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Spotlight Shines on Africa, Campus Involvement at Duquesne University

Duquesne University's Center for African Studies, in collaboration with other departments on campus, will host a series of events March 12-14 to improve understanding of Africa and how students and faculty are engaged there through studies, research, service and teaching.

"We talk about understanding the world and being global citizens, and these events will provide a realistic picture of what that means, especially in regard to engaging Africa," said Dr. Gerald Boodoo, director of the Center for African Studies.

All events begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 12
Mother Symbol and Africana Women's Religious Practices of Peacebuilding
Bayer Learning Center, Pappert Lecture Hall

The events kick off with a lecture presented by Dr. Dianne Diakité, associate professor of religion and African-American studies at Emory University.

"Dr. Diakité will talk about how mothering is used as a symbol in Africa to consider and practically work for peace in our society and in our relationships," Boodoo explained.

Dr. Susan C. Hascall, assistant professor of law, and Dr. Emad Mirmotahari, assistant professor of English, will respond to the lecture from different perspectives.

The event is co-sponsored by the Rev. Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair in Mission and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

Wednesday, March 13
Building Relationships with Africa: Evolving Foundations for Research, Teaching and Service
Duquesne Union, Seifert Suite

The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition will present Dr. Anne Marie Hansen, assistant occupational therapy professor and a Paluse Faculty Research Grant winner, sharing stories from her decades of professional experience in Africa. She led graduate students and faculty on an international service-learning experience in Tanzania.

The event also will feature Drs. Lisa Lopez Levers and Rodney Hopson, both of the School of Education, who will share their experiences in Africa.

"They'll talk about how their work in Africa has enriched their research, teaching and scholarship," Boodoo said. "The goal is to show how engaging Africa actually benefits the work we do as faculty."

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Spiritan Studies, the Office of International Programs, the Office of Mission and Identity, the Office of Research, the Office of Service-Learning and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Thursday, March 14
Student Forum
Fisher Hall, Room 611

The forum will showcase the experiences of students who have traveled to Africa while at Duquesne.

Jeremy Feight, an undergraduate in the music school, will discuss his semester abroad at the University of Ghana, and Shelby Sharpnack, a graduate student studying forensic science, will recount her summer experience serving at an orphanage in Ghana.

"It's a chance for other students to learn firsthand how engaging with Africa can enhance their learning and improve career opportunities," Boodoo said.

For more information on Mother Symbol and Africana Women's Religious Practices of Peacebuilding or the student forum, call 412.396.1929. For more information on Building Relationships with Africa, call 412.396.1595.

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