MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/01/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/01/00


Issue No. 4, Spring 2000

February 1, 2000



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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February 1, Tuesday

Colloquium #3: "History of Islam in Africa," with Nehemia Levtzion, Faculty (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 3:00- 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Topic: "Patterns of Islamization in Africa."

February 3, Thursday

"Symbolism and Myth in an African Context," African Studies Brown Bag with Edgar J. Ridley, President, Edgar J. Ridley & Associates (International Management Consultants, Richmond, VA), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 4, Friday

"The Dynamics of International Development: The Politics of Decision Making," CASID/WID Seminar with Edgar J. Ridley, President, Edgar J. Ridley & Associates, 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 8, Tuesday

Colloquium #4: "History of Islam in Africa," with Nehemia Levtzion, Faculty (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Topic: "Literature, Film, & Material Culture among Muslim Societies in Africa."

February 10, Thursday

"South Africa's 11 - Language Policy: Investigating the Extent to Which the Demands of the Constitution are Carried Out," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Nkhelebeni Edward Phaswana, Advanced Graduate Student (Dept. of English, MSU), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.


MSU/Ford Minority Fellowships: East Africa

MSU with the support of the Ford Foundation announces three competitive fellowships for beginning graduate students in African studies interested to complete an M.A. and Ph.D. in an MSU academic department. The fellowship offers full financial support for a 12 month African studies immersion program in the language and culture of East Africa beginning June 2000. Those completing the 12 month program will be expected to enroll for continuing graduate study at MSU in the following academic year beginning September 2001. They will be eligible to compete for the Center's Title VI African Language and Area Studies Fellowship.

To apply, one must complete forms seeking admission both to this special program for Immersion in African Studies (from the African Studies Center) and to an MSU academic department for graduate degree study. Graduate admission forms may be obtained from the relevant department or through the Admissions Office at MSU. The application deadline is February 18, 2000.

Summer Intensive Swahili Language Program

Summer 2000 Intensive Swahili Language Program will be held from June 19 to July 21, 2000 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Swahili (AFR 101A & 102A) and Intermediate Swahili (AFR 201A & 202A), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five weeks; and Advanced Swahili (AFR 450A), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five weeks.

This five-week Intensive Summer Program in Swahili will be preceded by a three-day gratis seminar on East Africa. The three-day workshop on East African culture for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in East Africa will be offered June 15-17, 2000. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in East African countries. Swahili Intensive Summer Program participants are required to participate in this workshop.

The Summer program will be directed by Prof. Deogratias Ngonyani, Faculty at Michigan State University, who specializes in the linguistics of Swahili and other Bantu languages.

A limited number of FLAS fellowships will be offered to Intermediate and Advanced Swahili students. Application forms both for the Swahili Institute and the FLAS fellowships are available from the Center. The application deadline is February 18, 2000.

For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or E-mail:


Recent Journal Articles by MSU Africanists By John Hoehn, MSU Ag Econ & Af Studies: "Investing in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: An Analysis of Residentila Benefits in Cairo, Egypt," with Douglas J. Krieger and Michael D. Kaplowitz, in Water Policy: Security Issues, by Scott G. Witter and Scott Whiteford, eds., (International Review of Comparative Public Policy Vol 11), Stamford, CT: JAI Press, Inc., 1999

By Bill Derman (ANP) and Anne Ferguson (ANP), "Water and Environment in the Water Reform Process in Zimbabwe: Contested Practices and Understandings," in Water Policy: Security Issues, by Scott G. Witter and Scott Whiteford, eds., (International Review of Comparative Public Policy Vol 11), Stamford, CT: JAI Press, Inc., 1999

By Craig Harris (SOC), David Wiley (SOC), and Douglas Wilson (PhD SOC), "The Implications for Participatory Fisheries Management of Intensified Commercialization on Lake Victoria" with M. Medard, Rural Sociology 64(4):554_ 572, 1999

By David Wiley (SOC) and Christine Root (ISP) "Globalization, Democratization, and the Environment in the New South Africa: Social Movements, Corporations, and the State in South Durban," Chapter with Sven Peek, in Globalization and the Environment, Walter Goldfrank, editor, 1999

By David Wiley (SOC) and Christine Root (ISP) "The Impacts of Globalization on Environmental Struggles in a South African City" with Sven Peek, Chapter in Rethinking Globalization(s): From Corporate Transnationalism to Local Interventions, edited by Preet S. Aulakh and Michael G. Schechter, New York & London, St. Martin's Press and MacMillin, 1999


