The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Africana Studies is pleased to announce a free teacher workshop, "Things Fall Apart 2 and More: The Teaching of African Literature" featuring two world-renowned African writers. The event is set for Friday, March 11, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the UM-Flint campus.
Visiting in person, authors Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong'o will help teachers gain a deeper ability to integrate the core knowledge of Africana Studies in their school curricula. Both authors' books are widely used in high schools and colleges throughout the world.
Thiong'o is Kenya's most famous novelist and playwright. In "Weep Not, Child," Thiong'o chronicles a young boy as he grows up amidst the Mau Mau war and his country's conflict with British colonial rulers. Achebe's book, "Things Fall Apart2," is a sequel to his 1958 novel and continues Achebe's sketches of life in a turbulent modern world balanced by a strong sense of tradition, ritual, and social coherence.
Offered in collaboration with the Flint Public Libary and funded by the Ruth Mott Foundation, the workshop targets grade 7-12 teachers, each of whom will each receive 15 copies of each of the two featured books, a classroom resource packet, and .5 SB-CEU. The workshop will be held in the Riverview Room at the University Center and includes free breakfast and lunch.
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