Past Event

Cultural Connections: Going the Distance

When people participate in sports they are often interested in the health benefits or in competition. But, for American Indian and East African communities, physical activity can also act as a vehicle for advancing community as well as personal goals.

The American Indian Center and the Swahili Institute of Chicago will show us how "The Long Walk" and long-distance running, respectively, uplift each community in spiritual, political, and practical ways.

This event is part of the "Bodies in Motion" series.

The "Bodies in Motion" series explores the cultural significance of athletic activities for Chicago’s different ethnic communities. This series is offered through Cultural Connections, a public-education program developed by The Field Museum to offer cross-cultural, public events based in an anthropological framework of Common Concerns, Different Responses. The program also offers continuing professional development courses for Chicago Public School teachers.

"Bodies in Motion" Schedule

PRE-REGISTRATION is required and space is limited!
Admission fees will be collected at the door. Cash or check only, please. General admission is $15. Teachers, students, and seniors $10. Children under 12 are always free. Event capacity varies depending on venue, and reservations are accepted on a first-received basis. A sampling of traditional foods is always served.

To pre-register call 773.830.1481 or e-mail with your name, telephone number, the event name and date to

TEACHERS can receive 2.5 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) as approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for each Cultural Connections program they attend. Teachers can also enroll in our Professional Development course for Lane Credit and/or CPDUs. Level I of the course begins in October and February of each year, and Level II for alumni of Level I is offered in the summer. A limited number of scholarships are available for the course on a first-come basis.

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