The Islands of Cabo Verde

  Ilhas perdidas
no meio do mar
num canto do Mundo
-que as ondas embalam

Islands lost
in the middle of the sea
in an angle of the World
-where the waves cradle

        - Jorge Barbosa, poet of Cape Verde

Cape Verde -- 1997 Summer Seminar

June 22 - August 2, 1997

sponsored by: University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College

Program Director: John H. McCray, Jr., Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Rhode Island
Program Coordinator: Carla A. Simonini, M.A.
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Rhode Island
Faculty-in-Residence: Richard A. Lobban, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Former Director, Program of African and Afro-American Studies
Rhode Island College
Program Contributors: Benjamin Monteiro
Cape Verde Consulate to the United States

Cynthia Hamilton, Ph.D.
Director, Program of African and Afro-American Studies
University of Rhode Island

Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Director, Study Abroad and International Studies
Rhode Island College

Gregory R. McNab, Jr., Ph.D.
Section Head, Portuguese Studies
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
University of Rhode Island

John J. Salesses, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rhode Island College

About the Program:

This unique summer seminar offers an opportunity for students to have a meaningful and cross-cultural academic experience focused on the Cape Verde Islands. The course includes one week of intensive preparation in the United States, a four-week period of residence in Cape Verde, and a concluding week of studies back in the United States. Students will trace the long cultural history of the West African region with the goal of understanding the rich and complex present by viewing past African Empires, European exploration and colonization, slavery and emigration. The cultural diversity, geography, demography, natural resources, literature and modern political relations will also be studied with the same goal of increasing students' understanding of this region in general, and of Cape Verde in particular.

During the preparatory phase of the course students will study Cape Verde's historical and cultural links to the great West African savanna kingdoms and to medieval Europe. Students will also examine Cape Verdean ties to American history in the context of the infamous slave trade. The background will provide a foundation for the application of development models for Cape Verde specifically, but it will, in general, illuminate the regions of the world in which we find the majority of the earth's population living under conditions of relative underdevelopment. Today, the nations in this part of the world are facing the pressing issues of economic development, demographic increase, oppressive living conditions, and political instability. The Cape Verdean experience will concretize the students' understanding of the related issues.

Study and Grades:

Throughout the course students' understanding of Cape Verdean history and culture will be facilitated through readings, films, classroom instruction in both lecture and seminar format, and a variety of other activities. Each student will prepare several focused writing projects on topics that address selected themes or problems connected to the Cape Verdean experience. Each preliminary project will aim toward articulation with field research questions and internships in Cape Verde.

Grades will be based on writing assignments and field work. Students will also be rewarded for regular class attendance and active participation in classroom and field activities.

Program Credits and Prerequisites:

Students can earn either six advanced undergraduate or six graduate credits (minimum 72 classroom hours), depending upon their level of preparation coming into the course and their intended area of focus. All graduate students must receive approval in advance from their home department and may be required to submit an abstract of their proposed research project along with their registration materials.

All undergraduate students will pre-register for AAF 300 and AAF 390 for credit at URI. (At URI, the course AAF 390 can, with prior approval, be cross-registered as an independent study in the College of Business. Students should consult with their academic advisor for details.) Graduate students, upon consultation with their department, will pre-register for catalogue courses at URI that correspond to their proposed area of study. The director of the program reserves the right to make the final determination of a student's placement based on a complete review of his/her application materials.

As a minimum requirement for admission into the program all students must have completed an introductory, college-level course in African and Afro-American Studies, or have equivalent preparation as determined by the program director. All students must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Course Offerings:

All students will participate in a seminar on Cape Verde history and culture (AAF 300) which begins with an intensive, week-long series of classes, lectures, and other activities at Rhode Island College. The seminar aims to provide students with a general understanding of historic and contemporary issues, and to prepare students to pursue a more individualized course of study upon arrival in Cape Verde. According to their specific areas of interest, students can focus their directed study projects on such diverse topics as race relations, slave systems, Africana folk life, ancient and medieval African history, African political and economic development, and pan-African literature. Ideally, each directed study will include "hands-on" research in the form of an internship or field work in Cape Verde. In the case of graduate students, directed studies will conform to the requirements that have been established by the student's home department.

