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The A&T Register

The Student News Site of North Carolina A&T State University

The A&T Register

    Global studies, Black London program discussed

    You may not have to leave an A&T classroom to travel abroad. On April 10, professors from the engineering, foreign language, nursing, history and communication departments gathered in the Seminar Room in Bluford Library to engage in a discussion lead by Dr. Hakim Adi, head of the Black London conference and member of the Global Studies Program.

    Adi teaches African & British History at Middlesex University in London. All the professors supported the importance of international studies provided in the curriculum at A&T. The discussion began with an open-ended question, “Why is it important to have a Global Studies Program?”

    “It’s past time we began uplifting the numerous contributions that arise from all people of the world, particularly young students and scholars who yearn to be transformed, whether consciously or unconsciously,” said C. Nkechinyere Jacobs, a study abroad coordinator.

    Students can earn the global certificate while fulfilling the academic requirements for an A&T degree in any discipline. Recent studies show that today’s careers are geared towards bilingual applicants and knowledge of international skills. The Global Studies Certificate Program will compliment your degree as well as broaden you knowledge of the international world.

    “HBCUs especially should not be short-sided or left out of a multi-cultural experience,” said senior Candice Nichols.

    The next question was, “What do teachers need to bring to the classroom, to make global internationalism effective?” Views of teaching styles and developing courses were thrown across the room.

    “Variety is the spice of life,” said African Amercian history professor Dr. Millicent Brown.

    Dr. Fuabeh Fonge, world civilization professor, expressed his thoughts on the most effective way to teach cultural appreciation: “The first step is to clear the mind of the student so they can take in the information with an open mind.”

    The Office of International Programs has developed a new curriculum that will give students the opportunity to better prepare themselves for a global society. Black London is a part of the global studies program that gives students the opportunity to live in the lives of other cultures.

    “Nothing is like being there in person and reality of the experience,” said sophomore Jenae Gordon, who has traveled abroad.

    This summer from June 26-Aug. 8, the Black London conference will explain the contributions of black people in art, literature, music and theater as well as examine the history and significance of Europe’s largest and most famous street festival. Guided visits to museums, significant historical locations and cultural centers will also be a part of the students’ stay.

    Launching the program this fall semester 2003 may only scratch the surface. Minnie Mayes, director of the international studies department added, “We know there may not be many students involved while we start but we hope to make the program permeate the university in time.”

    • Phoebe Bruce