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Sun 26 Dec 1993

FYI: First Nation Studies; Rutgers Archive; Preprints

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  1. , New M.A. program: First Nation Studies
  2. Alan Prince, Rutgers Optimality Archive Open for Business
  3. , News from the IPPE

Message 1: New M.A. program: First Nation Studies

Date: Wed, 22 Dec 93 14:52:20 -0New M.A. program: First Nation Studies
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Subject: New M.A. program: First Nation Studies


The University of Northern British Columbia is located in the territories
of 16 Tribal Councils and 76 bands, and is developing a prominent
presence in First Nations Studies to work in partnership with these
groups. The programme in First Nations Studies is the hub of one of the
university's five 'signature' areas, along with Environmental Studies,
Northern Studies, Women's Studies and International Studies (focussed on
the Pacific Rim, Circumpolar North and international indigenous
peoples). Faculty are being recruited throughout the university to
contribute to this area, and students will be able to study with these
specialists as well as take the core courses taught by faculty in First
Nations Studies. The MA programme in First Nations Studies will respond
to the unique opportunities and responsiblities of UNBC.

UNBC's programme in First Nations Studies establishes the point of view
of First Nations people and communities as the starting point for
description and analysis, and contextualizes issues from this
perspective. Courses will orient students to question underlying
assumptions of everyday understandings and will develop clarity in
thought and presentation appropriate to advanced study. A special
emphasis will be placed on creating opportunities for students to learn
from and about the First Nations of the North, including courses taught
in First Nations communities, internships, and community-based research
projects, providing experience-based learning opportunities of
exceptional quality at the MA level. Each student's programme will be
culminated by completion of either a thesis or a major project.

In addition to the high priority on the First Nations of northern British
Columbia which will be the hallmark of the programme, offerings will
include courses on First Nations of Canada and indigenous peoples of the
world. The two specific streams of study within the programme are FIRST
NATIONS ISSUES AND APPROACHES, emphasizing the development of theory and
method for the understanding of contemporary issues, and NORTHERN
NATIONS, which will facilitate students who aim to develop skills,
knowledge and experience in the study of the languages of the languages
and cultures of northern British Columbia. Links to other graduate
programmes at UNBC will enrich the options for course work in areas such
as Women's Studies, History, International Studies and Political Sciences.

Admission will require an undergraduate degree in First Nations
Studies or an appropriate related field, with a minimum 3.0 (B)
average or equivalent, and normally a 3.3 (B+) in the last two
years of the undergraduate programme. Applications should be
submitted as soon as possible in order to qualify for financial
aid. Prospective applicants should contact the programme chair,
Margaret Seguin Anderson for further details:

phone: (604) 960-5777
fax: (604) 960-5795
mail: Dr. Margaret Anderson, First Nations Studies, University of
Northern British Columbia, Bag 1950, Station A, Prince George, British
Columbia, V2L 5P2.

Teaching Fellowships and Research Assistantships will be awarded to the
best qualified full-time students. Students requiring information about
these or other forms of financial aid such as bursaries and scholarships
should contact the programme chair or the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr.
William Morrison.
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Message 2: Rutgers Optimality Archive Open for Business

Date: Thu, 23 Dec 93 08:50:33 ESRutgers Optimality Archive Open for Business
From: Alan Prince <>
Subject: Rutgers Optimality Archive Open for Business

The Rutgers Optimality Archive (ROA) makes available for anonymous ftp
papers and other material on Optimality Theory.
 FTP-directory: pub/OT/TEXTS
 FTP-filenames: consult README in pub/OT/TEXTS

ROA exists to facilitate exchange of ideas and is open to all workers
in the area. If you wish to submit a paper or handout to ROA, write me

Interested parties should examine README in pub/OT/TEXTS, from time to
time, to get an updated list of what's available.

-Alan Prince.
The following papers are currently posted (Dec. 23, 1993):

ROA-1.``Directional Syllabification in Generalized Alignment''
 Armin Mester & Jaye Padgett.

ROA-2.``The Learnability of Optimality Theory: an Algorithm and some Basic
 Complexity Results.'' Bruce Tesar & Paul Smolensky.

ROA-3.``Analytic Typology of case marking and grammatical voice.''
 Geraldine Legendre, William Raymond, Paul Smolensky.

ROA-4.``Turkish Vowel Harmony and Disharmony: An Optimality Theoretic
 Account.'' Robert Kirchner.

ROA-5.``Minimal Projection, Heads, and Optimality.'' Jane Grimshaw.

ROA-6.``OCP Effects in Optimality Theory''. Scott Myers.

ROA-7.``Generalized Alignment.'' John McCarthy & Alan Prince.
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Message 3: News from the IPPE

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 93 20:10:03 +0News from the IPPE
From: <>
Subject: News from the IPPE

News from the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange
=========================================================== 12 Dec 93

Contents and summaries of _Poznan Studies_ volumes
The IPPE is pleased to announce the first fruits of the invitation we
issued last fall to editors of journals and book series, and to organizers
of conferences, to make materials available through the IPPE.

The tables of contents and guest-editors' introductory essays of volumes
in the _Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the
Humanities_ are now being made available on the IPPE, starting with the
current volume (_Social System, Rationality and Revolution_. Leszek
Nowak and Marcin Paprzycki, eds. _Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of
the Sciences and the Humanities_, vol. 33). Tables of contents and
editor's summaries of future volumes of the _Poznan Studies_ will be
available on the IPPE several months in advance of publication. In
addition, information on all the back volumes will be added over the
next several months.

The Poznan Studies data can be found in a new directory/gopher menu on
the IPPE, named Journals_Books_and_Conferences.

Contents and abstracts from _Philosophy of the Social Sciences_
Starting in January, the Journals_Books_and_Conferences directory/gopher menu
will also contain tables of contents and abstracts from forthcoming
issues of the journal _Philosophy of the Social Sciences_. Details will
be announced shortly.

Other journals to be available soon; invitation remains open
We hope tobe able to announce the finalization of several more cooperative
ventures with journals and major conferences in the coming months, and
our invitation to editors and organizers remains open. Since we
consider the IPPE to be a medium for the distribution of philosophical
texts, rather than advertising, we look most favourably on proposals to
make significant portions of books, journals, or conference proceedings
(chapters, whole papers, introductions, or at least abstracts, rather
than just publication information or bare tables of contents) available
on the IPPE. Please contact us at for more information.

Submission queue lengthens, but more submissions solicited
Due to end-of-semester slowdowns, over a dozen papers are delayed at various
stages of the submission process. As always, however, we encourage more
submissions. If you have a working paper you would like to make
available on the IPPE, please contact Carolyn Burke
(, who will be happy to guide you through the
submission process. We hope to have several batches of papers available
in the next few weeks, and to eliminate the queue early in the new year.

If you have any questions about the IPPE, you may find them
answered in our "Frequently asked questions (with answers)" document,
which is available on the system. Please feel free also to write to the
email address given at the very end of this message if you have a
comment, a question not answered in the "Frequently asked questions"
document, or a problem.

Accessing the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange:
By gopher: "gopher" or "gopher".
By ftp: "ftp", or
By email: "mail".

To place a paper or comment on the IPPE: see pub/submissions/README.
If you have questions: send mail to <>.
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