Lifestyles

Students study in Ghana

Two Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students are spending a summer in West Africa to study the region’s history of slavery.

Emma Cleveland and Ayesha Khan, who study sociology and psychology in respective bachelor of arts programs, are currently in Ghana for an eight-week Harvard University Summer Program that will explore the West African and Caribbean slave trades, and slave roots tourism.

While away, Cleveland and Khan will participate in expeditions to coastal European forts and interior settlements that survived slave raids.

They will also conduct archaeological fieldwork on Danish plantations, and visit former sites of enslavement.

The study abroad course combines oral history, film, field trips, museum exhibitions and cultural festivals with intensive coursework. Students will be led by Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, professor of history and of African and African American studies at Harvard University, and Benjamin W. Kankpeyeng, associate professor of archaeology at the University of Ghana.

Both KPU students received Irving K. Barber One World Scholarships to help fund their trips.

For more information about KPU’s Office of International Students and Scholars, visit: kpu.ca/international

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Amazing progress made on first two Courtenay homes in Habitat project
 
Kindling for kids a Telethon fundraising initiative
 
The Kosovars, 15 years later
Mother of dead girl charged with murder
 
B.C. teachers ponder tentative deal ahead of vote
 
Parksville couples appear on reality show
Record number of bikes for Toy Run
 
Victoria MP calls for fair Juno treatment
 
Decorate for charity: Festival of Trees