Ashay University Offering New Series Of Classes

January 12, 2016

Ashay University is getting set to offer a series of three courses next month, specifically crafted to “meet the need of busy adults wanting to receive knowledge about Black history and culture from an African-centered perspective.”

The courses will covers topics including the Harlem Renaissance, Carter G. Woodson, and the practice of Kephra, with Ashay University founder Mrs. Mwalimu Melodye Micëre Van Putten teaching.

A spokesperson said, “The Harlem Renaissance class will explore the ideas, writings and personalities of The Harlem Renaissance [1920-1935], when the intellectuals and artisans sought to prove the cultural and intellectual nobility of people of African descent with the intention of shifting attitudes favorable to equality.

“The resulting cultural productivity of the Harlem Renaissance was intense, focused, dramatic genius; it is still considered a phenomenal cultural flowering.”

The Harlem Renaissance class will take place at the Bermuda National Library on February, 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Regarding the Scholars’ Seminar on Carter G. Woodson class, the spokesperson said, “Author of the groundbreaking book, The MisEducation of the Negro, Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s legacy includes founding the oldest scholarly organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Black history, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the celebration of the history, known as Black History Month.

“What Dr. Woodson wrote about in 1933 is painfully relevant and apparent in 2016 – our mass mis-education. The text is required reading for this course as we delve into the causes as well as the solutions to our mis-education.

“Ashay University is delighted to have partnered with BOOKMART for supplementary books that complement her courses. Various titles from the Harlem Renaissance period are now available for purchase, including works of Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and James Weldon Johnson.

“Carter G. Woodson’s The MisEducation of the Negro is also available; this is the required text for the Scholars’ Seminar course on Woodson.”

The class on Dr. Woodson will take place at the North Village Community Center from 10.00am to 12.00pm on January 30th, and February 6th, 13th, and 20th.

The tuition for the aforementioned classes is $150 per course and includes class instruction, weekly follow-up class notes and the Guide to Self-Knowledge workbook; limited spaces remain.

“Ashay University is also offering ‘Kephra: Becoming – Rites of Passage for Women.’ This class is a Journey in self-discovery, commitment, and celebration.

“Facilitated by the ‘Kephra: Becoming’ workbook, participants will meet weekly at North Village Community Center. The six-week course culminates in a weekend retreat at The Reefs Hotel and Resort. Kephra is “me-time” – focused, deliberate movement towards understanding and integrating one’s historical, cultural and spiritual self with the goal of personal empowerment.

“The ultimate goal of Kephra is practical application – using the lessons of historical and cultural experiences in combination with spirituality, in order to create a new reality – empowered living – benefitting the participant and the community. Please call or email for further information and tuition.”

The ‘Kephra: Becoming’ class will be held at the North Village Community Center from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, and March 7th. The ‘Kephra: Becoming’ Weekend Retreat at The Reefs Beach Resort will be held on March 12th and 13th.

For more information, contact Mrs. Van Putten by e-mail at or by phone at 296-8137.

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  1. Family Man says:

    Ashay “University” teaching courses on mis-education.

    It’s like something out of The Onion.