Minutes of the Sept. 16, 1990 Exec C'tte Teleconference
by Ed Ferguson, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Oakland, California, United States
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Contents: I. Report on activities since last ASA meeting • II. ACAS activities at Baltimore ASA meeting • III. Bulletin • IV. Communications received • V. Other matters • Participating: Wallerstein, Nzongola, Ferguson, Goucher, Groff, Cooper, Martin. Absent: Cokorinos (resigned); Riveles (unexplained); Minter (other duties). Ferguson reported four activities: (1) Dr. Y.B. Usman's letter of thanks for helping him regain his teaching position at Ahmadu Bello University. (2) The NY Times published our letter on massacre of students in Lubumbashi, Zaire. (3) Board member Teresa Smith represented ACAS at Africa conference in Havana last June. (4) ACAS faxed letters to 13 Democratic Party members of House Intelligence Committee urging a vote against aid to UNITA. ACAS’ priority at the Baltimore ASA meeting should be on a strategy to involve ACAS members interested in political action work (more than 50 persons) and research (another 50 or so). Goucher reported that our income (from member dues) has declined, which will cause problems for the near future. Groff questioned whether the $10 fee for gift subscriptions is adequate; Wallerstein recalled this was intended to get the Bulletin into Africa. Martin said the research committee is "still searching for a mission." Minter had suggested two topics: media coverage of fighting in South Africa and issues of academic freedom in Africa' (see enclosed letter from Professor Julius 0 Ihonvbere). ACAS panels chaired by Riveles (D-07), Mittelman (R-12), Samoff (S-06), Panofsky (J-01), and Martin (K-12) will appear in final program as "ACAS Sponsored." The next bulletin issue is a special issue on Zaire coordinated by Nzongola.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers