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Purpose

Ramapo College of New Jersey launched a Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization beginning in Fall 2015. In addition to specific targets within the plan, each academic year will also have a specific region of focus. Through these regional foci, our goal is to increase global awareness and the multitude of opportunities and initiatives the College is involved. Below, you will find specific details about some of these initiatives, plus an extensive calendar of events.


Opportunities for Students

Study Abroad Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Featured Study Abroad Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa: 

Ghana: Public Health in West Africa
led by Ramapo Professors Elaine Patterson & Kathleen Burke / 4 undergraduate credits / Deadline: March 1, 2017

Study Abroad Scholarship for Sub-Saharan Africa
(other scholarships can be found here: https://www.ramapo.edu/study-abroad/scholarships/)

Fall 2016 Course options with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa:

AFST 202 – Introduction to African Studies – Description here
AFST 220 – Hip Hop and Society – Description here
AFST 330 – Africans in Contemporary Latin America – Description here
ARHT 305 – Africa and Cinema – Description here

You may also view the 2016-2017 course catalog for Africana Studies

Spring 2017 Course options with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa:

AFST 188 – African-Latin American Culture – Description here
AFST 202 – Introduction to African Studies – Description here
AFST 310 – Africans in Contemporary Latin America – Description here
AFST 330 – Voudoun and African Religion and the New World – Description here
AFST 331 – Italian Colonial Culture in Africa – Description here
ENST 209 – World Sustainability – Description here
ENST 336 – Global Ethics – Description here
ENST 339 – Sustainable Agriculture – Description here
ENST 340 – Global Climate Change – Description here
LAWS 201 – Global Legal Order – Description here
LAWS 206 – Human Rights – Description here
MUSI 202 – The Black Experience through Music – Description here
MUSI 204 – Music and Dance in the Africa Diaspora: Central and South America – Description here
MUSI 2015 – Music and Dance in the African Diaspora: North America – Description here
MUSI 245 – Music in Africa – Description here
PSYC 231 – Multicultural Psychology – Description here
SWRK 202 – Political Economy of Social Welfare – Description here
SOCI 250 – International Migration and Human Rights – Description here
SOCI 304 – Globalization and Society – Description here

You may also view the 2016-2017 course catalog for Africana Studies

Related LANGUAGE HAPPY HOURS (all take place in ASB123, unless otherwise noted):

French: (Date/Times Coming Soon)

Spanish :(Date/Times Coming Soon)

Portuguese: Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m.

The following is a list of student clubs of potential interest:

Black Student Union

Building Tomorrow

Culture Club

Diversity Action Committee Student Club

Ebony Women for Social Change (EWSC)

French Club

International Student Organization (ISO)

Model UN Club

Nursing Student Organization

Social Work Club

Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA)


Opportunities for Faculty

Grants are made available to support Faculty initiatives during AY16-17 to support the Year of Sub-Saharan Africa. 12 grants of up to $2,000 are available to full-time faculty for travel to or related to Sub-Saharan Africa. The following criteria and procedures will be applied in distributing these funds:

  1. Up to 12 grants will be awarded;
  2. Funding will be limited up to $2,500 per grant;
  3. Proposals will be vetted by the dean, recommended by Deans’ Council, and funded by the
    Provost;
  4. Proposals must be submitted to the dean by noon on 10 October 2016. Late submissions will not be reviewed;
  5. Proposals may involve scholarship, teaching and learning, or service/civic engagement in and/or involving Sub-Saharan Africa;
  6. Proposals should be submitted to the dean on the Travel Request form with a meeting/conference agenda or a narrative attached. Please note to the dean that you are requesting Sub-Saharan travel funding ;
  7. An end of the year reception will be held on 12 April 3:00-4:30 for grant awardees at which time awardees will report out on their funded work related to Sub-Saharan Africa. Awardees should plan to attend.

Grant recipients are as follows:

[COMING SOON]

Study Abroad Program Site visits

(organized visits in either groups or as an individual, to partner institutions with subsidized expenses. The following links below provide you with details on available group visits and how to apply.) 

International Studies Abroad
CIEE (South Africa – Spring 2017)
SIT Study Abroad

*If Faculty are interested in visiting any of our overseas partners,please contact the Roukema
Center for International Education and the Director can help coordinate this for you.

