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FACULTY - ART HISTORY - AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES
Phone: (812) 237-3697
Dr. Haas has been teaching courses on history and expressive culture in the African and African American Studies program at ISU since 2011. Her areas of specialization are in the performing arts in West Africa and the African diaspora where the integration of visual, verbal and movement arts are integral to the conception and creation of live musical performance.
As a Fulbright Scholar Haas conducted research on 20th century black carnival traditions in Brazil and documented the creative processes of renown master musician, Neguinho do Samba and his work with marginalized youth in Salvador da Bahia including a novel apprenticeship system for young Afro-Brazilian women. Haas has taught art and music in the schools throughout the Mid-west and is an accomplished percussionist (West African and Afro-Brazilian traditions). Currently Colleen is involved in curriculum design developing pedagogical practices for middle school students focused on the role of the arts in human development.