African Studies Web Site Receives Accolades
The Library of Congress calls it the main source for information about Africa on the Internet. It's the African Studies Web site, run as an outreach service of the SAS African Studies Center. The first Web site for African Studies in the country, it includes country-specific information for all African countries, conference announcements, job opportunities, book reviews and book listings, country reports prepared by research institutions in Africa, K-12 information, multimedia archives that include maps, flags, and visual arts, etc. Monthly readership of the site is more than 250,000. African Studies at Penn recently received a grant from the NEH to enlarge the Web site to include a "Living Library" of resources and teaching materials for East Africa. The Library is one aspect of the NEH project, which also includes the teaching of an East African language (Swahili) to school children from 6th through 12th grades via interactive live Cable TV, the training of K-12 teachers in African Studies, and nationally televised model lessons on East Africa that complement language study. To check out the African Studies Web site, go to: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/AS.html.