Professor selected for National Council for Black Studies & Ford Foundation workshop

Prudence Layne, an assistant professor of English and coordinator of African/African-American Studies at Elon, was one of 10 national directors of Black Studies programs selected to participate in a Summer Administrative Workshop sponsored by the National Council for Black Studies and the Ford Foundation.

Prudence Layne

Participants at the workshop at Georgia State University were selected through a peer review selection process.

Scheduled for July 14-17, 2010, workshop attendees are taking part in hands-on activities, group discussions involving case studies, program assessment, review of budget spreadsheets, and reading materials that address both Africana Studies and the national/global debate surrounding higher education.

The workshop was held just days after Layne returned from the Bader International Studies Institute at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England, where she had served as one of four Visiting Fellows for the summer. Layne taught “The Faces and Phases of Postcolonial Shakespeare,” with her class watching six Shakespearean productions and taking a walking tour of “Shakespeare’s London.”

Layne was also selected to be a 2010 Wye Fellow with the Aspen Institute and travels to Maryland this month for a Wye Faculty Seminar that “provides stimulation to faculty members having heavy teaching obligations and to encourage colleges to address the relationship between liberal education and basic citizenship responsibilities.”