Colloquium in Benin, Africa
January 19 week, 2004
Mathematics, Science and Society
- R. W. Emerson.
Though we travel the world
over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
We have held a week-long colloquium in Porto-Novo, Benin.
The latest draft of our schedule for your
perusal, as a word document.
Some abstracts we have accumulated from some of our presenters
in pdf format. This will turn out to be our
For the moment a PowerPoint presentation by Peter Lor
on Intellectual property, and a paper (word doc) by Sandy Turner
on teaching with technology will be here shortly.
We have met at Ecole Normale Superieure with a few internet demonstrations at the IMSP.
Am glad you could join us!
You may contact
Dr. Netiva Caftori or
Joel Toyigbi Hounsou, or call 229-
28.01.57 (my mobile) or 229-22-02-04 (my home phone).
Suggested topics were:
-Information assurance (computer security) with an international spin
-The information economy, the digital divide, and North-South
relationships in respect of information, with special emphasis on
South-North information flows. Events like the WSIS and the North-South
power relationships in the information arena.
-International business, Global knowledge measurement, Total quality
management,entrepreneurship, international trade and export.
-South Africa's nuclear non-proliferation policies, and issues
surrounding the Pelindaba Treaty, nuclear weapons and NEPAD.
-Children's understanding of mathematical concepts.
-Differences between the creative process of scientists and
artists-- using Piaget's theory.
-Protection of Civil Liberties in light of technologies such as the
Internet, Internet Crime (all aspects of this: investigating,
prosecuting, the types of crimes like child porn, fraud ...).
-navigation, usability, knowledge acquisition, and knowledge
management. The technologies behind dynamic web sites, the
construction of knowledge (not meant in the philosophical sense here) and
how/where it reposes in master form so as to permit and enable re-use.
-Naturalistic research methods; especially Grounded Theory, and reflective
writing (and of course thinking).
-"Information and Communications Technologies(ICTs) for Develompment:
putting words into Action"
-Simulation of Wireless Digital Communications Systems.
M -The music of Sub-Sahara Africa and/or comparison with Western
European music using recorded examples of music. We would sing, dance,
etc. - perhaps see excerpts of a video or two.
-"Paradigm Shifting" - In terms of Social and Management Aspects of living
in a world full of shifting paradigms.
-Digital authentication, authorization and auditing with applications to
-ICT for Development in Africa: the role of Open Source.
-The media dynamics of the African Information Society.
-African American scientists/inventors and American society.
-A comparative study of developing countries (maybe Ghana, Togo,
Benin) and the impact of IT on the economy.
-Educational technology and digital divide public policy with focus on
international digital divide policy.
-Society, Globalization, International Business, TQM.
-Automated Essay Grading (AEG) research.
-Civil liberties and the problems of secrecy.
-The delivery of public goods under democratic and authoritarian regimes in
-The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee's investigation into
the Bush Administration's "abuse of science" for "ideological" purposes.
-Post-Cold War academic inquiry.
If you'd like to send me a snail-mail letter please send it via
The diplomatic pouch address:
c/o Public Affairs Officer
Dept of State
2120 Cotonou Pl.
Washington, D.C. 20521 2120
or send faster international mail to:
Centre culturel americain
01 B.P. 2012
or contact me at the institut:
Porto Novo, Benin
Something about language
Today Africa is home to more than 50 countries, some 1000 languages, and a
rich mosaic of stories, drumbeats, and landscapes. The English language has
borrowed words from many of those languages: trek, aardvark, impala, gnu,
okra to name a few.
Last updated 3/16/04