Inaugural eNewsletter - Like the rest of the world, the JSCASC is moving more and more of its activities online to reach wider audiences more quickly and efficiently and to take advantage of ever-evolving electronic media.
:: IN THIS ISSUE ::
::-:: From the Director
::-:: Forty Years of 'African Arts'
::-:: UCLA Visiting Professor Wins Prestigious French Book Prize
::-:: 'As a Teacher, I Have Power'
::-:: From Dorms to
::-:: K-12 Teachers Seek Out Lesson in African-Latin American Links
::-:: African Stories in Online Curriculum
::-:: Give Meaning to 'Globalization'
@ the FOWLER
::-:: 'Art of Being Tuareg:
:::::: The Dead
:::::: Want to Promote Development? Fight AIDS
:::::: Former Ambassador Emphasizes
:::::: Leading Ethiopian Historian Revisits Student Movement
:::::: Diary Gives a Fac
:::::: Soccer, Nationalism, and Globalization
:::::: Bright Lights, Hard Lives
:::::: Ngugi wa Thiong'o Shares His Art
ASC Director Allen F. Roberts introduces ASC's new eNEWSLETTER and gives a roundup of 2006.
Like the rest of the world, the JSCASC is moving more and more of its activities online to reach wider audiences more quickly and efficiently and to take advantage of ever-evolving electronic media. We hope that you will enjoy this new means of reaching out to you, and that in turn, you will reach back to the Center with your ideas, suggestions, and information about your own Africa-oriented activities that we can share with our readers.
Herbert M. Cole looks at four decades of "African Arts" at UCLA and what the future may have in store for the journal and the field of African art.
Celebrate African Arts, now entering into its fortieth year! Launched ambitiously in 1967, pledging a bilingual survey of all the traditional and contemporary arts—sculpture, painting, architecture, poetry and other literature, theater, and dance—it made good on the French/English promise for only three years, yet continued its broad arts coverage into the 1970s.
Mazisi Raymond Fakazi Mngoni Kunene, celebrated poet, prominent anti-apartheid activist, and emeritus professor of African linguistics and literature at UCLA, died on Aug. 11 at
Prix Renaudot winners become "mega-stars overnight" in
A French/Congolese writer who is teaching this year at UCLA has been selected for the French equivalent of the National Book Award.
Alain Mabanckou, who has been called "the most prolific contemporary writer in the French language," has been selected to receive the Renaudot Prize for his latest novel — "Mémoire de Porc-épic" (Memoirs of a Porcupine).
W. Michael 'Jelani'
Once again, something in me has been stirred at the end of the teachers' workshop on children in
WAC students experience language, culture of
The Familiar pounding of six Sabar drums drew nearly every villager to a pulsing circle of dancers. Small children rushed to the center of the circle, eagerly starting the first dance performance of the evening.
A ten-day workshop for local educators provides much-needed evidence that heritages of Latina/o and African American students intersect.
This summer, 17 Los Angeles–area schoolteachers in a ten-day training workshop at UCLA learned about Haitian Vodou customs, African influences in Mexican music, and challenges faced by their colleagues at various levels of K-12 instruction. The July 22–Aug. 3 workshop on "Africa-Latin American Intersections: Cultural Synergies through the Centuries" was co-sponsored by UCLA's
16 short tales, and warring commentaries on them, form the core of GlobaLink-Africa, a free, year-long, multimedia curriculum designed for grades 9-12. The polished, feature-rich web site is not only for high schoolers. Others can raid it for music, country data, or a crash course on
In Kenya, Irene Chege makes a good living exporting cut flowers—a winter trade in Europe and one that has been easier to compete in under EC common market rules. To maximize state revenues in another global commodity market, the Ghanaian Cocoa Board sets farmers' prices so low that many competitors of 70-year-old Kofi Amoakohene smuggle their harvests across the border to the
The first major U.S. exhibition on Tuareg art and culture examines the history of "the Blue People of the Sahara," so-called for their indigo turbans that at times stain their skin and define their identity as they ride on majestic camels.
In a series of up-close testimonies survivors of the Rwandan genocide tell their stories in Eric Kabera's film 'Keepers of Memory’.
Director of World Bank Global HIV/AIDS Program discusses magnitude of a long-term epidemic, strategies for saving lives.
To save their populations from the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic, says Debrework Zewdie, who directs the World Bank's efforts to prevent and treat the disease, nations must have the will to protect vulnerable and stigmatized groups, to work around restrictions placed on donated funds, to improve healthcare systems across the board, and to understand patterns of disease transmission that vary among countries and locales. Zewdie, an Ethiopian-born, British-educated immunologist with long experience in Africa and public health, spoke Feb. 22 to a packed Royce Hall auditorium. More information (http://www.international.ucla.edu/africa/article.asp?parentid=40233)
Princeton Lyman, a Ralph Bunche senior fellow, visited UCLA to present a report by the Council of Foreign Relations Task Force on
Former ambassador Princeton Lyman had one main message for the 30 or so students and faculty gathered in Bunche Hall on Tuesday evening: Africa is becoming more and more central to the
Bahru Zewde of
Woman records experience on radio to bring patients hope, erase stigma attached to illness.
Thembi Ngubane is just one face in a sea of millions in
The 21-year-old Ngubane has been recording her day-to-day life and battle with AIDS for National Public Radio's popular show "All Things Considered" since she was 19. The series, "Thembi's AIDS Diary: A Year in the Life of a South African Teenager," first aired April 19 and attracts 11.5 million listeners a week. More information (http://www.international.ucla.edu/africa/article.asp?parentid=44607)
With the 2006 FIFA World Cup days away from kicking off, the African Activist Association staged their first conference of its kind, "Soccer, Nationalism, and Globalization" on the 31st of May 2006.
With the 2006 FIFA World Cup days away from kicking off, the African Activist Association staged their first conference of its kind, "Soccer, Nationalism, and Globalization" on the 31st of May 2006. The event featured five distinguished speakers Samuel Mchombo (UC Berkeley), Michael Schatzberg (U Wisconsin-Madison), Gerard Akindes (
The people of
Although most Nigerians in the southern region known as the Niger Delta do not have electricity, their sky is lit up at night. The lights come from the burning off or "flaring" of natural gases, a byproduct of the two million barrels of oil pulled from the ground every day.
It's like having a jet engine next to your home, explained Jimmie Williams, an attorney in the Africa unit of the Burnham Brown law firm, at a Sept. 21, 2006, panel discussion sponsored by the UCLA
On a book tour for his English translation of 'Wizard of the Crow,' the Kenyan novelist and playwright teaches a UCLA audience about dictators, globalization, and 'the unity behind creation.'
"Monolinguism is a recipe for the strangulation of the cultural life of a people," Ngugi wa Thiong'o told about 50 listeners at a reading and book signing on campus Nov. 1, 2006. The book tour marks the English publication of Ngugi's Wizard of the Crow, his first novel in two decades and his own translation from the Gikuyu (Murogi wa Kagogo, 2004–). He read passages from the novel, including one that wrings comedy out of both the pretensions of state power and Kenyans' varying competencies in their mother tongues, the lingua franca of Swahili, and the colonists' English, "the language of education and administration." More information (http://www.international.ucla.edu/africa/article.asp?parentid=56915)
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