MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/14/06
Issue No. 6 Spring 2006
February 14, 2006
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://africa.msu.edu>
February 15, Wednesday
"Hausa Table," every Wednesday brown bag luncheon with Dr. Ibro Chekaraou.
Hausa-phones in the Lansing/East Lansing area meet to practice their Hausa in order to
maintain or improve their oral skills in the language, 12:00 noon, Room 201 International
February 15, Wednesday
"Meza ya Kiswahili" (Swahili table) every Wednesday in the Crossroads Food Court, 12:30 -1:30. For information, contact Professor Deo Ngonyani, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 353-4051.
February 15, Wednesday
SILIVA THE ZULU (1927), film presentation sponsored by the African Studies Center, Department of History, and the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, 3:30 p.m., Erickson Hall, Room 103. SILIVA was the first all-black feature film made in South Africa. It will be introduced by film scholar Peter Davis and accompanied by South African Ethnomusicologist Theba Tana's musical performance. Photographs are on display in the Library, 4 West. For information, contact Peter Alegi at 432-8222 ext. 129 or email@example.com.
February 16, Thursday
"The Impact of HIV on Total Factor Productivity," Agricultural Economics Seminar with
Dr. Rodney B.W. Smith (Univ. of Minnesota), Associate Professor, Dept. of Applied
Economics, 10:30 a.m., Room 75 Agriculture Hall.
February 16, Thursday
"A History of Métissage in Senegal," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with
Hilary Jones, Visiting scholar (Univ. of Michigan), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International
February 17, Friday
Deadline for African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2006-2007. Visit http://africa.msu.edu/FLAS/FLAS.htm for forms. Direct inquiries to Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director; firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 353-1700.
Exhibitions and Activities at the MSU Museum
"Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in
South Africa" and "Weavings of War: Fabrics of
Memory" are two exhibitions currently featured at the
MSU Museum. The exhibits will run through June.
There will be information on the web site:
http://www.msu.edu/msumsp; or call Professor Marsha
MacDowell at (517) 355-6511 for more information.
Following are upcoming activities at the Museum:
-Sat., Feb. 25, 9:30AM to 12:00 noon, "Expressions of
War"/Peace Collage Creation. Adults of all ages and
high school youth are invited to participate in a
collective arts activity that is designed to capture
experiences, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions around the
issues of war.
-Sun., Feb. 26, 1PM-3PM/ Mon., Feb. 27, 11AM-1PM
"Making it Good, Doing it Right" Learning Fair
throughout the MSU Museum (hands on activities for all
-Tue., March 14, 6PM-7PM - "Research & Exhibits,"
Gallery Talk, Heritage Gallery. Overview of the
research issues and methodologies used in the Siyazama
exhibition project by Marsha MacDowell, Co-curator,
and Professor, Art and Art History.
-Sun., March 19, 3PM-3:30PM - "AIDS and Arts
Education" Gallery Talk, Heritage Gallery. Talk by
Merit Dewhurst, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard Graduate
School of Education and Arts Educator at MoMA, NYC.
-Sat., March 25, 4PM - Film screening of "Yesterday"
(2005), Theater B, Wells Hall.
"MR. MANDELA" quilt display at the Museum
New on view in MSU Museum's Heritage Hall is the
"Mr. Mandela" quilt created by Beverly Ann White to
honor Nelson Mandela. White's inspiration for "Mr.
Mandela" came from the very strong emotions of elation
and relief she experienced when he was released from
his years of captivity in South Africa.
2nd Annual Black Scholars Symposium, MSU Conf.
Empowering Our Community in a Changing World is
the theme for this symposium hosted by the Black
Graduate Student Association, Saturday, February 25,
2006, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Erickson Hall, MSU.
The Black Graduate Student Association of MSU seeks
presenters who can exhibit the local, national, or global
implications of their work for the African and/or African
American community. Presenters may share how their
work relates to issues of empowerment for 21st century
Black communities. Both expert and novice presenters
interested in sharing their work may submit an
application by Wednesday, February 15, 2006. For
more information, contact Marini Lee at
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more
2005 African Culture GALA - DVD's available
"Mu San AFRIKA" DVD's from the African Culture
performance are available for purchase. To buy a copy,
please e-mail Mohammed Bah at email@example.com;
or contact Lisa in the African Studies Center, 100
International Center; 353-1700.
MSU Study Abroad in South Africa and Lesotho
The Department of Teacher Education in the College of
Education and the African Studies Center at MSU
announce the Education, Society and Learning in South
Africa and Lesotho study abroad program this summer
from May 13-June 17, 2006.
This five-week program will explore the relationship
between formal education and society in South Africa
and Lesotho, as well as in the larger context of the
southern African region. Participants will visit a variety
of schools, historical sites and museums, and other
places of social importance in both urban and rural areas
of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Lesotho, and Durban. The
program will focus on issues of human diversity and
social institutions. This program is open to students
from all majors. Undergraduates as well as graduate
students are welcome to apply.
