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VIDEO: UC Students Jump into Tanzanian Culture to Tell a Community's Story

Watch as UC students literally jump into Tanzanian culture as part of two ongoing Honors courses. They worked on documentaries in that country and built upon long-term relationships between UC and the African nation.

Date: 4/2/2013 9:30:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Video by Elissa Yancey

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As part of the ongoing courses, "Honors Seminar: Documentary Studies in Tanzania" led by Elissa Yancey, educator associate professor of journalism, and "Humanitarianism: Design Thinking Across the Disciplines" led by Michael Zaretsky, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design, students from four University of Cincinnati colleges are just back from Tanzania. 

The first course led by Yancey is focusing on the fundamental skills and tools of journalism - such as research, interviewing, story construction and multimedia skills - while also studying a specific culture. The second course led by Zaretsky focuses upon social, cultural and technological issues inherent in the field of humanitarian design.

The joint focus on Tanzania builds upon long-standing relationships UC has with the community of Roche, Tanzania, thanks to efforts by UC faculty and students in the area, which include designing a much-needed medical clinic and aiding the Village Life Outreach Project there.

Students from the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences; the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning; the College of Engineering & Applied Science; and the College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services were represented among the  students who most recently traveled to Tanzania as part of the Honors offerings.