The South Africa program is an experiential form of learning with opportunities to create art with children in an orphanage or build houses in the townships of South Africa. We also visit the museums of Cape Town, and attend an arts/film/theater festival with guest speakers. This 8 credit program immerses students in South African literature, history, film, and theater. As part of this experience, we will travel across the country to hike to the tip of South Africa, wander in the African crafts market, and lastly, ride in jeeps on safari at one of the Game parks. To learn more about the study abroad program go to SPU site or SPU student photo/writing blog.
Safari: lions, elephants, hippos, and my favorite, the giraffes.
National Arts Festival: 2,000 performances—theater, art, film, music, African Markets
The Slave Museum, District 6, Robbin Island Museum with Nelson Mandela’s Cell
Hiking to the top of Table Mountain and the coast at Robbesberg
What will you study? South African novels are gripping, powerful, raw, and emotive of the landscape around you. Before we travel together, our orientation focuses on initial perspectives of Africa and ourselves, before crossing to Cape Town. The first topic:
Black Protest Matters!
Studying stories about South Africa shows us that black protest matters, and the orientation to this study abroad course is a film class that considers how films depict Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Stephen Biko. There are only thirty years difference between the emergence of civil rights/voting in these two countries: US civil rights legislation in the sixties, South Africa's democratic election in 1994. Since the histories of these two countries have great differences and some similar legacies of slavery, Jim Crow/ segregation/apartheid, this orientation asks us to consider various protest poets and their contemporary messages about the unfinished legacies of racism and hopes for change. How is injustice framed in film and poetry? What do you notice when we move between poets from these two countries?
See panel on Race in America after Ferguson/ John Perkins Center for Reconciliation
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