UIUC Habari Calendar: October 1996

UIUC Habari Calendar: October 1996

October 1996

CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES WEDNESDAY NOON SEMINARS Conference Room, Rm. 101, International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign.

October 16 Sipho Maseko, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, political science, ìCivicMovements and Non-Violent Direct Action in Cape Town.

October 23 Trevor Oosterwyk, University of the Western Cape, South African, history, ìColouredIdentity and the Politics of Non-Racialism.

October 30 Tom Bassett, UIUC, geography, ìGrazing Pressure and Vegetation Change in Northern Cote d'íIvoire.

November 6 Kristina Stanley, theater, ì(Re)Negotiating Identity: Current Trends in Theatre in a New South Africa.

November 13 Joseph Otieno, UIUC, geography, ìMarketing Under Contract Farming: The Case of Tobacco in Kenya.

CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES ANNOUNCEMENTS This month we welcome several guests to the University of Illinois and the Center for African Studies. Contact the Center if you would like to be in touch with any of our guests during their visit to UIUC. Participating in the UIUC and University of the Western Cape exchange sponsored by USIA, we welcome:

--Shareese Kissen, assistant librarian in the Education Policy Unit at the University the Western Cape, is visiting for the fall semester. The Mortenson Center will be facilitating her work while at UIUC. --Sipho Maseko, lecturer in Political Science Department at the University of the Western Cape, will be on campus until October 27. --Trevor Oosterwyk, lecturer in the History Department at the University of the Western Cape, will be on campus until November 5th. --Berenice Williams, assistant librarian in the Main Library at the University of the Western Cape, is arriving October 31 and will be here until December 10.

In connection with the MacArthur funded project on environmental change, we welcome:

--Tiona Ouattara, associate professor in the History, Art and Archaeology Institute at the University of Abidjan, will be on campus from October 22 to November 21.

AFRICA-RELATED TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS ON CAMPUS Prof. Kenneth Cuno will give a talk entitled, ìRural Households in Nineteenth Century Egyptî at noon on Friday, October 11 in 101 International Studies Building.

Fortunata Medina Pinedo will give a lecture entitled, ìAfro-Bolivian Saya Music and the Black Movement in Boliviaî at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 11 in 109 Davenport Hall. A reception will follow.

Nazik Yared will give a lecture entitled, ìIdentity and Conflict in the Novels of Lebanese Women Writersî at 4:00-6:00 pm on Monday, October 14 in the French Department Lounge, 2090B Foreign Languages Building.

Afro-Cuban Filmmaker, Gloria Rolando, will present: ìOggun: Eternally Presentî (a tribute to the tradition of Yoruba singing and African roots in Cuban society) on Wednesday, October 16, at 7:30 pm, Library, Rm. 66 and ìMy Footsteps in Baraguaî (which shows the assimilation of Afro-British culture in Cuba) on Thursday, October 17, 7:30 pm, Library, Rm. 66.

There will be a production of the South African play, ìThe Island,î by Athol Fugard, John Kanie and Winston Ntshona on Friday, October 25, 8 pm & midnight; Saturday, October 26, 5 pm & 8 pm at the Armory Free Theatre (Armory, Rm 160). The play deals with two political prisoners who share a cell on Robben Island. Admission is free. For information, call the Theater Department: 333-2371.

Prof. Alice Deck will give a talk entitled, ìëWhat is Africa to Me?í African American Women Travel Writers, 1945-1986î at noon, on Monday, October 28 at AASRP, 1201 W. Nevada, Urbana.

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS ACDIS Interdisciplinary Fellowships are available to incoming and continuing graduate and professional students to acquire training or expand skills outside their own discipline. Applications are due October 15 for awards beginning spring or summer semester 1997. Contact: ACDIS Office, Armory, Rm 359. Tel: 333-7986.

Conference Travel Grants are available from the Center for African Studies for up to $400. These grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to UIUC graduate students who are presenting papers related to Africa at professional meetings or conferences within the U.S.. The deadline for the fall semester has been extended to October 15, 1996 and the spring semester deadline is March 1, 1997. Further information is available from Sue Swisher at Tel: 333-6335 or e-mail at <>.

National Humanities Fellowships applications for 1997-98 are due October 15, 1996. For details, contact: Fellowship Program, National Humanities Center, P.O. Box 12556, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709-2256. E-mail: <>.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars: Applications for Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars are due November 1, 1996. Contact: CIES, 3007 Tilden Street NW, Suite 5M, Washington, DC 2008-3009. Tel: (202) 686-4000. Fax: (202) 362-3442. E-mail: <>.

