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Release: Sept. 14, 2001

UI wins $180,000 grant to expand linkage with Ghana

Two scholars affiliated with University of Iowa International Programs, Michael McNulty, professor of geography, and Afeworki Paulos, international and political science bibliographer at the UI Libraries, have been awarded a three-year, $180,000 U.S. Department of State grant for the development of a linkage between the UI and the University of Ghana.

Paulos and Christopher Roy, associate dean of international programs and professor of art and art history, will serve as co-directors for the grant. Paulos has accepted a new position at the University of Michigan beginning in October. Kofi Anyidiho, professor of English at the University of Ghana, will serve as the Ghanaian director of the grant.

During the three years of the award, the UI faculty will work hand-in-hand with their Ghanaian counterparts to revise and expand the curricula of both institutions in a way that will serve to internationalize the curriculum in Iowa and Ghana.

The linkage will involve three steps to achieve this: the digitalization of African library documents in the University of Ghana, which will be made available online; purchasing of contemporary African arts; and curricula development, which includes the introduction of new courses at both universities.

A number of faculty at both universities will collaborate in this work. McNulty will collaborate with colleagues in the geography department. Victoria Rovine, curator at the UI Museum of Art, Irene Odotei, director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, and Roy will develop a plan for selecting visual art material for a CD ROM project and organize this exhibition in the Unites States and Ghana. Sandra Barkan, assistant dean in the UI Graduate College and Anyidiho will collaborate on the study of African Literatures. Joel Barkan, a UI professor of political science, and E. Gyimah-Boadi, professor of political science at the University of Ghana, will collaborate on issues of transition to democracy.

These two institutions share a linkage that has spanned many years since McNulty has had connections with Ghana since1965, when he researched his dissertation on Ghanaian urban structure and development. Paulos did his undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana.