UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
WISCONSIN AFRICAN STUDIES
NEWS & NOTES 5 NO. 46 5 SUMMER 1996
AFRICAN STUDIES MOVES TO NEW LOCATION ON CAMPUS by Jim Delehanty
On August 12th, 1996 the African Studies Program will move out of its old home in Van Hise Hall and join other area studies programs in new quarters within the International Institute in Ingraham Hall (formerly Commerce). Much of the west wing of the second floor of Ingraham, facing Observatory Drive, opposite the Social Science Building and bell tower, is being remodeled for use by the area studies program. African Studies Program staff is generally pleased with the prospect of the move. Proximity to other area studies programs will be one advantage. Distance form the despised Van Hise Hall elevators will be another. Several of us are thrilled with the prospect of a better ventilated building than Van Hise, and windows that can be opened in the summer. Regrets? Visitors may miss the 14th-floor lake views. Mainly though we will be sad to be seeing less of our friends in the Department of African Languages and Literature, which for the past year or so has shared the 14th floor with us.
Our new address will be 205 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53716. The suite in 205 Ingraham will include a reception area and two interior offices, one occupied by the director and the other by the associate director. The adjacent, connected suite (204) will be technically shared with South Asian Studies, though occupied mainly by us for now. Its reception area will house our Outreach staff and IMC (a.k.a. library), and the two interior offices will be for the African Studies Program assistant director and for the African Studies and South Asian publications programs.
We will be taking a much reduced Outreach library with us to Ingraham. The collection has been pared to dispense with some embarrassingly obsolete materials - the sorts of things that may have historical value in a research library but which have no place in a collection geared to use by K-12 curriculum planners. As the library in recent years has been seldom used by teachers (the on-campus parking problem is one explanation for that), our intent has been to preserve a working collection of books, slides, and other materials that will be used primarily by our won Outreach staff, as they assist teachers who have called in for help, and as they prepare for their own visits to local classrooms and community groups. This approach will allow us to cut wasteful spending on hourly staff, formerly required to keep an empty facility open. Teachers and other community members who wish to use the materials may still do so on request, but as the library has not truly served as a well-used community resource it will no longer be billed as one.
We consider the move to Ingraham and closer connections with sister area studies programs in the International Institute to be a good thing. African Languages & Literature in the Madison African Studies community are urged to visit us in Ingraham after mid-August. If we are not enough to pull you in, the new "international" cafeteria also being constructed in Ingraham possibly will draw you into our lair.
SYMPOSIUM BRINGS WEST AFRICAN THEATER TO MADISON The
African Studies Spring symposium, "Politics of
Performance: Contemporary African Theater" took
place May 3-4 in the Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial
Union. Professor Judith Miller, French & Italian,
UW-Madison coordinated the symposium and directed the
play. The farce La ParenthE8se
de Sang by Sony Labou-Tansi of The Republic of Congo was prepared for performance in her course, French 595.
Judith Miller opened the symposium with a welcoming
address describing the satire. Presenters and panelists
included John Conteh-Morgan, Ohio State University,
"The Politics of Francophone Drama in Africa.";
Magdalena Hauner, Department of African Languages &
Literature, UW-Madison, "Gender in Swahili Drama";
Msosa Mwale, University of Malawi, "Against 1Tradition':
Mentors, Apprentices and the Identity of Master Dancer
in Likhuba Dance among the Sena of Southern Malawi";
Catherine M. Cole, Theater Department, Florida State
University, "Improvising in Life and on Stage
in Ghanaian Traveling Theater"; Nathan Kwame Braun,
Film Studies, Columbia College, "1Ohia Ma Adwennwen':
How We Thought on Our Feet"; Sarah von Fremd,
National-Louis University, "AIDS Politics and
Performance in Uganda"; Joy Wrolson, Department
of African Languages & Literature, UW-Madison,
"Inongova Njakenjake: The Abjectification of Female
Bodies"; Margaret Thompson Drewal, Department
of Performance Studies, Northwestern University, "Popular
Yoruba Theater in Nigeria." The day concluded
with a catered but authentic African Dinner at the
Beefeaters Room of the Memorial Union, highlighted
by a presentation by Harold Scheub, Department of African
Languages & Literature.
SENEGAL/UW EXCHANGE CONTINUES EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
The University Affiliations Program between University
of Wisconsin and UniversitE9 de Saint Louis continues
to flourish. The African Studies
Program hosted the first woman faculty member, Fatou Ly Diop, Sociology, Universit E9 de Saint Louis who spent four weeks on campus in June.
Three other UniversitE9 de Saint Louis professors will
visit the UW campus this summer and fall: Dean Ndiawar
Sarr, Abdoulaye Barry, English, Ibrahim BE2, Law, Political
Science. UW faculty members who participated in the
program at the UniversitE9 Saint Louis in Senegal this
spring are Judith Miller, French, Stanlie James, Afro-American
and Women's Studies, and JoEllen Fair, Journalism.
They presented class lectures at the UniversitE9 Saint
Louis as well as lectures at West African Research
Association (WARA) in Dakar. They also attended the
Conference on Civil Society in Senegal at the UniversitE9
de Saint Louis in June where
they exchanged ideas with Law professors El Hadj Mbodj and Moussa Samb, former Fulbright visitors to African Studies Program.
VISITING PROFESSORS ENRICH AFRICANIST COMMUNITY ON CAMPUS
Farida Hellal, professor of American literature, English Department, Foreign Language Department, University of Algiers is a visiting Fulbright professor at the UW-Madison for nine months. She received her Master's and doctorate from University of Houston and holds a Masters from University of Bordeaux. Her research interests are cultural and comparative literature. During her stay in Madison she is researching the theory of Afro-American literature. She will present a Sandwich Seminar in fall on "Study of Identity inLala Seebbar's Sherazad." Between."
Fatou Li Diop, Sociology, UniversitE9 de St. Louis,
Senegal, spent four
weeks on campus in May/June. She presented a lecture in the Introduction to Africa course on family and gender in Senegal. Her research is on the sociology of the family and gender issues in Senegal. She received her doctorate from the University of Lyon II, France. Her dissertation was on the "Women and Population in Senegal: A Study of the Acceptability of Modern Family Planning, Representations and Determinants of the Birth Rate in Rural Areas." Professor Diop will participate in the University of Laval conference "La Recherche FE9ministe dans la Francophonie--Etat de la Situation et Pistes de Collaboration" in September.
Fawwaz Al-Abed Al-Haq, professor of English, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, is a Fulbright researcher affiliated with the UW-Madison during the summer. His research concerns Muslim learners of English who attend USA language schools/centres and their experience as learners, especially through culture. Dr. Fawwaz is a 1985 graduate in Linguistics from UW-Madison. Magdalena Hauner, African Languages & Literature, co-supervised his dissertation in language planning.
NEW COURSE IN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT
African Studies is supporting a new course, Law and African Development, scheduled for fall 1996 in Law and Business Schools. The seminar is for law students, business school students, students in area studies and others interested in economic development. Professor Beverly Moran, Law, organized the course which will be listed under Law 940 and General Business 365
by Maria d. Olson, Journalism
UW-Madison students planning to do research or work in Africa can find help in connecting with people from their country of interest with two new language courses offered this year by the African Languages and Literature department.
