Between France and Morocco: Diversity and Inclusion in the Francophone World

France and Morocco photos of the Eiffel Tower and Morracan city

Led by Dr. Alice Conklin, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion have collaborated to offer Between France and Morocco: Diversity and Inclusion in the Francophone World, an education abroad experience from May 7 – June 1, 2018 to France (Paris and Aix-en-Provence) and Morocco (Marrakech, Rabat, Fez, and Casablanca).

This 3-credit hour course traces the evolution of cultural, religious, racial, and national identities in France and Morocco, focusing on shared histories between these two countries. Students will explore the ways in which the legacies of slavery, colonialism and immigration continue to shape both nations. France, a predominantly Catholic nation, controlled parts of the Caribbean, Asia and Africa (including Morocco) until the 1950s; the kingdom of Morocco was once part of a vast Islamic empire that extended into France in the 8th century. Each country today has a significant number of minorities, and thus faces, like our own country, the challenge of practicing inclusivity and respecting diversity. The first week of study will introduce students to the history and culture of Paris. For the second week, we will make the small Southern city of Aix-en-Provence our base and explore France’s gateway to the Mediterranean. We will spend the third week visiting the historic cities of Marrakech, Rabat, Fez and Casablanca in Morocco.

Deadline to apply was January 3, 2018.