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"ASU in South Africa" information session set for Dec. 8

November 26, 2008

A global education program will offer a glimpse into a post-Apartheid South African city where technology is helping the community to transition.

“ASU in Cape Town, South Africa – Summer 2009” is an annual program directed by Mirna Lattouf, a faculty member in ASU’s School of Letters & Sciences. This coming summer, Toni Farley, a faculty member in the School of Letters & Sciences and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, will join her. Program participants will get the opportunity to volunteer, study, explore and live in Cape Town, South Africa from May 28, 2000 to July 18, 2009.

A 90-minute information session for the study abroad program will be held at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at the Tempe campus, ECG-G238.

“Cape Town is a city of two tales,” Lattouf said. “It is a wealthy beach resort city with exquisite natural beauty, but in contrast there’s also the remnants of the Apartheid period, which has created an alternative society of crushing poverty and overpopulation in the townships.”

Located on the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town is a city with a diverse range of attractions, sights, activities and landmark beaches. The program will examine the influence of technology on this transition in one of the most beautiful regions of the world.

“We want to know how technology is used and is transforming schools, the workplace, health care, and business in South Africa,” Lattouf said. “We will also examine how technology brings about new challenges.”

Courses are open to all students, with the focus on Interdisciplinary Studies and Computing and Informatics. They are designed to fulfill general education degree requirements of students majoring and minoring in various programs.

For more program details, please call (602) 496-0638 or visit: