Electronic Newsletter fourth issue--draft2


African Studies Center Bimonthly Newsletter
Issue # 4, Spring 2000
April 12, 2000

University of Pennsylvania 647 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305


Phone: (215) 898-6971
FAX: 215/573-8130




 April 13-15, 2000 African Language Teacher's Association
Stiteler Hall on April 13, and Sheraton Hotel on April 14, and 15.

 April 20-21, 2000 "Transcending Tradition:African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies in the 21st Century"
Penn Tower Hotel 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

 April 26, 2000 Randall Robinson
President, TransAfrica Forum
"Reparations for Africa & the African Diaspora"
Christian Association Lounge 36th& Locust Walk—12 noon ETHNOGRAPHIC



 Thursday, April 13th
Location: Stiteler Hall: Undergraduate Lounge

 3:00-5:00p.m. WORKSHOP
Lioba Moshi, University of Georgia
Integrating the Use of Video in Language Teaching: Curriculum Development Workshop co-sponsored by the University of Georgia.

 5:30-8:00p.m. RECEPTION including performance by African Rhythms.

 Friday, April 14th
Location: Sheraton Hotel (University Suite)

 8:00-9:00a.m. REGISTRATION

 9:00-9:30a.m. WELCOME
- Dean Walter Licht, School of Arts and Social Sciences.
- Introduction by Tukufu Zuberi-Director, African Studies Center.

 9:30-10:30 PLENARY
- Antonia Schleicher, University of Wisconsin & Richard Brecht, NFLRC, Johns Hopkins University.
- Introduction by Harold Schiffman - Director, Penn Language Center, Web-Based Sharing of Quality Teaching and Learning Resources: The LangNet Project.


 10:45-12:15p.m.WORKSHOP SESSION I
- Sally Magnan, Professor of French, University of Wisconsin
Competency-Based Language Teaching and Learning and the Use of Technology - Part I. Workshop co-sponsored by National African Language Resource Center, University of Wisconsin.
- Introduction: Antonia Schleicher, Director, National African Language Resource Center, University of Wisconsin
12:15-1:30p.m. LUNCH

 1:30-3:30p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION II
- Sally Magnan, Professor of French, University of Wisconsin.
Competency-Based Language Teaching and Learning and the Role of Technology - Part II. Workshop co-sponsored by National African Language Resource Center, University of Wisconsin.

 3:30-3:45p.m. COFFEE BREAK

 3:45-5:30p.m. AFTERNOON SESSION
- Alwiya Omar and Vasu Renganathan, University of Pennsylvania, On-Line Resources for African Languages.
- John Mugane, Ohio University, Literacy in Foreign Language Learning Arenas: The Salama Site for African Languages.
- Magdalena Hauner, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Web-Based 2nd Year Swahili.
- Sandra Sanneh, Yale University,'S'GUDI S'NAYOSI - OR IS IT? Issues in the Use of Commercial Video for Language Learning.
Chair: Clarissa Surek-Clark. Session co-sponsored by Penn Language Resource and Research Center
Introduction: Harold Schiffman, Director, Penn Language Center.

Location: The International House: Asia Room
Keynote speaker - David Wiley, Director, African Studies Center, Michigan State University. Teaching African languages: Collaboration between African and non-African institutions
Welcome - Tukufu Zuberi, Director, African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania
Introduction - John Mtembezi Innis, President, ALTA

 Saturday, April 15th
Location: Sheraton Hotel

 8:00 - 9:00a.m. COFFEE AND DONUTS

 9:00 - 10:00a.m.PANEL DISCUSSION (University Suite) Topic: The Role of African Studies and Linguistics in African Language Teaching.
- Sandra Barnes, University of Pennsylvania
- Eyamba Bokamba, University of Illinois, Urbana - Magdalena Hauner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Antonia Schleicher, University of Wisconsin-Madison Discussant: John Mtembezi Innis, Delaware Sate and Johns Hopkins Universities.

