College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Unit Head Mailing 5-19-09   

1.                   African Diaspora Manuscript Competition

2.                   Academic Chairperson Conference

3.                   Logie Fellows Program

4.                   CLAS Important Dates   

1.    African Diaspora Manuscript Competition

Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora (ICI) is pleased to announce our inaugural 2009 competition for the two best unpublished, single-authored manuscripts or manuscripts of linked essays.  The winners of the two prizes—the Anna Julia Cooper Prize in the Humanities and the Ida B. Wells Prize in the Social Sciences—will each receive $3,000 and the option for a book contract with Vanderbilt University Press. Each manuscript must be written by an untenured professor on the general topic of the global African Diaspora and produced in any field of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Manuscripts will be read and closely evaluated by senior professors in the relevant fields and the winners announced each spring. In the fall, an annual symposium will be convened at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. when winners and finalists will present seminars on their topics.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

African, African-American or African-Canadian studies 
Atlantic African slave trade 
Black European studies 
Black popular culture 
Caribbean studies 
Cinema and film studies 
Latin-American studies 
War and peace

All submissions must be emailed to, June 1 - 30, 2009, with the subject line “Submission.” Do NOT send full manuscripts at this time. Please include the following:

      -cover letter  
      -proposal with a prospectus and book outline

Candidates will be notified by July 15 if they are invited to submit a full manuscript. All submissions must be exclusive submissions to ICI for the duration of the contest.

For information contact:

Hortense J. Spillers, executive director 
Brenna Hansen, program coordinator  
Vanderbilt University

2.     Academic Chairperson Conference

February 10-12, 2010, Orlando, FL.  See link for further details:


3.    Logie Fellows Program (attachments:  Fellowship criteria, Fellowship application, Grand Rapids Service Groups)

Please note that the application deadline has been extended to June 15, 2009.

The fellowship is designed for any current undergraduate student of junior or senior year status or any graduate student from any discipline who would benefit from an in-depth understanding of the specific aspects of city governance.  The Fellow receives tuition free course credit related to the experience for up to six hours, as appropriate to the student's academic program.  The Fellow will also be awarded a stipend of $1,500.  Past recipients have been majors in economics, accounting, finance, public administration, natural resources management, and political science.

The attached form may be duplicated or downloaded from the Provost's Office website at .

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Provost Office.


4.    CLAS Important Dates

Important Dates



May 29

Send names and addresses of any alumni boards or external advisory boards

July 31

Send Teaching Liberal Education Pieces: additional content for CLAS Web site

Aug. 19

New Faculty Orientation


Aug. 19

CLAS New Faculty Social

Alumni House

Aug. 20

New Faculty Orientation

Pew Campus

Aug. 25

Unit Head Retreat


Aug. 26

FTLC Conference


Aug. 27

CLAS Faculty and Staff Meeting

TBA-followed by lunch

Aug. 28

Convocation/University Picnic


Aug. 31

Fall Classes Begin



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