UIUC Habari Newsletter, 10/94

UIUC Habari Newsletter, 10/94

Wednesday Noon Sack Lunch Seminars Conference Room, Rm. 101, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth, Champaign.

Oct.  26:   Ezekiel Kalipeni (geography) "The Demographic and Socioeconomic 
            Impact of AIDS in Malawi."
Nov.  2:    No seminar.  ASA meetings
Nov.  9:    Stan Ambrose (anthropology) "The African Origins of Modern Humans: 
            Genes, Volcanoes, and Archaeology."
Nov.  16:   Tom Bassett (geography/African studies) "Cartography and Empire 
            Building in 19th Century West Africa."

Oct.  25    Sally Price, George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Professor in 
            anthropology, will speak on "'French Primitive': On the 
            Appropriation of African-American Art."  Room 62, Krannert Art 
            Museum, 500 W. Peabody Drive, 7:30 pm.
Oct.  27:   J.M. Coetzee, author of several internationally acclaimed novels 
            including From the Heart of the Country, Waiting for the 
            Barbarians, The Life and Times of Michael K., Foe, and Age of Iron,
            as well as works of non-fiction including White Writing: On the 
            Culture of Letters in South Africa and Doubling the Point: Essays
            and Interviews, will be on campus for "An Interdisciplinary
            Conversation with Students and Faculty" (reception following) to 
            be held at the Center for Advanced Study from 3:00 to 5:00.  
            Coetzee will read from his fiction at 8:00 pm at Third Floor, 
            Levis Faculty Center, 919 West Illinois Street.
Oct.  28:   Peter Davis, world-renowned documentary filmmaker with extensive 
            experience in southern Africa, will present two new films: "Side 
            by Side: Women Against AIDS in Zimbabwe" and "In Darkest Hollywood:
            Cinema and Apartheid."  Question and answer period with Davis will
            follow the screening in the Lincoln Hall Theater.  Films begin at 
            7:00 and 8:30 pm respectively.

Nov.  2:   Kate Cloud (Feminist Scholarship Series) "Capturing Complexity: An 
           Interdisciplinary Look at Women, Households, and Development." 1080
           Foreign Languages Building, 12:00.
Nov.  16:  Alma Gottlieb (Feminist Scholarship Series) "Of Cowries and Crying:
           Toward an Anthropology of Colic." 1080 Foreign Language Building, 
Thursdays 3:00-5:00, "SOUTH OF THE SAHARA," a radio program dedicated to the music of Africa plays on WEFT, 90.1 FM. The Center's own Eric Custar is the voice on the air. Send requests for tunes or program themes to him at the Center office or at WEFT.

The Center was honored by visits from Kobena Eyi ACQUAH (the Ghanaian Poet) and Ola ROTIMI (the Nigerian playwright). Both men gave readings as part of the Center's fall lecture series on October 12. Other distinguished visitors to the Center in October included BIRRU Getachew, Dean of the School of Information Studies for Africa, Addis Ababa, who visited campus with the Mortenson Program. In conjunction with on-going research on environmental change sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the Center was visited by Paulo ZUCULA, former vice-Minister of Agriculture for Mozambique and currently director of the largest agricultural development program in Mozambique; DANIEL Gamachu, a geographer and Academic Vice-President of the University of Addis Ababa; TADDESSE Tamrat, a historian at the University of Addis Ababa; and DESSALEGN Rahmato, Director of the Institute for Development Research at the University of Addis Ababa.

The Center is pleased to welcome two visitors from Egerton University, Kenya. Isaac Kipsang TARUS (history) and Joshua O. AYIEMBA (religious studies) will be on campus through November. The Center also welcomes MESFIN Ameha (plant science) who will be on campus for nine months with Fulbright support.

The Center is offering prizes of $100 for the winners of our annual African- related paper competition. Awards will given for the best graduate and undergraduate papers. Papers are evaluated by a multi-disciplinary committee; they should be non-technical, of interest beyond the discipline in which they are written, and less than 30 pages. The committee seeks quality research, originality, and lucid prose. Prizes will be announced in the May issue of Habari. Deliver submissions, marked "African Studies Paper Prize," to the Center. Papers may be nominated by faculty or students up to May 1. For details contact Carol Spindel (

Edward BRUNER (anthropology) retired in May and is now professor emeritus in anthropology. Since May he has made two trips to Ghana as a consultant for the Ghana Tourist Board. A paper he co-authored entitled "Massai on the Lawn: Tourist Realism in East Africa" will appear in the next issue of Cultural Anthropology.

William MARTIN's (sociology) "Deposing Tarzan, or Teaching About Africa in the Post-Cold War Era: A Commentary on Joel Samoff" has just been published in African Studies and the Undergraduate Curriculum, edited by Alden, Lloyd and Samatar.

