March 31, 2011

Africa Week 2011 at SIUC begins April 4

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The African Student Council, a Registered Student Organization at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, presents Africa Week 2011, beginning Monday, April 4.

A highlight of the week’s activities is the Friday night concert of the Seneke West African Percussion Ensemble, a Chicago-based group that uses traditional West African music and dance to promote harmony and a peaceful lifestyle. “The Heart of the Drum” concept for 2011 reflects the role of the drum in many of the different cultural traditions that make up the African continent. Other activities include experiences involving art, food, comedy and discussion.

The African Student Council is a home for African students who are pursuing their education at SIUC. The RSO sees itself as a bridge between African students and faculty, and a vehicle for social interaction and change. Africa Week is a way for the organization to reach out to the campus community and to share the culture they cherish.

Here is a calendar of events for Africa Week:

April 4 -- African Art Show, 3-6 p.m., Student Center Ballroom A

April 5 -- Forum, “Diversity in the Work Place,” 7-9 p.m., Student Center, Mississippi Room

April 6 -- African Food Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Center Ballroom D

April 7 -- Day of Service at Good Samaritan House and Bird House Project, beginning at 3 p.m.

April 8 -- The Heart of the Drum African Cultural Show, 6-9 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms

April 9 -- “Commencement Barbecue,” 2-4:30 p.m., Sam Rinella Fields