Performances by Jam Ak Jam Dance Troupe and lectures on African customs to be held at MATC’s Milwaukee and Mequon campuses

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Presentations by Senegalese dance troupe Jam Ak Jam and a talk on “African Performance: Ritual and Play” will be presented at two Milwaukee Area Technical College campuses as part of the college’s Global Concert Series. The free, public events will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Milwaukee Campus, 700 W. State St.; and on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Mequon Campus, 5555 W. Highland Road. The lecture and question-and-answer session by Jacqueline Robinson, MATC sociology instructor, will be held at the Milwaukee Campus from 11-11:45 a.m. in Room S120 of the Student Center. It will be followed by a noon-1:30 p.m. performance and dance lesson by Jam Ak Jam in the cafeteria on the third floor of the Student Center. The event will be repeated at the Mequon Campus with the talk from 11-11:45 a.m. in the Lecture Hall and the performance/dance lessons in the cafeteria from noon-1:30 p.m. Jam Ak Jam, a Milwaukee-based dance troupe, performs authentic African dance music and folklore as well as Afro-contemporary, to audiences of all ages. Patrice Nassalang, the company’s founder and artistic director, is a Senegalese master dancer. The group uses movement to tell the story of Africa’s past, present, and future through music, dance and theater. Jam Ak Jam means “peace and peace.” In addition to teaching at MATC, Robinson dances with Jam Ak Jam. The events are co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the Office of International Education and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Grassroots Committee.

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