MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/11/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/11/00

Issue No. 1, Spring 2000
January 11, 2000
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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January 13, Thursday

"Islam in Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Nehemia Levtzion, Professor of History (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.


MSU African Studies Graduate Fellowships

A) Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (Title VI FLAS) Fellowships for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in African languages and area studies at MSU are available from the U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Applicants must: 1) be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2) hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent before the fellowship program begins; 3) be admitted to a graduate degree program at MSU (except for the summer fellowships); 4) undertake an approved program of language, area, and/or development studies. Application forms are available from the African Studies Center. The initial deadline is February 18, 2000, however, fellowships can be awarded any time after this date. Applications will be considered until March 31, 2000, although all fellowships may have been awarded by that date.

B) 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.

C) CASID/WID FLAS Fellowships at MSU The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and Women and International Development Program (WID) offers fellowships for the study of Arabic, Portuguese, and Swahili from the beginning through advanced levels. Students who are studying other languages as part of their program in international development studies should contact the CASID office regarding their eligibility. Interested individuals may contact Tom Carroll, CASID, 306 Berkey Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824; phone: (517) 353-5925; Fax: (517) 353-4840; email: Application materials are due February 14, 2000.

D) 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 Email:

E) Fall 2000 Mandela Fellowships for South African Graduate Candidates The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and the African Studies Center at MSU announce the renewal of the Mandela Fellowship, with tuition scholarships for as many as four South African graduate students. Either two nonrenewable full-tuition waivers for one year of study (up to 9 credits per semester, including summer) at Michigan State University, or four partial tuition (out-state) waivers for one year of study.

Because the award is nonrenewable, departments are encouraged to nominate only those students who seem highly likely to receive departmental funding for their second year of study. Students recruited to MSU who are residing in South Africa will have preference over students currently enrolled at MSU. For further details and application materials contact: Mike Fisch, Sponsored Student Coordinator, Office for International Students and Scholars, 103 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Fax: (517) 355-4657; email: Application deadline is May, 2000.

Course Announcements - Spring 2000

Fisheries and Wildlife

FW211, Sec 001, ID# 5551534, "Introduction to Gender and Environmental Issues" is a new course taught by Professor Tracy Dobson. The students will learn about many of the world's essential environmental systems, including water, forests, and biological diversity. They will then consider many of the ways in which a person's gender influences her/his use of and behavior toward the environment and theories which attempt to explain differences. Evaluation will be based on class participation, three short writing assignments, and midterm and final examinations. For more information, email Dr. Dobson at: The class will meet Tuesday/Thursday, 10:20 - 11:40, Rm 1, Natural Resources Bldg.

TE991, "Special Topics: Community Participation in Schooling and School Participation in Community Development," is being taught Spring 2000. The course focuses on two key issues: 1) the effectiveness of community participation in the delivery of educational programs; and 2) the variety of ways schools participate in community development. Case studies from a variety of African countries, including Cameroon, Mali, Malawi, Ghana, Guinea, Uganda, and Tanzania will be used. The course is designed for graduate students with an international interest, a foundation in school community relations, and those interested in community development. For additional information contact Professor Christopher Wheeler, Department of Teacher Education, 510 Erickson Hall; phone: 353-4348.

PLS 392-2 , "Women, Leadership & Political Culture" (4cr) Time: M W 3-4:50 Place: 110 Berkey Hall Instructor: Dr. Chandra Mudaliar 355-7925

This course aims at studying the interaction between women, leadership and political culture in Argentina, South Africa, Nordic countries and India. It will explore various themes in comparative politics, interdisciplinary perspectives, and feminist theoretical frameworks.

Women began demanding equality at the beginning of the 19th century (e.g. 1848-1869 in the USA). Though we have reached the end of the 20th century, access to the guarantee has tended to remain limited, or turned out to be a mere "paper" guarantee. As we enter the 21st century we face a clear challenge to explain and ascertain: (1) Why are more women not serving as elected and appointed officials in politics? (2) Why are more issues of concern to women not being addressed in public policies? (3) What are the political implications for women in the year 2000 as we look at the legislative agendas of the above countries? (4) Why is the progress toward political development vis-a-vis women incremental or totally absent? There will be an attempt to find conclusive answers to the above questions.

