I bring you warm greetings as we begin the 2014/15 academic year, and extend a special welcome to our new and visiting faculty and students.
Fulbright and Carnegie Diaspora Professors Monica Tetzlaff and Onookome, and Research Fellow Dr. Irene Appeaning-Addo will be joining us and we wish them an enjoyable stay.
As we continue with our diverse individual and institutional projects, I am particularly excited about our continuing work on the Biographies project. We also expect to move from conceptualisation to implementation of our Quality of Life project in which we are collaborating with colleagues from the School of Public Health and the former Dept. of Archival and Heritage Studies.
The Director of the Institute, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, has been appointed a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Concordia University with effect from August, 2015. The Director has also been appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa's statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge
public research in areas that are crucial to development."
Two Visiting Professors at the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Professors Seth Nii Asumah and Monica Tetzlaff, have jointly delivered a public lecture on Social Change and Human Rights: from the Grassroots to Policy Makers in Africa and the African Diaspora.
Professor Asumah is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science and Chair, African Studies Department, State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, and a University of Ghana-Carnegie Diaspora Fellow at IAS, while Professor Tetzlaff is an Associate Professor, Department of History, Indiana University, South Bend, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute.
A newly constituted Management Committee for the Institute of African Studies (IAS) has been inaugurated at a short ceremony at the Kwame Nkrumah Complex, IAS.
The Committee is chaired by the Director, IAS, Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo. Some of the members are Mrs. Sheila Minkah-Premo, APEX Consult & Legal Practitioners (representing the private sector) and Mr. Akunu Dake, CEO, Heritage Development Consultant (representing the civil society) and Mrs. Janet Fofie, Commissioner, Public Services Commission (representing the public sector).
The Institute of African Studies has held a ceremony to name its archives section in honour of renowned ethnomusicologist , composer and former Director of the Institute, Emeritus Professor J.H Kwabena Nketia.
The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Abla
Dzifa Gomashie, in brief remarks, stressed on the importance of archives. She noted that archives ensure that the records of today are preserved for future generations, adding that archived records are useful materials for study and help in understanding the life, ideas and thoughts of their original creators, thus linking the past, present and future.
Mrs. Gomashie expressed the hope that the archives can help foster and promote the sense of community and identity among the people of Ghana.