UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
Issue No. 8 Spring 2003
March 11, 2003 Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
MSU ANNOUNCEMENTS AFRICAN CULTURE WEEK OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS CONFERENCES FELLOWSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS
March 13, Thursday "The Global Politics of AIDS: African States and Recent International AIDS Policies," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Amy S. Patterson, Faculty (Dept. of Political Science, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.
March 20, Thursday "Practices of Leadership at
Higher Education Institutions in South Africa,"
African Studies Center Brown Bag with Luvuyo Lalendle,
Graduate Student (ABD, Dept. of Educational Administration,
MSU), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.
AFRICAN CULTURE WEEK
March 26th (Wednesday) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Know Africa:
Discussion about home
countries; what it was like coming over here; VENDORS selling African artifacts. (12 - 5) in the International Center Lobby. Location: International Center
March 27th (Thursday) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Discussion
Panel: Youth Development
Location: McDonel Kiva
March 28th (Friday) 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker:
Topic: Social & Economic Development in Africa; Refreshments will be provided Location: McDonel Kiva
March 29th (Saturday) 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Dinner Banquet
& Gala Night
Location: Eastern High School
Workshop on Faculty Fulbright Opportunities, 2004 -2005 scheduled for April 25, 2003 The International Studies and Programs office announce a workshop for faculty who seek information about the 2004 - 2005 Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays grant programs for research or lectureship. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2003, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room 303, International Center.
Richard Pettit, Senior Program Officer for Western Europe at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will present information on current Fulbright programs. The workshop will give interested faculty an opportunity to: 1) Learn about lecturing and research opportunities in 140 countries; 2) Get advice on which country to apply to and how to make contacts abroad; 3) Learn how to prepare a successful Fulbright application; and 4) Find out how one can host a visiting Fulbright Scholar from abroad.
If interested, please RSVP to Francoise St. Onge at 355- 2350, or e-mail: email@example.com so that there will be sufficient resource materials and lunches provided.
Course Announcement - Fall 2003 TC 872: Media for National Development Wed., 3:00 - 5:00p.m., Comm Arts 155 Instructor: Bella Mody Offered every other Fall, only.
TC 872 addresses uses of broadcasting, telecommunication
and the Internet for:
agriculture, health, education, democracy and social change in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East.
the causes of underdevelopment, dependency and continuing disparity in this era of globalization.
analyses of the increasingly private ownership and financing of media institutions to understand the nature of development-support they might realistically provide.
The content and format of particular media programs
Student papers on media applications in their areas/regions of interest.
Please direct inquiries regarding this course to Dr. Bella Mody, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.msu.edu/mody
The University of Nigeria Book Donation Project An expanded book drive under the auspices of the MSU African Studies Center has been scheduled for March through May 2003. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria - originally established by MSU - is the beneficiary of this project.
Books and other learning materials are requested in the specified subject areas listed: 1) Medicine - all areas, including human medicine, psychiatry/psychology, life sciences, medical technology, nursing, dentistry, osteopathy, pharmaceutical sciences and veterinary medicine; 2) Science and Technology - all areas, including engineering, physical and chemical sciences, environmental science, and agriculture; 3) Business - finance, economics, marketing, textile/clothing, and business administration; 4) Information Technology - library/information science and computer science; 5) Law - all aspects of law; 6) Mathematics and Statistics - all areas; and 7) Others - urban studies, tourism.
Books and journals desired are those published within the last five years. Collection points include: African Studies Center, MSU Library (Africana Section), Life Sciences Building, Room 211 and MSU Law School (Student Affairs Office), contact person: Chloe Berwind-Dart.
Please direct inquiries regarding this book drive to: Ike Iyioke, Coordinator, College of Human Medicine, B211 Life Sciences Bldg, 355-2404.
Race in the 21st Century America Conference April 2-4, 2003 - Kellogg Center "Race in the 21st Century America: A Third National Conference" features six panels, four keynote addresses and two roundtable discussions. It emphasizes racial, ethnic, and ideological inclusiveness and encourages new thinking about race in the United States.
Pre-registration required by mail by March 28, 2003. Registration information and forms may be downloaded at www.jsri.msu.edu/raceconf; e-mail: email@example.com; or phone (517) 353-6750. This conference is jointly sponsored by James Madison College, MSU and the Midwest Consortium for Black Studies.
Congratulations to Ph.D. Graduate Beth Pennock Dunford has completed her Ph.D. in Sociology and African Studies at MSU in spring 2003. Her dissertation is entitled, "Shifting Sands of Authority and Ambiquity in National Resource Management in Eastern Mauritania."
Dunford's work surveys the current theories of community-based natural resource management and applies these to an analysis of individuals, communities, and ethnic groups, with a major focus on gender issues in the context of the recent changes in the law of natural resource in Mauritania.
