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Winter Break travel course EDSE 4070 - Topics in: African Arts & Culture, Travel to Ouidah, Benin, West Africa

EDSE 4070 - Topics in: African Arts & Culture, Travel to Ouidah, Benin, West Africa

Course number and title:  EDSE 4070:  African Arts and Culture, Benin, West Africa

Winter Study Abroad 2013-14     Dates: Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 12, 2014

(Optional 3 day extension in Paris available.)

Credits: 3

Instructor: Dr. Lydia Dambekalns, Associate Professor, Secondary Education

This will be the second time this trip is being offered after its successful inauguration last year. Come spend winter break with us on the warm coast of the Atlantic Ocean sampling the contemporary life and history of West Africa!

 

The site of this study abroad opportunity is the small francophone country of Benin (formally called Dahomey) in West Africa, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will be based in the fascinating city of Ouidah, historical birthplace of voodoo and the slave trade of 18th-19th centuries, and currently home to a vibrant living arts culture. Organizational in-county liaison is the Centre Internationale for Art and Music at Ouidah (which can be googled as CIAMO.org on the Web).

Highlights include: instruction in the integrated arts of traditional African music, dance and visual art, visits to see active public school classrooms, short excursions to interesting nearby villages and historic sites, and an extended excursion to Abomey, the palace site of the original kings of Dahomey. This is a great chance to practice French language although English translations will be provided throughout.

 

Note: Mandatory attendance of pre-trip orientation in fall 2013, plus post-trip special project due, tailored to individual major area of study.

 

For more information please contact Dr. Dambekalns, LYDART@uwyo.edu

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