The courses, "Orientation to Language Self Instruction" and "Monitored Introduction to an African Language," guide students down the path of learning a language on their own. Knowing a local language can help students understand a culture much more deeply than if they simply know the language of a country's former colonizer, according to African Languages and Literature professor Patrick Bennett who is teaching the courses this year.
"You can get by with English or French, but just barely," Bennett said. "And you're missing more than you think."
The courses, African 302 and 303, are worth a total of three credits. The
government grant, Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS),
will cover languages studied in 302 and 303 upon special
request and approval. The detailed course syllabi
require students, among other things, to set oral and
written language goals for themselves, to locate appropriate
course materials, to analyze and practice grammar,
to compile a set of vocabulary and a
Languages which are good candidates as fields of study include those which have a written grammar, have been recorded in texts or on tape, and which are spoken by someone in Madison, Bennett said. Students whohave enrolled in African 302 and 303 have studied languages including Malagasy, spoken on the island nation of Madagascar, and Kirundi, spoken in Rwanda and Burundi.
An example of a language which would probably be not appropriate to study is Yaaku, which is spoken by a small ethnic group in central Kenya, Bennett said. "If you wanted to learn Yaaku, African Languages &
Literature we have is a small vocal collection recorded a long time ago in the 70s and some notes," Bennett said. "There is no good grammar and no speaker of Yaaku on campus. There just isn't enough material."
Students who wish to enroll for the courses are most likely to succeed if they have already studied a language, particularly an African one, and if they are highly motivated, Bennett said.
"When we're doing this, I try to give the necessary skills and help problem solve," he said. "If you are a person who needs someone standing over their shoulder and every day have them ask, 'Are you doing your work?' this isn't for you," Bennett said.
Southern Africa Delegation Attend Land Tenure Center Seminar Ten Southern African participants of the UW Land Tenure Center Seminar on Land Reform Policy and Implementation for South Africa were guests at a reception on June 12 hosted by the African Studies Program and the Land Tenure Center. Honored guests were Mr. Phumelelo Booysen, Fieldworker, Southern Cape Land Committee, George, Mr. Sithembiso Gumbi, Head of the Labour Tenancy Unit, Association for Rural Advancement, Pietermaritzburg, Mr. Tebogo Makgobola, Director of the Land Rights and Advocacy Program, National Land Committee, Johannesburg, Ms. Botshelo Mathuba, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Land and Housing, Gaborone, Botswana, Mr. Star Motswege, Deputy Director of Land Affairs in Mpumalanga Province, Ms. Margot Pienaar, Deputy Director of Tenure Reform, Department of Land Affairs, Pretoria, Mr. Mdu Shabane, Provincial Deputy Director of the Department of Land Affairs, KwaZulu/Natal Office, Pietermaritzburg, Mr. Henk Smith, Head of the Land, Housing, and Development Unit, Legal Resources Centre, Cape Town, Mr. A. S. West, Chief Deeds Training Officer, Department of Land Affairs, Pretoria, Mr. Ashley Westaway, Researcher, Surplus People Project, Athlone.
Botshelo Mathuba, facilitator of the group, presented a public lecture on June 28 titled "Deputy permanent secretary, ministry of local government, land and housing in the City of Gaborone, Botswana."
The Seminar was funded by the Ford Foundation. John Bruce, Land Tenure Center and Forestry, coordinated the six-week seminar.
President of Botswana Visits Madison President Quett Ketumile Masire, who had delivered the commencement address at Carleton College, Minnesota, visited Madison where he was welcomed by government and business communities. Governor Tommy Thompson held a reception at the Governor's Mansion for President Masire on Sunday, June 9. Crawford Young who attended the reception indicated that Masire visited Madison to encourage investors for Botswana. International business and state communities were represented at the reception. Professor Richard Ralston represented the African Studies Program a breakfast held at Grainger Hall in honor of President Masire. 0C
International Career Day International Career Day 1996: 101 Ways to Work, Study and Travel around the Globe will be held November 21-22, 1996 at the Memorial Union. Medea Benjamin, Director of Global Exchange will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, November 21. On Friday, November 22, there will be panel discussions on international careers in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, South East Asia, Former Soviet Union. Students will have opportunities for individual or small-group interviews with speakers and panelists and may participate in informal discussions groups led by grad students and staff. The two-day event will terminate with a multi-ethnic cultural program which will be open to the public.
Future African Studies Association Meeting Dates and Place
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November 23-26 1997 Columbus, Ohio N
November 12-15 1998 Chicago, Illinois09
October 28-November 4 0C 1996 African Studies Summer Film Series
4070 Vilas Communication Hall Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
1996 African Studies Summer Film Series
4070 Vilas Communication Hall Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. (English subtitles)
July 24 A World Apart, South Africa, 1988, 114 minutes.
Director: Chris Menges
Introduced by Professor Harold Scheub, African Languages & Literature
South Africa, 1963: a nation polarized by apartheid and dehumanized by police state terror. When idealistic journalist Diana Roth (Barbara Hershey) defies the government, she is arrested under the infamous Ninety-Day Detention Act. Thrown into solitary confinement, Diana is A World Apart from home, friends...and her lonely young daughter, who is struggling to grow up in a land convulsed by hate and injustice. The script is by Shawn Slovo, daughter of Ruth First, who was assassinated in Mozambique in 1982, and Joe Slovo, the only white member of the National Executive of the ANC, who became"Public Enemy Number One" in South Africa (he later became a member of Nelson Mandela's first cabinet in 1994, and died last year).
July 31 Zaire, Cycle of the Serpent, Zaire, 1992, 58
minutes. Director: Thierry Michel
Introduced by Professor Michael Schatzberg, Political Science
After three decades of independence and a quarter century under the rule of Mobutu, what will Zaire's future be? Zaire: The Cycle of the Serpent spends five weeks in Kinshasa, chronicling life in the capital city and revealing the disparities in its social fabric. Recorded are bourgeois traders and religious and military figures; but also beggars, transients, and social outcasts. The serpent represents the security force and those who collaborated with it to impose and maintain the dictatorship. The serpent will try to clamp down again and again until people revolt and speak again of liberty and democracy.
August 7 The Blue Eyes of Yonta, Guinea-Bissau, 1991,
90 minutes. Director: Flora Gomes
Introduced by Luis Madureira, Comparative Literature
The second feature film of Flora Gomes, the foremost filmmaker in Guinea-Bissau, portrays the disillusionment of the generation that endured the painful fight for independence. Amid the recurrent motif of power outages, the visions of two generations clash: the older reluctant to abandon old dreams, and the younger, which has grown up since liberation, with heads full of dreams of fashion, music, and European affluence. These themes are played out through the frustrated affections of the main characters as they struggle to survive in a corrupt world which offers few choices. Emerging from the tragi-comic tone and candid view of life in the capital city of Bissau, there is a glimmer of hope for the future.
August 14 Hyenas, Senegal, 1992, 113 minutes. Director:
Djibril Diop Mambety
Introduced by Professor Judith Miller, French
Twenty years after his provocative masterpiece, Touki
Bouki, Djibril Diop Mambety has produced his second
feature length film, Hyenas. Borrowing from Frederich
DFCrrenmatt's celebrated play, The Visit, Mambety adapts
timeless parable of human greed into a biting satire of Africa today in which the hopes of independence have been betrayed for the false promises of consumerism. The action revolves around the shattered ideals of a young woman who has been wronged by her lover and ostracized by her village only to make a triumphant return several years later and exact her devastating revenge. Mambety creates a stylized, fabular world structured around an implacable logic, the logic of the marketplace, the "reign of the hyena."
Open to the Public Free of Charge
Sponsored by the UW African Studies Program,
with support from the U.S. Department of Education
CLEARINGHOUSE FOR AFRICAN PERFORMANCES CREATED BY AFRICAN
Robert Newton, African Languages & Literature
The African Studies Program has recently undertaken the task of creating an African Performance Clearinghouse. The impetus for the clearinghouse follows in the wake of an apparent and expressed need for coordination of information about potential and current appearances or tours by African performers. The function will be to collect, process, and dispense meaningful information to appropriate sources concerning finalized and potential tours of African artists coming to North America. The ultimate goal is not merely to disseminate information but also to create conditions which would encourage more performances and wider audiences. Outside of major metropolitan centers, and beyond the small list of major professional touring troupes, the general lack of a broader audience for African performers is largely due to a lack of awareness. What is required is connecting potential performers with potential sponsors so that both can act accordingly with enough lead time to set up tours and to organize and publicize events in campus communities across the country. This requires the active involvement of programs related to African Studies to bring in a wider variety of performances to a broader, more diffuse, and regionally-dispersed public.
The initial task of the clearing house is to identify and compile a list of African performers who are interested in performing in the United States and a list of specific organizations and contacts within those organizations for
promoting, sponsoring, or publicizing tours by these artists. It will then process this information by cross- listing it according to pertinent categories and provide access to this information for those interested. It will also take an active role by noting the requests for performances by the individuals and organizations who are potential sponsors and notifying them of particular kinds of performances in which they have expressed an interest.
This program will be administered by the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and function as a project to initiate and maintain such a clearinghouse for African performance on campuses throughout the United States. The work will be done by Bob Newton, the project coordinator, in conjunction with other information, communication, and programming projects in the African Studies Program. He can be reached at African Studies Outreach 263-2171 or at home 251-1072.
AWARDS FOR AFRICANISTS IN UPPER MIDWEST REGION Scholars' Access Grants -Africa The Scholars' Access Grant Program, sponsored by the African Studies Program, supports Upper Midwest Africanist faculty to do research at the library facilities at the UW-Madison. Recipients of the 1995-96 awards are: Bartholomew Armah, Africology, UW-Milwaukee, "Trade Liberalization and Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: 1950-1988"; Kiptalai S. Elolia, Religion, St. Norbert College, "Christianity and African Religions in Kenya: An Encounter between the Africa Inland Mission and the Marakwet Belief Systems and Culture"; and Charles W. Weber, History, Wheaton College, and Richard V. Pierard, History, Indiana State University, "The Christian Community's Role in the Evolution of Political Independence in West Africa."
WIOC Scholar Access Grants WIOC (Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium), an outreach organization combining facilities of six federally-funded international programs at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University, supports College Faculty Access Grants for library research in Madison and Milwaukee. Recipients of the 1995-96 awards are Mark Everingham, Social Change & Development, UW-Green Bay "The Political Economy of Property Rights and Agriculture in Central America and East Africa"; Christine Loflin, English, Grinnell College, Iowa, "Interconnections between use of music in Baldwin's short story "Sonny's Blues" and the novel To Every Birth Its Blood by South Africa writer Mongane Serote; Martin S. Meyers, Business & Economics, UW-Stevens Point, "International business in the new South Africa"; Akorlie A. Nyatepe-Coo, Economics, UW-LaCrosse, "Southeast Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa as Contracting Models of Economic Development"; Terry Roehrig, History/Social Studies, " Putting the Military on Trial: South Korea, Argentina and the Consolidation of Democracy" and Scott M. Youngstedt, Sociology/Anthropology, St. Norbert College, De Pere, "The Migration Era: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of West Africa and India."
Professor Makward Encourages Membership in West African Research Association Professor Edris Makward, President of West African Research Association (WARA), encourages membership in WARA It is one of a handful of U.S. research center in sub-Saharan Africa and it is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). It provides students and faculty with access to research resources and research contacts through out West Africa. Cost of memberships for an institution is $500, for an individual faculty, $25, and for students, $15. Addresses: In USA: WARA, P.O. Box 742, Howard University, Wahshington, D.C. 20059. Tel: 202/806-9325; Fax: 202/806-4471. In Dakar: West African Research Center (WARC)/CROA: Dr. Leigh Swigart, B.P. 6228, Dakar Etole, SE9nE9gal. Fax: 221/22-08-48. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New African Studies Publication African Economic History,
Volume 23 is available from the African Studies, 204
Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI
53716. $16.50 individual; $33.00 institutions. 0C
Bert Adams, Sociology, traveled to Nairobi where he did research and also sang in the opera Don Giovani in March.
John W. Bruce, Forestry and Land Tenure Center, directed the four week "Seminar on Land Reform Policy and Implementation for South Africa" funded by the Ford Foundation.
Michael Carter, Agricultural Economics, will be traveling to South Africa in August to continue work on rural poverty using a national living standards survey conducted two years ago. He will be working with Julian May of Data Research Africa, Dori Posel of the Univ Natal-Durban and with the Land and Agricultural Policy Center in Joberg. With support from the Ford Foundation, they are finishing up series of papers which examine the various dimensions of poverty and evaluating land reform and other policies which might help ameliorate it. Driss Cherkaoui, African Languages & Literature, has ended his term as lecturer of Arabic and will continue writing his dissertation.
Dustin Cowell, African Languages & Literature, returns in August from a two-year sabbatical in Malaysia where he taught Arabic at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Kuala Lumpur.
Henry Drewal, Art History, received a 1995 Scholar-in Residence grant from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem-New York. He also received an Anonymous Fund grant for "Building Beautiful Bridges between Brazil and Wisconsin: Arts Festival and a 1996 Fulbright grant, The American Republics Research Program-Brazil. He edited "Reflecting on African Reflections," Elvehjem Museum of Art Bulletin, 1993-55, pp. 5-79. Published in 1996: "Signifying' Saints: Sign, Substance & Subversion in Afro-Brazilian Art," in A. Lindsay, ed. Santeria Aesthetics. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press; "Mami Wata Shrines: Exotica and the Construction of Self," in M. J. Arnoldi, C.M. Geary, and K. Hardin, eds. African Material Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp 308-333; and in 1995, "Transformation through Cloth: An Egungun Costume of the Yoruba," (with Mary Ann Fitzgerald and Moyo Okediji) African Arts, 28, 2, Spring.
Jo Ellen Fair, Journalism, tenured spring 1996, received a grant from the National Consortium for Study in Africa to develop an exchange program tailored for American journalism students at the University of Namibia.
Linda Hunter, African Languages & Literature, has a published article entitled "Transformation in African Verbal Art" in the Journal of American Folklore, Spring 9196, Volume 109, #432.
