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Dancing (R)Evolution
By Joan Frosch
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nates the intermediate space bctLc'n tihe so-calkl'd
African tradition and the projected modernity of
colonialism..." (1988:5). But not unlike Turner's
notion of liminality, such marginal space can be a
site of foment and creativity. A growing number
of African experimental dance artists are choreo-
graphing a new aesthetic-in-progress. It is a danced
world of invention that the work of the late Ivo-
rian choreographer Beatrice Kombe suggests is
"Sans Reperes," or without points of reference or
boundaries. Experimentalists such as Zimbabwean
Nora Chipaumire are devising frameworks for

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scene from the film "nora chipaumire: a physical biog-

choreographic discourse that may melt time-frozen
images of "African dance." Their inventions clear
space and time for a new conversation not only
about twenty-first century dance in Africa, but the
embodied artist-subject who owns, creates and/or
appropriates culture as he or she sees fit. The cho-
reographic articulations of such artists as Kombe,
See (R)Evolution, p. 2

Internationalizing the curriculum

UF awards 16 grants to support

internationalizing courses
Sixteen University of Florida faculty won grants to support
making their courses more international or developing new
courses with international content.
The grants of up to $3,000 are in support of UF's goal of in-
ternationalizing the campus and curriculum. Award recipients
were recognized at a ceremony April 18.
UFIC Dean Dennis Jett, one of the judges, thanked other
judges, Cristian Cardenas, Jonathon Helton, Toddy Leedy,
Sandra Russo, Benjamin Smith and Lisette Staal, for help in
the event. Having faculty evaluate the proposals has several
benefits, Jett said.
"It helps draw more faculty into the process," he said. "The
faculty I think are the best judges of what other faculty mem-
bers are proposing."
The awards were provided by the UF International Center,
the Transnational and Global Studies Center and the Office of
Research. The funds support courses that will be offered in the
2008-2009 academic year.
Awards were given in four categories, international, study
abroad, global studies and research.

The International Center awarded four grants for courses
dealing with international topics and two grants for the devel-
opment of study-abroad programs.

International Category
Elizabeth Bolton, "Working with Nonprofit Organizations,"
Family, Youth, and Community Sciences.
Veronika Butterweck, "International Phytotherapy," Pharma-
Esther Obonyo, "High Performance Green Building," Build-
ing Construction.
Jiunn-Jye Sheu, "Methods and Materials in Health Educa-
tion," Health Education and Behavior.

Study Abroad Category
Travis. L. Smith, "Indic Landscapes: Mind, Body, Cosmos,"
Mark Thurner, "Latin American History and Culture," Cen-
ter for Latin American Studies.
See Faculty awards, p. 3

(R)Evolution, from p. I
including Germaine Acogny (Senegal), and Faustin
Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo), animate
growing global conversations about "African contempo-
rary dance."
Inspired by the stories of these artists and emboldened
by support of the Center for
African Studies, the Trans-
national and Global Studies
Center, the Center for World
Arts, the National Endowment
of the Arts, and the Florida
Department of State, Division
of Cultural Affairs, I produced
and directed the documen-
tary "Movement (R)Evolution
Africa: a story of an art form
in four acts" (2007) www.
movementrevolutionafrica. Joan Frosch holds a reflect
com. Not unlike the emergent "nora chipaumire: a physi
choreographic movement itself,
the film has struck an international chord; it has been the
official selection for more than 50 festivals and showings
on five continents, including at the Big Sky, Milano and
Montreal Film festivals.
Within months of the New York premiere, Chipaumire
became the inspiration for the creation of a visual poem
of sound, memory, and metaphor re-membering her life
in her language of dance. Thus began the dance film proj-
ect commissioned by EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute provisionally entitled "nora chipaumire: a physi-
cal biography." The project received additional funding
from UF Research and Graduate Programs and the Cap-
ture Foundation, London. The core creative team includ-
ed Chipaumire, protagonist and choreographer, Thomas
Mapfumo (Zimbabwe), composer, Alla Kovgan (Russia/
USA) and David Hinton (United Kingdom), co-directors,
and myself as producer. In late 2007, we filmed in Mo-
zambique near the Zimbabwean border, in and around
Manica and Chimoio. Our crew was mostly Mozambican
and South African, with an Armenian cameraman, an
Indian assistant, and Souleyman Badolo, a Burkinabe
dancer also featured in "Movement (R)Evolution Africa."
"nora chipaumire: a physical biography" will premiere
Oct. 3-5, 2008, as part of the opening ceremonies of EM-
PAC, RPI's performing arts and technology center.
The choreographic practices of many African artists in
the early twenty-first century dismantle images of a natu-
ralistic "African dance," destabilize stereotypes ofatem-
poral "Africanisms," deconstruct notions of "fixed" tradi-


