English and social studies teachers will spend 39 days in the Republic of South Africa June 20 through July 28 as part of a program in curriculum development hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s 2013 Summer Institute, “South Africa: Continuity and Change.” 

Twenty-five teachers were chosen from more than 300 applicants nationwide to study South African history and culture with the goal of incorporating what they learn into their classroom teaching. The institute will take place primarily in Cape Town with lectures at the University of the Western Cape but will also include study at Rhodes University in Grahamstown as well as trips to Kimberley, Johannesburg, and Durban.

The institute will be led by Dr. Richard Corby, professor of history at UAM and a veteran of 13 study-abroad summer institutes, with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Participants will undergo an orientation session at Arniston, a small fishing village on the Atlantic coast before proceeding to Cape Town. Other stops include Cape Agulhus, the southernmost point on the African continent where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans converge, a visit to a diamond museum and “The Big Hole,” the world’s largest man-made hole, near Kimberley, and a tour of Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensburg Mountains.  The group will also tour Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, the oldest park in Africa and home to elephants, giraffes and one of the last remaining populations of white rhinos.

Jim Brewer
Director UAM Media Services