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University of Iowa News Release

April 10, 2006

Photo: Bankole Thompson, city editor of "Michigan Citizen," Michigan's largest African American newspaper, who will present "The Media and African Poverty Crises: A Challenge for the African Diaspora." Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

African Week Focuses On Africa In A Globalized Economy April 17-22

The public is invited to learn about the diversity of all of the countries of Africa April 18-22 when the University of Iowa African Students Association hosts African Week 2006.

"African Week presents a common forum through which African students disseminate information about African cultures, norms and values of African cultural heritage to the University of Iowa community," said Josiah Alamu, African Students Association president and graduate student in infectious diseases. All events are free and open to the public.

African Week kicks off on Monday, April 17 with a radio program broadcast on AM-800 KXIC. The show will air from 9 to 10 a.m. on "In Iowa Today," with host Steven Grace. Listeners are invited to call-in with questions or comments by calling 319-354-0800.

A panel discussion "Africa in a Globalized Economy" will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 in the Lucas Dodge Room, 256 in the Iowa Memorial Union. Members of the UI community will discuss the globalization of the world economy and Africa's role in it. Sandra Barkan, associate dean of the Graduate College, will moderate.

Panelists include Lyombe Eko, UI assistant professor of journalism and mass communication; Emmanuel Enekwechi, senior staff psychologist, University Counseling; and Nicholas Zavazava, director of transplantation research, internal medicine department, UIHC.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, distinguished lecturer Bankole Thompson will present "The Media and African Poverty Crises: A Challenge for the African Diaspora," in 101 Biology Building East (BBE). Thompson is the city editor of "Michigan Citizen," Michigan's largest African American newspaper. He writes a weekly column on contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy, African and African American affairs and other issues in the Black Diaspora on His articles are syndicated by, a consortium of 200 Black newspapers reaching 15 million readers weekly.  This event is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

On Friday, April 21, there will be a movie screening of "Sankofa," the story about a self-possessed African American woman sent on a spiritual journey in time to experience the pain of slavery and the discovery of her African identity. The screening begins at 5 p.m. in 101 BBE.  

African Week ends with a banquet and award ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Congressman Jim Leach will be the evening's special guest. The event takes place in International Commons, International Programs, 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC).

For more information, special accommodations and a complete listing of all the events, contact Josiah Alamu at 319-353-7177 or Kwame Adom-Owusu 319-541-2396.

The Coca-Cola Funding Program, UI International Programs, the UI African Studies Program and the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication sponsor African Week.

The UI African Students Association aims to stimulate interest in African affairs among Africans, as well as non-Africans as the University and its surrounding communities, to create a more secure environment of solidarity for Africans in Iowa City and promote and uphold the legitimate interests of Africans at the University. For more information on the African Students Association, visit

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and to promote global scholarship, research and training.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Josiah Alamu, 319-353-7111; Writer: Kelli Andresen.