MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/25/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/25/00


Issue No. 3, Spring 2000

January 25, 2000



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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January 25, Tuesday

Colloquium #2: "History of Islam in Africa," with Nehemia Levtzion, Faculty (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 3:00- 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Topic: Doing the History of Islam in Africa.

January 27, Thursday

"The Social Impact of the Ethio_Eritrean War," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor Asmarom Legesse, Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus, Swarthmore College), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

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 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.


Walker Hill Scholarship for Doctoral Students

The Walker Hill Scholarship, an award of approximately $1,500, is awarded annually to a MSU doctoral student at the pre-dissertation stage for a preliminary visit to a site of doctoral research outside of the U.S. (International students who propose to conduct research in their own country do not qualify for this award.) A letter of application that describes how the scholarship funds would be used in the context of the student's overall program of study must be submitted by each applicant. One copy of an official academic transcript (sent directly to ISP), two letters of support from faculty members (including the student's advisor), and a one-page CV from the applicant are also required. The deadline for completed applications is February 11, 2000, and all applications should be sent to Charles Gliozzo, Assistant to the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 209 Center for International Programs, MSU;

Other Awards from MSU International Studies and Programs

Three additional awards from International Studies and Programs recognize international contributions made by faculty, administration, staff, international alumni and citizens of the State of Michigan.

1) The Glen Taggart Award for Community Contribution to International Understanding is given to one or more citizens of the State of Michigan (other than MSU staff and international alumni) who have made a distinct and sustained contribution to international understanding in their respective communities or in the state at large. The award is named for the first Dean of International Studies and Programs at MSU. Nominees might be teachers, clergy, writers or artists, members of volunteer organizations or public servants. These categories are merely suggestions, however. The award aims to extend public recognition to people not attached to MSU who give their time, energy and imagination to the work of promoting knowledge of and concern for all peoples of the world.

2) The Ralph H. Smucker Award recognizes distinguished achievement in the promotion of international activities (research, teaching and outreach) by faculty, administration and staff members at MSU. The award is presented to individuals who are recognized widely for their major contributions to international studies and programs at MSU that enhance the university's education and public service functions both nationally and/or internationally.

(This nomination requires a full c.v. and letter of nomination of no more than two pages in addition to a completed nomination form. The nominator should provide evidence of superior contributions and achievements which reach beyond the expectations of the nominee's position at MSU and are recognized beyond his/her primary unit. These activities should also demonstrate collaboration with other faculty, staff and students and have an effect on the international community at MSU and beyond. Finally, these contributions and achievements should demonstrate a sustained commitment to international activities.)

3) The International Studies and Programs Jon S. Moon Distinguished International Alumni Award is designed to recognize eminent alumni for outstanding leadership and contributions in the international realm.

Nomination forms for these internationally-focused awards, due no later than February 7, 2000, are available from the Center for International Programs and should be submitted to Charles Gliozzo, Assistant to the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 209 Center for International Programs, MSU;

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 2000 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

1) "Preventing HIV Transmission Along the Trans- Africa Highway in Kenya: using Persuasive Message Theory in Formative Education" is a recent article by MSU Professor Kim Witte (Communication) and Kenzie A. Cameron, Maria Knight Lapinski, and Solomon Nzyuko in the International Quarterly of Community Health Education, Vol. 18 #3, 1998-99, pp. 331-356.

2) Professor Nicolas van de Walle's (Political Science) study on "Economic Reform in a Democratizing Africa" appeared in Comparative Politics, 32, 1, October 1999, pp. 21-41.


New Journal on Expressive and Everyday Culture

New Journal on Expressive and Everyday Culture Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture invites submissions for the first volume of an interdisciplinary, international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to expressive and everyday culture.

Submissions are encouraged from a variety of theoretical standpoints and from different disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, cultural studies, folklore, geography, history, media studies, popular culture, psychology, rhetoric, sociology, and women's studies. The journal, to be published on-line, will have the following sections: research articles, reviews of works (books, films, exhibitions, websites, etc.), and annotated bibliographies.

In an attempt to contribute to interdisciplinary dialogue on folklore and popular culture, the journal also features published responses to each research article, written by scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds. Anyone willing to submit such responses should contact the editor.

The journal will offer worldwide distribution at no cost to readers via the internet. At the same time, the journal has all the conventional advantages of hard-copy journals, since it will be produced in both .html and .pdf format, ensuring that the journal can easily be cited and printed in fixed-page format.

For the first volume, submissions will only be accepted in English. However, there are plans for volumes in multiple languages.

Address all correspondence to: Cultural Analysis,

Editor JoAnn Conrad, Ph.D., Department of

Anthropology, Kroeber Hall, University of California,

Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA;;


UCLA Graduate Conference in African Studies "Africa: Past, Present, and Future" is the focus of an interdisciplinary graduate student research conference on Africa at the University of California, Los Angeles April 15, 2000. Presenters should be graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program. Papers on all topics related to Africa and the African Diaspora in all disciplines will be considered. University faculty members will be invited to serve as panel chairs and discussants. The deadline for the submission of one- page abstracts is February 22, 2000. Full-length papers need not be submitted until conference organizers select abstracts for inclusion in the conference program. However, papers should be completed by the time of application, as copies will be requested for distribution to panel chairs and discussants in March 2000. The event is free to presenters and other participants, and meals will be made available at nominal costs. In addition, a portion of the conference budget has been set aside for small travel awards to assist presenters with travel expenses to and from Los Angeles. Students whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the conference program will be invited to apply for travel scholarships. Travel awards will be small and will not cover a student's entire travel budget, so students are encouraged to apply first for travel funds through their own universities. Costs for presenters after arriving in Los Angeles are expected to be minimal, as conference organizers are arranging "sofa accommodations" for presenters who prefer to save money by staying with UCLA graduate students.

Submissions should be sent to: Graduate Conference Committee, The James S. Coleman African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 10244 Bunche Hall, P.O. Box 951310, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310. For full details of the conference, visit

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