African History Presentation

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Dr. Jamie Monson

Explore the wonders of African history at the next event in West Shore Community College’s Humankind series, “Science and Technology in African History.”  It will take place on Wed., Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Center Stage Theater.

Presenting on this topic is Dr. Jamie Monson, Director of the African Studies Center at Michigan State University and an expert in environmental history and China-Africa development.  She will bring her extensive knowledge and experience and relate it to our lives here in northwest Michigan.

Among many topics throughout the presentation, attendees will discover the African country of Mali housed four universities in the 15th century, the Tanzanian peoples were forging steel centuries before Europeans, and notched bones found in South Africa are some of the oldest-known mathematical tools.

The Humankind series is an adventure to examine a different region of the world for the next three years, starting with the 2017-2018 topic of “Beyond the Single Story: Perspectives on Sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S.”  

For more information about this and other Humankind events, contact Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Brooke Portmann at or by phone (231) 843-5866.

Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations