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New program offers summer in Senegal

Miami’s new study abroad program, "Summer in Paris and Dakar," is the only summer program held in the West African nation of Senegal sponsored by an American university.

Offered by the department of French and Italian and scheduled for the first time in summer 2001, the program will focus on Francophone culture. "Spanish is not just Spain and French is not just France," said Babacar Camara (French and Italian and black world studies, Miami Middletown). Camara is a Senegal native and program coordinator.

"There are 19 French-speaking countries in Africa that are rarely dealt with by the English-speaking world," he said.

Students will spend a week in Paris exploring the French colonial legacy and the city’s diverse African cultural resources, followed by four weeks in Dakar, Senegal’s capital.

Nick Nesbitt (French and Italian), is director of the program.

"Dakar is a vibrant city with international cuisine, traditional markets and beautiful beaches," said Nesbitt. "Students will study in small classes and visit historic sites."

Nesbitt and Camara attended a workshop in Dakar last summer to make program arrangements, with funding provided by the Philip and Elaina Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives and the Workshop Incentive Fund.

A program informational session was held fall semester with another scheduled at Hamilton and Middletown the last week of January. For more information, contact Nesbitt at 9-7513 or Camara at 7-3358.

Date Published: 01/11/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 20

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