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

France and Morocco photos of the Eiffel Tower and Morracan city

Directed by Professor Alice Conklin from the Department of History, Between France and Morocco: Diversity and Inclusion in the Francophone World, is a collaborative education abroad program offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The dates for the 2019 program are May 7 to May 31, 2019.

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.

The application deadline is January 3, 2019.  For further information and to discuss the program, please contact Ms. Jackie Lipscomb (lipscomb.3@osu.edu), Office of Diversity and Inclusion.