Clayton State Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Jamaica Study Abroad Program
On Saturday, June 13, Clayton State Professor of Sociology Dr. A. Rafik Mohamed and his current cohort of Clayton State Study Abroad students, will help celebrate to 10th anniversary on the Jamaica Study Abroad program with a series of concerts at the Jacob Taylor Beach, Silver Sands, Trelawny, Jamaica.
The event is being staged by Clayton State and the University of San Diego in partnership with Duncans, Jamaica natives, Melvin “Taxa” Thompson and Richie.
Mohamed started the Jamaica Study Abroad program while teaching at the University of San Diego, for graduate and undergraduate students, "to learn about Jamaican history, Jamaican culture, and also to get involved and engaged in the community of Duncans and other areas of Jamaica."
Since the program focuses on Jamaican culture, naturally entertainment is an integral part of the studies.
"One section of the class that I teach focuses on music, and the centrality of music to the Jamaican culture and to broader Caribbean cultures and black cultures around the globe,” he says. “So we look at entertainment, we look at music. Last year we had theatre and dance as a part of our program, so we put on a show in the community of Duncans with a theatre professor from the United States and our students and local people together."
A total of 36 undergraduate and graduate students and five professors from the University of San Diego and Clayton State form this year's program.
Photo Caption: Melvin Thompson (left), popularly known as Taxa, greets Professor Rafik Mohamed in Silver Sands, Trelawny. (PHOTO: PHILIP LEMONTE)