Friday, December 16, 2016

[217] African Cultural Awareness Night spotlights Senegal at MTSU Nov. 30

MURFREESBORO — Celebrate the musical and culinary culture of Africa with a spirited party at MTSU to promote study-abroad opportunities.

African Cultural Awareness Night is slated for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Tom Jackson Building. A printable campus parking map is available at

Students who participated in last year’s study-abroad course in the west African nation of Senegal will describe their experiences.

“This course is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the history and the culture of the Senegalese people and Africa in general,” said Thomas Bynum, director of MTSU’s African-American Studies Program and an associate professor of history.

Aliou Ly, an assistant professor of history, accompanied several students on this 14-day trip last year. Students who sign up can earn three credit hours toward their degree requirements.

Encompassing an area slightly smaller than the state of South Dakota, Senegal has an estimated population of more than 14 million people.

“Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation,” according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook.

Attendees at African Cultural Awareness Night will be treated to Senegalese music and traditional African food. Sponsored by the African-American Studies Program and the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Bynum at 615-898-2760 or or Ly at 615-898-2627 or

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