tions, and prepare ground for a discussion of the roles
of art making and performance in the contemporary
global moment. Who are these artists and what does
their work say? What worlds do their works seek to
mediate? What does it mean to be an agent of cho-
reographic creation, even in the midst of devastating
social circumstance? Such
engagements with the issues
of gender, sexuality, power,
HIV and AIDS, genocide,
civil war, and famine, even
as juxtaposed against explo-
rations of love, beauty, and
communication, crystal-
lize urgent and compelling
artistic voices. These voices
embolden contemporary
dance as a field and imbue it
r during the filming of with a formidable social and
I biography." creative agency, as "Afrique
dit ce qui est," Africa tells
what is happening. I am listening.
Mudimbe, V.Y, 1988, "The Invention of Africa:
Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge."
Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University
Joan Frosch is professor and assistant director of the
School ofTheatre and Dance, and co-founder and co-
director of the Center for WorldArts, College of Fine Arts,
at the University of Florida. She was named University of
Florida International Educator of the Year for 2007-2008.
To learn more about her projects visit movementrevolu-
tionafrica.com or e-mail her atjfrosch@arts.ufl.edu.

International News
is published by the University of Florida Interna-
tional Center.
Dean: Dennis Jett
Executive Editor: Sandra Russo
Editor: Larry Schnell
We welcome submission of articles and photo-
graphs on international themes from faculty and
students. Send to srusso@ufic.ufl.edu.

The University of Florida International Center
P.O. Box 113225
Gainesville, FL 3261 1
(352) 392-5323, Fax: (352) 392-5575

Spring 2008

The grants were for
are highly interdisci
global topics, and ha
lead to new courses.

The grants were for activities that are highly interdis-
ciplinary, deal with global topics, and have the potential
to lead to new courses.
Vasudha Narayanan in the Department of Religion
and Peter Waylen in the Department of Geography were
recognized for their winning proposals at an awards
ceremony April 18 at the International Center.
Narayanan's "Global Religion in Practice" partners
Religion with Women's Studies and the Political Sci-
ence Department, Latin American Studies, the Center
for Hindu Traditions, and the Ham museum. A work-

Faculty awards, from p. I
Global Studies Category
The Transnational and Global Studies Center provid-
ed two grants in support of the development of courses
that focus on a transnational or global issue or theme.

Jorge Hernandez, "Seminars in Global Health," Veteri-
nary Medicine
Cynthia H. Shen, "Chinese for Heritage Learners II,"
African and Asian Languages and Literatures.

Research Category
The Office of Research awarded eight grants in sup-
port of courses that have a research component involv-
ing undergraduate or graduate students.

Steven A. Brandt, "Cultural Heritage Management in
the Developing World," Anthropology.
Benjamin Hebblethwaite, "Introduction to Haitian
Creole Linguistics," Romance Languages and Litera-
Joann Mossa, "Extreme Floods," Geography.
Gerald H. Murray, "Anthropology of Religious Vio-
lence," Anthropology.
Louise Newman, "History of Masculinities: A Com-
parative Historical Perspective," History.
Eric Potsdam, "Structure of Human Language," Lin-
International News

The International Center and
the Office of the Vice President
for Research awarded two grants
to develop faculty working
groups and conduct workshops
during the 2008-2009 academic

UFIC Dean Dennis Jett, center, congratulates two award win-
ners, Luise White, History Department, and Mark Thurner,
Center for Latin American Studies, on their awards to inter-
nationalize the curriculum.

