Items for Purchase or Rent
The African Studies Center Outreach Program at Boston University has produced some award-winning educational materials for all age ranges — includig adults! Below are the materials available for purchase (prices listed).
All of our items for purchase can be ordered with a Purchase Order form which can come by mail or by fax (617-353-4975) with a check made out to the African Studies Center sent to our mailing address:
African Studies Center
232 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
The African Studies Center is happy to answer any questions about our items for purchase!
Order 'How Big is Africa?' Poster for $19.95 + SH
Order 'Do Africans See Wildlife?' Poster for $19.95 + SH
The Outreach Program has produced a 24 x 31 inch full-color poster of the map of Africa with responses to this very interesting question for $19.95 + shipping & handling. Each poster order includes a detailed curriculum guide.
This brilliant, full-color poster serves to dispel the myth that people in Africa live among giraffes, elephants and other similar animals. It pictures Africans from around the continent telling when they first saw wildlife. Their answers are sure to surprise and enlighten. The poster and curriculum guide are intended for ages 4 to adult.
Order 'What Do We Know About Africa?' DVD for $49.95 + SH
The Outreach Program has produced an introductory 30-minute video discussing and dispelling stereotypes while providing a basic overview of the continent’s geography, culture, and history. Each video order includes a detailed curriculum guide. The “What Do We Know About Africa?” DVD is intended for high school and college students.
Order 'Inside Africa: Introducing the Continent and Its People' DVD for $49.95 + SH
This eye-opening program points out both differences and similarities between life in the U.S. and Africa. Convenient chapters first introduce the continent’s physical and human geography, and then look at the lives of three children, one each from Egypt, Tanzania, and Ghana (representing Africa’s main ecosystems—desert, savannah, and rainforest—as well as both city and village lifestyles). “Stop and think” questions encourage pauses for discussion. The “Inside Africa: Introducing the Continent and Its People” DVD is intended for grades 2-7.
Order 'Gelede: Yoruba Masquerade' DVD for $100 + SH
Rent or Purchase Traveling Kits
Traveling kits offer a window into the lives of children from various countries. Along with numerous authentic items from each country, the kits also include photo sets and full curriculum guides. These kits can be borrowed locally from the African Studies Outreach Program for $25 per week. They can also be purchased from the center for $250 (shipping included). Thus far, we have the following traveling kits available:
- The Ghana Culture Kit (multiple kits available for rent) (Grades 1-5)
- The Kenyan Kids Kit (multiple kits available for rent) (Grades 1-5)
Also, we provide advice for developing your own kit on Africa.
Please fill in the appropriate form below whether you are interested in renting or purchasing one of the kits:
Renting DVDs, Videos
For your convenience, our online video catalog is arranged according to country, title, subject, and suitable grade level. Please make the appropriate selection to view our video catalog.
To order a video for rent, please note the call number and fill out our video rental form. Thank you.
Title: view our video catalog by titles arranged alphabetically
Subject: view our video catalog by subjects arranged alphabetically
Country: view our video catalog by countries arranged alphabetically
Grade Level: view our video catalog by suitable grade level arranged alphabetically
Slide Show and Photo Purchasing Advice
The best source for inexpensive, quality slides and photos is CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency. Currently slides cost $2 each. You can call, write, or fax CIDA requesting particular series (e.g., shots of the capital of Ghana, Kenyan village life, a Koranic school). A contact sheet of slides on a selected topic can be ordered for $14, which then allows you to select those you most want. (Costs are quoted in Canadian dollars.) Ask how long an order will take; usually this will be around two weeks. If you would like, when ordering, ask if they can give you a brief caption (e.g., “Nairobi” for your slides).
David Barbour, Photo Editor
200 Promenade du Portage
Hull, Quebec K1A OG4
CIDA’s photo library also covers Asia and Latin America and perhaps now eastern Europe as well.
Other quality relatively inexpensive photo sources:
- The Maryknoll Order
P.O. Box 308
Maryknoll, NBY 10545-0308
(covers Asia and Latin America as well)
- National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian
(photo collection extends well beyond art to society as a whole)
- AfricaFocus, Sights and Sounds of a Continent University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program and the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library