African economics subject of lecture

Jane Guyer, an expert on African culture who teaches at Northwestern University, will present the 1997 Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture, Thresholds and Conversions: Explorations of Africa's Articulated Economies, this month at the University.

The Morgan Lectures will consist of Guyer's talk and three colloquia, or panel discussions:

Thursday, March 27: "Thresholds and Conversions: The Social Life of Money in Africa," 7 p.m., Room 2-162, Dewey Hall. A reception will follow the lecture in the Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall.

Friday, March 28: Colloquium, "Conversions and Time Frames: Financial Institutions in the Open Economy," 2 p.m., Room 441, Lattimore Hall.

Monday, March 31: Colloquium, "Time Frames and Assets: Reinterpreting Budget Studies," 1:30 p.m., Room 441, Lattimore Hall.

Tuesday, April 1: Colloquium, "Assets, Formal and Informal: Another Look at Articulation," 1:30 p.m., Room 441, Lattimore Hall.

Guyer is professor of anthropology and director of the African studies program at Northwestern. She will re-examine the economic lives of Africans at the end of the 20th century, addressing questions such as: What is the wealth of a relatively poor continent at the end of the 20th century? What role do the vast majority of people, who work in the home market, have in global wealth and asset formation?

Guyer most recently wrote An African Niche Economy: Farming to Feed Ibadan, 1968-88 and co-edited Money Matters and The Social Shape of Biodiversity.

She has carried out extensive field research in Nigeria and Cameroon. A graduate of the London School of Economics (B.A.) and the University of Rochester (Ph.D.), she has taught at Harvard, John Hopkins, Boston, and Northwestern universities.

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