Africana Studies Newsletter, Issue Two: November 2004

Humanity was born in Africa. All people, ultimately, are African.

"I thought this was too profound for its font size." - Laura Kennedy, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 
Photo taken at the Apartheid Museum 


Welcome

Harambee: What's the News

Faculty Notes

Upcoming Events


 Welcome

Welcome to the E-newsletter for The Africana Studies program at Central Missouri State
University. Africana Studies explores the essential part played by peoples of African descent in
constructing human civilization by analyzing contributions in the disciplines of art, music, history,
literature, political science, sociology, psychology and other discipline. Our mission is to develop
scholars who will teach, research, and understand the experiences of people of African descent
throughout the world. The program will produce discerning scholars who can inspire social and
political change in the contemporary world. Students will discover a rich variety of experiences
in the program which is interdisciplinary, multicultural and community oriented. We invite you to
participate in our public programs Africana Studies Club or become a faculty affiliate. We
promise you a rich and rewarding Intellectual experience. For more information, please view our
website at http://www.cmsu.edu/history/africanastudies.

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 Harambee: What's the News

Wangari Maathai



Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Maathai is a graduate of Mount St. Scholastica College in Kansas now know as Benedictine College in Atchison. http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/2004/press.html

 

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ANNOUNCES: NEW COLLECTION AVAILABLE ON KATHERINE DUNHAM

The Music Division of the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the release of a new Web collection focusing on the career of dancer-choreographer Katherine Dunham on the "I Hear America Singing" Web site http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cocoon/ihas/html/dunham/index.html

picture of Katherine Dunham
(Photo Courtesy of the Missouri State Historical Society, St. Louis)

The online Katherine Dunham Collection presentation makes available a selection of photographs from the Library of Congress, The Missouri Historical Society, and Southern Illinois University; film and videotape excerpts from Dunham's research and performing career; and selections from the Library's Dunham Legacy Project that document the Dunham dance technique. In addition, a complete inventory of the Collection is included. The Katherine Dunham Collection was created with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which enabled the Library to Acquire significant portions of Dunham's archives, originally housed at the Dunham Centers in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Born in 1909 in Chicago, Katherine Dunham is an American dancer-choreographer who is best known for incorporating African American, Caribbean, African, and South American movement styles and themes into her ballets. As a young dancer and student at the University of Chicago, she chose anthropology as her course of study. The union of dance and anthropology would have a profound impact on her choreographic style throughout her career.

In addition to a career that has included Broadway performances, feature films, choreography, and national and international tours, Dunham was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, and in 2000 she was named one of "America 's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: the first 100" by the Dance Heritage Coalition. She has continued to teach the Dunham technique to young dancers at the Dunham Centers in East Saint Louis, where she brings an awareness of Caribbean and African art to area residents.

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(Photo Courtesy of the Missouri State Historical Society, St. Louis)

With the acquisition of the Katherine Dunham collection, the Library of Congress has become a premiere source of information on Dunham's legacy--a legacy that encompasses choreographic works, technique and teaching, performance and production, anthropological analysis of the dance and ritual of the African diaspora, global activism and leadership in human rights, and advocacy in the local African American community.

"I Hear America Singing" is a new Library of Congress Web site available at http://www.loc.gov/ihas/, which invites visitors to experience the diversity of American performing arts through the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials. Special presentations on selected topics highlight some of the unique and unusual materials in the Library's collections, including jazz legend Gerry Mulligan's collection, Civil War sheet music, and patriotic melodies. This site is a continually-growing resource, and visitors are encouraged to return regularly to see what's new.

 

NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2005 : Pols 4590: African Politics and Society
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 11- 12.15 p.m.

Map of AfricaCourse Description: The African continent presents the world with a complex socio-political image. The continent is endowed with abundant natural wealth, hospitality and beauty on one hand, yet so much poverty and human suffering complete the image on the other hand. This course will analyze the major issues and problems that dominate politics in the African continent. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of how African politics have evolved and to tell the African story mainly from a comparative African point of view. The course will examine such key themes as African foreign policy, the role of religion in politics e.g. Islam and governance, ethnic diversity and conflicts, the place of women in African political systems, democracy in Africa, the African political novel and other contemporary issues e.g. poverty, HIV/AIDS and refugee and migration patterns. For further information, please contact Dr. Henry Wambuii at x 8854 or wambuii@cmsu1.cmsu.edu .

