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International Programming Celebrates of African Culture

The International Center will host a number of events on campus during African Awareness Week, November 6-13.

Dr. Smith Powell in Science 108 will be hosting Planetarium slide show, “Sky Watchers Across Africa.

African Awareness Week is an exciting celebration of African culture, which provides opportunities to learn about Africa’s diverse cultures. The International Center has set up a number of events that celebrate African Culture. Activities are scheduled for every day of the week.

First, African art from the Berea College Permanent Art Collection is exhibited in the second floor display window in Woods-Penn, from November 1st- 15th. The exhibit provides information about the objects, including tribal groups, name of the objects, and their origin. This is just a taste of the collection of one of the largest collections of African Art in the Kentucky that one can find here in Berea.

The fun begins on Saturday, November 6th with the African Students Association Banquet at 6:00pm in Woods-Penn Commons. The Banquet includes a wonderful African style meal with guest speaker Dr. Jean Marie Kamatali, visiting Rwandan scholar. He will speak about “Justice, Human Rights and Reconciliation in post Genocide Rwanda.” Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the International Center.

On Sunday, November 7th at 3:00 pm and Monday, November 8th at 7:00 pm, don’t miss the incredible Planetarium slide show, “Sky Watchers Across Africa” hosted by Dr. Smith Powell in Science 108. This is a free event, but seating is limited. African art on loan from students and staff will be displayed in the planetarium during this time as well.

Tuesday, November 9th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, the focus continues with "Slice Across Africa" in Baird Lounge representing the diversity of African students on campus.

Wednesday, November 10th and Thursday, November 11th, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, “Sankofa: African American Museum on Wheels” will be exhibited in Baird Lounge. The museum is curated by Angela Jennings and traces the history of slaves from Africa to the United States, following their lives through objects and photographs of the time period.

Wednesday, November 10th at 7:00pm, there will be a showing of the PBS video, "The Lost Boys of Sudan” hosted by Crystal Hampton and followed by discussion on the situation in Western Sudan, specifically in the Darfur region. This will be shown in the Activities Room in the Alumni building.

CAB Friday Night Flick for November 12th will show “Sarafina!” at 8:00pm in the Woods-Penn Commons. This film focuses on the South African struggles against Apartheid in the mid-1970s, during the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. An adaptation of Mbongeni Ngema's popular musical, which ran on Broadway from 1988 to 1989, Sarafina! recounts the political coming of age of the title character, a high school girl involved in the Soweto student protests of 1976.
The party continues in an After-Flick Dance from 9:00pm-2:00am in the Commons, complete with Cameroonian DJ, Doddy Tacho from Cincinnati.

The week will close out with the African Students Association Cultural Show in Phelps-Stokes Chapel at 7:00pm on Saturday, November 13th. It will be an evening of African cultural expression, including poetry, songs, dances as well as a fashion show.

*co-author Rebecca Wiltberger

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