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OFF THE CUFF: Sara Hlupekile Longwe, Feminist Activist

OFF THE CUFF: Sara Hlupekile Longwe, Feminist Activist

February 23, 2018

Sara Hlupekile Longwe is an internationally renowned feminist activist from Zambia. She visited Oberlin Feb. 16 to give a talk titled, “Organizing to Tackle Women’s Issues in Lusaka Zambia,” which detailed her experience with gender disparities in Zambia as well as her experiences creating and organizing women’s collective action groups there. She is known as one of the foremost figures in Zambian activism, often referred to as the founder of the women’s movement in Zambia. She is the autho...

Writer-in-Residence Tackles African Diaspora, German Identity Through Film

L. Schumann

October 30, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

Branwen Okpako, the Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence for fall 2015, first became friends with Auma Obama when they both attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. When Auma Obama’s half-brother, Barack Obama, began his presidential campaign, Okpako used this opportunity to make a film about Auma Obama that could broaden the discussion about the African Diaspora through anecdotal narrative. This project, which took Okpako to locations including Kenya, Germany, Britain and the United States, became the documentary The Education of Auma Obama, which will be screened at the Apollo Theatre on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. When the film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Okpako rec...

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