Summer Two-Day Workshop

African Perspectives in World History

8:30 am — 4:00 pm
Brown University
Providence, RI

The goals of the program are to provide:

  • An inquiry-based approach to thinking critically about selected topics in African history, especially the colonialism and independence periods;
  • An introduction to the Choices Program’s Africa-focused materials that provide multiple perspectives and build students historical thinking and analysis skills; and 
  • Practical ways to implement Choices materials in diverse classroom settings.

This is a hands-on, interactive program. Participants will engage in activities, contribute to discussions, and lead small group presentations. There will be two content presentations by scholars:

  • Jennifer Johnson will speak on the Algerian case study of colonization and independence.
  • Darren Kew will speak about Conflict and Democracy in Nigeria.

Draft Agenda

Prerequisite: Participants are asked to read the student text of the Colonization and Independence in Africa unit and the Nigeria: History, Identity and Change unit before attending. A pdf copy of each unit will be sent upon registration.


Co-sponsored by Boston University’s African Studies Outreach program.
Register $175Per Person
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The two curriculum units, Colonization and Independence in Africa and Nigeria: History, Identity and Change will be provided. Lunch each day, parking, and a certificate of attendance will also be provided.

PDPs awarded to Massachusetts teachers.


Educators who cover Africa from either a historical perspective in a world history course or from a current issues perspective in a geography or contemporary affairs course, are the main audience. Materials are appropriate for and can be adapted to a high school or introductory college level audience. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.

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Mimi Stephens

Choices Director of Sales and Professional Development
Mimi is the Director of Professional Development for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.
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