College of Arts and Sciences

Technology Workshop for Humanities

Africana Studies

March 24, 2010
4:00-6:00 PM
Banquet Hall South, Campion Student Center 


  • The African-American Mosaic: This is an online exhibition based on a published Library of Congress resource guide for the study of Black history and culture, including an overview of four topics—Colonization, Abolition, Migration, and the WPA—all linked to photographs and images of primary documents. When used in conjunction with the rich archival resources available in the American Memory, website which includes photographs, transcripts and audio recordings of ex-slave narratives, African-American sheet music and pamphlets, catechisms from southern Black churches, and many other digitized primary materials that would enable students to pursue creative explorations into many different aspects of the African-American experience.
  • Village of Umuofia: An Interactive Learning Environment: According to this site's creator, Dr. Allen Webb of Western Michigan University, “The Village of Umuofia is a virtual reality space enhancing the study of Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart and the Igbo people at time of British colonial domination of Nigeria.” Part of the Literary Worlds virtual environment, the village is enhanced by authentic Igbo images from the Jones Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigerian Art and Culture and by traditional West African music by Yaya Diallo. Guided by activities posted on the site, students can imaginatively immerse themselves in the world of the novel and can assume the identities of various characters to enact role-playing scenarios.
  • Gateway Sites:
    • African-American Digital Initiatives from Howard University, a large collection of links to websites related to African-American history and culture, with titles but no annotations.
    • Internet African History Sourcebook from Fordham University, a well-organized and briefly annotated collection of links related to African history and culture, focusing expecially on primary texts but including secondary essays and multimedia websites with special educational value.
Compiled by Barbara F. McManus and Ann R. Raia
The College of New Rochelle