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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.

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. Resources for the media and business outlined below may also be of interest to educators and the community.

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

Global Speakers Service:

  • Faculty and students make presentations on Africa and other world areas to communities and schools in Indiana both in person and on interactive video. You can find more information here or contact gss at


The African Studies Program offers teacher workshops, 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 recently offered a community-wide music and dance institute and partner with other IU area studies centers on thematic workshops throughout the year.

Summer Institute 2014

This annual Institute is designed to help teachers develop resources and activities to empower their students with well-rounded knowledge about the African continent. Experts from different disciplines will make presentations on a range of topics.

The 2014 Summer Institute was held from 9 - 11 June 2014 and focused on environmental issues, current events, and religion. A program flyer and scheduleis available for more information on the issues presented.

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.

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 afrist at or call 812-855-8284.