The Lébou of Senegal: Spirits, African Environmentalism, and Development

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The Lébou of Senegal: Spirits, African Environmentalism, and Development

By Culture Corps -- International Student and Scholar Services

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, March 22, 2018 · 4:30 - 7pm CDT


225 19th Avenue South Willey Hall The West Bank Auditorium 20 Minneapolis, MN 55455


Sarah Buchanan (Associate Professor of French, UMN-Morris) and Seyni Mbaye (Master in Development Practice, Humphrey School of Public Affairs) will talk about their work with the Lébou populations in Senegal. Buchanan will talk about the interviews she conducted in Senegal while researching the intersections between the environment and spirituality in the Senegalese film, Ndeysaan: Le Prix du Pardon (Mansour Sora Wade, 2001). Mbaye will then speak about how Buchanan’s work is connected to Development Practice while focusing on the impact of the universalization of development theories from the perspective of non-dominant cultures.

This panel will be moderated by Sherry Gray (Director of International Programs and of International Fellows and Scholars Programs, and a lecturer in the Global Policy Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs).

About the organizer

The vision of the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) is to have an inclusive and engaged international learning community. One of the ways ISSS helps international students become more active on campus is through the Culture Corps Program.

International students can provide unique perspectives and new insights to enrich cross-cultural understanding at the University of Minnesota. Culture Corps was created in 1998 by Dr. Mohammed Bari to provide international students the opportunity to share their cultural experiences and their knowledge with the University of Minnesota campus community.

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