Safari: A Journey through Africa
Instructor: Todd Cleveland
Todd Cleveland is an assistant professor of African history at Augustana. He teaches courses on African History, African development, commodities in Africa and Africana studies. He holds a Ph.D. in African history from the University of Minnesota and prior to joining the faculty at Augustana was based at the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies.
He lived in Angola for two years and has also taught at universities in Ghana and Tanzania. In addition to these experiences, he has traveled extensively in Southern and West Africa, in addition to visiting sites in East and North Africa.
He is currently engaged in a social history project that examines African laborers engaged in formal diamond mining in colonial Angola from its inception in 1917 to Angolan independence in 1975 and another project that examines the migration of African soccer players to Europe.
His publications include examinations of the impact of ANC activity in post-independence Angola, archival research in Portugal, the introduction of industrial education into colonial Angola, the role of soccer in engendering Angolan nationalism, the methodological implications of conducting research in contemporary Angola and the histories of ethnic minorities and child laborers on Angola's colonial-era diamond mines.
Program dates June 17-19
Program cost: $300
Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. Students arrive on campus Sunday, June 17, and depart Tuesday, June 19.
This course offers students a unique way to experience Africa without ever leaving the United States. We will learn about the continent and its peoples by sampling African cuisine, learning about its remarkable past and present, and exploring the range of popular perceptions and misperceptions that we have about Africa and consider from where they came. We will also examine the current challenges that Africa faces, what can be done about these and what we can do to help.
Sunday, June 17
Monday, June 18
Discussion: "Introduction to Africa's Past"
Discussion: "Introduction to African Peoples and Cultures" and "Perceptions and Misperceptions about Africa"
Film: The Heart of Darkness
Tuesday, June 19
Discussion: "Africa's Challenges - What Can We Do?"
African Food Preparation
Film: The Battle of Algiers
Discussion: "What Does the Future Hold for Africa, and Why It Should Matter to Us"