Five College Consortium

Five College African Studies Program

Five College Africa Day

Five College Africa Day
Held annually from 2006 to 2014, Africa Day was a vibrant, annual celebration of the African continent and culture.

Five College Africa Day offered a forum in which students, faculty and the greater community were brought "Inside Africa." Participants heard about each others' research, debated important issues, learned more about Five College student groups and study abroad opportunities, witnessed musical and dance performances and ate great African food.

From drumming and dance to panel discussions and stories, Five College Africa Day featured music, food and dance with the Smith College African and Caribbean Students Association and Five College colleagues.

Africa Day 2014

Hosted by Amherst College on April 4, 2014, the theme of the 2014 Africa Day was “Mandiba's Gifts: Nelson Mandela's Life & Legacies – Tribute.”

Africa Day 2012

Hosted by Mount Holyoke College on October 27th, 2012, the theme of the 2012 Africa Day was “What’s Next in African Development?”

Africa Day 2011  

Hosted by Smith College on November 5th, 2011, Joseph Sebarenzi, former speaker of the Rwandan Parliament, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, and author of God Sleeps in Rwanda, opened the day with a keynote address, “Healing After Hardship: Survival and Forgiveness in Post-Genocide Rwanda,” the theme of the 2011 Africa Day.

Africa Day 2010

Hosted by Hampshire College on November 6th, 2011, the theme of the 2010 Africa Day was “Expressing Africa: Tongues, Tastes and Trends.”

Africa Day 2009

Hosted by Amherst College on October 3rd, 2009, the theme of the 2009 Africa Day was “Inside Africa -- Sovereignty, Skyscrapers and Scholarship.”


Image: Students dance to the beats of Faith Conant's West African drumming ensemble at Africa Day 2010.