In this installment of Fireside Chats with Fascinating Faculty, part of the IES Abroad Global Leadership SerIES, Gretchen Cook-Anderson, IES Abroad Associate Vice President, Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism, and Director of Diversity Recruitment and Advising, hosted a live Zoom event with IES Abroad Cape Town Professor Dr. Carla Lever, who teaches the course Power & Protest: Apartheid to Present.
Dr. Lever discusses how the course came about, from her interest in (and not to mention her thesis on) everyday acts of performance and how the course uses protest as a framework for understanding inequality, particularly in the South African context. She explains that the course subject matter lends itself to experiential learning, from visiting an activist training organization, to touring an informal settlement to learn why people are protesting, to starting class at the site of a defaced statue; teaching outside of the classroom allows students to feel uncomfortable in spaces, since not everyone can navigate space and culture in the same way.
Gretchen and Dr. Lever also speak with former IES Abroad Cape Town student Michaela Scott, who discusses why this course "was different than any class I’ve ever experienced...it is the definition of experiential learning" and how she's applied this framework in her own work back in the United States.
Without revealing too much, it's best to hear from Dr. Lever in her own words and witness the power and passion behind her course and work, as well as learn a new thing or two, as Gretchen admittedly did!