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The Taxi Dance: Music and Visual Art in Contemporary South Africa, April 29

Visiting artist Wesley van Eeden will unveil "The Taxi Dance," a mural-style painting commissioned for the Queens College campus. Professors Noah Tsika (Media Studies) and Jason Tougaw (English) will discuss Van Eeden's artistic process and influences, particularly music (including music video screenings).
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South Africa: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Lecture and Discussion, April 21, 5:00 pm

South Africa: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow provides a personal glimpse into South Africa based on Vice Chairperson Philip Berry’s experiences with South Africa over the years. The talk highlights some of the pivotal economic, political, historical, global and social occurrences that inform the role of South Africa on the continent and in the world as an emerging market.
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Race Matters: A Multi-cultural Perspective on the Social Construct of Race, March 2

March 2. "Race Matters" will be a dialogue focusing on race as a social construct with the goal of better understanding how and why individuals self-identify differently from the labels that are imposed by the outside perceptions of others. How does society define whiteness, blackness, etc., and how do those definitions impact society? The dialogue will begin with a panel consisting of Dr. John Collins, Dr. Hlonipha
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Panel discussion and lunch with two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters, February 18th

February 18th, Legendary trumpeter, vocalist and composer Hugh Masekela, and vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Vusi Mahlasela, will discuss the effects that the harsh political climate in South Africa had on their music, and South African music in general – and how music can uplift and raise social and political awareness.
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Short Course on South Africa

A series of lectures and conversations focusing on South African history, culture, politics, public health, natural history, literature, and film.
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Frontiers: Metaphors and Myths in the Writing of South Africa’s History

The first lecture in our Short Course on South Africa will feature Professor Hlonipha Mokoena of Columbia University (Anthropology) and Professor Grace Davie of Queens College (History) in a discussion of South African history.
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