2017 Africa Seminar

africaStories of Africa: Connected Over Time and Across the Globe

March 29-30, 2017

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020

Heeding novelist Chimamanda Adichie’s warning about the dangers of hearing only a single story about a person or country, World View’s 2017 Africa seminar will highlight the diversity of lived experiences within the continent of Africa and the interconnectedness of Africa with other nations—including the United States—and North Carolina.



Our goal is that K-12 and community educators will be able to:

  • Learn something new about the continent of Africa or challenge an existing belief.
  • Articulate at least one example of how Africa is connected over time or across the globe.
  • Identify a global issue that impacts Africa and is relevant to your educational community.

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Schedule | Sessions | Speakers | Cost | Lodging


Wednesday, March 29
1:30 p.m. Welcome
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View
1:45 p.m. Plenary I – The Griot’s Gourd
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Plenary II – Africa: Greatest Challenges and Greatest Promises
Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, Professor, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:00 p.m. Plenary III – Making Good Americans in Africa: Travel, Celebrity, and the Costs of Humanitarianism
Kathryn Mathers, Director of Undergraduate Studies, International Comparative Studies, Duke University
5:00 p.m. Reception
Thursday, March 30
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Plenary IV – From the Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to Bridging the Know-Do Gap
William Kamkwamba, Youth Program Designer/Coordinator, WiderNet Project
9:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I – Connecting Africa Over Time
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions II – Connecting Africa Across the Globe
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III – Connecting Africa in the Classroom
2:15 p.m. Plenary V – Student Panel: Understanding Experiences and Connecting with African Students
Secondary and College Students
Moderator: Seun Olamosu, Duke International House, Duke University
3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

Concurrent Sessions

Grades K-12 and Community Colleges

“Some Kind of Funny Puerto Rican:” Reflections of a Cabo Verdean Identity and Transnationalism
Terza Silva Lima-Neves, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Johnson C. Smith University

This session offers an overview of Cabo Verde, its people and culture with a focus on the diaspora population, known as the “eleventh island” of this small West African island nation. There are significant nuances to the ways Africans define themselves and unapologetically own who they are. The Cabo Verdean is not unique in the world, but it offers significant insight for the contemporary ways we learn and teach “Africa.”

African and Afro-Arab Identities
Iyman Gaspard, Program Manager, Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-Chapel Hill

This session will examine the varying, and at times, conflictual identity formation of Africans and North Africans in the United States. We will explore the intersection of race, religion and class among these diasporaic communities.

Looking at Africa through Cloth and Clothing
Victoria Rovine, Associate Professor, Art History, UNC-Chapel Hill

This session explores African dress, from the traditional to the fashionable, and everything in between.
Clothing is an art form we all engage in, and through it, we can learn about the cultures of Africa.

Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Lauren Jarvis, Assistant Professor, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill

What does it mean to “decolonize” a curriculum? In a country with 11 national languages, in which languages should students receive instruction? Why are low-fee private schools growing so quickly in South Africa? This session will use recent current events to get participants thinking about these questions and introduce them to the South African educational system.

The Arab Uprisings and Women’s Rights
Ellen McLarney, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

Women played visible and important roles in the revolutions in the Arab world in 2011. Women demonstrated in the streets and gender issues became forefront as protests put women’s rights at their center. This session looks at subsequent changes in the Egyptian and Tunisian constitutions, ratified under governments led by Islamic parties, and how women’s roles in the demonstrations were dramatized in graffiti art, music and film.

All Languages Matter: African Children Telling Their Own Stories
Esther Mukewa Lisanza, Lecturer, Department of African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

This session will focus on children’s agency in Africa during their learning experiences. In some of the official school worlds in Africa, composing has no place – children copy words and sentences from the board; but this does not stop children from composing as a form of play or imagination. Many official school language policies ban the use of the children’s home languages in favor of former colonial languages, such as English or French, but the children sometimes “smuggle” their languages into the classrooms through unofficial drawings, written stories or songs. The presentation will highlight how school children find ways to tell their own stories at school.

African Refugee Resettlement in North Carolina
Nazrawi Sibhat, Reception and Placement Case Manager and Education Coordinator, N.C. African Services Coalition

In Praise of the African Entrepreneur
Cliff Missen, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of WiderNet@UNC, UNC-Chapel Hill

Political independence and economic growth are repainting the African landscape. Home-grown entrepreneurs of every stripe are leading the way. This session will share some examples of modern Africa and look at the debate of giving aid versus making investments.

