Global Seminar: Myths and Realities of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Accra

What to Expect


Excursions include 2 nights in the Central Region to tour the Cape Coast and Elmina Castle, and an overnight trip to the Ashanti region which has deep connections to the slave trade.


In Accra, you’ll live in the Yaa Asantewaa House at the Aya Centre for Intercultural Awareness and Development.


This is a short-term accelerated program focused on the slave trade and is composed of one five-credit course, a one-credit module entitled “Telling the Story” designed to give students the tools required to translate learning experiences into personal and professional narratives, and site visits to: W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, James and Ussher Forts, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Assin Manso, Aburi Woodcarving Village, Ghana National Museum, and a Danish plantation.



Earn 6 credits in just 4 short weeks! Classes will be held at the Aya Centre for Intercultural Awareness and Development.


You'll live in shared rooms at the Yaa Asantewaa House, located within the Aya Centre, where you'll be provided with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner is not included on overnight excursions).


Transportation is provided for all required site visits and course-related excursions. Airport arrival and departure transfers are also included.


Social events include welcome, departure, and jazz dinner.

My Global City

This program offers a variety of immersive social experiences throughout your program such as visiting a Danish plantation or strolling through the Aburi Woodcarving Village.


A two-night exploration of the Central Region with tours to the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles where slaves were held captive before being transported across the Atlantic and resold. Plus, an overnight trip to the Ashanti region which has deep connections to slavery and the slave trade.

24/7 Emergency Coverage

CAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.


You’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.


On site staff is available throughout your program to help you make the most of your experience.


The Yaa Asantewaa House is located within the grounds of the Aya Centre, approxi-mately 3 blocks from the University of Ghana, in East Legon, a quiet residential neigh-borhood located in Greater Accra.  The house is completely furnished, equipped with a kitchen (including basic cooking facilities and utensils), a dining room, a large living room, a small patio, and a large compound.  This two-story house has 5 large bedrooms (each with a ceiling fan and A/C unit) and 4.5 bathrooms, capable of accommodating a maximum of 20 people.  A twenty-four hour security guard service is provided along with wireless internet service.  Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner can be catered to groups upon request.


Myths and Realities of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade  


Myths and Realities of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Global Seminar in Accra, Ghana: Summer 2018

Course Description

This is an interdisciplinary course designed to disrupt old assumptions, dispel lingering myths, and introduce students to the realities, paradoxes, and challenges that permeate the terrible histories of slavery in general and the socio-economic and political institutions that resulted from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in particular.  Located in the Republic of Ghana, where much of the physical and social history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade can still be found, this 4-week seminar will make an invaluable contribution to enhancing the students’ understanding of this tragic chapter of human history.

Dr. Kofi Baku holds a doctorate from the University of Sussex and is a Barrister at Law. He has held visiting teaching positions at Boston University, University of California at Los Angeles, and Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include intellectual resistance to colonialism; statuses and disabilities of slaves in post 1874 Gold Coast and, chieftaincy and national politics in Ghana. He has written numerous articles and book chapters and he is currently preparing a comprehensive history of Ghana.

Internships & More

This program does not include an internship but there may be ways for you to get engaged in volunteer activities during your time at the Aya Center

Have Questions?

Mary Brown

Global Cities Program Advisor or 800.793.0334


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