This unique iteration of NYU Liberal Studies' African Cultures course will happen on two sides of the Atlantic – New York, New York and Accra, Ghana. From the dual vantage points of North America's east coast and Africa's west coast, students will be asked to examine how, over the centuries, Africans have responded to a variety of new ideas and external forces that have impacted their societies, and how their cultural production reflects those responses. In New York, students will be asked to read books and essays, watch films, make field trips, and attend events as they learn about indigenous epistemologies, art and aesthetics, autochthonous political structures, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, colonialism, independence and revolutionary movements, Pan-Africanism, migration and immigration, youth movements, and afro-futurism, amongst other topics. In Ghana, the course's themes will spring to life as students travel through Accra and other parts of Ghana, interact with Ghanaian cultural producers, learn from African scholars, and experience daily life in Ghana. In their coursework, students will be asked bring their own interests about and passion for African societies and culture into the classroom and be active participants in our collective production of knowledge. Students will leave the course well-equipped to maintain life long connections to the continent and its peoples.