MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/20/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/20/01

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March 21-24, Wed. - Sat.

Africa Culture Week, "Africa: Change in the Horizon." KNOW AFRICA, film and discussion, STORY TELLING, STUDENT PANEL, KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Leonard Robinson, President and CEO of the National Summit on Africa, FORMAL GALA, featuring Cultural dinner, fashion show, and Live performance featuring Amka Africa and The Mallika African Dancers. For tickets and details, contact Mary Mugala at, 353-8067 or Lanre Williams at, 353-8066. (See last page for times and venues).

March 22, Thursday

"Can You Go out Without Your Head? Representing Mende Masquerades Today,"African Studies Center Brown Bag with Ruth Phillips, Faculty (Fine Art and Anthropology, University of British Columbia) 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

"Museums, Markets, and Mechanical Reproduction: The Disappearing of Iroquois False Face Masks," public lecture by Professor Ruth Phillips, Director, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 7:30, p.m. 206 Old Horticulture.

March 23, Friday

"'Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life,' Exhibiting and Erasing National, Disciplinary and Cultural Boundaries," public lecture by Professor Ruth Phillips, Director, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 3:00 p.m., 108 Kresge Art Center. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Museum Studies Program, College of Arts and Letters, Dept. of Art, Dept. of Anthropology, African Studies Center, American Indian Studies Program, Native American Institute, Canadian Studies Center, MSU Museum, and Kresge Art Museum. For more information contact Professor Ray Silverman, (517) 353-9114,

March 23-24, Fri. - Sat.

"Cultural Creations of the Diaspora: An Exploration of Literature, Language, Film, and Music in the 21st Century," a conference featuring keynote speakers Diane Glancy, Nora Chapa Mendoza, and Michael Awkward will be held at the Kellogg Center. For registration information and a schedule of panels and speakers, visit the conference webpage at, or e-mail:


Recent MSU Publications

Dr. Reitumetse Mabokela, Assistant Professor of Higher Adult and Lifelong Learning at MSU, has edited and authored four recent publications: Apartheid No More: Case Studies of Southern African Universities in the Process of Transformation, edited by Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela and Kimberly Lenease King, Conn: Bergin and Garvey, 2001; Voices of Conflict: Desegregating South African Universities, Routledge- Falmer Press, 2001; and Sisters of the Academy: Emergent Black Women Scholars in Higher Education, edited by Reitumetse Mabokela, Anna L. Green, Stylus Publishing, 2001.

ABSP Linkages Newsletter

The newsletter of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSP), Linkages, has a new, electronic format. Current and past issues of Linkages are available for viewing on the ABSP website at The newsletter editor welcomes your comments as well as upcoming meeting and conference announcements and other information related to applied biotechnology research, project development and/or policy development. Submit information, or questions, to the newsletter editor at Information for the 1st Quarter 2001 ABSP Linkages edition must be received by April 15, 2001.

Call for Papers - GLOBALICITIES

Michigan State University's 2001 Modern Literature Conference, GLOBALICITIES: A Conference on Issues Related to Globalization, will take place October 18-20, 2001 at MSU. The Conference features four of the most dynamic and prominent scholars of postcolonialism and globalization: Gayatri Spivak (Columbia University), Michael Hardt (Duke University), Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University) and Saskia Sassen (U of Chicago). Organizers are looking for reflections on the anthropological, sociological, economic, legal, linguistic, and aesthetical ways in which "global" has been thought and actualized during the last 500 years. The deadline for panel and paper proposals is March 31, 2001. Abstracts for papers should be no more than 500 words and abstract for panels are limited to 1000 words. Please send abstracts and one-page vita to Professor Kenneth Harrow, Director, Program in Comparative Literature, Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; fax: (517) 353- 3755; e-mail:


