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Global Africa Community Forum: Reckoning, Restitution, and Repair

Event Type
Film Screening
Center for African Studies through the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program, Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, School of Art & Design, Program in Art History, Department of History, Department of Anthropology, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, Office of Minority Student Affairs, the iSchool, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Department of Linguistics, and Humanities Research Institute Supplemental Event Fund. In-kind sponsorship generously provided by Dixon Graphics. Supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
KAM 62 and hybrid via Zoom
Oct 12, 2023   5:30 - 7:30 pm  
Saitabao Kaiyare, Njoki Ngumi, La Tanya S. Autry
Krannert Art Museum
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Thursday, October 12, 5:30-7:30PM KAM 62 and hybrid via Zoom
“If Objects Could Speak”: A Screening and Panel Discussion on African Art, Museum Reckoning, and the Politics of Restitution
The keynote for the KAM-CAS Global African Community Forum offers a screening of the short film, If Objects Could Speak, co-directed by Kenyan filmmaker Saitabao Kaiyare, followed by a zoom conversation with Kaiyare and scholar/activists Njoki Ngumi (in Nairobi) and La Tanya S. Autry (in New York). 

Using the film as a point of departure, the speakers will engage the audience in a critical conversation about colonial-era removals and thefts of African objects, restitution, and what it’s like being on the receiving end of long lost objects returning to Africa. 

Connecting these three provocative thinkers in conversation across the Atlantic presents an excellent opportunity to reckon with these issues with African voices at the lead. 

This hybrid event includes automated captioning and can be accessed in over languages 27 languages through Zoom. | Register Online

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