MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/28/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/28/00

Issue No. 11, Spring 2000
March 28, 2000
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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March 30, Thursday


"Autobiographical Reflections on African Oral Literature," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Kwadwo Opoku-Agyemang, Fulbright Scholar, Grand Valley State University (U of Cape Coast, Ghana), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 6, Thursday

"Progress and Challenges of Democratization and Economic Liberalization," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor Okwudiba Nnoli, Director of a think-tank in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria (former Dean of Social Sciences, U of Nigeria, Nsukka), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Arabic Culture in America

MSU will offer a new summer course in Dearborn from May 16June 29 that focuses on the culture, religion and socio-economic diversity of Arab Americans, the third largest ethnic population in Michigan. The course will discuss the stereotypes and challenges facing Arab Americans, who number approximately 3 million people in the U.S. The class, IAH 211C (4 credits) Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations:The Americas with a focus on Arab Americans, will be taught by Dr. Rossina Hassoun, an expert on the Arab American population in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Guest lecturers and community leaders will also make contributions. For more information, call Amy at (888) 678-4748. To apply and enroll on the web, visit: (select Guest Student, then click on "LE Application").

Graduate Specialization - International Development The Center for Advanced Studies in International Development (CASID) and the Women and International Development Program (WID) would like to encourage all students interested in the field of international development to consider enrolling in a graduate specialization in international development. Graduate specializations in international development are available as electives for students who are enrolled in master's and doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. Offered by the College of Social Science, these specializations provide an opportunity for students to receive a comprehensive academic experience in the field of international development studies.

Students enrolled in a specialization must complete a concentration within international development such as; Gender and Health; Gender and Work; Rural Development; Environment and Development; Development Administration; Non-governmental Organizations in Development; or Politics in Development. Masters students complete two core courses and two courses from their concentration area. Half of the credits must come from outside their major. Doctoral students complete two core courses and four courses from within their concentration area. Half of the credits must come from outside of their major. For a complete listing of core and concentration courses, please refer to the CASID or WID website: grad_specialization.html; If you are interested in learning more about this specialization, please contact the CASID office at 353-5925. Brochures on this specialization are available at the CASID office at 306 Berkey Hall and the WID office at 202 International Center.


Yoruba Art in Chicago Exhibit

"In Context:Yoruba Art and the William B. Fagg Photographic Archive" is an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago through April 9, 2000. Fagg, a scholar of African art and former keeper of ethnology at the British Museum, left behind a collection of field notes and photographs. Many of the photographs focus on the Yoruba region of western Nigeria, including images of the works of art in situ. For more information, contact: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL;Tel:(312) 443-3680.

Forced Migration and Refugee Studies

The American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering a one-year post-graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies. This multidisciplinary program begins in September 2000 and will offer specialized courses and opportunities to study refugee issues from such wide-ranging perspectives as anthropology, international law, political science, psychology, and sociology. The program is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who are currently working with refugees, those who seek to enter this field, or those whose research interests will center on issues of forced migration in both Africa and the Middle East. The Diploma program draws on a number of faculty members who constitute the Working Group on Refugee Studies.

Applicants seeking admission to the Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies must meet the requirements for graduate admission to AUC and must meet the University's language requirements. General information about Graduate Studies at AUC can be found at: Graduate/ OGSR.htm. Application forms may be found at: Graduate/ DLappl.htm

The Website of the American University in Cairo is For more information on the Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies, contact:Mr. Leben Nelson Moro, Admini- strative Assistant, Office of African Studies, The American University in Cairo, P.O. Box 2511, 113 Sharia Kasr El Aini, Cairo, Egypt;Tel: 20-2-354- 2964;Fax: 20-2-355-7565;


Political Economy of the Media

The Graduate Program in Cultural and Media Studies at the University of Natal-Durban, in conjunction with the World Association of Christian Communication, will host a seminar on "Political Economy of the Media in Southern Africa" from April 24-29, 2000 in Durban. For more information, contact:Kenyan Tomaselli, Program Director, Graduate Program in Cultural and Media Studies, University of Natal, Durban 4041, South Africa;Tel:(27) 31-260-2505;

Less Commonly Taught Languages

The National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) will hold its Third Annual Conference May 6-8, 2000 in Washington, D.C. The theme will be "Less Commonly Taught Languages in the Working World: Needs & Responses."The conference program and registration form are now available at the NCOLCTL Councilnet website. To link directly to both of them, visit the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) website at: For additional information, contact Scott McGinnis, NCOLCTL Executive Director, National Foreign Language Center, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, #400, Washington, D.C. 20036;Tel: (202) 667-8100, ext. 15;Fax: (202) 667-6907;

