The paper’s title is “’They Are Not More than Us’: Letter Exchanges between American and Ghanaian Students.” Our research shows that although before exchanging letters, Ghana students widely associate the U.S. with development, the exchanges both lead them to improve their writing and to identify strengths in their own cultures and societies.
The conference itself has been a lot of fun. There are scholars here from North America, Europe, and of course Ghana, from graduate students to old hands. It is much less pretentious than academic conferences I have attended in the U.S. or Canada, but the level of intellectual exchange is high. I’m already looking forward to the next one, in 2019.
Dr. Benjamin Talton, the Conference Chair, noted in his opening that although the GSA started in the U.S., it quickly became a shared enterprise with Ghana. It struck me that this is also how Yo Ghana! began. And it has been very gratifying to have so many scholars of Ghana take an interest in the work Yo Ghana! is doing. There were about sixty in our session.