Swahili Culture and Events

Feb 15, 2023 - Swahili Movie Night 1

Location: Lucy Ellis Room in LCLB (1st floor)

Time: 4 PM to 5 PM


Mar 29, 2023 - Swahili Movie Night 2

Location: Lucy Ellis Room in LCLB (1st floor)

Time: 4 PM to 5 PM


Apr 10, 2023 - Swahili Cooking Class

Location: Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), 1210 W Nevada St, Urbana, 61801

Time: 3 PM to 6 PM

Karibu (Welcome) to our Spring Swahili Cooking Class! Get ready to learn how to prepare mouth-watering dishes from East Africa.

Apr 12, 2023 - Swahili Cultural Presentation

The Beauty and Complexity of Kenyan Culture: Perspective from ACP Scholars

Location: Lucy Ellis Room in LCLB (1st floor)

Time: 4 PM to 5 PM

Anisa Chatman: My name is Anisa Chatman. I am a second-year student from Champaign. I am majoring in Learning and Education Studies. I was awarded the African Connections Program (ACP) scholarship in the 2022/2023 academic year. As an ACP scholar, I learned Swahili for one semester before participating in a two-week study abroad program in Nairobi, Kenya. The experience gave me the opportunity to meet and interact with Kenyans from diverse cultural backgrounds, learn about their cultures and their history. I am very excited to share my cultural experience with the C-U community!

Kia Southerland: My name is Kia Southerland, a sophomore studying Business Management with a minor concentration in Recreation, Sports, and Tourism. I am a participant in the Africa Connections Program (ACP). As an ACP scholar, I studied abroad in Kenya during the winter intersession. Being able to explore Kenya and to learn about its history and culture firsthand was incredible. My experiences challenged my narrow perception of the African continent. In sharing my experience, I hope I'll have served the ambassadorial role of promoting the much-misunderstood African countries.


GLBL 298 - Culture, History, and Development in Kenya: Apply to the Africa Connections Program!

Interested in learning about Kenya's rich social and cultural history?

This program delves into the influence of global and Swahili culture of Kenyan communities, the role of tourism in the country's development, incorporating interactive excursions that expose you to urban and rural juxtapositions and intersections of environment, local communities and the economy.

The program includes:

  • A unique, 3-course learning sequence
  • Language study
  • On-campus preparatory course
  • 2 weeks in Kenya
  • Urban and Rural Excursions
  • Community Internship

This is a Winter Short-term program, lead by Faculty.

  • Housing: dormitory, hotel
  • Language of Instruction: English, Swahili
  • Language requirement: 200-level Swahili
  • Funds available for travel and accommodation costs!


For more information, visit this page or contact Kate Abney (kabney AT Illinois DOT edu)

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