Thursday Lecture Series

The World and Africa

Thursday, The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

“The World and Africa” is the pilot in an ongoing project to develop a model for using podcasting as a pedagogical tool in public humanities work. Public high school students from Wings Academy in the Bronx collaborated to make episodes of a podcast in which they interviewed scholars in New York City on their subjects of expertise. As well as contributing to their program of learning in their Advanced Placement classes, the project encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and their ability to form questions, cultivate intellectual curiosity, gain confidence as interlocutors, and collaborate with one another to apply their class lessons to a 'real world' project. It gives scholars the chance to engage with aspiring undergraduates from underserved communities and bring their expertise to a broader public. The first two episodes are with our own Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne, on the topic of the Negritude movement, and Professor Marie Cruz Soto, an historian at New York University, on Puerto Rico’s colonial experience.