- The Joola: The Geographical Dimensions of Africa’s Greatest Shipwreck
Created by the ASC’s 2016 Fulbright-Hays participant Karen Barton, this interactive article explores the untold histories and legacies of the 2002 Joola shipwreck in Senegal, which killed an estimated 1,863 people. Despite more casualties than the Titanic, there has been no academic attention to the wide-reaching impact of the Joola. This article explores the incident through a geographic lens and by doing so, allows the traumatic event and the thousands of people affected to be adequately memorialized.
- The Relationship between Map Type and Social Justice – A Clip from The West Wing
This short clip highlights the ways in which map projection type can affect our perceptions of other continents, countries, and cultures. In the clip, members of the Organization of Cartographers for Social Equality explain the value of using the Gall-Peters projection map (over the traditional Mercator projection) and encourage the fictional federal administration to support its adoption in schools nation-wide. This is a great way to start a conversation on unconscious bias in the classroom and explore the importance of geography in social justice-oriented teaching.
- Explore Africa through these interactive maps!
- Which Continent? Using Photos to Overcome Stereotypes
- Lesson Plan from Deborah Johnson from the Lakeside School in Seattle, WA
- Travel Blogs Lesson: Students show what they have gathered from a unit of African geography
- The Nile River Today – curriculum unit
- Curriculum Guide: What do we know about Africa?
Key Introductory Websites
- Africa Access: Expanding Perspectives on Africa
- Ted Talks: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story
- Mama Hope: Stope the Pity. Unlock the Potential.