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Teaching About Africa in FG Courses

Friday, March 31, 2023
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Online Event

From 2019 to 2022, the UH Mānoa General Education Committee and General Education Office conducted an assessment of student learning in Foundations Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG) courses. In this assessment, most students identified Africa as the part of the world they learned least about; instructors likewise identified Africa as the part of the world where students were least knowledgeable. 

This panel consists of faculty members from a variety of disciplines who have taught courses (including FG-designated courses) focusing on Africa. Topics to be addressed will include:

  • Teaching Africa as critical to understanding our contemporary world
  • Placing Hawaiʻi in conversation with Africa (particularly South Africa) with regard to decolonization and transformation in academia
  • How the history of African Studies helps us teach it today
  • Teaching African Studies in courses where it is not the only focus, such as a topic course with global reach or a course on African American history
  • Teaching Africa in comparative perspective
  • What UHM students know and don’t know about Africa, and moving beyond racialized understandings of the history of Africa
  • Using primary sources in teaching about Africa
  • Rhetorical and pedagogical devices for teaching about Africa
  • The limitations of teaching about Africa at UHM

Presented by

Ned Bertz

Christian Peterson

Richard Rath
Ethnic Studies

Eirik Saethre

This event is cosponsored by the OFDAS Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the UH Mānoa General Education Office.

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