UIUC Habari Newsletter, 4/94

UIUC Habari Newsletter, 4/94

HABARI April 1994

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

Apr. 6: Ayo Bamgbose, English as an international language, "Multilingualism in Africa: Implications for National Integration and Development." Apr. 13: Michel Nguessan, French, "French-African Relations: The Beginning of a New Era." Apr. 20: Eliud Kiruji Kirigia, linguistics, Egerton University, Kenya, "Language and Gender Problems: The Social Significance of Naming Patterns and Address Forms in the Meru Society of Kenya." Apr. 27: Lucy Akumu Ojode, business management, Egerton University, Kenya, "The 'Jua Kali' Emergence: The Indigenous Entrepreneurs' Alternative for Africa."

Special Events Apr. 8: Opening of "Transformations/Translations: Selections from the Krannert Art Museum Collection of African Art," an exhibition organized by the graduate students in Prof. Anita Glaze's African art seminar. The exhibit explores themes of self- transformation, spiritual transformation, and artistic transformation in Africa and the diaspora. Apr. 14: Peter Little, Institute for Development Anthropology and SUNY/Binghamton, "Rethinking the "Desertification" Debate: Politics in Ecology in Dry Areas of Africa." 101 International Studies Building, 7:00. Apr. 25: Clayborn Carson, history, Stanford University, Martin Luther King Jr., Papers Project, "Martin and Malcolm: The Men and the Myths." Third Floor Levis Faculty Center, 3:00. Apr. 28: Charles Joyner, history, Carolina Coastal University, "Slave Resistance and the Practice of History." Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 8:00.


The Center welcomes two guests from Egerton University, Kenya. Lucy OJODE, business management, and Eliud KIRIGIA, linguistics will be on campus through the end of the semester.

We enjoyed visits from four colleagues in our MacArthur-sponsored project on environmental change. Christophe Dya SANOU, University of Ougadougou, KOLI BI Zu!li, National University of Abidjan, SEBSEB! Demissew, Addis Ababa University, and Carlos ZANDAMELA, National Institute for Agronomic Research, Maputo, all participated in seminars and workshops during their visits last month. Piers BLAIKIE, University of East Anglia, also participated in discussions.


"The Origins of Private Ownership of Land in Egypt: A Reappraisal" by Ken CUNO, history, has been included in The Modern Middle East: A Reader, edited by Albert Hourani, Philip Koury and Mary Wilson and published this year by University of California Press.

Juliet WALKER, history, received a Hewlett Summer Research Grant for her work on black entrepreneurship in South Africa. She will work on this project at the Shelby-Cullam-Davis Center at Princeton next fall and at the University of Cape Town in 1995. Her work in South Africa is supported by a Fulbright Fellowship.

The following African studies faculty and teaching assistants were named on the "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students." N. MUZINGA (Lingala), K. ISKAROUS (Arabic), M. JOKWENI (Zulu), A. KISHE (Swahili), B. KACHRU (Linguistics), P. SANDLER (Musicology). Congratulations.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES The African Development Foundation (ADF) is a public enterprise established by the US Congress in 1980 to support self-development initiatives by Africans. The ADF provides postgraduate and doctoral research fellowships. The deadline is August 1, 1994. For information contact the Office of Learning Dissemination, African Development Foundation, 1400 I Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.

The Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Studies Program offers Research Fellowships in African Affairs. The fellowship is to enable a scholar to spend up to one year in residence at Brookings working on a book length research project. The fellowships are intended to promote policy oriented research with a focus on conflict resolution, human rights, popular participation, and sustainable development in any region of Africa. Deadline is April 15, 1994. Contact Dr. Francis M. Deng, Foreign Policy Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Tel: (202) 797-6000. Fax: (202) 797-6004.

SUMMER LANGUAGE OPPORTUNITIES A full listing of African languages being taught through summer intensive programs is available at the Center. Interested students should consult the bulletin board outside the Center office.

NETWORKS The Africa News and Information Service (AFRICA-N) is an electronic mailing list (listserv) that provides news, information, analysis, and articles about Africa. It is produced by Faraz Rabbani at the University of Toronto. To subscribe send an e-mail message to: "listserev@utoronto.bitnet". Leave the subject blank and type "subscribe AFRICA-N" followed by your full name. You will get a notification that you are on the list and begin to receive messages.

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT The Ford Foundation seeks a program officer or an assistant program officer for its education and culture program. Applicants should hold an advanced degree and be familiar with the societies and cultures of at least one region of the developing world. College or university level teaching experience is required. For details contact the Sheila Biddle, Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017. Tel: (212) 573-5102.

