Two New Carleton OCS Programs to Run in 2019-20

28 February 2019

Carleton College Off-Campus Studies Office is excited to announce the launch of two new Off-Campus
Studies programs in the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • History, Culture, and Commerce in Africa and Arabia (Spring 2020), led by Thabiti Willis
  • History of Computing in England (Summer 2019), led by David Liben-Nowell

Thabiti Willis, director of the History, Culture, and Commerce in Africa and Arabia
program says, “We will explore how history is presented in museums and other heritage sites, as well as emphasize the ways in which institutions and people treat the African and Arab elements.” During this program, students will visit archeological and heritage sites in Zanzibar, Oman, and Bahrain to better understand notions of African and Arab identities. Research projects offer students opportunities to learn about a wide range of archival, archeological, musical, oral, and visual sources and material culture.

The History of Computing in England program will explore watershed moments in computing history, along with cryptography, World War II, and notions of gender and sexuality. Students will learn to situate computer science in a broader societal, historical, and personal context. Program director, David Liben-Nowell, says, “The program will be mostly be based in Cambridge, where much of the early work in the field occurred, but we will also travel to a variety of places inside and outside England to further explore the context of the older parts of this history, and some of its modern consequences.”

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