September 27, 2011
Africa is being affected by one of the worst droughts in half a century.
DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University Women’s Studies and NGOLD (Center for NGO Leadership and Development) are sponsoring a teach-in on the current famine and humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.
The event, “Horn of Plenty? Famine: Man-made Natural Disaster in Africa,” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Room 100 of the NIU Campus Life Building. The event is free and open to the public.
The famine and humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa constitute a complex situation affected by history, weather and climate change, political instability, security issues and more. The teach-in, which is held the week before World Hunger Day, features three NIU professors from different disciplines sharing their knowledge about the situation in Africa:
A discussion moderated by Amy Levin, director of the Women’s Studies Program, will follow the brief presentations.
This is the second teach-in co-sponsored by NGOLD and the Women’s Studies Program. Last year, the two units collaborated in planning a well-attended event on the earthquake in Japan.
Teach-ins were a popular form of activism in the 1960s and have continued today. According to www.amnestyusa.org, “Teach-ins are information sessions on recent events which people may not be able to understand clearly through news sources alone. It is a chance to inform people about an issue and provide them with opportunities to take action. Thus teach-ins are meant to be interactive as well as informative. Participants of a teach-in are welcome to ask questions and discuss issues so that they can understand the topic clearly.”
For additional information, call (815) 753-1038 or (815) 753-4410. Space is limited; interested participants should indicate if they are bringing groups.
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Media Contact: Tom Parisi