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“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Marcus Garvey 


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African American Studies



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JUNE 2016

Study Abroad South Africa Flyer



October 20, 2014 Dr. Saundra Ardrey, Talk of the Town in the Bowling Green Daily News, read the article here.

Trinidad trip video by Ian Dowty

24 students travel to Trinidad & Tobago! 

Eppiphanie, Ben, and Mariah

Dr. Andrew Rosa, African American Studies, developed and led Western Kentucky University's first study abroad course to Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), during spring break.

Dr. Rosa with students in Trinidad

Dr. Rosa and his wife Terri Yip Hoi-Rosa, a native of Trinidad, were accompanied by Drs. Saundra Ardrey and Lloren Foster.

Dr. Ardrey in Trinidad


Dr. Foster with students in Trinidad

Following the three-week online segment of the course, 24 students and faculty traveled throughout the country exploring the rich history, diversity, and culture of Trinidad & Tobago. Developed in close collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI), the course focused on the inter-culturation that has taken place and its comparative and overlapping relationship with the African American experience. Students enjoyed a wide variety of learning experiences and lectures offered by selected faculty at the University of the West Indies.  In reflecting on his first study abroad program, Dr. Rosa has learned some lessons, but experienced far greater rewards and looks forward to building on this momentum for future study abroad trips to T&T. Dr. Rosa is grateful for the support and assistance he received through the fundraising efforts of Dr. Saundra Ardrey, the Diversity Abroad Grant and the Chief International Officer Craig T. Cobane; Dean Dennis George of University College; Dr. Jane Olmsted of the Department of Diversity and Community Studies; Rebecca Schwartz and the staff of DELO-WKU, Dr. Lloren Foster of African American Studies, and colleagues and staff too numerous to mention at UWI and WKU.

Trinidad study abroad group

See students blog here.

Trinidad Carnival Group

WKU Symposium Carnival Group

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