Oakton gets grant to research West African culture

Many thanks to a Fulbright-Hays Group Tasks Overseas (GPA) grant from the U.S. Office of Training, college associates from Oakton Group Higher education will discover firsthand about West African society next summer months. Facts collected at the global seminar will infuse West African articles into Oakton’s curriculum and allow for […]

Many thanks to a Fulbright-Hays Group Tasks Overseas (GPA) grant from the U.S. Office of Training, college associates from Oakton Group Higher education will discover firsthand about West African society next summer months.

Facts collected at the global seminar will infuse West African articles into Oakton’s curriculum and allow for for the potential advancement of a review abroad method in Ghana for Oakton pupils.

Eleven Oakton associates and 5 educators from Evanston Township Substantial Faculty, Maine West Superior College, Carl Sandburg School and the School of Lake County will be heading to Africa for 5 months for the “West African Anti-Colonial Creativity and Identification: Ghana and Togo” project.

The faculty is receiving this esteemed grant for the third time. Katherine Schuster, distinguished professor of education/coordinator of the Global Reports software, and Donovan Braud, professor of English and section chair, will serve as coleads on the grant.

“Receiving this prestigious grant speaks to the strength of the collaboration of Oakton college to crew up with a diverse team of educators and also associate with nearby substantial educational facilities and schools,” Schuster reported.

“This is Oakton’s third Fulbright-Hays GPA grant, which is a major accomplishment specified it is not popular for group faculties to be awarded. We are exceptionally proud and honored.”

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The team will vacation to Ghana and Togo for five months in 2022 to immerse on their own in the historical past, culture and arts in West Africa.

“The collection of sub-Saharan Africa for this challenge was determined by our identification of a significant interest in African Diasporic and cultural scientific studies,” Braud says.

“Our curriculum at Oakton at the moment provides only a several unconnected courses in African history, culture and the arts. By means of an intense, immersive faculty seminar in Ghana and Togo, members will make meaningful academic material to share the insights and knowledge they have gained.

“This grant will contribute to Oakton’s ongoing endeavours to develop African scientific studies offerings in neighborhood schools and higher educational facilities by opening an interdisciplinary dialogue amongst U.S. academics and Ghanaian and Togolese educational, organization, civic and cultural leaders.”

For the duration of the seminar, the cohort of instructors will turn out to be acquainted with West African culture, languages and literature, visible art, mass media, politics, religion, record, philosophy, social movements and sustainability assignments by connecting with a range of reps in academia, civil society, political institutions and Indigenous cultures.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“This thrilling option will greatly enhance my teaching by permitting me to develop my know-how of Ghanaian and Togolese folklore, mythology and literature,” suggests Tina Fakhrid-Deen, Oakton affiliate professor of English, who is portion of the contingent heading to Africa.

“Learning from West African scholars, group customers and learners will enrich my knowledge and advancement in this region of literature. This seminar also will assist my development of literary modules that acknowledge, create awareness of, examine and honor modern and very long-standing West African literary traditions and their linkages to the broader diaspora.”

The overall price of the task is $148,628, and will be funded with $96,620 (65%) from the federal grant. The remaining $52,008 (35%) will be financed by nonfederal resources.

For information and facts, make contact with Schuster at [email protected] or Braud, [email protected]

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Marilynn Veness

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