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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.