The colloquium represents an interdisciplinary capstone experience for students concentrating in African studies. Drawing on the resources of faculty in the Five College African Studies Council, we will seek to synthesize and productively utilize the Africa-oriented coursework, study abroad, internships, and research experiences of class participants. We will consider how the generation of knowledge about Africa has shaped academic disciplines, how knowledge about Africa contributes to endeavors focused on economic progress and political and social transformation on the continent and elsewhere, and how the study of Africa is likely to change in coming decades. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor. The colloquium is designed for students with substantial coursework in African studies and/or those with study-abroad experience in Africa. Enrollment limited to 18.