Special Publications

The PAS Special Publications series showcases works by emeritus faculty and alumni.

  • A Once and Past Love: Palestine 1947, Isreal 1948, A Memoir (pdf)
    by Ivor Wilks, Emeritus Professor of History, Northwestern University

    Ivor Wilks, Professor Emeritus of History at Northwestern University and formerly Herskovits Professor of African Studies has had one of the most distinguished careers of any historian of Africa. Living in Ghana from 1953 to 1966, Ivor made extensive collections of Asante and other  oral histories and plumbed European, African, and Islamic archives so rigorously that to this day, his 1975 book, Asante in the 19th Century remains both a classic and a standard work of Africanist scholarship. Prior to his moving to the Gold Coast in 1953 Ivor had a rich 'pre-career' as a Lieutenant in the British Army in Palestine, as a student, and as an ardent supporter of Welsh independence (that is another tale to be told). His days in Palestine which are the subject of this work, forged his commitment to the anti-colonial struggle, and he subsequently devoted his long career in Ghana to what he described as the decolonization of West African history. The study which you have before you is a memoir of his service in Palestine and displays some of the concerns which will show up much later in his voluminous work on Africa. This publication is both a superb primary source on the early stages of the formation of the modern state of Israel as well as a porthole into the mind of Ivor Wilks who emerges some years later as one of the masters of African historiography. (written by Jeff Rice, Senior Lecturer in History and teaches African Studies and Political Science classes, Advisor, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and student of Ivor Wilks)
  • The Zogbenya of Gola Sande: Tutelars of a Charter Myth (pdf)
    by Warren L. d'Azevedo, Professor emeritus, University of Nevada.  Northwestern University alumni, class of 1962.

    Warren d'Azevedo is an ethnographer of both the Washoe and the Gola of Liberia. His research interests in both the Great Basin and Africa date back to the 1950s. An emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, he taught from 1964 to 1988. He is the author of numerous publications, including Straight with the Medicine: Narratives of Washoe Followers of the Tipi Way, and editor of Great Basin, which is Volume 11 in the Smithsonian Institution's encyclopedic Handbook of North American Indians. Professor d'Azevedo is equally well known in the field of African Studies, where he is acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of African arts. His seminal work in the 1960s on the place of the artist in society has influenced scholars in anthropology, art history, and museology for the past 45 years. Warren d'Azevedo's scholarly interests have never been divorced from his action in the world. In Nevada, he founded the Anthropology Department at the University of Nevada and was also instrumental in creating the Black Students Organization. He has been an advocate of Native American religious freedom and coordinated field schools for graduate students that were funded by the National Science Foundation. Nationally, he helped create the Smithsonian Institution's collection of African art, and internationally, he has been a human rights observer of elections in Liberia following the protracted civil war and an important friend to Liberians forced into exile. (taken from his biography, Warren d'Azevedo Collection, Indiana University)