JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (02/27/00)

JUA: Penn African Studies Bulletin (02/27/00)

Issue # 3, Spring 2001
February 27, 2001




March 14, 2001
K-12 Workshop: "Teaching & Learning about Sudan" Philadelphia School District
4:00 - 6:30p.m.

March 30, 2001
"Careers in Africa" Day
G16 Irvine Auditorium
33rd & Spruce Sts.
1:00 - 5:00p.m.

March 30, 2001
African Cultural Day
Hill House
33rd/34th & Walnut Sts.
6:00 - 8:00p.m.

April 6, 2001
Scholar for a Day
Terence Ranger
McClelland Hall (Quadrangle)
Enter 36th & Spruce Sts.
8:30a.m - 5:30p.m.

April 19, 2001
K-12 Workshop: Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
4:00 - 6:30p.m.

May 11, 2001
Media Workshop:
"Debating the Images of Africa in Local US Media" TBA



March 2, 2001
"Some New Writing from Sierra Leone: Poetry on the Internet" Abioseh Michael Porter
Drexel University
Editor African Literature Association Bulletin Department of Humanities-Communications
G16 Irvine Auditorium
34th and Spruce Streets
12:00 noon-1:30p.m.

March 23, 2001
"The Changing Political Scene and the Prospects for Peace in Sudan in 2001"
Ann Lesch
Villanova University
G16 Irvine Auditorium
34th and Spruce Streets
12:00 noon-1:30p.m.


March 6, 2001
12:00, Psych Lab A30
Peter Bearman, Department of Sociology, Columbia University "Social Networks and Adolescent Sexual Behavior"

April 3, 2001
12:00, Psych Lab A30
Martina Morris, Department of Sociology, University of Washington (Seattle)
TBA (on AIDS and sexual networks in Rakai, Uganda)



The University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center, with funding from the Ford Foundation, has embarked on a program to develop dual intellectual citizenship among students and faculty in Africa and the United States. The program facilitates the sharing of knowledge produced in Africa by African scholars and increasing the interaction and collaboration between Western Africanists and Africa-based scholars. One of the components of this program is the Dual Intellectual Citizenship Summer School (DICSS). DICSS provides American graduate students first-hand contact with graduate students and outstanding scholars based in Africa. Participants interact with faculty in a number of intellectually stimulating settings, familiarize themselves with African scholarship, and receive feedback on their research. This year DICSS is being organized by the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and the West Africa Research Association based in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop will be held from July 23rd to August 17th, 2001.

The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania is offering several fellowships to graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania for participation in this third Dual Intellectual Citizenship Summer School in Dakar, Senegal. The fellowship will cover all costs (including lodging, meals, local and international transportation, and course materials). Graduate students from other institutions are invited to participate in the program provided they can secure their own funding.

Interested graduate students should submit: - A curriculum vitae
- Graduate transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
- Certification of French language proficiency - A personal statement detailing objectives for participating in the program and expected benefits of the program both in terms of graduate studies and future professional work.

The application deadline is March 28, 2001. Priority will be given to students with a working knowledge of the French language. Successful applicants will be notified on April 15, 2001. Selected students will be asked to submit a $100 administrative fee to the African Studies Center. Completed applications should be sent to:

Dr. Paul J. Kaiser
Associate Director
African Studies Center
The University of Pennsylvania
646 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel. 215-898-6449
Fax. 215-573-7379

Penn in Dar Es Salaam
University of Dar Es Salaam
July 9th to August 10th. 2001

Penn in Dar-es-Salaam is a five week program which provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania. The program offers a menu of courses covering topics on Tanzania and other East African countries. Courses range from Government and Politics, Development, History and Sociology to Indigenous Healing, Theater Arts, and Ki-Swahili Language and Culture. There will be weekly field trips for each course within and around Dar-es-Salaam. Application deadline is April 1st, 2000.

