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Mother/Daughter duo to present on indigenous knowledge Jan. 23

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 690 hits

Lee Ann De Reus, associate professor of human development and family studies and women's studies, and her daughter, Arianna De Reus, a a sophomore in the College of Agriculture, will present, "Indigenous Knowledge That Inspires: Lessons From Research and Praxis in Central Africa" on January 23, noon - 1 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, as part of the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge lecture series at the University Park campus.

The mother-daughter duo has worked in central Africa for seven years. In this seminar they will share some of the indigenous knowledge that continues to inspire their research and praxis. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Why do rape survivors prosecute or forgive their perpetrators? In Rwanda: How do teachers and youth inspire collaborative entrepreneurial initiatives? In Kenya: How can innovative farming practices be incorporated into a PSU greenhouse design?

As a scholar-activist, Lee Ann travels regularly to Panzi Hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct research, develop programs for rape survivors, and inform her advocacy work in the United States. In Rwanda she leads an annual student trip to develop entrepreneurial projects with vulnerable populations.

Arianna is a sophomore at University Park majoring in Community, Environment, and Development with concentrations in French, Arabic, and humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship. For HESE she works in Kenya and Rwanda with local partners to construct, adapt, and market affordable greenhouses for small-scale farmers.

For more information visit http://icik.psu.edu/psul/icik/activities.html online.

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