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Overseas Programs

Caribbean Studies Overseas Program

The Caribbean Overseas Program provides students with opportunities for in-depth cultural exploration in and out of the classroom, including an international experience and community-based learning in which participants are expected to be able to identify and assess the needs of community partners and be able to discuss the features and address the needs of cultural resource management in community, laboratory and at historical, cultural or archaeological sites and setting. In addition to understanding the basics of field methods and techniques of investigation in the various fields of study and opportunity in using field data and community issues, participants are expected to identify features of the history of the formation and transformation of cultural contact and international encounters and develop an understanding of the African context of the Caribbean experience. Consequently, participants are expected to better appreciate and understand the cultural heritage and history of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean.

South America Overseas Program

The South American Studies Overseas Program (based in Suriname) provides students with opportunities for in-depth cultural exploration in and out of the classroom, including an international experience and community-based learning in which participants are expected to be able to identify and assess the needs of community partners and be able to discuss the features and address the needs of cultural resource management in community, laboratory and at historical, cultural or archaeological sites and setting.

In addition to understanding the basics of field methods and techniques of investigation in the various fields of study and opportunity in using field data and community issues, participants are expected to identify features of the history of the formation and transformation of cultural contact and international encounters and develop an understanding of the African context of the Caribbean experience. Consequently, participants are expected to better appreciate and understand the cultural heritage and history of the African Diaspora in the South America. This program is strongly linked to the history and archaeology and the heritage of Maroons, enslaved people who run away from the plantations into the forests and fought back colonial forces to win their freedom. They form their independent communities while fighting the wars of freedom.

Africa Overseas Program

The Department of Black Studies, in co-operation with International Studies, will expand on previous international partnership initiatives Overseas and Portland metropolitan area organizations and institutions to include educational and cultural institutions in selected African countries, to help students fulfill their senior capstone experience. Student participants will start their projects in Portland, tapping the facilities of local institutions and develop them in selected African country working with accredited educational institutions and partners.

Projects include development of cultural resource management and community educational developmental programs, conducting ethnographic and oral interviews, participating in ongoing archaeological excavation and laboratory analysis, building temporary and permanent exhibitions as partner schedules might permit. The main objective is to give students opportunities for community-based and service learning, as well as international cultural and educational experience. Students will be expected, on return to Portland, to share their experience and findings with Portland communities through displays, seminars and public educational programs.