Africa2Ag week - August 27-31

Posted: August 19, 2012

The 2nd annual Africa2Ag week, sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be held at the University Park campus, August 27-31, during the first week of the fall semester. The theme is: "The Next Generation of African Agriculture: Youth, Innovation, Science and Technology".

Students are particularly invited to the student presentation evening on Thursday, August 30th at 4:45 p.m. in 118 ASI.

Students are encouraged to attend the Thursday, August 30th evening event in 118 ASI --Thursday, August 30, 4:45 - 6:45 p.m., "Study Abroad in Africa: Connecting Penn State and African Youth," in 118 ASI Building. Speakers will be students from Africa-based study-abroad programs, including CYEC-Kenya, Parks and People Tanzania and CAS Mozambique-South Africa.

Other events (all free of charge and open to the public) throughout the week include:

  • Monday, Aug. 27, 3:30-5 p.m., Africa2Ag week launch event at Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library. At 4:00 p.m., Rob Crane, director of Penn State's Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa, will offer welcoming remarks. Come for refreshments and to meet our African visitors!
  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 29, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Africa Collaboration Colloquium at the Nittany Lion Inn ballroom. Registration is required. To register, send an email to Deanna Behring, director of international programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences, at Participation is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. More details are available online at
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Symposium: "Youth in African Agriculture: Engaging the Future," at the Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom A/B. To register online, go to
  • Friday, Aug. 31, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., special departmental seminar: "Strengthening Young People's Skills and Opportunities for Social Transformation Through Civic Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa," in 215 Armsby Building. The featured speaker will be Alan Kerins, representing the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Submitted by Tom Gill (