Faculty Development Seminars

faculty-only seminars on specific topics held overseas

CIEE: Lessons from South Africa – Experiments in Urban Sustainability (5 – 15 May, 2017)

CIEE: Traditional Religion, Spirituality and Christianity in Contemporary Ghana (12 – 21 May, 2017)

SIT Study Abroad: Democracy, the Media & Social Change in South Africa (15 – 23 May, 2017)


Book Club

The George T. Potter Library will be hosting a book club with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Fall Semester Books:  Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir AND Weep Not, Child – both books by author Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Books will be provided to the first 10 individuals who sign up. This group is open to faculty, staff and students. First priority of books will go to students. Please contact Katie Maricic Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) or Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) with questions or to sign up. This program has been supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet monthly from 12:50 pm – 1:50 pm in the Potter Library Reading Lounge on the following Mondays: 9/19, 10/17, 11/14, and 12/5.

Dreams in a Time of War will be discussed during our first three meetings. This memoir describes the author’s experience coming of age in rural Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising of the 1950s. As traditions begin to fade away to modernity, Ngũgĩ acts on his dreams to receive an education during a time of war.

Weep Not, Child will be discussed during out last meeting. This powerful novel by the same author tells the story of two brothers, Njoroge, who attends school, and Kamau, who trains to be a carpenter. Also about Kenya and the Mau Mau uprising, the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie- with the Mau Mau or the white colonial government.

Spring Semester BookNervous Conditions by author Tsitsi Dangarembga

Join the Potter Library in reading Nervous Conditions, a novel about a teenage girl and her British-educated cousin coming of age in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s. The first 30 students to sign up will receive a copy of the novel. This group is open to faculty, staff and students. Contact Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) and Katie Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) to join and for additional information. This program has been supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet once a month on Wednesdays from 2:50 – 3:50 pm in the Library’s Current Periodicals Reading Lounge on the following dates: February 8March 22, and April 12.


Calendar of Events

Sep. 07
01:00 pm - 03:30 pm

[Grove]. Come learn about the many international opportunities available to Ramapo College students, including study abroad, service learning and internships.

Sep. 19
09:00 am - 04:00 pm

[Friends Hall/SC-219]. Apply early and receive a FREE U.S. Passport. Limited to the first 125 participants. Sponsored by Ramapo College and CIEE. You can pre-register here: http://start.ciee.org/passport-ramapo-college.html

Sep. 19
12:50 pm - 01:50 pm

[Library Lounge] The George T. Potter Library will be hosting a book club with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Fall Semester Books: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir AND Weep Not, Child – both books by author Ngugi wa Thiong’o.Books will be provided to the first 15 individuals who sign up. This group is open to faculty, staff and students. First priority of books will go to students. Please contact Katie Maricic Cohen(kcohen1@ramapo.edu) or Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) with questions or to sign up. This program has been supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet monthly from 12:50-1:50pm in the Library Lounge on the following dates (Mondays): September 19th, October 17th, November 14th, December 5th.

Sep. 21
12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[York Room] Join us for an open lunch with members of the senior leadership at Ramapo’s partner institution, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, in Kumasi, Ghana. Learn about the university, Ghana and opportunities for faculty, staff and students to get involved.

Sep. 21
06:00 pm - 10:00 pm

[Friends Hall]. Join in the celebration as we officially open Ramapo’s Year of Sub-Saharan Africa. African food, performers and speakers will all be part of the exciting schedule of activities.

Sep. 23
10:00 am - 11:30 am

[H129] Global Climate Activist Hindou Oumaru Ibrahim
(Free and open to all)

Last April on Earth Day, when the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, the speaker chosen to address the UN representing global civil society was Hindou Oumaru Ibrahim. From the Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad, Hindou is the coordinator of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), a community based organization, as well Congo Basin regional representative to the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC). She has worked for the inclusion of indigenous peoples on international platforms, including within the Rio Conventions. She is currently a co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, the indigenous peoples’ caucus to the UNFCCC.

