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October 9 to 19, 2022

Journey to the Horn of Africa with African studies scholar and international development adviser Joel Samoff to experience the cultural, religious and artistic traditions and spectacular natural wonders of Ethiopia.

Game of thrones. Admire the Royal Enclosure in Gondar, a complex of five castles linked by tunnels and raised walkways, remnants of the powerful 6th-century Axumite Empire. Wild kingdom. Watch for an array of animal life—including the gelada baboon, the bearded vulture and the Simien fox—in the scenic Simien Mountains National Park, and take a cruise on Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake and the source of the Blue Nile. Engraved in stone. Explore the precisely carved 13th-century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; the majestic granite obelisks in Axum, said to have been erected by the mysterious powers of the Ark of the Covenant; and King Ezana’s Inscription, an 1,800-year-old pillar written in three languages. Grande dame. View the remains of Lucy, arguably the most famous fossilized Australopithecus specimen ever discovered, at the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa and tour the capital, which serves as the headquarters for the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and numerous Africa-focused NGOs.


Joel Samoff
Center for African Studies

Professor Samoff draws upon his background in history, political science and education to teach his students about education, development and underdevelopment, particularly as they pertain to Africa.

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