This program broadly addresses literature focused on African American themes published in the late 20th and 21st centuries. In summer 2020, our study abroad course will narrow that focus to study several works about African American issues written by contemporary authors that use Berlin as a key setting. In order to provide a literary context for these contemporary novels, our course will examine Germany as a recurring motif in African American writing across different historical eras from the 19th century, World War I, the Weimar era, World War II, and the Cold War. Ultimately, this course will lead students to understand contemporary internationalist expressions of African American experience and to more fully comprehend ideas of diaspora and transnational identity in the 21st century.
(Open to major, non-major students)
A survey of writings by African Americans from the middle of the 20th century through the Black Arts Movement. Identifies major authors in a variety of genres and provides historical contexts for literary movements from the period.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
Students will spend most weekday mornings in class. For afternoons, students should expect a planned professional or cultural event, with free time planned for students to explore, shop, enjoy and relax. Students will have most evenings free and may eat dinner in the campus cafeteria or may choose to go on their own to one of the many nearby restaurants.
TOTAL: Estimated $6,500-7,000
*costs are approximate and subject to change
A valid Passport is required to travel outside of the United States.
Passport cost is $165 (if you do not already have a current passport)
Passports may take a few months to process, so students are encouraged to start the process early. More information on the Passport process can be found here. Please note: prices and totals displayed are subject to change.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Available to U.S. citizens who want to study abroad and who receive a Pell Grant. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000. The Gilman is an extremely competitive scholarship that requires an essay and proposal, so start the application early. For more information please visit the Gilman website.
Undergraduates and graduate students of every major are welcome to apply.
Apply for Cal State East Bay’s Germany 2020 Summer Program here.
Apply early! There will be an interview process. Enrollment is limited.