Sponsored by MASS, The Center for Sustainability, the Environmental Studies Program, 1-step and the Roukema Center for International Education.
Note Ramapo’s relationship with Ms. Ibrahim and others included in the 100 leading women in climate change and sustainability stems from work of the Ramapo Institute for Environment Studies to support the 2013 International Women’s Climate and Earth Summit held in Suffern, NY.
For information, medelste@ramapo.edu

Indigenous Mbororo woman to speak at Paris Agreement signing ceremony on 22 April
http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2016/04/indigenous-mbororo-woman-to-speak-at-paris-agreement-signing-ceremony-on-22-april/#prettyPhoto
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an Indigenous woman from the Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad, is the speaker selected to represent civil society at the 22 April signing ceremony of the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris last December.
A record number of countries are expected to sign the agreement at a ceremony hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters on 22 April, which is also International Mother Earth Day.
“For all Indigenous Peoples, from any corner of the world, livelihoods are linked to natural resources, for our food and medicine, for everything, so if there are floods or droughts, the impact is greater for us,” said Ms. Ibrahim, who is Coordinator of the Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones du Tchad (AFPAT), a community-based organization working for the rights and environmental protection of the indigenous Peule women and people of Chad. “Climate change threatens our basic rights, our cultural values, and the very survival of these communities,” she added.
32 years old, Ms. Ibrahim belongs to the Peule Mbororo people, a group of an estimated 250,000 nomads engaged in subsistence farming in the Sahel region. Having grown up in a pastoralist community, she knows the challenges that climate change poses to indigenous Peoples, but also the contributions that traditional and indigenous knowledge can make to mitigation and adaptation. “Traditional knowledge and climate science are both critically important for building resilience of rural communities to cope with climate change, and Indigenous Peoples are ready to share their knowledge to help to mitigate and adapt,” she explained.
Ms. Ibrahim co-developed a project in Chad on participation of indigenous herders in the national adaptation platforms and other national processes to ensure peace, livelihoods and biological conservation in the face of worsening climate instability. “We developed 3D mapping as tools to manage the environment sustainably and give voice to Indigenous Peoples and local communities,” she highlighted. “This project helps to highlight women’s voices and knowledge on climate adaptation and mitigation. It also helps to solve conflict connected to resource use, as tensions increase when resources disappear.”
For the past ten years, Ms. Ibrahim has been a regular participant at meetings of the UN Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and a Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC). “You cannot talk about climate change without talking about the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” she emphasized. “The Paris Agreement gives hope to all of those who are fighting for these rights, but now it’s time to transform hope into concrete change.”
For the speaking role at the opening session of the 22 April ceremony, the Secretary-General sought applications from individuals in developing countries who could share a compelling story of an innovation or solution that is delivering tangible results on climate change mitigation or adaptation.
The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) facilitated a transparent process for civil society representatives to apply for a speaking role. The Selection Committee reviewed more than 200 applications.

New York (CNN)Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, a fiery 32-year-old from Chad, took the podium here at the United Nations on Friday morning in front of nearly 200 world leaders.
They’d gathered in record numbers on Earth Day to sign the Paris Agreement, humanity’s best shot to date at fixing climate change and preserving a habitable planet for future generations.
But when she looked out at the crowd, her mind went blank.
Ibrahim didn’t see the diplomats, she told me later.
She only saw her mother — and her nomadic community in the Sahara.
So she felt compelled to tell their story.
In three languages, she spoke about how her mother used to walk 10 kilometers (6 miles) to get water from Lake Chad in North Africa. “Today young mothers are becoming climate refugees” because of drought, she told the assembly. “They cannot walk to Lake Chad because it is vanishing. Our pasture, our livestock, our food, our land — is vanishing.”

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim addresses the United Nations on Friday.
John D. Sutter for CNN April 22 2016 http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/22/opinions/sutter-un-earth-day/

Hindou Oumaru Ibrahim, Coordinator, Indigenous Women and Peoples of Africa CoordinatingCommittee (Chad)
With Leonardo DiCaprio and Ban Ki Moon at the Paris Climate Agreement, UN, April 2016

Sep. 27
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

October 2016
Oct. 05
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[BC224]. Africana Film Festival: La Noire de… (Black Girl). Directed by Ousmane Sembene (1966; Senegal).
A Senegalese woman is eager to find a better life abroad. She takes a job as a governess for a French family, but finds her duties reduced to those of a maid after the family moves from Dakar to the south of France. In her new country, the woman is constantly made aware of her race and mistreated by her employers. Her hope for better times turns to disillusionment and she falls into isolation and despair. The harsh treatment leads her to consider suicide the only way out.

