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Week of February 4, 2013

Don't miss: African artist discusses his work

Ghanaian artist El Anatsui will be interviewed in a public presentation at 5:10 p.m. Thursday in the Michigan Theater as part of the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.

Anatsui experiments with wood, ceramics, paint and found objects to create works that comment on cultural exchange, translation, globalization and impermanence. Some are presented in the exhibit, “When I Last Wrote to You About Africa,” through May 5 at the U-M Museum of Art.

In addition to exhibitions throughout Africa, his work has been shown worldwide, in galleries including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of African Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Anatsui will be interviewed by longtime colleague and University of Toronto Professor Elizabeth Harney. She has written and published widely about African art, and served as the first curator of contemporary art at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

This program is organized by UMMA with the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design with the assistance of the Institute for the Humanities, and campus partners and donors.

Conference celebrates Africa’s emergence

The Ross Africa Business Club presents the Africa Business Conference “Energizing Africa’s Emergence” Friday at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Scheduled speakers include Aminu Tambuwal, speaker of the House of Representatives from Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. He will be joined by others including Kathleen Bomani, a human rights champion from Tanzania; Steve Akinboro, executive vice president for Domino’s Pizza; and Vickie J. Lewis, president of the Curves fitness franchise.

For more information, go to the conference website at


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