Monday, March 15, 2010

Images of Africa

How many photos of Africa in your textbook offer your students positive images of family and the modern work world, and people in the midst of their everyday lives? 

The African Studies Center at UNC-Chapel Hill offers "How Do We Represent Africa?" as a helpful balance to photos  in books and in the media that emphasize poverty or include only the most exotic images.  These are the photos of ordinary life in Africa that seldom make it into our textbooks or our living rooms.  All the photos were taken by UNC students and faculty, and include brief descriptions of the scenes and people.

Show your students these photos and have a discussion about their reactions.  What do they find surprising?  And why are they surprised?

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