Stanlie James, Afro-American Studies and Women's Studies, convened a workshop on May 3-4 entitled "Curriculum Transformation: Feminist Perspectives on Human Rights and International Relations" the first in a series of Ford Foundation supported workshops on Internationalizing Women's Studies. Professor James has been named Interim Director of the Women's Studies Research Center for the 1996-97 academic year.
Herbert Lewis, Anthropology, was granted emeritus status upon his retirement by Chancellor David Ward.
Edris Makward, African Languages & Literature, presented
"Ben Okri and Ousmane SembE8ne: Words, Photography
and Film" on the panel "Orality" at
the conference "African Literature (s) in English: Na(rra)tion, Theory, Interpretation" on March 14-15, 1996 at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Sais-Fes.
Beverly Moran, Law, received a Fulbright to teach in Eritrea from September to May. She will teach contracts and commercial law for one year at the University of Asmara Law Faculty where she will help obtain the Law School accreditation. She will also teach at the Ethiopian Civil Service College from June-August 1997.
Richard Ralston, Afro-American Studies, presented "Africa: Should the U.S. Care?" at the Great Decisions Lecture Series on International Affairs on March 20 at the Wisconsin Center.
Michael Roth, Land Tenure Center, co-authored (with R. Kasim Kasanga, Jeff Cochrane, Rudith King) the Land Tenure Center research paper "Land Markets and Legal Contradictions in the Peri-Urban Area of Accra, Ghana: Informant Interviews and Secondary Data Investigations", May 1996 LTC Research 127
Antonia Schleicher, African Languages & Literature, received a Mellon Fellowship to research curriculum development for African languages at the National Foreign Language Center, D.C. She traveled to Hawaii in July to give a presentation at the National Foreign Language Resource Center symposium on less commonly taught languages and technology. She represented her department at the CIC conference on Technology and Foreign Languages at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In June she spent a month at the National Foreign Language Center at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. as a Mellon Fellow to work on developing "A Goal Driven Curriculum for African Languages". She received a Fellowship from L & S, International Studies, and the National Foreign Language Resource Center to present a paper at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, July 1996. The topic of the paper is "Conversion of a Teacher-Delivered Course into an Interactive Multimedia CD-ROM Tutorial".
Gay Seidman, Sociology, was awarded tenure this year. Professor Seidman has been appointed the new director of the Global Studies Research Program. Her research on democratization, development and social change in the developing world will help enhance the vision of the Global Studies Program.
Aliko Songolo, African Languages & Literature and
French, presented a paper entitled "AimE9 Cesaire
et l'histoire du Congo/Zaire" at a colloquium
at UniversitE9 de Cergy-Pontoise, France, June 6-7.
He read a paper at the annual conference of Conseil
international des E9tudes francophones (CIEF)
in Toulouse, France, June 9-16 entitled "Lumumba dans l'imaginaire antillais." He was appointed Resident Director of the CIC summer program at UniversitE9 Laval in Quebec for '96 and '97.
Thomas Spear, History, published a chapter "Struggles for the Land, The Political & Moral Economies of Land on Mount Meru" in Custodians of the Land, Ecology & Culture in the History of Tanzania edited by Gregory Maddox, James L. Giblin and Isaria N. Kimambo, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio.
Spear attended the SOAS conference "Africa's Urban Past" in London in June where he chaired the panel "Urban Culture in Equatorial Africa." He also presented a paper "Town and Country: Arusha and its Hinterland" on the panel "Village, Town, City in Colonial Eastern Africa."
Robert Tabachnick, Curriculum & Instruction, was granted emeritus status upon his retirement by Chancellor David Ward.
Frieda High Tesfagiorgis, Afro American Studies, is exhibiting her painting "Returning to the Door of No Return" at an exhibit "Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African-American Women Artists," at Spelman College in Atlanta from July 5 until December 31. The exhibition is part of the 1996 Cultural Olympeiad which will coincide with this summer's Olympic games and the National Black Arts Festival.
Aili Tripp, Political Science, and her student Jessica Hochman, received a 1996 Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship.
Crawford Young, Political Science, served as part of a consultant team to evaluate conflict potential in Kenya for AID in January. He continues to serve on the International Advisory Board of the Eritrean Constitutional Commission. Professor Young prepared a keynote paper on accountability and transparency for the African Development Bank annual meeting.
MEMBER OF AFRICAN STUDIES PROGRAM RECEIVES LIBRARY AWARD
Emilie Ngo-Nguidjol, Reference Librarian, has been named
one of the two 1996 Librarians of the Year by her peers
in the UW-Madison Librairans' Assembly. The award recognizes
outstanding contributions to campus library services.
She has rendered invaluable service through her dedication
to faculty and students who do research on Africa and
by her many lectures on library use skills including
web sites on Africa. She has lectured on "Publishing
in Africa, Africa on the Internet, Internet Resources
for African Americans, Women's Issues in Cameroon."
She is an editor of e-mail discussion groups fro African
literature and for the Women's Studies Executive Board
and is co-editor of the African Association of Madison
Newsletter. With the monetary part of the award she
created a fund called Books for African
Professor Harold Scheub, African Languages & Literature, writes the following words to the awardee which express Emilie's dedication to others: "Dear Emilie, Warmest congratulations on the richly deserved honor. You grace our library, your expert advice and your guidance make a complex organization accessible to all of us, students and faculty. "
Third member of African Studies Program Selected into
Teaching Academy at UW Antonia Schleicher, African
Languages & Literature, was selected to join the
prestigious Teaching Academy at the UW-Madison. She
becomes the third member of the Program, joining Magdalena
Hauner, African Languages &
Literature and Richard Ralston, Afro American Studies to be invited into the Academy.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE AFRICAN STUDIES PROGRAM
Beverly I. Moran, Law, joined the African Studies Program this semester. She did her undergraduate work at Vassar and received her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1981 and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. She began teaching at the UW Law School in 1991. She received the Wisconsin Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award in 1995 and Legal Education Opportunity Teacher of the Year Award in 1993. She is the recipient of a faculty Professional Development Grant from the UW Graduate School 1995-96. She presented law lectures at the University of Addis Ababa Law School, Ethiopia and at University of Asmara Law School, Eritrea, January 1995.
0C Mary Lou Daniel, Spanish & Portuguese, joined the African Studies Program in April. She did her undergraduate and graduate work at UW-Madison and received her Ph.D. in Portuguese in 1965. Professor Daniel taught at University of Iowa until 1977 and at the UW-Madison from 1977 until present. She is co-editor (with Professor Stanley Payne, History, of Luso-Brazilian Review, published by UW Press. Dr. Daniel teaches Lusophone African Literature and Explicacas de Textos.
Kent Elbow, Land Tenure Center, joined the Program in spring. He received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Iowa in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Development Studies from UW-Madison in 1992. Dr. Elbow is an associate scientist with the Land Tenure Center where he oversees the research program on tenure and natural resource management in Sahelian West Africa and Guinea. He has worked in Guinea, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Cameroon.
