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Five Colleges, Inc., press release   Date: 10/28/11 Bookmark and Share

Five College Africa Day 2011

From drumming and dance to panel discussions and stories, Five College Africa Day offers something for everyone. The sixth annual Africa Day will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the Campus Center.

Joseph Sebarenzi, former speaker of the Rwandan Parliament, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, and author of God Sleeps in Rwanda, will start off the day’s events with a keynote address, “Healing After Hardship: Survival and Forgiveness in Post-Genocide Rwanda,” at 1 p.m.

The address is followed by an afternoon of performances and presentations featuring the Five College African Drumming Ensemble, and Five College students of Swahili and Yoruba. SACSA (Smith College African and Caribbean Student Association) and the University of Massachusetts group AGASA (African Graduates and Scholars Association) will present panel discussions examining African development and studying and working in Africa. There will also be an Africa study abroad and student activities fair.

The day is capped off with a party, featuring music, food and dance with the Smith College African and Caribbean Students Association and Five College colleagues.

Africa Day, now in its sixth year, is organized by the Five College African Studies program. The program, which publishes the highly regarded African Studies Review, is committed to building a better understanding and appreciation of Africa. This popular annual event is one means for spreading that understanding.

Also on November 5, the Smith College Museum of Art is holding “World Art Day,” featuring African art from the exhibit “Crosscurrents: Art of the Southeastern Congo.” On Africa Day, museum admission will be free and open to all from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, Five Colleges, Inc., is a nonprofit educational consortium created in 1965 to advance the extensive educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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