Humanities Seminar: Nigeria

St. Luke’s is pleased to announce the latest installment of its Summer Humanities Seminars. This weeklong summer class, led by Upper School History teacher Abby Abbott, allows students to take a deep dive into timely humanities subjects that push beyond the classic high school curriculum.  These courses will introduce college-level discussion format and work to improve students’ writing and reading comprehension. This course is for rising St. Luke's 9th-12th graders.  

(See below for full course description.)

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Abbott.


Instructor:
Abby Abbott

August 9 - 12, 2021 (Mon - Thurs)
9:00-10:30am 

COST: $350
Space is limited.
 


Pluralities and Paradoxes in Contemporary Nigeria
 
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story the only story.”
-- Chimamanda Adichie

The acclaimed Nigerian-American author of Americana and Purple Hibiscus invites us to dig into the complexity of human stories, go beyond the soundbites and headlines, and let contradictions and contrasts coexist rather than coercing them into alignment. And indeed, it’s difficult to imagine a country that offers starker contrasts and a greater plurality of narratives than Nigeria itself: Despite billions of dollars in annual oil revenue, a majority of Nigerians live in extreme poverty; boasting Africa’s largest military, yet unable to erradicate Boko Haram; a Christian south with secular courts and Sharia Law in the Muslim north; a pattern of violent clashes between rural farmers and urban developers; and home to the second largest global film industry (Nollywood!) while most citizens lack access to a power grid -- the breadth and depth of this dissonance is profund. Across this four-day seminar we will explore the diverse and interwoven narratives that give texture to this vibrant and relevant West African country, one that in addition to being Africa’s most populous, is expected to become a global economic powerhouse in the coming decades. 



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