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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
12:00 a.m.



Symposium: Images of Africa in the Age of Obama

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Symposium Materials

Modern Africa: A Bibliography (PDF 152KB)
By Professor Sarah Pomerantz March, 2010

The Image of Africa in the Age of Obama (PDF 52KB)
Dr. Anne Mungai, School of Education

Dr. Livingstone I Presume? – Globalization and the Construction of Africa in the Western Imagination (PDF 260KB)
Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Brooklyn College, CUNY

Symposium: Images of Africa “Katrina” dance piece

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Event Information

Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom
Ruth S. Harley University Center

Adelphi University

This event seeks to raise awareness about the African continent, its nations and peoples while providing a context for understanding representations delivered through media and other arenas.

General Program Schedule

4:00 p.m. Viewing of the Exhibits
Artistic Representations of Africa, Photos of Urban and Rural Africa, Ideas about Africa, Taking Action on Africa, Highlighting Achievements of Africans
(Student created, coordinated by Levermore Global Scholars Program/Prof. Peter Debartolo )
Book Display compiled by AU Librarians
Display of Panelists Books and Articles

4:30 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
“Expressions from Africa” Spoken Word (Student performers organized by Prof. Gregory Singer/CAAES & POEARTISTRY, Inc)

5:00pm Panelist Presentations & Dialogue with the audience
Dr. Marsha J. Tyson Darling /CAAES (Facilitator)
Dr. Peyi Soyinka Airewele
Dr. Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome
Dr. William G. Martin

6:30 p.m. ‘Africa/America’ Reflective Dance (Student dancers organized by Prof. Trebien Pollard/Dance)

7:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Reception & Viewing of Exhibit

The symposium, “Images of Africa in the Age of Obama,” seeks to raise awareness about the African continent and its many peoples while providing a context for understanding representations delivered through media. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will include a student performance on “expressions from Africa,” followed by three panelists:Peyi Soyinka Airewele (Ithaca College);William Martin (Binghamton U); andMojubaolu Olufunke Okome(Brooklyn College). In the context of their own scholarly work, they will address the need for critical analysis of media, literature, arts, and social science representations.

An extended dialogue with the audience will follow these presentations. The program will close with performance and reception, giving time to view the exhibit designed by Adelphi students.
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The event is free and open to the public.

Co-Sponsors: Collaboration Project 2009-10: ICAN Make Change, Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies, Levermore Global Scholars, Adelphi Chapter of the NAACP, Adelphi University Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences, Departments of Sociology, English, History and Political Science, First Year Experience Committee, General Education Program, Gregory Singer/CAAES & Poeartistry, Inc., International Initiatives Committee, Office of Student Affairs, Performing Arts Center, UMOJA

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