Brief Course Description

We tell stories to help us make meaning in our lives and give us a sense of who we are in the communities in which we live. Stories in South Africa are especially powerful, given its history of apartheid, resistance, and the transition to a non-racial democracy less than 20 years ago, and stories remain important in this country that is always becoming something new. In this course we will seek to understand South Africa by seeing, hearing, and collecting stories from a rich diversity of story-tellers and sources including writers, and musicians; museums and sites of history, science, and art; and ordinary individuals young and old from various ethnic and racial backgrounds. Students will tell their own stories in a course journal and final paper. Course sites will be Johannesburg, the Eastern Cape, and Cape Town.