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African Feminisms Series Seminar Explores Stories of Africa from America

Friday November 4, 2011
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • Student Activity Center (SAC) Black Box Theater

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The John L. Warfield Center of African & African American Studies presents an African Feminisms Series Seminar titled "Let Me Tell You What Africa Means to Me...: Stories of Africa from America."

Women born and/or raised on the African continent will partake in an afternoon of animated conversations about the meanings of Africa to its recent immigrants who now call the United States home by choice or otherwise. The seminar is part of Remembering Africa, Imagining Home: African Oral History Project at The University of Texas at Austin (RAIH- UT’s).

The main goal of RAIH-UT is to audio and video record stories of recent African immigrants to the United States (those here since 1900). Those stories will be archived at the university as a research resource that tells the story of Africa’s recent diaspora, and its continued disengagement with the continent. Knowledge about current issues in Africa blooms and withers in the public imagination as celebrities sojourn to a particular country, or when there is a tragedy on the continent – save the recent North African uprisings. What remains hidden from “public” view is the story of the Africans who have immigrated and/or assimilated into American culture and society, and how they remain engaged with the continent while contributing to life in their new home and society.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of History, and the Center for Women and Gender Studies.

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