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Guest Speaker Damali Ayo

Tuesday, September 9th -- Guest Speaker Damali Ayo

7:00 P.M. | Freeman Auditorium,

HUB- Robeson Center

[YOU] Can Fix Racism!. This presentation gives a fun, multi-media, interactive experience, using a 10-point program to improving relationships in any community.


Discussion-Studying Abroad in Africa: How not to do all the wrong things, based on

stereotypes and preconceived ideas

Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m., Pollock Cultural Lounge

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


Wednesday, October 8, 8:00 p.m., 308 Willard

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 in the HUB

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, Room TBD

Sponsored by the Penn State Parents Program


Keynote Speaker-'Americanah' author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

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 in Pattee Library

Sponsored by the Penn State English Department


Check back for other events coming this fall