Rutgers Center for African Studies presents:

Global Africa, Migration, Literature and the Arts K-12 Teachers’ Workshop:

Teaching Global Africa Through Its Foodways: From the Farm to the Table!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

This workshop is aimed to prepare K-12 teachers in New Jersey to teach about Africa's contribution to global health thru its foodways. Lead by expert Dr. Albert Ayeni, this workshop has four specific goals:

To explore:

  1. How food systems work (from production to consumption).
  2. The role of food in social life (weddings, festivals, etc.).
  3. The connections between nutritious food, health, and a productive life.
  4. The ethnic crops, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship of African immigrant populations in New Jersey.

Workshop has these broad goals:

  • To equip educators with practical strategies and resources for integrating Africa and its diaspora in their schools and classrooms
  • To provide a forum and a network of K-12 educators and scholars in the New Jersey area engaged in bringing Africa and its diaspora in to the school curriculum.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Rutgers University, Rutgers Academic Building (AB)
15 Seminary Place, room 2150, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This workshop is suitable for teachers of social studies, science, health and nutrition, geography, literature, music, language, and art. It will provide teachers with resource materials for curriculum design. Teachers will also earn professional development credit and their participation will enable them to meet the Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies, and the mandate of the New Jersey Amistad legislation.

What Do Teachers Get?

  • Expert-led sessions on Africa and African foodways
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Lesson plans and other curricular material
  • Lists of useful web sites that provide lesson plans for different grade levels
  • Certificate of completion for participation


9:00am-9:30 am Welcome Address and Breakfast
9:30am-12:00 pm Session I: Lectures and Presentations
12:00pm-12:30 pm Lunch
12:30pm-1:00 pm Exhibition on African American foodways at Alexander Library
1:00pm-3:00pm Session II: Presentations and Break-out Sessions
3:00pm-3:30 pm Closing and Evaluations

Registration Instructions - Space is limited.

  1. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 11, 2019. You will be notified of your acceptance by email.
  2.   document Download the registration form here (1021 KB) , fill it out, and send it with a check for $35 made out to Rutgers University with AMESALL on the memorandum line.
    OR fill out the online registration form

Please mail check to:

Center for African Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8045
Attn.: Global Africa Teachers’ Workshop/Christine Waithe

For more information, please call (848) 445 – 6638.
Updates will be posted on the CAS website:

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the Global Africa, Migration, Literature and the Arts symposium, which will take place Thursday and Friday, March 28-29, 2019. It is sponsored by various units and departments at Rutgers University New Brunswick.