The Challenge and Promise of a Multicultural South Africa
August 15 – September 15 Application Deadline: April 10, 2015
South Africa lies at the southern-most point of the African continent and borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Led by Shoreline Professor Ernest Johnson, this program will consist of a preparatory course in African Cultures and a 4-week summer program that will examine the social and cultural history of South Africa and the current efforts to create a democratic, multicultural nation. Less than two decades ago, during the apartheid era, South Africa divided its population into just four categories: Black, White, Colored, and Asian. At that time, Black South African languages lacked recognition. Today, South Africa recognizes 11 official languages—one of many positive signs that progress is being made.
On site, students will participate in social and historical lectures and tours in Cape Town and the surrounding area. Students will attend high school and elementary school classes, lectures by community leaders, and supervised home-stays inside “Black” townships and homelands. There will be numerous opportunities to interact with South Africans of different races, religions, ethnicities, and classes, as students work on their primary research. There will also be time to explore the beaches, markets, museums and other areas of interest.