Claire Garoutte, Fine Arts, and Saheed Adejumobi, History/Global African Studies, received a grant from Humanities Washington for their project “Our
Children, Our Voices.” Project directors will work with area Somali teens and
families on questions of cross-cultural identity, citizenship, education,
assimilation, and immigration. Seattle is home to the second largest Somali
population in the United States.
a twin focus on early childhood education and first-generation youth, Our
Children, Our Voices is a multi-layered narrative.
are bringing together oral histories and photography to highlight the activism
and self-representation of this vibrant and often misrepresented population,” said
project begins in July with a workshop involving Somali teens. Videography,
photography, and historical narratives are part of the weeklong program at
have the opportunity to capture the multifaceted cross-cultural experiences
facing the Somali community in our city,” Adejumobi said. “With oral histories,
photography, and video, we can offer insight into the issues they confront
Garoutte joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2006 and directs
the photography program. Saheed Adejumobi joined
the college faculty in 2005 and teaches courses in African history,
African American history, and courses in African film and music with emphasis
on the intellectual history, aesthetics and politics of the Black diaspora.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the
largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced
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