“Year of Ghana” kicks off with visit by University of Cape Coast officials



Georgia (Aug 29, 2012)                                                                                                                                       

 Vice chancellor leads delegation, gives key lecture on Africans’ response to enslavement

Kennesaw State is kicking off the "Year of Ghana" with a visit to campus by officials of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), one of West African nation’s premiere universities.

Jane Opoku-Agyemang, UCC’s vice chancellor, will lead the delegation of six university officials who will meet Sept. 3-10 with Kennesaw State students, faculty and administrators in conflict management, student leadership, education and study abroad.  

The delegation from UCC, Kennesaw State’s institutional partner since 2000, also will tour the campus and the City of Atlanta and help plan and host a workshop on teaching about Africa.

Opoku-Agyemang, the first woman to hold the post of university vice chancellor in Ghana, will give a talk on Sept. 6 titled "Where There is No Silence: Articulations of Resistance to Enslavement." The lecture is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building, Room 1019.

The vice chancellor’s lecture is among more than two dozen that will be presented during the 2012-2013 “Year of Ghana,” which also features cultural performances, exhibits and a two-day conference focused on Ghana as a model for democratic governance, economic growth and sustainable development  in Africa.

“We are very happy to have these distinguished guests on the Kennesaw State campus,” said Dan Paracka, director of education abroad and co-coordinator for the “Year of” annual country study program, now in its 28th year.  “The delegation’s visit sets the stage for an exciting year of learning opportunities for students, faculty and the community, as well as relationship-building among our academic and institutional partners.”

Opoku-Agyemang, who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada, has chaired or served on 20 national boards in Ghana.  She also served on the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The author of nine book and numerous articles and papers, her research interests include literature by African women, Ghana’s oral literature, and issues related to the trade in enslaved Africans.  In 2006, she addressed the United Nations General Assembly during events marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. 

During her visit to Kennesaw State, Vice Chancellor Opoku-Agymeng will be accompanied by Isaac R. Amuah, director of the UCC’s Center for International Education; Isaac Ohene, university registrar, and assistant registrar, Alberta Yaa Graham; Juliana Boateng, distance education and Elaine Kwani.

The delegation will visit a class on the history of Ghana; meet with representatives of the Center for Student Leadership, the Center for Conflict Management, the Ph.D. program in International Conflict Management and the Bagwell College student teaching abroad program.  They also will participate in workshops on teaching in Africa and attend sessions with Kennesaw State’s Ghanaian students and students who have studied abroad in Ghana.  

For more information and a schedule of "Year of Ghana" activities, click on  http://www.kennesaw.edu/yearofghana/ 


  -- Sabbaye McGriff 


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