"Courage Ablaze: The Women and Children of Congo" in LookOut! Art Gallery

November 2, 2015 (All day) - November 19, 2015 (All day)
Location: 
LookOut! Art Gallery
362 Bogue Street, Snyder-Phillips Hall
East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

From November 2 through 19, 2015, visit the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery for Courage Ablaze: The Women and Children of Congo, an exhibit hosted by RCAH and supported by MSU's African Studies Center, Center for Gender in Global Context, College of Law, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Outreach and Engagement, and Peace and Justice Studies.

In her installation, Pamela Alderman, a Grand Rapids-based watercolor artist, shares the tragic stories of Congolese refugees that she has recorded in word and portraits, and demonstrates our connection to the troubles they have experienced.

Receptions with light refreshments in LookOut! Art Gallery follow both events listed below, allowing for viewing of the installation.

RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 to 3 p.m.

Film Screening

When Elephants Fight, a documentary by Flint filmmaker Mike Ramsdell, focuses on the extent and impact of resource-extracting industries in Congo and will be screened in the RCAH Theater at 5 p.m. on Monday, November 9. The filmmaker will discuss the film with the audience following the screening. Reception in LookOut! to follow.

Presentation & Reception

The 90-minute presentation beginning in the RCAH Theater at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, is designed to raise awareness of the war on innocent civilians in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly on women. Kizombo Kalumbula, a US-naturalized Congolese professor and director of International Berean Ministry, presents the reasons for the conflict and the complex history of the region. The Les Clay Family Singers, a Congolese refugee family choir, humanizes the statistics by singing Congolese songs in French, Lingala, and Swahili. A question and answer period follows. Participants leave with knowledge of the almost unreported, but largest, war since WWII, and a variety of things they can do to make a difference. Reception in LookOut! to follow.