Africa: Human Origins to the Present


Four Sessions: November 29, December 6, 13, 20

Time: Wednesdays, 1–3 PM

Location: DMACC Urban Campus, 1100 Seventh St., Room 103, Building 1

Cost: $48

Class Limit: 25


It has been said that “the darkest thing about Africa is Americans’ ignorance of it.” However, its vast size, resources, and rich cultures are filled with a vital humanity rare in modern times. This class is a survey of African history from prehistoric times to the present. We will start with an overview of Africa—its geography, demography, religions, and arts—all illuminated with maps and slides. Our second session will tell the story of the continent’s prehistoric people, Egyptian culture, and the three great West African kingdoms. The third session covers the European colonial period, 1450–World War II, and the transatlantic slave trade. We will conclude with a look at recent history of the Independence Era, 1945 to the present.


Instructor Hal Chase holds degrees from Washington and Lee University, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania and has enjoyed a long career teaching history. He has visited African countries numerous times and taught African history at Ball State University.

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