H05-1577. Sobania, Neal W. Papers, 1968-2005. 1.50 linear ft. PARTIALLY RESTRICTED
Professor (1981-2005) and director of International Education (1981-2005) at Hope College who was an African history specialist and conducted research on Ethiopian-Kenya frontier. He earned his B.A. from Hope College (1968), M.A from Ohio University (1973), and Ph.D. from the University of London (England) (1980). Before joining Hope College, he worked as a human ecologist for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He wrote the book Culture and Customs in Kenya (2003) and co-curated the exhibit “From Monastery to Marketplace: Tradition Inspires Modern Ethiopian Painting” (2002) at the National Museum of Natural History (2002), and co-directed the video The Parchment Makers: An Ancient Art in Present-Day Ethiopia (2000) with Dr. Raymond A. Silverman. The collection includes personnel file (RESTRICTED), biographical information, Sobania’s Phi Tau Nu (Emersonian Fraternity) items: pledge paddle (1968), coffee cup printed with “Phi Tau Nu,” wine glass printed with “Bacchanalia 1965,” and two Phi Tau Nu pins. Hope College items include his Anchor staff pin, “SCSC Now” student center pin, and green and orange freshman pot/cap.
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