Global Midwest: 12 September 2015

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In the early twenty-first century, it has become commonplace for institutions of higher learning to make claims about their global reach. But the global connections of Midwestern universities is neither new nor novel. Starting in the 1950s, universities from around the midwest collaborated with institutions of higher learning in developing countries, often with the support of United States Aid In Development (USAID). This workshop brings together scholars who have investigated the origins, ambitions, successes and failures of partnerships between American and African universities.

Program Schedule: Saturday 12 September

For access to the readings, email lordfransee@uchicago.edu

9:15-9:45. Coffee and light breakfast

9:45. Introductory Remarks. Emily Osborn

10:00-11:15. James Blackwell, Tara Reyelts, & Russell Stevenson, "Michigan State University and the Nigeria Project." Faculty Advisors: Nwando Achebe & Walter Hawthorne. 

Readings: 
  • Robert Koehl, “The Uses of the University: Past and Present in Nigerian Educational Culture, Part 1,” Comparative Education Review 15, No. 2 (Jun., 1971): 116-131
  • Robert Koehl, “The Uses of the University: Past and Present in Nigerian Educational Culture, Part 2,” Comparative Education Review, Vol. 15, No. 3, (Oct., 1971): 367-377.

11:15-12:00. Zachary Poppel, "Possible Universities: Agrinauts and African Interventions into Anglo-American Empire" (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Njala University, Sierra Leone). 

Readings:
  • Ogechi Anyanwu, “The Anglo-American-Nigerian Collaboration in Nigeria’s Higher Education Reform: The Cold War and Decolonization, 1948-1960,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 11, no. 3 (2010).
  • L. Proudfoot and H.S. Wilson, “The Clubs in Crisis: Race Relations in the New West Africa,” American Journal of Sociology 66, no. 4 (January 1961): 317-324.

12:00-1:00. Lunch 

1:00-1:45. Erik Gilbert & Bekalu Yimer Kifle, “A Proving Ground for American High Education Development in Africa: Oklahoma State University and the Ethiopian Imperial College of Agriculture.” 

1:45-2:30. Ralph Austen, "University of Chicago Social Scientists and Africa: Engagement from a Querulous Ivory Tower and the Cultural Cold War." 

Readings:
  • Ralph Austen, "University of Chicago Social Scientists and Africa: Engagement from a Querulous Ivory Tower and the Cultural Cold War"
  • "Memo: Thoughts on the Congress in the Sixties"
  • Irene H. Reti, George Von der Muhll, and Randall Jarrell, excerpt from "UC Santa Cruz in the Mid-1970s, a Time of Transition, Volume II" (2015).
  • Appendix 1: Makerere Exchange Personnel
  • Appendix 2: CCF “New Nations” Conferences
  • Appendix 3: Apter Letter to Carnegie Foundation

3:00-3:30. Screening of Oaklahoma State University, Our Ethiopian Adventure [Stillwater, OK] : Distributed by the Audiovisual Center, OSU, [1966?]

3:30-5:00. Roundtable discussion. 

5:00-6:00. Reception