Educator Events

August 3-6, 2015

Global Migration in the 21st Century: Understanding How and Why People Move

A Professional Development Workshop for Educators

Our 2015 four-day intensive summer workshop will focus on the social, economic, and political factors involved in the growth of global human migration during the 20th and 21st centuries. Highlighted by the transatlantic migrations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and continuing with the burst of population movement after 1945, human migration in the contemporary era has an inherently global nature. The movement of people across borders continues to reshape the political, cultural, economic and social spheres of nations throughout every world region, while creating new transnational communities and interdependencies between previously disparate peoples and states. Geared toward middle school, high school, and community college educators in the humanities and social sciences (but open to educators in all subjects), this workshop will feature presentations by scholars and experts in the study of human migration, as well as an introduction to relevant classroom resources

In order to support deep conversations around curriculum and pedagogy in addition to content, we have partnered this year with Project Zero, a research group based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Guided by their mission to understand and enhance high-level thinking and learning across disciplines and cultures in our nation’s schools, Project Zero will help to provide the pedagogical underpinning to this year’s workshop, drawing upon their diverse research initiatives, including “Teaching for Understanding,” “Making Thinking Visible,” and “Educating for Global Competence.” A syllabus for the program will be available in April.

This four-day workshop will take place on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, MA and the cost of participation is $50.

Full programmatic and application information is available here.


August 4-7, 2014

Visualizing Global Studies: A Mapping Workshop for Educators

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASave the date for a four-day intensive workshop on the use of digital media and mapping resources in the classroom. Geared toward secondary educators in the humanities and social sciences but open to those in all subjects, the workshop will feature training in tools for data visualization, map creation, map annotation, and map-based storytelling, a guided look into available online collections of maps and geographic data, as well as presentations by scholars and experts who are using these resources in their own work.

Interested participants will be asked to submit a short statement of interest detailing concrete ways in which they hope to integrate mapping tools and approaches into their classroom. No prior experience or knowledge of digital mapping or specific software is required.

Website with more info:

The application deadline was April 8, 2014.

The cost for this four-day workshop is $40. Graduate credit from Framingham State University is pending approval.  Graduate credit requires completion of written assignments and an additional fee. Questions about the workshop?  Email


May 8, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Volcanoes, Climate Change, and Modern Human Migrations across Africa

Christian Tryon, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University. Free and Open to the public! Sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Modern humans (Homo sapiens) originated in eastern Africa, but they expanded at the expense of Neanderthals and other ancient hominid populations. What was the reason for their global colonization? Recent data from the area surrounding Africa’s Lake Victoria (the largest tropical lake in the world) suggest that the study of volcanic eruptions, climate change, and technological innovation may reveal what fueled human dispersals westward across the tropical African continent some 50,000 years ago.

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
(*Free event parking is available in the 52 Oxford Street Garage)


April 5, 2014


Global Health Challenge Day for Boston-area High School Students!

Join the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum for a one-day workshop around the global health theme, “Childhood Mortality in Chad.” At this annual event students will have the opportunity to learn about global health issues related to this year’s theme, meet other students who share a similar passion for global health, create innovative solutions in small groups, and receive college mentoring advice from Harvard University undergraduates! This is a FREE one-day conference to be held on campus from 9a-5p, and students should register in advance at by March 16th.



November 23, 2013

reginald lewis museumAfrican Studies Association Teachers Conference – Baltimore, MD

Spend the day learning about African cultures and history with national African Studies scholars and educators in a teacher’s professional development course hosted by the African Studies Association, Africa National Resource Centers from around the country, including Harvard’s Center for African Studies, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Educators will be able to participate in three workshop sessions, see an African cultural performance, and hear a keynote lecture on the African Diaspora by Dr. James A. Pritchett. Dr. Pritchett is the Director of the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. Workshop presentations will include:

The Changing Status of Women in Africa from Pre-Colonial to Present; The Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhai;  Teaching about Human Rights Issues in Africa; The Slave Trade; Contemporary Issues; Award-winning books on Africa; Geography

Register here for this FREE teacher’s development day-long workshop! For more information, contact Terry Taylor at

August 5-8, 2013

water workshop stdTeaching Water: Global Perspectives on a Resource in Crisis

Access to clean, safe, potable water is something we rarely question in the US. Water issues around the globe are much more complex and complicated and can make daily life a struggle. Over 30 educators joined us for this interdisciplinary and multi-regional 4-day workshop, which examined a variety of the most critical issues facing international waterways and the communities who directly (and indirectly) rely on these bodies of water.

