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April 30, 2010

China's African Development

The May 2010 issue of The Atlantic magazine has an interesting story about China's development efforts in Africa. Is China "The Next Empire"?

April 27, 2010

Digital Storytelling research on "Discover CLA" webpage

Professor Walt Jacobs' research on digital storytelling is a featured story on the Discover CLA webpage. Click on the second icon to view a 12.5 minute video: "The Pedagogy of Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom."

Northrop Dance event

Nora Chipaumire with Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited
Lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi
Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm, Northrop Auditorium

Lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi is dedicated to the visual, aural, and kinesthetic equivalent of Africa's great cities. Self-exiled artist and Bessie Award winner, Chipaumire is known for her brave, transnational work that investigates cultural, political, economical, and technological identities of African contemporary life. Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during the Chipurenga Chechipiri (second war of liberation), Chipaumire probes into the heart of her homeland without restriction. Joining her is dancer Souleymane Badolo and master musician and poet Thomas Mapfumo with his band The Blacks Unlimited. For further information contact the Northrop Box Office (612-625-6600) or visit

April 13, 2010

The Prep School Negro

A preliminary version of the documentary The Prep School Negro will be screened and discussed at the Friends School of Minnesota on Sunday, April 18, 6:30 PM.

ASA African Night 2010

Join the African Student Association from 5-7 on Saturday, April 17, 2010 for African Night 2010, their largest event of the year. Join them in Coffman Union's "Great Hall" as they take it "back to our roots" with a night filled with talented performances and a fashion show showcasing the wonderfully diverse cultures of Africa. After the show, enjoy delicious African cuisine! Admission: FREE for all U of M students and $5 for all non-U of M students.

April 7, 2010

Diversity Through the Disciplines symposium

The Institute for Diversity Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) announces the return of Diversity Through the Disciplines, a day-long symposium showcasing the research of faculty who were awarded the President's Multicultural Faculty Research Award in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The symposium will be held on Friday, April 30th in the President's Room of the Coffman Memorial Union from 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Seating is limited to 70 participants, so please register at your earliest convenience.

Re-named the IDEA Multicultural Research Award, these research grants exist to encourage and support research by faculty of color and to promote research on issues related to communities of color in the United States as well as abroad. The Luncheon keynote will be provided by Professor Tobin Siebers of the University of Michigan, author of Disability Theory. Lunch is provided. Seating is limited; register for the symposium here: http://www.saa.umn.edu/oed/idea/register

For a full schedule of presenters as well as future updates, check: http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/institute.html

Please direct any questions or requests for accommodations to oedidea@umn.edu or call 612.624.0594.