The Third African Linguistics School (ALS3) was held this year at Lead City University (Ibadan, Nigeria), from 14th July to 27th July. Prominent linguists from North America, Europe, and Africa taught at ALS3, including Rutgers linguists Akin Akinlabi, Veneeta Dayal, Ken Safir, and William Bennett (’12 PhD alumnus).
Midway through the school, participants were treated to a tour of two traditional cities in Western Nigeria, Ibadan and Abeokuta, where participants visited centuries-old caves in rocks. These caves served as hiding places during the Yoruba intertribal wars, in the 17th and 18th centuries.
ALS3 was supported by funds from the offices of: the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Richard Edwards; the Dean of SAS, Richard Falk; the Vice President of Research, Kenneth Breslauer; and the Vice President for International and Global Affairs, Joanna Regulska. In addition, ALS received donations from GLOW and Lead City University, Ibadan.
In related accolades, Akinbiyi Akinlabi received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund ALS3. Well done, Akin!