The Department of History and the Africana Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College seek to make a joint visiting appointment in African History; candidates with research and teaching interests in any region of sub- Saharan Africa except southern Africa are invited to apply. Send a c.v., a description of research and teaching interests, a sample syllabus and three letters of recommendation to Jane Caplan, Department of History, Bryn Mawr College, 12091 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899. Tel: (610) 526-5331.

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

The Mennonite Central Committee offers opportunities for work in agriculture and community development, education, and health throughout Africa. A service opportunities listing is available at the Center.

INTERNSHIPS The Washington Office on African (WOA) seeks interns for Spring and Summer semesters 1994. For more information and an application form contact The Washington Office on Africa, 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002. Tel: (202) 546-7961. Fax: (202) 546-1545.

Visions in Action seeks volunteers for year-long internships in Africa. Visions has a number of intern positions open in Uganda, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe and South Africa. For information and an application contact Visions in Action, 3637 Fulton Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel: (202) 625-7403.

The American Committee on Africa/The Africa Fund seeks interns for its New York office. For further information contact Adrena Ifill, The Africa Fund, 198 Broadway, New York, NY 10038.

STUDY ABROAD The UIUC-Egerton University Study Abroad Program allows undergraduates to spend eight weeks (June 6 to August 7) in Kenya this summer. Interested students should contact the Study Abroad Office, University of Illinois, immediately. Tel: (217) 333-6322.

Michigan State University offers undergraduates the opportunity to spend an academic year (March to December) or the summer term (June 30 to August 7) at the University of Zimbabwe. Contact John Metzler, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824- 1035. Tel: (517) 353-1700.

University of Minnesota, Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) offers an academic year program of internships and field study including 5 months in Senegal or Kenya. Financial aid is available. Details are available at the Center or through: MSID, The Global Campus, University of Minnesota, 106-M Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0138. Tel: (216) 625-3379.

STUDY ABROAD The Center for Global Education announces a semester-long program in Namibia designed to introduce students to the central issues facing Southern Africa. Course credit may be earned. Applications and brochures are available from Center for Global Education, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454. Tel: (612) 330- 1159.

The Southern Africa Education Program at Stony Point Center is planning a tour of South Africa June 29-July 16. Interested persons should contact William Palmer, SAEP, Stony Point Center, 17 Crickettown Road, Stony Point, NY 10980. Tel: (914) 786-5072. Deadline is May 15, 1994.

Baylor in Africa is a five-week study program headquartered near Nairobi, Kenya. The program will run May 27-July 1. For details contact Blake Burleson, Director, Baylor in Africa '94, Box 97313, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798-7313. Tel: (817) 755-3505.

CALLS FOR PAPERS The Francophone Africa Research Group (GRAF) is a consortium of scholars whose research and interest deal with "Francophone" Africa or with Franco-African relations. The organization is based at the African Studies Center of Boston University. GRAF is organizing an interdisciplinary conference to be held October 7-8, 1994 in Boston. The purpose of the meeting is to assess Franco-African interactions over the 50 years since the 1944 Brazzaville Conference. Paper proposals in French or English should be submitted by April 30 to: GRAF, c/o Edouard Bustin, African Studies Center, Boston University, 270 Bay State Road, Boston MA 02215. Persons interested in being affiliated with GRAF should write to the same address.

CONFERENCES The Leland International Center for African Development will hold its fifth anniversary conference in memory of the late U.S. Congressmen Mickey Leland on August 5-7 at the United Nations Economic Commision for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more information about the conference or the center write to P.O. Box 13067, Baton Rouge, LA 70813- 3067.

The African Social and Environmental Studies Programme (ASESP) with the National Council for the Social Sciences (NCSS) announces the Third Annual International Social Studies Conference to be held June 27-29, 1994 in Nairobi. The theme is "Social Studies Education: Challenges and Opportunities in a World of Rapid Change." Information is available and the Center and through the NCSS. Tel: (202) 966-7840 ext 108/109.

"Perspectives in African Culture" is the theme of the Berkeley-Stanford Annual Spring Conference, April 30, 1994 at UC Berkeley. For details contact Martha Saavedra, Joint Center for African Studies, 356 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720. Tel: (510) 642-8338.

"Law, Colonialism, and Contracts in Africa" is the theme of a symposium to be held May 20 at the Stanford Humanities Center. The symposium is being organized by the joint Stanford-Berkeley Center for African Studies together with UCLA and the Stanford Humanities Center. The purpose is to explore the ways study of law in colonial Africa can provide new insights into change in colonial Africa and the meaning of those changes. Contact Richard Roberts, Humanities Center, Stanford CA, 94305-8630.

"Pan Africanism: Agenda for Unity" is the theme of the 1994 All-African Student Conference to be held May 27-29 at the University of Guelph, Ontario. For more information contact David Chikoye, Local Coordinator, African Students Association, University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1. Tel: (519) 824-4120. Fax: (519) 767-0929.


Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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