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Duquesne Students Bring Science, Sounds of Congo to Phipps

Students from Duquesne University’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the Mary Pappert School of Music will demonstrate the importance of the African Congo’s forests and culture at a Phipps Conservatory event.

The Tropical Forest Congo Festival, a family-focused day of fun will celebrate the region’s ecology, food and people, on Saturday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Science students from Duquesne’s Bayer School’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program will highlight the Congo forest’s ecology. Interactive displays will illustrate the importance and role of the rainforest in the Earth’s water cycle, and problems like erosion and pollution resulting from rainforest destruction.

Duquesne School of Music students will immerse visitors in the rhythms and music of the Congo as they play instruments native to this region—and let visitors give the instruments a try as well. Duquesne also will sponsor an appearance by the Umoja Africa Drumming Group.

Since the opening of the Congo Forest Exhibit in February, this marks the third event involving the University. Duquesne’s participation honors the relationship that the Spiritans and University share with Africa and its people, said Dr. Philip Reeder, dean of the Bayer School.

“The Spiritans—our University’s founders—share a special bond with the people of Africa,” Reeder said. “We wish to honor this relationship through our participation in the festival. By using our talents and knowledge, we hope to make learning about the Congo lively and interesting to the festival’s many visitors so that they can develop a deeper understanding of why it’s so important to us.”

Entrance to the festival is free with the purchase of a conservatory admission: $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2-18. Members and children under 2 are free. For more information, call Phipps Conservatory at 412.622.6914.

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