Ghana: Cultural Rhythms
Course Number/Name: INED 299 Ghana: Cutural Rhythms
Course Description: Spend three weeks in Ghana experiencing the power of a culture realized in vibrant rhythms.
In West Africa, music and dance are central to cultural identity. Language, history, and life lessons are handed down through these art forms. While in Ghana, students will participate in daily classes including drumming, singing, dancing, and the fabric arts of Kente weaving, batik printing and traditional tie-dye. Each class is taught by a master in the art form.
Interspersed into this daily schedule are excursions to such important sites as Kumasi, the ancient capital of the Ashanti kingdom; the slave castle at Cape Coast, where thousands of Africans embarked on the middle passage; and Kakum Park, a rainforest where we walk in the treetops. We will also go to the beach, shop at traditional markets, and see artisans at work making instruments. We will attend three different performances by traditional music and dance troupes – many of our teachers will be featured in these performances!
The trip course fee includes all travel (starting at JFK), accommodations, three meals per day, classes, entrance fees to museums and parks, and performances. Rooms are dormitory style, with flush toilets and cold showers. You will need to bring enough cash for daily bottled water, instruments you wish to purchase, and the handmade traditional items you will want to take home with you from your African adventure.
Instructor: Tiffany Nicely- Lecturer in Fredonia's School of Music
Credits: 1 or 3 Undergraduate
Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Residence Hall Style - multiple occupancy
Course Dates: January 1 - 20, 2014
Eligible Participants: Students in Good Academic Standing and Community Members
Application: Apply Now
Application Deadline: October 15
Course Fee Payment Deadline: November 1
Cost: J-Term 2014 Budget