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Race, Culture, & Community in London

Photo submitted by Sidney Arrington-Ashford.
  • City: London
  • Term: Spring
  • Instruction in: English
  • Students interested in: Humanities, Race and Ethnicity

In one of the world’s most ethnically diverse cities, students along with U-M faculty will explore London, an ever-changing metropolis. This 6-week, 6-credit program is led by two U-M faculty members: Professor Frieda Ekotto and Associate Professor Emily Nicklett. Professor Ekotto’s course, The New Face of England: Understanding Cultural Diversity, examines how the ethnic makeup of contemporary Great Britain society challenges the idea of what it means to be a British citizen in the twenty first century. The course will explore the implications of cultural diversity in literature, film, newspapers and popular musical forms to reflect on issues such as integration, identity, violence, race and class. This course credit for this class may be counted towards the Race and Ethnicity (R&E) Requirement.

In Professor Nicklett’s course, Health Equity in Contemporary London: Community Perspectives, students will develop a foundational understanding of the social and historical causes of present-day health inequities in London and surrounding areas, as well as national and city-wide strategies to address these inequities. A variety of excursions in London and Brighton are planned to enhance the learning experience. Past excursions have included visits to theater performances, Brick Lane, the Black Pride Festival, and the British Museum.