Study Abroad & Community Based Learning


Centre-in-Eastern Africa (HIS 433) (2014). This study abroad introduced students to several hundred years of religious and political history in eastern Africa. Through experiential learning, students engaged local histories and cultural complexities in the Great Lakes region. It began by studying the long history of the precolonial kingdom of Buganda, whose powerful chiefs largely controlled the processes of colonization in Uganda in the 1900s. It then transitioned to Tesoland, where, through homestays, students and members of the Atekok Itudai clan reflected on the long history of migration and political republicanism in the region, before we then shifted to Rwanda to think about the long history of the 1994 genocide. 


African Kingdoms & Colonial Empires (HIS 351). This courses begins by using a local cemetery near Centre College to show how central Kentucky's emerging political economy was interconnected with kingdoms in Africa such as Kongo.

Memory and the End of Empire (London: HIS 482). This course explores the long history of cosmopolitanism in London.  It seeks to shows how different communities have used London to engage in larger forms of international politics, mobility, and global citizenship. By placing particular emphases on the themes of decolonization, exile and immigration, it recasts London as a contested and dynamic space—and not simply a city that signifies Great Britain’s monarchical, Anglo-Saxon past. In Belfast, we used murals to explore the contested political histories of Ireland and England, which we examined further by interviewing former republican and loyalist combatants. Where we used Camden Market to think about regional cosmopolitanism, we studied the African exhibitions of the British Museum to think about the intersection of colonial power and local knowledge production.


Centre-in-Eastern Africa (HIS 433) (2016). The archival staff of the Soroti District Archives and students from Centre College worked together to rescue and preserve the region's archives. 

God in Global Landscapes (First Years Studies Course). Through interactive learning, this course historically examined areas such as: religion and globalization; public history; evangelicalism and American politics; Islam in America; competing Israeli and Palestinian histories; African pentecostalism; the Arab Spring; and religions in China. In Dearborn, Michigan, we visited the Arab American National Museum, the Islamic Center of America and ACCESS, America’s largest Arab American human services non-profit. In Chinatown-Chicago, we explored how one Chinese community uses their faith to mediate cultural assimilation. Next, we attended synagogue with the Isaiah Israel community, the oldest Reform congregation in the Midwest. Following, we participated in a conversation with a representative from ARZA, a Zionist international activist partnership. Finally, in Milwaukee we visited the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, whose community was recently the subject of patriotic, white supremacist violence, during which we participated in semi-structured discussions.

History of Time (London: HIS 120). This course explores the history of time in the modern world. It uses extensive community-based learning to examine the different ways in which societies have conceptualized and practiced time from the late eighteenth century up until today. Onsite learning is conducted at numerous spaces throughout London, including the home of Charles Dickens, 1940s Blitz sites, the Greenwich Observatory, the National Archives and the National Gallery.

Idi Amin’s Uganda (HIS 455). This course explores leading approaches and questions in historical argument and practice, such as source analyses, the philosophy of history, public history, power and gender, and violence and memory. The historical period of study will concentrate on the life and times of Idi Amin, who was postcolonial Africa’s most infamous dictator. The course provisions one week of field research in Washington, DC, most notably at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute of African Art.