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Sankofa Study Abroad: Culture and History in Ghana

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Ghana
Course # SA 10342 or
SA 59000
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/14/19 to 05/28/19

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Program Description

 Sankofa Summer Abroad: Culture and History in Ghana

 Program Description

Sankofa Summer Abroad: Culture and History in Ghana is a four-week summer experience for Purdue students to visit three cities in Ghana to discover the rich cultural and historic links between the West African nation and other sites in the African Diaspora. While in Ghana, Purdue students will have the opportunity to attend lectures and discussions with professors at the University of Ghana. Cultural and historical tours, which will take place in Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast, will also provide educational content and an intercultural experience through an emphasis on the general history of the region and its impact on African-American identity and culture. This program, last run during the summer of 2015, will become a recurring Study Abroad opportunity offered by the African American Studies Research Center (AASRC) and the Black Cultural Center (BCC) every other year. Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that symbolizes the importance of reflecting on the past to make positive progress in the present through cultural knowledge. The Sankofa concept is central to the curricular and programmatic focus of both the AASRC and the BCC.

Students will enroll in the Sankofa Study Abroad for the 2019 4-week Summer Semester that runs from May 13-June 7, 2019, also known as Maymester. Prior to departure, students will be expected to attend a series of workshops during the Spring 2019 semester and complete an online learning module that will prepare students for the experience abroad. Students will be assigned appropriate readings for each of the courses and will be expected to complete both written assignments and oral presentations to demonstrate their achievement of the course objectives. Some of these activities will be completed in-country, while others will be completed after the return to West Lafayette.

Courses will be taught by Dr. Kim Gallon, assistant professor of History and Dr. Marlo D. David, Director of African American Studies and Research Center and Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Renee Thomas, Director of Purdue’s Black Cultural Center, and Bill Caise, Assistant Director of the BCC, will travel with the group as co-facilitators.











Academic Credit

During the 2019 Sankofa Study Abroad, undergraduate students will earn 6 credits. The two courses offered for Summer 2019 are: AAS 35900: Black Women Writers, which will encompass the study of African and African American women writers, and AAS 37300: Ghana in the African Diaspora, which will focus on the significant role Ghanaian culture, politics, and history has played in the social, political, and cultural identities of African diasporic people around the world, particularly in the United States. Both courses will be taught by faculty experts in these areas and will fulfill core requirements for the African American Studies major and minor. Black Women Writers (AAS 359) also fulfills the Gender area of the CLA Core and Ghana in the African Diaspora (AAS 373) fulfills the Race and Ethnicity requirement for the CLA Core. Students who have taken either of the above classes already can pursue additional substitutions within the African American Studies’ major or minor in consultation with the director of the program. Graduate students are eligible for up to 3 credit hours through the study abroad experience using the AAS 59000: Directed Reading course. Arrangements for the specific content and expectations of study for graduate students can be coordinated with the lead faculty. The AAS 590 course can contribute toward the African American Studies Graduate certificate or concentration.

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