Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Apply Now to Study Abroad in South Africa in July and August!

This program builds on the African American Studies Department's commitment to understanding race and social inequality in international and, in particular, Black diasporic contexts. This exciting study abroad opportunity will expose you to the many dimensions of social inequality and the consequences for well-being in post-apartheid South Africa, while traveling to Johannesburg and Bushbuckridge. While racial inequality is, by far, the most visible and most documented form of social stratification in South Africa, other factors - gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, language, religion, geographical location – all contribute to well-being for all South Africans. Whatever the issue of interest - early childbearing or HIV infection or achievement gaps in education or crime – a grounding in the multiple dimensions of social inequality is critical to understanding the what, why, who and how in these social issues.
Dr. Sangeetha Madhavan is the Program Director, an Associate Professor in African-American Studies, and Associate Director for the Maryland Population Research Center. She considers South Africa her second home. Dr. Madhavan has taught at WITS University, has been engaged in research in both rural and urban contexts for 15 years, lived in Johannesburg and Bushbuckridge, and has conversational fluency in Shangaan, the language of Bushbuckridge.(link sends e-mail, is the Program Director, an Associate Professor in African-American Studies, and Associate Director for the Maryland Population Research Center. She considers South Africa her second home. Dr. Madhavan has taught at WITS University, has been engaged in research in both rural and urban contexts for 15 years, lived in Johannesburg and Bushbuckridge, and has conversational fluency in Shangaan, the language of Bushbuckridge.
Vusi Dlamini is the co-director and holds an MA in Development Studies from Sussex (UK) and was born and raised in Bushbuckridge. Vusi has years of experience in rural development work in South Africa and is, therefore, ideally suited to co-direct this program. He is also well known in all the villages in which students will be staying for their homestays.
Partial, need-based scholarships are available through the African American Studies Department.  
Learn more here.  Application deadline 03/01/2016.