Global Studies Summit Past Events

Global Studies Summit 2022: Social Justice

May 31 to June 30, 2022

Community College of Philadelphia hosted our second virtual and in-person month-long Global Studies Summit on social justice from May 31, 2022 - June 30, 2022. All events were student-centered and open to the college community as well as the greater public. For more info contact Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, 


Date Event Details
May 31- June 2, and June 6

In collaboration with Shih Chien University, participants will have an immersive experience in Taipei, Taiwan, where they will learn about Taiwan, Chinese culture and its impact on global businesses. Through a focus on social justice in Taiwan, the series will examine emerging tourism trends and sustainable practices, as well as food, culture, folklore, and hospitality in Taiwan.

Series curator: Dr. Gayathri Banavara, assistant professor, Business Leadership, Fashion and Hospitality

Join Us on Zoom for the following events:

Tuesday, May 31

Historical Development of Taiwan: Keynote Speech

9 to 11 a.m.

This session will provide general information on Taiwan and its development since 1912.

Presenter: Dr. Tony Kuo, Vice President of Shih Chien University 

Introduction to Taiwan’s Food, Culture and Society

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The session will cover the following themes: contemporary society in Taiwan, diversity in food, religion, culture and language (Taiwanese Mandarin Chinese vs Mandarin Chinese in China), as well as provide an overview of geography and the various ethnic groups in Taiwan.

Presenter: Mr. Tulun Ou Xiqiang, Chinese Language Center Instructor 

Wednesday, June 1

Social Justice in Taiwan

9 to 11 a.m.

This session will provide an in-depth look at two very critical topics regarding social justice in Taiwan: culture and housing.

Presenter: Dr. Tony Kuo, Vice President of Shih Chien University 

Taiwanese Music

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Gain an understanding of music in Taiwan through stories in Taiwanese music history.

Presenter: Mr. Tulun Ou Xiqiang, Chinese Language Center Instructor 

Thursday, June 2

Don’t go to Taiwan! The Heart of Asia

9 to 11 a.m.

Learn about travel and tourism in Taiwan and why they should visit!

Presenter: Professor Elegance Chang

Chinese Opera and Facial Makeup

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Get an overview of Chinese opera and its roles, props and scenes. You will make your own mask in a painting mask activity. Participants, please contact Lucia Gbaya-Kanga at to pick up materials before the session.

Presenter: Mr. Tulun Ou Xiqiang, Chinese Language Center Instructor 

Monday June 6

Development Success and Business Opportunities in Taiwan

9 to 11 a.m.

Learn about business in Taiwan and opportunities to discover new and emerging trends!

Presenter: Professor Wei-Chung Wang, Shih Chien University: English Taught Program (ETP)

Chinese Culture: Duan Wu Jie (Dragon Boat Festival)

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn some Chinese vocabulary related to the Dragon Boat Festival and experience how to make a sachet through a craft activity. Participants, please contact Lucia Gbaya-Kanga at to pick up materials before the session.

Presenter: Ms. Chou and YiYi

June 6 - 9
Keeping Asia and Pacific Islands around Philly

Through food, music, film, and performance, the series will educate participants about the diversity of AAPI identities and experiences in Philadelphia communities, and raise awareness about the social justice issues that impact the AAPI community, as well as the intersections of such issues and opportunities for meaningful allyship among the AAPI and African-American communities, and other communities of color. Each day will feature a different Asian or Pacific Island country/region/culture, focusing on some element of history, culture and social justice.

Series curator: Dr. Michelle Myers, associate professor, English

Programming includes a mix of in-person and virtual events. Join us on Zoom for the virtual events:

Join Us on Zoom for the following events:

Monday, June 6: Focus on Southeast Asia (Lao, Vietnamese and Khmer/Cambodian communities)

Have You Eaten Yet? Khmer Cuisine Cooking Demo with Seri Chao

12:30 to 2 p.m., Pavilion Building, Room P2-18

Seri Chao is a home chef who started his culinary journey with Khmer cuisine after his mom made plans to move back to Cambodia. Teaching him the original recipes her mother taught her instilled a sense of yearning to cook even more. In this free cooking demonstration, Seri will be making a noodle salad bowl with marinated beef and will have samples for the audience. Check out his YouTube channel “Seri Cooks” to see other recipes that he has shared.

Please note: There is no vegetarian option for this cooking demonstration.

