Africa is a Country; the academic edition

Between them Wayne Marshall and Martin Murray pointed me to these 2 panels at the recent annual meeting of the American Geographical Association that took place here in New York City:

Africa is not a country: Challenges and opportunities in teaching about Africa I (Sponsored by Graduate Student Affinity Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, Africa Specialty Group)

Room: Carnegie Suite East, Sheraton, Third Floor (Panel Session)
ORGANIZER(S): Ryan Good, University of Florida; Amelia Duffy-Tumasz, Rutgers University
CHAIR(S): Kathleen Dietrich
Panelists: Seth Appiah-Opoku, University of Alabama;
Janet Puhalla, Saginaw Valley State University;
James Saku, Frostburg State University;
Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, SUNY Cortland;
Veronica Ouma, Hofstra University

Africa is not a country: Challenges and opportunities in teaching about Africa II (Sponsored by Graduate Student Affinity Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, Africa Specialty Group)

Room: Carnegie Suite East, Sheraton, Third Floor (Panel Session)
ORGANIZER(S): Ryan Good, University of Florida; Kathleen Dietrich
CHAIR(S): Amelia Duffy-Tumasz, Rutgers University
Panelists: Jennifer Bjerke, Rutgers;
Sarah Smiley, Kent State University at Salem;
Hilary Hungerford, University of Kansas;
William Y. Osei, Algoma University

Anybody who attended and who has some feedback?

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Sean Jacobs

Also goes by Hasan Wazan. Life President.

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  1. We had a great turnout at the sessions in New York. We were inspired to put these panels together because of a common misconception among students that Africa is one country despite the great diversity on the continent, and thus the great challenges put on teachers/ professors to confront this misconception. The first session centered on Africa specific courses, such as geography of Africa. The second session focused on general courses, like world regional geography or human geography. The panelist represented various types of academic institutions and provided great insights in approaches for teaching about Africa in various settings, including study abroad programs. There was much discussion about useful resources, such as movies, textbooks, and novels, and alternative ways to engage students in the representations of Africa.

    Kathleen, Amelia, and Ryan
    Session Organizers

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