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College of New Rochelle Participates In African Conference

"Cursed Be the Phosphate," a documentary on the Tunisian phosphate mining industry will be shown during the conference.
"Cursed Be the Phosphate," a documentary on the Tunisian phosphate mining industry will be shown during the conference. Photo Credit: www.screendaily.com

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- To help spread the message that the continent of Africa is experiencing steady economic growth, The College of New Rochelle with Manhattanville College will present “Word, Image and Power in Africa and the African Diaspora” on April 1-2.

“Deeply committed to service, diversity and the arts, The College of New Rochelle has partnered on this conference to expose our students to the expertise of faculty from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and the United States to share artistic work and scholarly research that reflects Africa’s largely unrecognized creative and resourceful heritage." said Anne McKernan, former director of the International Studies Program at The College of New Rochelle and a member of the conference planning committee. "Panelists will address the power of the word and image to conceptualize how Africa and Africans were portrayed in the past and how a new generation of artists and scholars are using them to redefine perceptions of the continent,”

Events during the College of New Rochelle session on April 1, will include the panel discussions and a film screening of Tunisian director Sami Tlili’s, "Cursed Be the Phosphate," a documentary on workers in the Tunisian phosphate mining industry whose ‘revolution’ is credited with creating the actions that led to the Arab Spring.

The Manhattanville College session on April 2, will include the panel discussions, a musical performance and reception featuring Malian Kora musician and storyteller Yacouba Sissoko.

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