Free Food Sampler Featuring Vendors from The Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park

2 to 2:30 p.m.;  Pavilion Building, The Cube, 2nd Floor

Please come join us for free food samples of specialty dishes. The Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park is a community of refugees and immigrant vendors from the Lao, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian communities who have called the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Park in South Philly their home since the 1980s. For more than 35 years, they have cultivated an open community space all their own, providing a cultural hub for social gatherings, sharing of ethnic cuisines and business opportunities through vending. At The Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park, shoppers can enjoy many native cuisine dishes; culturally specific produce, plants, clothing and jewelry; as well as services provided by entrepreneurs speaking multiple languages. 

Refugee Roll Call from South Philly: Panel Discussion about Southeast Asian Refugee Communities in Philadelphia

2:30 to 4:00 p.m.;  Pavilion Building, The Cube, 2nd Floor

A livestream panel of four representatives from various organizations that serve Southeast Asian refugees in Philadelphia will discuss the Vietnam War (often called “the American War” by Southeast Asians) and other social justice issues that impact Southeast Asian peoples in the United States. They will also discuss the issues that are specific to Southeast Asian refugees in Philadelphia, including members of the Lao, Vietnamese and Khmer/Cambodian communities.

Moderator: Dr. Michelle Myers

Tuesday, June 7: Focus on Korea and Hawaii

“The World After You Spoke”: Short Film Screening and Panel Discussion about the Statue of Peace Plaza Commemorating the victims of sexual slavery. 

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Virtual

The Philadelphia Peace Plaza Committee (PPPC) is an Asian American and female-driven project to build a monument in Philadelphia that commemorates the victims of sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII. This session will begin with a film screening of “The World After You Spoke,” an August 2021 performance event supported by The Korean Council and presented in memory of Kim Hak-soon, the first Korean "Comfort Woman", euphemistic word for prostitute in Japanese, survivor to break the silence through her public testimony on August 14, 1991.  During this virtual panel discussion after the film screening, panelists will discuss the film as well as PPPC’s efforts to construct Philadelphia Peace Plaza at 805 S. Front Street in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia to commemorate the victims of sexual slavery and to call to end sexual violence and trafficking.

Panelists: Shinjoo Cho, Chair of PPPC; Jim Curry, Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Yolanda Wisher, former Poet Laureate of Philadelphia

Moderator: Dr. Michelle Myers



Documentary Film Screening: “Cane Fire”

1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

This film examines the past and present of the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi, interweaving four generations of family history, numerous Hollywood productions, and troves of found footage to create a kaleidoscopic portrait of the economic and cultural forces that have cast Indigenous and working-class residents as “extras” in their own story.

“Cane Fire” has received several awards: Best Feature Documentary at the 2020 Indie Memphis Film Festival, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2021 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Jason D. Mak Award for Social Justice at the 2021 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon and the Vilay Mohan Social Change Award at the 2021 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.

Presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF)


Wednesday, June 8: Focus on Japan

Community Bridges for Asian-Black Unity: Short Films Screening and Panel Discussion about Meaningful Allyship Between the Japanese American and African American Communities

11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Virtual

Members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL-Philly Chapter) will discuss the often untold history of allyship between the Japanese American and African American communities around social justice issues. This session will begin with a screening of short films highlighting such instances of allyship, followed by a discussion of the films and other related topics.

Short film descriptions:

  • “Malcolm and Yuri” (4 mins) 

    This short video describes the friendship and organizing partnership shared among Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama.

  • “The Fourth March” (8 mins)
    A short documentary that reveals the hitherto unknown role that Japanese American activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya played in the Selma-Montgomery marches.
  • “SF Japantown United Against Hate” (5 mins)
    This short PSA talks about the work being done in San Francisco to build community solidarity. 
  • “Reparations” (2 mins) 
    This is a trailer for Jon Ozaki’s documentary, which talks about the need for Japanese Americans to support the work of Black Reparations, based on mutual support for the Japanese American Redress. 
  • “2022 Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival Recap Video” (3 mins)
    This short video highlights and celebrates the cultural overlap among African Americans and Japanese Americans during a three-day concert series held in West Fairmount Park April 8–10, 2022. 

Panelists: Rob Buscher, JACL-Philly Chapter President; Cliff Akiyama, JACL-Philly Chapter Board Member; and Paul Uyehara, former JACL-Philly Chapter President


Moderator: Dr. Michelle Myers

Taiko Drum Performance and Workshop with Casual Fifth

1:30 to 3 p.m., Bonnell Building, Large Auditorium

Casual Fifth is a Philadelphia-based performing ensemble focusing on Taiko and dance. Casual Fifth is co-directed by Alex Pfister and Mac Evans, who have been doing modern dance and Japanese drumming since 2005. The ensemble is ever-growing and evolving with friends, mentors, and mentees along the way.

Learn more about the free Taiko workshops offered by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia at the Shofuso Japanese House in Fairmount Park.

June 9: Focus on Hawaii

Documentary Film Screening: “Out of State”

11 to 12:30 p.m.;  (Virtual)

“Out of State” is an inside look at the lives of two native Hawaiians sent thousands of miles away from the tropical islands to a private prison in the Arizona desert. In this unlikely setting, David and Hale find a community of other native Hawaiians and discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. Hoping for a fresh start and eager to prove that the experience has changed them forever, the two men finish their terms and return to Hawai’i, but once on the outside, they struggle with life’s hurdles and wonder if it’s possible to ever go home again.

“Out of State” received the following awards: Special Jury Award for Artistic Vision at the 2017 Portland Film Festival Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary at 2017 Cayfilm and the Liberty Bell Award from the 2017 Hawaii State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF)


June 13 - 22
Global Black Lives: A Juneteenth Celebration

With a focus on the upcoming Juneteenth celebration, the Black Studies program will be curating a virtual Juneteenth series focusing on art, culture and resistance within the African Diaspora.

This series will provide participants with a more holistic grounding in the interconnectedness of global Black identities, the specific and complex issues that various communities face, and how they cultivate Black joy and celebrate Black beauty and life. It also allows for cross-continental conversations and reflections as participants will learn from community leaders, educators, artists, and activists and consider how they can approach similar issues within their own respective communities. Through film screenings, panel discussions, virtual tours, and presentations, participants will explore the themes of Jazz and resistance; food justice, African traditions and foodways; archiving global Black lives; cinema; and Black speculative art with speakers from Philadelphia, Brazil, South Africa, and Ghana.

Series curators: Nwenna Gates, adjunct instructor, English and Black Studies; Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, assistant professor, English and Black Studies, and coordinator, Black Studies and Study Abroad program; Dr. Anya Love, assistant professor, History and Black Studies

Programming includes a mix of in-person and virtual events.

Join Us on Zoom for the following events:

Juneteenth Celebration Resource Tables

Tuesday, June 14 to Thursday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by the tables located in front of the Athletics Center for information and giveaways.

(Sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and the Center for Student Leadership Development)

Monday, June 13

Opening Session and Juneteenth Libation

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The morning session will discuss the relationship between Black Music forms, resistance and liberation. African and Black music has a history that existed and continues to exist outside of enslavement and rebellion. The panelist will couch the music throughout the Black diaspora within the long narrative of African cultural ways of knowing and doing.


  • Amari Johnson, Temple Professor and Musician
  • Jamal Moore, scholar and Musician from Baltimore 
  • Nate Thompson, Gospel and Philadelphia music scholar

Amari Johnson, Temple Professor and Musician Headshot.  Jamal Moore, scholar and Musician from Baltimore headshot

Session II

12:30 to 2 p.m.

This session will examine foodways, food justice, and culinary traditions within the African Diaspora. The panel will consider the history of marginalized communities and their historical foodways. Particular interests will be paid to local food justice communities and the future of sustainability.


  • Charlyn Griffith, Free Brunch and Bunny Hop
  • Christa Barfield, Farmer Jawn
  • Cybille St.Aude, Honeysuckle Project

Charlyn Griffith, Free Brunch and Bunny Hop headshot  

Tuesday, June 14: Archiving Global Black Lives

The sessions will focus on the necessity of documenting Black lives. The panelists will discuss their unique archival work, process, and community building, and many other related topics.

Session I

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sylvia Arthur, The Library of Africa & The African Diaspora (LOATAD) headshot.        



  • Sylvia Arthur, The Library of Africa & The African Diaspora
  • Sankara-Kilombo, Black Soul Vintage
  • Ashley Huston, Franny Lou's Porch



Session II

12:30 to 2 p.m.

