KiSwahili - Kansas State Colegian adds 2 upper-level Swahili courses

Quoting the news 'as is' from the K-State website ( http://kstatecollegian.com/news/k-state-adds-2-upper-level-swahili-courses ):
Students looking to fulfill foreign language credits or who are interested in attaining an unusual minor now have a new option: Swahili.

In the spring and fall 2010 semesters, K-State will offer two new advanced courses in Swahili — Swahili III in the spring and Swahili IV in the fall. These courses are in addition to the two beginning courses already offered through the department of modern languages.

Robert Corum, professor and head of the department, said the new courses have been established in conjunction with the African Studies center.

“If we’re going to be an international university, we need to offer a wide variety of experiences and languages,” Corum said. “The addition of Swahili III and IV ... will prepare students for a more enriched experience studying abroad. It will also serve to be a good springboard for anyone planning on going to Africa.”

The Swahili language is to Africa what the English language is to America, he said. More than 150 million people speak the language in east and central Africa.

“Swahili is the lingua franca,” said Geofred Osoro, K-State’s newly appointed Swahili instructor. “In other words, [it’s] the language of communication between countries and communities. There are many different languages in Africa, but everywhere you go, most likely the people will know Swahili.”

Because of this, Osoro, who spent his entire adolescent life in Africa before coming to the United States, said those who can speak the language will have greater ease in touring, exploring and researching in the country. Those who might benefit most from these courses, he said, are students planning to study abroad in Africa as well as students who need foreign credits to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree.

Swahili, while very different from the English language, does share some similarities, Osoro said.

“In Swahili, one word has many different meanings and is applicable to many things depending on context,” he said, much like the English language. “This makes it a challenge to students because one day this word means something, and the next day, it means something else.”

Swahili and English also use the same alphabet, Osoro said, which is at least one less worry when studying the language. The vowels, I, A, E, O and U, are the same in lettering, but always sound the same in Swahili, contrary to English.

“Think about toy and tool,” Osoro said. “In Swahili, it always stays the same, the ‘O’ sound. In English, it does not. And I promise you, Swahili is much easier to learn than English.”

Swahili I and II courses are currently available. Enrollment for Swahili III will start in the spring, and IV will be offered next fall.

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The Princeton Society of Fellows - 2010-2013 Fellowship Competition

2010-2013 Fellowship Competition

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2010-2013 fellowship competition.

THREE three-year postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded this year. The stipend for academic year 2010-11 will be approximately $72,000. Fellows are provided with a shared office, a personal computer, a research account of $5000 a year, and access to university grants, benefits and other resources. Fellows are expected to reside in or near Princeton during the academic year in order that they may participate fully in the intellectual life of the Society.

Interviews will take place in early February 2010. All candidates will be informed of the status of their application by the end of January. The Society will reimburse the cost of travel and lodging associated with the interview. Names of fellowship winners will be posted on the Society of Fellows' website in July 2010.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must have received their Ph.D. degree after January 1, 2007

    NB. The receipt of the Ph.D. is determined by the date on which the candidate fulfills all requirements for the degree at his/her institution, including filing of dissertation with the Graduate School or Registrar of the home institution.

    Those candidates who will not have their Ph.D. by the time they apply but are expected to have fulfilled all conditions for the degree by June 15, 2010, may apply for a postdoctoral fellowship with a letter of degree confirmation from their Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies.

  • Recipients of doctorates in Education (Ed.D. or Ph.D. degrees), doctorates of Jurisprudence, and holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University are not eligible to apply.
  • Fellowships will be awarded to candidates at the beginning of their academic career, who have already demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. Their work should also show evidence of unusual promise. The Society has a particular interest in fostering innovative interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities and social sciences.
  • US citizens and non-citizens, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability, are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows must reside in or near Princeton during the academic year of their fellowship term.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations


Deadline
Application Postmark deadline: October 1, 2009

For:
  1. Application
  2. New Fellowships 
  3. Disciplines Represented 
  4. Application Guidelines 
  5. Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on the highlighted words or visit this original source link:
http://princeton.edu/~sf/new_fellowships.shtml

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

Fellowship Details
  • Amount: $75,000
  • Tenure: one academic year, plus institutional support for an additional period
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, September 30, 2009.
  • Notifications will be sent in February 2010.
ACLS invites applications for the eleventh annual competition for the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars, owing to the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowships are named for Frederick Burkhardt, President Emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin constitute a signal example of dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise. These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences (1). The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year (normally nine months) of residence at any one of the national residential research centers participating in the program. Such an environment, beyond providing free time, encourages exchanges across disciplinary lines that can be especially helpful to deepening and expanding the significance of projects in the humanities and related social sciences. This year's successful applicants may take up the fellowship in 2010-2011 or in either of the succeeding two academic years, but candidates must commit themselves firmly to their preferred year and residential center on their completed applications. Candidates must also commit themselves to relocating as needed in order to be in residence for the tenure of the fellowship.