Oct. 05
07:30 pm - 08:30 pm

[H-wing Auditorium]. Africana Film Fest: La Noire de… (Black Girl). Directed by Ousmane Sembene (1966; Senegal).
A Senegalese woman is eager to find a better life abroad. She takes a job as a governess for a French family, but finds her duties reduced to those of a maid after the family moves from Dakar to the south of France. In her new country, the woman is constantly made aware of her race and mistreated by her employers. Her hope for better times turns to disillusionment and she falls into isolation and despair. The harsh treatment leads her to consider suicide the only way out.

Oct. 12
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 12
04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

[BC224] La Victoire en chantant/Black and White in Colour. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (1976; Côte d’Ivoire). French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make “proper” soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the “war” after several bungles on the part of the others.

Oct. 17
12:50 pm - 01:50 pm

[Library Lounge] The George T. Potter Library will be hosting a book club with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Fall Semester Books: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir AND Weep Not, Child – both books by author Ngugi wa Thiong’o.Books will be provided to the first 15 individuals who sign up. This group is open to faculty, staff and students. First priority of books will go to students. Please contact Katie Maricic Cohen(kcohen1@ramapo.edu) or Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) with questions or to sign up. This program has been supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet monthly from 12:50-1:50pm in the Library Lounge on the following dates (Mondays): September 19th, October 17th, November 14th, December 5th.

Oct. 17
02:00 pm - 03:40 pm

[Trustees Pavilion]. The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Communication Arts program will screen the film, When Elephants Fight, on Monday, October 17, from 2 to 3:40 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion. A member of the production company will lead a discussion of the film by Skype. The event is free and open to the public.

Narrated and executive produced by Robin Wright (House of Cards), this film spotlights the illicit mineral trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo and shows how corporations’ complicity has affected the conflict in the region. The film is an extension of the #StandwithCongo campaign that mobilizes students and consumer activists to seek accountability in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contact Michael Riff at ext. 7409 or mriff@ramapo.edu for details.

Oct. 19
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 19
04:00 pm - 05:45 pm

[BC224]. Thunderbolt! – Part I. Director by Tunde Kulani (2001; Nigeria). Thunderbolt is woven around Ngozi, a young elegant Igbo lady and Yinka a young man of Yoruba origin who meet and fall in love during the National Youth Service. Their eventual marriage, against folk wisdom soon develops problem fueled by rumors of extra-marital affairs which destroy trust between a devoted Ngozi and a jealous Yinka. In the ensuing drama Ngozi is laced with “Magun”, the mysterious and fatal chastity control (Magun) which will make her sexual victim die instantly after sexual intercourse.
Part II – shown 10/24 6pm A108

Oct. 24
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[Friends Hall]. Presentation by Professor Karl Johnson. Sponsored by The Culture Club.

Oct. 24
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

[A108]. Thunderbolt! – Part II. Director by Tunde Kulani (2001; Nigeria). Thunderbolt is woven around Ngozi, a young elegant Igbo lady and Yinka a young man of Yoruba origin who meet and fall in love during the National Youth Service. Their eventual marriage, against folk wisdom soon develops problem fueled by rumors of extra-marital affairs which destroy trust between a devoted Ngozi and a jealous Yinka. In the ensuing drama Ngozi is laced with “Magun”, the mysterious and fatal chastity control (Magun) which will make her sexual victim die instantly after sexual intercourse.

Oct. 26
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 26
04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

[BC224]. Directed by Johanna Schwartz (2015; Mali).

Islamic extremists have banned music in Mali, but its world famous musicians wont give up without a fight. They Will Have To Kill Us First tells the story of Malis musicians, as they fight for their right to sing.

With a specially commissioned soundtrack from some of Malis most exciting artists, the film features musicians: Khaira Arby, Fadimata Disco Walet Oumar, Malian superstar Amkoullel, Moussa Sidi and introducing Songhoy Blues.

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture, but when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history: They banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Malis musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, Malians revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile where most remain, even now. But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. Throughout their struggle, they have used music as their weapon against ongoing violence that has left Mali ravaged. They Will Have to Kill Us First sees musicians on the run, tells the story of the uprising of Touareg separatists, reveals rare footage of the jihadists, captures life at refugee camps where money and hope are scarce, charts perilous journeys home to war-ravaged cities, and follows our characters as they set up and perform at the first public concert in Timbuktu since the music ban.

