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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 24, 2007

(Mahwah) – In celebration of African Ancestry Month, Ramapo College of New Jersey is sponsoring an Opening Banquet Thursday, February 1 at 5 p.m. in the Robert A. Scott Student Center.  The event is free and open to the public.  The evening features the banquet, viewing an art exhibit, An Apparently Unimportant Event: Self-Taught From the Centre D’s Art in the 1940s and 50s in the Kresge and Pascal Galleries and a lecture, “Winds of the Spirit:  Haitian Vodun Art,” presented by Dr. Robert Farris Thompson, a Yale University professor and art historian at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater. For further information, please call the Women’s Center, 201.684.7468. 

Ramapo College also will be sponsoring other events open to the public:

Black Maria Film Festival, Thursday, February 8, 2 – 5 p.m., Sharp Theater
A unique selection of this year’s winning entries will be screened.  The selections are part of the festival’s 2007 cross-country tour.  Festival founder John Columbus will offer commentary on the documentary, animated, experimental and fictional short films and videos.

Book Discussion:  The Dew Breaker, by Haitian-American Edwidge Danticat,

Monday, February 12, 12:45 p.m., York Room in the Birch Mansion

The novel explores the difficult conditions faced by Haitians in the U.S. and at home and raises the question, can Haitians reconcile themselves with those who collaborated with repressive dictators.

Black Art Auction and Tea, Friday, February 16, 7 p.m., Trustees Pavilion
An evening of drinking tea and bidding on artwork.

Book Reading and Signing, Friday, February 23, 1 p.m., Sharp Theater
Edwidge Danticat, author of Krik? Krak! and other titles, is a National Book Award finalist and American Book Award winner.  She has been hailed at the literary voice of a silenced Haiti.

Faces of America, Sunday, February 25, 8 p.m., Sharp Theater
This one-person show, written from interviews conducted across the country, has been described as a multicultural portrayal of Americans.

Empowerment through Art, Media, and Business:  A Local and Global Look at African Americans Who Have Changed the World, Tuesday, February 27, 5 p.m., Alumni Lounges (This is the month’s closing event.)
The panelists, drawn from an array of professions, will provide a blueprint on how to make individual and collective change.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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