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University of Detroit Mercy program to Brazil — 2016

The University of Detroit Mercy is pleased to announce that our institution was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Brazil for Detroit Mercy faculty and K-12 educators for summer 2016. 

The program, African Contributions and Contemporary Issues in Northeast Brazil, took place in Sao Luis, Maranhao, and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil for one month during the summer of 2016. This project provided a 4-week collaborative learning experience in Brazil which gave participants multiple perspectives of the African-American experience through scholarly research and dialogue in northeast Brazil in order to inform learning, build and enhance curricular resources, and internationalize curricula in meaningful and measurable ways. As a result, participants have been enabled to develop thematic units and projects that can be integrated in their schools and institutions, as well as shared with audiences nationwide.

The following curriculum projects have been developed as a result of the Group Project Abroad (by course instructor, in alphabetical order):

Annotated Bibliography: A Resource to Use and Share

William Bowles: Western International High School, Detroit, MI
K-12/cross-curricular: Library Media supplemental resource instruction in the African diaspora to Brazil

Regina Elamri: Chandler Park Academy, Detroit, MI
Grades 5-9: Current Events & Brazil: A Cultural Study
Geography, Religion, Minorities (powerpoint presentation)
Marking the Text & Jigsaw (powerpoint presentation)
Afro-Brazilian Instruments (powerpoint presentation)
Language and Art (powerpoint presentation)

Ann Eskridge: Detroit Mercy - African American Studies/African American Literature
Using Cordel (folhetos) Literature to Create Narrative Stories in Rhythm and Rhyme

Roy Finkenbine:  Detroit Mercy - History
Slave Rebels and Runaways - Course syllabus, comparison chart, and assessment materials augmented by the Brazil GPA experience

Renady Hightower: Detroit Mercy - Health Services Administration
Intersecting Cultural Anthropology & Health Care: Race Does Matter in Community Health 

Gail Presbey: Detroit Mercy - Philosophy/History
PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice, University of Detroit Mercy
Unit Plan Summary
Course Syllabus

Karen Russell: Edison Elementary School, Detroit, MI
Grades K-2:  Brazil and You: Families Around the World

Erika Stowall: Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences, Detroit, MI 
Elementary and Middle School - Candomble: Dance of the Orixas - A blending of African cultural and religious traditions.

Rachael Walker: Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI
9-12 grade arts and social studies: Who Am I? Exploration of Afro-Brazilian History and Culture

Lara Wasner: Detroit Mercy - Language & Cultural Studies
Lessons from Brazil: Detroit Mercy GPA overview (multi-purpose presentation) 

Alana Wynes: Quarton Elementary School, Birmingham, MI
Grades 3-5 - Transformative Art in Brazil: Exploring printmaking, mask making, and graffiti
African Masks in Brazil (powerpoint presentation)
Graffiti in Brazil (powerpoint presentation)

For more information, contact project director Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or

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