UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
Issue No. 9 Spring 2003
March 18, 2003 Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
MSU ANNOUNCEMENTS OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS AFRICAN CULTURE WEEK
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.
March 26, Wednesday African Culture Week -Theme: Celebrating Youth Vendor Day: Vendors selling African artifacts, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m., International Center Lobby and the MSU Union, 2nd Floor.
March 26, Wednesday African Culture Week - "Know Africa," discussion about home countries; how it was/is like coming over here, B104 Wells Hall, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
March 27, Thursday "A Silent Revolution: New Medical Approaches that are Benefitting those in Rural Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Charles Mackenzie, Faculty (Filarial Disease Unit, MSU), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.
March 27, Thursday African Culture Week - "The Africa Diaspora in the USA and it's Influence on African Development," Panel Discussion, 7:00 -9:00 p.m., B106 Wells Hall.
March 28, Friday African Culture Week - "Place of Youth in Africa and Democracy," special talk with Folu Ogundimu, Faculty (Journalism, MSU), 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., N100 Business College.
March 29, Saturday African Culture Week - Dinner Banquet and Gala Night Eastern Michigan High School Cafeteria and Auditorium.
Explore Africa Explore Africa at MSU, 2003, is a program
designed for academically-talented high school students
who would like to become immersed in learning about
the tremendous diversity found within the continent
of Africa. This program is a cooperative venture by
the African Studies Center and the Office of Gifted and Talented Education, at MSU.
Much of the news that is read or heard about Africa in the press is largely negative. Explore Africa at MSU challenges these stereotypical representations by presenting Africa in all of its rich cultural, social, economic and political diversity. Program cost is $600.00. Limited financial aid, up to $550.00 is available, based on documented need.
Students should meet the following requirements:
- entering grade 10 or 11 in 2003/04 with a high GPA in strong academic subjects - have a desire to work in an academically
challenging environment - are enthusiastic, creative learners
In order to be eligible students must have the following:
- an educator recommendation - a student essay
and ONE or more of the following:
- a transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or
above - a MEAP score report showing that the student meets
or exceeds state standards in either language arts or social studies OR - documentation of strong standardized test scores
(PLAN, PSAT, ACT or SAT).
These must be sent along with:
- the completed and signed application - a deposit check for $50 made out to Michigan State
The application and other application materials are to be sent to: Michigan State University, Office of Gifted and Talented Programs, A Division of the Honors College, 186 Bessey Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1033. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2003.
For application forms and other details about this program, please call Jenny McCampbell, Director of the Office of Gifted and Talented Education (517) 432- 2129. Questions about the curriculum for the program may be directed to John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator for the African Studies Center (517) 353-1700, or visit the website: www.msu.edu/user/gifted.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org so that there will be sufficient resource materials and lunches provided.
Course Announcement - Spring 2004 PHL 491: Special Topics: Ethics and Development Tues. and Thur., 12:40 - 2:00p.m., Philosophy Dept. Instructor: Stephen L. Esquith
PHL 491: The goal of this course is to examine critically the underlying ethical assumptions and philosophical commitments made in the academic literature on development, and to consider the implications of these assumptions and commitments for development as a practical discourse. Please direct inquiries regarding this course to: Prof. Stephen Esquith, e-mail: email@example.com; phone: 355-4490.
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, 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. Correction: Last week we stated the Library as one of the collection sites, the MSU Library (Africana Section) is NOT one of the collection points.
East Lansing Film Festival, March 19-23, 2003 The African Studies Center, Women and International Development (WID) Program and the International Studies and Programs have collaborated together to sponsor the film: Faat Kine (Senegal) which will be playing during the East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF).
For information regarding location, dates and times of showing contact the ELFF office at: (517) 336-5802; or visit the web site at: www.elff.com.
Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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