Conference on Islam in Africa

The Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, will host a conference on April 19-22 on the theme "Islam in Africa: A Global, Cultural, and Historical Perspective." The interdisciplinary conference will explore Islam in Africa from the time of its arrival until the present. For more information contact Michael Toler or Tracia Leacockat the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, LNG-100, Binghamton, New York 13902-6000; tel: (607)777- 4494;fax:(607)777-2642; e-mail:; or visit the web at:

Technology in Africa - University of Illinois

"Technology and Development in Africa" is the theme of the 27th Annual Symposium sponsored by the Center for African Studies and the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The symposium will take place April 25-28 and will bring together technical experts, politicians and policy makers from Africa and around the world to discuss the role of technology in African development. Special emphasis will be given to information technology and biotechnology and their impact on education, business, governance, health, environment, and agriculture. For more information or a list of proposed panels contact the Center for African Studies, 210 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street, Champaign, Illinois, 61820; phone: (217) 333-6335; fax: (217) 244-2429; e- mail: Or visit the web site at

Herskovits Award

The African Studies Association (ASA) invites publishers to nominate titles for its Herskovits Award. The ASA presents the Herskovits Award to the author of the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English during the preceding year. The winner of the Herskovits Award is announced during the ASA Annual Meeting. Nominations for the Herskovits Award are made directly by publishers who may nominate as many separate titles in a given year as they desire.

All Nominations must meet the following criteria: Nominations must be original non-fiction scholarly works published in English in 2000 and distributed in the United States; only books copyrighted in 2000 are eligible for the 2001 Herskovits Award ; and the subject matter must deal with Africa and/or related areas (Cape Verde, Madagascar, or Indian Ocean Islands off the East African coast). Works that are not eligible include collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, and dictionaries.

For a nomination form and the addresses of the members of the Herskovits Committee (each of whom must receive a copy of the book), please contact Loree D. Jones, Executive Director, African Studies Association, Rutgers University, Douglass College, 132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400; phone: (732) 932-8173; fax: (732) 932-3394; web: Please send your nominations as soon as possible, but no later than May 1, 2001.

Call for Submissions - "News of the Profession"

The African Studies Association invites members to submit materials for a new section of the ASA News: "News of the Profession." The section will highlight the accomplishments of members by listing notable achievements such as awards, promotions, and fellowships. Please submit items for publication to the Associate Editor of the ASA News, Michelle Peterson, via e-mail at The deadline for the July/September 2001 Issue is June 1, 2001.

The Institute for the African Child- Summer 2001

The African Studies Program at Ohio University announces The Institute for the African Child: Summer Session Courses, June- August 2001. The five-week workshop offers courses in education, communications, anthropology, and linguistics. Course include, among others, "Children and Language Acquisition and Use in Africa," "Leadership for African Child Development," "Planning and Designing Strategic Communication Programs," "Producing Media and Messages for Social Change," "Education, AIDS and Development in Africa," and "The African Girl Child," For more information on summer courses and registration, visit the website at or contact Stephen Howard, Director, African Studies Program, Ohio University, Burson House, 56 E. Union St., Athens, Ohio 45701; phone: (740) 593-1834; fax: (740) 593-1837; e-mail:

Visions in Action - Volunteers, Int'l Development

Visions in Action is a non-profit organization that offers six month and one-year volunteer positions in five African countries and Mexico. Positions are available with nonprofit development organizations, research institutes, health clinics, community groups and the media. The programs feature month-long orientation, including intensive language study, followed by volunteer placement. There are still spaces available for the July 2001 Programs in Tanzania and South Africa. For more details, visit the Visions in Action website at or call (202) 625-7402.


Mickey Leland-Bill Emerson Int'l Hunger Fellows

The Congressional Hunger Center seeks applicants to participate in its two-year Mickey Leland-Bill Emerson International Fellows Program. Fellows spend one year in a developing country working for an established non- government organization (NGO), government, or multi- lateral agency, and then spend a second year working in Washington, DC on international policies that address hunger and poverty. The program cultivates leadership and professional skills, gives exposure to international and national development arenas, and provides links to a vast network of development professionals. This program runs from June 2001 to May 2003. The application deadline is April 30, 2001. For more information and to apply on-line, please visit the website at or contact the Fellows program at (202) 547-7022, x11.


