The Intercultural Arts and Leadership Spring Series, in collaboration with six Institute Students and Cheryl Faraone, Mettler Professor of Theater, Gender Sexuality Feminist Studies Present:
Cerebrating African Women’s Voices in Leadership, a staged reading of selected books by African women authors.
Thursday, March 1
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Library 2nd floor
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Ghana
Unbowed, by Wangari Maathai, Kenya
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Une si Longue Lettre by Mariama Bâ, Senegal
Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste, Ethiopia
Francesca Aka, Abidjan
My name is Francesca Aka, I am a third culture kid, a polyglot and a dancer born in Cote d’Ivoire. My name is Italian but my parents had no idea until we moved to Italy where I spent most of my life. I consider myself more of a creative than a scientific person and I love to take on responsibilities that portray me as reliable.
Shinae Meylor, New Jersey
My name is Shinae Meylor and I descend from a very eccentric Caribbean background. As an International Policy and Development candidate, I hope to one day use my knowledge and skills to aide in a refugee camp. “Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an ‘is’, it is a ‘becoming’.” – Haile Selassie I
Ianthe Duncan-Poole, Texas
My name is Ianthe and I am a 2nd semester IPD student. born in Chicago, IL and raised in Houston, TX. I received my BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and after working in various governmental positions, I decided to pursue my MA here at Middlebury Institute. I am a creative; a woman who aims to bring strength, power, and creativity into every situation, especially professional or academic environments. My love for people and my ability to engage with them is my hearts joy and I look forward to seeing where this Masters Degree journey takes me!
Elizabeth Watiri, Nairobi
My name is Elizabeth Watiri. I am currently a 4th semester International Policy and Development student on a Fulbright Scholarship. Having worked and volunteered for development for almost 5 years, the experiences I got in the field led me to pursue an MA in International Development here at MIIS. When human beings are unable to access basic human rights (for instance reproductive health rights), it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. I hope to use my acquired skills and training to advocate for reproductive health and rights with a focus on policy advocacy. I believe that my training here at MIIS and my field experiences have well equipped me to work for development in my field especially in the public health sector.
Tangut Degfay, Addis Ababa
I am pursuing an MA in International Policy and Development, and specializing in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Design. I am passionate about bringing social change in the areas of global youth leadership, girls’ education,gender equality, early childhood development, and violence against children prevention. My extensive work/study abroad experience, foreign language study, leading and collaborating with multicultural teams have inspired my commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding and inclusive social change. I am all about that “girl power” spirit!
Eunice Deha, Cotonou
I am a second year Fulbright graduate student from Benin. I am passionate about public policy and development and the betterment of living standards for all, especially the marginalized and those who do not have a voice. I hope to become an example of success for young people in Benin.