MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/28/06
Issue No. 8 Spring 2006
February 28, 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>
MSU Libraries (Africana) presents: "Zulu Vistas: Scenes from the Making of the 1927
Movie SILIVA THE ZULU." The Exhibition is located on the 4th Floor, West Wing of the
library (outside of Fine Arts Library). For details, contact Peter Limb at 432-6123, ext.
March 1, 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
March 1, 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.
March 1, Wednesday
"Transitioning from Graduate Student to New Faculty Member: Strategies for Success in a New Faculty Role," WID Graduate Associates Job Skill Building Workshop Series, presentation by Dr. Ann Austin, Professor, Educational Administration, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Room 303 International Center. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (517) 353-5040.
March 2, Thursday
"Designing the Last Mile of the Supply Chain in Africa: Firm Expansion and Managerial
Inferences from a Grocer Model," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Anthony Ross,
Faculty, Marketing and Supply Chain Management (College of Business, MSU) and Dave
Weatherspoon, Faculty (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International
March 9, Thursday
Spring Break Week. No Brown Bag.
March 16, Thursday
"Reflections on the Struggle of Democracy under the South African Apartheid Government"
African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Dr. Renfrew Christie, Dept. of History and Dean
of Research (U. of Western Cape), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.
2006 On-line Summer Course Announcement
RD876, International Rural Development is a 3 credit
graduate seminar available every semester on the MSU
Angel Program. The course simulates a small group of
students sitting around a table with the professor, who
has years of hands-on experience designing and
implementing many development programs and projects
in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
For more information about this graduate seminar, see
the preview at https://angel.msu.edu or e-mail Prof.
George H. Axinn at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore Africa at MSU, Teacher Opportunity
Teachers are invited to a unique learning experience this
summer. Explore Africa at MSU is a residential
program for gifted and talented students, and offers
teachers the opportunity to join the daily academic and
cultural portions. The program runs June 18-24, 2006,
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily.
Participants will attend daily language classes in
Swahili; participate in sessions on African literature;
develop self-selected projects on African topics;
participate in African music and dance, as well as assist
an African chef in making a traditional dinner. Teachers
will be able to team with other teachers, while students
team with other students.
Teachers may take the course in one of three ways:
1) For no credit; 2) for 3 SB-CEUs at a cost or $270.00;
3) for 1,2 or 3 MSU Lifelong Education Graduate
credits for TE 890 (Independent study) at a cost of
$329.50 per credit.
For enrollment, registration or other information, contact
John Metzler, (517) 353-1700 or e-mail:
email@example.com to enroll. (Have your PID and PAN
110th Adwa Victory Celebration, March 4th, at MSU
Greetings to all Ethiopians in Michigan and Windsor
Canada and all friends of Ethiopia. Ethiopians in the
Lansing Area and Vicinity (ECLAV) would like to
invite you and your families and friends to participate in
the upcoming 110th Adwa victory celebrations which is
going to be held in East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday,
March 4, 2006, beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m. until
4:30 p.m.. The event will be held on the Michigan State
University campus in the Erickson Kiva, Erickson Hall
(Corner of Shaw and Farm Lanes, west of the
International Center). This is a celebration of an
important Ethiopian historical event (Adwa Victory
1896). The program is below:
Part I - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Historic Pictorial Exhibition
- Paper Presentation by Ethiopian scholars and guest speakers
- Presentation of Haile Gerima's film entitled "Adwa Victory"
- Poems by Thewodros and Zelalem from Windsor, Canada
- Poems and short talks by newly arrived families from
Yemen to Lansing
Part II - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Music by fitsum and Teshome
Part III - 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Seminar and open discussions
The guest speaker is Mr. Abate Kassa from New York
(Representative of Kinijit). Mr Abate Kassa, a veteran
Ethiopian Social activist, holds degrees in Economics
and Political Science. He served for several decades as
a practitioner, consultant and educator in business
management. He is President of his own consulting and
management training business, established in New York
The Registration fee is $10.00, includes the cost of
Lunch (soft drink and water at a reasonable price). For
any questions, please call Birhan Mekuria at (517) 214-
5392. RSVP to Birhan Mekuria if you plan to attend.
2006 Request for Applications: New IDEAS
(Innovative Development and Engagement Across
Sectors) Partnership Program
Higher Education for Development (HED), in
cooperation with USAID's Bureau for Economic
Growth, Agriculture and Trade, Office of Education, is
issuing the New IDEAS Partnership Program RFA for
U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges,
together with their overseas higher education partners,
to address compelling development issues in USAID
presence countries. Applications may address issues in
any USAID development sector.
