Documentaries explore East AfricaEast Africa is the featured region during this year's Unity Day celebration at Penn State Berks. In addition to a variety of activities throughout the day, the cultures of Uganda and Rwanda will be explored through documentary footage taken by Penn State Berks interns in Rwanda in 2008 and the film War Dance, winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and 2007 Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature. The documentaries will be presented on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in room 125 of the Luerssen Building. The presentation, which will be followed by a group discussion, is free and open to the public.
Tens of thousands of children have been abducted over the course of Uganda’s twenty years of civil war. War Dance tells the story of Dominic, Rose, and Nancy, who grew up in the Patongo Internally Displaced Persons Camp and their historic journey to compete in Uganda's national music and dance festival. This film is an interesting combination of music, dance, and current issues \in a part of East Africa that sees few visitors.
For more information, contact Dr. Randall Fegley, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the Global Studies degree program, at RAF8@psu.edu.
Unity Day is an annual Penn State event that helps bring students, faculty, staff, and the community together to celebrate diversity through various activities, Unity Day will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All Unity Day activities are free and open to the public. Chancellor Susan Phillips Speece will host the annual "hands across campus" event at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Kihurani, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, at 610-396-6080, via e-mail at KEK5@psu.edu.