This year’s on-campus Global Awareness Conference on Nov. 1 and 2 will focus on Ghana, with a keynote speaker, dinner and music highlighting this theme, as well as other presentations. Events are free and open to the public.

Clemmie Harris (pictured), a renowned historian and Africana studies scholar from Utica University, will deliver the keynote address in an event starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled ’Why Ghana?’: A Talk on a Recent Trip to the Former Gold Coast, Its Place in Global History and the Question ‘Is Africa Rising?’"

An opportunity to enjoy Ghanaian dining, catered by chef Kuukua Yomekpe of Asempe Kitchen, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Hart Hall classroom. Asempe Kitchen uses culinary experiences, cooking classes and food demonstrations, catering and pop-ups to begin conversations about how best to create a just world.

The other big Nov. 2 highlight is a musical performance by African drum troupe Adanfo at 7 p.m. in Sheldon Hall ballroom. Based in Central New York, the troupe continues the tradition of using music to bridge cultures and create understanding.

The theme also ties in with the college's Institute for Global Engagement's Year of Ghana program series.

In addition, presentations by SUNY Oswego students, faculty, staff and alumni on a variety of global topics will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 1, and 3 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Hart Hall.

For more information, contact organizer Jared Peterson at