The Freshman Connections program will continue its discussion about conflicts in African and Middle-Eastern countries tonight with a speaker panel of Ball State faculty from African countries.
Students can learn about the panel's first-hand experiences in Africa at the "A Long Way Back : Reflections on Conflicts in Africa" panel at 7:30 p.m. in the Art and Journalism Building Room 175.
Freshman Connections has focused all of its events around the various conflicts in Africa and Middle-Eastern countries. The common reader was "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah.
The book told the story of Beah's experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
This will be a panel is from five different countries, Uganda, Congo, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. This will be a discussion with various African speakers from five different countries: Uganda, Congo, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
Speakers from the event are from various university departments. Kayma Kabadaki, an associate professor in the Department of Social Work, is one of the speakers on the panel. The journalism and English departments will also be represented on the panel.
Kabadaki said she has never been on a panel like this before.
"I am looking forward to it," Kabadaki said. "It is an opportunity to tell students about what is happening outside the United States."
Kabadaki is especially interested in informing students about the conflict that is happening in her home country, Uganda.
Students will listen to a brief overview about each speaker's experiences. After each overview, students will be able to ask speakers questions about their experiences.
Some of the different events this year have focused around African music, African dances and various speakers from Africa.
Melinda Messineo, Freshman Connections director, said these issues are important to Ball State University students."I think we are always in a better position when we understand other cultures, because in this globalized economy, all of our lives are [intertwined]," Messineo said.
On Nov. 14, the Freshman Connections committee is taking a group of students to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to look at various forms of African art.
Messineo said there are still spots available for this event. If students are interested, they can e-mail Messineo at email@example.com.
A Long Way Back: Reflections on Conflicts in Africa
Art and Journalism Building room 175
This will be a discussion with various African speakers from five different countries: Uganda, Congo, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
Speakers from the event are from various university departments.