The Lagim Tehi Tuma / Thinking Together

This past year, with 5 US students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges joined with 5 students from the University for Development Studies in Northern Ghana to make the 2018 Fellowship Team. In addition to the academic, experiential, and reflective internship/study program — rooted in an inquiry about the role of education (formal and informal) in creating, concealing, and challenging systems of power — the program starts with a week of home study and continues with an intensive week of learning which includes a  short historical and cultural introduction on UDS campus in Tamale; before traveling north to the village of Dalun, where in addition to a suite of internships, language learning, and regular dialogues, we host  a University-Community Educational Stakeholders Forum with the University for Development Studies. 

Thinking about What?

Education and what it says, does, is, and isn’t — in formal and informal contexts — in a small, postcolonial, transnational collaborative


To foster dialogue that shifts received frameworks for understanding ourselves and each other, our pasts, presents, and futures

Who Thinks Together?
  • Dalun community members
  • Fellows
    • (who, how selected, how prepared, how supported and challenged)
  • Community Mentors, Teachers, Local Program Coordinator
  • University partners
  • LILAC, CPGC, President’s and Provost’s Offices
  • Stakeholders and Friends

Through Education-Focused Internships

Program Schedule

April: weekend CPGC retreat; begin forming team and academic framework

Weeks 1 : home study, with intensive writing and Skype exchange (mix of shared texts: Pierre’s The Predicament of Blackness and Hartman’s Lose Your Mother, selected films, and independently selected texts)

Week 2: Academic orientation  and residence at University of Development Studies in Tamale Ghana  for continued study, team building, planning

Weeks  3-10: Residence in Dalun for action research internships, Dagbani lessons and learning languages of music and dance; reflection and academic discussion sessions; joint projects and field trips; culminating writing/visual; assessments. Then last week, time is spent debriefing on program’s course. 

 Back on Campus (Fall Semester): Fellows Course selection to deepen and integrate summer learning . Participation in reflection and outreach work to other interested parties. 


Thinking Together — a Summer Action Research Fellowship in Northern Ghana and Pennsylvania, USA