Nancy SIKES (anthropology) received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, beginning in February 1995. She will continue her research on the environmental adaptations and behavior patterns of early human ancestors in East Africa. Nancy is co-editor of Early Hominid Behavioral Ecology, just published by Academic Press as a special issue of the Journal of Human Evolution. Patricia CLARK (history) presented a paper "Stretching Out Their Hands: The South African Reaction to Italy's 1935 Invasion of Ethiopia" at the 12th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies at Michigan State University in September. Moses KAMBOU, Gerard KEDREBEOGO, and Michel NGUESSAN (all of linguistics) presented papers in a panel on "Language, Education and Development" at the Brazzaville+50 conference of the Francophone Africa Research Group at Boston University on October 8.

In recent months our outreach coordinator, Eren GIRAY, has presented workshops for the Illinois Council for Social Sciences, the African Studies Association, and the Krannert Art Museum. Aside from ongoing work like producing the quarterly "Update" and developing a handbook on African literature for college faculty, the outreach office has become very active in a partnership with Wiley Elementary School of Champaign and the Krannert Art Museum. This work is funded under a grant Wiley School received from the Illinois Board of Education. The goal of the initiative is to find ways of enhancing the educational experience of the school's student body, which is 60% low-income. Because half of the students are African-American, the effort aims to infuse African and African-American studies into the curriculum. Working with the School of Art and Design's Elementary Education classes, Eren has developed a number of "immersion tubs" for students to use in class. Students and teachers will also be benefiting from a lecture series, "Africa by Africans."

Small Research Grants are available from the Center for African Studies with the support of International Programs and Studies (UIUC). Graduate students at the University of Illinois may receive up to $600 in support of thesis research related to Africa. Applications consist of a three page proposal, a simple budget, a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor, and an application form available at the Center. Deadline is November 7.

The Frederick Douglas Institute for African and African-American Studies announces Residential Fellowships for the 1995-96 academic year. Fellowships are available for doctoral and post-doctoral work, predoctoral work, and other graduate study. Contact the Associate Director for Research and Curriculum, Frederick Douglas Institute, University of Rochester. Tel: (716) 275-7235.

Forestry Research Grants are provided by the African Academy of Sciences for its Capacity Building in Forestry Research (CBFR) project. CBFR grants are open to African scientists, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students. For application forms and further information contact Dr. IBA Kone, African Academy of Sciences, PO Box 14798, Nairobi, Kenya. Fax: 254-2-884-406.

The Rockefeller Foundation African Dissertation Internship Awards offer doctoral students from sub-Saharan Africa support for field research. Priority is given to research in the fields of agriculture, health, population, life sciences, environment, and schooling. Contact African Dissertation Internship Awards, Rockefeller Foundation. 420 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10018-2702. Deadline is March 1, 1995.

The Rockefeller Foundation Re-entry Grants for African Scholars assist in the professional re-establishment of African Scholars who are returning to Africa from doctoral or post-doctoral studies abroad. Contact Re-entry Program, Rockefeller Foundation, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) offers International Predissertation Fellowships providing twelve months of support over a period of up to two years for area studies training to prepare students for dissertation research. Applications are available at the fellowships office, 207 Coble Hall, and through Julia Goldberg at International Programs and Studies (244-0254). Deadline is December 12.

Andrew Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies provide $13,250 plus tuition and fees for students entering graduate school in fall of 1995. Applicants must request an application by November 12 and must take the GRE test by November 25. For details contact Fellowships in Humanistic Studies, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, CN 5329, Princeton, New Jersey, 08543-5329. Tel: (609) 452-7007; Fax: (609) 452-0066.

American Association of University Women, Education Foundation Fellowships and Grants offer International Fellowships for graduate or post-graduate study in the United States by women who are not U.S. citizens. Details available at the Women's Studies Program office, 708 South Mathews, Urbana.

The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Program offers academic support of juniors, seniors, and graduate students in a program designed to fit the interests of the students while serving the mission of the library. Projects should be of interest to students in library science and African studies. Contact the Junior Fellows Coordinator at (202) 707-4353.

The Centro de Estudios Puertorreiquenos, Hunter College, announces a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities for scholars exploring issues of race, class, ethnicity and gender in education from the perspectives of excluded communities in the US, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Contact Dr. Rina Benmayer, PO Box 548, New York, NY 10021. Tel: (212)772-5687; Fax: (212) 650-3673. Deadline is January 15, 1995.

The University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies and Center for African Studies announce a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellowship for research on "The Afro-American Identity and Cultural Diversity in the Americas." For details, contact Dr. Helen Safa, 319 Grinter Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida, 32611, Tel: (904) 392-0375; Fax: (904) 392-7682. Deadline is February 3, 1995.

