Summer Institutes 2017

Africa and the World: Literature, Politics, and Global Geographies 

June 14 - 17, 2017 

While Africa is often portrayed negatively in Western media outlets and makes an occasional appearance in countless social studies textbooks in U.S. schools, few K-12 and community college curricula demonstrate the aesthetic diversity and riches of the continent. African literatures broadly defined engages with questions of what it means to be framed as regional, national, “postcolonial”, or “world” in a globalized context. In collaboration with the African Literature Association (ALA), the institute will offer an intensive four-day program for K-12 and community college educators who are passionate about using creative literary works to explore Africa’s diverse social histories, politics, and cultural identities. Participants will have access to reputable African authors and leading literary scholars who will present on themes of migration and creativity, teaching canonical African texts, film in the classroom, and poetry and performance, as well as have the opportunity to attend special events held throughout the conference. The institute will offer a broad range of resources for teachers interested in integrating this content into their classroom curriculum. These include pedagogical workshops on how to analyze and teach literary sources from Africa, as well as to utilize materials from the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection and the Yale Art Gallery visits. 

Registration and more information available here.


Human Rights in Africa and the Middle East 

 July 10 - 13, 2017 

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