The African Media Program at Michigan State University will be conducting a
workshop, entitled “Teaching the African Environment in the Undergraduate
Curriculum”. This workshop, to be held on February 4 - 6, 1999 at Michigan
State University, will address the use of African films and videos to teach
about the African environment. Many undergraduate courses use films and
videos to teach about the African environment, however these films and
videos are often outdated and promote stereotypic images of Africa.
Furthermore, the concept of the African environment for many American
students is limited to African wildlife devoid of humans. This workshop
aims to enhance social science, natural science and humanities
undergraduate courses that teach about the African environment, by
encouraging the use of film and video images of Africans and Africa that
are representative and that challenge the conventional definition of the
The workshop will focus on the following topics:
1) Defining Nature and the Environment: Historical and Contemporary
2) Pressures on the African Environment: Population, Migration, Food, and
3) Wildlife, Land, Agriculture, and Society
4) Politics, Social Participation, and Conflict over the Environment.
The African Media Program is looking for suggestions of films and videos on
Africa that address these topics. We are particularly interested in films
and videos that present humans as an integral part of the environment and
that deal with the interconnectedness of world systems and the African
This workshop is made possible with the generous support of the U.S.
Department of Education.
Tama Hamilton-Wray, Coordinator
African Media Program, Michigan State University
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African Media Program
African Studies Center - Michigan State University
100 Center for International Programs
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1035, U.S.A.
phone: 517-432-0057 - fax: 517-432-1209
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