Africana Bibliographer - Ohio Univ

The Ohio University Library System seeks a knowledgeable, creative and highly motivated individual to work with the library's African Studies resources and services. The position begins September 1, 2001. The Africana Bibliographer provides in-depth reference service to the Africa collections and general reference to other Center for International Collections resources. This individual will actively participate in faculty/university initiatives (national and international), exploiting the emerging opportunities for direct library involvement in the cooperative projects, aspects of Web presence, and distance learning arenas as well. Web page creation and maintenance is an important aspect of this position. In addition to African Studies, the incumbent may serve as a subject bibliographer to a discipline, providing collection development leadership and serving as liaison to an academic unit. The incumbent participates in Libraries and departmental committees, task forces, and/or teams; participation in professional associations is expected.

Qualifications: Masters degree in Library Science or comparable experience, and advanced study of African Studies required; reading knowledge of an indigenous African and a major European language; experience using a mark-up language, and a strong disposition toward directly assisting and instructing library users required. At least three years of library professional experience or Africa-related experience is highly desirable. Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, oral, and written communication, and an aptitude for administration and supervision highly preferred. To apply: Send letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three current references to: Eileen Theodore-Shusta, Human Resources Coordinator, Alden Library, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2978; tel: 740-593-2989; fax: 740-593-2708; email: The application deadline is April 16, 2001.

Associate Director - Indiana University

The Indiana University African Studies program, a Title VI National Resource Center for Africa, is searching for an Associate Director. The primary duties of the position include planning and coordinating the Program's activities (Including public programming, conferences and workshops); supervising an Outreach Coordinator and assisting in outreach planning; consulting with African Studies Faculty and cooperating with other Indiana University units and external organizations on projects; organizing programs for visiting scholars; advising undergraduate students interested in African Studies; assisting in the production of Program newsletters; planning and writing institutional proposals for external funding; preparing grant performance reports; assisting in the preparation of budgets and the management of accounts; and assisting the Director in promoting and coordinating instructional and outreach activities in African Studies.

Qualifications for the position include: an advanced degree (field experience in Africa and a PhD desired); excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work both independently and cooperatively in a multi-faceted office; evidence of persistence and effectiveness in completing tasks; commitment to African Studies; administrative, financial management and/or grant writing experience desired; teaching experience advantageous. Minority groups, women and disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. Position start date on or after June 1, 2001. Candidates should send a letter of application with a curriculum vitae and arrange to have three reference letters sent to the Associate Director Search, African Studies Program, Indiana University, Woodburn 221, Bloomington, IN 47405. Review of applications begins on 23 April 2001 and will continue until the position is filled.


"Africa: Change in the Horizon"

Wednesday, March 21st Time Location

KNOW AFRICA 7:00 pm Brody Complex & Film and Discussion McDonel Kiva

Thursday March 22nd Time Location
STORY TELLING 5:00 pm Union Northwest Rm STUDENT PANEL 7:00 pm Union Gold A & B
Featuring Prof. Muriuki from the University of Nairobi

Friday March 23rd Time Location
KEYNOTE SPEAKER 7:30 pm Union Parlor A, B & C Leonard Robinson, President and CEO of the National Summit on Africa

Saturday March 24th Time Location
FORMAL GALA 6:30 pm Wesley Foundation

Cultural Dinner, Fashion Show & Live Performances featuring Amka Africa & The Mallika African Dancers

For tickets and details contact Mary Mugala at, tel: 353-8067;
or Lanre Williams at, tel: 353-8066; or Lisa Beckum in the African
Studies Center, 353-1700.


Message-Id: <> Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 10:38:24 -0500 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 10

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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