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University of Iowa News Release

March 2, 2006

POSTPONED: This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled some time in early summer.

Teacher Workshop On Bono-Takyiman Group In Ghana Offered March 18-19

The Bono-Takyiman group in Ghana, West Africa, is the subject of a one-semester-hour workshop offered over the weekend of March 18 and 19 to K-12 teachers, education students and anyone interested in learning about Africa and Ghana. The workshop, which will be held at the African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, will focus on teaching about a single important African culture across a number of themes, using photos and artifacts.

"Teaching about Africa is important, but the continent's diversity of societies and cultures makes it challenging to do so," said Blythe Burkhardt, University of Iowa International Programs interim outreach coordinator. "From this in-depth treatment of a single culture, the Bono Takyiman group of Ghana, teachers will be able to lay a foundation for teaching about Africa more generally. The Iowa connection to the Bono-Takyiman will be highlighted and should be particularly interesting for Iowa teachers."

For the Bono-Takyiman workshop, lectures and teacher education materials will cover all aspects of the Bono-Takyiman experience including history, chieftancy, kinship, religion, arts, medicine and indigenous technologies. A cultural kit, comprised of photos, cultural artifacts and lesson plans, will be made available for loan to teachers from the Outreach Unit of UI International Programs.

The workshop may be taken for no university credit (tuition free) or for one semester hour ($204 for undergraduate or $318 for graduate credit). The deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 15. For more information or to register, please send an email to Blythe Burkhardt at 319-335-3512, or

Edward A. Miner and Kwasi B. Konadu will both coordinate the workshop. Miner, the UI International Studies bibliographer of the Africana collections, currently manages a UI Libraries digital project on the Bono-Takyiman religion and medicine, which is based on Dr. D. Michael Warren's research collection. In 2001, Miner received his doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation, titled "Language, Ideology and Power in Uganda," was based upon his fieldwork in Kampala, Uganda.

Konadu is an assistant professor of history at Winston-Salem State University. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and his mother's family is from Ghana, West Africa. Konadu, who received his graduate education in African and African-American Studies from Cornell and Howard universities, focused on the indigenous knowledge and medicine of the Bono-Takyiman society for his dissertation fieldwork. He book length publications include "Truth Crushed to the Earth will Rise Again: The East Organization and the Principles and Practice of Black Nationalist Development" (Africa World Press, 2005) and "Indigenous Medicine and Knowledge in an African Society" (forthcoming).

This workshop event was made possible through the support of International Programs and the IP's National Resource Center, the African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, the UI Libraries and Humanities Iowa.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Center One, Suite 371, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Blythe Burkhardt, International Programs Interim Outreach Coordinator, 319-335-3512,; Writer: Katie Chelminski