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Vibrancy of Silence: A Discussion with my Sisters

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Tawes Room 1100
Friday, March 30, 2018 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

This is a 90-minute documentary film that highlights the creative achievements of six Sub-Saharan African women in various intellectual and artistic fields, elaborating a visual archive of unprecedented quality and scope. The film reflects on the complex nature of contemporary Sub-Saharan African cultural production by women, prompting the audience to better understand and theorize the new paradigms and voices it highlights. Followed by a panel discussion with the five women profiled in the film, including Marthe Djilo Kamga, Frieda Ekotto, Koyo Kouoh, Zolan N’Gono, Marie Sabal-Lecco (Ajomo)

Dr. Frieda Ekotto is the Chair of Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She has been a Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Comparative Literature since 1994. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Ford Foundation seed grant for research and collaborative work with institutions of higher learning in Africa. She is the author of six books and numerous articles in professional journals. She has lectured throughout the United States and in Australia, Algeria, Cameroon, Cuba, Canada, England, France, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Malta, Nigeria, Tunisia, South Africa, and Singapore, among other countries.