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Variety of Activities on Tap for Africa Day at ODU, Oct. 14

Umbadu South African Dance Company, a dance theater specializing in contemporary South African history and culture of the Zulu people, will perform Thursday, Oct. 14, for Old Dominion University's annual Africa Day.

Instituted in 2007, Africa Day offers an opportunity to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about current events and the cultural characteristics of the many countries on the African continent. Through student and faculty collaboration, the event will highlight regional and national achievements in Africa in an effort to dispel the stereotypes that often are propagated by news headlines.

This year's event will recognize 17 African countries celebrating their independence and decolonization: Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Chad, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Gabon, Mauritania and Mali.

Africa Day at ODU is co-sponsored by all six academic colleges, the Division of Student Affairs, the Institute for Race and Ethnicity, the Office of Intercultural Relations and numerous student organizations. All events are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Africa Knowledge Community Fair
North Mall, Webb Center

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Art Education Lecture featuring Ramona Austin, Gordon Galleries
Virginia Beach Room, Webb Center

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
South Africa Service - Learning Study Abroad 2010
River Rooms, Webb Center
Dance Workshop featuring Umbadu South Africa Dance Company
Room 156, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

5 - 6 p.m.
Welcome and Keynote Performance featuring Umbadu South Africa Dance Company
North Café, Webb Center

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Reception
North Café, Webb Center

8 - 9:30 p.m.
Cultural Presentations and Fashion Show, presented by the African Caribbean Association
North Café, Webb Center

For more information, call the Office of Intercultural Relations at 683-4406.

This article was posted on: October 13, 2010

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