Project Mosaic

Project Mosaic: Cabin

The goal of Project Mosaic is to promote a synergistic dialogue among faculty and enhance student understanding of the Africa and African-American experience. Using a designated central theme, the project brings together faculty and students across campus. Mosaic projects are intended to highlight the intersection of the African Diaspora throughout western culture. These class projects will enhance the learning experience in participating classes by promoting an integrative understanding of the contribution made by people of African descendent while stimulating greater depth within the disciplinary core of each course. The intent is for Project Mosaic to become a recurring campus project sponsored by AAAS program and incorporating diverse thematic foci with rotating faculty participation. Ultimately, this model will aid student and faculty participation in Africa and African-American Studies and support Rollins' goal of promoting global citizenship and nurturing responsible leadership.

2012 Project Mosaic: Migration

Migration or migratory behavior may refer to Biology, Ecology, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Computing, Physic, Chemistry, and other subject matter. In recent years, migration has provided the lens for comparative examination of policy, gender, education, immigration, citizenship, culture, and legal issues. Recognizing the migration of people, concepts, and ideas linked to the African diaspora has had a profound effect on the development of global culture. During the Spring 2012 academic semester, faculty from the Anthropology, Economics, History, Mathematics, and Political Science departments incorporated a consideration of migration into their classes to support the Africa and African-American Studies Program. Topic as varied as fair trade, immigration, demographics, and community building serve to highlight the historic and contemporary legacy of migration linked to the African Diaspora.


2010-2011 Zora Neale Hurston: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of African-American Culture

I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow damned up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and who feelings are hurt about it. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish of my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.                         
          Zora Neale Hurston, How it feels to be Colored Me (1928)

Considered one of the most important writers of the African-American experience in the twentieth century, Zora Neale Hurston’s work is closely linked to the Harlem Renaissance.  Hurston wrote two books of folklore and four novels using her extensive fieldwork as a foundation to explore race, gender, and class in from the African-American perspective.   This academic year Project Mosaic will use Hurston’s work as a unifying theme to examine African-American language, explore community development in Eatonville, FL (Hurston’s home town), revisit anthropological perspective revolutionized by Hurston, examine the role of African-American and African art in the development of American modernism in visual arts and explore ideas of African-American community autonomy.