PAS and its consortium partner, the Center for African Studies (CAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), have been awarded U.S. Department of Education Title VI funding for both the NRC (National Resource Center) and FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) programs. The four-year NRC grant funds collaborative activities between PAS and CAS that enhance African Studies on both campuses and provide new opportunities for students and faculty, including annual joint symposia, new course and concentration offerings, and strengthened instruction in African languages. Highlights for Northwestern include the development of a new interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in “African Security Studies,” an intensive summer workshop on Arabic manuscripts from Africa, and the development of new practicum sites in Africa for the interdisciplinary “Access to Health” project. With FLAS funding, Northwestern undergraduates and graduates are able to apply for year-long or summer fellowships to study African languages alongside their course-work in area studies.
The consortium will also support the integration of African Studies and languages into K-12 teacher education and community college curriculum, through partnerships with Northeastern Illinois University, Malcolm X College, the Newberry Library’s Teachers as Scholars Program, and the Global Reach Initiative in Urbana-Champaign. With Title VI funding, PAS’ longstanding engagement on the African continent will be complemented by local engagement that makes PAS’ faculty and student expertise and rich library resources on Africa available to a variety of communities.