Oct. 31
October 31, 12:00 am -- January 01, 12:00 am

[various locations]. International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. Please visit Ramapo College’s IEW webpage for more details: https://www.ramapo.edu/international/iew16/

Oct. 31
11:00 am - 12:40 pm

[H-wing Auditorium]. Jules David Bartkowski made his directorial debut with Pastor Paul, which was first screened at the Alliance Francaise in Accra, Ghana, and went on to a sold out world premiere at Lincoln Center as a part of the New York African Film Festival in May, 2016. Bartkowski won an award for his performance in Pastor Paul at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. The film’s European premiere was at the International Filmmakers Festival in Berlin. Bartkowski is a life-long actor, musician, and writer who is currently composing and producing the score for an upcoming film starring Willie Nelson, entitled My Cricket and Me, and recently released an album of original songs and videos under thepseudonym, Goolis, with a second album to be released this Thanksgiving. For more information contact: Shalom Gorewitz, Professor, Visual Arts (sgorewit@ramapo.edu). This event is free and open to the Ramapo College community.

November 2016
Nov. 02
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us! For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 02
04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

[BC224]. Africana Film Festival: Lumumba. Director Raoul Peck (2000; Congo). The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and director Raoul Peck renders an emotional and tautly woven account of the mail clerk and beer salesman with a flair for oratory and an uncompromising belief in the capacity of his homeland to build a prosperous nation independent of its former Belgium overlords. Lumumba emerges here as the heroic sacrificial lamb dubiously portrayed by the international media and led to slaughter by commercial and political interests in Belgium, the United States, the international community, and Lumumba’s own administration; a true story of political intrigue and murder where political entities, captains of commerce, and the military dovetail in their quest for economic and political hegemony.

Nov. 03
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your French language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 03
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[TBD]. Meet with representatives from CIEE and learn about their many opportunities to study, intern or teach abroad throughout the world. They also have generous scholarships available for Ramapo students.

Nov. 04
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[SC156/157].

Nov. 09
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your French language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour from 12-1pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 09
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 09
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[BC224]. Africana Film Festival: Stories of Our Lives. Director – Jim Chuchu (2014; Kenya). A collection of five vignettes about Kenya’s LGBT community.

Nov. 11
01:15 pm - 02:15 pm

[BC-239/ Berrie Center, CA Conference Room]
Would you like to practice your French language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour from 1:15pm-2:15pm in BC 239. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 14
12:50 pm - 01:50 pm

[Library Lounge] The George T. Potter Library will be hosting a book club with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Fall Semester Books: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir AND Weep Not, Child – both books by author Ngugi wa Thiong’o.Books will be provided to the first 15 individuals who sign up. This group is open to faculty, staff and students. First priority of books will go to students. Please contact Katie Maricic Cohen(kcohen1@ramapo.edu) or Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) with questions or to sign up. This program has been supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet monthly from 12:50-1:50pm in the Library Lounge on the following dates (Mondays): September 19th, October 17th, November 14th, December 5th.

Nov. 16
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 16
04:00 pm - 05:45 pm

[BC224]. Africana Film Festival: White Material. Director – Claire Denis (2009; Cameroon). Denis revisits Africa, this time exploring a place rife with civil and racial conflict. A white French family outlawed in its home and attempting to save its coffee plantation connects with a black hero also embroiled in the tumult. All try to survive as their world rapidly crumbles around them.

Nov. 17
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your French language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 18
07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

[Potter Library] The George T. Potter Library will be a host for International Games Day for the first time this year. This international event held in libraries and community spaces throughout the world celebrates “the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games” (http://igd.ala.org/about/). Some games that will be taught at the event: Mancala, Conquian, Jacks, Koi koi, Dominoes. Come learn a new game or have fun playing an old favorite!

