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Wendy Urban-Mead firstname.lastname@example.org November 15, 2011 Dear Colleagues: The Zambezi African Studies Association (ZASA) is a new scholarly organization that hopes to accommodate scholars from all disciplines who work on the Zambezi region, especially on the countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. ZASA’s initial meeting will take place at the African Studies Association (ASA) meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel: Friday, November 18, 2011 7:00 pm - – 8:45 pm MB Balcony B (please confirm this location on the final program) The ZASA meeting will begin with a talk by Imani Countess, Zimbabwe country director at the National Democratic Institute. Ms. Countess has agreed to give a briefing on US policies in the region, and we will have a dialogue on what scholars could do to help shape US policy. To ensure broad participation in the future of ZASA, we will devote the second part of the meeting to the establishment of five working groups which will workshop ideas around the topics listed below. Over the next year, each working group will develop concrete proposals around these issues, in preparation for the formal launch of ZASA at the ASA in 2012. If you are not going to be at this ASA, but would still like to be part of one of the working groups, please let us know by email which working group you want to join. You would then be part of any subsequent discussions of that working group, probably by email. We would prefer members of the working groups to be members of the ASA, or at least attend the ASA meetings somewhat regularly. We are aware that a number of you who expressed interest in the organization do not attend the ASA meetings, and some are not resident in North America. We would still like to welcome you to the organization. The four working groups are 1) Governance (will be convened later of members from the following working groups: 2) Membership, 3) Fundraising and Grants, 4) Affiliations. 5) Promoting scholarship and policy on the region. Once the working groups begin to make progress, we will begin to convene the Governance working group, consisting of active members of the other working groups. So if you are interested, let one of us know by email which of the working groups--numbers 2 to 5--you would like to join. Sincerely, Wendy Urban-Mead <email@example.com> David Gordon <firstname.lastname@example.org> Timothy Scarnecchia <email@example.com>