Outreach & Resources

Activities can include performances, presentations, and workshops that can educate students of all ages on African cultures and languages.

Interactive performance options
  • Ghanaian drum and dance
  • West African fashion and textiles
  • South African gumboot dancing
  • Storytelling and song
Thematic presentations
  • African arts
  • African politics
  • Languages of Africa
  • Religion in Africa
  • Women and gender

Professional development for teachers & faculty

The African Studies Program, in collaboration with the IU Wright School of Education, offers year-round teacher-training workshops as well as summer institutes. These professional development opportunities focus on incorporating Africa content into the curriculum, and professional growth/development points are awarded. In addition to serving K-12 teachers, we also collaborate with other IU area centers on thematic workshops for administrators and Higher Education faculty. Please contact our outreach coordinator, associate director Tavy Aherne, for more information.

Teaching resources

The African Studies Program also provides a variety of teaching resources for educators at all levels. These range from broader introductions on teaching about the continent, to faculty created PowerPoint presentations, teacher generated lesson plans, and links for further information. Please contact our outreach coordinator, Tavy Aherne, associate director for more information.

View our teaching resources

Media & business contacts

Faculty specialists are available across the disciplines to offer expert knowledge and analysis of current issues concerning the African continent and its diasporas.

"Demystifying Africa: Myths and Realities of a Major Emerging Market for U.S. Businesses"

Samuel Obeng, former director of African Studies at IU, talks with the Center of International Business Education and Research at IU Kelley School of Business on preparing U.S. firms for entry into an African market.

Quartz: Africa Weekly Brief

A digitally based news outlet for business people in the new global economy.

Visit the Quartz website

Lending library

The African Studies outreach program has a lending library of print, video, and teaching materials available to faculty, staff, and students regardless of institutional affiliation. Please contact our outreach coordinator, Tavy Aherne, associate director for more information.