April 28, 2008

Conference examines state of African and African-American youth


“African Youth in America & Africa: Bridging the Gaps” is the theme of Sacramento State’s 17th annual Africa/Diaspora Conference, May 1-3, in the University Union. The conference is presented by the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Pan African Studies Program. The conference is open to the public. Cost is $50 for registration, however; there is no registration fee for Sacramento State students, faculty or staff.

The conference will examine the state of African youth in Africa and the United States, focusing on intercultural, intracultural and group issues, including crime and conflicts. Conference sessions will explore common and differing challenges facing African and African-American youth and the prospects for bridging gaps between them, and will seek to identify best practices and models for youth empowerment, leadership development, crime prevention, networking and family stability.

More than 70 scholars from Africa and the United States will participate in the conference’s 20 presentations and panel sessions. The keynote address, Friday, May 2 at 10 a.m. in the Redwood Room, will be delivered by Mukoma Wa Ngugi, the co-editor of Pambazuka News, a forum focusing on social justice in Africa.

In addition, New York-based Nigerian artist Fatimah Tuggar will lecture and display some of her works at a Sacramento State art department event at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 at Mariposa Hall room 1001. Admission is free and the public is invited. Her talk will serve as a supplement to the African Diaspora.

Tuggar is noted for digital montages that reflect technology as a metaphor for power, with scenes juxtaposed from the daily lives of Africans and Americans. She says her images of people surrounded by technology serve to convey an understanding of how technology affects culture and life.

For more information, call 278-6282, or visit www.csus.edu/org/capcr. For media assistance contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs Office at 278-6156.