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X-post: H-NET List for African History and Culture <H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Date: April 19, 2004 From: Jeremy Rich <firstname.lastname@example.org> I would like to draw attention to the H-Africa community to the following article in "National Review" on the National Security Education Program set up in part to attract graduate students into national security related US government agencies after finishing their studies. It looks like the same question of government funding for Middle East centers partially funded by US government subsidies ("Title VI") currently embroiling Middle East area studies will also concern Africanists. The article speaks of a boycott by Africanist scholars against the NSEP and urges readers to support House Resolution 3077, calling for increased state supervision of Title VI-funded area studies programs and the formation of a International Advisory Board to review area studies programs. University of Wisconsin David Wiley and his "followers", to follow the article, appear as the leaders of this movement (which leads me to wonder if there really are any Africanist professors in America with a menacing entourage, and how I could personally become one of them, but I digress). I do not know Dr. Wiley, and I suspect he is not quite the mastermind of conspiracies suggested in this piece, but I'd like to hear more about this issue. I think Africanist scholars in America need to discuss this, seeing how so many of us are participants and/or products of Title VI programs. Personally, I know there is much opposition to the NSEP grant, but I am not sure Kurtz's story is entirely accurate. What do people think of this depiction of Title VI squabbles? More importantly, what kind of changes will occur if US government funding towards African Studies programs shifts as suggested by HR 3077? See the National Review article by Stanley Kurtz at http://nationalreview.com/kurtz/kurtz200404010914.asp Wannan wasik'ar i-mel ce daga H-Hausa, inda za'a cigaba da hira game da harshe da al'adu da tarihi da sauran lamura na Hausawa da mak'wabtansu.