  • Chris Rogers, Robeson House
  • Sedrick Miles, Atlantic Archives 
  • Mia Thomas, Dox Thrash House Project

Sedrick Miles, Atlantic Archives headshot

Wednesday, June 15: Cinema throughout the Diaspora

Prof. Nwenna Kai Gates will screen Senegalese filmmaker’s Ousmane’s Sembene’s radical first feature film Black Girl, or the original French title, La Noire de, which translates as The Black Girl/Woman or “Someone’s Black Girl/Woman.” After the screening, she will discuss the controversial themes and ideas in the film with Chernoh Bah, a Sierra Leonean whistle blower, journalist, and anti-corruption campaigner who has defended the rights of the oppressed in Sierra Leone for many years. He documents his whistle blowing against governments in African countries through his online media company, The Africanist Press. Gates and Bah will discuss the issues of white patriarchy, colonialism, exploitation, cultural appropriation, and identity. 

Session I

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Pro. Gates
Chernoh Bah

Prof. Nwenna Kai Gates     Chernoh Bah Headshot

Session II

1 to 3 p.m.

Prof. Nwenna Kai Gates will discuss and analyze the importance of the film Sankofa in being a Black resistance film as opposed to a film about slavery to recognize the importance of celebrating Juneteenth. In addition to the analysis, she will have a conversation with Maori Holmes, Chief Executive Officer, Artistic Director, and Founder of the BlackStar Film Fest about the importance of Black resistance films, independent film festivals, and celebrating Juneteenth.


Pro. Gates
Maori Holmes

Prof. Nwenna Kai Gates  Maori Holmes Headshot

Thursday, June 16: Black Speculative Art Virtual

Session I

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This enlightening conversation will focus on Black Speculative Art, specifically Afro Magical Realism and Afro Fabulists. Renowned educators, artists and activists Dr. Zakes Mda and Professor Emeritus DeJe Watson will explore these topics as well as reveal a bit about and their own current works. 


Dr. Zakes Mda 
Professor Emeritus DeJe Watson 

Dr. Zakes Mda headshot   Professor Emeritus DeJe Watson

Session II

2 to 3 p.m.

Student Screening: Cabralista documents the life of Amilcar Cabral, Bissau-Guinean and Cape Verdean revolutionary. This session will explore the documentary directed by Valerio Lopez, the intersections of art, media, and technology, and Lopez’s recent work The Africologist. This presentation will be led by Jasmine Rozario, an undergraduate student at the New School.


Jasmine Rozario


Grady’s Community Garden Party

5 to 6 p.m.

You’re Invited to a Garden Party at Grady's Community Garden! Come out and enjoy your Lions community while promoting food sovereignty. Enjoy light fare, music, and good conversation!  

RSVP to by Friday, June 10, 2022. Community College of Philadelphia’s Grady’s Community Garden was established in 2018 to provide healthy food alternatives alongside the Snack Rack, the College’s food pantry. Founded by Mehran Yazdanian, the Yazdanian Fund was established to help fight hunger. Learn more or make a donation and be a food sovereignty champion! When donating, please select “Other” under Gift Designation and write in “Yazdanian Fund.”

Hosted by the Office of Institutional Advancement, Office of Student Engagement, and the Center for Student Leadership Development.


Sunday, June 19: Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade and Festival

Malcolm X Park
52nd and Parkside
Philadelphia, PA 19143
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate Juneteenth at Malcolm X Park! There will be a parade, food vendors, a marketplace, children’s village, art exhibition, activities, and more. Stop by the College’s resource table while there.


Tuesday, June 21: Black Joy, Healing and Beauty

Session I

1 to 2 p.m.

In collaboration with the College’s Women’s Center there will be a one-hour presentation and workshop on the Black Paradise Project and mental health. The Black Paradise Project is a collaboration between visual artist Yannick Lowery, and Dr. Kimberly Marie Ashby, counseling psychologist. It focuses on mitigating the mental health impacts of racism through the cultivation of joy-based events around the city over the past year. The Black Paradise Project is led through Mural Arts and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability.

Session II

2 to 3:30 p.m.

Immediately following Session I, join us for a student-centered film screening and discussion moderated by Quamiir Trice with a presentation about the Black is Beautiful project by Sabea Evans, Coordinator for the Africana Studies Program and the Laɣim Tehi Tuma Fellowship at Bryn Mawr College.

Featured Speaker:

Sabea Evans 

Sabea Evans headshot

Wednesday, June 22: Culture and Music

Session I

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The morning presentation will focus on Swahili culture, language, and the traditional Kanga material with some Swahili language instruction.

