UIC Hosts Congo Conference and Cultural Events

“The Congo: Reclaiming Its Destiny.” The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s past and present politics, art, economics, civil society and law will be the focus of a conference, cultural events and banquet presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The conference brings together scholars, artists, and activists to highlight the Democratic Republic of Congo’s potential to become an economically and democratically strong nation and a stabilizing force for the central African region.

The two-day schedule is below:

March 30 (evening): Opening event, featuring poet Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula and playwright Pierre Mumbre Mujomba and a roundtable discussion, begins at 6:30 p.m. at Alliance Fran├žaise de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn St.

March 31 (day): Conference sessions will include distinguished Congolese scholars and activists joined by other researchers. The focus will be to define short-, mid-, and long-term solutions for reconstructing the country and highlight the prospects for development. Keynote speaker is Georges Nzongola Ntalaja, professor of African studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, who will discuss elections and the future of democracy in Congo. Conference begins at 8 a.m. at UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

March 31 (evening): Muadi Mukenge, Global Fund for Women, will talk about women, families, and the future of Congo. Banquet begins at 7 p.m. at Loyola University Chicago, Ignatius House, 6324 N. Kenmore Ave.

Admission is free to the opening event and conference. Banquet tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For further information, call (217) 840-6359.

The conference is sponsored by the UIC School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics.

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