Andrea Sterk, "History of Christianity I," History.
Luise White, "Politics and Violence in Africa," History.

To read project summaries or for more information, visit

UF supports international working groups and workshops

activist tt shop and two courses are planned.
activities that ,
Waylen's "Changing Environ-
plinary, deal with ment and Emerging Infectious
ve the potential to Diseases" partners with Whitney
Lab, the Water Institute, UF/
IFAS International Programs, the
Emerging Pathogens Institute and the College of Vet-
erinary Medicine. In addition to workshops, a graduate
seminar is planned.
For both awards, the workshops will be designed to
encourage the development of a research agenda and
a discussion of ways to fill any curricular gaps on the
topic. Graduate student participation is encouraged.
The workshops will be held in the International Cen-
ter's conference room.
The Transnational and Global Studies Center in the
UFIC is a sponsor of the awards.

Internationalizing the Curriculum Awards

UF faculty set up new study-abroad program in India

A model farm in northern India will be a learning
center for a group of UF students this summer studying
religion as well as alternative views on globalization and
agricultural production.
The UF in India program is based at Navdanya, a farm
founded by Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned scientist,
environmentalist and author. UF program coordinators
Anita Anantharam and Travis Smith are offering the
study-abroad program for the first time this summer to
provide an opportunity for UF students to learn more
about India, its religions, sustainable agriculture and the
impacts of globalization.
Anantharam, who is in Women's Studies, specializes
in issues of globalization and its impact on women and
communities. She will teach the course Rethinking Glo-
balization: Gender, Communities, Representation in the
six-week summer program. Smith, who is in the Depart-
ment of Religion, specializes in pilgrimage literature. He
will teach a class this summer titled Indic Landscapes:
Mind, Body, Cosmos.
They anticipate that Shiva will teach a three-day work-

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shop on women and sustainable agriculture.
The two summer courses are offered for graduate and
undergraduate students. The Navdanya farm is an ideal
setting to study alternative approaches to globalization as
well as agricultural production, Anantharam said. Shiva is a
physicist and ecofeminist who founded the farm as a model
to show how agriculture could be performed without the use
of expensive and dangerous pesticides. She founded the farm
in the wake the 1984 Bhopal disaster, when about 40 tons of
methyl isocyanate flowed out of a storage tank, killing up to
4,000 people and injuring hundreds of thousands. Before the
disaster, the production plant was regarded as a key com-
ponent in India's Green Revolution, and the disaster was a
factor in Shiva's quest to demonstrate safer, natural methods
of agricultural production.
While traditional models of globalization show grow-
ing economic opportunities for many now living in poverty,
Shiva challenges that model as it applies to India. Her model
shows that the bulk of people in India are left behind by the
economic development associated with globalization.
See Navdanya, p. 6

Looking through the

eye of the needle
By Inigo deAmescua
To many visitors, the United
States is the Statue of Liberty,
Mount Rushmore, the Capitol.
But I would be lying if I said .
that is the United States to me. .
I never liked postcards. To me
the United States is blue sky-
scrapers, never-ending roads,
California beaches at sunset.
It is books On the Road,
Post Office, A Confederacy of IN
Dunces, Tropic of Capricom,
Manhattan Transfer. It is music _
Stax Records, Sun Records, Inigo deAmescua
Atlantic Records, Highway
61 Revisited, Folsom Prison Blues, Chelsea Hotel. It is the
photographs by Robert Frank (a European like me who was
able to look at the beauty and desperation in the heart of this
See deAmescua, p. 5

