Boston University’s Dr. Barbara Brown to Speak on Ancient African Cultures at Museum of Science

in Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
February 20th, 2003

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 | ttesta@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) – Dr. Barbara B. Brown, director of the Africa in Our Schools and Community Program for the African Studies Center at Boston University, will be participating in a forum entitled “Nubia Connections” as part of the Science and Society Public Forum at the Museum of Science, Boston. The event will take place Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the Museum’s Cahners Theatre located at Science Park in Boston.

Joined by a panel of experts on Nubia, archaeology, history, and education, Dr. Brown will address how ancient African civilizations such as Nubia are studied in relation to the rest of the continent. The panel will discuss what archeologists know about ancient African cultures and how society incorporates these historical roots into cultural identities and school curricula.

Experienced in education and African affairs in both the United States and Africa, Brown taught at the University of Botswana and worked for shorter periods in a number of other African countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Benin. Brown has prepared curriculum materials on several African countries and has led numerous workshops on Africa as well as on the broader issues of multicultural education.

The forum is free and open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those attending the forum will be able to use their seating pass for free admission to the museum’s general exhibit hall during that day only. Free seating passes will be made available in the main lobby of the Museum of Science beginning at 1 p.m. For further information, call 617/589-0419.

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