CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
UI students receive $2,000 fellowships for research in Africa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa graduate students have received
$2,000 fellowships from the UI African Studies Program to conduct pre-dissertation
research in Africa this summer.
The African Studies Program Graduate Fellowships for Pre-Dissertation
Research in Africa are intended to stimulate interest in conducting research
on the continent among graduate students, regardless of their disciplinary
focus, who have an interest in academic issues and topics related to Africa.
The three recipients spend one to two months in Africa between their
second and third years of graduate study.
The 1997 recipients are:
-- Susan Cooksey, a doctoral candidate in African art history. Cooksey
is investigating the arts of women in southwest Burkina Faso. These include
both ritual and domestic forms that are either made by or manipulated by
women and are thus linked to social, economic and religious aspects of
life in rural communities.
-- Edris Cooper, a master of fine arts fellow in theatre arts. Cooper
is exploring the dynamic between pre-colonial and post-colonial theater
in Nigeria, and its difference in presentation and purpose.
-- Deborah-Eve Lombard, a master's candidate in African-American World
Studies. Lombard is researching how contemporary artists are reacting to
the social and cultural issues in post-apartheid South Africa.
The fellowships are funded by the UI Center for International and Comparative
Studies (CICS), the UI Graduate College, the African Studies Program and
a Ford Foundation Grant.
For more information on the fellowships, call Phil Carls in the UI Study
Abroad Center at 335-0353.