October 09, 1997
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  Nigerian Ambassador Joins '97-98 Du Bois Fellows

Walter Carrington, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, will be one of eight resident Fellows of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for 1997-98. In addition to Carrington, who has been an instrumental part of the Clinton administration's efforts to promote democracy in Nigeria, this year's roster of fellows also includes Richard P. Taub, the Paul Klapper Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, as well as two scholars under the aegis of a grant from the Ford Foundation to support Africanist scholars: Madupe Gloria Labode (Iowa State University) and Ronald Kent Richardson (Clark University, Worcester, Mass.).

"We are delighted that Ambassador Carrington is able to join this distinguished group of scholars at the Du Bois Institute," said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Institute. "Their presence continues a longstanding tradition of promoting scholarship and intellectual exchange among the very best scholars in African and African-American studies." Alumni of the fellows program at the Du Bois Institute include Cornel West, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Arnold Rampersad, George Frederickson, and Kathleen Cleaver.

The 1997-98 Fellows of the Du Bois Institute also include more than 25 nonresident scholars, including Ted Landsmark, president of the Boston Architectural Center, and Noel Ignatiev, author of the critically acclaimed journal Race Traitor.

W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Resident Fellows, 1997-98

Katherine L. Balfour is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned her Ph.D. in political theory. Her project at the Institute will explore the political and moral challenges that consciousness of a distinction between "white" and "black" citizenship poses for the realization of democratic ideals. The title of her project is "The Evidence of Things Not Said: Race Consciousness and Political Theory."

Robert M. Baum is an assistant professor at Wesleyan College in Georgia. Baum earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in African history and was a Mellon Fellow at the time. His work, "Emitai Has Sent Them: Alinesitoué and the History of Diola Women Prophets in Colonial and Post-Colonial Senegal," will focus on the history of Diola women prophets in colonial and post-colonial Senegal. Baum is the author of Shrines of the Slave Trade: Diola Religion and Society in Pre-colonial Senegambia and The Emergence of a Diola Christianity.

Ruth Elizabeth Burks is an assistant professor at Macalester College, Minneapolis. Burks received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in English, specializing in African-American literature and film. Her forthcoming book, Intimations of Invisibility: African American Women and Hollywood Cinema, will also be the focus of her work while at the Institute. By applying a black feminist gaze to specific past and present Hollywood films, ranging from The Birth of a Nation (1915) to Waiting to Exhale (1995), Burks' research will attempt to unveil the codes that prescribe the images of African-American women within the types of films that Hollywood propagates.

Walter C. Carrington is the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Carrington will focus on the erosion of human rights, democratic culture, and economic performance under military rule in Africa's largest and potentially richest country. His work will pay special attention to U.S. policy toward Nigeria and analyze the various reactions of African-Americans to American policy toward the country. The title of his project is "Military Rule and the Collapse of the Nigerian State: The Abacha Regime."

Lelia Lomba DeAndrade is an assistant professor of sociology and Africana studies at Bowdoin College. DeAndrade graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University, where she received a University Dissertation Fellowship. Her project, "Investigating Identities: Gender, Race and Class in an Ethnic Community," will examine the construction of the Cape Verdean American racial and ethnic identity. DeAndrade's work

will investigate strategies utilized by Cape Verdean Americans to present recognizable racial, ethnic, class, and gender identities within the locus of community activism and interaction.

Flora Maria Gonzalez is an assistant professor at Emerson College in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic literature at Yale University. Her project, "Mulata/Black Women? Reading Women in Contemporary Cuban Culture," will explore ways in which Cuban writers and filmmakers since the 1960s have transformed the 19th-century

stereotypic image of the mulata from perversely sexual object to speaking female subject who participates in forging the nation's history.

Modupe Gloria Labode is an assistant professor of history at Iowa State University. She received her Ph.D. in history from Oxford University in England. Her honors include the Rhodes, Phi Beta Kappa, and Truman scholarships. Her project, "Women, Mission and Representations in Africa," will focus on the organization and ideas of two representative, mainstream women's mission societies and their relationship to Africa.

