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IUPUI Office of International Affairs
902 W. New York St.,
ES 2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA
Phone: (317) 274-7000
Fax: (317) 278-2213

Front Desk Hours
Monday - Friday,
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Partnership: Africa

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Summer 2009: IUPUI received Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant "Understanding Kenya through Partnership and Service.


(2009 - 2010) We are pleased to announce the inauguration of a new program at IUPUI: a year-long series of lectures, films, performances, exhibits, and videoconferences focused on a part of the world with which IUPUI has strong connections, done in collaboration with colleagues, students, and public figures from that country or region.

IUPUI is committed to engaging the world through partnership and dialogue. This year-long series will highlight the strong relationships IUPUI and the Indianapolis community already have with a particular part of the world, spark new projects, and foster campus-wide conversations.

This inaugural year is dedicated to:


This is a pilot year. Students, faculty, staff, and the local community are invited to join in exploring how a year-long focus on Africa can intensify our understanding and connection to this important part of the world.

Please come to the events, build them into coursework and co-curricular programming, tell us about other Africa-related events to be added to the list, and provide feedback to make next year's Partnership activities even better.

Visit this site for a full (and ever-expanding) list of events, as well as resources for incorporating them into both classroom and co-curricular programs.

Sponsored by:

  • Office of International Affairs
  • Multicultural Center
  • Student Life and Global Engagement
  • Campus and Community Life (now Office of Student Involvement)
  • African Students Association
  • Committee on African and African American Studies

Contact Dr. Dawn Whitehead ( for further information.


Spring 2010

January 16 — Kenya's Youth in the Peace and Reconciliation Process

A lecture presentation and discussion by Caroline Thuo Reggy, Regional Coordinator for Church World Service's (CWS) youth empowerment program in Africa.

The Giving Hope program utilizes Asset-Based Community Development methodology to organize youth-headed households affected by HIV and AIDS for mutual psycho-social support, education, and sustainable income generation. Since its inception in 2004, this program has engaged more than 12,000 households (involving 40,000 children) in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Giving Hope conflict mitigation activities--organized and implemented by youth--played an important role during and immediately after the post-election conflict in Kenya in early 2008. These activities included peace-building athletic events and community meal sharing, medical assistance, and rebuilding of small businesses. In Kenya, the program is currently implemented through YWCA/Kenya, OAIC, GROOTS Kenya, MAP International, and Lifeskills Promoters (LISP).

Caroline has a graduate degree in Program Management. Prior to joining CWS, she worked with the All Africa Conference of Churches as well as with Christian Children's Fund Kenya.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Global Crossroads, ES 2132. For more information, contact Ian McIntosh.

January 17 - 22 — Sironka: Living the Maasai Tradition

Lecture, performance, and workshop series with Nicholas Sironka. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Maasai history and culture from this most distinguished of performance artists.

Monday, January 18 (MLK Day of Service)
2:00 - 4:00 Meet and Greet
Location: Multicultural Center, Taylor Hall Room 115

Tuesday, January 19
11:30 - 1:00 Batik Art Workshop
4:30 - 6:00 Lecture, "Art and Enviromental Consciousness"

Wednesday, January 20
11:30 - 1:00 Cultural Cafe: Art and a taste of Kenyan food

Friday, January 22
11:30 - 1:00 Art Workshop

Location for Tuesday-Friday events: Jag Junction, 1st Floor Talyor Hall

Sponsored by:
  • IUPUI Multicultural Center
  • IUPUI Common Theme Project, and
  • IUPUI Office of International Affairs

January 21 — Film Screening and Discussion: "Roots, Germania"

Afro-German filmmaker Monika Asumang will be in Indianapolis to screen and discuss her documentary, "Roots, Germania."

Born in Kassel, Germany to a white German mother and an African father, 'Mo' or Monika Asumang studied visual communication, acting, and singing before becoming German television's second Afro-German moderator on a popular music show and later on a talk show about love and sexuality. She has worked as an actress and a recording artist, but her career took a turn a few years ago when a Neo-Nazi rock band had a song lyric in which they threatened to kill her and a number of prominent non-white Germans and migrants. Asumang decided to confront the German society in which she was raised through a film that explores the complexities of 21st-century German and European identity in the face of multiculturalism and post-Wall right-radical youth violence and xenophobia.

Roots, Germania (2008) was nominated for Germany's prestigious Adolf Grimme Award for television productions that make specific and innovative use of the medium. Since the film's release in Germany, Mo has taken it on a tour through the "New" Provinces of the former East, where Neo-Nazi youth groups flourished after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Indiana University, Bloomington and IUPUI will be the first US campuses that Asumang visits with the film.

Program will begin at 6:00 P.M.

IT — Informatics & Communications Technology Complex (ICTC)
Room: 152
535 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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January 28 — Film and Discussion: "A Poor Man Shames Us All"

Explore the alternative views of wealth and society that are exhibited in the lives of tribal cultures. Viewers journey from a New York ad agency to the jungles of Indonesia and the plains of Kenya. Learn why our Western views of wealth and economic needs have created a society of strangers in the midst of material riches, while tribal cultures such as the Weyewa of Indonesia and the Gabra of Kenya create economies of dependency on others and measure wealth through people, not possessions. Ian McIntosh, Office of International Affairs, will lead a discussion of this film by David Mabury-Lewis.

