Above, pages from The Four Gospels, a treasure of the Vatican Collection. King Tut, to the right, and the Sphinx at top, are among the images most requested via the African Studies Program's Web site.
As the celebration of its 50th Anniversary counts down to February 14, this issue presents a short history of the invention that changed world communications (pp. 4-7), and two Compass features on one of the most popular offspring of ENIAC: the Penn African Studies Program's online resource (pp. 8-9). Please see the back cover for more images of Africa.
Out of AfricaOver 250,000 times a month, someone calls up the Penn African Studies Program Web Page, rich in images of the vast and varied African continent as well as in texts, maps and scholarly exchanges. As described in the Compass feature on pages 8-9, the Program is now a resource for Philadelphia teachers as well as for advanced scholars throughout the world. These samples, necessarily in black and white, show some of the range that has brought commendation from the Library of Congress among others.
Africa TodayStunning in color on the Web are women from the Afar region of Ethiopia,
above right, and from the Djbouti Republic, wearing typical jewelry, at left.
At right: South Africa's President Nelson Mandela, in a 1990 photograph by Richard Hofmeister from the Smithsonian Collection. © The Smithsonian 1994
At left: a postman, c. 1935, is featured in the logo of The Hornet, an electronic information exchange based in Addis Ababa and linked to the African Studies Program via the Web.
Below: One of the many images found under Wildlife via the African Studies home page.