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Bag Lunch Discussion Series: Family Matters

Friday, September 21, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

St. Paul campus

Women's Studies and Critical Studies of Race & Ethnicity
Bag Lunch Discussion Series
St. Catherine University
Fall 2018

Friday, September 21
Noon to 1:30 p.m. (program begins at 12:10)
Center for Women, CdC 230

Family Matters: A Discussion of Drum Beats, Heart Beats with Author Maria Nhambu
Nhambu's third book of her Dancing Soul memoir trilogy – Drum Beats, Heart Beats – opens with searching in Tanzania to find her father and thus complete the knowledge about her family of origin. Nhambu's trilogy eloquently addresses important issues: family, love, spirituality, Africa, gender, opportunity, hope, America, wellness, faith, race, equality, identity, color, immigration and resilience.

Maria Nhambu '67, alumna, author, dancer, and creator of Aerobics With Soul®, a fitness workout based on African dance that was taught at St. Kate's for nearly 20 years. Born in Tanzania, East Africa, and raised in an orphanage, Nhambu’s passion for African dance, art and culture inspired her to teach African Studies in America. Nhambu was Mary Rose Ryan during her college studies at St. Kate's.

Copies of all three books, Africa's Child, America's Daughter, and Drum Beats, Heart Beats will be available for purchase at this event. Nhambu will also be on hand to sign the books.


Throughout the academic year, the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women hosts the Women’s Studies (WOST) and Critical Studies of Race & Ethnicity (CRST) monthly bag lunch discussion series. The series brings together faculty, students, staff, and community members to discuss current research and creative endeavors.

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

All bag lunch discussions are held from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Center for Women, Coeur de Catherine 230, St. Paul campus. For more information, please contact the Center for Women at (651) 690-6783 or