Workshops

Content Research

Althea Sumpter gives talks in a wide variety of settings on the Gullah Geechee culture, the most intact West African group in the United States. She shares stories of growing up Gullah Geechee on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, and describes the way she utilizes digital technology to document her culture.

Documenting the elders of her community and other cultural locations has become her life's calling, following years as an Emmy-nominated media producer and university professor. She is available for public appearances to present her stories about growing up Gullah Geechee.
 
Topic Areas:
      . A Way Home: How to Research from the Southern United States to a Place of Origin    
      . Gullah Geechee Culture    
      . Ethnography and Digital Research
Multimedia documentation for cultural preservation is the culmination of Althea  Sumpter's many years as a media producer, coupled with her doctoral research in Africana Studies and Humanities.

WORKSHOP APPROACH
      . Cultural preservation links anthropology and history to the political context of a people and to  a region. 

     . Modern digital technology is used to capture stories from the elders using minimally intrusive devices,
        enabling the development of digital materials to memorialize their stories.

     . Workshop participants learn to produce interactive media based on collected ethnographic materials,
        resulting in stories that are creative interpretations of a person and of that culture. 

     . Understanding one's personal cultural heritage and its contributions to a larger society forms  a beginning
        point for learning about oneself. Future generations can appreciate the continuity of heritage and the spirit
        of a cultural legacy.
        
Workshops are available in one-day and three-day formats for individuals or groups. 
      
  • ONE-DAY WORKSHOP
    Elementary ethnographic technique
    Introduction to digital documentation 
    Digital preservation and storytelling
          
  •  THREE-DAY WORKSHOP
    Ethnographic research technique
    Digital documentation utilization
    Developing storytelling project
    Digital preservation process 
           

Multimedia documentation for cultural preservation is the culmination of Althea Sumpter's many years as a media producer, coupled with her academic research in Africana Studies and Humanities. Cultural preservation is a multifaceted endeavor. It links anthropological and historical connections to the political context of a people or a region. Modern digital technology lends itself to capturing unguarded stories from the elders using minimally intrusive devices, enabling the development of digital materials with far-reaching potential for capturing the stories of a fading generation.                

Althea Sumpter offers her knowledge of content research on non-fiction and fiction story development. Her motto of "before you write, do the research" is the basis for accuracy in storytelling.

Speaking Engagements