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Pamodzi; Africa + MSU, A Future in Partnership
MSU International Center - through December 2010

Image of Pamodzi; Africa + MSU, A Future in PartnershipThe year-long recognition of the African Studies Center began this fall with the Oct.19 opening of the exhibit, "Pamodzi: Africa + MSU, A Future in Partnership," at the MSU International Center. (Learn more: http://isp.msu.edu/media/news/article.php?a=222)

"Pamodzi" is a Malawian word meaning "together", and reflects the long partnership between MSU and Africa in research and community programs. Created by the MSU Museum with support from International Studies and Programs and faculty in a number disciplines, the exhibit uses compelling text and graphics, plus a range of African artifacts, to illustrate MSU's engagement in Africa - from medicine to education, agriculture and the environment, the arts and humanities and more.

"Pamodzi" is the first example of a new exhibit program profiling and explaining the nature and application of MSU research.

"Our aim with Pamodzi and future exhibits like it is to work with MSU faculty to connect the widest of communities with the life-changing research conducted by MSU," says Gary Morgan, director of the MSU Museum.

The exhibit will be on display at the International Center until the end of the year and then will travel to other locations in the state, including the new Secchia Center in Grand Rapids.

From the exhibit:
The stories related in "Pamodzi" reveal a small sample of the programs in which African countries and organizations and Michigan State University work together. They demonstrate the range of projects and the types of impact from the research and community support.

As a globally engaged university, MSU is distinguished by its commitment and tradition of working with Africans to solve problems facing the continent - particularly with programs that address key areas of poverty, agriculture, education, gender equity, maternal health, child mortality, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, environmental stability, governance and economic development, and global partnerships.

The stories profiled are also interconnected - programs centering on health and disease prevention clearly impact education and community life. Programs addressing education affect girls and women. Likewise, many programs cross political borders and have impact across Western Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.

Across MSU, faculty and students are active participants in advancing Africa's future through engaged scholarship and a commitment to building the capacity of Africa's human and natural resources.

Africa has a bright future and MSU will be part of it.