Zambia: History and Culture
This exciting new study abroad course is intended to introduce students to diverse aspects of Southern African societies and cultures including literature, arts and music, folklore, geography, architecture, and the economy. It will also enable students to explore and critically examine the predominant cultural, historical, social, economic, and political themes of the Southern African region through site visits, lectures, fireside group discussions, films, journal-keeping, essay assignment, and other related activities. Southern Africa is an ideal site for the study of contemporary Africa, and Zambia has been selected as a good sampled representative of the region because of its situation within the economic history and politics of the general social context of Southern African life.
By participating in this program students will learn to understand and explain Zambia’s development in the context of African American and African Studies in the context of globalization; and understand why people behave as they do within the structures of human societies, cultures, and institutions of Zambia.
Students will be able to evaluate the link between colonial and postcolonial realities, the role of various actors—the state, civil society, social movements, international agencies and issues of identity in Africa’s development experience.
Global May Uganda
The East African country of Uganda is characterized by the beauty and resilience of its natural landscape as well as that of the people who live there. How Ugandans have sought their livelihoods, developed their culture, and pursued peace, security and prosperity in their lives will be the focus of this three week program. Students will spend a third of their time in Uganda's bustling capital, Kampala, attending lectures at the School for International Training and in interactive visits of sites, organizations, and with people that embody historical and contemporary Uganda. Students will also consider issues facing rural Ugandans in a number of communities. development, rural health, education, agriculture, the environment and tourism will be explored from bases in Kamuli and Jinja towns, east of Kampala. A visit to the Murchison Falls National Park will immerse students in Uganda's natural environment. Above all the program will promote engagement with many representatives of Ugandan society: educators, professionals, artists, politicians, students, activists and others who advocate for Ugandans' human security.