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February 21: Hear Terri Jett's impressions of South Africa (and perhaps learn more about race in America)

Butler University's Terri Jett talks about South Africa

When: Wednesday, March 23 7:00 PM
Where: Church of the Saviour, 6205 Rucker Road Indianapolis

South Africa is the most developed country in Africa and has been an active leader on the continent, yet is still struggles with major issues in the post-Apartheid era. What are the political challenges facing South Africa? What impact is the AIDS epidemic playing on South Africa's economy and society?

Terri Jett is an associate professor of political science at Butler University. Dr. Jett has researched the political, economic, social and religious landscape of rural black communities in the American south and has a keen interest in the religious connection to the U.S. civil rights movement. Terri leads Butler University's Center for Faith and Vocation's Field Ministry seminars to South Africa. The goal of the Field Seminar in Ministry is to give undergraduate students who are considering a call to ministry or other community service the chance to reflect on religion and society in a new setting. The seminar will examine how religious communities and service organizations deal with issues of faith and calling in South Africa. Sponsored by the Bob Calhoun Memorial Great Decisions Series

To read an essay about Hoosiers and Africa, "Who Can Help Africans Solve Their Problems?" that connects many of the events relating to Africa this spring, go to Views-PRI, the sister site of IndyBuzz (and forerunner of the electronic magazine Provocate).

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