Conference on Slavery

The University of al-Akhwayn will hold a conference on slavery June 29-30, 2000 in Ifrane, Morocco. The theme of the conference, "Liberty, Identity and Integration," will be used as a means of focusing discussion on the backgrounds of enslaved populations, especially those coming from sub-Saharan Africa. The conference will also focus on slavery in the world of Islam and the implications of this history in the formation of the modern Muslim society. The conference is supported by the Foundation AlizÈs and is organized in collaboration with the Nigerian Hinterland Project at York University, Canada, which is affiliated with the UNESCO Slave Route Project and is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. For more information, contact:Professor Paul Lovejoy at York

Third World Studies

"Conflict, Disintegration and Globalization in the New Millennium" is the subject of the 23rd Annual Third World Studies Meeting October 5-7, 2000 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Scholars and practitioners may make presentations on all aspects of Third World Studies at this interdisciplinary conference. The submission deadline for paper and panel abstracts is April 15, 2000. For more information, contact: Thomas Goutierre, Dean, International Studies and Programs, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska 68182-0536;Tel:(402) 554-2376;Fax: (402) 554-3681;


Art History of Indigenous Peoples

The Zdenka Volavka Research Fellowship is designed to stimulate and support the study of the art history of the indigenous peoples of Africa and North America through fieldwork and to provide opportunities for comparative study through field activities and related collections research. The award is open to all graduate students and post-doctoral students in alternate years. Applicants for the fellowship must be engaged in or propose to engage in field-based art historical research. The fellowship for the 2000 competition will be targeted towards post-doctoral applicants who have earned their Ph.D. within the past five years. The application deadline is April 15, 2000. For more information, contact:Faculty of Graduate Studies, Administrative Office, North 9th Floor, Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St., NorthYork, ON, Canada M3J 1P3;Tel: (416) 736-5328;Fax:(416) 736-5592.

Postdoctoral Fellow at DePaul University
The Center for Culture and History of the Black Diaspora at DePaul University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position for the academic year commencing with the fall of 2000. The Center promotes interdisciplinary scholarship and creative works that focus upon historical and contemporary experiences of Black people in the U.S., Africa, the Caribbean as well as other parts of the world. Candidates whose research and scholarship examine the distinctive, comparative, and transnational experiences of the Black Diaspora are preferred. Applicants from all disciplines with scholarly interests in race/ethnicity, gender, class, nationality, language and migration/displacement are encouraged to apply. The acceptance of the postdoctoral fellow position carries with it the commitment to contributing toward program development of the Center, making a contribution to the research activities of the Center, as well as teaching four courses during the course of a three-quarter academic year. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to conduct a seminar as well as complete a journal length manuscript related to her or his area of research as a contribution to the Center and its mission. The stipend for this position is $36,000. The fellow will be provided with an office and have the use of a computer. Previous teaching experience, inclusive of teaching assistantships, is highly desirable.

Applicants should submit a letter of application consisting of a single-page statement of the proposed activity that describes how the applicant expects the award to enhance their professional advancement. One should also discuss one's previous research/scholarship as it relates to the Black Diaspora as well as relevant courses taught. Applicants are further required to submit a curriculum vita, two letters of reference, as well as a course syllabus. Complete applications must be received by April 3, 2000 to assure full consideration. Application materials should be submitted to:Dr. Sandra Jackson, Director Center for Culture and History of Black Diaspora, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-3298.


Human Rights Director

Women, Law & Development International (WLDI) is hiring a Human Rights Director in their Washington, D.C. office. Women, Law and Development International promotes women's full and equal participation in society by advancing universal respect for human rights, expanding rights education and legal literacy among women, and challenging discriminatory socio-economic barriers. Committed to capacity- building, advocacy and expanding women's rights networks, WLDI collaborates with researchers, advocates, activists and monitors throughout the world to identify legal, cultural and economic impediments to women's enjoyment of human rights, to develop activist strategies, and to train women's groups to advocate before UN and governmental bodies for policies that recognize women's rights.

The Human Rights Director has overall responsibility for the human rights dimension of WLDI's multidisciplinary work in research, training, and advocacy. The Human Rights Director oversees WLDI's Global Human Rights Advocacy Training program. Based on the manual "Women's Human Rights Step by Step," this initiative builds understanding and skills in women's human rights advocacy. Working with the President and Director of Programs, the Human Rights Director provides expertise in human rights concepts, guiding the design and implementation of WLDI's work in economic rights and violence against women. To apply or request more information, contact:Human Rights Director Search, Women, Law & Development International, 1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 407, Washington, DC 20036;Fax:(202) 463-7480.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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