Grades K-6

South African Culture, History, and Literacy (SACHL) Project: Exploring South Africa Using a Critical Literacy Framework

  • Elizabeth Crawford, Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Kathy Fox, Professor and Chair, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Mary Ludwig, Music Teacher, Carolina Forest International Elementary, Onslow County Schools
  • Judy McMullin, Health and Physical Education Teacher, Carolina Forest International Elementary, Onslow County Schools
  • Donyell Roseboro, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Join faculty and elementary educators who participated in a four-week Fulbright-Hays Short Term Seminar Abroad grant in South Africa. Project goals included enhancing teachers’ cross-cultural competence and the development of curricular resources to teach about South African culture, history and literacy. In this session, attendees will examine the grant-writing process as a partnership practice and lessons learned from the year-long experience. Facilitators will use music, literary texts and photos to discuss the collaborative project and to demonstrate how to integrate South Africa into the K-6 curriculum.

Grades 6-12

Exploring the African Diaspora in K-12 Education: Pedagogical Insights from the 2016-17 African Diaspora Fellows

  • Emily Chavez, Outreach Program Coordinator, The Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Savannah Cutrell, Social Studies Teacher, Northeastern High School, Elizabeth City – Pasquotank Public Schools
  • Michael Williams, Social Studies Teacher, Warren New Tech High School, Warren County Schools

The African Diaspora Fellows Program (ADFP) is a professional development opportunity for middle and high school social studies, world language and English language arts teachers in North Carolina. Through participation in ADFP, teachers enhance their expertise in teaching about the histories, politics and cultures of African, Afro-Latin American and African American communities. The 2016-2017 African Diaspora Fellows participated in rigorous professional development during 2016 and are now in a year-long guided curriculum development process. During this academic year, they have also been integrating new content about the African diaspora into their classrooms while being mindful of their pedagogical approaches in teaching this information. This panel presentation will focus on the use of critical pedagogy in teaching about the African diaspora. The African Diaspora Fellows will discuss challenges and opportunities they’ve found in integrating Black histories, cultures, politics and literature into their classes.

Colonized Women Talk Back
Brenda Randolph, Outreach Director, Center for African Studies, Howard University

Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellow

  • Jennifer Earnest, World History Teacher, Fuquay-Varina High School, Wake County Public Schools
  • Holly Loranger, History/Social Studies Teacher, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
  • Tinisha Shaw, Curriculum Facilitator, Early Middle College at Bennett, Guilford County Schools
  • Anita Rubino, Visual Arts Teacher, Currituck County High School, Currituck County Schools

This session provides an overview of the Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellow (GIAT) program, including the participants’ educational experiences regarding the diaspora and diversity of Islam, as well as the power of art in creating a platform for understanding Islam and transcending the boundaries often placed around Islam. Emphasis will be on our explorations into Sufism in Senegal. Participants will highlight how their educational experiences translate into curriculum development and implementation for the K-12 classroom.

Grades 6-12 and Community Colleges

Beyond “The Lion King:” Teaching About Africa Through Film
Eileen Mattingly, Director of Education, Journeys in Film

While students can read and research about cultures other than their own, one of the most effective ways to help them understand is through a carefully chosen, age-appropriate foreign film. This session will examine ways to integrate contemporary films about Africa into your classroom, giving students a positive and enjoyable viewing experience while still meeting curriculum standards. The presenter will discuss best practices for selecting and using films, explain how interdisciplinary lessons can broaden student understanding and show clips from selected films. Participants will receive a sample lesson plan guide and information about downloading other free lessons.


William Kamkwamba
Inventor, Innovator
At age 14, in poverty and famine, Malawian William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap—starting him on a journey of technological and community innovation detailed in the book and film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. More
Kathryn Mathers
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturing Fellow, International Comparative Studies Program, Duke University
A socio-cultural anthropologist with interdisciplinary training in sociology and the natural sciences, Mathers examines how representational practices construct the world. Her book, Travel, Humanitarianism and Becoming American in Africa, uses observations of American travelers to southern Africa to ask why Africa so important to Americans. More
Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja
Professor, UNC Department of African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies
Central Africa socio-political expert Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja has published numerous books and articles on African politics, development and conflict issues. His major work, The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People’s History, won the 2004 Best Book Award of the African Politics Conference Group, an organization of U.S.-based political scientists specializing on Africa. More
Seun Bello Olamosu
Associate Director, International House, Duke University
Olamosu oversees planning, design and facilitation of training that promotes cross-cultural awareness and understanding between the international community and Duke University. She serves as liaison with administrative offices, academic departments, professional organizations and the Durham community, developing and applying the latest knowledge and research in cross-cultural education and training. More


This family of artists hails from Guinea and Liberia West Africa with blood ties to Barbados, South Carolina and the richest parts of the African Diaspora. Their unforgettable performances display the vibrancy of Africa’s many rhythms, using traditional and original songs, music, dance and storytelling to explore African history and culture. More


Seminars One Both
N.C. Educators
Individual $175 $325
Team of four $600 $1,200
Each additional team member $150 $300
Out-of-state Educators
Individual $250 $425
Team of four $1,000 2,000
Each additional team member $250 $500


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Hampton Inn & Suites
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6121 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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Rate: $99.00, guaranteed until February 28
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