Florence Bernault, History, joins the Department of
History in fall when she will teach history of Equatorial
Africa and a seminar in the history of Africa. She
received her Ph.D. in 1994 from UniversitE9 de Paris-VII
in African history, agrE9gE9e de l'UniversitE9. Her
dissertation title was "Ambiguous Democracies:
the Building of a Political Society in the Congo-Brazzaville
and Gabon, 1945-64." She has taught at the University
of Provence, University of Conakry, Claremont Graduate
School, University of Niamey, and most recently at
L'Ecole Normale SupE9rieur de Fontenay-St. Cloud. Her
forthcoming publication is DE9mocraties ambig es: la
construction d'une sociE9tE9 politique au Congo-Brazzaville et au Gabon, Paris,
South African Professor Joins UW Law School Heinz Klug,
S.J.D., Law School, January 9196, will join the UW
in fall. He was a researcher for the African National Congress of South Africa, Department of Legal and Constitutional Affairs. Klug has served as a consultant to the South African Minister of Land Affairs, as a team member of the World Bank mission to South Africa on Land Reform and Rural Restructuring. He has published in the field of contemporary South African constitutional law.
Freedom from Apartheid Permits Harold Scheub's New Work to be Published Another book containing African Languages & Literature Professor Scheub's research accumulated during the four years that he spent walking up and down the southeastern coast of Africa-3000 miles- will soon be available to readers. Professor Scheub promised the historians and artists from whom he gathered information on the heroic struggle to keep traditional beliefs alive during apartheid that he would not publish their words until freedom came to South Africa--and he never dreamed it would be in his own lifetime! He kept his promise in order to insure the safety of these historians, storytellers and poets from governmental reprisals. The Tongue is Fire, subtitled, South African Story Tellers and Apartheid will be published by University of Wisconsin Press in November. It is a study of how the people of rural areas in southern Africa dealt with 350 years of racist apartheid. This publication contains the works of twelve South African storytellers, historians, and poets from the Xhosa, Zulu and Swati oral traditions with analyses by Harold Scheub.
Described in Professor Scheub's own words: "It is a work that is as significant for America in the 1990s as it is for South Africa history. As we in this country set about, in the name of multiculturalism, to divide ourselves into racial and ethnic groups, as we impose a new late-twentieth-century version of apartheid on our cities and campuses, the works of those who have experienced the fruits of racial separation provide caution and hope"
Afrikaners View of the World of South Africa Seen in
New Publication by
Scheub Secret Fire is the first publication of a journal written by a South African writer, Pauline Smith, in 1913-14. It will be published in South Africa by the University of Natal Press. In the journal, and in Scheub's introduction and notes, one can seen the world of South Africa from the point of view of Afrikaners, the white Dutch-based population of South Africa.
New Shona Reader Compiled by Hazel Carter Kuverenga
Chishona, An Introductory Shona Reader with Grammatical
Sketch by Hazel Carter and G.P. Kahariis has been prepared
for students who have no previous knowledge of the
Shona language. Part I contains the Shona texts with
accompanying translation plus an introduction giving
details of the work from which the extract is taken.
It also includes a Shona-English glossary. Part II
contains a short sketch of Shona grammar and notes
to the passages, plus a selected bibliography for further
study. Set of two parts 0 7286 0133 8 costs A37.00
Two cassettes accompany the course @ A3 8.00.
For more information, please contact the Publications Office, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H OXG. 0C
Michael Afolayan, Curriculum & Instruction 9194, teaches Social Studies at Ethan Allen School, Wales, Wisconsin where he focuses on African and African American Studies.
Linda Beck, Political Science,'96, begins a tenure-track position in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College, New York, starting fall 1996.
Jennifer Lees, Art History, MA 9195, is a research assistant
Museum of Cultural History, UCLA.
Tim Longman, Political Science, Ph.D.9195, has a tenure-track position at Vassar College beginning fall 1996. He is currently in Rwanda working with a relief organization.
Adell Patton, History 9175, associate professor of history,
University of Missouri, St. Louis is author of a new
publication, Physicians, Colonial Racism, and Diaspora
in West Africa, University Press of Florida. ISBN O-8130-1432-8
$49.95. 0CMark W. Plane, African Languages & Literature,
received his Ph.D. in January 1996 and continues to
teach Swahili at Washington University-St.
Edward Powe, African Languages & Literature 9184,
has a new publication,
The Lore of the African Indian Ocean. It contains 350 color photos and 1,000 pages dealing with the Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Diego Garcia, the Maldives and Reunion. Armchair Travelers/Dan Aiki Publication, Ed Powe, 530 W. Johnson St., #210, Madison, WI 53703. $395.
William Reno, Political Science, Ph.D.'92, Florida International University, has a new publication due to appear October 1997 titled Warlord Politics and African States, Lynne Rienner Press.
Laura Tanna, African Languages & Literature, Ph.D. 9180, Advisory Board Member of the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank, on February 15, 1996 made an oral and video presentation on the 0Ctopic "Oral Traditions: Key to Self Awareness" at the ACIJ/JMB cultural exposition celebrating Black History Month in collaboration with the Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies--Mona, Kingston, Jamaica and on March 6, 1996 presented "Institute of Jamaica: A Fallen Giant--Should It Be Saved?" on the panel titled "Building Cultural Institutions" at the Conference on Caribbean Culture to honor Professor Rex Nettleford, March 4-6, 1996, University of the West Indies--Mona, Kingston, Jamaica. E-mail: email@example.com with cc to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Wagner, History 9191, has accepted a position in the Department of History, University of Georgia for 1996-97. She published a chapter "Environment, Community & History, 91Nature in the Mind' in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Buha, Western Tanzania" in Custodians of the Land, Ecology & Culture in the History of Tanzania edited by Gregory Maddox, James L. Giblin and Isaria N. Kimambo, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio. 0C
AWARDS Congratulations to the African Studies students on their accomplishments! >From the African Studies Program:
PH. D. Minor in African Studies Mustapha Mirzeler, Anthropology
1996-97 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Jared
Banks, African Languages & Literature, Yoruba
Rebecca C. Furth, Anthropology, Pular
Lynn S. Khadiagala, Political Science, Swahili
Jeremy B. Liebowitz, Political Science, Swahili Mark L. Lilleleht, African Languages & Literature, Swahili Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, Political Science, Swahili Leah M. Thayer, History, Swahili
1996 Summer Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) Robert H. Houle, History, Zulu Sarah Kinnard, Ohio State University, Swahili Jeremy B.Liebowitz, Political Science, Swahili Kim L. Rapp, African Languages & Literature, Yoruba Peter D. Quella, African Languages & Literature, Sesotho Sofia Samatar, African Languages & Literature, Swahili Jesse S. Wheeler, Music, Wolof
Concentration in African Studies (Undergraduates) Laura, Draper, Pharmacy Syovata Edari, History Nicole A. Hoberg, Anthropology Amanda Iverson Jonathan Klem, French, Anthropology Molly Knorr, French Jonmi Koo, English Mike Navarre, Sociology, Psychology Shermini Saini, Zoology Wendy Steiner, AfroAmerican, History Leah Sutton, Anthropology 0C Amy White, French
>From Other Sources:
Kevin Barrett, African Languages & Literature, will be a teaching assistant in the fall for African Languages & Literature 211.
Cynthia Becker, Art History, Fulbright for dissertation research in Morocco
Kimberly Anne Miller, Art History, Smithsonian Institute
Cassandra R. Chambliss, African Languages & Literature, University Fellow
Stephen Corradini, African Languages & Literature, Alice Almasy and Jane Goddard Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates in the Humanities.
