Welcome to the “Call of South Africa” Blog!

In 2007, Dr. Prudence Layne introduced Elon University’s first winter-term study abroad program to South Africa as part of a larger effort to develop the African & African-American Studies minor at the University. Each year, thirty students are guided through an academic and cultural experience that spurs their personal growth. In 2008, the course doubled the number of applicants for its thirty slots, and has now joined its sister course “Ghana: West African History and Culture” as one of Elon’s most popular and life-changing experiences.

Learn more about the course design, the readings, the students who have and will embark on this journey and about South Africa by going to the course and program website. Of special interest is the program’s service initiatives each cohort undertakes as part of their studies. Should you or anyone you know want to contribute to our efforts, please read the information we have provided for you.

Finally, instructors interested in learning more about assembling a successful study abroad program or improving a current course  should email playne@elon.edu .

About This Blog…

This weblog, which was launched in 2006, serves as an ongoing forum for Elon students, their parents and friends, and our South African counterparts to engage each other. The blog…

– creates an open forum/portal for Elon students to explore their direct and indirect relationships to South Africa before, during, and after the course
– facilitates our communications during the travel component of the course by allowing students to post photos and reflections about their experiences, and provides their parents and friends with updates;
– allows our South African colleagues, at various universities we will visit, the opportunity to join in our discussions, and reflect on their experiences with the Elon community;
– provides other Elon students, faculty and the community in general with a permanent record of our experiences.

To view previous class entries, click on the links in the “categories” section on the left or at the top of any blog page. To see all posts in chronological order, click on “ALL POSTS” at the top of any blog page.

Please direct any questions about this blog to playne@elon.edu .

Posting Comments…

We encourage readers to participate in blog discussions by commenting on posts. For all our new bloggers, here are some brief instructions about how to post a comment:
At the bottom of entries posted to the SASA blog, you’ll see the phrase “Leave a Reply.” Fill in the ID boxes (name and email), then type the letters/numbers you see in the CAPTCHA image into the Captcha code box. Then write your comment. When you’re done commenting, click on the “Submit Comment” button.

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