She conducted field research in the Mauritanian Province of Hodh El Gharbi in 1999-2000, living with village families and nomadic encampments and interviewing in Hassaniyan Arabic and French (in the capital, Nouakchott). Her major advisor was David Wiley with a committee of Professors Aronoff, Busch, and Ferguson (ANP). Prior to her Sociology work, she served in the Peace Corps in Morocco for three years and conducted her M.A. thesis research there on women and fuelwood issues.
Dunford is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development and has been named as the Food for Peace Officer in the U.S. AID mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSU Faculty Honorary Awards
YWCA Diana Award Dr. Margaret Aguwa, D.O. and Dr. Karen Patricia Williams , Ph.D. will be awarded the 2003 Diana Award given by the YWCA of Greater Lansing. The award recognizes women in the greater Lansing area for their outstanding community service and professional achievements.
Dr. Aguwa is the professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Core faculty member with the African Studies Center at MSU.
The YWCA invites you to attend the dinner on Wednesday, March 19, 2003. Tickets are $75 per person until February 15; and $90 per person thereafter until the day of the event.
For more information about the Dinner: please visit www.ywcalansing.org. If you would like to reserve a ticket, please contact Letitia Fowler, Marketing and Promotions Chair for the 2003 Diana Award Dinner, at email@example.com or 432-2280 on campus.
The YWCA award has been held since 1975, honoring the achievements of area women in both business and community service. Proceeds from the dinner sales also provide a wide variety of special YWCA programs and services to women and families, including after school enrichment activities and personal and professional development seminars for women and girls of all ages and skill needs.
Sojourner Truth Award Dr. Dorothy Harper Jones, African
Studies Center, Core Faculty member, will receive an
honorary award from The Greater Lansing Area Chapter
of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, at
their 20th Annual Founder's Day Brunch on April 12,
tickets or more information regarding the event, contact Dr. Ruby Perry, (517) 355-3808; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Article by Two MSU Faculty "The Rise of Supermarkets in Africa: Implications for Agrifood Systems and the Rural Poor" in Development Policy Review, 2003, May, 21 (3), by David D. Weatherspoon and Thomas Reardon, MSU Department of Agricultural Economics.
NewsBriefs Online, the ALO Newsletter The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) announce the publication of Volume IV, Number 1 of NewsBrief Online, ALO's bi-monthly electronic newsletter. The thematic focus of No. 1 is Community and Institutional Development. The front page is available at: http://www.aascu.org/ALO/News/Newsbriefs/VOLIV/ No1/Vol4No1.htm or the ALO web page: http://www.aascu.org/alo. Please contact email@example.com if you have difficulty opening or viewing NewsBriefs.
Third International Cultural Conference The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Languages and Cultures in Africa and the African Diaspora (CISLCAAD) will host the Third International Cultural Conference, "Tool, Trophy, Treasure: Perspectives on Language Acquisition and Use in the Africa Diaspora." This meeting will be held Thursday, October 2 through Saturday, October 4, 2003 in Washington, DC.
Call for Papers Submissions of a one-page (100-200 words) abstract for a paper), or two page (300-500 words) abstract are invited. Conference languages are English, Spanish, and French. Consideration will be given to proposals in other languages. Conference topics include: Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics; Language, Society and Culture; and Foreign Language Teaching and Learning.
For more information contact Marion E. Hines, Conference Chairperson, CISLCAAD, Dept. of Languages and Communication Disorders, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW Bldg. 41, Suite 400, Room 425, Washington, DC 20008; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (202) 806-6758
FELLOWSHIPS / SCHOLARSHIP
International Senior Research Fellowships in India/South Africa The Wellcome Trust wishes to invite applications for five-year senior research fellowships in biomedical science to be held in India or South Africa, commencing in 2004. The trust will support outstanding researchers, either medically qualified or science graduates, who wish to establish a research career in an Indian or South African Academic institution.
Applicants need not be nationals of the country where they wish to hold their fellowships. Candidates should normally have between five and ten years' research experience at a postdoctoral level or clinical equivalent and have a substantial record of publications in there area of research in leading international journals; all candidates must have a sponsor in their host department who will guarantee space and facilities.
Before submitting a full application, candidates must obtain written authority that their host institution would be willing both to accept and administer the award according to the Trust's standard Grant Conditions.
Candidates should complete a preliminary application at http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/en/1/biosfgintintfunindse n.html. The deadline for receipt of this form is April 4, 2003. Inquiries and requests for forms may be directed to: International Biomedical Programme (SRF), Wellcome Trust, 183 Euston Road, London, NW12BE, UK; Tel: +44 (0) 20 761 8764; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7611 8373; e-mail: email@example.com.
Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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