MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/22/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/22/00


Issue No. 7, Spring 2000

February 22, 2000

Weekly News from the


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February 24, Thursday

"Targeting of Food Aid in Ethiopia: Chronic Needs or Inertia," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Thomas Jayne, Faculty (Dept. of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 2, Thursday

"Out of the Field and Into the Fire:Graduate Students Reflect on Fieldwork and Dissertation Writing," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tim Carmichael, Ellen Foley, and Liz MacGonagle, Advanced Graduate Students (Respectively, History, Anthropology, and History, MSU), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.


African Refugee Children in Lansing

The American Red Cross International Services Committee presents a community forum entitled, "The Changing Faces of Mid-Michigan: As Seen Through the Eyes of African Refugee Children." The forum will feature African refugee children in Lansing and their perspectives. It will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd at the American Red Cross, 1800 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI, Conference Room A/B. The event is free. For further information, please contact Peggy Pertner at (517) 484-7461, ext. 128.

International Awareness at MSU

The Homer Higbee International Education Award Fund was established to honor the memory of Homer Higbee, who dedicated his professional life to international education exchange during the 25 years that he served in the Office of International Studies and Programs at MSU. The Homer Higbee International Education Award is designed to recognize one U.S. student and one international student who demonstrate the characteristics Homer Higbee represented. These include making significant contributions to the support of international awareness at Michigan State University through involvement in programs that promote cross- cultural understanding on campus. Financial need is not a criteria for this award. Each award this year will be approximately $400. Application packets are available from the Office for International Students and Scholars, 103 International Center, MSU. The Office for International Students and Scholars must receive all materials by Friday, February 25, 2000.

Special College Research Abroad Moneys (SCRAM)

The College of Arts and Letters will offer MSU graduate students in the latter stages of degree completion five fellowships of up to $3000 to conduct research that requires a significant use of facilities, sources, or resources abroad. Support is for travel during summer 2000. Preference will be given to applications demonstrating that the research trip will accelerate degree completion and significantly add to the quality of the applicant's composition, performance, creative activity, thesis, dissertation or document. This competition is open only to students enrolled fall semester l999 or spring semester 2000 who have not received a major College award in 1999-2000. Nominations must reach the College Office by March 17, 2000. For more information, contact the College of Arts and Letters, 200 Linton Hall; 355-5360; or visit the College's graduate website at


Uongozi (Leadership) Institute in East Africa

The Uongozi (Leadership) school will be held from July 4 to August 15, 2000 in Tanzania and Uganda. The University of Dar es Salaam, in collaboration with the University of Nairobi, Makere University and the University of California, Los Angeles will host the school under the auspices of the Uongozi Institute. The project will involve undergraduate students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law and related fields from Africa, Europe and America. The school's main goal is to foster civic and intellectual leadership qualities among the next generation of East African leaders and also to contribute to the promotion of rational and dynamic policy-making processes that are informed by African and global perspectives. A major feature of the Institute will be the interaction of students with prominent African leaders and noted African and Africanist scholars. This year's curriculum will be centered on the theme of Governance and Democracy.

Students at the mid-point of their undergraduate education in good standing are eligible to apply. East African students must be enrolled at any of the participating institutions in the region, but American- based students may be from any US or Canadian college or university. Students based in Europe or elsewhere must be enrolled at a university. The application deadline is March 15, 2000. For additional information and application forms, East African students should contact the Uongozi Institute representative at their home institution. North American students should contact: Professor Edmund J. Keller, James S. Coleman African Studies Center, UCLA, Bunche Hall, P.O. Box 951310, Los Angeles, CA 90095_1310; Students from Europe and elsewhere should contact Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala, The East African Uongozi Institute, University of Dar es Salaam, P.O. Box 35039, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Fax: (255) (51) 410395/410078;

News of Nigeria Online

The netNigeria news review is a free online summary of the news and events currently happening in Nigeria. It is compiled by the netNigeria news team and sent to registered subscribers three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). To subscribe to the netNigeria News Review, send a blank email to netnigeria_ The owner/moderator address is and the URL is


