Willamette University's student-run African Studies Club will host its sixth annual celebration of Africa through Feb. 19. The week will include engaging activities that spotlight expressive media from various African countries. This year’s theme is "Voices and Visuals: Diversity in Africa." All events are open to the public, and, with the exception of PeopleDance, admission is free.
Feb. 14: “Timbuktunes: Exploring Africa’s Intonations”
11 a.m. –3 p.m., Putnam University Center balcony
Portland-based music store Timbuktunes will play and sell African music from the university center balcony.
Feb. 15: “Coffee & Conversation: Creative Explorations of West Africa”
7 p.m., Willamette International Studies House lounge
History professor Bianca Murillo will examine the Concert Party Theatre in Ghana, and art professor Andries Fourie will showcase the artwork of the Dogan ethnic group in Mali. Facilitated conversations will follow the presentations. The Bistro will provide free cookies and coffee.
Feb. 17: “Open Mic: Africa Speaks”
Approximately 9 p.m., The Bistro
After David Brooks’ Atkinson Lecture, participate in Open Mic or just enjoy an evening of spoken word, poetry and song.
Feb. 18: “Faculty Colloquium: Diaspora’s for Development”
12:40–1:40 p.m., Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room
Professors Joyce Millen and Amadou Fofana will present and discuss their research in Ghana and Senegal.
Feb. 18: “PeopleDance”
7:30 p.m., Theatre building
Visit our newly renovated theater building for a Ghanaian dance piece choreographed by Portland choreographer Okaidja Afroso. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Theatre at Willamette.
Sat. 19: “Africa Market”
10 a.m.–3 p.m., Cat Cavern
Support humanitarian projects in Africa and local entrepreneurs by visiting Africa Market. Short film “The Single Story” begins at 11 a.m. Afroso will perform and hold a Ghanaian dance workshop from noon-1 p.m. Bring your family to enjoy children’s activities and to shop for African crafts, clothing, jewelry, food and more.
For more information, contact Valerie Watson at (503) 370-6615.