Professor and Director of African and African-American Studies Research Project, Bennetta Jules-Rosette announces award recipients
Professor Jules-Rosette has announced that two AAASRP scholars and ACK Group members have received national research awards. JR Osborn has been awarded the best graduate student paper prize of the Africanist Anthropological Association (AfAA) for 2008 based on his research on Sudanese calligraphic art and Natalie Spritzer has received the AfAA award for the best undergraduate paper in anthropology and African Studies based on her research on health care and social change in Ghana. “These peer-reviewed national awards exemplify AAASRP’s ongoing commitment to the highest quality of research performance at all levels and our national and international visibility. We are at the forefront of groundbreaking research in African Studies and our achievements demonstrate that fact. Kudos to the awardees–JR and Natalie– for their excellent research !!!”- Prof. Jules-Rosette
Professor Isaac Martin has co-edited two books that will come out in 2009: The Thunder of History: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (Cambridge University Press), and Proposition 13 at 30: Political, Economic, and Fiscal Impacts (University of California Institute of Governmental Studies Press). Keep your eye out for them.
It took him six years, but Professor Kwai Ng finally got his law degree. He obtained an English law degree (known as LLB) from the external program of University of London. He found that studying English law was actually fun for the most part but, “I just couldn’t stand constitutional law.” The studying process helped him to get a basic sense of the differences between the English common law and its American counterpart. “Many things are similar; but there are things that are noticeably different,” he said. The English law of libel, for example, is harsher to defendants than the American law. The British also have a different taste in jurisprudence. Legal positivism, for example, is a much bigger tradition in Britain than in the US. His favorite subject is evidence. “I’m fascinated by the ways the law approaches the concept of truth.” “Henry David Thoreau once said ‘the lawyer’s truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency’ and I think it’s quite true.”
Now with a law degree under his belt, does that mean that he can practice as a lawyer in California? The answer is no. To be able to practice, he has to first take the California Bar Examination. However, the State Bar of California has recently tightened its requirements for admission to practice for people with a non-US law degree. “I have to complete one year of law study at an ABA approved law school before I can become eligible to take the California Bar Exam.”
One more year of law study or not, he doesn’t think he’s going to pursue a legal career. “Who wants to become a lawyer when one is already a sociologist?” he asked, rhetorically.
Lila Sharif has been accepted to attend the Third Annual Palestinian Youth Network Conference in Madrid, Spain, with a partial scholarship. It was a very competitive award with applicants coming from all over the world (Argentina, US, Brazil, Chile, the West Bank, etc.). Only six were accepted from the United States.
This is an honor for her for both personal and intellectual reasons. Her research focuses on exilic and diasporic peoples, and their construction of homeland and nation and she is hoping she will be able to interview many of the other participants in order to broaden the research sample that she collected from the Middle East this passed summer.