For further information, please contact:
Penn Summer Abroad, College of General Studies University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Phone: 215 898 5738; Fax: 215 573 2053
African Studies Center
Penn-in-Dar Es Salaam Program
647 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215 898 6971



Summer Cooperative African Language Institute

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) June 18 - August 9, 2001. Tuition will be $1800 and students will receive 8 UW-Madison credits for work completed at SCALI 2001.
Offerings for the summer have not yet been set. However, students are invited to visit the SCALI website at: to register your interest, including indicating the language and level you would be interested in taking. SCALI 2000 was able to offer Bamana II, Chichewa I & II, Hausa I, Setswana I, Swahili I & II, Xhosa I, Yoruba I & II, and Zulu I. The site will be updated with additional information on offerings, funding, accommodations, etc., as it becomes available. For further details, contact: Mark L. Lilleleht, Coordinator, SCALI (2001); email:; Phone: (608) 262-2380; Fax: (608) 265-2380.



Conference Title:
"Islam in Africa: A Global, Cultural and Historical Perspective" Conference Date:
April 19-22, 2001
Conference Location:
Institute for Global Cultural Studies (IGCS) at Binghamton University, N.Y.
Abstract Length:
250 words
Michael Toler,
Institute for Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000 LNG-100, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Phone: (607) 777-4494. Fax: (607) 777- 2642. E-mail:

Conference Title:
"Independent Eritrea: Lessons and Prospects" Conference Date:
July 22-26, 2001
Conference Location:
Intercontinental Hotel, Asmara, Eritrea
Eritrean Studies Association
P.O. Box 4034,
East Lansing, MI 48826, U.S.A. or
ESA, P.O. Box 5849, Asmara, Eritrea."
Web site,

Conference Title:
"Freed Slaves - Integration and Exclusion" (ICHOS conference 2001) Conference Date:
10th-12th September 2001
Conference Location:
International Centre for the History of Slavery at the University of Nottingham
Abstract Length:
250 words sent via e-mail attachment (Word) Contacts:
Robert P. Forbes
Associate Director
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study
of Slavery, Resistance, & Abolition
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206
Tel: (203)432-3339 Fax: (203) 432-6943
Yale Center for International and Area Studies

Conference Title:
"The History of the Great Lakes Region"
Conference Date:
November 9-10, 2001
Conference Location:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 15, 2001 (Abstract Submission)
Abstract Length:
200 words approximately
Dr. Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin
Department of History
1121 AuSable Hall
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401
Fax: 616-895-3285
Phone: (616) 895-3445

Conference Title:
"Africa and the African Diaspora: Past, Present, Future" (44th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association) Conference Date:
November 15-18, 2201
Conference Location:
Houston, Texas
March 15, 2001 (Abstract Submission)
Loree D. Jones
Executive Director
African Studies Association
Rutgers University
Douglass College
132 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400
Telephone: 732-932-8173
Fax: 732-932-3394

Conference Title:
"Environment, Settlement History and Inter-ethnic Relations in Burkina Faso"
Conference Date:
December 4-6, 2001
Conference Location:
University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
March 31, 2001 (Abstract Submission)
Abstract Length:
200 words--in English or in French
Dr. Claude Nurukyor Somda, UniversitÈ de Ouagadougou, B.P. 7021, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso;
Dr. Richard Kuba, Goethe Universito/oot Frankfurt/M, SFB 268, Liebigstr. 41,
60323 Frankfurt/M., R.F.A.


