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Study Abroad Opportunities with the African American Studies Program. September 19, 2013. African A mericans in P aris (AFA 4905 or pos 4905)- march 2-9, 2014. $2,117 for undergraduates $2,282 for graduate students

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african a mericans in p aris afa 4905 or pos 4905 march 2 9 2014
African Americans in Paris (AFA 4905 or pos 4905)- march 2-9, 2014
  • $2,117 for undergraduates
  • $2,282 for graduate students
  • Students can earn 2 hours of credit if they complete the readings, short papers, and participate in the classes and site visits in Paris.
  • Students can earn 3 hours of credit if they complete the above assignments and write a 20-25 page paper.
  • Students can use financial aid to pay for most of the trip.
course description
Course description
  • This course will explore the African American presence in Paris. Since the mid‐1700s scores of African Americans have visited, lived, and worked in France. Students will research the experiences and perceptions of Black Americans and study why and how a sustained pattern of visitation has occurred. Students will look at African Americans in Paris through their own academic lens and make connections from their own scholarly disciplines to the topic of African Americans in Paris. There are many disciplinary approaches that will facilitate learning about African Americans in Paris. For example, political science, performing arts, English and creative writing, sociology, history, and economics all offer a point of entry to this topic. The course will be designed to approach topics chronologically, but will mainly be organized thematically to show the various reasons African Americans have continued to engage in Parisian life. The course will introduce students to three groups Black Americans who have traveled to Paris: 1) political persons, 2) academics, and 3) culture bearers.
course assignments
Course assignments
  • Read three books and articles that will be placed on reserve at the site.
  • Write reflection papers on the assigned topics
  • Attend class sessions for two hours, three times while in Paris
  • Attend an orientation meeting before we leave for Paris and a class meeting after out return
  • Optional assignments: Students can earn an additional credit if they complete a 20-25 page paper on a topic of relevance to African Americans in Paris and turn it in to Dr. Austin at the end of the semester. Due date tba.
c haperones
  • Drs. Sharon Austin ( and Patricia Hilliard-Nunn (
  • Mr. Vincent Adejumo, Doctoral Student in Political Science
  • Ms. LaToya Hunter, Doctoral Student in Political Science
  • Look for updates on the site. We will add syllabi and reading assignments after everything is finalized.
what s included
What’s included
  • Lodging at hotels in Paris (double rooms, breakfast included).
  • A welcome dinner on the night we arrive and a farewell dinner.
  • Tuition
  • All transportation in Paris (on the subway and round-trip transportation to the hotel)
  • All tickets to historic site visits and museums
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Computer and internet access
not included
Not included
  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Luggage fees
  • Medical and life insurance
  • Personal expenses (passport fees, souvenirs, most meals, laundry, etc.)
daily itinerary
Daily itinerary
  • Sunday, March 2 Arrival, Orientation Meeting and Welcome Dinner
  • Monday, March 3 Josephine Baker Tour, Lunch, Visit to Parisian Parliament
  • Tuesday, March 4 Class for 2 hours in the morning, lunch, Tour of Black Paris
  • Wednesday, March 5 Class for 2 hours in the morning, lunch, Cruise of River Seine, Walking tour of Goutte d’Or neighborhood
  • Thursday, March 6 Class for 2 hours in the morning, lunch, Black images in European Art at the Louvre, Visit to the Eiffel Tower
  • Friday, March 7 Class for 2 hours in the morning, lunch, James Baldwin in Paris walking tour
  • Saturday, March 8th Tour of the Sorbonne and Latin Quarter and free day, farewell dinner
  • Sunday, March 9 Departure
links for information about the tours
Links for information about the tours
  • Josephine Baker Tour
  • Tour of Black Paris
  • Goutte d’Or neighborhood
  • The Louvre
  • James Baldwin in Paris Tour
the role of ghana in the african american experience afa 4905 june 9 22 2014
  • Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn will travel to Ghana and teach this two-week course.
  • This course will introduce students to the Ghanaian origins and connections to the African American experience. Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, is one of several West African countries from which enslaved Africans were shipped during the transatlantic slave trade. Since then, the United States and Ghana has been linked via politics, art, culture, business, the tourism industry and more. Kwame Nkrumah, who became Ghana’s first president after winning independence from English colonial rule in 1957, studied in the United States and famous and regular African Americans as diverse as W.E.B. DuBois, Louis Armstrong, Richard Wright, Pauline Murray, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou have visited and/or moved to the country to work. Students will explore these and other themes related to African Americans and Ghana through their own disciplines. Students will complete class readings. Class sessions will consist of cultural enrichment trips to key Ghanaian sites of interest, lectures, discussions, exercises, film screenings, and hands on workshops.
course assignments1
Course assignments
  • Attend class sessions at UF and in Ghana. Students will be graded on attendance and participation.
  • Keep a trip journal in any form that you wish. Be sure to date your entries as you note, describe and reflect upon each day’s activities. Turn in 1) a 6-8 page double-spaced reflection essay of your journal and 2) The actual journal as an addendum to the essay. Turn in a hard copy to the professor in 211 Walker Hall-UF on June 27, 2014.
  • Write a research proposal (due on June 16)
  • Write an 8-10 page research paper (must have at least 6 references, due to Dr. Hilliard-Nunn on June 26)
  • March 24th Class Meeting in Gainesville
  • April 21st Ghanaian History and Cultures
  • Monday June 2nd Pre-departure lecture
  • Monday June 9th Depart for Ghana
  • Tuesday June 10th Arrival and Welcome Dinner
  • Wednesday June 11thVisit Independence Square: Kwame Nkrumah Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, National Museum/Mausoleum, lunch, Visit an Artisan’s Guild and Market, Tour the Dr. W.E.B. DuBois Memorial
  • Thursday June 12th Lecture by Drs. Jacob and Barbara McDade-Gordon, African Dance and Drum Workshop at the University of Ghana
  • Friday June 13th Trip to the Hohoe and Volta region to visit Wli water falls and tropical rain forest and the Agumatse River.
  • Saturday June 14th Class, Travel to Kumasi to visit a bead making facility at Odumasi Krobo – Bonwire, tour of the Ntonso Adinkrah Craftsmen.
  • Sunday June 15th Class, Walk through the Kumasi Central Market (Kejetia) - the largest open-air market in West Africa, tour the Ashanti Kingdom and the Manhyia Palace Museum, tour the Ghanaian National Cultural Center, home to Primpeh II Jubilee Museum and the Okomfo Anokye Sword. It includes a variety of work spaces which feature woodcarving, ceramics, kente weaving and adinkrah printing.
  • Monday June 16th Class, Visit the Donkor Nsuo (The Slave River) at Assin Manso
  • Tuesday June 17th Tour the Elmina Dungeon & Museum
  • Wednesday June 18th Tour of the Cape Coast Dungeon. Panel Discussion: This panel will include members of the African American Expatriate community in Ghana at the Cape Coast University Campus.
  • Thursday June 19th Class, Visit the Kakum National Park, Drive through: Village of Abandz, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, View the Movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell, tour the Liberia Refugee Camp
  • Friday June 20thSpeak with the elders and others in the town. Visit an elementary school. Share stories with the children. Interact with the children.
  • Saturday June 21stExploration, Research, Shopping. Trip reflections – debriefing and Farewell Banquet
  • Sunday June 22nd Departure