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Fall 2000 Lecture Series

November 3, 2000 (Friday) Dr. Zolani Ngwane, Haverford College. "Apartheid Under Education: Schooling, Initiation and Domestic Reproduction in Post-Apartheid Rural South Africa." Golkin Room, Houston Hall 3417 Spruce Streets 12noon-1:30p.m.

November 28, 2000 (Tuesday) Dr. Kola Abimbola, Haverford College. "Philosophy and the Unity of Yoruba Religion." Class of '47, Meeting Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Streets 12noon-1:30p.m.

December 8, 2000 (Friday) Dr. Richard Mshomba, LaSalle University "Africa in the Global Economy: Is Trade the Answer?" Golkin Room, Houston Hall 3417 Spruce Streets 12noon-1:30p.m.




November 7, 2000 David Roos, Professor of Biology and Director, University of Pennsylvania Genomics Institute: "Antimalarial Drugs and Drug Resistance: Genomic and Experimental Approaches."

November 14, 2000 Tom Wellems, MD, PhD, Head, Malaria Genetics Section, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, NIH, Bethesda: "Chloroquine Resistance in Malaria." November 21, 2000 Terrie Taylor, DO, Director, Malaria Project, Blantyre, Malawi and Professor of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University: "The Pathology of Cerebral Malaria."

November 28, 2000 Isabella Quakyi, Associate Research Professor of Biology, Georgetown University: "Epidemiology of Malaria and Acquisition of Immunity."

December 5, 2000 Steve Hoffman, MD, and Capt. USNR, Director, Malaria Program, Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Springs: "Integrating Molecular Immunology, New Vaccine Technologies, and Genomics to Develop Malaria Vaccines."

January 23, 2000 Ayoade Oduola, Professor, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Coordinator, Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, WHO, Geneva: "Global Solutions to the Malaria Crisis."

All talks 4:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Research Building II/III, Auditorium on Curie Boulevard. Presented by: Africa Health Group African Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences Office of International Medical Programs, School of Medicine.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Haverford College will host on November 2, 2000 at 6:30 PM in Sharpless Auditorium, Mauritanian political activist Messaoud Ould Boulkheir. Mr Boulkheir is on a national speaking tour organized by the American Friends Service Committee and co-sponsored by Haverford College's Office of Multicultural Affairs. This tour is aimed to create awareness about slavery in Mauritania and to promote actions that will lead to the abolition of all forms of slavery. Boulkheir, a former slave himself, is the president of "El Hor" the oldest anti-slavery organization in Mauritania. He was born in Nema, located in southern Mauritania to a woman who had been cast out by her master. There, he was able to attend primary school. After high school, he attended the National School for Administration and in 1979, Boulkheir earned a master's degree in public administration. Boulkheir will discuss his work to end slavery, to ensure a culture of democracy and ethnic tolerance, and to promote economic justice for the northwest African country of Mauritania. Although slavery has been abolished three times by the Mauritanian government, it continues to exist. According to Amnesty International, in 1994 there were as many as 90,000 Black Africans enslaved by Arab Berbers in Mauritania. Slavery in Mauritania, as well as other places around the globe, involves the right to own a human being, which means one is treated like property.

Please join us to learn how can we all support the abolition of slavery Evelyne Laurent-Perrault Coordinator of Multicultural Programs Haverford College 370 Lancaster Ave. Haverford, PA 19041-1392 tel. 610-896-2960 fax 610-896-4960

AFRICAN LANGUAGE CULTURAL DAY Saturday, November 11th, 3:00 to 6:00pm Hill College House Multi-purpose room, 34th & Walnut.


Conference in Burkina Faso: "Environment, settlement history and interethnic relations in Burkina Faso." The conference will take place at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on December 4-6, 2001. Deadline: March 31, 2001. You can send your papers of 200 words--in Engllish or in French--at the following addresses: 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.

The UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON is inviting submissions for the Annual Conference of the Western Humanities Alliance. Paper abstracts (250 words max.) due March 1, 2000. Complete panel submissions are also welcome. The theme of the conference is "THE PIOUS AND THE PROFANE - Religion and Public Culture," Western Humanities Alliance - 19th Annual Conference, The University of Washington, Seattle, WA

October 19-21, 2000.

Please send your proposal to: WHA Conference Committee Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities University of Washington Lewis Annex 2, Box 353910 Seattle, WA 98195-3910 Tel (206) 543-3920 Fax (206) 685-4080

TRANSFORMING ANTHROPOLOGY: Papers are sought for a special issue of the journal "Transforming Anthropology" that analyze the various facets of health (and obstacles to achieving it) in African and African Diasporic populations. For further information, contact David Simmons at, or


The Thirty-second Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL32) will take place March 23-25, 2001. "Linguistic Reconstruction and Comparison in Africa" is the theme of the conference to be hosted by the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Abstracts for papers on all topics concerning linguistic aspects of the languages of Africa are invited. One-page abstracts must be received by January 31, 2001 to be considered for inclusion in the program. Send abstracts electronically to: or by mail to: ACAL32, Department of Linguistics, 1203 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 84720-2650 (Electronic submission is preferred where possible). For further details contact Larry Hyman, Professor & Chairman, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720; tel: (510) 643-7619; fax: (510) 643-5688.

ANTHROPOLOGY AND POPULAR CULTURE Perspectives on Health, Violence, and Human Rights

Articles are sought for an inter-disciplinary volume exploring the relationships among health, violence, and human rights that integrate perspectives of anthropology and popular culture. Book has been contracted. Articles of a theoretical or practical nature that analyze these intersections of the two disciplines are welcome. Sample topics: the effects of globalization on health and human rights; alternative healing practices in a galobalizing 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; other topics invited. Articles should range from 7000 to 10,000 words, inclusive of notes and references, following the style of the American Anthropological Association. Article submission and inquiries to: Kevin Browne Midwest Center for Human Services 2828 Marshall Ct., Suite 210 Madison, WI 53705;

The 27th Annual Symposium Technology and Development in Africa April 25th-28th, 2001

Center for African Studies and College of Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign In cooperation with the African Academy of Sciences The theme of this Symposium is Technology and Development in Africa. Special emphasis will be placed on the development and progress of information technology and biotechnology. Participation: Scientists, engineers, social scientists, and policy makers will be invited. The Symposium will foster understanding and collaboration by supporting interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue among academicians, practitioners, and policy makers. Participants from Africa and other parts of the world are encouraged. Abstracts submitted should be no more than one page long or up to 400 words. Electronic submissions are encouraged.

DEADLINE: Submit Abstracts by: November 15, 2000

CONTACT: Center for African Studies 210 International Studies Bldg. 910 S. Fifth Street Champaign, Illinois 61820 U.S.A. Phone: 217-333-6335 Fax: 217-244-2429 E-mail: Web:

Re-envisioning Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in African Studies.

The Graduate Students in African Studies and the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University are pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies will be held in Evanston, Illinois from Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st 2001. Theme: Re-envisioning Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in African Studies. Submissions: Please submit a short (half-page) abstract, single-spaced, and a $10 registration fee (checks should be made payable to: Northwestern University) by December 1, 2000. Complete papers will be due to the panel discussants by February 1, 2001. The registration form can be found on the conference web page at: Please send submissions to: 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference Program of African Studies Northwestern University 610 Library Place Evanston, IL 60208-4110 Queries may also be addressed by e-mail to:

Anthropology and Popular Culture:

Perspectives on Health, Violence, and Human Rights Articles are sought for an inter-disciplinary volume exploring the relationships among health, violence, and human rights that integrate perspectives of anthropology and popular culture. Book has been contracted. Articles of a theoretical or practical nature that analyze these intersections of the two disciplines are welcome. Sample topics: *the effects of globalization on health and human rights *alternative healing practices in a galobalizing 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 *other topics invited Articles should range from 7000 to 10,000 words, inclusive of notes and references, following the style of the American Anthropological Association. Article submission and inquiries to Kevin Browne Midwest Center for Human Services 2828 Marshall Ct., Suite 210 Madison, WI 53705;


CAORC Fellowships for Regional Research

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is offering fellowships open to U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. Application deadline is: December 31, 2000. For further information or to receive an application visit the web site at:; or write to: Attn: Ms. Julia Pilson, Regional Research Program, Smithsonian Institution, 10th and Constitution St., NW, NHB - East Court Room, CE-123, MRC 180, Washington, DC 20560; tel: (202) 842-8636; fax: (202) 786-2430; e- mail:

2001 WARA Fellowship Competitions

1. 2001 WARA/WARC Collaborative Scholars-in- Residence Fellowship Program

The West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, is offering fellowships, each of which will support a pair of researchers (one researcher based in a West African institution and one based in a North American institution). The two pairs of researchers will spend 2-3 months at the Center as scholars-in-residence in order to collaborate on their joint project. Priority will be given to scholars who have already initiated collaborative projects and who require work time together in order to finish a manuscript such as a book, book chapter, or journal article. Joint proposals, of no more than ten (10) pages in length, written by each pair of applicants, should be submitted to the WARA office in Madison, Wisconsin or the WARC/CROA office in Dakar, Senegal by December 15, 2000. Proposals should, in concrete terms, describe the history of the collaboration between the two scholars on the project at hand, summarize the significance of the research, the planned methodology, and the resulting publications. Curriculum vita and three (3) letters of recommendation for each applicant should be submitted to: 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 WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262-2487; Fax: 608-265-4151; email:; website:; For further details, write to either address indicated.