ACLS will award up to nine Burkhardt Fellowships, depending on the availability of funds, in this competition year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000.

Scholars are free to apply both for Burkhardt fellowships and for standard forms of support offered directly by all of the participating centers, as well as those offered by ACLS. Non-ACLS fellowships, grants, or sabbatical salary may be held concurrently with a Burkhardt fellowship, up to but not exceeding a normal academic year salary or the $75,000 award, whichever is higher. If the $75,000 stipend exceeds the Fellow's normal academic-year salary and the Fellow has no other sources of support, the excess will be available for research and travel expenses. Successful applicants who accept a Burkhardt fellowship will be withdrawn from any other ACLS competitions.

Eligibility

The Burkhardt Fellowship Program is open to recently tenured humanists—scholars who will have begun their first tenured contracts by the application deadline but began their first tenured contracts no earlier than the fall 2005 semester or quarter. An applicant must be employed in a tenured position at a degree-granting academic institution in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship. US citizenship or permanent residency is not required, and previous supported research leaves do not affect eligibility for the Burkhardt Fellowship.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted online and must include:
  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than 10 pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Bibliography (no more than three pages)
  • Publications list (no more than two pages)
  • Three reference letters
  • Institutional statement
For Objectives, Schedule and Participating Residential Research Centers, please visit the following site for more info: http://cls.org/programs/burkhardt

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships

Fellowship Details

  • Amount: $64,000, plus $2,500 for research and travel, and the possibility of an additional summer's support
  • Tenure: one academic year, plus one summer if justified by a persuasive case
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, September 30, 2009.
  • Notifications will be sent in February 2010.
ACLS invites applications for the ninth annual competition for the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in honor of Charles A. Ryskamp, literary scholar, distinguished library and museum director, and long-serving trustee of the Foundation. These fellowships support advanced assistant professors and untenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences (1) whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research. The fellowships are intended to provide time and resources to enable these faculty members to conduct their research under optimal conditions. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS will award up to 12 Ryskamp Fellowships in the 2009-2010 competition. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $64,000, a fund of $2,500 for research and travel, and an additional 2/9 of the stipend ($14,222) for one summer's support, if justified by a persuasive case.

Ryskamp Fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research (nine months), plus an additional summer's research (two months) if justified. Fellows have three years from July 1, 2010 to use the funds awarded them, and considerable flexibility in structuring their research time: the nine-month period may be taken as one continuous leave, or divided into two single-semester leaves; the two months of summer research may be taken before, after, or between the semesters of the year's leave. Fellows are encouraged to spend substantial periods of their leaves in residential interdisciplinary centers, research libraries, or other scholarly archives in the United States or abroad. If personal circumstances preclude extended absence from their home campuses, applicants need to demonstrate that they will be released from all academic and administrative responsibilities, and that continual residence at home will successfully advance their projects in other ways—through access to particular colleagues, for example, or to valuable research collections.

Eligibility Guidelines
The Ryskamp Fellowship Program is open to
  • tenure-track assistant professors and untenured associate professors who by September 30, 2009 will have successfully completed their institution's last reappointment review before tenure review, (2) and
  • whose tenure review will not be complete before February 1, 2010.
Applicants must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent and be employed in tenure-track positions at degree-granting academic institutions in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is not required, and previous supported research leaves do not affect eligibility for the Ryskamp Fellowship.

Application Requirements:

Applications must be submitted online and must include:
  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than 10 pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Publications list (no more than two pages)
  • Four reference letters
Info source: http://www.acls.org/programs/ryskamp/

Fellowships: The African Humanities Program (AHP)

Fellowship Details
  • Applicants must be Africans residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Funding is available for dissertation completion and for postdoctoral research and writing.
  • Applicants for dissertation-completion fellowships should be in the final year of writing the dissertation at a university in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, or Uganda (but not South Africa).
  • Applicants for postdoctoral research/writing fellowships must be working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.
  • Projects must be in the humanities.
  • Projects must be carried out in Africa.
Please see the competition announcement for further details on eligibility, submission of applications, and selection criteria.