The purpose of the RFA is to:(1) Allow U.S. colleges,
universities and community colleges to propose their
own partnership programs that strengthen the capacity
of higher education institutions to address development
issues in any USAID presence country; (2) Allow the
higher education community to demonstrate to USAID
unique or exceptionally innovative approaches and
ideas; and (3) Encourage broader participation by the
higher education community in development activities.
HED anticipates making ten (10) awards of up to
$125,000 each over a three-year period, contingent on
USAID funding. The application deadline is April 25,
2006, 5:00 p.m. EDT. More information, including the
RFA, is available on the HED website:
African Children in African Media- Ohio University
June 15-17, 2006
The conference considers how African children are
represented and underrepresented in African audio-
visual and print media. The sessions will explore the
role of state, private, and NGO owned media institutions
and organizations, and examine their impact on the lives
of African children. Educational media, child produced
media, media for development purposes are among some
of the panel topics. Papers from scholarly and
practitioner perspectives are welcome.
The expected outcomes will include research and
production projects designed to amplify unique
children's voices and cultures, through media created
locally and shared globally. For inquiries and
information contact conference coordinator Ghirmai
Negash at firstname.lastname@example.org or Acacia Nikoi at
email@example.com. The deadline to submit abstracts is
April 1, 2006. For additional information including
registration, housing, and travel information visit the
Institute's website at: http://www.ohio.edu/afrchild.
International Conference - Western Michigan Univ.
The WMU Center for African Development Policy
Research (CADPR) announces an International
Symposium on "Challenges and Opportunities
Development and Peaceful Conflict Resolution in the
Horn of Africa" to be held August 3-5, 2006 at Western
Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
The Horn of Africa (compromising of Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Sudan, Somalia, and Djibouti) is one of the most
strategic areas of Africa and the global economy. It is a
bridge between Africa and the Middle East, as well as
the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. It is a culturally and
historically rich region of the world with great natural
resource potential. It is a region of diversity in culture,
languages, and religions. In spite of these potentials, it
is currently one of the poorest and unstable sub-region
of Africa. The objectives of the conference are to: 1.
Raise awareness about critical issues of conflict that
drives conflict driven underdevelopment and poverty in
the Horn of Africa sub-region, 2. Provide a forum for
constructive and informed dialogue on key policy
options for peaceful conflict resolution for future
development and progress, 3. Exchange research papers
on the various dimensions of Conflict and Human
development, and 4. Build consensus on policy options
that are crucial for future progress in the Horn for
peaceful conflict resolution, development, peace and
democratic governance both among states and within
states. The Symposium is intended for academics,
policy makers, investors, and donors and others
interested in contemporary issues in the Horn of Africa.
The Conference Conveners invite proposals on
development issues and topics related to the following
sub-themes: 1.Conflict, peaceful conflict resolution and
Development; 2.Historical and cultural Origins of
Conflict and lessons for Peaceful conflict resolution; 3.
The impact of conflict on economic development and
progress; 4. Managing Ethnic and Religious conflict; 5.
Terror, Conflict and Conflict Resolution; 6. The Impact
of globalization on regional and state conflicts; 7. The
relationship between governance and human conflict; 8.
Natural and humanitarian disasters and Conflict; 9.
Managing Conflict in national Elections; 10. The Role
of US in Peaceful Conflict Resolution and
Development; 11. The impact of Globalization, conflict
and terrorism and; other topics related to the Conference
Each contributor is invited to complete and submit the
participation form (see website) and one typed double-
spaced copy of the proposal. Abstracts that do not
include a completed Participation Form will be regarded
as incomplete and will not be accepted. Visit
006.html for registration, specific venue, and other
information. Please send all abstracts or proposals by
April 15, 2006 to: International Conference on Conflict
Resolution and Development in Ethiopia and the Horn
of Africa, Center for African Development Policy
Research (CADPR), Haenicke Institute for Global
Education (HINGE), Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA; Fax: (616) 387-0630; e-
All abstracts may be sent by electronic mail to
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.
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:
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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