Spring 2008

Faculty in Broward Area inspire students to study abroad
Students in the Broward Area are learning about study-
ing abroad by living in dorms. Faculty member Anita
Anantharam is sharing her experiences abroad, organizing
global activities and inspiring students to be international.
Anantharam, in the Center for Women's Studies and
Gender Research, and her husband, Travis Smith, in the
Department of Religion, are living among the students
in Broward Hall and fostering an international educa-
tion outside the classroom. Anantharam is Faculty in
Residence for the Global Living-Learning Community in
Broward Area.
Yulee Hall in the Broward Area is designated as the
Global Living Learning Community, which also includes
Broward Hall and Rawlings Hall. The Broward Area is
designed to encourage internationalization and studying
abroad by exposing students to international experiences
and people. Yulee Hall is for students interested in inter-
national experience.
Anita Anantharam, right, talks with students at a dinner following See Events, p. 6
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United States before I put my feet on its soil. However,
seldom have I felt more excitement than when I walked
through New York at night for the first time, a big-city boy
in an even bigger city. New York. The main gateway to the
United States. Nice views. You could stay here forever. A Big
Apple taxi driver warned me one night, "Don't even think
about staying in this town for more that 15 days. It won't let
you go. It will eat you."
In Gainesville I see those enormous trees growing and
towering over me, the dreamy mighty semitropical rain, the
old Cadillacs new scenery for my eyes and for my brain.
It's a feeling like being inside a David Lynch movie. The best
thing for any kind of artist, not only for a photographer, is to
get out, get lost, be immersed in a whole new life, reinterpret
your standards.
"A lot of time, you just have to go down many roads to get
where you are going. The important thing is to keep mov-
ing." Bob Dylan once said. Let's move, then.

Inigo deAmescua won first prize in the 2007 Global Culture KSIEGARNIA, by Joanna Lis
Photo Contest in the International Student Category. His photo-
graph "Liberty" was featured in the winter edition of International Third Prize
News. His photographs are on the website http:ll//www.flickr.com/ Study Abroad Category
photoslideaelical Location: Krakow, Poland
International News 5

Navdanya is a model farm where students will learn alternative agriculture

From p. 4
At the model farm, students will learn approaches
to alternative agriculture, including organic produc-
tion, seed banking, cooperatives and sustainability.
Alternatives views on globalization will be emphasized
throughout the course. Shiva promotes the rejuvenation
of indigenous knowledge and culture while she warns
of the hazards of genetic engineering and high-input
Shiva is one of many voices challenging Western
concepts of globalization, Anantharam said.
"She's a powerful voice as an award-winning
physicist-tumed-ecofeminist," Anantharam said.
Navdanya, near the city of Dehradun, is close to
sacred sites for Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs. These
sites of religious culture provide an opportunity for
UF students to study several religions in one region
and their importance in the local culture. Students will
experience the practices of Indian culture including
yoga. They will help produce and eat organically grown
food, travel to sacred sites and trek to the foothills of
the Himalayas.
Interest in India has reached a peak in recent years,
particularly at UF, which accepts a large number of
students from India. India's productivity and economic
output is increasing, making it a focal point of interest

to students in the United States.
UF junior Liz Martin said the UF in India program
is ideal for her personal interests and academic work.
Martin, a double major in botany and women's studies,
said she expects to learn a lot about sustainable farm-
ing and the relationship between farmers, especially
women farmers, and their environment. In addition, she
has a great personal interest in Eastern traditions and
cultures, in particular the Hindu culture.
"I can't think of a better study-abroad program for
my interests," she said.
Anantharam and Smith have conducted research in
India. Both joined UF after completing graduate school.
In a conversation last year with UFIC Dean Dennis Jett,
they learned that UF students have not had opportuni-
ties to study in India through a UF program. Develop-
ing the UF in India program became an important part
of their work at UF.
The program initially was limited to 15 students, but
with more than 30 applicants, Anantharam and Smith
increased the enrollment to 20. They hope to expand
the program to include a fall semester.
For more information on Navdanya, visit the website
Contact: Anita Anantharam, aanita@ufl.edu
Travis Smith, tlsmith@ufl.edu

