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NewsPress Release -Marlboro Panel Discussion Offers Outsider's Perspective on Africa

MARLBORO, VT - As part of Africa Awareness Week, Marlboro College is hosting a panel discussion Friday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m in the Appletree Building. On the panel to talk about living and working in Africa will be Kevin Brennan, former regional director, and Mary Lou Forward, current regional director, of the School for International Training's study abroad programs in Africa.

Africa claims about one-fifth of the world’s land area and a similar proportion of the world’s population. The continent is also home to unique and rich traditions and a social and cultural diversity. While the continent has had a turbulent political and economic history, Africa has demonstrated a fascinating resilience.

Daniel Lumonya, world studies fellow at Marlboro and organizer of Africa Awareness Week, says that "when examining any culture or society the perspective of an indigenous person often provides a biased account." Says Lumonya, "It is often helpful to gain the perspectives of outsiders to observe, analyze, and interpret events." Brennan and Forward hope to provide that perspective. They carry valuable experiences, perspectives, and insights into the social, cultural and economic conditions on the African continent.

The event is free and open to the public, and the Appletree is fully accessible. For more information on the event or Marlboro College please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college’s website at

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