This course will compare and contrast Ghanaian and African American cultures and the influences of W. Africa on African American culture, through the exploration of educational, cultural, political, and historical aspects of Ghana. A special emphasis will be on USAID and other literacy initiatives in Ghana. The course will be accompanied by a two-week trip in January 2013, which will expose students to the peoples of Ghana, in both urban and rural locations. The tentative schedule for the Ghana trip includes hands-on service learning, lectures and visits to St. Peter's Prep. School in Shama, The University of Cape Coast and the University of Ghana-Legon, and historical sites such as: a five hundred year old slave castle and dungeon (Elmira): Ghana National Cultural Center; W.E.B. DuBois Center; and museums. Students will earn 3 academic credits. Due to the Ebola epedemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the travel component to Ghana has been transitioned to Jamaica.