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2017 Study Abroad Fair - Namibia (6 Photos)

Study Abroad Namibia: African History, Cultures and the Environment.

April 29, 2018 to June 22, 2018

During your study abroad experience, you will be able to visit with Indigenous Cultures and learn about various aspects of life in Namibia including Cheetah Conservation and Wildlife Management. This study abroad program allows participants to experience Safari adventures, camp in the Namib desert, and volunteer in local schools.

Courses offered during the study abroad program:
HST 380/AAA 333: African History, Cultures & Environment (3 credits)
HTM 368: Geotourism (3 credits)

You can contact the Program Director, Steeve Buckridge, via email and by phone:
[email protected]
(616) 331-8110
(616) 331-8550

Department Trips! (1 Photos)

Steeve Buckridge Book Signing (3 Photos)

Kidada E. Williams (2016) (5 Photos)

Kidada E. Williams is associate professor of history at Wayne State University where she teaches African American history. Williams was born and raised in West Michigan and attended Central for her undergraduate and Master’s degrees. She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2005.


Williams specializes in African Americans’ experiences of racial violence, specifically white terror strikes after the Civil War and lynching and rape in the late 19th and early 20th century. She is the author of They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War One, published by New York University Press in 2012, and essays “The Aftermaths of Lynching” and “The Wounds that Cried Out: Reckoning with African Americans’ Testimonies of Trauma and Suffering from Night Riding.” Williams is finishing a book on African Americans’ accounts of traumatic injury and displacement from Ku Klux Klan attacks. After that, she hopes to start researching rape culture in Detroit from the 1970s to 1990s. Williams sees herself as what Jason Steinhauer calls a “history communicator,” which is to say she is committed to making African American and American history accessible to non-academic audiences.

Students Volunteer at the Kids' Food Basket (2016) (3 Photos)

Dr. Pero G. Dagbovie (2016) (11 Photos)

" African American History and U.S. Popular Culture"  presented by Dr. Pero G. Dagbovie, professor in the Department of History and Associate Dean in the Graduate school at Michigan State University. 

Tumbao! Rumba Guaguanco! Bembe! Cumbia! (2 Photos)

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES and AFRICAN/AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES welcomed Josh Dunigan.  Over the past fifteen years, Joshua Dunigan has used his love of world music to teach and perform Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion to students of all ages. Josh's interactive performance places traditional Cuban, Brazilian, and Andean rhythms in a contemporary setting. Students are invited to learn how to play Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms in a relaxed settings using bongos, bells, and claves; all students need to bring is their hands. Students will come away with a better understanding of the fundamentals of rhythm and will have the opportunity to practice proper playing technique.

AAA Graduation (Fall 2015) (2 Photos)

Congratulations to our 2015 African/African American Studies Graduates!

Maavi Allen Norman (2015) (1 Photos)

"The Leadership Factor in Africa's Development: Constraints and Opportunities" Maavi Allen Norman presented his lecture on the question of leadership in the development of Africa and  used case studies to demonstrate the importance of leadership in ensuring peace in Africa. 

Zimbabwe Independence Day Celebration (2015) (1 Photos)

GVSU celebrated Zimbabwe's Independence Day with a celebration of food and festivities.