Presenter: Mwalimu Betty Bolger 

Mwalimu Betty Bolger headshot

Session II

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The afternoon session will be an exciting Afrobeats presentation by University of Sciences Student Dance troupe.

Presenter: Mwalimu Betty Bolger

Mwalimu Betty Bolger headshot

Thursday, June 27 - 30
Lebanon / Syria

The Lebanon/Syria region is an important one in today’s world. There are thousands of Lebanese and Syrians, both in late-generation and first- and second-generation families, who live in the Philadelphia area and attend the College.

Through film screenings and speakers, the Lebanon/Syria series will focus on a particular region of the larger SWANA area (Southwest Asia and North Africa) that has experienced a tremendous amount of turmoil and upheaval in the past decade, and whose residents and diaspora are deeply dedicated to deepening an understanding of the cultural and historic significance on an international scale. 

Series curators: Dr. Myla Morris-Skeiker, associate professor and chair, English; and Dr. Talar Kaloustian, assistant professor, English and ESL assistant chair and liaison

Programming includes a mix of in-person and virtual events.

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Monday, June 27: History, Language, and People 

Field Trip: Met Museum, Ancient Near Eastern Art Gallery

8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m.

Talar Kaloustian, Assistant Professor of English; and Myla Morris-Skeiker, Associate Professor and Chair, English; will give opening remarks.

Lebanon and Syria: A History of Art, Culture, Migration and Colonialism

10:45 a.m.

Presenter: Aseel Sawalha, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University

Aseel Sawalha headshot

Tuesday, June 28: Arts and Culture 

History, Politics and the Refugee Crisis

10 a.m.

Panel discussion with Dominique Tohme, UNHCR Liaison Officer; and Robin Saghbini, Comprehensive Refugee Response Officer at UNHCR

Lebanon’s Transformation

10:45 a.m.

Presenter: Marc Geara, Political Activist, Grassroots Coordinator

Mare Nostrum Screening and Discussion

1 p.m.

After the screening, participate in a discussion with Rana Kazkaz, Associate Professor of Communication, Northwestern University, Qatar

Wednesday, June 29: Education and Outreach 

Revisiting the National Curriculum: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning in the Early Years

10 a.m.

Presenters: Garene Kaloustian, Social and Emotional Learning Specialist; and Kara McBride, Senior Education Specialist in Global Education and TESOL, World Learning

Waste and the Beirut Blast

10:45 a.m.

Presenter: Noushig Kaloustian, Social Development Specialist, World Bank 



HIAS PA: Supporting Immigration and Inclusion in Philadelphia

1 to 2 p.m.

Presenter: Valeri Harteg, Education Program Manager; Michelle Ferguson, High School and Postsecondary Lead Instructor; and Raghad Kharban, student

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture: Celebrating Arab Arts and Culture in the Philadelphia Area

3 p.m.

Presenter: David Heayn-Menendez, Director of Education and Civic Engagement 

Thursday, June 30: Displacement, Social Justice, and the Future 

Regional Politics and the Future

10 a.m.

Presenter: Haynes Mahoney, Independent Consultant

Is the Arabic Spring Arabic? Is it a Spring?: Reflections on Its Social Consequences on Women and Youth

11 a.m.

Presenter: Omar Ballan, Assistant Representative at UNFPA

Culinary Demo

12 to 12:30 p.m.

Presenter: Maral Sarkissian

Lunch, Analysis and Reflection

12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Join us for breakout sessions, integrating what we’ve learned into our on-the-ground actions in our community. Meal catered by Manakeesh.


Global Studies Summit 2021

June 7 to June 30, 2021

Community College of Philadelphia's Study Abroad program is excited to host our first virtual month-long Global Studies Summit. All events are student-centered and open to the College community as well as the greater public. We have an amazing lineup of speakers who will explore the theme of global social justice. Events will also highlight opportunities provided through the College’s study abroad program. For more information, please contact Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, Study Abroad coordinator, at


Cambodia (June 7-10)

Faculty designed a weeklong program of events that focused on the following themes: the fall and recovery of Cambodia with an exploration of Cambodian culture in Philadelphia. There will be a combination of lectures and events from both Cambodia and Philadelphia. A monk from a local Cambodian temple spoke about the local Cambodian community in a face-to-face social distancing tour. The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, as well faculty from a Cambodian university, also participated. Additionally, there was a screening of the 2016 documentary film "Angkor Awakens," which examines Cambodian life about 40 years after an almost four-year genocide.

