Concerning: Developments in ACAS Plans
by David Wiley, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
December 23, 1980
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Memorandum to ACAS Board of Directors (Bob Cummings, Bill Minter, Nzongola Ntalaja, Diann Painter, Joel Samoff, and Tom Shick) from David Wiley and minutes of the Board’s December 5, 1980 conference call. There was a resolve to seek to invest more vigor and energy in ACAS in the face of impending changes in U.S. policy under the Reagan Administration. Because it has been difficult to activate various ACAS committees, it was decided to seek an Executive Secretary to coordinate activities of the Board and the whole organization, maintain contact and communication with TransAfrica and the Washington Office on Africa, and seek articles for the ACAS Newsletter (whose production would remain at Michigan State University [MSU]). The Executive Board unanimously decided to ask Allen Isaacman, African historian at University of Minnesota, to accept the post now that he has returned from Mozambique. A formal invitation to Isaacman will be sent by James Turner on behalf of himself and Immanuel Wallerstein. Ann Seidman has accepted the Acting Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Zimbabwe; therefore, Sarnoff is being asked to assume the Chair of ACAS’ Committee on Research. The minutes also mention Robert Johnson, Willard Johnson, Christine Root, Gayletha Cobb, Mohammad el Kahawas, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, Anne Schneller, Jean Sindab, political action, U.S. funding for Mozambique, UNITA, and the Namibia Institute.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers