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Five College Africa Day on November 5

Posted: October 27, 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 November 5 at Smith College's Campus Center in Northampton, beginning at 1 p.m.

Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi, former speaker of the Rwandan Parliament and survivor of the Rwandan genocide, starts off the day's events with his keynote address entitled "Healing After Hardship: Survival and Forgiveness in Post-Genocide Rwanda."

The address is followed by an afternoon of dance performances and panel discussions that examine 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.

Now in its sixth year, Africa Day 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 of spreading that understanding.

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