Wyclef Jean accepts visiting fellow role at Brown University

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University says hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean has accepted an appointment as a visiting fellow in its Department of Africana Studies for the 2010-11 academic year.

he Ivy League school says in a statement released late Monday that the 37-year-old Grammy Award winner will engage in activities related to its Haiti Initiative, including lectures, faculty conversations, classes and other offerings.

Brown says Jean made his first visit to campus Monday and attended two inaugural lecturers.

In a statement, Jean says his time at Brown will be ``a period of learning and reflection.''

Jean announced a bid for Haiti's presidency in August but ended it last month. No official reasons were given for his exclusion although he's presumed not to have met constitutional requirements, including living in Haiti.