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Discussion — Studying Abroad in Africa: How not to do all the wrong things, based on stereotypes and preconceived ideas

Tuesday, September 30, 7:00-8:00 p.m., 103 Johnston Commons, East Halls
Sponsored by Residence Life

Discussion — What Does it Mean to be Black in America?

Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 p.m., Grandfather Clock Lounge in Atherton Hall
Sponsored by the Schreyer Honors College

Movie and Discussion — Half of a Yellow Sun

Monday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., HUB Freeman Auditorium

Discussion — Americanah

Wednesday, October 8, 8:00 p.m., 308 Willard Building
Sponsored by the Penn State Book Club

Faculty Lecture — A Laureate Year: Turning Comments into Contributions
Presented by Susan Russell, Penn State Laureate for 2014-2015

Friday, October 10, 5:45 p.m., Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
Sponsored by the Penn State Parents Program

Faculty Lecture — Americanah Book Discussion
Presented by Gabeba Baderoon, Ph.D., Women's Studies and African Studies

Saturday, October 11, 4:30 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center
Sponsored by the Penn State Parents Program

Keynote Speaker — Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Monday, October 13, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium

Student tickets: Monday, September 29, with a valid ID
Faculty/Staff/Community tickets: Wednesday, October 8
Tickets will be available at all Center for Performing Arts ticket outlets

Live Stream in Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, and online. Free login with PSU Access Account
https://session.psu.edu/WorldCampus/ADICHIE

Americanah and Transnational Black Identities — An Americanah Book Discussion Presented by Keisha N. Blain, Ph.D., Department of African American Studies

Tuesday, October 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 217 Willard Building

Please join Keisha N. Blain for a discussion of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah through the lens of 'black internationalism.' The discussion will explore the themes of race, ethnicity, and nationality as central components in the development of transnational black identities. Open to all undergraduate students.

Keisha N. Blain is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Africana Research Center (ARC) and in the Department of African American Studies. She completed a B.A. in History and Africana Studies from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. She is currently writing a book entitled, Contesting the Global Color Line: Black Women, Radical Politics, and the Gendered Contours of Internationalism.

Discussion — Studying Abroad in Africa

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., East Halls Cultural Lounge
Sponsored by Residence Life

Lecture — Chinelo Okparanta, Nigerian American writer

Thursday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library
Sponsored by the Penn State English Department