Faculty Coordinators: Linda Fellag & Daravann Yi

Linda Fellag  Daravann Yi

Date Event Details
Monday, June 7
The Fall of Cambodia

Angkor Wat and Architecture of the Ancient Khmer Empire Temples

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Speaker: Professor Michael Stern, Architecture, Construction and Design, CCP

Professor Michael Stern


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20th Century Genocide

12:30 to 2 p.m.

Speaker: Daravann Yi, CCP Counselor, genocide survivor, author of “Salt Seeker”

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Tuesday, June 8
Keeping Cambodian Culture Alive in Philadelphia

Transformation of the Khmer Palelai Buddhist Temple

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Tour Guide: Abbot Sam Sokhoeun, Khmer Palelai Buddhist Monastery 

Onsite/In-person presentation, lunch and tour of Buddhist Temple at 2651-2701 S. 58th St, Philadelphia

Sam Sokhoeun


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Life of Cambodian Refugees in Philadelphia

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Speaker: Sarun Chan, Executive Director, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia

Sarun Chan


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Wednesday, June 9
The Recovery of Cambodia

Economic Growth in Cambodia

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Dr. Monileak Siem, ASA, MIPA, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, National University of Management, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dr. Monileak Siem


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Angkor Awakens

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A portrait of the past, present and possible future of Cambodia 

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Thursday, June 10
Tourism in Cambodia

Tourism in Cambodia Presentation

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Dr. Sopheap Heng, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, National University of Management, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dr. Sopheap Heng


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Film on Touristic Highlights of Cambodia, Study Abroad and Closing Remarks

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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South Africa

South Africa (June 14-17)

Faculty have designed a weeklong program of events that explore South Africa through a Black Studies lens. There will be a variety of lectures and presentations that focus on the origins and evolution of Black South Africa. Additionally, there will be multiple film screenings, including “Address Unknown,” an award-winning short fiction film about the forced removals of people in District Six. Dr. Nisa Paleker will provide a lecture focusing on Global Black African films, and specifically the Black film industry in apartheid South Africa and its connections with Blaxploitation films. There is also a tour of the African art exhibitions held at the Barnes.

Faculty Coordinators: Dr. Anyabwile Love & Ilze Nix

Date Event Details
Monday, June 14
The Past

!Khwa ttu: First Encounters with the First People

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Speakers: Nashada Ndango, San Museum Guide from !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre, Western Cape, South Africa.   

Virtually join the museum guides of !Khwa ttu Heritage Center for a telling of the story of the San, the first people to inhabit southern Africa. Not only will we learn about the when and where of the first San, but our guides will also share aspects of gathering from the veld for tea and tracking signs during hunting. 

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Origin Centre: African Origins

10:30 to 12 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Amanda Esterhuysen, Archeology Department, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Join Prof. Esterhuysen on a talk around human evolution with a focus on the southern African specimens, especially those found at the Cradle of Humankind. Take a deeper look at replicas of skulls showing our human evolution over the last seven million years and discuss the importance of these in supporting the origins of humanity in Africa.

Amanda Esterhuysen

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Screening of “Joe Bullet

2 to 4 p.m.

Released in 1972 as one of the first South African films featuring an all-African cast, starring Ken Gampu, one of the first black South African actors to appear in Hollywood films. Be sure to watch with us and stay for a short student-led discussion.

Joe Bullet

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Tuesday, June 15

Blaxploitation films in South Africa and the USA: a Transnational Conversation

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Speakers: Dr. Gairoonisa Paleker, Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria AND Nwenna Kai Gates, English Department, CCP

The focus of this seminar is a transnational conversation comparing the ‘Black film industry’ in apartheid South Africa with the body of American films known as Blaxploitation films.

Dr. Gairoonisa Palekar

   Nwenna Kai Gates

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Black Film Student Roundtable

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Speakers: Students from CCP and UP Black film courses

This roundtable discussion will extend the borders of the morning session’s film discussion. The presenters will moderate a student-led discussion about the history of Black film. 