Events in the Broward Area have an international dimension

From p. 5
Anantharam has studied and worked in India. The
experiences she and students share in the Broward Area
include almost every region on the planet. Since joining
the Faculty in Residence Program in the fall of 2007,
Anantharam has scheduled events involving art, film,
food and education, all with an international dimension.
For example, students watched the Mexican movie
"Like Water for Chocolate" and then sampled Mexican
food. Students watched the animation movie "Rata-
touille" and then had French food. The Italian film
"Dinner Rush" was accompanied by a pasta dinner.
Chinese food was served after students watched the
Chinese film "The Wedding Banquet." Other countries
have been highlighted or will be in similar events.
Through a program at the Ham Museum, students
toured the Asian and the African collections accom-
panied by the head curator. A recent presentation on
the Peace Corps highlighted international opportuni-
ties after graduation. Anantharam and Smith schedule

one international event each month, but between these
events, they are meeting with students, sharing experi-
ences and enhancing learning outside the classroom.
Student interaction takes place outside the classroom
and is an important part of the international learning
experience, said Yaneilys Diaz, a UF junior and student
assistant in the Global Living Learning Community.

"In conversations, students get to know one another
and other cultures," she said. "It enhances their per-
spectives in the sense that it makes them open minded
and accepting of other cultures. It makes them more
open to new cultures and new people."
Anantharam came to UF in 2006 following comple-
tion of a doctoral degree at the University of California
at Berkeley. She teaches classes on gender and politics
in South Asia and on the coalitions between Western/
Non-Western social justice movements. The couple
and their two children live in an apartment attached to
Broward Hall.
Contact: Anita Anantharam, aanita@ufl.edu
Spring 2008

Graduate student discusses her work on Cuban architecture

UF students and faculty got a glimpse of Havana and
the Miramar neighborhood through the eyes Heather
Shandloff, a graduate student who visited there for her
master's research in the School of Architecture.
Shandloff wanted to see Cuban architecture and
observe life in Cuba. She shared her experiences at a
UFIC Student Speaker Series lunch Feb. 6. Her pre-
sentation focused on the Miramar neighborhood of
Havana, once an exclusive residential area. Following
the revolution, the area became the site of embassies,
government offices and community space. Quinta
Avenida runs through Miramar and contributes the

architectural flavor. Carefully designed with central
pedestrian corridors, Quinta Avenida is a vibrant social
and commercial area.
Shandloff observed an emphasis on sustainabil-
ity, with organic food markets everywhere. She also
observed high quality education, which is free from
primary school through college. Illiteracy is .2 percent
and school attendance is near 100 percent.
Shandloff is completing her master's degree in
design with an interdisciplinary concentration and cer-
tificates in historic preservation and sustainable design.
Contact: Heather Barrett hbarrett@ufic.ufl.edu

A summer in Uganda offers research and surprises for two UF students
Working on research abroad can be costly, but two into everything and raided their kitchen on many occa-
UF students worked in Uganda on a modest budget and sions, lounging on the furniture after their meals that
learned about the culture, the wildlife and their favorite once consisted of lemon cake, avocadoes, and boiled
research topics. peanuts. Boba-bodas were small mopeds, their primary
Amy Panikowski and Kate Mullan described their mode of transportation. Beer was warm because of a
summer abroad in Kibale National Park, Uganda, at a lack of refrigeration.
Student Speaker Series April 9. Panikowski, a master's Despite the primitive appearance, signs of education
student in the Geography Department, and Mullan, a were common. Teachers painted educational images,
graduate of the Food and Resource Economics Depart- including clocks, the solar system and anatomy, on
ment, gave the presentation "Stories from Uganda: the school walls. Six libraries were nearby, and adult
Baboons, boda-boda, and warm beer." education classes were available.
The two recommended finding a research project Residents near the Kibale National Park respected
to fund travel and other expenses. They assisted on a the forest. They believed that if the forest were de-
project by Abraham Goldman in the Center for Latin stroyed, rain would stop. Panikowski studied entre-
American Studies and the Center for African Studies. preneurs in tourism around the park, while Mullan
The title of the presentation reflects some memorable researched smallholder tea farmers.
points of their work in Uganda. The wily baboons got Contact: Heather Barrett, hbarrett@ufic.ufl.edu

