Developed as a vehicle to engage Rollins College students with the complexity represented by the Africa and African-American experience, Project Mosaic fosters a synergistic dialogue among faculty, students and the community. By including a module linked to Project Mosaic’s orienting theme, participating faculty from a variety of academic subfields have the opportunity to achieve greater depth within the disciplinary core of their course, while highlighting a link to the African Diaspora. By adopting a thematic focus, Project Mosaic represents a curricular model inspired by Rollins’ mission to educate students to be global citizens and responsible leaders by helping to build the cultural awareness necessary to function in a diverse global context.

During the Spring 2014 semester, Project Mosaic: Legacies asked participating faculty to incorporate an assignment that considers the impact of cultures, identities, structures, and practices linked to our past, contested by our present, which are shaping our future.  These projects examine diverse subjects and spotlight both challenges and strengths linked to diaspora. In this way, Project Mosaic: Legacies is in dialogue with the Africa and African-American Studies program’s theme for 2013-2014, FUTURES.

FUTURES explores the cultural preoccupation/concern/obsession with some approaching state whereby economic, social, and political concerns linked to the African Diaspora will be resolved.  Of course, the fascination with the future is a reflection of a contested history. At once real and imagined, a future fascination offers an acknowledgment of contemporary deficits and the promise of evolving process.  Forever linked to a narratology of past reclaimed and present contested, the future becomes what Hayden White described as “a realization of projects performed by past human agents and a determination of a field of possible projects to be realized by living agents in their future.”[1]

Continuing the Africa and African-American Studies (AAAS) Program emphasis on interdisciplinary practice, FUTURES serves as a vehicle for exploration of agency linked to the African Diaspora. This program call attentions the assumptive power linked the framing and reframing of the African and African-American experience to explore ideas and action from the continent and within the diaspora that express a more holistic vision.


[1] Hayden White, The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (JHU Press, 2009), 149.



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