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 Representations of African descendants in Latin America
Adrián Sánchez Galque, Mulatos de Esmeraldas, 1599

Representations of African descendants in Latin America

The UCLA Latin American Institute and the African Studies Center invite K-12 educators to participate in a 10-day workshop from July 18-29, 2011 to survey the history, popular movements, and artistic expressions of African descendants and scrutinize the many ways in which they have been portrayed.


Latin America’s many nations and cultures are enriched by millions of African descendants. Since the earliest trans-Atlantic voyages, Africans have contributed to the complex ethnic and cultural diversity that characterizes Latin America. The UCLA Latin American Institute and the African Studies Center invite K-12 educators to participate in a 10-day workshop from July 18-29, 2011 that will survey the history of Africans in Latin America. Led by an expert group of scholars, this workshop will highlight the historical and cultural contributions of African descendants in the region, examining how they have been represented in various media, from art and print to television and the internet. These representations will also include depictions of how African descendants view themselves throughout the history of Latin America.

Participants will be able to manipulate these themes in their classroom and teach their students how present day depictions connect and relate to the past. In addition to the rich themes presented in this workshop, participants will be provided with curriculum development sessions to enhance curriculum materials and develop lesson plans that will help improve students’ understanding of the aforementioned historical and cultural connections.

LAUSD multicultural general salary credits and/or University Extension quarter-units will be available*

Days of Instruction

July 18-29, 2011
M-F 8:30am - 4:00pm


Open to K-12 educators. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants


The seminar fee of $150 includes registration, accreditation, parking, refreshments and educational materials.

A note about accreditation:
In this workshop, K-12 educators participate in a selected cohort led by leading scholars in the humanities, and social sciences; thus educators will be reconnected to the world of scholarship. During the workshop, participants are expected to be actively involved and immerse themselves in scholarly topics presented in this workshop.  As a result, teachers are required to complete a curriculum development project that incorporates learned material into standards-based lesson plans centered on the workshop's themes.

After successfully attending and completing the assignments provided, participants will receive 4 LAUSD multicultural general salary credits* or 4 University Extension quarter-units

*LAUSD final approval pending

Before you submit your application, you will need to register an account. Follow the instructions below:

Apply here!

  • Please note that before applying, you need to complete a brief survey questionnare that should only take three minutes.
  • The link is provided on the last paragraph of the online application.
  • A code will be provided when you complete the questionnaire to start your application form.

Application deadline is Friday, July 1, 2011

Co-sponsored by: UCLA Center for Brazilian Studies; Center for Mexican Studies

Published: Friday, May 06, 2011