The University Record, October 17, 1994

Specialist on economic history of Africa here this week

By Deborah Gilbert
News and Information Services

Sara S. Berry, one of the world’s foremost historians of African economic history, will be on campus Oct. 19–22 as the Alumni Association’s Alumna-in-Residence.

Berry, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics in 1965 and 1967 from the U-M.

Berry is the author of No Condition Is Permanent: Studying African Rural Economies in Motion, and Fathers Work for Their Sons: Accumulation, Mobility and Class Formation in an Extended Yoruba Community. The latter won the 1985 Herskovits Award for the best book in African studies.

A consultant to several international agencies, Berry also has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently a Fulbright Senior Scholar and visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy at Princeton University.

Berry’s activities on campus will include:

Oct. 19—Berry will host a colloquium on “Did African Farmers Notice the End of the Cold War?” at the Alumni Center, 2–5 p.m.

Oct. 20—An informal coffee hour for students, faculty and staff in the Robert Hayden Lounge, 111 West Engineering Bldg., 10–11:30 a.m.

Oct. 20—A graduate economic history seminar, “No Condition is Permanent: Studying Rural African Economies in Motion.” 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Oct. 21—Brown-bag lunch for Institute of Public Policy Studies students, faculty and staff, where Berry will discuss rural development policy in Africa. Noon–2 p.m.

Oct. 22—Alumnae Council Luncheon and presentation of Alumna-in-Residence Award. 12:30–2:30 p.m.

For more information or reservations for the Alumnae Council luncheon ($15), call Jo Rumsey, 763-9709.

The Alumna-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the Alumnae Council of the Alumni Association. The program celebrates outstanding alumnae whose personal achievements make them inspiring role models for the University community. Former Alumnae-in-Residence include news reporter Robin Wright, Olympic medalist Col. Micki King Hogue, health economist Gail Wilenski, and U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.