UF Faculty Department College
Leah Rosenberg Department of English College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Partner Faculty Department Partner Institution
Antonia MacDonald-Smythe Department of Humanities St. George's University
Raising History from the Grave: Collaborative Research, Social Engagement, & International Exchange
Project Description:

This International Virtual Exchange between students at UF and St. George's University in Grenada focuses on the significance of death in Caribbean society and culture, with a focus on popular culture and literature. The UF course ENG4910: Raising History from the Grave: Collaborative Research, Social Engagement, & International Exchange was partnered with SSCI 406: Caribbean Popular Culture and Identity at St. George's University. Together, the students discussed historical and sociological scholarship, representations of death in Caribbean literature, and current issues involving death and burials in the news. They learned to identify and employ relevant primary historical sources. In the final project for the exchange, they made a collaborative presentation with students at both institutions about a topic related to death and death rituals in Florida or the Caribbean employing primary historical documents.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognizes new perspectives about own cultural rules and biases; being comfortable with the complexities that new perspectives offer.
  • Demonstrates sophisticated understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
  • Receptive to interacting with culturally different others.
  • Asks deeper questions about other cultures and seeks out answers to these questions.
  • Interprets intercultural experience from the perspectives of own and more than one worldview.
  • Demonstrates ability to act in a supportive manner that recognizes the feelings of another cultural group.
Participating Countries:
Number of Participants:
14 UF students; 12 St. George's University students
English, Sociology
UF Course Code & Name:
ENG4910 - Raising History from the Grave: Collaborative Research, Social Engagement & International Exchange
Project Duration:
6 weeks
Activity Type(s):
Student-to-Student Dialogue
Student-to-Student Project
Time allotted to each activity:
Synchronous activities in class: 1 hour per week
Technology Tools:
Video Conferencing
Microsoft Teams
Google docs and Google slides
Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com)

Sequence of Activities: