A U.S. Afro-American culture expert will visit Colombia as part of a cultural awareness program, reported the U.S. Embassy Wednesday.
Expert Terrie Rouse’s visit aims to enhance Colombian understanding of Afro-descendant culture and tradition, and will coincide with the U.N. festival of African descendants.
Rouse, an expert in inter-cultural studies with a masters degree in international Afro-American studies from Columbia University, will spend two weeks in Colombia, during which time she will visit Bogota, Medellin, Barranquilla and Quibdo. She will meet with directors of Colombia’s national museum, the Central Moravian museum and the Caribbean museum with a view to assessing the space currently allocated by these institutions to Afro-American cultural exhibits. Rouse will also advise the museums on future educational exhibitions on Afro-American culture.
In Quibdo, Rouse will visit the documentation center for Afrocolombian to advise them on research projects and on the consolidation of their library. She will also be visiting a number of other groups and facilities dedicated to Afrocolombian culture and will host two presentations open to the public. These will be on the 23 and 29 March at the Externado university, Bogotá and the Cloister of St Augustine respectively.
Rouse’s C.V. also includes being a former director and founder of visitor services at the U.S. capitolio and various management and administrative positions at institutions such as Harlem’s Studio museum, the African American museum in California and Philadephia’s Afro-America museum. Rouse has also served as a professor at both Columbia and Cornell universities.