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Zende Brochure
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The Zende settled in the Uele River region (in the present day DRC) in the late 18th century, subjugating the natives, whom they reorganized into kingdoms and chiefdoms. Even though the Zende assimilated dozens of different tribes and peoples, they themselves underwent cultural fusion, for they adopted farming and gradually gave up hunting in the 19th century. This mutual assimilation, however, was insufficient to remove the social distinction between conquered and conqueror, the originally foreign ruling aristocracy and the common people.

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Tonga Brochure
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The Tonga people of Zambia and Zimbabwe (also called ‘Batonga’) are a Bantu ethnic group of southern Zambia and the neighbouring northern Zimbabwe, and to a lesser extent, in Mozambique. They are related to the Batoka who are part of the Tokaleya people in the same area, and also to the Tonga people of Malawi. In southern Zambia they are patrons of the Kafue Twa. The BaTonga people of Zimbabwe are found in and around the Binga District, Binga village the Kariba area, and parts of Matabeleland. They number up to 300,000 and are mostly subsistence farmers. ln Zimbabwe the language of Tonga people is called chitonga. During construction of the Kariba Dam in the 1950s the Tonga community was displaced cutting cultural ties with the other Tonga communities in Zambia.

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TIV Brochure
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Tiv people trace their lineage back through one common predecessor named Tiv and his children that were believed to have originated from Southern Africa. Common ancestor of all the Tiv people, therefore, is a man named Tiv. He had two sons named Ichongo and Ipusu. And they formed the major clans among the Tiv people. These clans are based on patrilineage. The Tiv organized themselves into villages called Tar that were comprised of small groups of related clans (ipaven). Tiv were also known for their traditional system of exchanged marriage which was outlawed by the British in 1927. This system caused a lot of disputes which was part of the reason for its elimination by the British.

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Seventh International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence. Internationalizing the Curriculum: The Role of Intercultural Competence on January 23-26, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona, and online. Invited Presentations: Adriana Diaz (University of Queensland – Australia) Marianne Larsen (Western University – Canada) Sharon Stein (University of British Columbia – Canada) This biennial event brings together researchers and practitioners across languages, levels, and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices, and to foster meaningful professional dialog on issues related to the development and assessment of Intercultural Competence, especially in a foreign or second language. The 2020 ICC conference will take stock of current models for internationalizing curricula as well as the genealogies of these discussions. The organizers are interested in accounts of best practices as well as critical examinations of current trends and conceptual think pieces around what it might mean to internationalize higher education. Proposal submission deadline: May 31, 2019

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