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2015 Black History Month, Selected Events

These events are sponsored by the Multicultural Student Development Office (MSDO) and the Multicultural Student Advisory Board (MSAB). See the MSDO Events Page for more information about these and other related events.

Black History Month Kick-Off
Monday, February 2, 2015
6:30-9 pm, Commons Annex Lecture Hall

Black in America: Panel Discussion About What It Means to Be Black in America
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
4:00 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Live Play: The Meeting
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
7:00 pm, CFAC Recital Hall
Free event and open to the public. Jeff Stetson's The Meeting is a fictional account of what might have happened if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had ever met and had a conversation. The play offers a spirited debate about their differing approaches to improving the life of the black men and women in a predominantly white society - Dr. King (the lamb) is hoping to find racial harmony through love and peaceful resistance, while Malcolm (the lion) is reconciled to violence and revenge if blacks are to win out over oppression.  The play will be followed by a mediated discussion about current events in our country and city in light of the issues raised by the play.

Food from the African Diaspora
Thursday, February 19, 2015
12-1 pm, Commons Annex-Student Life East
From West Africa to Haiti to Louisiana, taste the influence of Africa on the world. Free event.

Lecture: "The Art of Black Preaching: From the Fields to the White House"
Thursday, February 26, 2015
3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall
A mini-lecture o nthe birth and evolution of Black preaching, followed by a panel discussion of local African American pastors and ministers.


Past Events:

African & African Diaspora Studies Student Presentation

Shannon DeJong, "The Haitian Diaspora: Harnessing Homeland Relationships for Community-Based Development"

Friday, May 9, 2014
3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Haiti’s substantial diaspora population remains closely connected to the homeland and contributes significantly to the wellbeing of Haitians, particularly through the sending of remittances.  However, diaspora-homeland relationships could be further strengthened and harnessed to lead to more productive, sustainable development in Haiti.  By acknowledging their role in the traditional framework of lakou, a relational space where work is shared, and constructively engaging with the Haitian government and society, the Haitian diaspora would inspire accountability and more effectively empower Haitians to become agents of their own transformation, thus contributing to lasting positive change in Haiti.


Africa Week: October 29 - November 3, 2012

All Week

Photography Exhibit: "A Traveler's Eye in East Africa"
Covenant Fine Arts Center upper hallway

An exhibit of photographs by Professor David Hoekema (Philosophy Department), including landscape and animal life, as well as village and city scenes, from six countries in East Africa. Some examples of David's work can be seen in the banner, above.

Friday, October 26

Concert: Tinariwen
8 pm, Covenant Fine Arts Center

Traditional West African music meets the blues: hear 2012 World Music Grammy winner and the favorite band of Bono and the Edge. Find out more about the music here. Tickets at Calvin Box Office; $15 for the public or $5 with Calvin ID.

Sunday, October 28

African Community Church
10 am, 1204 Eastern Ave

Students are invited to attend a morning service.

Monday, October 29

Kickoff Session: "Why Is It Important To Learn More About Africa?"
3:00-4:00 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

The African Student Association will show a 30 minute video entitled "Africa Straight Up," followed by a Q&A session with a panel of African students. PLEASE NOTE: This session will begin at 3 pm, not 3:30 as listed on the Africa Week posters.

Guest Lecture: Tamba M'Bayo, "History, Memory, Pan-Africanism and National Identity"
4-5:30 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

Professor Tamba M'Bayo is a professor of history at Hope College.

Guest Lecture: Bill Massaquoi, "Empowering Future Leaders in Liberia"
7-8:30 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

Bill Massaquoi is founder and director of Rebuild Africa, a non-governmental organization that focuses on education, vocational training, and mentoring. ***CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY PREVENTING TRAVEL***

Tuesday, October 30

Chapel: Prayer Service for Africa Week
10 am, Chapel

Led by African and North American Students.

Faculty Panel: "Reports from Today's Africa"
3:30-5 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

Featuring Professors Jo Kuyvenhoven, Johnathan Bascom, Richard Nenge, and Yirgalem Habtemariam. Moderated by David Hoekema.

Panel: "Displaced Lives: A Conversation with Refugees from African Conflicts"
7-8:30 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

Reverend Bernard Ayoola and Pastor Rex Brewer from Kentwood Community Church will be accompanied by several guests who are immigrants and refugees now living in West Michigan. These include Michael Uredi from the Blue Waters Refugee Camp in South Africa and Nickson, originally from the Congo, now a leader in a refugee camp in Mozambique. Moderated by Stephanie Sandberg.

Wednesday, October 31

Mankala Tournament
12-1:30 pm, Johnny's

Meet at Johnny's (near the south windows) and play a few rounds of a game that has a hundred names across Africa. Bring your own "stone game" set if you have one.

Film: Yesterday, with discussion led by David Hoekema and Richard Nenge
3:30-5 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

A film exploring the realities of poverty and disease in rural South Africa, with unusual insight and compassion. The film will be followed by a brief discussion led by Professor David Hoekema and Visiting Scholar Richard Nenge. Note: Not suitable for young children due to graphic depiction of illness.

Thursday, November 1

Alumni Panel: "Learning About Development Work in Africa"
3:30-5 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

Featuring Calvin alumni Dana Doll, Derek Hoogland, Emily Daher, and Paul Kortenhoven. Moderated by Tracy Kuperus.

Film: Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa, introduced by filmmaker Cherif Keita
7-8:30 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

Filmmaker Cherif Keita is a Professor of French at Carleton College, Northfield, MN. He is the creator of several documentary films on early mission work in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Friday, November 2

Lunchtime Discussion: "Table de conversation sur la littérature et le cinema de l'Afrique francophone avec Prof. Cherif Keita"
12-1:30 pm, Knollcrest Room, Commons

A discussion about the literature and film of Francophone Africa with filmmaker and Professor of French Cherif Keita. Note: those who do not speak French are also welcome to this bilingual lunchtime meeting.

Guest Speaker: Richard Asante, "Ghana's Democratic Renaissance: Consolidated or At Risk?"
3:30-5 pm, Commons Lecture Hall

Professor Richard Asante is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and former coordinator of Calvin's Semester in Ghana. He is currently a guest scholar at Northwestern University.

Africa Network meeting begins
5-7 pm, Prince Conference Center

Registration and dinner. Calvin faculty and staff may register for the conference at half price. Additional information about Africa Network and conference registration can be found here.

Opening Keynote: Angel David Nieves, "Liberation Histories and 'Difficult Heritage': Digital Diasporas Along The Virtual Freedom Trail Project (VFTP)"
7-9 pm, Prince Conference Center Willow Room

Dr. Angel Nieves is Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Hamilton College. He is also Co-Director of Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI), Hamilton College, a part of which is the Virtual Freedom Trail Project. All are welcome to attend this keynote address, even if not registered for the conference.

Saturday, November 3

Africa Network meetings
9 am - 6 pm, Prince Conference Center

For additional information about the conference, visit Dinner will follow at Speak EZ (600 Monroe NE).

Concert: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, with the Thrive Refugee Children's Choir
8-10 pm, Covenant Fine Arts Center

With opening performance by the Thrive Refugee Children's Choir. Find out more about Janka Nabay here. Tickets at Calvin Box Office; $10 for the public or $1 with Calvin ID.

Africa Week at Calvin College is sponsored by the African & African Diaspora Studies program and the Office for Multicultural Affairs, in conjunction with Africa Network, with contributions from the departments of Communication Arts & Sciences, French, History, International Development Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science.