Special Conference Events


Guest speakers and creative writers

co-sponsored with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (http://artidea.org/), Executive Director Mary Lou Aleski, and the Director of Programming, Chad Herzog, in collaboration with Margaret Marcotte, Director of Outreach for Africa and the Middle East, The MacMillan Center.


PIER Summer Institutes for Teachers 2017
Coordinators: Margaret Marcotte (Director of Outreach for Africa and the Middle East, the MacMillan Center) and Anne Carlson (acarlson@spelman.edu)

Africa and the World: Literature, Politics, and Global Geographies
June 14 - 17, 2017 

While Africa is often portrayed negatively in Western media outlets and makes an occasional appearance in countless social studies textbooks in U.S. schools, few K-12 and community college curricula demonstrate the aesthetic diversity and riches of the continent. African literatures broadly defined engages with questions of what it means to be framed as regional, national, “postcolonial”, or “world” in a globalized context. In collaboration with the African Literature Association (ALA), the institute will offer an intensive four-day program for K-12 and community college educators who are passionate about using creative literary works to explore Africa’s diverse social histories, politics, and cultural identities. Participants will have access to reputable African authors and leading literary scholars who will present on themes of migration and creativity, teaching canonical African texts, film in the classroom, and poetry and performance, as well as have the opportunity to attend special events held throughout the conference. The institute will offer a broad range of resources for teachers interested in integrating this content into their classroom curriculum. These include pedagogical workshops on how to analyze and teach literary sources from Africa, as well as to utilize materials from the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection and the Yale Art Gallery visits. 

Details and registration information available here

Human Rights in Africa and the Middle East
July 10 - 13, 2017 

Please check back for details.