Nov. 23
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 30
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

December 2016
Dec. 01
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your French language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 04
04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

[Off-campus] Celebrate the season with Ramapo Chorale this weekend as they present A CHORAL CARAVAN on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. The concert features African and American music – in anticipation of the Chorale’s upcoming tour to Ghana – along with holiday musical fare. Tickets are available at the Berrie Center box office and at the door: $15 adults; $5 students. Performance is in the historic Old Paramus Church, 660 E. Glen Ave., just off Hwy. 17 S, Ridgewood. For more information, contact Lisa Lutter at llutter@ramapo.edu

Dec. 05
12:50 pm - 01:50 pm

[Library Lounge] The George T. Potter Library will be hosting a book club with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Fall Semester Books: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir AND Weep Not, Child – both books by author Ngugi wa Thiong’o.Books will be provided to the first 15 individuals who sign up. This group is open to faculty, staff and students. First priority of books will go to students. Please contact Katie Maricic Cohen(kcohen1@ramapo.edu) or Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) with questions or to sign up. This program has been supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet monthly from 12:50-1:50pm in the Library Lounge on the following dates (Mondays): September 19th, October 17th, November 14th, December 5th.

Dec. 06
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

[Library Atrium] Sign up for the Year of Sub-Saharan Africa Spring Semester Book Club, hosted by Potter Library. We will be reading “Nervous Conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga. Sign up on Tuesday, December 6 from noon – 1 p.m. in the Library Atrium. Books will be provided to the first 30 students who sign up. Open to faculty, staff and students. Please contact Katie Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) or Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) with questions or to sign up. This program has been supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. The discussion group will meet monthly in the spring. Dates and times TBD based on member feedback. For information, email kcohen1@ramapo.edu

Dec. 07
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your French language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour from 12-1pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 07
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 09
01:15 pm - 02:15 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your French language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 14
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers the Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 15
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your French language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

January 2017
Jan. 23
12:30 pm - 02:00 pm

[Student Center]. Come sign up and receive a free copy of ‘Nervous Conditions’ the book chosen for the Spring term’s Year of Sub-Saharan Africa Book Club.

Jan. 24
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123] Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skills? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3 pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us! For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Jan. 31
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123] Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skills? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3 pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us! For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

February 2017
Feb. 01
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[Alumni Lounges] To kick off African Ancestry Month 2017, join the Office of Equity and Diversity, African Ancestry Month Planning Committee, and the BSU on Wednesday for the opening proclamation. We will hear from some speakers about the importance of the month, present the theme for the month, and talk about all of the exciting upcoming events. Food will be served.
For information, call 201-684-7136.

Feb. 06
05:30 pm - 06:30 pm

[J. Lees] As part of African Ancestry Month, the Office of Equity and Diversity Programs and the African Ancestry Month Planning Committee along with other cultural clubs/organizations on campus will be hosting a cultural food fest where people will get to learn about different types of food worldwide — and enjoy it, too! The event will be in J. Lee’s at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 6. Email mmart113@ramapo.edu for information.

Feb. 07
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123] Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skills? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3 pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us! For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Feb. 08
02:50 pm - 03:50 pm

[Potter Library’s Current Periodicals Reading Lounge] Join the Potter Library in reading Nervous Conditions, a novel about a teenage girl and her British-educated cousin coming of age in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s. The first 30 students to sign up will receive a copy of the novel. This group is open to faculty, staff and students. Contact Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) and Katie Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) to join and for additional information. This program has been supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education.

Feb. 13
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your French language skills? The Roukema Center for International Education offers French Language Happy Hour every other Mondays from 1-2 pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Feb. 13
05:30 pm - 06:30 pm

[J Lee’s] Come learn about different multicultural foods and enjoy them too!

Feb. 14
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123] Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skills? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3 pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us! For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Feb. 21
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123] Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skills? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3 pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us! For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Feb. 21
06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

[Alumni Lounges] Salieu Suso, a Gambian master musician and kora-harp player, will visit Ramapo for a performance-demonstration and discussion on Tuesday, February 21, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges in the Student Center. Mr. Suso comes from a long line of jali/griots (musicians/historians/storytellers) in the Gambia and has lived in New York since 1989. He will explain his family’s heritage, the role of jali in his West African culture, the kora, and his music. The kora is a magnificent 21-stringed harp played with both hands, fingers and thumbs separated to play three parts simultaneously. The event is funded by a CA Platinum Grant and organized by the Music Program; it contributes to the college-wide Year of Sub-Saharan Africa and Black History Month. Contact Marc Gidal at mgidal@ramapo.edu for information.

Feb. 28
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123] Would you like to practice your Portuguese language skills? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Portuguese Language Happy Hour every Tuesday from 2-3 pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us! For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.


For more information, please contact the Roukema Center for International Education in ASB-123, by calling x7533 or e-mailing international@ramapo.edu.
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