Book Title (inter-disciplinary volume):
"Anthropology and Popular Culture"
- The effects of globalization on health and human rights - Alternative healing practices in a globalizing world - Gender, ethnicity and health care practices - Labor, health and global capital
- Social violence and popular culture
- Violence, media and the state
- Endangered languages and popular culture: problems and prospects Article Length:
7,000-10,000 words (American Anthropological Association's style) Contacts:
Kevin Browne
Midwest Center for Human Services
2828 Marshall Ct., Suite 210
Madison, WI 53705;

Journal Title (Special Issue):
"Transforming Anthropology"
The various facets of health (and obstacles to achieving it) in African and African Diasporic populations. Contacts:
David Simmons at,

Journal Title (Special Issue):
"National Institute for Economic Policy (NIEP)" Special Bulletin Themes:
Millennium Africa Renaissance Program
March 10, 2001
Dr. Asghar Adelzadeh (Research Director)
Telephone: 27-11-403-3009
Facsimile: 27-11-339-6395


Summer FLAS Award Competition
African Studies Center, UPENN

Two Foreign Language and Area Studies summer fellowships are available to graduate and Ph.D students for intensive summer study of Amharic I & II at Penn. Fellowships are open to students nationwide on a competitive basis. Each award covers tuition up to $3,600 and a stipend of $2,400.

For complete information on the application process, contact: Lynette Loose,
FLAS Coordinator,
by e-mail:,
or telephone: 215.898.3883

4. WARC Travel Grant

The West African Research Center is now offering travel bursaries of up to $2000 to West African scholars and graduate students. These funds may be used to: 1) Attend and read papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant's field of research; 2) Visit libraries or archives that contain resources necessary to the applicant's current academic work.
For further details on application requirements contact: WARC/CROA; B.P. 5456 (Fann-Residence), Rue E x LÈon G. Damas, Dakar, Senegal; Telephone: 9-011-221-8-24-20-62; Fax: 9-011-221-8-24-20-58; email: or Edris Makward, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin; Telephone: (608) 262-2487; Fax: (608) 265-4151. Travel funds will become available October 1, 2000. Applications should reach the West African Research Center at least 3 months before the travel date.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Congressional Scholars Program at Howard University

The Kaiser Family Foundation is launching the Congressional Scholars Program to honor the legacy of former Kaiser Trustee and Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan, by creating new opportunities for minority students in health policy and eventually, increasing the numbers of minority health policy professionals. The Program will annually provide 10 talented, economically disadvantaged college seniors or recent graduates with a 9-week summer college internship in a congressional office with major health policy responsibilities. The Scholars will gain exposure to health policy issues and firsthand understanding of how the federal government works. Candidates must be in their senior year of undergraduate study or have graduated within the last twelve months from an accredited U.S. college or university. Candidates must complete an application form, including a 500-word essay. They must submit a resume and college transcript, and letters of reference from faculty members. Candidates will be evaluated on 1) academic performance; 2) their essay; 3) their letters of recommendation; and 4) demonstrated leadership. This program is under the direction of Celia J. Maxwell, M.D., Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs and Director of the Women's Health Institute at Howard University.

For further information, contact Jomo Kassaye at (202) 865-4844 or by fax at (202) 667-5694 or visit our
website at:

Thoman Fellowship Program

MSU International Studies and Programs is seeking applicants for the 2001-2002 Thoman Fellowship Program. The program aims to bring together advanced PhD students from developing countries to consider strategies to address issues of poverty and hunger, both in our local community and in the students' home communities. The successful applicant will demonstrate professional and personal interest in the issues of poverty and hunger, an outstanding academic record, a high degree of motivation, previous professional experience, and promise for a significant future contribution to the home country. Preference will be given to applicants who will have completed or expect to complete their comprehensive exams by the end of the Fall 2001 semester. Application materials are available from the Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 201 International Center, MSU. Completed applications are due by March 1, 2001.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

The Gilder Lehrman Center, part of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, is pleased to announce the Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance Fellowship Program for the academic year 2001-2002. The Fellowship Program is designed to support established and younger scholars in researching projects that can be linked to the aims of the GLC. Scholars are welcome to apply in one of two categories, Senior or Associate Fellows. Applications for appointment as Slavery, Resistance and Abolition Fellows of the Gilder Lehrman Center, in either senior or associate categories, should include the following:

- A curriculum vitae, including detailed contact information, date of birth, and social security number
- Three letters of recommendation
- A three-to-four-page proposal of the research project, including proposed time of residence.

