, please consider "1" no and "10" yes), especially as more and more people have been contacting us.
Should we limit membership to anyone either currently in the DC-area or based in the DC-area?
Finally, be sure to check out the DC Africa Tweetup (hosted by Prof. Semhar Araia,a big name in African diaspora affairs) and Prof. Horace Campbell's book presentation (who was my professor back at Syracuse and who subscribes to some old-school radical Pan-Africanism, which means he always has interesting things to say). As always, please feel free to offer comments about the email.
We are trying something a little different this time in terms of the email. As I mentioned during the happy hour last week, I hope to move forward with a more standard weekly newsletter. Please let me know if you like the format. Also, if you had time to think about it, please let me know how you feel about the following:
Forming a Google group and/or a Facebook group
Holding these events at quieter locations (perhaps someone's home?)
Hosting debates based on our special areas of research (such as perceptions of China-Nigeria relations based on recent PhD research)
Inviting representatives from embassies in the area