2. West African Research Association Fellowship

Two (2) research fellowships are being offered for Summer of 2001 in West Africa with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. These fellowships are open to both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates who wish to conduct research for a 10-12 week period in order: 1) to prepare a doctoral research proposal; 2) complete or elaborate upon earlier research; 3) enhance their understanding of a particular topic in order to improve teaching effectiveness or broaden course offerings. The competition is open to U.S. citizens who teach or are enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in the United States. Candidates must submit an essay of no more than eight (8) pages describing the concept, methodology and significance of their research project to their academic field or teaching profession. Supporting materials must include three (3) letters of recommendation by professors (for pre-doctoral candidates) or established scholars in their field (for post-doctoral candidates); a curriculum vitae; and college transcripts (for pre-doctoral candidates). Please direct inquiries and submit all relevant materials (one original and three copies) to: WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262- 2487; Fax: 608-265-4151; email:; website: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.

3. West African Research Association Minority Student Internship Competition

Three (3) Summer 2001 Minority Student Internships are being offered in West Africa in an effort to increase the active participation of minorities in international affairs (African-Americans, Eskimo or Aleut, Native American Indians, Mexican Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans). Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the competition is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in the M.A. program of an accredited college or university in the United States. Students from HBCU's and those without previous foreign travel experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to: WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706, Telephone: 608-262-2487, Fax: 608-265-4151; email: website: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.

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. Seminars, lectures, and field trips will augment the work experiences of the Scholars. Desired attendant results of the program are to assist the Scholars to hone their skills in decision-making, critical thinking, research and leadership, and to provide them a greater understanding of the issues and forces that shape national debate and health policy. 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:


The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the availability of new summer fellowships for innovative research on information technology (IT), international cooperation and global security. PhD students and faculty from any academic discipline and of any nationality may apply. These in-residence fellowships, for summer 2001, are designed for researchers who currently work on cooperation and security issues and who want to explore the role and impact of IT in this area; or for researchers who work on IT and want to explore its relationship to cooperation and security. International cooperation and global security involve a wide range of issues including new forms of global regulation and surveillance; transboundary advocacy and global civil society; economic and political "crisis" and transformation; unequal access to goods and services; transnational identity politics; conflict and transboundary intervention; military and warfare practices; and power and authority in the global realm. IT issues could involve the Internet and related technologies such as those associated with telecommunications, data processing, encryption, and systems of code; robotics, automation, and simulation; and concerns bearing directly on connectivity and content such as structures of information flow and processes of disinformation and dissemination. Deadline: January 12, 2001 (mailed from inside U.S.) and January 22 (all others).

For more information and an application: Email: <> web: Program on Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security Social Science Research Council 810 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 (212) 377-2700 telephone / (212) 377-2727 fax

THE AFRICA PROJECT The Woodrow Wilson Center

The Young Africanist Fellowship program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, organized by the new Africa Project, seeks to give advanced graduate students a chance to spend one to three months during the summer in Washington D.C. At the time of the application, the candidates should have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation. During their residence at the Center, the recipients will use the Center's research facilities, interact with policy makers in Washington, and preset part of their research to a wider audience. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in a Ph.D. program in any of the social sciences. Their dissertation work must be on an African subject that is relevant to the broader policy community of Washington. The Center will provide $3,000 per month, inclusive of travel. Selections made by a panel drawn from our Academic Advisory Council will be announced by April 1, 2001. Applications are due on January 15, 2001. For more information, contact: The Young Africanist Fellowship The Africa Project The Woodrow Wilson Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-3027 `


Hamilton College

Position in Africana Studies: We seek a senior scholar with administrative experience to serve as Associate/Full Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Africana Studies Program. Assistant Professors with 3-5 years teaching experience also are invited to apply. Open to any discipline and specialization within the African diaspora. Successful applicant should have the ability to teach courses in at least two of the following: African, Afro-Caribbean and/or African-American studies. Responsibilities will also normally include teaching an interdisciplinary, disapora-based Introduction to Africana Studies. A senior appointee will also serve as director of the interdisciplinary program in Africana Studies, designing and implementing campus-wide programs. Salary commensurate with experience. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Hamilton College is an affirmative action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Closing date for applications: December 15, 2000. Applications should be sent to Shelley P. Haley, Director, Africana Studies, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323. Stephen Orvis Associate Professor of Government Hamilton College Clinon, NY 13323 315-859-4310 (office) 315-859-4477 (fax)

AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER University of Pennsylvania 647 Williams Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305 Phone: (215)-898-6971 FAX: (215)-573-8130 e-mail: website:

African Studies Center University of Pennsylvania 647 Williams Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305 Phone: (215)-898-6971 Fax: (215)-573-8130 e-mail: Website:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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