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October 04, 2016

Race, Women, Survival and Me

Race, Women, Survival and Me, Women's Studies and Critical Studies of Race & Ethnicity Bag Lunch Discussion Series

Thursday, October 6, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Center for Women, CdC 230

Only a few days old, Maria Nhambu was left at an orphanage for mixed race children in Tanzania, East Africa. Almost 2 decades later at age 19 she came to St. Kate's to study on a full scholarship. She will talk about her life in the orphanage, how she survived abandonment, abuse, bullying, and loneliness; who supported her, and how vital her love of education was for her life journey. During her time at St. Kate's she was known as Mary Rose Ryan.

Presenter: Maria Nhambu '67, alumna, author, dancer, and creator of Aerobics With Soul®, a fitness workout based on African dance that has been taught at St. Catherine University. Nhambu shares her life story in a new memoir Africa's Child. This starkly honest story is a testament to the human spirit and proof that even the most ravaged past cannot stop you from achieving a better life if you believe in yourself.

This event is co-sponsored by Multicultural and International Programs & Services (MIPS) and is a part of the One Read for Racial Justice initiative at St. Kate's.

Bring your lunch and your friends! Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact the Center for Women at (651) 690-6783 or

Visit the One Read for Racial Justice post for more events in this series.