UL — University Library
Room: Lilly Auditorium
755 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

6:00 - 8:30 PM

This event is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Common Theme Project.

February 1 - 28 — Imani "Drawings from Life" Exhibit

The paintings in the exhibition were created by clients of the AMPATH program in what is known as the Imani Artist Collective, within Imani Workshops. The focus of this group is to "tell their truths" through the medium of painting.

This collection of Kenyan artwork will be on display in the Cultural Arts Gallery
Campus Center, 2nd Floor

Imani "Drawings from Life" Exhibit Opening Reception

Please join us on Wednesday, February 10, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Cultural Arts Gallery
Campus Center, 2nd Floor
Remarks by Dr. Bob Einterz

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February 20 — Kenya: Violence Against Women and it's Remedy

Featuring Dr. Sarah Archer, distinguished international humanitarian and public health specialist. Dr. Archer has worked in multiple settings around the world including Kenya, Jordan, Bangladesh, Rwanda (following the genocide in 1994-'95), Kosovo and Montenegro. With Guest Speaker Avril Rua, Legal Aid Center of Eldoret (L.A.C.E) & LLM Human Rights Candidate, IU School of Law, Indianapolis. This will include an introduction on the Waki Report's commentary on the status of women following the 2007 election crisis by Lindsy Schaiper.

IUPUI Office of International Affairs
902 W. New York St.
Global Crossroads (ES2132)

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February 20 — Hunger Banquet 2010

The IUPUI Campus and Global Health Student Interest Group are hosting the second annual Hunger Banquet, an awareness and advocacy event which will feature diverse cultural entertainment, sales of fair-trade Kenyan crafts from Imani Workshops, and ethnic food from restaurants around Indianapolis. Come prepared to learn about and reflect on hunger and income disparities, have an enriching cultural experience, and an opportunity to make a difference.

The Hunger Banquet will be held at 6:30 pm in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450. Tickets are available for $10 in advance and $12 at the door. They can be purchased at the IUPUI Campus Center CCL desk, the IU School of Medicine (MS-162), or via PayPal. Purchase online tickets here.

All proceeds of this year's event go to benefit the IU-Kenya Orphans & Vulnerable Children Program.

This event is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Common Theme Project.

Friday, March 12 — Culture Hour: Nigeria

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
CE 305

International Culture Hour is a weekly celebration of the many nations represented at IUPUI. The event is open to everyone, and we offer free refreshments to attendees.

Culture Hours are sponsored by International Club and the IUPUI Student Activity Fee.
Tel.: (317) 274-5024

Monday, April 5 — Justice Human Rights & National Cohesion

Please join us in welcoming the Honorable MARTHA KARUA, MP, former Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and renowned activist in the promotion of justice, accountability, women's rights and other human rights in KENYA.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

IU School of Law, Wynne Courtroom
530 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Event is free and open to the public.

Please see event flyer for full details and parking directions.

Saturday, April 17 — 3rd Annual Africa Night: Time to Reconnect

Experience African culture through food, music, dance, fasion, and more. Attire is formal or African traditional clothing for this night of fun and celebration!

Free for IUPUI students, staff, and faculty. JagTag or University ID must be presented
$7.00 Non-IUPUI Affiliated
Free for children under 12

Program begins at 5:30 p.m.
IUPUI Campus Center, CE450 A & B

Sponsored by the IUPUI African Student Association. Please see flyer for full sponsor listing.

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Friday, May 7 — Celebrating Kenya Partners

The mission of this new group is to network, share resources, and strengthen the 100+ Indiana-Kenyan organizations. So come along and learn about groups in Indianapolis working with Kenyans and share your experiences and involvement with other partners. Kenyan music and drink provided. All Kenyans and friends of Kenya are welcome.

For further information, contact Hellen Gichohi at (317) 213-9449.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Change of Venue:

Northminster Presbyterian Church
1660 N. Kessler Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN

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Fall 2009

August 15 — Africa Festival

For over two decades, IUPUI has had an ongoing relationship with the countries of Africa. We view understanding and connecting with Africa to be of the highest priority for our faculty, our students, and our community. The Office of International Affairs, IUPUI's hub of international activities, is proud to co-sponsor the 10th Annual African Festival as part of our year-long "Partnership: Africa" program for 2009-2010.

Saturday, August 15, 2009
American Legion Mall, Meridian & North Streets
10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

September 25 — Democratic Processes, Violence, and Reconstruction in Africa

  • 11:30 a.m. Luncheon with guest speaker activist/poet Ms. Zvisinei Sandi, from Zimbabwe.
  • 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Afternoon panels & coffee break

University Place Conference Center Get Directions

Co-sponsored by the Indiana Consortium for International Programs & Indiana University African Studies Department

Costs: $5 any student; $10 ICIP members; $20 non-members.

