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Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
|Gonzaga, Local Church Celebrate 'Africa Month'|
Presentations, Performances, Discussions & More throughout October
Gonzaga University and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane are collaborating to celebrate Africa Month in October with an art exhibition and sale, music, presentations and discussions. All events are open to the public.
An African dinner featuring Zimbabwean music and the opening of the Zimbabwe Artists Project (ZAP) art exhibition kicked off the month’s events Sunday evening (Sept. 30), at the Church, located at 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive. ZAP Director Dick Adams, of Portland, Ore., will speak this evening (Monday, Oct. 1) from 7-9 p.m., in the Hughes Hall Room 130 on the topic: “An Introduction to the Zimbabwe Artists Project: Aid to Africa through Partnership.”
On Thursday, Oct. 4, a celebration of the GU Africa programs will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room at GU. The event will provide an overview of current Africa programs involving Gonzaga faculty and students along with a question-and-answer session.
In addition, there will be a series of Wednesday evening presentations and discussions from 7-9 p.m. at the United Universalist Church of Spokane; all are free and open to the public. The presentations are as follows:
Oct. 10: Gonzaga philosophy Professor Mark Alfino will discuss the history of development aid to Africa, the positives and the negatives, and will highlight new programs people can become involved in, such as ZAP.
Oct. 17: GU faculty will discuss study-abroad programs in Zambia. Gonzaga psychology faculty Mark Bodamer and Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks will discuss opportunities to learn about comparative and child psychology at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Sanctuary Center, and Josh Armstrong, director of Gonzaga’s Comprehensive Leadership Program, and Sima Thorpe, director of the University’s Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL), will discuss the International Service Learning Program at the Catholic Youth Center in Zambezi.
Oct. 24: Gonzaga engineering Associate Professor Brad Striebig will present a program on the collaboration between Gonzaga and the Songhai Center in Benin, West Africa, which represents a new vision of sustainable development in Africa. Gonzaga Associate Professor Mary Jeannot, director of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program, will discuss the role that the English language plays in post-colonial Africa. Striebig and Jeannot traveled to Benin in August as part of a Gonzaga multidisciplinary educational and relief initiative that brought to the people in Benin a sustainable and inexpensive technology, using indigenous materials, to make the water safe for drinking.
Throughout October, the ZAP art exhibition will be on display with items for sale at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane (4340 W. Fort Wright Dr.). The public is cordially invited to view the free exhibit daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through Oct. 28. ZAP was created as a nonprofit organization in 1998 at the request of women artists from Weya in rural eastern Zimbabwe. ZAP pays more than twice as much per piece to the African artists as any other buyer and sells the women’s art in the United States, as well as providing education. ZAP’s goals include helping the African women become economically self-sufficient and using art as a way to make human connections across the boundaries of race and culture.
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