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Entertainment-Education and the Global Africa Experience Conference

ATHENS, Ohio (April 7, 2004) -- The Department of African American Studies in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Communication, College of Fine Arts, the Communication and Development Studies Program and the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics at Ohio University is hosting the conference, Entertainment-Education and the Global Africa Experience, from April 15-17 at Baker University Center.

The conference will explore entertainment education practices from around global Africa, continental Africa and the African Diaspora, especially in the Americas. The conference will be the second entertainment-education conference held at Ohio University.

"The conference that we are holding here is a special conference," says Vibert C. Cambridge, chair of the Department of African American Studies and an Ohio University alumnus. "It seeks to look at an area that needs to be addressed, the experience of global African people with entertainment education (EE)."

A study conducted in 2000 by researchers at Ohio University revealed that a significant number of EE interventions funded by the international community were being executed in global Africa - continental Africa and its Diaspora in the Americas. Given the many challenges global African people are facing, the conference is asking the question, "How can the cultural experiences of global African people be used to complement and extend existing educational practices?"

The conference will feature presenters from around the world, including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Jamaica, Barbados, Malawi, Germany, Sudan, Antigua, the Virgin Islands and the United States. The conference will also showcase the works of Ohio University professors and graduate students.

Among the themes the conference will address are: The role of EE in combating AIDS/HIV; the ethical implications of EE practices; the potential of various musical genres such as calypso, hip hop and indigenous song and dance as vehicles for social change; sports; and new technologies.

For more information on the Entertainment-Education and the Global Africa Experience, visit www.ohiou.edu/aas/happenings/CONFERENCE.htmlx.  

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Media Contact: Vibert Cambridge, (740) 593-4546

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