Global Studies Summit

Global Studies Summit

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 bgbayaka@ccp.edu.

Cambodia

Cambodia (June 7-10)

Faculty have designed a weeklong program of events that focus 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 will speak 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, will also be participating. Additionally, there will be 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

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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

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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
Film

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
Art

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Culture
 

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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