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“Address Unknown”

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Speakers: Anton Fisher (Screenplay & Co-producer), Nadine Cloete (Director) and Dominique Jossie (Co-producer) 

Join us for a screening of the recent short fictional film “Address Unknown (24 minutes), an award-winning short fiction film based on the forced removal of persons of colour from District Six, Cape Town. View the story about one man’s search for his childhood friend who he lost track of after being displaced from District Six following the implementation of the Group Areas Act during the height of apartheid. Immediately following, we will join in conversation with Anton, an anti-apartheid activist who based the writing of the screenplay on the lived experiences of a District Six postman, Zain Young.

Address Unknown

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Wednesday, June 16

Origin Centre Tour

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Dr . TammyHodgskiss, Origins Centre Curator, Johannesburg, South Africa

Join Dr. Hodgskiss as she takes us on a private, virtual tour of some of the Origins Center’s art exhibits that feature a mixture of ancient and contemporary artworks.

Dr . Tammy Hodgskiss

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African Art in theBarnesFoundation

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Speaker: Michael Williamson, The Barnes Foundation

When the Barnes Foundation opened its doors in 1925, there were more than one hundred masks, sculptures, and utilitarian objects from western and central Africa. Founder Albert Barnes exhibited them as works of fine art against the then tradition of displaying such objects as cultural artifacts. This presentation considers Barnes’ reasons for purchasing African art, their place within the larger Barnes collection, as well as certain key works in the collection, such as the Baule Door.

Barnes Foundation

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A Life Full of Stories

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Zakes Mda, Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio University; Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, Johns Hopkins University

Join us in a conversational style session with Dr. Zakes Mda as he shares his own life story, history and storytelling, his writings about South Africa, and maybe even a bit about his beekeeping endeavors.

Dr. Zakes Mda




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Music of the African Diaspora

2:30 to 4 p.m.

Speaker:  Amari Johnson, Africology and African American Studies, Temple University 

Amari Rebel will speak on the concept of Soular Rock. Rooted in what Carolyn Cooper calls the "resistance science" of the African Diaspora, Soular Rock is both a genre and a state of being founded on three truths: Soular Power generates from within, Imagination—as vision, memory and culture—is the truest source of knowledge, and Black love is our cutlass.

Amari Johnson

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Thursday, June 17
Social Justice

The Impact of Fees Must Fall and Student Activism

9 to 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Bongiwe Mkhize, Advocate of the High Court of South Africa

The talk will focus on the "fees must fall" campaign and the role of protest in student activism by assessing the impact of protest as a strategy to create awareness and bring about change. Further, it will reflect on the past five years and whether such change, if any, is meaningful. It will further reflect on the impact of the truth and reconciliation and other avenues available to bring about sustainable change.

Bongiwe Mkhize

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Student Roundtable – BLM & Fees Must Fall

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Speakers: Students from CCP, Temple, and past Fees Must Fall activists

Moderated by Bongiwe Mkhize & Dr. Anyabwile Love

The talk will focus on the "fees must fall" campaign and the role of protest in student activism by assessing the impact of protest as a strategy to create awareness and bring about change. Further, it will reflect on the past five years and whether such change, if any, is meaningful. It will further reflect on the impact of the truth and reconciliation and other avenues available to bring about sustainable change.

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From Zimbabwe to South Africa

12 to 1 p.m.

Speaker: Matthew Makoni 

Join us as Matthew shares his personal story and reflections on a foreigner’s experience of a land so rich in history, culture and natural resources, and at the same time, shackled by racial tension, xenophobia and gross inequality.

Matthew Makoni




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Ubuntu in the Zulu Culture

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Speaker: Audrey Mbeje, Director, African Languages Program at University of Pennsylvania and Director, Fulbright-Hays Zulu Group Project Abroad (GPA) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 

Join Dr. Mbeje as she discusses some of the cultural products and practices that are embedded in the notion of "ubuntu" in the Zulu culture.

Audrey Mbeje




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Costa Rica (June 21-24)

Community College of Philadelphia faculty and staff at the Association for Development through Education (ADE) have designed a weeklong program of events that focus on global entrepreneurship and community engagement in Costa Rica. Through attendance, you will be provided the opportunity to explore and discuss entrepreneurial pursuits, diversity and equity, social change, rural tourism, and sustainability in Costa Rica through a business lens. The week will be filled with a variety of one-on-one and panel discussions with government leaders, immigrants, women in business, entrepreneurs, and local Costa Rican students for a student roundtable discussion. There will also be virtual tours of local businesses, an Artisan Village, and the only Starbucks coffee farm in the world.  

