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Andrew G. Jameson, assistant professor of History, will travel to Europe and Africa next year to do work in preparation for a course in the history of West Africa. Jameson will be studying archival materials and teaching methods at leading centers of African scholarship.

In explaining the purpose of the trip, Jameson said that, up to now, most of the work on Africa done by American scholars has been in the area of political science rather than history. A CRIMSON survey of 77 educational institutions made last year showed that only eight gave courses in African history.

Jameson will begin his trip at the institute of Oriental and African Studies in London, and from there will go to the Sorbonne in Paris. At the Sorbonne he will be working with Professor R. Mauny, director of the African Institute and a leading scholar on French Africa. Jameson met Manuy in Dakar on an extended tour of Africa last summer.

In Africa itself, Jameson plans to travel through former French West and Equatorial Africa, spending most of his time in Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, and the Cameroons.

This year Jameson is teaching two freshman seminars on African history, in addition to his duties as lecturer and head section man in Social Sciences 1 and as Allston Burr Senior Tutor of Adams House.

Current courses offered by the University which deal with Africa include Anthropology 105, Ethnography and Social Institutions of West Africa; Anthropology 118, Peoples and Cultures of SubSaharan Africa; Economics 118, The Economics of Tropical Africa; Government 122. The Government and Politics of Africa; and History 190b, The History of Africa and Its Emergence in Modern Times.

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