The class will also (a) identify defining qualities of women's political leadership and female forms of political activism; and finally (b) understand how women view power.

When examining the above issues there will be an attempt to frame a proposal for constructing an effective process for more inclusive political development.


International Policies, African Realities Electronic Roundtable January 8 to May 8, 2000

The Africa Policy Information Center (APIC) in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is launching an Electronic Discussion starting January 8, 2000. The roundtable will run from January 8 to May 8, 2000. The APIC and the UN ECA invite your participation in "International Policies, African Realities." The objective of the Roundtable is to provide an electronic space in which Africans, North Americans and others can discuss what policy perspectives and understandings of African reality should shape international engagement with Africa. The Roundtable will try to use the opportunities opened up by electronic communication technologies to find new ways of putting together and conveying African knowledge. It will experiment with means by which African-initiated content and perspectives can be projected into policy debates on African issues taking place outside the continent.

To subscribe by email, send a message to: and put in the body of the message: subscribe africanrealities-L firstname lastname. To subscribe on the web go to:, then click on "Sign- up for the Roundtable," and follow the on-line instructions. For additional information contact Karin Santi at: or phone: (202) 546- 7961; fax: (202) 546-1545; email:


William Randolph Hearst Endowed Teaching Fellowship for Minority Graduate Students, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

The William Randolph Hearst Fellowship enables an African American student to devote the bulk of his/her time during the academic year to the completion of dissertation work. The fellowship will be awarded to an African American student who is working toward the Ph.D. in International Relations and/or Comparative Politics, with an emphasis on the government and politics of Africa.

Applicants must have completed all doctoral work except the dissertation by the end of the current academic year. The stipend is $30,000 for 2000-01, with college assistance for relocation to and from Memphis, academic support including office space and computer and library privileges, and a research allowance for professional travel during the duration of the fellowship. The William Randolph Hearst Fellow will be expected to teach one one-semester survey course of African government and politics in the fall of 2000, and one one-semester topics course in African politics in the spring of 2001. Applications including a curriculum vitae, a graduate school transcript, three confidential letters of recommendations, and a copy of the dissertation prospectus (preferably 10 to 15 pages or less) should be sent to: Professor Andrew A. Michta, Chair, International Studies Department, Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112. The application deadline is February 1, 2000.

Postdoctoral Fellowship - New York University

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Middle Eastern Studies at New York University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship as part of its project on "Crossing Borders: Revitalizing Area Studies." The topic for the academic year 2000-2001 is "Creolization in the Indian Ocean." The focus will be on creole communities of the Indian Ocean region, e.g. Arabs, Swahilis, Parsee, Mappilas, Jews, Eurasians, Chinese, Hindus, Muslims who have mixed in patterned and historically-shifting ways with other societies of South and Southeast Asia, Arabia and East Africa, and who have plural linguistic, cultural, or religious identities. The fellowship is intended for scholars with a critical approach to the study of such communities and whose work illustrates in some way the counter-histories and counter-geographies that emerge from their study. Interests lie mainly in the period from the 16th century to the present.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $30,000 and is tenable from September 1, 2000 for a period of nine to twelve months. Fellows are expected to maintain residence at NYU and participate in the Center's monthly workshop and other events. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent before the commencement of the fellowship. Particularly interested in applications from scholars based in the Indian Ocean region, from East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula to South and Southeast Asia. Please send application, consisting of curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of two referees, and a research statement of 6 to 8 double spaced pages to: Project on Creolization in the Indian Ocean, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Middle Eastern Studies, New York University, 50 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012; phone: +1-212-998-8877; fax: +1-212-995-4144; email: Application deadline is March 1, 2000.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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