Syovata K. Edari, History, Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship Award. Francisco Scarano, History, is her faculty advisor.
Jessica Hochman, Women's Studies and Philosophy,Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship Award. Aili Tripp, Political Science is her faculty advisor.
Scott Kloeck-Jenson, Political Science, SSRC and MacArthur Awards Jeff Kaufmann, Anthropology, The Zoological Society of Milwaukee County funded the project entitled "GPS Mapping of Lemur-Inhabited Forests in Madagascar's Spiny Desert"
Lynn Khadiagala, Political Science, SSRC and MacArthur Awards
Jonmi Nai On Koo, African Languages & Literature, University Fellowship and Alice Almasy and Jane Goddard Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates in the Humanities.
Marie KrFCger, African Languages & Literature, Vilas Regular
Kimberly Miller, Art History, Smithsonian Summer Graduate Fellowship to work at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, summer 1996
Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, Political Science, Hyde Dissertation Research Award for Graduate Studies awarded by the Women's Studies Research Center, UW-Madison
Maria d. Olson, Journalism, U.S. Department of State Internship in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Kim Rapp Fulbright-Hays Group Project Aborad for intensive study of advanced Yoruba in Nigeria through University of Florida. She will be a teaching assistant in the fall in African Languages & Literature 201.
Nubia Kai Al-Nura Salaam, African Languages & Literature, Advanced Opportunity Fellowship
Sofia Samatar, African Languages & Literature, Advanced Opportunity Fellowship; Fulbright-Hays Group Project Aborad for intensive study of advanced Swahili this summer in Tanzania through Yale University. She will be a teaching assistant for Swahili I in the fall.
Akua Sarr, African Languages & Literature, Travel Award from Graduate School to conduct dissertation research in Senegal
Teresa Nicole Washington, African Languages & Literature, Advanced Opportunity Fellowship
Arnold J. White, African Languages & Literature,
Novian Whitsitt, African Languages & Literature, Vilas Regular
Amber N. Williams, African Languages & Literature, Vilas Special
DEGREES GRANTED M.A. Jermaine Jones, History, December 9196 "Children of Two Worlds: Brazilian
Repatriates in Lagos"
Katrin Koops, African Languages & Literature, January
9196, "The Role of
the Horse in Hausa Culture"
Marisa Lukesic, African Languages & Literature, May 9196, "The Influence of Colloquial Arabic Forms Upon the Hausa Lexicon"
Joy Wrolsen, African Languages & Literature, May 9196, "Engendered performances: The construction of gender on the Zimbabwean stage"
PH.D. Linda Beck, Political Science, " 91Patrimonial Democrats' in a Culturally Plural Society: Democratization and Political Accommodation in the Patronage Politics of Senegal"
Elhadji Chaibou Oumarou, African Languages & Literature, "Individual Talent in Contemporary Hausa Oral Poetry"
Olusegun Olutoye, Continuing and Vocational Education
(CAVE), May 9196, "Factors and Forces Influencing
the Adoption of New Technology: A Case Study of the
Downy Mildew Disease Resistant Maize Varieties in Ondo
Mark Plane, African Languages & Literature, January 9196, "Text and Performance in Tanzanian Contemporary Popular Theatre"
African Studies Students Participate in 1996 African Literature Association (ALA) "Migrating Words and Worlds: Pan Africanism Updated" was the theme of the 22nd Annual ALA Conference hosted by the State University of New York at Stony Brook on March 27-30. The following graduate students presented on a panel chaired by Professor Aliko Songolo: Omoniyi Afolabi, Spanish & Portuguese, "Revisiting the 91Noble Savage': Dias Gomes' O Pagador de Promessas in Film and Fiction"; Roberta Hatcher, French, "Writing with the Camera in African Films"; Kim Rapp, African Languages & Literature, "Choice or Necessity? The Language Question in African Film".
Other African Studies graduate student presenters at
the conference were Omar Jah, African Languages &
Literature, "The Anatomy of 91Pan-Africanism'
: David Diop and the Poetic (Imagi)Nation" and
L. Ivette Valdes, French, "The Absence of Africa:
Maryse CondE9 91s La Vie ScE8lE8rate on the panel
"African Absence of Presence? Francophone Caribbean Literature"
OTHER STUDENT NEWS
Omoniyi Afolabi, Spanish & Portuguese, presented "The (T)error of Invisibility: Ralph Ellison and Cruz e Souza" in the panel titled "Expressive Traditions" at the conference "African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Self-Fashioning" hosted by the Africana Studies Department, Binghamton University on April 11-13, 1996."
Linda Beck, Political Science, begins a tenure track position at Barnard College in September.
Andrea Frohne, Art History presented "Jean-Michel Basquiat as Heroic Hunter: An Assertion of Identity" in the panel titled "Expressive Traditions" at the conference "African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Self-Fashioning" hosted by the Africana Studies Department, Binghamton University on April 11-13, 1996.
0CShannen Hill, Art History, is teaching Art History
in a program for
gifted students at Johns Hopkins University, summer 9196.
Jeff Kaufmann, Anthropology, is in Madagascar for one year researching his dissertation project entitled "Attitudes Toward Nature by Pastoralists in Madagascar's Spiny Desert." He published " 91The Cactus Was Our Kin': Pastoralism in Madagascar's Spiny Desert" in Changing Nomads in a Changing World, edited by A.M. Khazanov and J. Ginat, Sussex: Academic Press
Patricia Kuntz, Curriculum & Instruction, participated on panel "South Africa: Lessons for the Continent" at the 1995 ASA Teacher's workshop in Orlando. She is a reviewer for the ASA Outreach Council Children's Book Award Committee and Multicultural Review.
Kimberly Anne Miller, Art History, delivered a lecture at the Elvehjem Museum of Art on March 27 entitled "Reclaiming Our Bodies: Representations of Saartjie Baartman in the Work of Penny Siopis, Lorna Simpson, and Renee Green" as part of a lecture series for Women's History Month.
0CElias Mpofu, Psychology, wrote a history manuscript entitled "The labour history of South Africa (1806-1940) that has been accepted for publication by SAPES (Southern African Political and Economic Society)
Nancy Pauly, Curriculum & Instruction, prepared curriculum materials on Namibia as a result of the trip for teachers that she led to Namibia last summer. Materials are available from her at 1211 Rutledge, #2, Madison, WI 53703.
Safiya Tolson,.co-founder of Crossroads program, received a $500 check from Professor Cornel West, Harvard University, which will help fund the next Crossroads program in Johannesburg, South Africa next January.
CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE The Department
of African Languages & Literature presented a "Celebration
of African Languages and Culture" on Friday, March
22, 1996 at Union South. Language skits performed by
students who study Arabic, Hausa, Swahili, Yoruba,
Kikuyu enlivened the evening. A dance featuring Africa
music by DJ, Ibrahim Lasisi topped off the event which
will become an annual event. The event is free and
open to the public. Watch for details next year and
come and join the international festivities! 0C RESEARCH
IN TANZANIA by Kathleen Smythe (Kathleen, graduate
student in History, returned in June from dissertation
research in Tanzania. She was recipient of the African
Studies Travel Award, the Wenner Gren and the Fulbright
Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
Posuta. Tataitu kalesa. Mwakata? Chino kwacha. Mwakosula uli? Awe. Viyo kwene.
