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Accra, Ghana – Spring Break 2021

Men play conga drums with sticks.

Eurocentric representations of Africa have downplayed the continent’s diversity and prosperity and have emphasized narratives of deprivation. Students from all majors will learn to critically examine these representations and their effects on the ways Westerners engage with Africa. The program further draws attention to the ever-changing conditions in Africa in ways that unsettle discourses that freeze Africa in space and time, just as they situate these transformations within a larger globalizing context in which Africans continue to thrive. Particular emphasis will be given to the “The Year of Return” public relations campaign launched by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo in September 2018, in which he declared 2019, the 400-year anniversary of slaves landing in the U.S., the year in which members of the diaspora should visit Ghana to return to or discover their African roots. Ghana’s economy generated a total of $1.9 billion through activities related to the campaign.


Dates: March 13 – 21, 2021
Application deadline: October 30, 2020

The Course

Moving a Country Through Media: The Impact of Ghana’s Year of the Return Campaign (Course code coming soon.)

This course fulfills credits toward the BA in Media & Strategic Communication, the Black Studies minor, and general elective requirements.

A giant arch structure with columns and a star on top. AD 1957 and the words Freedom and Justice are written on the front.


The estimated cost per participant of this program is between $2500-$3000. This includes the 3-credit course, roundtrip airfare, onsite transportation, hotel accommodations, some group meals, breakfast daily, comprehensive health insurance and all cultural excursions in Accra, Ghana.

Contact and Apply

For more information please contact Professor Dr. Nadine Cosby at, Professor Dr. Natalie Redcross at or

A GPA minimum of 2.5 is required to participate in this program.