Faculty Coordinators: James Barry Johnson & Shante Antrom

Date Event Details
Monday, June 21

Women in Business

ASOMBI Cooperative Movement and Women

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Attend a presentation with the Association of Organized Women of Biolley (ASOMOBI). With the coffee business in Costa Rica traditionally being a male-dominated industry, ASOMOBI empowers women to take leading roles and produce sustainable, high-quality coffee in their own micro-processing facility aiming to improve the lives of their families and community. The women of ASOMOBI will discuss what it means to be a true cooperative, conduct member interviews, and allow for dialogue to discuss their success in the coffee industry.  

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Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges

3 to 4 p.m.

Listen to Isabel Vargas tell her story of the obstacles and challenges she overcame as a woman entering a discriminatory industry as a lawyer, business owner and now President of the Costa Rica department of Commerce. 

Speaker: Isabel Vargas, National Chamber of Tourism of Costa Rica (Canatur)

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Tuesday, June 22

Coffee Production and Sustainability

Coffee Tour with Local Entrepreneur

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Attend a tour with local entrepreneur and coffee producer, Café Rualdo, who owns a souvenirs shop and transitioned into the coffee industry. Rualdo will discuss the opportunities and challenges surrounding survival in Costa Rica as an entrepreneur. 

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Discussion with EcoGuardianes, a Community-based NGO

3 to 4 p.m.

Join a discussion with EcoGuardianes, a community-based and environmental conservation NGO. EcoGaurdianes aims to connect locals with their communities in order to increase environmental awareness and apply sustainable practices. The organization focuses on local economic, social, and environmental issues. 

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Wednesday, June 23

Social Change

Minority Business Leaders

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Speaker, Santos and Sons, Nicaraguan immigrants who were systematically discriminated against in the country of Costa Rica. Despite their hardships, they were able to rise to success as local business leaders. During this conversation, Santos and Sons will discuss their resilience in the face of adversity as immigrants.

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Tour of Starbucks Coffee Farm

3 to 4 p.m.

Tour Starbucks, the only Starbucks coffee farm in the world. Discuss Starbucks’ business strategy for setting up its coffee farm in one of the largest coffee producing countries in the world and its role in local Costa Rican culture.

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Thursday, June 24

Community Engagement


Student-to-Student Dialogue

3 to 4 p.m.

Attend a live student to student roundtable discussion and dialogue. A group of CCP students and a group of Costa Rican Community College students will discuss the day in a life of a community college student from their individual perspectives living in different countries. 

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Diaspora Connect Series (June 28-30)

Series highlighting the work of local-global changemakers in Philadelphia that foster community building across the Diaspora, featuring: 

  • Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Trapeta Mayson
  • Sabea Evans, Program Assistant, Bryn Mawr College, Africana Studies Program and
  • Bi-Co Fellow Coordinator and Research Assistant for Bi-Co Dalun Laɣim Tehi Tuma/"Thinking Together" Fellowship in Northern Ghana (Pending)
  • Margareth Awiti, Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance


Date Event Details
Monday, June 28

San, Then and Now

9 to 10 a.m.

Speaker:  Joram Useb, Heritage Coordinator, !Khwa ttu 

Join our conversation with the Heritage Center as they bring past experiences into the present with us. Topics will include colonization, science, San Code of Ethics, and language. 

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Philadelphia Poet Laureate

12:45 to 2 p.m.

Speaker: Trapeta Mayson

A poetry reading connecting poetry with community practice as it relates to the African Diaspora communities in Philadelphia.

Trapeta Mayson

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Harriet’s Bookshop

3 to 4 p.m.

Speaker: Jeannine Cook, Owner

A presentation focusing on the evolution of Harriet’s Bookstore and its impact on the community.

Jeannine Cook

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Tuesday, June 29
Local-Global Activism

Local-Global Activism

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Margareth Awiti, Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance 

A presentation highlighting the work being done in Philadelphia and in the Serengeti regarding development of water resources, public health, and education for women and girls.

Margareth Awiti

   Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance

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Shifting the Center

2 to 3 p.m.

Speaker: Sabea Evans, Program Assistant, Bryn Mawr College, Africana Studies Program and Bi-Co Fellow Coordinator and Research Assistant for Bi-Co Dalun Laɣim Tehi Tuma 

A conversation surrounding the "Thinking Together" Fellowship in Northern Ghana, academia and centering Blackness. 

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