OU in Ghana: My African Sabbatical

I arrived in Accra, the capital of the West African nation of Ghana, on the evening of the last day of January 2016 to embark upon the second sabbatical of my tenure as a professor at Oglethorpe. Why on earth would a Spanish professor spend an entire semester in an English-speaking African country? What would be …

A Working Holiday in the Andes: Oglethorpe & the Liberal Arts in Ecuador

While most of my colleagues and students were devouring turkey and dressing for the Thanksgiving holiday, I was killing multiple birds (figuratively speaking) with one stone in the land of the condor, that treasured, colorful and fascinating Andean nation: Ecuador. The “multiple birds” were projects that aligned themselves ever so smoothly during my brief five-day …

“Eyes on Africa” Course Offers a New Look at History

French Professor Jay Lutz and I designed a First Year Seminar course called “Eyes on Africa.” The seminar explores the culture, literature, people and current events related to the African continent, as well as relevant connections to the African Diaspora—the manifestation of African culture outside of the continent. This manifestation includes Africa’s indelible impact on the United …