Upcoming Events: Africa! More than a Continent

2016-2017 One Book FYE – The Bright Continent Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa by Dayo Olopade

The One Book selection committee will bring Olopade to WCU in the Fall of 2016. The author’s journalistic account of life in modern Africa celebrates African ingenuity.  Aligned with the WCU Interdisciplinary Theme: Africa! More than a Continent, The Bright Continent provides WCU students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to engage in a common intellectual experience with One Book.

Upcoming events involving The Bright Continent include:

September 14 & 15:  Fishbowl (5:30-7pm, Location TBA)
Faculty will engage in a dynamic book discussion and will be joined by students participatory audience.

September 20:  Reading Round Table (5-6:30pm, Blue Ridge)
An interactive book discussion facilitated by student peers.

October 5, 6, 11 & 12:  Panel Discussion (times and location TBA)
This faculty-facilitated discussion series will examine the themes and topics presented in the book.

October 26, 2016:  Author Event  (6-8pm, UC Grand Room)
Dayo Olopade will discuss her journey of discovery and emergent perspectives.  The author’s talk will be followed by a reception and book signing event.

Other Campus Theme Events

October 3: Free Enterprise Speaker Series @ WCU – Adam Smiths’ Invisible Hand 21st Century Reasons for Optimism (4-5:15pm, UCT)

October 24: Catamount Walkabout(5pm, Ramsey Center)

November 3: Students Present Digital Stories from Kenya Experience (5-7pm, McKee G22)
10 HESA graduate students, who will be studying abroad in Kenya over Fall Break, will present digital stories of their learning experience.

November 7:  Free Enterprise Speaker Series @ WCU – Global Justice & Global Freedom: Book Forum with Author Q&A (4-5:15pm, UCT)

First week of December: Africa Diaspora Presentations. Students from Dr. Saheed Aderinto’s African Diaspora class will give five presentations on the history and cultural presence of Africans across the world at the Smoky Mountain High School.

January 9 – February 21, 2017:  Soft Diplomacy: Quilting in Liberia (Bardo Arts Center)

March 13, 2017: Music Concert: The Nile Project (Bardo Arts Center)

April 2017: Spring Literary Festival Reading by Sindiwe Magona (Specific date and time TBA)

— Submitted by Laura Wright

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Commencement 2017
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Africa! More Than A Continent