For more information and to utilize the online resources now available, please visit our workshop website! This includes videos of the lectures with viewing guides, and resource lists!

Learn more about the workshop in this Gazette article.




May 15-17, 2013

HGSE Think Tank on Global Education

CAS’ own Student Programs and Outreach Officer, Elise Noël presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Think Tank on Global Education, this past May 15-17, 2013. She presented on the outreach programs CAS has been developing for educators related to Africa. Program participants learned, amongst many other things, how to “design and implement effective initiatives and programs for promoting global competency.” Be on the look out for next year’s HGSE Think Tank on Global Education and consider attending!

February 13, 2013

HipHop – The Lingua Franca of the World’s Youth

Harvard’s Center for African Studies co-sponsored an event with the Cambridge Public Library in celebration of Black History Month this psat February! Dr. Marcyliena Morgan is a Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies, as well as the Executive Director of the Harvard HipHop Archive. Professor Morgan teaches classes on hip hop, the ethnography of communications, representation in the media, language and identity, race, class and gender, and the African Diaspora has been a strong area of research interest for her. CAS was excited to host this event for the local community in remembrance of the important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora.
Listen to the podcast of this lecture here!

January 13, 2013

mlk38th Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr Day with the Cambridge Public Library

The Center for African Studies and the Cambridge Public Library came together in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Dozens of community members joined us to honor the life and work of Dr. King as Harvard College Fellow, Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, discusses “The Politics of Remembering King.”







July 15 – August 9, 2013

Africa in World History NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers
(East Lansing, Michigan)

Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide teachers an opportunity for substantive study of significant humanities ideas and texts. This summer, Michigan State University’s Department of History and African Studies Center will hold a four-week NEH Summer Institute for 25 high school world history teachers to help them improve their teaching about Africa’s central, but often not recognized, place in World History. The Institute’s primary goal will be to increase the capacity, commitment, and enthusiasm of world history teachers to engaging instruction of Africa in their classrooms. Specifically, the Institute will focus on three distinct and important themes–gender, religion, and politics–as a segue into our exploration of Africa’s internal dynamics as well as the processes by which the continent became integrated into the larger world system. These themes capture six of the seven key themes for high school world history in the integrative approach taken by World History for All of Us and all four themes for AP World History. For more information about the summer program, location, schedule and application please visit their website. Teachers selected to participate in this four-week project will receive $3,300 stipend, intended to help cover travel expenses, books and other research expenses, and living expenses for the duration of the time spent in residence.

October 18, 2012

How the Disappearance of Africa’s Wildlife Affects Its People

Ecologist Hillary Young of Harvard’s Center for the Environment shares the challenges African communities face following declines in biodiversity and changes in land usage. The Center for African Studies is pleased to offer this event in coordination with the Cambridge READS program, which is highlighting Audrey Schulman’s “Three Weeks in December” this fall! Join us at the Cambridge Public Library (449 Broadway) on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00pm.



September 29, 2012

Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day with Free Admission!

Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day by visiting one of Harvard’s many museums on Saturday, September 29, 2012! Visit here for your free Smithsonian Museum Day ticket, providing entrance for two people. These tickets will be honored at multiple Harvard musuems on September 29th only. One ticket allows entry for two people to the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. Throughout many of these museums you will find African artifacts that may help you to think about ways to bring Africa into your own classroom!

September 28, 2012

Water in Context

This one day workshop provided k-12 educators from a range of subject areas with an opportunity to learn about the role of water in the Middle East region from the lenses anthropology, remote sensing, GIS mapping, and quantitative analysis. Learning Goals for the workshop were informed by the skill building focus outlined in the Common Core Standards.

August 9, 2012

CAS Summer Teacher Workshop

Are you a high school teacher looking for new and creative ways to incorporate African Studies content into your curriculum? Topics covered at this workshop included African Geography, South Africa and Apartheid, Islam and Africa, and more. See the online curricular modules that many of these presentations were based off of on the “Bring Africa to the Classroom” page.

Harvard Ph.D. Candidate, Erin Mosely, presents ‘South Africa and Apartheid’ to teachers from the Greater Boston area