For undergraduate credit at the University of Rhode Island students will register for the following courses::
AAF 300 Special Topics in African and Afro-American Studies
Selected contemporary topics, problems, issues, and individuals from the field of African and Afro-American studies. The topical format allows in-depth analysis of some significant aspect of the African and Afro-America experience.
AAF 390 Directed Study or Research
Directed study arranged to meet the needs of individual student who desire independent work and to promote collective research efforts in African and Afro-American Studies.
For graduate credit: Graduate students must consult with their home department and the Program Director. See address and phone number listed on program application.

Housing and Meals:

Students will live in a dormitory-style residence with shared bathroom facilities for the four weeks of study in Cape Verde. They will receive three meals per day, which may at times include a "brown bag" lunch to accommodate field work and other off-site research opportunities. The full cost of room and board in Cape Verde is included in the program fee.

Residency is not required during the first and last weeks of the program which will be conducted at Rhode Island College. Whether in residency or not, all students will be expected to participate in the full array of program activities planned for the Rhode Island College segments of the course, including those that may be scheduled during evening or weekend hours. Students interested in obtaining a room and board contract for these two weeks at should contact the RIC Office of Residential Life at (401) 456-8240.

Program Cost:

The full cost of the program is $2,500.00 for undergraduate and $2,800.00 for graduate students which includes tuition, cultural activities, guided instructional excursions, room and board in Cape Verde (double occupancy rooms, 3 meals per day), cultural and convocation parties, round-trip flight to Cape Verde from Boston, transportation to and from airport, and limited inter-island travel in Cape Verde. The cost does not include health insurance (mandatory coverage for all participants), room and board during the two-weeks of residency in the United States, books, personal expenses, laundry, passport and visa fees, or additional travel beyond that which is required for the program.

As a special feature of the program, the director has negotiated air travel to and from Cape Verde and between the islands of Cape Verde at a significantly reduced price. All students must travel to and from Cape Verde with the group.


Students must forward a non-refundable $250.00 deposit with their application by the application deadline of May 1, 1997. The deposit will be applied to the program fee, and is refundable only if the student is not accepted into the program.

Payment of the deposit(s) and the program fee may be made by check, money order, VISA, or MasterCard (check or money order payable to University of Rhode Island).

Application Procedure:

Admission is by special application using one of the forms supplied. Early application is advised since space is limited. Students should send the application with an up-dated, official transcript, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member, and a $250.00 deposit to: Ms. Carla Simonini, Cape Verde Exchange Program, Division of Student Affairs, rm 312 Memorial Union, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881-0800

Priority consideration will be given to students who apply before January 31, 1997; applications will be accepted and reviewed up until May 1, 1997, with full payment required no later than June 2, 1997. Please note that the $250.00 program deposit is refundable ONLY if the applicant is not accepted into the program.

For additional information and applications contact:

Ms. Carla Simonini
Cape Verde Exchange Program
Division of Student Affairs
Rm 312 Memorial Union
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881-0800
(401) 874-2036 (voice) (401) 874-2974 (fax)

Application Form


Social Security #:_________________________      Date of Birth: ________________

Permanent Address:_________________________     Zip Code:___________

Home Phone:_________________________

College Address:__________________________________________________     Zip Code:___________

College Phone:________________________

Cumulative grade point average:

Enrollment (choose one option)

______ Undergraduate program      ______ Graduate Program

Accommodations in Cape Verde**:

____ Male     ____ Female

____ Smoke     ____ Non-Smoker

**For information on accommodations at RIC for the week preceding and week after the sojourn in Cape Verde contact the RIC Office of Residential Life at (401) 456-8240.

I have enclosed a check (payable to URI) in the amount of $ ______________________

Please charge my credit card in the amount of $ _______________________________

VISA _____________     MCARD _____

Card # ___________________________________     Exp. Date ____________

Signature _____________________________________________________________

Enclose an up-dated, official transcript, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member, and your deposit of $250.00, refundable only if you are not accepted, and send to: Ms. Carla Simonini, Cape Verde Exchange Program, Division of Student Affairs, rm 312 Memorial Union, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881-0800

Full payment of $2,500.00 for the undergraduate program or $2,800 for the graduate program is due by June 2, 1997.

For sign language interpretation, personal FM systems, and disability assistance, please contact Joseph McGinn at 277-5050 with at least 30 days advance notice. For TDD assistance, please all (401) 277-5020.
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