Agrarian Radicalism in Comparative Context

"Transatlantic Rebels: Agrarian Radicalism in Comparative Context" is the subject of the Jack and Mary Sweet Symposium November 17-19, 2000 in the Department of History at Michigan State University. Sweet Lecturer Prof. James C. Scott and the department invite proposals for interdisciplinary papers that discuss the transatlantic flow of agrarian political ideas and individuals between Europe, the Americas, and Africa, as well as the exchange, translation, and reinvention of ideologies, beliefs, rituals, and rhetoric to suit local contexts. The symposium will address issues of the state, imperialism, class, labor, and capitalist development as they apply to the emergence of international political movements since the beginning of European expansion. Two-page proposals, due by April 14, 2000, should be submitted to:Professor Thomas Summerhill, Department of History, 301 Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1036;Tel:(517)355-6450;Fax:(517)353- 5599;

National Black Graduate Student Conference

The 12th Annual National Black Graduate Student Conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin- Madison March 29 to April 2, 2000. For more information, contact:Gailda Pitre, Vice President for Conference Affairs, c/o Anita Price, National Black Graduate Student Association, Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence, 110 Femoyer Hall (0276), Blacksburg, VA 24061;;

Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education

The 13th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico from June 1-5, 2000. The forum assists higher education institutions in the creation of inclusive higher education environments, programs and curriculum while working to improve campus racial and ethnic relations and expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations. The Walt Disney World-NCORE Student Scholarship Program will support a fully paid conference registration for 40 students. The deadline for scholarship application submissions is March 14, 2000. For further information, including descriptions of major workshops, institutions and concurrent sessions, visit: or, contact:The Southwest Center for Human Relations and Studies, The University of Oklahoma, 2350 McKnown Drive, Norman, OK 73072-6678.

North-South Media Festival in Geneva

The 16th Annual North-South Media Festival will take place in Geneva, Switzerland April 10-14, 2000. The theme for debates, live broadcasts, guests and exhibitions is "To Be 20 in 2000."A conference on freedom of the press and respect for human rights in Africa will be held in conjunction with the festival on April 6-7, 2000. For more information, contact: Anne Rist, Coordinator, North-South Media Festival, c/o Television Suisse Romande, CP 234, 1211 Geneva 8, Switzerland; Tel:(+4122) 708-81-93;Fax:(+4122) 328-94-10;;


University of Dar es Salaam

The Center for African Studies at the University of Florida offers students the opportunity to earn credits toward their degrees while spending an academic year at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Students can select courses in a variety of disciplines, and seniors may develop an independent study project. Independent study may involve an off-campus project or documentary research in the library collection. The academic year is divided into trimesters, beginning in late September and ending in June. Although all courses are taught in English, students with no prior knowledge of Swahili are urged to take an eight-week intensive language course in August and September. For further information, contact:Maria Grosz-Ngate, Center for African Studies, P.O. Box 115560, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-5560;Tel (352) 392- 2183; The application deadline is March 1, 2000. To request an application, contact:Martin McKellar, International Center, 123 Grinter Hall, P.O. Box 113225, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-3225;Tel:(352) 392-5323, ext. 703;; A summer archaeology field school will be inaugurated in summer 2000.

Semesters in Namibia with Augsburg College

The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College in Minnesota sponsors two study abroad programs based in Windhoek, Namibia. "Multicultural Societies in Transition:Southern African Perspectives" is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the central issues facing Southern Africa. The program will be held from August 29 to December 15, 2000. The application deadline is April 1, 2000, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis before then. In spring 2001, Augsburg will sponsor a second program, "Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind," from January 25 to May 17, 2001. The application deadline for this spring program is October 15, 2000. For more information, contact: Center for Global Education, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454;Tel:(610) 330-1159 or (800) 299-8889;;


Program Manager for IIE

The Institute of International Education seeks a program manager to administer U.S. Department of State/Fulbright and other sponsored grants for U.S. students in Africa. The program manager would administer a grant portfolio of some $1.5 million under the supervision of the Director of IIE's U.S. Student Programs division, work directly with overseas Fulbright Commissions and State Department personnel, and perform other administrative duties in support of global programs handled by the division. Candidates should have a master's degree, five years of progressively responsible administrative experience, excellent communication and budget management skills, knowledge of international higher education, and knowledge/experience of Africa. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and resume to Ms. Joan Wall, Human Resources, Institute of International Education, 809 U.N. Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580; Fax:(212) 984-5452.


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