 10:00-10:15a.m. BREAK

 10:15 - 11:15a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION (University Suite) Topic: Developing National Standards for African Language Teaching .
- David Dwyer, Michigan State University
- John Mtembezi Innis, Delaware Sate and Johns Hopkins Universities
- Lioba Moshi, University of Georgia
Discussant: John Mugane, Ohio University

 11:15 - 12:45p.m. MORNING SESSION A (University Suite)
- Charles Bwenge, University of Virginia, The Need for Bilingual Learners' Dictionaries in Learning African Languages: with Special Reference to English Swahili Dictionaries.
- Yunus Rubanza, Stanford University, Mismatches in Swahili and English Word Meanings: Problems for Language Learners.
- Tom Hinnebusch, UCLA, A Look at the Yale Online Kamusi Project from a User 's Perspective.
- Stephen Lucas, Louisiana State University, Utani in the Classroom: Culture Based Swahili Teaching
Chair: Akinloye Ojo, University of Georgia.

- Mohamed Garba, Temple University, The Hausa Particle lalle "for sure, indeed": A Comparative Approach.
- Sabina Perrino, University of Pennsylvania, Greeting Rituals and Second Language Acquisition: The Case of Wolof.
- Mashinda Tshibangu, Morris Brown College, Structural Features of African Languages: the determining role of nominal classes in bantu languages.
- David Zorc, MRM/McNeil Technologies, The Importance of 'weak' versus 'strong' nouns in Learning and Teaching Bantu Languages. Chair: Leonce Rushubirwa, University of Georgia

 12:45-1:45p.m. LUNCH MEETING
Task forces revisited. David Dwyer, Michigan State University, meeting with past task force coordinators.

 1:45-3:15p.m. AFTERNOON SESSION I-A (University Suite)
- David Adu-Amankwah, Indiana University, Involving Language Learners in the Determination of their Final Course Grades: The Role of the Personal Record File.
- Ibro Chekaraou, Indiana University, Self-Assessment: Using an alternative Tool in Foreign Language classrooms.
- Akinloye Ojo, University of Georgia, Experimenting with Innovative Teaching Methods in Yoruba Language Instruction: Progress Report.
- Leonce Rushubirwa, University of Georgia, The Case of Integrating Distance Education Teaching and Learning African Languages.
Chair: Magdalena Hauner, University of Wisconsin

-Clarissa Surek-Clark, University of Pennsylvania, Zulu as a Third Language: Tips for Teaching and Learning.
- Antonia Schleicher & Karin Hartwig, University of Wisconsin, The Communicative Orientation of First-Year African Language Texkbooks.
- Antonia Schleicher , Kristi Hobson, University of Wisconsin, Sexism in Elementary-Level African Language Textbooks.
Chair: Yunus Rubanza, Stanford University.

 3:15-4:30p.m. AFTERNOON SESSION II (University Suite)
- Nobuhle Ndimande, University of Durban-Westville, Positioning African Languages Within African Studies in South Africa.
- Lisanza Muaka, El Colegio de Mexico, Teaching Swahili in Mexico (Latin America): Challenges and Prospects
- John Hutchison, Boston University, Enriching African language curricula in the US and in Africa.
Chair: Charles Bwenge, University of Virginia.

 4:30-4:45p.m. COFFEE BREAK

 4:45-5:45p.m. ALTA General meeting (University Suite)

 Sunday, April 16th
10:00 - 2:00p.m. Tour of Philadelphia

 Thursday, April 20th, 2000

 at the Penn Tower Hotel

 Transcending Traditions
African, Afro-American and African Diaspora Studies in the 21st Century

 8:30-9:15 Breakfast (Refreshments Provided)

 9:30-9:40 Welcome
Dr. Samuel Preston
University of Pennsylvania
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

 9:40-10:00 Introduction
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Sociology
Director, African Studies Center

 10:10-11:40 Panel I: History
Dr. Robin Kelley
New York University
Department of History

