ERIC Number: EJ707721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov-4
Reference Count: N/A
Restoring a Ruptured Relationship: Barnard College's Caryl Phillips' Senior English Seminar Focuses on Broken International Connections and Culminates with a Trans-Atlantic Journey
Keels, Crystal L.
Black Issues in Higher Education, v21 n19 p31 Nov 2004
Millions of African people who were captured, kidnapped and shackled for sale as part of the trans-Atlantic slave trade first passed through Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, West Africa. They stepped through the doorway that set them on a horrifying journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Men, women and children were taken by force, leaving their loved ones, languages and their claims of humanity behind in this instance of involuntary migration to enter what has become known as "The Door of No Return."In a month or so, 16 Barnard College seniors will stand in the same corridor and peer out through the same door over the same waters that carried approximately 12 million Africans to an unfamiliar country."I want them to actually physically be put into a place where they cannot look away," says Barnard professor Caryl Phillips about the students from his senior English seminar who will journey with him across the Atlantic to Ghana as part of his fall course, "The Literature of the Middle Passage."
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Seminars, College Seniors, Slavery, African Culture, World History, Travel, English, Course Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Ghana