For those unable to attend in-person, you can access the event via Zoom.
Hosted through the Cultural and Identity Envoy Program, this edition of Race in Italy: Beyond Race is an event held by Temple University Rome every semester to initiate important conversations with our students and connect them to the Afroitalian community in Italy. Students and guests discuss the narrative of race in Italy, the differences and similarities of these narratives in their home countries, and how to navigate one's identity while studying abroad.
This semester's event is a conversation with educator, Cinzia Adanna Ebonine, and activist, Denise Kongo, from AFAR Progetto CHAMPS, which works with associations and leaders of African Descent in Italy to contrast Afrophobia
Cinzia Adanna Ebonine: "An Italian name and a Nigerian (Igbo) name. Two distinct names, but so perfectly complementary. It is in this marriage that my personal and professional history is written. I was born in Italy 33 years ago to Nigerian parents and I am a young educator, trainer, psychologist in training, wife and mother of 4 children. I work in the school environment as well as in Freelance for Third Sector Organizations (Enti del Terzo Settore) where I deal with disabilities such as autism, interculture, deviance and marginality."
Denise Kongo: Kongo is Italian-Congolese who lives in Rome. She graduated in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation, and is currently the secretary of the QuestaèRoma association. Kongo works as a Project Manager for CoNNGI on the AMREF project P-ACT Activation paths against the cutting of rights. In the past, she worked as an Italian teacher for foreign citizens, and through volunteering and activism, she has always fought against all forms of discrimination.