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African Studies - Outreach Program

The Indiana University African Studies Program offers programming for schools (K-12), colleges, universities, community groups, media, and business. Our faculty and graduate students include specialists across the disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and the professional schools who are ready to share their knowledge and experience.



Bloomington area school-aged children can learn introductory IsiZulu through the Bridges: Children, Languages, World program. Grades K -6, Fridays through April 19, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, at Clear Creek Elementary. Download the flyer here.

For Educators and the Community

We would like to work with you to offer activities such as interactive performances, presentations, and workshops that educate and delight. Our Outreach Coordinator (taherne at can work with you to design a specific program or you may draw upon the resources listed below.

Performances & Presentations

We can visit your school or organization or connect with you via video conference.


Interactive Performance Options

  • Ghanaian drum and dance
  • West African fashion and textiles
  • South African gumboot dancing
  • Storytelling and song


Thematic Presentations

  • African arts
  • African politics
  • Languages of Africa
  • Religion in Africa
  • Women and gender
  • Other presentations can be tailored to your needs with at least a month's notice


The African Studies Program offers teacher workshops and summer institutes, open to all members of the community, that focus on incorporating African content into the curriculum, designed by us or in cooperation with a teacher. We also partner with other IU area studies centers on thematic workshops throughout the year.

Global Literacy Iniatives 2019

2018-2019 Global Literacy Invitations participants: K-6 teachers share some of the books they used to invite their students to learn about Africa and other world regions while meeting curricular and Indiana State standards. The professional development workshops are funded by ASP and other HLS area studies centers through a collaboration with the Wright School of Educationís P-16 Center; there are no costs for teachers to participate.

Teaching Resources

The African Studies Program also provides a variety of teaching resources for educators at all levels. These range from broader introductions on teaching about the continent, to faculty created PowerPoint presentations, teacher generated lesson plans, and links for further information.

Lending Library

The African Studies Outreach Program has a lending library of print, video, and teaching resource materials available to faculty, staff, and students regardless of institutional affiliation. Please contact our Outreach Coordinator (taherne at for more information.

For Media and Business

Faculty specialists are available from across the disciplines to offer expert knowledge and analysis of current issues concerning the African continent and its diasporas.

All Africa
Comprehensive coverage on a wide array of topics.

Today’s News in Africa
This website is maintained by IU’s African Studies librarian and features links to top continent-based and international reporting on Africa.

Electronic Newspapers of Africa
All available without a subscription, this extensive list of African newspapers was compiled by Columbia University Libraries and AFRINUL, a special project of the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association of the United States and the Cooperative Africana Microform Project at the Center for Research Libraries.

"Demystifying Africa: Myths and Realities of a Major Emerging Market for U.S. Businesses"
Samuel Obeng, former Director of African Studies at IU, talks with the Center of International Business Education and Research at IU Kelley School of Business on preparing US firms for entry into an African market.


For inquiries, or programming requests, please email taherne at or call 812-855-8284.