This spring, you'll have a chance to travel to Kenya with anthropology professor Rachel Watkins. You'll meet Kenyan citizens, engage with Kenyan art, literature, and culture, and deepen your understanding of environmental issues. You'll also examine our origins and the very idea of human nature.
The travel dates are March 8-16, 2014. The trip will be based at AU Abroad's center in Nairobi, where 40-50 AU students study every year.
Registration for this trip is now closed. Read on for more information about the professor, trip highlights, and registration.
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR
Rachel Watkins is an associate professor in AU's department of anthropology. Professor Watkins' interests lie in humans' evolutionary history, which she has studied through skeletal and documentary data analysis. Her recent work has been in the biological and social history of African Americans in the urban U.S. For more information on Professor Watkins, click here.
The trip will likely include...
- Site visits that explore the evolutionary, social, and cultural history of human beings--and their relationship with the environment. These will include trips to Lake Nakuru, well-known for its rhino and flamingo populations, and to the vast skeletal collection in the National Museum of Kenya.
- Opportunities to engage with the art, literature, and culture of Kenya, including a trip to the Godown Arts Centre and the Kwani Trust, a literary center housed in the AU Abroad complex.
- Trips within and beyond Nairobi. You'll explore rural and urban areas and spend time with Kenyans living in both settings.
- A visit to the headquarters of the Green Belt Movement, an environmental organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.
- A tour of the Nairobi National Museum to explore our human origins and primate ancestors.
This trip is offered in conjunction with Professor Watkins' Honors colloquium, "Kenya: Race, Sex, Violence, and other Myths about Human Nature." Students in the course will have priority registration for the trip in early January, and the trip will open soon after to all Honors students.
The cost of the trip is $2,450, which includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, planned excursions, and most meals. Students will be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the airport in Washington, D.C., some individual meals, and visa expenses (if required).
Students in the course will have priority registration for the trip until Thursday, January 23. On Friday, January 24, trip registration will open to all Honors students. The final registration deadline for all students is Friday, January 31.
Honors students should see their email for more details.
Please don't hesitate to ask. Email us at Honors@american.edu, call us at 202-885-6194, or drop by the Honors Center on the first floor of Hughes Hall.
Click here to learn more about the Study/Travel Program, including previous years’ trips.