These melodic Kifipa greetings are repeated hundreds of times throughout the morning in the village of Chala in southwestern Tanzania. They are the password to learning about Fipa culture. My first few months in the village of Chala were spent immersing myself in this language. What follows is a glimpse of the ups and downs of my learning of Kifipa which I used as much as possible to conduct my historical research in the area.
Most researchers have a story of a family adopting them and providing a crucial link to the community and I am no exception. Before getting to Chala, eager to become a part of the village, I had agreed, while in the regional capitol, to carry some money to a young woman's family (Kang'ombe) there. In Chala I was directed to ask a woman named Verana where to find the Kang'ombe family. I found Verana presiding over a meager selection of used shoes in a large sitting room of a larger-than-usual house. Verana, the 40-year-old shoe vendor, closed up shop by shutting the door to the sitting room that separated it from the market area, and took me to the Kang'ombe's. When our task was complete, she invited me to come back in the afternoon.
Mzee is very proud of his language and laments that the young children are speaking mostly Kiswahili, the language used in African Languages & Literature elementary education, rather than their local language.
Grateful for something to fill my less-than-busy first day, I returned and she, literally, took me by the hand and introduced me to the nearby members of her family. Her father, Mzee Kontwa (a self-given name - Kontwa means tick in Kifipa and since his legs and hands were disfigured by leprosy he lived a life, in his view, similar to that of a parasitic tick) was thrilled to meet me and we agreed almost instantaneously that he would be my Kifipa tutor. Verana, as my devoted companion from that day on, also played an important role in my language acquisition.
Two weeks into my stay in Chala I walked to Kasu, a village five miles south of Chala, with Verana. African Languages & Literature the way she peppered me with Kifipa words. "Ulupulika isusi? (Do you feel cold?)", she asked. "Uh...I don't understand what you are saying, Verana," I responded. "Do you feel cold?" she would ask in Kiswahili. "No. But how do you say that in Kifipa?" I enquired in Kiswahili. "Talupulika isusi ( I don't feel cold)," Verana answered. I tried to repeat the phrase, badly mispronouncing it, "Ntapulikay isusi." It was close enough for Verana so she raced on to another phrase. " The clouds are covering the mountains." Not only did I not have a chance to perfect the first phrase but she wanted me to learn words that in my opinion were not going to be very helpful in basic communication. Talking about cloud conditions would be nice later on but I first wanted to be able to say that I was very thankful, not feeling well or interested in going to a certain village to talk with the people. Verana, however, trying to be helpful and oblivious to the standards of U.S. formal language training to which I was holding her, plowed ahead.
Pointing to a small brown insect, she said its name first in Kiswahili and the in Kifipa. I could feel the tenuous grasp that I had on " I don't feel cold" slipping and the word for this brown bug filling up the brain space it had occupied. The name for this brown bug was followed by the name of a certain tree, then the beautiful multi-colored bird which flew overhead. Two hours later, when we reached Kasu my brain had temporarily filed and then removed hundreds of Kifipa words.
In the village of Kasu I got the kind of repetitive language exercise I needed. Verana, ever anxious to show off to as many people as possible led me on a circuitous route through the village. We greeted each person, "Posuta," etc. As soon as they heard me say one Kifipa word, they would smile broadly and begin to hopefully "test" the limits of my knowledge. The next two or three questions would be greeting questions. I had heard most of them before but still could not always match the proper response to the proper greeting. And, if I needed more than a second to allow the greeting to register and then to retrieve a possible response, Verana was right by my side: "Say tataitu kalesa" or "Say viyo kwene." Once we entered the "body" of conversation, I was lost. As a blank look crossed my face the villagers would laugh and say, "Oh she doesn't know Kifipa," as if they had assumed from my few proper greetings that I was a native speaker. In the eyes of the Fipa the line between "knowing" a language and not was very thin.
Mzee Kontwa had experience learning several other languages including Kinyakyusa, English, French, as well as bits of Latin and Polish.
Once the painful experience of the first few months were over, I reaped the benefits of my efforts.
We spent hours sitting on his wooden sofa topped by two worn styrofoam cushions as I struggled to learn Kifipa. 0C
Mzee is very proud of his language and laments that the young children are speaking mostly Kiswahili, the language used in African Languages & Literature elementary education, rather than their local language. He was very eager to teach me the true Kifipa, the Kifipa of long ago, the Kifipa that only the old men and women understand. He taught me the true Kifipa word for gift - "impanyo." At his behest, I tried this Outreach on Verana. She had never heard of it. She, like almost everyone else in the village, used the Kiswahili word. Mzee got a great kick out of this. The mzungu (European) knew a word in Kifipa that his daughter did not know. For the next week (and intermittently for the next year) anybody who came into the sitting room while we were having a lesson would be instructed to ask me what "gift" was I Kifipa. 0CLooks of wonder were encouraged and exchanged between Mzee and the guest after I answered, "impanyo". This sort of vocabulary, of course, was not quite what I had in mind since I needed to learn to speak the Kifipa of today so I could be understood by and understand a majority of the village residents. But I could hardly put an end to it because of the great pleasure and pride this game brought Mzee Kontwa. It was a small price to pay for his willing and eager tutoring.
Mzee took his language teaching very seriously and one of my favorite memories is of him starting one of our early lessons by saying that it was absolutely VITAL that I learn African Languages & Literature of the body parts in Kifipa - African Languages & Literature of them! 0CWe had reached the groin area when his wife, Mama Anna, walked in and reprimanded him for such impropriety. Without hesitation, Mzee Kontwa countermanded that contrary to her opinion it was absolutely necessary that if I were to go back to the United States and proclaim I knew Kifipa I would need to know all of it not just the socially acceptable terms! Who could ask for a better language tutor?
Once the painful experience of the first few months were over, I reaped the benefits of my efforts. To say that folks were delighted with my attempts at their local language would be an understatement. They loved calling me a fellow Mfipa and got a real thrill greeting me in their language. I am convinced that my efforts made my research much easier than it would have been without knowledge of Kifipa. And in contrast to the negative evaluations of Fipa fluency early on, I quickly moved right up to Kifipa fluency in the eyes of the residents. Within months, my efforts were rewarded by being described as the mzungu who speaks Kifipa fluently. That this was a bold overstatement of my abilities mattered little to anyone and was many times just the ego boost I needed. I never became fluent in Kifipa but will never forget how patient and forgiving the people of Chala were with my attempts to learn their language. 0C
AFRICAN STUDIES LECTURES (January-May 1996)
Dave Benson, Molly Knorr, R. Gibson, Steven Corradini, Jonmi Koo "Highlights from Participants of UW Programs Abroad in Senegal, Egypt, Morocco "
Emilie Ngo Nguidjol, Reference Librarian"African Studies on the Web"
Daniel Woubishet, Law, Ethiopian Human Rights and Peace Center, Addis Abeba University,"The African Human Rights System: A Comparative Critic"
Duncan Chaplin, Research Associate, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC "Observing History: The 1994 South African Election through the Eyes of a U.N. International Election Observer" Ajume Hassan Wingo, Philosophy, UW,"The African Human Rights System: 91Veil ' Politics: Rituals, Symbols and Traditions"
0C Jarle Simensen, History, University of Trondheim,"Christian Church and 91Native State': The Presbyterians and Ofori Atta I of Akyem, Ghana"
Isidore Okpewho, English/Comparative Literature, Africana Studies, SUNY-Binghamton, NY, "The Comparative Study of the African Epic"
Christopher Steiner, Senior Scholar, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities "The Triumph of Bacchus in Benin: Mythology and Authenticity in European Images of Africa"
Eltahir Eltigani, Music, UW-Madison "Comparing the Incomparable: The Case of Zikr and Zar in Sudan"
Richard Ralston, Afro-American Studies,UW-Madison; Great Decisions Lecture Series,"Africa: Should the U.S. Care?"