The application deadline is March 15 for the Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 semesters. Completed applications should be returned to:

Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition Yale Center for International and Area Studies Attn: Fellowships
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206
Robert P. Forbes
Associate Director
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study
of Slavery, Resistance, & Abolition
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206
Tel: (203)432-3339 Fax: (203) 432-6943
Yale Center for International and Area Studies



Working with the Director of the Education, Knowledge and Religion unit and other Foundation staff, the program officer will support the strengthening and revitalization of area studies, a field of long-standing Foundation commitment. The program officer will be responsible for: developing and implementing a Foundation strategy to promote the sustainability of area studies programs by informing relevant campus-based and government policy; and fostering innovative thinking with respect to area studies. The program officer will be expected to join with other Foundation staff in supporting projects that build new knowledge on areas of the world of interest to the Foundation and that prepare students to be global citizens. The Program Officer will be expected to help build and implement a vision for the future sustainability of the field as well as develop grantmaking strategies; identify prospective grantees; solicit, review and respond to grant proposals; and prepare recommendations for Foundation funding. In addition to working with Foundation staff in New York and overseas offices, the Program Officer will meet with other donors, government agencies, and other professionals on issues of common program concern.

QUALIFICATIONS: Substantive professional experience in the field of area studies (Ph.D. preferred); extensive work in academic institutions; excellent interpersonal skills; sound analytical and writing abilities; a teamwork orientation and ability to interact effectively with colleagues from diverse disciplines and perspectives; strong conceptual, organizational, financial analysis, and oral and written communication skills. Salary is based on experience and the Foundation's commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is included.

To apply for employment, please send resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample (5-20 ages of original work) to Ms. Z. Reiter at the above address or by e-mail to by March 9, 2001.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, African Studies Program, Indiana University

The Indiana University African Studies Program, a Title VI National Resource Center for Africa, is searching for an Associate Director. The primary duties of the position include: planning and coordinating the Program's activities (including public programming, conferences and workshops); supervising an Outreach Coordinator and assisting in outreach planning; consulting with African Studies faculty and cooperating with other Indiana University units and external organizations on projects; organizing programs for visiting scholars; advising undergraduate students interested in African Studies; assisting in the production of Program newsletters; planning and writing institutional proposals for external funding; preparing grant performance reports; assisting in the preparation of budgets and the management of accounts; and assisting the Director in promoting and coordinating instructional and outreach activities in African Studies. The qualifications for the position are: advanced degree (field experience in Africa and a Ph.D. desired); excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work both independently and cooperatively in a multi-faceted office; evidence of persistence and effectiveness in completing tasks; commitment to African Studies; administrative, financial management and/or grant writing experience desired; teaching experience advantageous. Minority group members, women, and disabled individuals are encouraged to apply.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position start date to begin on or after 1 June 2001.

Candidates should send a letter of application with a curriculum vitae and arrange to have three reference letters sent to: Associate Director Search, African Studies Program, Indiana University, Woodburn 221, Bloomington, IN 47405. Review of applications begins on 23 April 2001 and will continue until the position is filled. Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


ACLS plans to appoint up to two postdoctoral Research Fellows, who will work from the Council's New York offices on a variety of projects. The positions will provide Fellows with an introduction to the intellectual, administrative, and organizational issues important to the Humanities, the related Social Sciences, and their Learned Societies on a national level, and with an opportunity to contribute to the leadership that ACLS provides. ACLS will appoint the Fellows for terms of at least two years. While ACLS responsibilities will take priority, Fellows will be permitted to spend up to one-fourth of their time focused on their own scholarly research. Salary and benefits will be competitive with those of New York non-profits. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a field represented by ACLS, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate active interest, even if not proven experience and effectiveness, in academic administration. The position also requires excellent analytical and organizational skills, as well as the qualities essential for working effectively with a wide range of colleagues, grantees, advisors, and institutional partners. A Fellow must be adept at using information technology both as a research tool and for the analysis of data. Broad familiarity with a part of the history of humanities scholarship, while not a necessary qualification, is highly desirable. Nominations and applications (including a c.v., a writing sample of no more than 20 pages, and the names and addresses of at least three references)
should be sent to:
Research Fellow Search 2001
American Council of Learned Societies
228 East 45th Street
New York, New York 10017
Fax: (212) 949-8058

