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Senegal and New Orleans: Atlantic Connections
Dakar, Senegal (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Senegal and New Orleans:
Atlantic Connections

Dakar & St. Louis, Sénégal
May 22 - June 1, 2017

St. Louis, Senegal
This program explores the connected and comparative histories and cultures of New Orleans and Senegal. Join us on a 10-day cultural immersion program to explore the shared histories and cultural traditions of New Orleans and Senegal. Students on this program will have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning to enhance one of several Tulane campus-taught courses in Africana Studies, International Development, and/or French language.

Successful completion of this course will earn one credit in Africana Studies.

New Orleans and Senegal are closely linked by culture and history dating from the 18th-century Atlantic World to the present. 
The Republic of Senegal, which achieved independence in 1960 after more than a century of French colonial rule, is arguably one of the most democratic countries in West Africa. Senegal has a population of nearly 13.5 million, with 2.5 million living in Dakar, the political and economic capital, and one of West Africa’s most vibrant cities. A major port and administrative center, Dakar is home to the National Assembly, president’s palace, and bustling Sandaga Market. Around Dakar, you’ll find majestic cliff walks, beaches and major historic attractions like the Dakar Grand Mosque and Dakar Cathedral. Although French is the country’s official language and Wolof the predominant language, other languages are spoken by the country’s multi-ethnic population. Ninety-four percent of Senegalese are Muslim.

Prerequisites: Students wishing to participate in the Senegal Program must fulfill ONE of the following academic pre-requisites:
1) HISU 3930-01 -- New Orleans & Senegal
2) AFRS 2000 -- Intro to Africana Studies
3) Elementary French (1020) proficiency including at least one semester of French language study at Tulane.
4) IDEV 1010– Intro to International Development
5) Any relevant Tulane course with at least 50% of its content focused on the African continent; OR on connections between Africa & the United States/Africa & Latin America/Africa & the Caribbean.  Courses used to fulfill this requirement must be approved by Senegal Program Director, Dr. Annie Gibson.

Program cost:  $2,500 (airfare not included)

The program cost includes:
  • Pre-departure online orientation and on-site orientation
  • Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
  • Homestay accommodation in Dakar with breakfast and dinner included. Hotel accommodation in Saint-Louis with breakfast included.
  • A welcome lunch in communal Senegalese style and a farewell dinner
  • A traditional Senegalese dance/drumming workshop
  • A city tour of Dakar
  • Visits to Gorée Island and Saint-Louis historic sites of colonial Senegal and the transatlantic slave trade
  • Musée Léopold Sédar Senghor with guide
  • An overnight in the desert. Includes camel riding and sleeping under the stars in Moorish tents.
  • A half-day trip up the Senegal River
  • A beach trip to the Langue de Barbarie at the mouth of the Senegal River
  • A talk with local activists, a visit to a traditional market, a day trip to Thies, home of Senegalese textiles, and more!
  • iNext Comprehensive Travel Insurance plus Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation
  • 24/7 emergency support  
Tulane Program Directors:

Annie Gibson, Associate Director of Intercultural Learning, Center for Global Education
Carolyn Barber-Pierre, Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs
Dauphine Sloan, Senior Professor of Practice, International Development Studies

For more info, please contact:
Annie Gibson, PhD
Center for Global Education
Tulane University

This program is currently not accepting applications.