Fulbright Scholar -- 2013/2014 Saint Louis, Senegal
At the end of my Fulbright tenure, I co-curated a children’s art exhibit with Alioune Kébé titled “Regards d’enfants” at the Institut Français’ Galérie du fleuve. The exhibit featured works created by children who participated in workshops I had conducted in conjunction with the gallery shows from January through May. We organized a day of workshops on Islamic art during the “Regards d’enfants” exhibition and a 12-year-old boy I trained shot this 4-minute documentary about the event with an iPod Touch 5.
Welcome to Gorée Island
I had dreamed of visiting Senegal and making a pilgrimage to Gorée Island for over 30 years. In April my friend, Freddi Williams Evans was invited to give several presentations in Dakar. Freddi is the author of Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, which won the 2011 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities award. While we were in Dakar, Freddi and I visited Gorée Island. Afterwards I produced this short documentary about Insa Sané, a sand painter
The Digital Book
I had brought a Mobile Media Lab consisting of six iPod Touch 5 devices with me intending to use them to make eBooks available to my university students during class meetings. Since I ended up teaching English conversation at ISM instead of literature classes at UGB, I used the iPods to conduct digital storytelling and drawing workshops. This video documents the digital storytelling workshops I conducted for the Institut Français booth at the Foire du livre in Dakar in December 2013.