African/Diaspora History - U/M-Flint

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for a tenure- track assistant professorship in African/Diaspora history, starting Fall Semester 2001. Teaching responsibilities include courses in African and African- Diaspora History, comparative survey courses, and introductory courses in Africana Studies. A Ph.D. in Africana Studies or History, teaching experience in African/African-Diaspora History, a commitment to curriculum globalization, and research promise are required. Doctoral candidates near completion (within 6 months of doctorate-in-hand) are also invited to apply. A letter of application, c.v., two writing samples, official transcripts from terminal degree granting institution, name and telephone numbers of three telephone references (professionals), and three letters of recommendation should be sent to the Chair, Search Committee, Department of Africana Studies, 446 French Hall, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan 48502. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. The University of Michigan-Flint is a nondiscriminatory/Affirmative Action Employer.

College of Arts and Sciences--University of San Francisco

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a tenure-track position in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, History, Media Studies, Sociology, or Theology/Religious Studies with specialty in African Studies who can teach in an interdisciplinary program. The position will be at the Assistant Professor level, pending approval and funding. Teaching responsibilities may include lower and upper division courses centered on Africa as well as in the candidate's area of specialization. Submit a letter of application, c.v., graduate transcripts, copies of recent publications, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching ability including copies of complete teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation to: African Studies Search Committee, c/o Gerardo Marin, University of San Francisco, Harney 243, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080. Applications must be received by January 15, 2001, in order to ensure full consideration.

Twi, Nuer, Dinka Interpreters

CyraCom International, a language services company serving medical and governmental facilities is currently seeking Independent Contractors (who currently live in the United States or Canada) to serve as Telephone Interpreters. Interpreters work from their homes or offices, when convenient with their schedule, providing a very flexible part-time employment opportunity. Interpreter interaction with the computer system is short, simple, and toll-free; a push-button phone is the only hardware required. Following a short testing and training period, approved interpreters are paid $1.10 per minute of interpretation. Demand for languages is variable and CyraCom cannot guarantee call volumes. If you have interpretation experience and strong bilingual language skills, call Marnie at 800-713-4950 or forward your resume to CyraCom International, Attn: Marnie Metro, Operations, 7332 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704; fax: (520) 745-9022.

Speakers of African Languages

Language Services Associates is presently seeking speakers for African languages for our over-the-telephone interpreter service. In particular we need Fulani, Pulaar, Twi, Somali, Swahili and Yoruba.

Please visit us at for more information on LSA.

World Education Encyclopedia Gale Group

Writers urgently needed for World Education Encyclopedia Gale Group, a premier reference publisher in Farmington Hills, Michigan, is currently working on the World Education Encyclopedia, 2nd edition (WEE)--a three-volume set of essays detailing the educational systems of more than 200 countries around the world. Gale intends to publish an edition of WEE that will reflect the world we live in and the changes in educational systems, both valuable to anyone interested in the comparative analysis of world education systems and a better understanding of world education in general. A few of the countries contacted are still in need of an author, such as Cote d'Ivoire, Mozambique, and Tunisia. The deadline for the essay is April 13, 2001. A remuneration will be given to the author. For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Marlow-Ferguson
The Gale Group
27500 Drake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3535

University of Pennsylvania
647 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Phone: (215)-898-6971
FAX: (215)-573-8130

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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