 Dr. Colin A. Palmer
Graduate School and University Center
of the City University of New York
Department of History

 Dr. Steven Feierman
University of Pennsylvania
Department of History and
Sociology of Science

 11:45-1:15 Lunch (Registration Required)
Keynote Address
Dr. Elliot P. Skinner
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University
Department of Anthropology

 1:30-3:00 Panel II: Culture
Dr. Marcyliena Morgan
Harvard University
Graduate School of Education

 Dr. Lydie E. Moudileno
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Romance Languages

 Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Music

 3:10-4:40 Graduate Student Workshop
Solimar Otero
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Folklore & Folklife

 Thomas Morton
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Linguistics

 Edda Fields
University of Pennsylvania
Department of History

 4:45-5:00 Wrap-up
Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin
University of Pennsylvania
Department of English
Friday, April 21st

 8:30-9:30 Breakfast (Refreshments Provided)

 9:45-10:05 Welcome
Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin
University of Pennsylvania
Department of English

 10:15-11:45 Panel III: Philosophy & Spirituality
Dr. J. Lorand Matory
Harvard University
Department of Anthropology

 Dr. Barbara Savage
University of Pennsylvania
Department of History

 Dr. Lewis Gordon
Brown University
Afro-American Studies Program

 11:45-1:15 Lunch

 1:30-3:00 Panel IV: Society & Politics
Dr. Michael Hanchard
Northwestern University
African American Studies

 Dr. Ronald W. Walters
University of Maryland at College Park
Department Afro-American Studies

 Dr. Laura Chrisman
Brown University
Department of Modern Culture/Media &
Department of English

 Dr. Thomas Callaghy
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Political Science

 3:10-4:40 Professional/Applied Fields Workshop
Dr. Kenneth L. Shropshire
University of Pennsylvania
Wharton School of Business

 Dr. Vivian L. Gadsden
University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

 4:45-5:00 Closing
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Sociology
Director, African Studies Center

 5:30 - 7:30 Reception & Jazz
Ramsey and Friends


The 43rd Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association is November 16-19, 2000, at the Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, TN. The theme for the conference is "People and Power in 21st Century Africa."
For more information, please contact:
Loree D. Jones
Executive Director African Studies Association
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Douglass Campus, 132 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400
732-932-8173 telephone
732-932-3394 fax


PENN IN DAR ES SALAAM - July 10 to August 11 Summer Abroad program at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Courses include:
-"Government, Politics, and Development in Tanzania and other East African Countries"
-"Social Structure of Tanzania Societies"
-"African Theater"
-"Swahili Language and Culture"
For information contact: Penn Summer Abroad
College of General Studies

The 2000 Summer Cooperative African Language Institute will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the support of Title VI African Studies centers across the country.
The Institute will run for eight weeks, from 12 June to 4 August, and will
be the equivalent of a full year of language instruction.

 Additional information, including an on-line registration form, is available at SCALI's website:

 If you have any questions about the Institute or its offerings, please contact Mark L. Lilleleht at



 The University of Texas African Diaspora Postdoctoral Fellowship 2000-2001

 The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce its new African Diaspora Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Two one-year, postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded for 2000-2001. Fellows must research topic is open, Latin America and the Caribbean are priority areas.
Questions regarding the fellowship and application process should be directed to:
Dr. Asale Angel-Ajani, phone 512-471-0786; OR
Dr. Maria Franklin, phone 512-232-4876;

University of London
Lectureship in Development Economics
2 year Fixed Ter--Vacancy 00/14, Applications are invited for a lectureship in Development Economics tenable from 1 September 2000 in the Department of Development Studies. It is expected the appointee will contribute to teaching on the MSc in Development Studies. For more information, please contact the Personnel Office, (please quote the relevant vacancy number), School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG (Tel: 020 7691 3400 or 020 7898 4144;Fax: 020 7898 4149; e-mail address:; website: Overseas applicants may apply by letter supported by a full CV and the names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers of three referees. Closing date: Friday 14 April 2000

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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