MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/13/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/13/01

Issue No. 6, Spring 2001
February 13, 2001
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February 15, Thursday

"Problems of Coexistence among Mauritanians," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Athie Aboubakrine, Mauritanian Resident (Lansing, Michigan), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 22, Thursday

"Women's Protest on the Evictions in Swaziland: Understanding Problems of Land Tenure," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Sarah T. Mkhonza, Lecturer(English Dept., Univ. of Swaziland), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Community Forum

The American Red Cross International Services Committee presents a community forum on: "The Changing Faces of Mid-Michigan: Introducing The "Lost Boys" of Sudan-Africa."

Registration, including ethnic refreshments begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by introductory remarks from Mayor Hollister, presentations by Terry Walsh (Chair of the Red Cross International Services Committee and Director of Refugee Services) on his experiences with the "Lost Boys" in the Sudanese refugee camps located in Kenya, and concluding with a panel question and answer session with several of the "Lost Boys" new to the Lansing Area. This event will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at the Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing, MI. It is Co- sponsored by Refugee Services, and generously supported by Peoples Church, The New Aladdin's Restaurant, and Altu's Ethiopian Cuisine. This is a Free event and pre-registration is not necessary. For further information, please contact Peggy Pertner at (517) 484-7461, ext. 128.

Call for Papers
2001 Modern Literature Association Conference

The 2001 Modern Literature Conference on the theme Globalcities: A Conference on Issues Related to Globalization will be hosted by The Comparative Literature Program at MSU, October 18-20, 2001. Conference organizers welcome paper and panel proposals from across the disciplines that explore the anthropological, sociological, economic, legal, linguistic and aesthetical ways in which the "global" has been thought and actualized during the last 500 years. Abstracts for papers should be no more than 500 words. Abstracts for panels are limited to 1,000 words. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2001. Send abstracts and one-page vita for each proposed panelist or presenter to Professor Kenneth Harrow, Director, Program in Comparative Literature, Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824. Direct inquires to Prof. Harrow at (517) 353-7243 or at

FLAS Fellowships 2001-2002
Foreign Language and Area Studies (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 be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. FLAS fellowships are awarded to graduate students enrolled in programs which combine the study of modern foreign language with advanced training and research in area studies and/or international development. In general, fellows may be enrolled in any discipline, however some restrictions may apply. Awards cover the cost of core college tuition and fees at MSU, plus a stipend of $11,000 for the academic year. FLAS fellowships at MSU are awarded by three of the University's Title VI National Resource Centers. Each center is authorized to fund the study of particular languages. A smaller number of summer grants cover tuition and fees for a six-weekintensive study of an African language (see below).

A) Intensive Shona Summer 2001 Program will be held from June 21 to July 27, 2001 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. This six-week Intensive Summer Program in Shona will be preceded by a three- day gratis workshop on Zimbabwe, June 18-20. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Shona (AFR 151 & 152) and Intermediate Shona (AFR 251 & 252), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for six weeks; and Advanced Shona (AFR 450), 6 credits, for 20 hours per week for six weeks.

A three-day seminar on Zimbabwe for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in Zimbabwe will be offered June 18-20, 2001. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from Zimbabwe as well as from the more than 50 MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in Zimbabwe. Shona Intensive Summer Program participants are expected to participate in this gratis workshop.

The Summer Shona Institute will be directed by Professor Albert Natsa, faculty member of the Dept. of Curriculum and Arts Education, University of Zimbabwe.

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: Application deadline is February 16, 2001.

B) MSU-Ford Minority Fellowship: Zimbabwe Michigan State University (MSU) with the support of the Ford Foundation announces the creation of three competitive full fellowships for beginning graduate students in African studies interested in completing an M.A. and Ph.D. in an academic department at MSU. Deadline to apply is February 16, 2001. Students will be admitted for a 15-month program beginning June 2001 for a program for the study of Zimbabwe, consisting of: six-weeks of intensive Shona language study at MSU in summer 2001 under the instruction of Prof. Albert Natsa, University of Zimbabwe; one semester at MSU in fall 2001 for a full load in Shona and African studies, enrolled in a graduate department of one's choice; and eight-months of immersion in Zimbabwe studies at University of Zimbabwe January- August 2002. Those completing the 15-month program will be expected to enroll for continuing graduate study in an MSU academic department in the following academic year 2002-2003. To apply, one must complete forms seeking admission both to this special program and to graduate degree study in an MSU academic department. Graduate degree admission forms should be obtained from the relevant department of interest to the student - and the Center can assist with that communication. Criteria for selection shall include: citizens or permanent residents of the United States; academic excellence and achievement;commitment to the study of Africa through advanced graduate programs;commitment to completing an M.A. and Ph.D. program in an academic department; and commitment to learning the language and culture of the African nation. For further information see: or contact Professor Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, MSU. Tel: (517) 353-1700. Fax: (517) 432-1209. E-mail:


Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship Program

The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan invites applications for the Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney post- doctoral Fellowship Program from post doctoral scholars working on Africa or the African diaspora. Consideration will be given to all disciplines including, but not limited to, the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and professional schools. Scholars from or who study the Gullah speaking Sea islands, Cape Verde islands, the Anglophone Caribbean, the Canary Islands, and Madagascar and/or other less studied areas are especially encouraged to apply. This is a residential fellowship for the 2001-2002 academic year. Successful candidates can expect to maintain affiliations with CAAS as well as departments and research institutes that relate to their projects. Fellows will be expected to conduct a CAAS work-in-progress seminar on their research during one of the semesters in residence. Eligible candidates must have a PhD in hand and be no more than five years beyond the completion of their degree. The following application materials must be received no later than February 16, 2001: a full curriculum vita; three letters of recommendation direct from referees; a research prospectus and schedule of completion; and a writing sample.