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September 25 — Jordan H. & Joan R. Leibman Annual Forum presents The Art of Hope: a panel discussion on Imani Workshops

Imani Workshops is a branch of the Family Preservation Initiative under the IU-Kenya Partnership's AMPATH program and a revenue-generating social enterprise focused on producing high quality crafts by HIV+ artisans in western Kenya. One of the Imani Workshop founders, Njoki, will join law and business experts for a panel discussion on issues critical to Imani Workshops including the Iu-Kenya partnership, fair trade, and skills development for underprivileged artisans.

  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Reception with passed hors d'oeuvres, African drum ensemble, gallery exhibit and Imani Workshop items available for purchase
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Panel discussion
  • 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. gallery still open and Imani Workshop goods available.

Herron School of Art and Design, Eskenazi Hall, 735 W New York St.

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October 1 — Film Series: (R)evolutions of Hope: Africa 2009

Say My Name showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Details at

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October 2 — Book Signing: Walking Together, Walking Far: How a U.S. and African Medical School Partnership is Winning the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Author Fran Quigley will sign copies of the first book to chronicle the development of the partnership that began with the IU School of Medicine and the Moi University Teaching & Referral Hospital in Kenya. The book's title derives from the African proverb, "If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together," reflecting how the 20-year partnership has thrived over the long haul in the face of many health and development challenges. Read the complete story.

Barnes & Noble @ IUPUI will have quality paperback copies of Walking Together, Walking Far available for sale at this event for $19.95. Credit cards, cash, and checks will be accepted. They will take special orders for the hard cover version.

1:00 p.m. Friday, October 2 in the Global Crossroads, ES 2132. For more information, contact Ian McIntosh.

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October 8 — Film Series: (R)evolutions of Hope: Africa 2009

Boys of Baraka showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Details at

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October 14 — The Challenge for Ethiopia

Dr. Befekadu Degefe PhD, Economics
Part of the Voices at Risk, Visions of Hope speaker series

Befekadu Degefe is a professor of economics from Ethiopia. He taught at Addis Ababa University for over twenty years while also contributing to the university's Institute of Development Research. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Humboldt University in Germany and a Master's in economics from Vanderbilt University. He has been a visiting professor at McGill University as well as universities and research institutions in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia. He has contributed extensive policy research and papers for the IMF, the World Bank, and various UN bodies. As chair of the Ethiopian Economic Association, he also founded the Ethiopian Economic Policy Institute responsible for numerous critical reports on the Ethiopian economy. He is the Rescued Scholar in Residence at The New School for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Sponsored by: IUPUI Office of International Affairs, Human Rights Works, and the Scholars at Risk Network

12:00 p.m. in the Global Crossroads, ES 2132. For more information, contact Ian McIntosh.

October 15 — Film Series: (R)evolutions of Hope: Africa 2009

The Mother's House showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Details at

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October 20 — Human Trafficking: The Case of Ethiopia, By Abebaw Minaye Gezie

Mr. Abebaw Gezie is a Lecturer at Addis Ababa University's College of Education, Department of Psychology.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: ES Building Commons, 4th Floor

October 29-31 — Conference:
Rethinking Economic Development in the Context of Globalization: Entrepreneurship, the Knowledge Economy, and Sustainable Development

Conference schedule For more information, contact Dr. Bessie House-Soremekun, Conference Convener

Additional Details

November 9 — Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

Come hear Bill McKibben, the inaugural author in IUPUI's Common Theme Project, deliver his keynote address on his best-selling book Deep Economy. McKibben is in the forefront of the conversations about how to rethink and rebuild our economy for prosperity and sustainability. Part of the 2009 Spirit and Place Civic Festival, this lecture is free and open to the public.

More information available at

November 13 — Guinea: A Call to Action

Videoconferencing with prominent members of the Guinea community in the U.S., testimonies relating to the violence on September 28, and a call to action with regards to current human rights abuses in that country--particularly relating to the abuse of women.

6:00 p.m. Lilly Auditorium, University Library

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Cosponsored by International Affairs and the African Student Association.

November 16-20 — International Education Week

November 19-22 — Indianapolis International Festival

IUPUI is a community partner to the Indianapolis International Festival. The 2009 Festival will feature a giant National Geographic map of Africa and entertainment will include the Umdabu Dance & Percussion Company. Details available at

December 4 — The Crisis of Kenya's Mau Forest: Protecting the forest and its inhabitants

A lecture presentation and discussion by Evelyn Aurasa, LLM candidate in human rights, from the IU School of Law, Indianapolis.

1:00 p.m. in the Global Crossroads, ES 2132. For more information, contact Ian McIntosh.

This is also a Common Theme event. More information available at

December 12 — Celebrate Kenya's Independence (Jamhuri) Day!

Kenyans and Friends of Kenya, please join us for a celebration of Jamhuri featuring Kenyan snacks and beverages, a discussion of the presentation at the IUPUI-Moi University Reconciliation symposium by PLO Lumumba on 'The Kenya we want,' and plans for next years symposium which will focus on youth. It will be fun and informative and we want to hear your voice.

4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Global Crossroads, ES 2132. For more information, contact Ian McIntosh.

African American and African Diaspora Studies Courses

Fall 2009


For a complete list of program-specific courses, visit African American & African Diaspora Studies at