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Art Exhibition Examines Link Between the Banjo and African String Instruments

Check out this radio interview with Najjar Abdul Musawwir, associate professor of fine arts at SIU: The new exhibition “Reconstructed/Reconceptualized” examines the link between the banjo and African string instruments. Ahead of the exhibition’s opening at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with its creator Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, an associate professor of fine arts…

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Frazier to serve as SIU Homecoming grand marshal

From the Southern Illinoisan: Walt “Clyde” Frazier, one of Southern Illinois University’s most famous alumni, will return to campus next month as the grand marshal of the Homecoming parade, according to a news release from the school Friday night. Frazier is scheduled to participate in the parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, as part of SIU’s “Heroes, Myths…

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Alumni testify in support of Africana Studies

From the Daily Egyptian: A number of attendees spoke to the board in defense of the Africana studies program. The undergraduate degree program is on the chopping block following Board of Trustees approval of the “Financial Sustainability Plan” in July. This plan would cut about $26 million from the university, including seven degree programs. The bachelor’s in Africana studies is…

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SIU Board of Trustees student rep defends Africana Studies

In a recent column in the Daily Egyptian, Sam Beard, who serves as the student representative on the SIU Board of Trustees, defended the Africana Studies department and laid out important reasons why it should not be cut. Check out the full column at the Daily Egyptian website: An anti-racist institution would never cut Africana Studies. And in a world…

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SIUC alumna named rising star of NYC theater scene

Aiesha Dukes, who graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in  co-stars in the critically-acclaimed, off-Broadway musical comedy revue Me the People: The Trump America Musical at the Triad Theater in New York City. Dukes, who portrays nine different characters, is brilliant throughout the production, giving a particularly memorable performance with the ensemble during the Mar-a-Lago skit. … A…

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New medical school associate dean to expand programs to promote diversity, inclusion

The SIU School of Medicine has hired a new associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Wendi Wills El-Amin, who began on Aug.1, says she plans to launch and expand programs to increase high school student interest in medicine and help future doctors avoid unconscious bias when working with patients. Wills El-Amin succeeded Dr. Wesley Robinson McNeese, who helped…

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