Day in Africa – Session I

SESSION I   9:40 – 10:20am

Art, Craft, and Environmental Conservation: Paper Making in Kumasi, Ghana
5th Quarter Studio (2nd Floor)

This is the surprising story of papermaking in Ghana. It is the story of a group of artists, scientists, and educators working together in creative, productive ways, to use a plant that was carried from China to Ghana — and now is growing out of control. Beautiful art and practical solutions that address real life environmental challenges. Artist Mary Hark will describe a project that has created a place for international artistic collaboration and hopes to contribute in small ways to a cleaner, healthier natural environment while nurturing friendships across cultures.

Presenter: Mary Hark, Associate Professor, UW-Madison

Got Gas? How Cement Cows can do a Body Good.
Industry (3rd Floor)

Innovative Ugandan engineers have installed biogas systems around the country. This technology transforms organic wastes like cow manure, latrine waste, and municipal solid waste into a clean burning source of renewable energy and high-quality fertilizer.  Come and learn more about Uganda’s rapidly growing waste to energy sector and find out how it could impact public health in the country. After all, it’s only waste if you waste it!

Presenter: Aleia McCord, Graduate Student, UW – Madison

What if you Opened up your Refrigerator and found a Rainforest?
Northwoods B (3rd Floor)

In this session you will explore the ways in the people in remote forest communities in southeastern Nigeria rely on the forest.  You will be introduced to the unique wildlife that inhabits Nigerian rainforests, the ways that humans interact with these animals, and the consequences for human health and wildlife conservation.

Presenter: Sagan Friant, Graduate Student, UW – Madison

Ìsègùn: A Yoruba Version of Healing Knowledge.
Northwoods A (3rd Floor)

Ìsègùn is a healing tradition in Nigerian that abounds in most of Africa and around the world. In this presentation you will learn about this unique tradition, its history, how it is practiced and how it relates to modern medicine. Come and learn about the many ways in which people across the world heal their bodies.

Presenter: Olusegun Soetan, Graduate student, UW-Madison

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