Beyond What You See:UNION in Africa

April 3rd – August 2nd, 2015

Rachel Refkin, La Lutte À Tene Toubab, Senegal, 2013

In conjunction with the 40th annual New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Conference, to be held at Union College April 3rd, 2015, the Wikoff Student Gallery presents an exhibition of photography by Union students and alumni who have participated in term abroad programs and Minerva Fellowships in Eqypt, Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda.

This exhibition seeks to highlight students’ experiences in Africa that promote global awareness, beyond a touristic eye. The photographs depict linguistic, cultural and historical experiences, unique to Africa, a place that encourages personal and professional growth. Evident in many of the students’ descriptions is the desire to hold onto what they have learned, as they move into their careers and roles in our collective future.

Cheikh M. Ndiaye, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Union College, is the sponsoring faculty member. Many thanks go out to Deidre Hill Butler, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Africana Studies Program, and Kenneth Aslakson, Associate Professor of History, for their support. This exhibition was funded by the Union College Africana Studies Program and the Department of Modern Languages and Literature.

Student Photographers: Dylan Cline (’16), Alexis Deeb (‘12), Stephanie Delorenzo (’16), Sam Hunter (’16), Rachel Refkin (’15), Anabel Reyes (’16), and Adam Stolz (’15).

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