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Spelman College Graduates

Study Travel  to Ghana

ADW 222- C Transnational Linkages and Issues of Identity

At the end of this course, Ghana: Transnational Linkages and Issues of Identity, students will be able to do the following:

• Explain and outline the history of forced migration, displacement and 20th century transnational linkages between Ghana and African descended people in the United States.

• Identify and explain the particular “moments” after the Transatlantic slave trade in which Ghanaian/African American relations assumed importance: the 1920s and 1930s, the historic events of independence in 1957, and the recent government institutionalization of diaspora affairs.

• Define and explain Pan Africanism as an early and on-going vehicle of transcontinental and transnational interactions with special attention to the relationships between Kwame Nkrumah and W.E. B. Du Bois, Shirley Graham Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Bunche, Stokely Carmichael ( Kwame Toure) and others.

• Observe and explain, through reflective journaling, current transnational interactions and practices in relation to heritage tourism, citizenship, and expatriate policies as they influence African and African diasporic identities.

• Explain and outline the historic and contemporary manifestations of environmental globalization and its impact on agriculture and other areas affecting sustainability and development in Ghana.

Calendar of On-Campus Meetings (Ghana)

Class Meeting #1
Ancient Ghana, Mali, Songai; Pre-colonial Akan Societies
Awoonor, Ghana: A Political History ; Gomez, Reversing Sail

Class Meeting #2
The Transatlantic Moment
Gomez, Reversing Sail, Cugoano, Thoughts on the Evils of Slavery
Film: Son of Africa

Class Meeting #3
Slavery, Colonialism and Identity
Sekyi, Kobina, “ Extracts from ‘The Anglo-Fanti”
Aidoo, Anowa

Class Meeting #4
Pan African Conversations and Transnationalism: The Harlem Renaissance, the 1930s and 1940s
W.E. B. DuBois, “ The Hands of Ethiopia”
Summers, Martin, “ Diasporic Brotherhood”

Class Meeting #5
Independence, Transnationalism and Identity
King, Martin Luther, Jr. “ Birth of a New Nation”
Nkrumah, Kwame. “ The African Personality”
Aidoo, Ama. Dilemma of a Ghost
Lee, Robert. “ Association for Descendants of Slaves”

Class Meeting #6
Globalization, Heritage Tourism, and the Environment