SPEAK! Series: "Living without Shame: Global Mental Health & the Siwe Project" - featuring Bassey Ikpi

11:45 AM  - 1:10 PM
Tuesday Sep 25, 2012
Hall Ballroom, Kagin Commons

Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born internationally acclaimed poet, spoken word artist, and writer. She is also the founder of The Siwe Project (thesiweproject.org), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and widening the public dialogue regarding the lived experiences of people of African descent with mental illness. A freelance writer for several social media outlets, Bassey infuses poetry and interactive discussions on everything from politics to pop culture, with an emphasis on mental health issues. She was a featured member of Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam and a featured performer at numerous venues across the globe. Currently, Bassey is working on a memoir documenting her life living with Bipolar II Disorder. A light lunch will be available.

Sponsored by the Lealtad-Suzuki Center in the Department of Multicultural Life, and the Health & Wellness Center

This event is part of the Lealtad-Suzuki Center's ongoing series, "SPEAK! A Series of Conscious Conversations." The purpose of "SPEAK!" is to engage the Macalester Community in a series of intimate conversations with dynamic speakers on transnational issues. What makes "SPEAK!" a different type of lecture series is that speakers talk with the audience rather than to the audience. For more information about this event and/or the "SPEAK!" series, please contact Karla Benson Rutten, Director of the Lealtad-Suzuki Center, at benson@macalester.edu.

Contact: Karla Benson Rutten -

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: Multicultural Life (Dept. of)

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