Harvard Academy Scholars Program seeks young scholars whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences with an in-depth grounding in particular regions. Academy Scholars receive access to Harvard's facilities and financial assistance for two years of either dissertation or post-doctoral research. To apply send a current c.v., a statement of planned research and objectives for the next two years, an official transcript, and three letters of recommendation to the Academy Scholars Program, Center for International Affairs, 603 Collidge Hall, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Pew Charitable Trusts announces Research Grants for Projects in Mission Studies and World Christianity. Proposals for large-scale projects that will enhance research and publication in studies of Christian Mission and non-Western Christianity are sought. Grants will be for two to three years with budgets of $50,000 to $100,000 per year. Contact Geoffrey Little, Research Advancement Grants, Overseas Ministries Study Center, 490 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Tel: (203) 865-1827. Fax: (203) 865-2857. Deadline is May 15, 1995.

The Institute for Advanced Study is offering Visiting Member Awards for postdoctoral social scientists to pursue their own research at Princeton. Contact Administrative Officer, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 08540. Deadline is December 1.

The William and Flora Hewlett Summer International Research Grants are offered to UIUC faculty by International Programs and Studies. Awards of up to $3,500 will be provided to support both basic and applied research. Contact Sheila Roberts at 333-8331 for details. Deadline is November 1.

NOTE: Some listings in "STUDENTS" section to postdoctoral work.

The Department of History at the University of Virginia seeks to fill a tenure track position (open rank) in the history of southern Africa, with emphasis on the areas that became the Republic of South Africa. The department's priorities include an ability to contribute to broader teaching in African history and comparative history, including some aspect of African-American history. Applications (statement of interest and qualifications, full resume, list of references) received by October 28 may lead to interviews at the 1994 African Studies Association meetings. Contact Prof. J. Miller, Department of History, Randall Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Tel: (804) 924-7146; Fax: (804) 924-7891.

Susquehanna University Department of History announces a tenure track position teaching sub-Saharan African history and culture and post-colonial African politics. Send a letter of application, c.v., and at least three references to Dr. Linda McMillin, Head, Department of History, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 17870. Tel: (717) 374-0101. Dr. McMillin will be available to meet with prospective applicants at the African Studies Association meetings in Toronto. Deadline is December 15.

Syracuse University invites students on other campuses to spend a semester in Zimbabwe. Contact their Division of International Programs Abroad at (800) 235-3472 for details.

The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College offers semester study programs in southern Africa. In fall of 1995 the theme is "Southern Africa in Transition: The View from Namibia." In spring of 1996 the theme will be "Women and Development: Southern African Perspectives." Deadlines are in October and April. Call (800) 299-8889 for details.

Wells College offers a course on Senegalese society, culture and politics in Dakar, Senegal, January 3-22, 1995. Cost is $2,500. Contact Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Wells College, Aurora, NY 13026. Tel: (315) 364-3220. Deadline is November 28.

WorldTeach provides opportunities for graduating seniors and others to spend one year teaching English, math or science in Namibia or South Africa. For details contact WorldTeach Inc., Harvard Institute for International Development, One Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-5705. Tel: (617)495-5527.

Operation Crossroads Africa Inc. announces its 1995 Summer Program with activities in 18 African countries. Participants will spend six weeks in work projects relating to community construction, farming, archaeology, or health. The fee is $2,500. Information and applications are available at the Center and through Crossroads, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 830, New York, NY 10115. Tel: (212) 870-2106.

The Mennonite Central Committee offers opportunities for work in agriculture and community development, education, and health throughout Africa. A service opportunities listing is available at the Center or from 21 South 12th Street, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501.

"Africa Reconfigured" is the theme of the 1994 African Studies Association annual meeting to be held November 3-6, 1994 in Toronto. Numerous UIUC faculty and students will present papers or chair sessions. Join them!

"Globalization and Culture" is the theme of a conference to be held at Duke University November 9-12, 1994. Participants will discuss perspectives on modernity, modernization, free market policies, globalization, mass culture, ethnicity, race, gender, human rights, and new forms of cultural production. Noam Chomsky is the keynote speaker. For details, call the Literature Program, Duke University at (919) 684-4127 or fax (919) 684-3598.

"Women's Movements and Political Reform in Africa" is the theme of a symposium to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI, on October 29, 1994. Call (608) 262-2380 for details.

The National Association of African-American Studies will hold its national conference February 14-18, 1995 at Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA. Abstracts for papers on any topic relating to the African-American experience are sought. Fifty word abstracts may be sent to Lemuel Berry Jr., Executive Director, NAAAS, Virginia State University, P.O. Box 9403, Petersburg, VA 23806. Tel: (804) 524-5447. Abstracts should be post-marked by December 17, 1994.

The Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Sudan Studies Association will be held May 4-6, 1995 at Villanova University. The theme is "Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Sudan." Papers are welcome from any relevant discipline and may also consider other countries in the Horn of Africa. Send paper or panel abstracts to Ann Lewsch, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085. Tel: (610) 519-7712; Fax: (610) 519-7249.

Date: Fri, 28 Oct 94 10:49:40 CST  
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Subject: Habari

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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