 

COUSE MEETS GEN ED REQUIRMENTS:

Africana Studies is pleased to announce that History 2410: Introduction to Africana Studies now meets general education requirements under cultural interactions. The course will be offered during the spring semester on MWF at noon in Wood 103.

Africana Studies Minor Program - Courses offered Spring 2005

AE 1450 sec. 01
Stephen Ciafullo

Valuing Differences

TR 9:30

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Stephen Ciafullo

Valuing Differences
TR 11:00
AE 1450 sec. 03
Stephen Ciafullo
Valuing Differences
MW 10:00
AE 1450 sec. 04
Stephen Ciafullo
Valuing Differences
MW 12:00
AE 1450 sec. 05
Stephen Ciafullo
Valuing Differences
TR 9:30
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Stephen Ciafullo
Valuing Differences
MW 10:00
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Stephen Ciafullo
Valuing Differences
MW 12:00
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Stephen Ciafullo
Valuing Differences
TR 11:00

Engl 3990
Bryan Carter

Spec. Topics: Black Women Writers
MWF 10:00
Hist 4309
Yvonne Johnson
African American in Amer. Hist.
TR 11:00
Hist 2410
Delia Gillis
Introduction to Africana Studies
MWF 12:00

PolS 3551
Greg Streich

Race and Ethnic Politics in US
TR 2:00
Pols 4590
Henry Wambuii
African Politics & Society
TR 11:00
Rel 2410
Albion Mends
Exploring Rel. of Africa, Caribbean
T night 6:00

Soc 1830 sec. 01
Catherine Sarantakos

Social Problems
MWF 2:00
Soc 3825 sec. 01
Mary Kelly
Race & Ethnic Relations
MWF 12:00
Soc 3825 sec. 02
Musa Ilu
Race & Ethnic Relations
MWF 12:00
WS 2000
Carol Benton
Race, Class & Gender
TR 2:00
WS 2000
Amber Clifford
Race, Class & Gender
TR 9:30
WS 2000 sec. 03
Mary Kelly
Race, Class & Gender
MWF 11:00
WS 2000 sec. 04
Renee Betz
Race, Class & Gender
T 5:00
WS 2000 sec. 05
Susan Morgan
Race, Class & Gender
TR 11:00
WS 2000 sec. 06
Bryan Carter
Race, Class & Gender
W 6:00 night

 

NEW NAACP CHAPTER ON CAMPUS
http://www.naacp.org/

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The NAACP Youth and College Division is currently comprised of over 500 Youth and College Units, representing thousands of young people across the United States dedicated to fighting for social justice advocacy. The purposes of the Youth Units are to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and people of color, to advance the economic, educational, social and political status of African Americans and other people of color; to enhance their harmonious cooperation with other people, to stimulate an appreciation of the African American contribution to civilization. Our goal is to develop an intelligent and militant youth leadership through the training and empowerment of our nation's youth. For more information contact Linwood Mason at JCKL 1226, ext 4196 or e-mail at mason@cmsu1.cmsu.edu .

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 Faculty Notes
Dr. Yvonne JohnsonDR. YVONNE J. JOHNSON

AFRICANA STUDIES CO-FOUNDER HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING http://www.cmsu.edu/x30376.xml

 Faculty to Travel to the University of Nebraska.

Africana Studies Faculty will present "Teaching Africana Studies: Developing a Model for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, and an Inclusive Curriculum" at the 9th annual conference, People of Color in Predominately White Institutions: 50 Years Since Brown ---Are We There Yet? To be held November 15-16, 2004 in Lincoln, Nebraska .

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 Upcoming Events

THINK GLOBALLY ACT LOCALLY AIDS AWARENESS WEEK
http://www.angelfire.com/magic/intheair/lookat

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