Submit materials to the Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, The University of Michigan, 550 East University, 106 West Hall Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1-92, USA. For more information call (734) 764- 5513 or visit

Summer Program in Kenya

Washington University in St. Louis is offering a four week summer program in the Kenyan coastal towns of Mombasa and Lamu. The program is intended to accommodate individual student interests and may therefore appeal to students who major in Swahili, African Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Women's Studies and Political Science. The program is designed to maximize students interaction with Kenyans through home-stays, guest lectures and field trips. Application deadline: February 23, 2001. We have a few slots for non-Washington University students. For more information check the web site: or write to Mungai Mutonya


The University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) in collaboration with the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Makerere University (Uganda) and the University of California, Los Angeles' James S. Coleman African Studies Center will again host the UONGOZI (Leadership) SCHOOL, July 4 - August 15, 2001 in Tanzania and Kenya. The Summer 2001 curriculum is centered on the theme of African Leadership and Globalization. The program brings together undergraduate students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law and related fields from the three African universities and North America. The school's main goal is to foster civic and intellectual leadership qualities among the next generation of East African leaders and contribute to the promotion of rational and dynamic policy making processes that are informed by African as well as global perspectives. The Institute's main feature is the interaction of the students with prominent African leaders as well as noted African and Africanist scholars. For more information or application materials contact the following institutions. East African students should contact those at their respective universities; European students should contact the University of Dar es Salaam; North American students should contact the UCLA representative. Contact persons: Professor Rwekaza Mukandala, The East African Uongozi Institute, University of Dar es Salaam, PO Box 35039; fax: 255 22 2410565; e-mail: Dr. Daudi Mukangara, Department of Pol. Science/Public Admin., University of Dar es Salaam; fax: 244 22 2410207. Professor Edmond J. Keller, UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center, PO Box 951310, Los Angeles, CA 90095; fax: (310) 206-2250; e-mail: Professor Joshua Olewe-Nyunya, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi, PO Box 30197, Nairobi, Kenya; fax: 254 2 336885. Professor Foster Byarugaba, Dept. of Pol. Science/Public Admin.,Makerere University, Box 7062, Makerere, Uganda; fax: 256 41 531481.

Tillers International 2001 Class Catalogue

Tillers International announces the release of its 2001 Class Catalogue. Classes will be offered in a wide range of skills for historians, craftsmen, animal powered farmers, and anyone interested in rural development. For a class schedule, contact Tillers International, 5329 South 24th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49002, USA; tel: 1- 800-498-2700; e-mail:; web:

AfricaManagers Recruiting Forum for Africa

Africamanagers announces a recruiting forum for positions with national and multinational companies with operations throughout Africa. The forum is a selective, by invitation only event that will provide opportunities for participants to meet with prospective employers. To apply, visit the website at before the March 10, 2001 application deadline. Direct questions to the Candidate Management Team at (00 32 2)543 00 29 or


Call for papersALASA

The African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA) announces its 11th International Biennial ALASA Conference on the theme, African Languages in the 21st Century: Strategic Plans. The conference will be held at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, July 11-13, 2001. Organizers welcome paper and panel proposals. For more information, contact Henry Thipa at fax +27 41 5042827 or email him at

Call for papers - The African Girl Child

The Institute for the African Child is organizing a two day symposium called Precious BeadsMultiply. The African Girl Child: From Girl to Woman. The conference will be held at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, April 5-6, 2001. Organizers encourage those interested or involvedin research, policy, human rights or in providing services to African families and children to attend. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nawal Nur, MD, M.P.H. Instructor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Papers addressing the following areas, among other topics, are welcome: The African Girl Child and Education; Family Law and the African Child; Social and Religious Issues Affecting the African Girl Child; Violence Against the African Girl Child; and Poverty and the African Girl Child. If you would like to present a paper, please submit an abstract of not more than one page. If you would like to organize a panel, please send a short proposal that contains the names of panelists and the methods of presentation. Direct submissions and inquires to Asthma Abdel Halim, Institute for the African Child, Burson House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens, Ohio 45701; E-mail:; Web:

International Conference on Eritrea

During this summer's 10th anniversary of Eritrea's independence there will be an international conference entitled "Independent Eritrea: Lessons and Prospects." Thematic topics include economics, history, politics, regional relations, socio-cultural issues, and science and technology. Details of the conference can be found in the Eritrean Studies Association web site, The conference will be hosted July 22 through July 26, 2001, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Asmara, Eritrea. The deadline for completed papers is April 15, 2001; interested individuals should contact the respective thematic and sub-thematic chairs shown on the web site or send mail to ESA, P.O. Box 4034, East Lansing, MI 48826, U.S.A. or ESA, P.O. Box 5849, Asmara, Eritrea.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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