UIUC Habari Newsletter, 02/'96

UIUC Habari Newsletter, 02/'96

The Center for African Studies is pleased to introduce a new and improved Habari format. Beginning this semester, we will be producing both a monthly Calendar and a biannual Newsletter. The Calendar is meant to be a guide to upcoming events, program deadlines and various time sensitive announcements. By contrast, the Newsletter will serve as a more formal, periodic register for the Center. The Newsletter will include reports from the Centerís various units, faculty and staff, including columns by the Director, the Africana Librarian and the Outreach Coordinator. Each Newsletter will also include profiles of several of the Centerís core faculty and affiliated students, reports on current Africa-related research projects taking place on campus, as well as short, engaging pieces on contemporary themes in African studies. We feel that this revised format recognizes two broad needs within our community: 1) the need for timely information on current events and deadlines and 2) the need for an enduring record of the Centerís activities, programs and achievements. We hope you will find that the new format serves these two ends effectively. Your comments on this development are encouraged and will be most welcome. Comments or information for inclusion in subsequent issues of the Habari Calendar or Newsletter should be directed to the Editor, Stephen Wooten at <> or submitted by phoning 244-3648. Also, if you are not already on the Centerís e-mail distribution list and wish to be added please send a request message to <>.

Center for african Studies 25th anniversary Celebration !! In celebration of the Centerís first 25 years (marked in 1995) we will be hosting a special day of events on Friday, February 23. The festivities, to be held in the Conference Room (Rm. 101) of the International Studies Building, will include the following:

1:30-1:50 p.m.  Welcoming Remarks

1:50-2:20 p.m.  Remembering the Last Twenty Five Years
                    Charles Stewart, Center Director, 1981-1985
                    Don Crummey, Center Director, 1985-1995
                    Yvette Scheven, Africana Librarian, 1969-1992

2:20-3:50 p.m.  "Training the Next Generation of Africanists"
                 Presentations by Visiting Speakers:
                    Jane Guyer, Trends in Anthropology and African Studies
                    Thandika Mkandawire, Trends in Economics and African 
                    Pearl Robinson, Trends in Political Science and African 

3:50-4:05 p.m.  Break

4:05-5:30 p.m.  Discussion

7:00-9:00 p.m.  Reception
We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us in celebrating this important milestone. For more details please feel free to contact the Center.

Conference Room, Rm. 101, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth, Champaign.

February 7:   Marilyn Booth; Graduate College Scholar, Comparative Literature 
              and Center for African Studies, UIUC.  "Jeanne d'Arc: A Little 
              Known Egyptian Nationalist."
February 14:  Stan Ambrose; Department of Anthropology, UIUC.  "Stone Age 
              Artists in Kenya:	Implications for Khoi-San Prehistory."
February 21:  -- no talk has been scheduled, please plan to attend this week's 
              talks and presentations celebrating the Center's 25th 
              Anniversary --
February 28:  Joanna Lambert; Department of Anthropology, UIUC.  "The Ecology 
              of Primate Seed Dispersal in Kibale Forest, Uganda."
The Center invites applications for its annual Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for the Study of Africa Competition. Applications will be accepted for academic year 1996-1997 appointments and for summer 1996 summer school appointments. The deadline for academic year applications is February 15, 1996 and, for summer school only, April 15, 1996. Further details are available from the Center.

The Committee on Institutional Cooperationís (CIC) Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) announces its summer scholarship competition for graduate students. Several African languages will be offered at various CIC institutions. Deadline for application is March 1. Details available at the Center.

The Center invites applications from UIUC graduate students for its Spring Research and Travel Grant Competition. Support is available for conference travel, research projects and travel associated with dissertation research in Africa. The deadline for this competition is March 1, 1996. Details are available at the Center.

In conjunction with his visit to campus for the Center's Anniversary Celebration, Dr. Thandika Mkandawire, Executive Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), will meet with African Studies MA students and others interested in CODESRIAís programs and activities. He will be available on Monday, February 26 between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. at the Center. Please feel free to join him during that time.

