The Africana Studies Program brings a global outlook to the study of Africa and its Diasporas. Drawing on analytical perspectives from anthropology, economics, education, history, literary studies, political science and sociology, the program focuses on peoples of African descent within the context of increasing globalization and dramatic social, economic and political changes.
To discuss your plan of study, ideas for special projects and summer work, and other aspirations, please contact Professor Alice Lesnick.
Live, Study, and Work This Summer in the BiCo and Northern Ghana: Learning and Unlearning, Thinking and Rethinking
Tehi Tuma (“Thinking Together” in Dagbani), is a Bi-Co fellowship with
the community of Dalun, Ghana that combines intensive team-building,
collaborative study, and education-focused projects to foster dialogue
about culture, power, history, and learning: to think together, which
often entails unlearning received knowledge and shifting received
frameworks for understanding. Led by Education Professor Alice Lesnick
and a Dalun- and BiCo-based team, and in collaboration with the
University of Development Studies in Tamale, Fellows work with a local
preschool, the community radio station, and an Internet training centre.
Fellows -- 3 from HC and 3 from BMC -- engage in a three-week intensive study and team building at Bryn Mawr, then travel to Dalun for 6 weeks continued study, internship/action research, Dagbani language lessons, reflection (group and individual), and experiences. The Bi-Co group will then return to Philadelphia for one week of continued learning, debriefing, report writing, and planning. All fellows commit to all predeparture and post-travel programmning hosted by CPFC and LILAC as well as to taking one of a set of recommended courses (or proposing one in its place) in order to continue and deepen their learning.
Alice Lesnick, at Bryn Mawr