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African Studies Association Annual Teachers' Workshop 2021 
Designing the Future: African Visions for a Just World

The ASA Outreach Council organizes a teachers' workshop that provides educators with resources, lesson plans, and professional development on topics tailored to specific grade levels, subject areas, and curriculum frameworks. The 2021 workshop was held virtually on Saturday, November 13th, 2021. All current US K-14 educators were eligible to register. View the 2021 virtual workshop schedule below and click "more details" on the individual sessions to learn more. Recordings for most sessions are now available on our YouTube channel. Click the link below. 

Designing the Future: African Visions for a Just World

How do we design just and sustainable futures together? Why is it important to center Africa in our thinking about the future and what can we learn from the African experience toward this goal? This year’s ASA Teachers’ Workshop brings the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under a critical lens. We see the struggle for a more just world - from the fostering of more equitable North-South relations, the struggle for gender equity, to the dismantling of global white supremacy  - as intricately connected with struggles for the well-being of our whole planet. We know that students and educators are trying to work out their role as agents of change for a more equitable and sustainable world. We also note that demographic changes mean Africa will be central to this future. 


In response, this year's workshop sessions explore diverse African visions and work toward a better future. You'll learn why your students need a better understanding of African countries as we move further into the 21st century, then you'll have a chance to explore in more depth. Workshops are organized by subject: history and social studies, literature and language arts, visual arts and music, science and technology. No matter what subject or age-group you teach, the ASA Teachers' Workshop will provide you with ways to incorporate African visions for a just future into your teaching.


Note the color codes below as you browse the workshop schedule by subject area. Hover or click the individual boxes below to learn more about each session. Attendees will be able to navigate in and out of sessions during the workshop and do not need to register for individual sessions in advance. Please contact Lindsay Moats at with questions about the workshop. 

History & Social Studies

Literature & Language Arts

Visual & Performing Arts

Science, Health & Technology

2021 Workshop Schedule

11:55am EST | Welcome & Introductions from Ousseina D. Alidou | Music from Isaac Kalumbu

12:15pm EST | Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cheikh Thiam | African Visions for a Just World: Why Africa? Why Now? 

1:00pm EST | Opening Session : William Kamkwamba | The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

1:25-1:30pm EST  | 5 minute break

Breakout into presentations. See schedule below.

Session 1:  1:30 - 2:50pm EST | Choose from the following four live presentations

Image by Markus Spiske

Youth Rise Up Against Climate Change Part 2: The Strugle Continues

 Youth Climate Activists

Appropriate for all grade levels

Image by NASA

De/signing the Future: African-Futurist Visions for a Just World

Unifier Dyer

Appropriate for High School+

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Imagining Blackness: Bringing Lego Art and Play to the Classroom

Ekow Nimako & Jeff Harry

Appropriate for all grade levels

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African Contexts in Science Inquiry Videos

Dr. Joy Kiano and N*Gen Show

Elementary School

2:50 - 3:00pm EST | 10 Minute Break

Session 2:  3:00 - 4:20pm EST | Choose from the following four live presentations

Image by Eva Blue

What Does Climate Change Hold for Agriculture and Food...

Leo Zulu 

Appropriate for all grade levels

Kids Reading Book in Park

Globally-themed picture books and the UN Sustainable...

Dr. Vesna Dimetrieska, Leana Mclain, & Elizabeth Bruder

Elementary School


Mbira & Guitar Traditions & Fusions

"Mono" Mukundu & Tendai Mavengeni

Appropriate for all grade levels

Image by Irewolede

African Architecture: Building the Future

Kabage Karanja, Stella Mutegi, and Logman Arja

High School+

4:20 - 4:30pm EST | 10 Minute Break

Session 3:  4:30 - 5:50pm EST | Choose from the following four live presentations

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The Ethos of Entrepreneurship

Cecil Chikezie

Appropriate for Middle School+

Image by Joecalih

Interrogating Development for a Better Future

Lynda Pickbourn & Elsa Wiehe

MIddle School+

Image by Tim Wildsmith

Expanding Our Literary Imagination: Teaching Nigerian Lit...

Lingerr Senghor, Amanda Moore, and Courtney Rein

High School+

Image by Steven Van

Nollywood's Africa and the Inventions of the American Mind

James Yeku

Appropriate for all grade levels

5:50 - 6:00pm EST | 10 Minute Break

Evening Session:  6:00- 6:50pm EST | Jerusalema: From Hymnal to Global Sensation Talk and Dance Tutorial

Closing Session:  6:50-7:00pm EST | Evaluations

Current teachers may receive a certificate of completion following the 2021 workshop. Professional development points/CEUs will be provided by Boston University (MA), UNC-Chapel Hill (NC), and Indiana University School of Education (IN). All participants will receive an email following the workshop detailing how to request certificates.

Registration is free thanks to the generous support of the members of the ASA Outreach Council. A limited amount of free tickets are available. If you register and do not attend the workshop, you may be wasting a space that could have been given to another teacher. Please only register if you are certain that you will attend. If you need to cancel your registration, please email Lindsay Moats at as soon as possible so that additional spaces can be reserved.

This virtual workshop will be recorded and shared publicly on the ASA website. All registrants are agreeing to being recorded anytime their video is turned on. 


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