The African Humanities Program (AHP) seeks to revitalize the humanities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda through fellowship competitions and meetings associated with them. The AHP is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Fellowship awards to promising African scholars are the centerpiece of the African Humanities Program. Approximately forty such fellowships will be awarded annually. In future years, funding will become available to subsidize the publication of manuscripts completed under terms of AHP fellowships.

The AHP organizes meetings in Africa in cooperation with host institutions to publicize the fellowship program and to discuss new trends in humanities research. In the first two years of the program (2008 and 2009), meetings were held at universities in Ghana (University of Ghana-Legon), in Nigeria (University of Ibadan, Bayero University Kano, and Amadu Bello University in Zaria), in South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, the East London campus of Ft. Hare University, the University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town in Cape Town), in Tanzania (the University of Dar es Salaam), and in Uganda (Makarere University in Kampala). At the meetings senior African scholars from a variety of disciplines advise on the fine-tuning of the fellowship programs and lead workshops in application preparation. Younger scholars learn about the AHP fellowship program and gain practical advice in workshops as well as participating in discussions about new directions in the humanities and about standards of quality in humanities research. Through the activities of the African Humanities Program, ACLS promotes local and transnational cooperation among humanities scholars at all stages of career, with the aim of developing a self-sustaining continent-wide network of African humanities scholars.

The African Humanities Program is inspired by a commitment to the humanities as a core component of higher education and research in Africa, essential to progress and development. The ACLS defines the humanities as the study of human cultures, languages, and histories through the use of qualitative methods. Among the disciplines contributing to humanities scholarship are anthropology, history, literature, religion, philosophy and the performing arts.

Application forms and instructions are available on the ACLS website. Printed versions of forms and instructions may be obtained from the African Humanities Program by email. ACLS encourages the submission of applications via email.
Application forms and instructions are also available on the ACLS website: http://www.acls.org/programs/ahp
For printed versions or further information, please email [ [email protected] ] the African Humanities Program.

Deadline for receipt of applications at ACLS: December 1, 2009

Info source: http://www.acls.org/grants/Default.aspx?id=3210

Unlock iPhone Firmware 3.1


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Big breakthrough in Kagoda probe - reports THISDAY

AT least two prominent personalities behind Kagoda Agriculture Limited company are now said to have agreed to return an unspecified part of the 40bn/-embezzled from the Bank of Tanzania's external payment arrears (EPA) account via the ever-mysterious company, THISDAY has learnt. Though it is understood that various key suspects have in the past admitted before government functionaries to having strong connections to the allegedly ’shell's company, all have tended to strenuously deny such links publicly. At least two prominent local businessmen both understood to have considerable political influence - were indeed questioned at one point by the EPA scandal probe team over their alleged involvement in the scam. One is believed to have either voluntarily presented himself to the probe team, or was formally summoned for questioning directly in connection with his alleged association with the Kagoda company.
It is understood that the EPA scandal probe team has now decided to send investigators to both Germany and Singapore to gather "crucial evidence" about at least two of those creditor companies; Lindeteves J Export BV and Hoechst AG. Lindeteves J Export BV is headquartered in Germany (Franfurt) or in Singapore, and also ascertain the current status of Hoechst AG. It has been discovered during the investigation in Dar es Salaam that there is no record of when precisely the BoT received the deed of assignment between Kagoda and Lindeteves J Export BV, which was signed on November 11, 2005. Instead there is only a BoT payment document dated December 12, 2005.

As already well-established, there were glaring errors evident in all of Kagoda's documents, including the use of obsolete names of creditor companies, incompatible dates, and poorly-forged signatures. None of the contracts and documents were written on the official letterheads of the foreign companies, with key contact details for representatives of the firms missing. All the Kagoda documents were signed in Dar es Salaam before the same B.M. Sanze, an advocate and notary public and commissioner of oaths. Some documents were dated even before the Kagoda company was officially registered at the Business Registration and Licensing Authority (BRELA), thus rendering them null and void.
Read the whole news report via: Thisday.co.tz