Apply for the 2014 Tubman Student Summer Programme

The Harriet Tubman Institute at York University invites youth ages 14-18 (or grade 9 to grade 12) to participate in its Student Summer Programme.

Youth will participate in daily activities (art, dance, creative writing, sport, storytelling, graffiti, music, workshops, trips and classes) that will give them an overview of the contributions of African peoples and cultures to the historical development of the world. Experienced educators, facilitators, volunteers and students from York University will deliver all the sessions.

Some themes:

  • African and Caribbean histories.
  • The Slave trade in Africans and slave resistance (historical and contemporary representations).
  • African, Caribbean and Afro-Latinoamerican identities.
  • Memory, community values like folkloric traditions in African, African Diaspora (African descended communities outside of Africa) and specifically the African Canadian contexts.
  • Museums, archives and popular culture.
  • Contemporary issues of histories of migrations, race, slavery, education and gender.
  • Introduction to technology to digitalize community historical records: working sessions, photographs and documents.

The programme will run from July 7-18th at York University and will be at no cost to the youth selected to participate: there are about 30 spaces available. Meals (breakfast and lunch) as well as transportation (bus tickets) will be provided. The 5th annual student summer programme will be held at the Archives of Ontario, Keele Campus (York University). It runs approximately from 9.00am – 3.30pm each day.

The youth will have the opportunity to accumulate community hours and an official certificate from the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University will be awarded to students on completion of the programme. Please complete the application online or print out the application form and return to:

Abubacar Fofana León
Summer Programme Director
The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples
York University, York Lanes, Room 327
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3
Tel.: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33058 Fax: (416) 650-8173
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