Africana Studies

Off-Campus Study

South Africa mini-term

The Civil Rights Public History mini-term takes students on a tour of the sites of major civil rights actions in the south. The mini-term begins in Charleston, S.C., with visits to a slave mart, a slave port and plantations with slave cabins. The next two weeks are spent traveling to the sites of major civil rights actions and meeting with civil rights veterans. The tour ends in New Orleans, celebrating African-American culture while considering the enormous successes and persistent limits of the civil rights movement.

The Senegal Summer Break Mini-Term is a 3 week-long cultural and academic experience with an internship opportunity at a health care facility, a school, or with a women’s organization. An intro class to Wolof, a series of Lectures on topics related to Politics, Religion, Literature, Arts, Music in Senegal and across West African will be offered to students as well. Students stay with local host families, two per family, and the Program offers a series of excursions: tour of Dakar, visit to Goree island (slave house, art galleries), Lac Rose (Pink lake), Touba (holy city), Tene-toubab (Prof Ndiaye’s village, a typical African village), the Bandia Game Reserve, Sobobade (artistic village with dance and art workshops), Tapisserie de Thies (tapestry in town of Thies).

The South Africa mini-term explores a number of historical and natural sites, including Kruger National Park, Robben Island Prison (where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison) and Soweto Township. Students learn about the way South Africans, both white and black, remember their history under Apartheid.