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CfA Summer Academy "World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective" in Cape Town

In the framework of the research program Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – German Humanities Institutes Abroad in cooperation with the University of Cape Town and the French Institute South Africa invite applications for an international Summer Academy to take place at the University of Cape Town, September 4—14, 2015, entitled World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective.

Ebola messaging in African languages - online initiative

Translating Hope (Health Education in African Languages) is an initiative intended to facilitate development of materials on ebola in African languages, with particular attention to areas of West Africa currently impacted by the ebola epidemic.

It consists of a Blackboard site hosted by the University of Alaska - Anchorage, and an email list on Googlegroups. This effort was proposed by Catherine Knott (UAA, Anthropology), and I'm privileged to collaborate with her and colleagues at UAA on it.

TOC & CFP, J. African Diaspora Archaeology & Heritage

Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage
Volume 3, No. 2, November 2014
This issue is now available online at:

Table of Contents

Weaving the Second Skin: Protection Against Evil Among the Valongo Slaves in Nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro
By Tania Andrade Lima Marcos André Torres de Souza Glaucia Malerba Sene

Ebola: WARA's Open Letter to President Obama

[Ed. note (PBK): Although this was submitted in September 2014 it was not posted at the time.  I am doing so now in order to place the item in the Commons archives for future reference.]

September 8, 2014



President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC    20500


Dear Mr. President,