Plymouth State College opens its yearlong cultural heritage celebration on Tuesday, September 4 during Fall Convocation at 3:30 p.m. in the Hartman Union Building. Africa is this year’s theme, and through a common reading and series of events the campus will celebrate and seek understanding of a people and their traditions.
PSC’s President’s Commission on Diversity and the Council on the First Year Experience have decided to pursue a cultural theme as an expansion of the common reading, ZenZele by J. Nozipo Maraire, for all first year students. “The book is written from the viewpoint of a mother whose daughter has left Zimbabwe, eastern Africa, for college in the United States,” explains Katherine Donahue, associate professor of anthropology and co-chair of the Council for the First Year Experience. “It depicts the lives of Zimbabweans who helped create a new nation, as well as the lives of some who tried to abandon their African backgrounds for lives in Europe and the United States.”
Events scheduled around the Africa theme include African American Works on Paper at the Karl Drerup Gallery, flags of Africa displayed in the Silver Cultural Arts Center Lobby, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a book signing with J. Nozipo Maraire, and an educational outreach program for local K-12 schools. Please visit the arts and events page at www.plymouth.edu for more information on these and other events.
Several local businesses are sponsoring the College’s cultural heritage celebration. They are: Speare Memorial Hospital, Pemigewasset National Bank, New Hampshire Electric
Co-op, New Hampshire Humanities Council, True Colors Print & Design and Bridgewater Power Company.