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Africa is Rising

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Symposium: Africa is Rising

This symposium showcases Africa’s dynamic trajectory and fosters collaborations for sustainable development. With two main themes — the power of civil society in fighting humanitarian crises and charting Africa’s future — the symposium will feature renowned speakers, engaging workshops, and innovative programming.

Participants can expect an immersive experience that celebrates Africa’s progress, inspires collective action, and drives meaningful change across such sectors as inclusive growth, entrepreneurship, technology, and cultural heritage.

Register here.

Youth, Civil Society and Humanitarian Crises on the Continent

Friday, Feb. 9, 2:30-8 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center 
2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Pearson Hall Theater 
Keynote Address: Cynthia Chigwenya 
2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Pearson Hall Theater 
Vanessa Tsehaye: How to Fight A Dictatorship From The Outside
3:20 p.m.-3:40p.m.
Pearson Hall Theater 
Tshilidzi Marwala: Necessary Technologies for Africa’s Development
3:50p.m.-4:10 p.m.
Pearson Hall Theater 
Panel Discussion: Youth, Civil Society and Humanitarian Crises on the
Speakers include: Chigwenya; Marwala; Myles; Tsehaye 
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Pearson Hall Theater 
Reception. Open to all. 
6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Xavien Myles: Dance Performance
7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Pearson Hall Theater

Charting Africa's Future

Saturday, ​​​​Feb. 10, 12-8:30 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center, Kohlberg Hall, Singer Commons
Lunch. Open to all
12 p.m.-1 p.m.
LPAC, Lobby 
Kah Walla: Political Transition in Africa and Building the Functional State
1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
LPAC, Pearson Hall Theater 
Patrick G. Awuah Jr. ’89 H’04
1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
LPAC, Pearson Hall Theater 
Workshops with Individual Speakers
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
-Cynthia Chigwenya
Kohlberg 202 
- Tshilidzi Marwala: Necessary Technologies for Africa’s Development
Kohlberg 230 
- Xavien Myles: Dance Workshop
Pearson Hall Theater 
- Vanessa Tsehaye: Human Rights Campaigning 101
Kohlberg 228 
- Kah Walla: Ensuring Inclusion As African Political Transition Occurs
Kohlberg 226 
Panel Discussion: Charting Africa’s Future: Development and Technology. Speakers include: Awuah, Chigwenya, Walla 
3:45  p.m.-5:15 p.m.
LPAC, Pearson Hall Theater 
Reception and Gala
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Singer Hall, Commons