Outreach Events Howard University

Outreach Events Spring/Summer 2018

Elizabeth Zunon to Speak to the Children’s Book Guild of Washington Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Streets NW Thursday February 15, 2018  Noon.

RSVP for the February 15th meeting.

The Guild’s February 15 luncheon speaker will be illustrator Elizabeth Zunon. She has illustrated several picture-book biographies, including The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford, and A President from Hawaii by Dr. Carolan and Joanna F. Carolan. Zunon has also illustrated two Children’s Africana Book Award winners: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul; and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, (Kamkwamba’s picture book biography of his life as a 14-year-old inventor). Her latest book project, Grandpa Cacao, is the first she has both authored and illustrated. Scheduled by Bloomsbury for release in May 2019, Grandpa Cacao tells the story of Zunon’s grandfather and his Ivory Coast plantation.

Co-sponsored by the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and the Center for African Studies, Howard University

Children’s author Leah Henderson to Speak at African Languages Conference

Free and Open to the Public
Friday, February 17, 2018  11:50 am
Ralph Bunche Center 2218 – 6th Street NW Washington, DC 20059
Howard University

When writers introduce foreign text into stories, they often grapple with how much to include to bring authenticity, clarity, and added layers to their work. Children’s book author Leah Henderson will discuss her process for incorporating and verifying Wolof into her children’s novel set in Senegal, One Shadow on the Wall. She will also discuss editorial decisions that impacted the final outcome of the work.

Recycle and Raise Awareness with Stories and Hip Hop Songs

Saturday February 17, 2018 1:00pm
Shepherd Park Library 7400 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, DC
Free and Open to the Public
Register at Eventbrite  

Illustrator Elizabeth Zunon will read her picture book, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia and demonstrate how to recycle plastic bags into jewelry and basketball nets.

Hip Hop Poet Bomani Armah will lead a Hip Hop songwriting session using his own BARS curriculum which includes a multimedia presentation and graphic organizers. Participants will learn how to write Hip Hip songs about recycling and how to apply Hip Hop songwriting strategies to other topics.

Modern African History with Primary Source

February 28 – March 27 (four week online course)  Registration Closed

This four-session online course will help you find new entry points in your curriculum for teaching about modern Africa and new strategies and resources to support your teaching. In a community of online learners you will advance your knowledge of African history in the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, understanding the continent’s history not as a “single story” but a multifarious one. The course, as well, will emphasize Africa’s relationship to world historical developments. Course topics include European colonization, the multiple forms of African resistance to colonial control, the rise of independence movements and leaders, Africa’s experience of the Cold War, the political upheavals and economic crises of the late 20th century, and the hopes and challenges of the continent today. Each session will highlight a unique teaching strategy and explore exceptional web-based resources for the topic.
Preference given to educators of grades 6-12 in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Course fees paid by the Center for African Studies, Howard University.

Middle States Social Studies Conference

March 2-3 Westin Hotel Tysons Corner

Stop by our booth and pick up handouts that support reading, teaching and learning about Africa.

Global Perspectives on Children and Youth Literature: A Workshop for Teachers

Monday, April 9, 2018, 9:30am to 3:00pm
Browsing Room of Founders Library,
Howard University. 500 Howard Pl NW, Washington, DC 20059
This professional development workshop on literature for children and youth will be the fourth annual gathering of its kind. Join us as we explore selected award-winning fiction and non-fiction for elementary, middle and high school levels on Africa and the Middle East. Enjoy hearing from Leah Henderson author of One Shadow on the Wall, a novel set in Senegal. Select books for your classroom, and participate in hands-on activities and get lesson plans that will inspire your own creativity as well.
The workshop is an outreach collaboration of Howard University’s Center for African Studies and School of Education, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, which are funded as National Resource Centers under a Department of Education Title VI grant, which makes this workshop possible.
Lunch will be provided. Register for this workshop here  to secure your place.

Malimu Teaching Community Meeting

May (TBA)

The Malimu Teaching Community, is a forum organized by the Center for African Studies  to create and share best practices for reading, teaching and learning about Africa. Join us for our second meeting of the year.

Global Read Webinar Series

Children’s Africana Book Award Webinar with Meja Mwangi, author of Mzungu Boy
May 2018 (TBA)    6:00 – 7:15 pm CST    Free

Once a month, the World Area Book Awards, [Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Book Award, South Asia Book Award, and Children’s Africana Book  Award/CABA] will sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The spring
Global Read Webinar series focuses on social justice. We encourage you to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.
The Children’s Africana Book Award sponsored by the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association explores the nature and brutality of British colonialism in Kenya with Meja Mwangi, author of CABA winner Mzungu Boy.  Dr. Wambui Githiora Updike will moderate the Q and A.

Africa in the Classroom and Community Summer Institute 2018
Mali at the Center

August  1-3, 2018   Howard University

In August 1-3, 2018, the Center for African Studies Outreach Program at Howard University will host a three-day summer institute for highly motivated educators interested in reading, learning, and teaching about Africa. African Studies scholars will introduce educators to the history, culture and contemporary issues in Mali, West Africa. Educators who complete the 3 day course and design a related lesson received a stipend of $300.00.
Registration Opens in April