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Book Launch for Prof. Charles Piot and Duke Student Authors
October 27, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Please join us for a celebration of the recent release of Doing Development in West Africa: A Reader by and for Undergraduates, published August 2016 by Duke University Press.
The book, facilitated and edited by Charles Piot, contains a collection of writings inspired by the work of 10 Duke undergraduates, some of whom will be at the event to share their experiences.
The event will open with an introduction of the book by Charlie Piot, followed by selected readings and comments by the student authors who participated in DukeEngage and summer field placements through the Global Health Institute, and conclude with a Q & A and light refreshments.
Seating in the room is limited.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase on-site.
About the Book:
In recent years the popularity of service learning and study abroad programs that bring students to the global South has soared, thanks to this generation of college students’ desire to make a positive difference in the world. This collection contains essays by undergraduates who recount their experiences in Togo working on projects that established health insurance at a local clinic, built a cyber café, created a microlending program for teens, and started a local writers’ group. The essays show students putting their optimism to work while learning that paying attention to local knowledge can make all the difference in a project’s success. Students also conducted research on global health topics by examining the complex relationships between traditional healing practices and biomedicine. Charles Piot’s introduction contextualizes student-initiated development within the history of development work in West Africa since 1960, while his epilogue provides an update on the projects, compiles an inventory of best practices, and describes the type of projects that are likely to succeed. Doing Development in West Africa provides a relatable and intimate look into the range of challenges, successes, and failures that come with studying abroad in the global South.
Duke Student Contributors:
Cheyenne Allenby, Kelly Andrejko, Connor Cotton, Allie Middleton, Caitlin Moyles, Benjamin Ramsey, Maria Cecilia Romano, Stephanie Rotolo, Emma Smith, and Sarah Zimmerman
About the Editor:
Charles Piot is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University, and the author of Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War.