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About the talk
This talk will explore how a new, Pan-African institution conceptualized 'Africa' in its curriculum, first by making it first foundational, and then excising it almost completely. It presents lessons drawn from rethinking undergraduate curricula, university partnerships, and skills-based education, and from exploring the encounter between frameworks and philosophies of teaching and learning from McKinsey Consulting to Paulo Freire.
Jess Auerbach is currently faculty at the Open University of Mauritius. She completed a PhD in anthropology at Stanford in 2016 and also holds an affiliation with the Environmental Humanities South Program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently completing a monograph entitled From Water to Wine: A Sensory Ethnography of the Emergent Angolan Middle Class and beginning a new research project on peace and conflict in Mauritius' rapidly changing urban landscape. For more on Jess click here