Summer 2019 Course Description

Assignment South Africa: Multimedia Immersion Experiences

Students will be immersed for four weeks in the South African cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town, that are historically, culturally, politically and socially similar to yet different from their U.S urban experience. They will gain hands-on journalist experience as a foreign correspondent or produce multimedia original research in this multi-ethnic nation, where 11 official languages are spoken. Throughout the session students will participate in a collective social media site aimed at capturing their unique global experience. Students will also keep reflective journals during the course of their travel.

Faculty Program Leaders


This will be Karen Turner’s sixth trip to South Africa and her third as a director of Klein College’s award-winning Global Opportunities program in South Africa. She is excited to direct the 2019 program in Johannesburg and Cape Town, two very different cities in one country. Her visits to South Africa have truly been life changing, from visiting Robben Island and the District Six Museum in Cape Town to experiencing abject poverty in Soweto and being a “white person” in Johannesburg at the Apartheid Museum. South Africa is the perfect location for students with a curiosity to explore real issues on foreign soil.
A longtime proponent of study away opportunities, Turner has also directed Temple’s London program. Her first international experience was through an English Speaking Union exchange during her junior year in high school where she lived with a Scottish family in Glasgow then her Scottish “sister” stayed with her family in New Jersey.  While a junior at Dartmouth College, Turner lived for three months with a family in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. 
Turner teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in broadcast journalism, performance, media race studies and interviewing. She was awarded a 2016-17 Temple Internationalization grant to travel to South Africa for her project, “Developing Race Reporting Strategies Across Two Continents.” In 2013, she was the recipient of a Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching award and the inaugural recipient (2004) of the Klein College Innovative Teaching award. In addition, Turner is a founding member and currently director of Temple’s Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD).

Turner says she looks forward to sharing her love for this very unique country and this awesome study away adventure with a terrific group of students.

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