Africa

People Power

Summer Institute for Community College Instructors

May 29 - 30, 2020

How do we interpret narratives about mass movements in the past? And how does that understanding across the distance of time compare to the actual, complex experience of participating in such a movement?

Propaganda

Summer Institute for k-12 Teachers

June 22 - 24, 2020

What are the features, uses, and histories of propaganda? What techniques have governments and political movements used to construct and convey messages?  How is propaganda related to the construction of national (or other) identities? Is propaganda entirely culture-specific, or are there universal features of this mode of communication?

Monomyth: Hero's Journey Project

Joseph Campbell's Monomyth, developed in Hero With A Thousand Faces, describes the common heroic narrative in which a heroic protagonist sets out, has transformative adventures, and returns home. It is a useful formula for comparing literary traditions across time and culture.

Here, ORIAS provides resources to explore and compare three different works through the lens of the Monomyth: Mali's Sunjata, South Asia's Ramayana, and Japan's Yamato.

The Global Rise of National Populism

Summer Institute for Community College Instructors

May 31 - June 1, 2019

Body & Identity

Summer Institute for k-12 Teachers

June 26 - 28, 2019

California's 2011 FAIR Education Act changed the state's education code to include the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful portrayal of the contributions and experiences of people with disabilities and people in the LGBT community in California and United States history and social studies courses. The 2019 ORIAS Summer Institute for k-12 teachers seeks to provide a global context within which to consider these topics.

Featured: African History Resources

February 2, 2016

 Photograph of mosque at TimbuktuAt time of writing, there are 10 National Resource Centers focused on the study of Africa, some of which provide outreach in consortia with other regional centers on their campuses. They offer a diverse set of resources for educators.

Take a look at this small sample of their offerings.

Starting from Scratch

Migration & Diaspora

Summer Institute for Community College Teachers

May 31 - June 2, 2018

The View from the Sea: Oceans in World History

Summer Institute for k-12 Educators

June 26 – 28, 2017

World History courses often begin with a survey of river-basin societies, exploring the connection between agricultural surplus, irrigation projects, and centralizing power. Oceans and seas are conceived of as places in between - natural regional boundaries traversed only by merchants and military forces.

But what are the contours of a different World History – one with a view from the sea?