The application deadline is March 1, 2006. Visit:
ng.html for more details, or contact Stephen Backman,
Program Director, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, 100
International Center, Tel: 353-1700. An information
meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
at 5:00pm in 204 International Center.
"Understanding Africa" U of M/Flint- Feb. 22, 2006
The African American Heritage - 2006 program will be
held Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00
p.m. featuring Mezgebou G. Amlak, former Regional
Representative and Program Officer for Ecumenical
Development Cooperative Society (EDCS) in Kenya
and Author of Books on Africa.
Mr. Amlak will speak on "Development Funding of
Projects in Africa." There will be a taste of African
Cuisine, "SBRIT" A show of Eritrean Ethnic Dances,
and music from African countries.
The event will be at the International Institute, 515
Stevens Street, Flint, Michigan. This is free and open to
the public. For more information call (810) 762-3169.
LATTICE Zulu Basket Sale - February 24-25, 2006
Linking All Types of Teachers in Intercultural and
International Education (LATTICE) is sponsoring a
Zulu Basket sale at the All Saints Episcopal Church on
Abbott Road in East Lansing, MI. Proceeds from the
sale will be used to pay school fees for needy South
The sale is Friday, February 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m., and Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Sally
McClintock at: sallyma@COMCAST.NET.
Women for Women International - Call for Papers
Woman for Women International provides women
survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the
tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to
stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable
civil societies. Additional information about the program
can be found on their website (see below).
Critical Half is the biannual academic journal of
Women for Women International. The organization is
currently seeking submissions for Critical Half's Spring
2006 edition, which will focus on the importance of
psycho-social support for women in conflict and post-
Please visit http://www.womenforwomen.org for further
details about the journal and submission guidelines. The
deadline for submissions is March 1, 2006. Past issues
of the journal are also available for review at
Rockefeller Foundation/CGIAR Fellowships
Call for Proposals
Second Round of Fellowship Program: Enhancing the
careers of East African women scientist.
This fellowship program is open to women scientists and
researchers working in Kenyan, Ugandan, and
Tanzanian universities. Minimum qualification for
applicants is MSc.
Applicants are requested to submit a maximum four-
page proposal. For proposal format requirements, visit:
http://www.genderdiversity.cgiar.org. The application
deadline is February 28, 2006.
Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
(IFP) provides opportunities for advanced study to
exceptional individuals who will use this education to
become leaders in their respective fields, furthering
development in their own countries and greater
economic and social justice worldwide. IFP actively
seeks candidates from social groups and communities
that lack systematic access to higher education. The
program provides support for up to three years of formal
graduate-level study leading to a master's or doctoral
degree. Applicants must be resident nationals or
residents of an eligible IFP country.
Fellows are chosen on the basis of their leadership
potential and commitment to community or national
service, as well as for academic excellence. Fellows
may enroll in master's or doctoral programs and may
pursue any academic discipline or field of study that is
consistent with the interests and goals of the Ford
Foundation. The Foundation currently works in fifteen
fields to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty
and injustice, promote international cooperation, and
advance human achievement.
Because local requirements vary widely among IFP
countries, applicants should carefully follow the specific
application guidelines provided by the relevant IFP
International Partner organizations listed below,
including deadlines for the submission of applications.
Most deadlines are March 1, 2006.
All applications must be submitted to the appropriate
IFP International Partner listed below in the country or
region where the applicant resides.
Following are sites for IFP Partner organizations in
Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal
Association of African Universities (AAU)
Forum of African Women Educationalists
Association for Advancement of Higher Education and
Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)
Africa-America Institute (AAI)
Africa-America Institute (AAI)
Education Scholarships in Human Rights for Women
The Native Leadership Scholarship (NLS) program
creates educational opportunities for women around the
world who are grassroots leaders, organizers, and
activists demonstrating financial need. NLS invests in
women's leadership and leadership development by
supporting non-doctoral graduate education in human
rights, sustainable development, and public health.
Scholarship recipients enroll in programs of study that
cover a range of human rights and development issues
at the non-doctoral graduate level including gender,
reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child exploitation,
human and drug trafficking, infant and maternal
mortality, microbial diseases, conflict resolution,
environmental justice, global fair trade, agroecology,
and sustainable development. NLS is a secular program
and does not support programs of study that promote
specific religious beliefs.
The NLS awards four to six scholarships annually, up to
US$25,000 per academic year for a maximum of two
years. All applicants are invited to fill out pre-
applications on the website listed below. NLS pre-
applications for the 2006-07 academic year will be
available through March 25, 2006 on the website or by
request from: email@example.com.
For more information please visit:
http://www.nativeleaders.org; or contact: Aline Carton,
Program Manager, Native Leadership Scholarship,
Channel Foundation, 603 Stewart St., Suite 415, Seattle,
WA 98101, USA; Tel: (00)1-206-621-5447; Fax: (00)1-
206-621-2664; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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