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Bethlehem, Pa., April 6, 2010—The Omicron Gamma Omega fraternity at Moravian College will hold a series of lectures addressing important issues in Africa. The lectures are part of the fraternity’s second annual “Africa Week,” which includes lectures, fund raising, and African food at dinner. The program is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.
Dr. Curtis Keim, professor of history at Moravian College, will present a lecture titled, “Searching for the Real Africa” on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in PPHAC 102. Dr. Keim will discuss how Americans oversimplify and misunderstand Africa and explain how people can better understand and approach “the other” in Africa. Keim, who has lived and traveled in Africa numerous times over the last thirty-five year, is the author of chapters and articles on African history, African art history, and teaching African history. His most recent book, Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind (2009), is a look at stereotypes about Africa and their effect on our interactions with the continent. His book, African Reflections: The Art of Northeast Zaire (1990), co-authored with Enid Schildkrout, won the Arnold Reuben and Choice Outstanding Academic Book Awards in 1991.
Martha Hoffman will give the second lecture called “Hello¬–Uganda Calling” on Wednesday, April 7, in PPHAC 102. Hoffman will share a unique story of coincidences and opportunities that landed her in Uganda for the first time in 2006 and has shaped the last four years. She is the president of Call To Care Uganda, a grassroots nonprofit made up of dozens of likeminded humanitarians concerned with making a difference in the lives of Ugandan children and those that care for them. Through project partnerships and generous donors, Call To Care Uganda has taken on many projects, including one involving a children’s community center build project in unreached Kaberamiado, Uganda. Call To Care Uganda has been featured on MSNBC, WTNH (ABC) in CT, CT Style, local newspapers, and Bloom Talk Radio, as well as in the Huffington Post. Hoffman and her team act as a voice for children who are not able to speak for themselves by inviting people to be generous and to make a difference in a suffering world. Their mission is to raise awareness of the plight of children in Uganda and those who care for them and to bring help to their communities.
Dr. Ralph F. Stroup will present the next talk of the week on Thursday, April 8, in HOSCI 204. In his new lecture, called “Kenyan Health Care Issues,” he will speak about the basic health issues facing many Africans, in hopes that he can inspire others to get involved in international initiatives which can have a major impact on the lives of those less fortunate. Dr. Stroup is a practicing Urologist and member of the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine. In 2008 he travelled to Kenya as a volunteer to participate in an HIV/AIDS training workshop for Kenyan health care workers. While there, he was invited by the local Maasai leadership to look at some health care clinics in remote areas in desperate need of financial support. Since his return to the US he has been active in fund raising, has spoken widely about the health care needs of Kenyans, and has supported several health care projects.
On Monday, April 12, the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority will be sponsoring a viewing of the documentary Invisible Children in HOSCI 204 at 9 p.m. in conjunction with Africa Week. Invisible Children is a movement for students, by students, seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and to stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers. It is recognized as a compelling and stirring documentary that inspires contributions while providing information about the over twenty-year long conflict in Uganda. Opportunities to donate will be made available at the event.
Dylan Stroup ’10, philanthropic chair of OGO, organized this program to help raise awareness about issues affecting Africa. “We feel it is important to give back to our local community and the world around us,” Stroup noted. “Africa has been through many changes recently and is now of the fastest growing economies. Many not-for-profit organizations are putting their energy into creating a healthy, safe Africa. This is a chance for the college community to understand the life changing opportunities that are available and initiatives taking place, all of which are making a dramatic difference with relatively little funds.”
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.