Culture Klatsch, a new kind of educational outreach

Culture Klatsch, a new lecture series on JMU’s campus, launched Monday. It’s the first program of its kind at JMU designed with interdisciplinary liberal studies majors in mind, an effort to bring their college experiences closer to their future careers as teachers. In addition to JMU students, current pK-12 teachers and the general public are welcome to attend.

The lecture series will feature JMU experts presenting information on various cultures — specifically the six cultures emphasized by Virginia’s Standards of Learning: Egypt, Greece, China, Mali, West Africa and Native Americans.

Monday’s Culture Klatsch covered the History of Ancient Mali, West African Culture, Mansa Musa, Timbuktu and Islam as well as Gold salt, slave trade and European exploration.

According to The Breeze, the series will continue for the next three semesters. The next Culture Klatsch will be held in late September and will focus on Native Americans.

You don’t have to be an aspiring teacher to attend; it’s a great opportunity to broaden your world view. Check it out.


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