Ronald Kent Richardson is an associate professor of history at Clark University. He earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Binghamton, in history. Richardson's project, "Africans, Britons, and Modern Identity," will explore the ways in which the critique of imperialism, racism, and colonialism developed by black Atlantic intellectuals such as E.W. Blyden, Africanus Horton, Martin Delany, and W.E.B. Du Bois affected the British image of Africa and the racial discourse on which that image was based. His work will show how the collective British identity of the British elite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries derived in part from that racial discourse.

Richard P. Taub is the Paul Klapper Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in the Department for Social Relations. Taub's project, "Black, White and Hispanic: Working Class Communities in Chicago," will examine the nature of entrepreneurship in economically disadvantaged communities. His publications include Community Capitalism, Entrepreneurship in India's Small-Scale Industries (with Doris L. Taub), Paths of Neighborhood Change (with D. Garth Taylor and Jan D. Dunham), and American Society in Tocqueville's Time and Today (co-edited with Doris L. Taub).

Maude Southwell Wahlman is a professor of art history at the University of Central Florida. She received a Ph.D. from Yale University in art history. Wahlman's project, "Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South," will explore the impact of African religious ideas, particularly in writing and in charm-making traditions, and their appearance in the new world as encoded in the visual arts. Her publications include Signs and Symbols: Images in African-American Quilts, Traditional Art of West Africa, and Contemporary African Arts.

W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Nonresident Fellows, 1997-98

Ronald W. Bailey, Northeastern University, The Transatlantic Slave(ry) Trade In World History; Deborah G. Chay,

Dartmouth College, Vernacularism: Cultural Authority and the Black Intellectual; Kathleen Cleaver, Independent Scholar, The History of the Black Panther Party 1966-1980; James P. Danky, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Black Bibliography-White Institutions: Race and the Preservation of History in America since 1800;

David Eltis, Queen's University, The African Slave Trade; Suzanne Freidberg, Harvard University, Afropaedia; Gerald R. Gill, Tufts University, Struggling Yet 'In Freedom's Birthplace': The Civil Rights Movement in Boston, 1935-1972; Karen I. Halil, Independent Scholar, The House of the Nation: Place, Race, and Gender in African, Caribbean, and African-American Literature; Barry Hallen, Harvard University, The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: Yoruba Ethics and Aesthetics; Naima A. Hasci, Oxfam America, Humanitarian Aid and Complex Emergencies in the Hour of Africa;

Noel Ignatiev, Independent Scholar, Race and the American Radical Tradition; John Kain, University of Texas-Dallas, The Harvard-UTD Texas Schools Project; Theodore Landsmark, Boston Architectural Center, Triumph Over Tragedy: Assessing the Authenticity of 19th Century African-American Vernacular Arts and Crafts; Sieglinde Lemke, Freie University -- Germany, Zora Neale Hurston; Hope Lewis, Northeastern University, Lionheart Gals Facing the Dragon: Critical Race Feminism & Jamaican Women Immigrants; William S. McFeely, Independent Scholar, A Study of the Death Penalty;

Jeffrey Melnick, Harvard University, The Modernist Artist; Elizabeth Muther, Bowdoin College, Resistance by Design: The Harlem Renaissance's War of Representations; Betty J. Overton-Adkins, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Perspectives on African American Leadership; Seth H. Racusen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Testing the Myth of Racial Democracy: Through the Law of Contemporary Brazil; Kay G. Roberts, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Classical Composers and the Harlem Renaissance; Hazel J. Rowley, University of Iowa, Biography of Richard Wright;

Patricia Sullivan, Harvard University, Teaching the History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, 1865-1965; Justine Tally,

Universidad de La Laguna, African American Dilemmas: Public Discourse and the Construction of the Color Line; Maria de Lourdes Teodoro, Harvard University, African Art and Cultural Identity;

Robert Vare, Harvard University, Afropaedia; Harold Weaver,

Goddard College, Paul Robeson Revisited;

Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, The Contributions of African Americans to the Scientific and Intellectual Culture from 1850 to the 1960s; Andre C. Willis, Harvard University, Pain, Catharsis and Narrative Structure; Ajume H. Wingo, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Veil Politics in Liberal Democratic States; and

Gayle L. Wurst, Universite de Fribourg, Acts of Recovery: The New Canon of American Women Writers.


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