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Africa: Linking the Past and Present 2005

This 10-day Summer Institute for Teachers will familiarize educators with aspects of life in contemporary Africa while placing current issues facing the continent in the context of African history.

This 10-day workshop will be held July 23-August 4, 2005 (excluding weekends except first Sat, 9 am-4 pm)

LAUSD teachers -- earn 4 multicultural specific salary credits or 4 University Extension quarter-units this summer!!

Africa and African history have long been considered in terms of the "traditional" and the "customary," as though Africa and Africans are somehow fixed in time while the rest of the world moves forward. What little awareness people outside the continent may have of Africa often includes very little understanding of contemporary developments. Tragedies of war and pestilence are reported in the press to the virtual exclusion of positive events and outcomes, the triumphs of everyday life, and Africa's many positive contributions to the wider world.

This workshop will familiarize educators with aspects of life in contemporary Africa while placing current issues facing the continent in the context of African history. The program will explore the recent history of the continent including political developments, and provide introduction to key leaders, discussion of natural and human resources, a consideration of gender issues, and population patterns. This examination will take place in the context of colonialism, the decolonization movement, nation-building, and current progress as well as contemporary crises. Presentations will also explore international developments after WWII with a specific focus on the Cold War as it played out in Africa. Globalization and the impact of information and technology sectors will be examined along with urban culture, artistic brilliance, and new development initiatives by Africans for Africans, and out-migration in ever-expanding African Diasporas

The programs combine presentations and discussions of content, pedagogy, and resources; readings; cinema and multimedia; informational technology; library and field studies, curriculum assignment.

$125 fee includes registration and accreditation, parking, refreshments, UCLA library card, and educational materials.

For more information, contact the UCLA African Studies Center at 310-825-3686 or email africa@international.ucla.edu.

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