This seminar features interactions with scholars and professionals from various backgrounds, namely writers, artists, and literary and art critics. In addition to trips to local bookstores, we have planned tours of art galleries and sites. Since 2000 youth movements, and Hip Hop artists, in particular, have played an important role in the effort to consolidate Senegalese democracy. The Seminar will include a panel discussion with members of Y en a Marre, an activist group that features rappers, journalists, and other young people, whose commitment to social change had a significant impact on the 2012 presidential election in Senegal. Other seminar activities include trips to Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site; Joal, the birth place of President Senghor; and the seaside villages of Popenguine and Toubab Dialaw, where participants will have a chance to exert their creative talents by engaging in African dance, drumming, or batik workshops.