Dr. Mesi Walton’s research intersects with Africana, Latin American, and Cultural Studies. Her work explores how Afro-diasporic cultures are employed as symbols of identity and tools of survival through cultural texts of music, song, dance, language, and other practices. Dr. Walton completed her Ph.D. in Afro-Latin Studies in the Department of African Studies at Howard University with a focus on Afro-Venezuelan Cultural survivals. Dr. Walton is currently a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, with research in Colombia titled, “Ancestral Identity - Afro-Colombian Cultural Traditions of the Atlantic Coast”. Dr. Walton teaches Spanish language and cultures in Washington, DC, and has a book chapter titled, Dance, rhythm, and ritual: Afro-Venezuelans in resistance and a peer-reviewed article titled, Afro-Venezuelan Cultural Survival: Invoking Ancestral Memory. She also organizes cultural exchange tours throughout Latin America for youth and adults. Dr. Walton holds a Master’s in Spanish Language, a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from Howard University.
Spanish Language & Linguistics
Early Childhood Education
Hispanic Peoples and Cultures is a course aimed at deepening student’s knowledge of the sociopolitical institutions, literary and other cultural contributions of the peoples of the Spanish-speaking world. Lessons will cover geography, history, politics, economy, society, music, dance, race, and art. The course will highlight various forms of culture such as music, dance, attire, language and more through the lens of history, politics and society. The course will heavily focus on the cultural memory and practices of African peoples. This course will be a 3-credit course utilizing in-class discussion, lectures, student collaboration and presentations. The course will be taught in Spanish but some of the readings and films may be in English.
This is an intermediate language course designed for students familiar with Spanish grammar with the objective of improving oral expression. It emphasizes consolidation and expansion of the skills of oral fluency, and comprehension. In addition to focusing on spoken Spanish, the course uses short movies and readings to develop vocabulary and to practice discussing topics of interest in the Hispanic world.
The Humanities are academic disciplines that study the human condition. This course introduces students to the academic disciplines that promote a sense of humanity. During this semester, we will study literature, theatre, film, art, music, architecture, philosophy, and religion by critically thinking about moral values, myths, aesthetics, and liberty; all of this within African Diaspora frameworks. The goal is to analyze underlying assumptions about the way societies are formed and run and how societies express their ideas through these mediums. This course is designed to reawaken our sense of wonder and curiosity about the meaning of life. It shows how the various arts and sciences intersect, influence and are influenced by cultural and historical circumstances. Focus is on developing the conceptual tools to understand cultural phenomena critically.
Spanish 003 is the third level of four (4) sequentially taught language courses designed to satisfy the foreign language requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is a three-credit undergraduate course that is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and often during the summer.
Spanish 002 is the second level of four (4) sequentially taught language courses designed to satisfy the foreign language requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is a three-credit undergraduate course that is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and often during the summer.
Spanish 001 is the first level of four (4) sequentially taught language courses designed to satisfy the foreign language requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is a three-credit undergraduate course that is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and often during the summer.
Dr. Bakari Walton was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research in Colombia. She completed field research on the culture of a historic maroon region in the Atlantic of Colombia and how Ancestral Memory links to current identity of Afro-Colombians.