Washington University in St. Louis, Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations, and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco, offer full travel and fellowship support for U.S. Ph.D. graduate students in the humanities or social sciences. Deadline is November 1, 1996. Contact: Prof. Peter Heath, Center for the Study of Islamic Societies & Civilizations, Washington University, Campus Box 1230, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899. Tel: (314) 935-4325. E-mail <>.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program provides support for research in modern foreign languages and area studies. The application deadline is November 8, 1996. For details, contact: Fellowships Office in Coble Hall.

Applications for SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowships on Peace and Security in a Changing World are due November 15, 1996. Contact: SSRC, Program on International Peace and Security, 810 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019. Tel: (212) 377-2700. Fax: (212) 377-2727.

ACLS/SSRC International Postdoctoral Fellowships of $20,000 are available to support humanistic research on the societies and cultures of Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and others who have resided in the US for at least three consecutive years at the time of application are eligible. Applicants must have the Ph.D. or its equivalent by the application deadline. Deadline is December 1, 1996. Contact: Office of Fellowships and Grants, ACLS, 228 East 45th St., New York, NY 10017-3398; Fax: (212) 949-8058; E-mail: <>.

The Rockefeller Foundation announces two programs that will be of interest of African scholars. --The African Dissertation Internship Awards Program (ADIA) provides funding for dissertation field research in sub-Saharan Africa. African doctoral students enrolled in universities in the U.S. and Canada are eligible. Priority is given to research topics in the areas of agriculture, environment, health, life sciences, education, population, and the humanities. --The African Science-Based Development Career Awards were established to ensure that outstanding Rockefeller Foundation awardees have an opportunity to launch professional careers following their return to Africa. Eligible applicants include alumni of the ADIA program and African scholars who obtained doctoral degrees after December 31, 1990 with support from other Rockefeller Foundation programs. Applicants must have returned to Africa or be planning to return upon completion of their doctoral training. Contact: An R. Trotter, ADIA Program Coordinator, The Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10018-2702. Tel: (212) 869-8500. Fax: (212) 764-3468.

The Scandinavian Institute for African Studies invites applications from junior scholars permanently attached to African universities to conduct research at the Institute for up to three months on one of the Instituteís four current research themes: urbanization, structural adjustment, poverty, and South Africa in Southern Africa. Contact: Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, Box 1703, S-751 47 Uppsala, Sweden. Fax: (018) 695629.

JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS Current Jobs International provides a national listing of employment vacancies for new and recent graduates who have an interest in foreign languages and international affairs professions. Subscription rates are $22 for 3 months and $59 for 12 months. Contact: Current Jobs International, P.O. Box 40550, 5136 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. Tel: (703) 506-4400.

St. Lawrence University invites applications for a tenure-track position in U.S./African-American History. Send letter of application, c.v., transcripts, three letters of recommendation and student evaluations to: Chair, Search Committee, Department of History, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617.

The Africa Policy Information Center and the Washington Office on Africa seek interns for Fall and Winter of 1996-97. For details contact Vicki Lynn Ferguson, Associate Director for Legislative Affairs, WOA/APIC, 110 Maryland Ave., NE, Suite 509, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: (202) 546-7961. E-mail: <>.

CONFERENCES/SEMINARS The 1996 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association will be held November 23-26 at the Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco, California. The conference theme is ìThe Challenges of Renewal in Africa.î A copy of the preliminary program is available at the Center.

Peace and Appropriate Development in Africa (PADA) Foundation is organizing an international conference on ìThe Future Face of Post Cold War Africa: Building Inter-African Solutions to Urgent Needsî on November 22-24, 1996 at Leeuwenhorst Congress Centre in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. For details, contact: The PADA Foundation, P.O. Box 857, 2300 AW Leiden, The Netherlands. Tel: ++31 71 5148117. FAX: ++31 71 51475500.

The University of Fort Hare, South Africa announces an International Conference on ìAffirmative Action in Employment and Education: A Dialogue Venue: The University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape Province, and South Africa.î Interested delegates may contact: C. Magbaily Fyle (614) 292-3844, Okey Onyejekwe (614) 292-0379, or Sharon Subrenduth (614) 292-8169.

The theme of the Creative Writing in English Conference is ìAcross Languages and Cultures: Creative Writing in English by non-Native Speakers.î It will be held October 24-26, 1996 at West Chester University, West Chester, PA. The keynote speaker is Chinua Achebe and the invited plenary speaker is Ngugi wa Thiongío. For more information, contact Obinkaram Echewa, Dept. of English, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19380. Tel: (610) 436-2822. E-mail: <>

STUDY ABROAD The University of Illinois Study Abroad Office has recently published a planning guide for studying abroad and it includes a list of programs worldwide. Stop by their office (115 International Studies Building) to pick up a copy of this guide.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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