College of Arts and Sciences


  • Africa Day Features Music, Film, and Awards

    May 17, 2011

    Africa Day, celebrated internationally each year on May 25, highlights modern Africa and African communities around the world. This year’s event at Seattle University brings together students, faculty, and leading artists with middle and high school students and members of the community for an evening of celebration, awards, and discussion.

    “Africa is still a dark continent to too many,” said Sociology Professor Gary Perry, coordinator of the event. “We are long overdue in awakening to the history and culture not only of the people of Africa but of their descendants in the diaspora.”

    The event takes place from 6 – 9 p.m. in Campion Ballroom on the Seattle University.

    • Performance by Zambuko, which highlights traditional marimba music of southern Africa.
    • Global African Studies Professor Femi Taiwo presents cash awards to area middle and high school students who have been chosen for their essays on the importance of studying African history.
    • A panel of African and American SU students discuss their experiences at home and abroad (details below).
    • Sociology Professor Gary Perry and film director Lonnie Renteria present “A Tale of Two Recoveries: New Orleans After The Storm,” documentary short film that critically examines the politics and the injustices associated with the recovery process in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.  The film explores how the disproportionately Black, female, and working-poor survivors of Hurricane Katrina have struggled to return home and to rebuild community.  This film celebrates the acts of resistance and the resilience of the truly disadvantaged, as they seek to recover from The Storm on their own terms. 
    • The evening closes with Seattle Hip-Hop artist Gabriel Teodros, whose album MassLine, received critical acclaim. Just this year, Teodros was named one of URB Magazine’s "Next 100.” He is also a DJ for Zulu Radio on KBCS 91.3 FM.

    Africa  Day is sponsored by the African Student Association and the Global African Studies Program and Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences.


     Jourdan McGinn, Colorado Springs, Communication Studies major with a minor in Global African Studies, Class of 2011. Jourdan has traveled extensively, most notably studying at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Copenhagen and living in rural Ghana. She is currently drafting a Fulbright research proposal to explore the social context of HIV/AIDS in Malawi in 2012 and continues to support local development efforts in her community in Ghana.

    Evan Morier,  Oakland, CA, Political Science major, class of 201.Evan became interested in Africa after a visit to Mali and Senegal in 2006. After t Africa enrolling in an African studies course and learning more about Africa, he joined the Peace Corps and will begin serving in Africa in July. 

    Kwaku A Asiedu, Kumasi, Ghana, International Studies major with a minor in International Economic Development, class of 2012. Last summer, Kwaku volunteered in Arusha, Tanzania, as part of a Global Impact program organized by the Seattle Community Colleges. Upon graduation, Kwaku plans to return to Africa to work in international development.

    Melissa Mwangi, Nairobi, Kenya, Pre-Med Psychology major with a biology, class of 2012. Last summer, Melissa worked as a doctor intern in one of Nairobi’s top hospitals learning different techniques of practicing medicine. After graduation and medical school, where she plans to specialize in surgery, she will return to Kenya to serve her community.   

    RezinaHabtemariam, Seattle, WA, International Studies major with a minor in Global African Studies, class of 2011.Rezina had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and Mali and participated in a four-month study abroad in Dakar, Senegal.  She plans to become a university professor. She currently coaches a high school dance team. 

    Corinne Mahoro, Bujumbura, Burundi, International Studies major with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership, class of 2012.Corinne has worked with nonprofit organizations in Burundi and the  greater Seattle area. After graduation, she plans to return to Burundi to work with the local youth towards the needed improvement in the education system.     



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