National Summit on Africa

Citizens from grassroots organizations, academia, the business sector, and faith communities from across the U.S. will join world leaders, policymakers, and government officials for the first-ever National Summit on Africa in Washington, D.C. February 16-20, 2000. The National Summit on Africa is a four-year initiative established to achieve three key goals: to educate the American public about Africa and U.S.- Africa relations; to broaden and strengthen the network of Africa's supporters in the U.S., and to develop a policy plan of action to guide U.S. relations with the countries and peoples of Africa. This historic five-day event will combine the drafting of the final Policy Plan of Action, a series of educational workshops, seminars, and roundtables on U.S.-Africa relations and development, and many special events and performances. The Summit organizers have also issued a call for volunteers. In exchange for six hours of service, volunteers will receive a complementary registration to the Summit. For more details, visit or contact Sara Murphy at (703)- 642-3628.


Boston University Graduate Student Research

The Eighth Annual Graduate Student Research Conference on African Studies will be held at Boston University in Boston March 24-25, 2000. This interdisciplinary conference is intended for students at all levels of their graduate careers. In past years participants have presented research proposals, thesis chapters, methodological papers or outlines of dissertation proposals in an informal and friendly setting. Abstracts are due February 15, 2000 and should be sent to: Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Center, 270 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215; For more information, visit: http://

Canadian Association of African Studies in Edmonton CAAS

The Canadian Association of African Studies, will hold its 2000 conference May 27- 30, 2000 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. The theme is "Taking Stock in African Studies: Agendas for Teaching and Research Beyond 2000." For information about registration, fees, accommodation, sightseeing trips, etc., contact the Congress Secretariat, 415-151 Slater St., Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3, Canada; Tel: (613) 238-6112; Fax: (613) 236-4853;


Advanced Zulu In Natal, South Africa

An eight-week intensive Zulu program in South Africa will be offered by the Association of African Studies Programs, with the support of the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program from June 12 to August 4, 2000. The program will be directed by The Ohio State University's program in African Languages, together with the Department of Zulu at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Eligible applicants include graduate students, upper- class undergraduates, faculty members and experienced administrators, but applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. The deadline for completed applications is February 4, 2000. For more information, including details on eligibility and selection criteria, contact: Dr. Lupenga Mphande or Christopher M. Johnson, Department of African American and African Studies, African Languages Program, The Ohio State University, 486 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210; Tel: (614) 292-3700; Fax: (614) 292-2293; e-mails: or

Coastal Studies in Kenya

The African and Afro-American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis will offer a summer program at the Kenya coast from July 3 - August 3, 2000. The program is intended to meet student interest in experiencing African societies and cultures first hand. Students will have the opportunity to live with host families for three weeks, participate in field projects designed to maximize students' interaction with Kiswahili speakers, attend classes, and participate in a broad cross-section of guest lectures focusing on the culture and history of Swahili society. The program is designed to accommodate individual student interests and may therefore appeal to students who major in African Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Women's Studies and Political Science. Courses in Kiswahili language and Swahili culture and history will be offered by professors from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Nairobi. The program includes guest lectures, field-trips, and visits to archaeological and cultural sites. The application deadline is February 1, 2000. For more information, contact: Dr. Priscilla Stone (Director of International Studies and Coordinator of African Studies) at (314) 935-5958 or Prof. Mungai Mutonya at (314) 935-5280 at African and Afro-American Studies, Campus Box 1109, Washington University, St. Louis, 63130-4899; e-mail:


Executive Director of The Africa Fund/ACOA

The Africa Fund/American Committee on Africa seeks a dynamic and committed person for the position of Executive Director after Jennifer Davis's retirement at the end of March 2000. The successful candidate must possess a well informed knowledge of political, economic and social developments in Africa and an understanding of contemporary issues in U.S./Africa policy. Applicants are expected to provide evidence of successful leadership ability and experience, effective communication and fund-raising skills and the willingness and ability to manage and administer a small staff of six and a modest annual budget. The names and addresses of nominees should be sent to: Tilden J. LeMelle, Search Committee Chair and Chairman, The Africa Fund, 50 Broad St., Suite 711, New York, NY 10004-2307; Tel: (212) 785-1024; Fax: (212) 785-1078;

Spring History Courses at Kalamazoo College

The History department at Kalamazoo College seeks advanced graduate students to teach one or two new courses in history (any field or specialty) at the freshmen and sophomore level during the college's spring quarter beginning on March 27th and ending in June. The courses will be on an ad hoc contract basis, but some appointments may become full time tenure track positions if the college's projected surge in enrollment continues. Graduate students interested in this opportunity should contact John B. Wickstrom, Tel: (616) 337-7057;


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