In celebration of Black History Month (February), the World Heritage Museum wishes to call attention to their ongoing "African Encounter Exhibit." The Museum's hours are Monday -Friday, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The campus African Students Organization (ASO) announces a General Meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the YMCA. A vote on the proposed amendments to the ASO constitution is planned.

The African and Africa Related Womenís Association on campus has announced that their spring banquet will take place on Saturday, March 2. For details contact AARWA President, Diana Kakoma at 332-5927 or by e-mail at: <>.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES SPRING SYMPOSIUM AND RELATED CONFERENCES This year's annual Center for African Studies Spring Symposium will be held on campus March 28-30. The Symposium, organized by Merle Bowen (Department of Political Science), Ezekiel Kalipeni (Department of Geography) and Paul Tiyambe Zeleza (Center for African Studies) is entitled: "Space, Culture and Society in Africa." The program includes a reception on the evening of March 28th, numerous paper presentations on March 29th and 30th and a cultural event is being planned for the evening of the 30th. Further details are available from the Center and will be included in next month's Calendar.

A UIUC Joint Area Studies Symposium entitled: "Ethnic Fragmentation and the Nation State in International Perspective" will be held on March 5, 1996 at the Levis Faculty Center. Program details will be announced shortly.

An international symposium entitled: "Tijaniyya Traditions and Societies in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries" will be held this spring at the University of Illinois' Allerton Conference Center. Further details can be obtained from the symposium's co-organizer, Charles Stewart (Department of History) by e-mail at: <>.


February 12:    William Trent, Educational Policy Studies and Sociology, UIUC, 
                will present a talk entitled; "Developing Accountability in 
                South African Post-Secondary Education."  The talk is part of 
                the Afro-American Studies and Research Program's lecture series
                and will be held at noon in their offices at 1201 West Nevada 
                in Urbana.
February 16:    Keyan Tomaselli, Director of the Centre for Cultural and Media 
                Studies at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, will 
                present a talk entitled; "Reregulating South African Cinema: 
                Task Groups, White Papers and Post-Apartheid Reconstruction"
                at 12:00 noon at a campus location to be announced shortly.
February 22:    Jane Guyer, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the 
                Program in African Studies at Northwestern University, will 
                present a MILLERCOMM Lecture entitled; "The Originality of 
                Africa: The Case of Money" at 7:30 p.m. on the Third Floor of 
                the Levis Faculty Center.
February 24:    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Director of the Center for African 
                Studies, UIUC, will be reading from several of his recent 
                works of fiction at a local book shop: A Likely Story, 306 West
                Springfield in Urbana, from 3-5:00 p.m.  
February 26:    Thandika Mkandawire, Executive Director of the Council for the 
                Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), 
                will present a lecture entitled; "The Social Sciences in 
                Africa: Paradigms, Problems, and Prospects" at 7:30 p.m. in 
                Room 101 International Studies Building.
February 28:    Charles Joyner, Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern 
                History and Culture, Coastal Carolina University, will present 
                a MILLERCOMM Lecture entitled; "Texts, Texture, and Context: 
                Toward an Ethnographic History of Slave Resistance" at 
                7:30 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Levis Faculty Center.
JOBS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, CALLS FOR PAPERS, ANNOUNCEMENTS The African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya announces various grants and fellowships. Details of each program are available at the Center. Deadlines vary.

Applications for Graduate Student Conference Travel and Thesis/Project Support Grants are due in Departments by March 1, and to the Graduate College by March 15. For details contact your department or the Graduate College.

The Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University announces Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities for the academic year 1997-1998. The theme will be "Hinterlands, Frontiers, Cities and States: Transactions and Identities." For more details contact James Scott, Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University, Box 208300, New Haven, CT 06520-8300. FAX 203-432-5036.

Details on and application materials for the University of Florida's Hausa/Yoruba Group Project Abroad Program in Nigeria during Summer 1996 are now available at the Center or from the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida, 904-392-2187.

The University YMCA has announced the details of their Spring "Know Your University" Lecture Series. A special mini-series ìClassroom to the World: International Activities at UIUCî is part of the overall programming. Details available at the Center or from the University YMCA.

Center for African Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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