February is...
Black History Month

OLLI at CSUDH celebrates Black History Month in February!

OLLI is offering two courses led by faculty experts in the area of African and African-American studies. A field trip to the California African-American Museum (CAAM) and a movie with an all African-American cast completes our recognition of the contributions of African and African-American cultures.

Africa in the 21st Century: Initiatives, Challenges, and Opportunities
In this presentation Dr. Munashe Furusa will address initiatives, challenges and opportunities for Africa's development in the 21st century. This remains an urgent topic considering that this century seems to be unfolding, for many African countries, the same way the previous centuries have--complex, uncertain, and unpromising. Hence, there is need to theoretically tackle the issue of Africa's future in this new century. In particular, Dr. Furusa will discuss the extent to which Africa is meeting challenges of developing its individual countries and is taking advantage of opportunities that the continent offers to successfully become a "continent of science and development."

Instructor: Munashe Furusa, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, CSUDH
Thursday, February 6 • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Extended Education Building, EE - 1218
Free and open to OLLI members and the public (OLLI members must register)
NLLL 155 Section 05, Course No. 22853

Field Trip to the California African American Museum (CAAM) and the California Science Center
In conjunction with Black History Month, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSUDH will take its annual field trip to Exposition Park

Wednesday, February 12 • 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Off campus, CAAM, Exposition Park, Los Angeles
Fee: Free to OLLI members
NLLL 170 Section 02, Course No. 22901

Ancient Nubian Scriptures: The Royal Writings of the Napatan & Meroitic Pharaohs
The Nubian Nile Valley left their prayers, reflections, meditations, hymns, chants and rituals literally etched in stone in the temples and pyramids of Sudan and Egypt, the oldest "scriptures" in the world. Yet these are not simply artifacts of a distant past, but a living spirituality of power that can be applied today--and in fact seen and experienced through Akan, Yoruba, igbo, Nkwe, Obeah, Camdomble and other African & Diaspora spiritual traditions; and yes, even the Black Church notwithstanding the Eurocentric Protestant veneer. Let us not forget that DuBois said the Black Church was originally an amalgam of various African religions before it was forcibly converted to white Angle Saxon Protestantism. Hey, but that's another lecture for another time!

Instructor: Salim Faraji, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Africana Studies, CSUDH
2 Thursdays, February 13 & 20 • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Extended Education Building, EE - 1218
Free and open to OLLI members and the public (OLLI members must register)
NLLL 155 Section 04, Course No. 22852

Movie: "Stormy Weather"
"Stormy Weather" is a 1943 American musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox and rereleased in DVD format in 2006. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an African-American cast. Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Bill Robinson, Fats Waller, Ada Brown, Katherine Dunham, Dooley Wilson, and Dizzy Gillespie form an all-star cast.

Drinks and popcorn will be provided. (What's a movie without popcorn?)

Facilitator: Eula Slater, OLLI Member
Thursday, February 27 • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Extended Education Building, EE - 1213
Free and open to OLLI members and the public (OLLI members must register)
NLLL 156 Section 01, Course No. 22854

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