Discussions to Focus on Duquesne Building Relationships with Africa
As Duquesne University strategically focuses on Africa, the Center for African Studies will sponsor an informal two-session series on Building Relationships with Africa, starting this week.
Faculty, staff, administrators and students are invited to participate in the following sessions in the Union's Africa Room from 3 to 4:30 p.m.:
- Wednesday, Jan. 29: Sustaining the Relationships, with Judith Weismann, business manager, School of Nursing; Mary Henningsgaard, student, Rangos School of Health Sciences; the Rev. Emmanuel Osigwe, student, McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts
- Tuesday, Feb. 25: Duquesne's African Initiative: Developing Academic Programs, with Dr. Charles Dougherty, University president; Dr. J. Douglas Bricker, dean, School of Pharmacy.
The point of the sessions, explained Dr. Gerald Boodoo, director of the Center for African Studies, is to examine the challenges to building relationships with Africa-the world's youngest, second-largest and second most populous continent-and to look at strategies to overcome these barriers.
"With DU's strategic focus on Africa, it becomes important to explore some of the conceptions we may have about the continent and its people," Boodoo said. "It is also important to find realistic ways in which academic programs at Duquesne can develop mutually beneficial relationships with the Center for African Studies, its academic programs and Africa."