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Ohio University to host international African performing and visual arts conference

ATHENS, Ohio (April 2, 2007) -- Associate Professor of Music Paschal Younge and Assistant Professor of Dance Zelma Badu-Younge are organizing the First Biannual International Conference on African Performing and Visual Arts to be held April 18 to 21 at Ohio University. 

The conference will create a forum for musicians, composers, dancers, choreographers, dance therapists, actors, playwrights and directors, visual artists, educators, teachers and scholars to discuss new perspectives in African performing and visual arts from a variety of viewpoints. 

"During our careers, we have attended many conferences -- some focused on academic research and some focused on performers and practitioners. We wanted to form a new type of conference to bring all these people together to discuss African Arts," Younge said. 

The goal is to stimulate interest in exploring various ways of theorizing, analyzing, performing, teaching, and researching African performing and visual arts.

Attendance at sessions and keynote speeches is free for Ohio University students, faculty and staff. The lunches, banquet and concerts are not included. Tickets are available for AZA!! A Concert of Traditional and Contemporary African Music and Dance through the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium box office. 

The conference is being sponsored by the College of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the African Studies Program. Special funding has been provided by the Office of the Provost as part of Vision OHIO.

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