Julie Fischer, Land Tenure Center " Land Tenure
and Policy Dialogue in
0CSusan J. Erickson, Attorney, Boardman, Suhr, Curry
& Field "The 91Negative Autobiography' of
a Nation: South Africa's New Bill of
Judith Miller, French, UW-Madison, "On the Production of The Parenthesis of Blood by Sony Labou Tansi: African Plays in Madison"
Agola Auma-Osolo, International Centre for Peace and Conflict Reconciliation Initiative for Africa, Nairobi, "Human Rights in Rwanda"
Abou Bai-Sheka, Visiting Fulbright,Department of Modern Languages, Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, "The Influence of Sierra Leonean Languages on the Gullah Dialiect of South Carolina and Georgia"
Baydallaye Kane,Visiting Fulbright, UniversitE9 de St. Louis, Senegal "Representations of Economic Corruption in Achebe's Novels"
Lamin Sanneh, History,Yale University, "Christianity and Islam in the Crucible: The Challenge of Nigeria"
0CMichelle Wagner, History, UW-Madison, "Human Rights in Rwanda" Matthew Turner, Geography, UW-Madison, "Drought, livestock wealth, and gender relations in Zarmaganda (western Niger)"
Abena P.A. Busia, English, Women's Studies, Comparative Literature, Rutgers University, NJ, Poetry Reading
Paulin Hountondji , Philosophy, UniversitE9 Nationale du Benin, "Ethnophilosophy: Meaning, Scope, and Limits"
John Peck, Land Resources, IES, UW-Madison, " Wildlife,
Woodlands, and Water: Community Management of Common
Property in Zimbabwe"
Botshelo Mathuba, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Land and Housing, Botswana. "Deputy permanent secretary, ministry of local government, land and housing in the City of Gaborone, Botswana" 0C
Faculty/Students' Outreach Efforts Bring Knowledge of
Africa to the
Richard Ralston, African American Studies, spoke on African, African-American , and Caribbean folklore at Kromery and Oregon middle schools in March. He also participated in the Visitor Reading Program by telling and discussing African and American folktales and popular culture with a 4th grade class at Marquette Elementary School.
Patrick Bennett, African Languages & Literature,
spoke on Kenya and the Swahili language to a home schooling
group in Stoughton. Edris Makward, African Languages
& Literature visited the 8th grade French class
at Sherman School and spoke on African Storytelling
in French and on the oral traditions of griots. Earl
Gritton, Agronomy, spoke on The Gambia to the North
Liberty Iowa Optimist Club as well as to the undergraduate
Elias Mpofu, graduate student in Psychology, presented a paper entitled "Treading the Soft Areas of Educational Curricula of a Society in Transition: A Zimbabwean Perspective" a conference for K-12 teachers at Madison Area Technical College which was organized by MATC Associate Dean Janie Wimberly. Kim Miller, Art History, delivered a lecture entitled "Reclaiming Our Bodies: Representation of Saartjie Baartman in the Work of Penny Siopis, Lorna Simpson, and Renee Green" as part of a lecture series for Women's History Month at the Elvehjem Museum of Art.
Business Connects to African Studies Outreach
African Studies receives numerous and diverse calls from the surrounding community for information about some aspect of Africa ranging from political situations to recipes. One recent request came from a well known and respected company in Wisconsin, Pleasant Company, that helps bring history to life for girls. The company designs dolls that represent authentic costumes of a specific era: Felicity (1874), Kirsten (1854), Samantha (1904), Molly (1944) and Addy (1864). Pleasant Company publishes The American Girls Collection Books, an historical fiction collection of six books for each of the five characters. Addy Walker, is a courageous African American girl of the Civil War.
A representative of Pleasant Company called Outreach to discuss the historical accuracy of the retention of African cultures by African American slaves. Betty Wass, former Associate Director of African Studies and Professor in Family Resources and Consumer Sciences, shared her insights with the representative of Pleasant Company.
If you look through Pleasant Company's catalogue you will notice that Addy Walker is accompanied by African accessories such as gold earrings, the sansa instrument, a mancala game. She wears a cowrie shell necklace which was made by UW Anthropology graduate student Rebecca Kemble-Nyoike.
Emerita Staff Volunteer in Outreach
The African Studies Program expresses gratitude to two former staff women who volunteered their time in our Outreach Program this year. Betty Wass, former associate director and Marj Harris, former assistant director contributed to the organization of Outreach. Betty Wass devoted many hours to compiling teachers' projects from our 1993 and 1994 Summer Institutes for publication.Marj Harris accepted the arduous task of organizing our collection of 7000 slides of Africa. We are grateful for their dedicated services to the outreach organization.
New Publication for Teachers also on Web site Study of Africa, Curriculum Materials for K-12
Study of Africa, Curriculum Material for K-12, developed in Summer Institutes on African Literature 1993 and 1994. Price: $10.00. Call African Studies Program 262-2380 to order the booklet; or dial up the African Studies Homepage : <http://www.wisc.edu/afr/>"African and African American Curriculum Material K-12."
Former UniversitE9 de St. Louis Exchange Student Continues
Exchange between Pre-Schools
Amy White who participated in the 1994-95 UniversitE9 de St. Louis, Senegal Exchange facilitates communication between the children of the University Preschool Lab, Madison, WI and the Ecole Maternelle d'Application school in Saint Louis, Senegal. Amy, an assistant teacher the UW University Preschool, considers the role of encouraging mutual friendships as one way to develop concepts of peace and understanding. Children write a letter of introduction to their Senegalese penpals. Students also pack a suitcase that Amy provided to collect school supplies for their friends in Senegal. The African Studies Program Faculty Exchange has cut mailing expenses. Professor Judith Miller, French, carried the suitcase of pencils, scissors, crayons, books, etc. to the students at Ecole Maternelle during her recent visit to the UniversitE9 de Saint Louis in May.
African Studies Outreach/Marquette University Discuss Global Issues with Visiting Kenyans
Kirimi Kaberia, Les Aspin Center for Government, Marquette
University, invited African Studies Outreach to recruit
K-12 teachers and administrators who teach history,
social studies, multiculturalism to interact with
15 Kenyan leaders who will be in Milwaukee for one
week. Educators who are interested in the social-political
realities in Africa, with Kenya as a case study will
participate in the workshop in Milwaukee on August
5. The Kenyans and the Wisconsin educators will share
their ideas and experiences on political, cultural
and social issues in their countries. The Kenyans are
part of a six week USAID program on democracy and governance
at the grass root level. Among the people in the group
are NGO leaders, teachers, activists, journalists,
Muslim clergy, church leaders and university
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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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