July 10-15, 2016
Summer Institute: Home, Community and Belonging
UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University
The African Diaspora Fellows will enhance their historical, political, and cultural knowledge of Africa and the African diaspora. UNC, Duke, and other university faculty will give presentations and hold interactive learning sessions for the Fellows.
Dr. Hasan Jeffries is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University. His keynote address focused on “Crazy Negroes and Out-of-Control Crackers: Teaching Civil Rights and Black Power in the Age of Obama.” View his presentation here.
Dr. Keisha-Khan Perry is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. For the program’s land, displacement, and migration topic, she discussed “Black Land Ownership and Loss in the Americas: A Transnational Perspective.” View her presentation here.
Fall, 2016: Online meeting
Spring, 2017: UNC-Chapel Hill
Following the Summer Institute, the African Diaspora Fellows will engage in a guided, year-long process of curriculum development. In small groups Fellows will collaboratively create 6-9 weeks of instructional matierals to be integrated and implemented within required and elective courses. In 2017 the Fellows’ curriculum units and materials will be disseminated online. Fellows will also give presentations in their regions and/or at state or national conferences.
The selected 2016-2017 Fellows represent each of the 8 State Board of Education Districts for a total of 16 African Diaspora Fellows. They were chosen based on their desire to deepen their knowledge of the African diaspora, ability to use the information effectively in their teaching, and demonstrated commitment to the collaborative process of curriculum development during the upcoming school year. Each of these participants contribute diverse skills, interests, and teaching backgrounds. The teachers come from a wide variety of disciplines such as language arts, social studies, and world languages.