Hueck joins UFIC as ISSB coordinator
Veronica Hueck has joined the International Center
as International Student Speakers
Bureau coordinator. The ISSB ar-
ranges presentations by students with
international backgrounds in public
and private schools with interest in a
particular region or topic.
"I think it is very important for
people to be aware of things going
on around the world," Hueck said. Hueck
Hueck, a native of Nicaragua, is
an undergraduate studying psychology.
Students interested in joining the International
Student Speakers Bureau should contact Hueck at 352
273-1527 or vhueck@ufic.ufl.edu.
International News

UFIC sponsors International Summit
The annual Florida International Summit in April
featured an up-to-date analysis of global markets in
Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
The year's conference, entitled "The State of Global
Finance and Trade," was sponsored by the University
of Central Florida, the University of Florida Intera-
tional Center, and other organizations including the
Florida Network for Global Studies.
The conference was held at the Fairwinds Alumni
Center in Orlando.
Featured speakers included John Adams, president
of Enterprise Florida, Jeffrey Bimbaum, commentator
for the Washington Post, PBS and Money News, and
Ambassador Charles Shapiro, former U.S. ambassador
to Venezuela.

The University of Florida
International Center
P.O. Box 113225
Gainesville, FL 32611

Nye discusses leadership skills at
Joseph Nye, Harvard professor, author and former
assistant secretary of defense, identified six skills that
American voters should look for when they choose a
new president this fall.
Nye was invited to the University
of Florida March 3 for the inaugura-
tion of the Bob Graham Center for
Public Service. After retiring from the
U.S. Senate, Graham spent a year at
the John F. Kennedy School of Gov-
emance at Harvard, where he worked Nye
with Nye, who is the Sultan of Oman
Professor of International Relations.
"I accuse him of stealing our intellectual property
and bringing it down here to Gainesville," Nye said,
"and for that I say, 'Bravo' because we're looking for-
ward to having a center here which is going to be a real
partner for Harvard."
In his book "The Powers to Lead 2008," Nye

Bob Graham Center inauguration
explores the characteristics of good leadership. Nye's
discussion focused soft power and hard power.
"Now power is the ability to effect others so you get
the outcomes you want," Nye said. "There are basical-
ly three ways you can do that. You can do it with sticks
threatening you can do it carrots paying or you
can do it with honey attracting. And the last of those,
attraction, is what I call soft power."
Nye identified emotional IQ, communication and
vision as crucial soft power skills. Those skills must be
combined with hard-power skills of organization, ca-
pacity and political ability for a leader to be successful.
"But above all we want a leader who understands
the context of where we fit in the world and knows
how to adjust our hard and soft power skills as a nation
to maintain American leadership in a much more com-
plex world than we have seen in the past. That type of
smart power strategy is what we should be looking for
when we choose our leader next November."

International students share experiences with retired faculty at Oak Hammock
International students are giving presentations at Oak mock residents an insider s perspective on the war in
Hammock, a retirement community in Gainesville with Iraq in February. In Ali's view, a mounting death toll
mostly retired UF faculty. Many residents have a deep on Iraqi civilians, torture and terrorism are at an all
interest in international affairs, and the UFIC has a pool time high. These factors, combined with a lack of edu-
of international students eager to share their experienc- national opportunities, project a bleak future for Iraq.
es, said Heather Barrett, UFIC program assistant who In March, Peter Kok Ter described his experiences in
arranges presentations at Oak Hammock. war-tom southern Sudan.
The exchange is a component of UFIC's outreach Now a political science major at UF, Ter was
program, in which international students share their separated from his family when he was 3 V2 and only
experiences with members of the community. recently located them.
Ayad Ali, an Iraqi doctoral student, gave Oak Ham- Contact: Heather Barrett, HBarrett@ufic.ufl.edu
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