Netiva Caftori and Benin, Africa
Sight from Cotonou

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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. - R. W. Emerson.
A woman of Benin

I was fortunate to be selected as a Fulbright scholar for 2003-2004 in Porto Novo, Benin.
I'm going again as a Specialist Fulbright scholar to teach at Houdegbe North American University in Cotonou, Benin, in May-June, 2011.

It is in my travel journal that I posted daily events of my year at the Institut de Maths et Sciences Physiques (IMSP), at Benin University where I was teaching and doing research.
I came back to teach in Chicago. See my presentation at Global Connections: Our Collective Destiny for Peace and Understanding conference, Feb. 1st, 2011.

See a few maps of:
Porto Novo, capital
Ethnic Benin
Benin by Romaric & Pelagie.
A short movie I took
A few more movies from Benin.
Quiz on Africa

            Birds seen in Porto-Novo
Discover Benin
Profile of Benin and its history
Another collection of information by the CIA.
Economy of Benin
Politics of Benin
Contemporary art in Benin
Togo Pugwash student chapter.
Benin embassy in Paris
If you are coming for a visit check How to get there

My presentations about Benin:

Voodoo preserving our heritage at NEIU.
Benin and slavery, (PowerPoint presentation) or
Door of No return if you don't have PowerPoint on your machine.
Benin and Beyond, another ppt presentation.
or if you don't have ppt Benin et au Dela est pour vous:)
Women of Benin 2, one more ppt presentation by Netiva.

See a lexicon of African/French terms.
Black history site.

Thanks for participating in our Math, Science, and Society colloquium , in January, 2004?

Letters from Benin to my friend Sheila in Chicago.

Letters to Carolyn, my daughter in Israel.

Another letter to Carolyn, my youngest

Letters to Joel and Irene from London and Porto-Novo.

A woman with a triplet

Being a Fulbright scholar means I am one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for the 2003-2004 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program (or one of approximately 105 Americans who have been selected to teach or conduct research in 27 African countries). Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 57 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the U.S. They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers, and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of the several Fulbright exchange programs.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation.

My CPSR friends from Ghana.      List of visitors to Benin National University.

with a calavas

Below are my new Beninese friends Bienvenu and Raphael:

Avec bienvenu et Raphael

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Snail mail

My snail-mail addresses while I was in Benin:

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
Cotonou, Benin            

            or send to me at:
            B.P. 613
            Porto Novo, Benin

Please limit your letters to no more than a pound through the diplomatic pouch, and anything that may be valuable send registered if it goes by regular international mail. Thanks!

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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.

See my lexicon

Don't give people fish; teach them how to fish

Earthwatch, an interesting place for project and travel.

Last updated 5/2/2011

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