MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/28/06

Issue No. 11 Spring 2006
March 28, 2006


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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March 29, 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 Center.

March 29, 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: or call 353-4051.

March 29, Wednesday

"Unfinished Business: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Memory, and Archives in South Africa," Department of History presentation by Verne Harris, Project Manager for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the author of Exploring Archives: An Introduction to Archival Ideas and Practice in South Africa (2000), and A Prisoner in the Garden: Opening Nelson Mandela's Prison Archive (2005). For more information, contact Peter Alegi at 432-8222, ext. 129 or e-mail

March 30, Thursday

"What is Civic Action? Community Participation as Education Reform in the Republic of Guinea," African Studies Brown Bag talk with Mark Hamilton, Ph.D. Candidate, Education and International Development Studies, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


Save The Dates: Where Land Meets Water seminar

Announcing the second and third joint seminars of the WHERE LAND MEETS WATER Seminar Series,
Room 303 International Center.

Thursday, April 13, 7:30 pm

Dr. David Campbell
Associate Dean, MSU College of Social Science Professor, MSU Department of Geography

Edna E. Wangui
PhD Candidate, MSU Department of Geography Climate Change and Land Use: Wetlands and Riverine Areas of East Africa


Thursday, April 20, 7:30 pm

Dr. Antoinette WinklerPrins
MSU Department of Geography

Dr. Judy Carney
UCLA Department of Geography
African and Amerindian Wetland Cultivation Legacies in the Eastern Amazon, Brazil

MSU and U of M to host Atlantic History workshop

On April 28-30, 2006, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will host the second of a series of workshops in Atlantic History entitled, "'Recapricorning' the Atlantic: Luso-Brazilian and Luso-African Perspectives on the Atlantic World". The workshop will be a forum for discussing chapters from dissertations or books in progress that reflect on how new research on the Lusophone South Atlantic modifies, challenges, or confirms the expanding body of Atlantic History whose primary focus has been on the North Atlantic and the Caribbean.

Please direct inquiries to: or Lindsey Gish (Atlantic Workshop Coordinator), Department of History, 301 Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Appeal for Funds for Shipping Books to Nigeria

In an on-going drive to ship books and equipment to the University of Nigeria at Nsukka, it has become necessary to request monetary donations in order to continue this endeavor. Thus far, funds for about 40% of the shipping cost have been raised, however additional funding is needed.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to assist with shipping supplies to Nigeria, please make checks payable to: Michigan State University and mail to Michigan State University, African Studies Center, 100 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035.

For further information about this project contact Ike Iyioke in the College of Medicine; Phone: (517) 355- 2404, ext. 281; e-mail:


Women for Women International- CFP

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. Information about the program, may be found at:

Critical Half, the bi-annual academic journal of Women for Women International, is currently seeking submissions for its summer 2006 edition, which will focus on the importance of psycho-social support for women in conflict and post-conflict societies.

Please see the attached "Call for Papers" flyer for further details about the journal and submission guidelines. The deadline for submissions is April 3, 2006. Past issues of the journal are available at

Study in Senegal, offered by George Mason Univ.

This summer program in Senegal is from June 28 to July 29, 2006. The program includes Wolof instruction, instruction in Senegalese literature and culture, trips to Goree Island, Saint Louis, and Touba, and more. Guest lectures will provide instruction and insight into Senegalese life, and students will live with a Senegalese host family to have the chance to really experience Senegalese culture.

Academic credit will be offered in a variety of disciplines, such as Anthropology, English/Literature, Family Studies, French, History, and Women's Studies. Check with your academic advisors regarding applying credit to your institution. For financial aid, check with your home institution. To apply online, go to: 06.htm. The application deadline is April 7, 2006.

International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFjP)

Special Issue
"Women and the Politics of Water" The IFjP committee invites critical and creative submissions from a global cross-section of women writers on the politics of water, for a forthcoming special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFjP), published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. Dr. Nandita Ghosh and Paola Corso will serve as guest editors for this special issue of IFjP. "The Politics of Water: A Confluence of Women's Voices" will combine testimonial accounts, critical essays, short fiction, and poetry on the physical nature of women's struggle over water as a resource and material reality.

These struggles often place at risk women's bodies in national, racial, ethnic, and class conflicts. For example, a 2004 Consumers International report notes the following: Poor rural women in developing countries may spend eight hours a day collecting water, carrying up to 20 kilos of water on their heads each journey. One in 10 school-age girls in Africa do not attend school during menstruation or drop out at puberty because of the absence of clean and private sanitation facilities in schools. Every day 6,000 girls and boys die from diseases linked to unsafe water and women are the main caretakers for sick children and adults. A woman in a slum in Kenya pays at least five times more for one liter of water than a woman in the United States. Women activists opposing dam projects in India brave the rising waters in protest. As debates become more acrid in tone in the 21st Century over the role of water in our increasingly fragile environment, such concerns are sure to become more anxiety prone for rural women of the South who often manage water resources for their communities. This special issue is a response to such debates and concerns.

All submissions must focus on gender thematics in any discussion concerning the politics of water, but the editors are open to work drawing from various disciplines including water resources social, studies, women's studies, cultural studies, literary studies, environmental studies history, mythology, geography, political science, sociology, anthropology, biology, and others. Please go to the website at: for further details concerning accompanying materials, format, and house style. All submissions must be written in English. Submission deadline is May 31, 2006.


Treasury and Finance Adviser, Tanzania

The Business Sector Programme, Treasury and Finance Adviser will be working as a Treasury and Finance adviser in CRDB Bank, which is supported by Danida according to the Business Sector Programme in Tanzania.

As Treasure and Finance Adviser the mission will be to link front-and backoffice and implement procedures that ensure overall quality in areas such as risk and credit assessment. Candidates must have a relevant university/masters degree, relevant experience from the banking sector and with risk and credit assessment. Experience from developing countries will be considered an advantage, but not a must. Fluency in English is required. The application deadline is 11 April 2006, at 9.00 am (Danish time).
Further information and a full job description go to:

A mandatory application form (found online) with reference no. DK-32484-2006/TAN.03-W should be sent to: Mercuri Urval A/S at, alternatively to the office address: Philip Heymans Allé 5, DK-2900 Hellerup, or faxed to: +45 39 45 65 65.

Program Officer-African Institute for Democracy and Rule of Law

Freedom House, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1941 that promotes an engaged U.S. foreign policy; evaluates human rights conditions; sponsors public education campaigns; facilitates training and other assistance to promote democracy and free market reforms; and provides support for the rule of law, free media and effective local governance, seeks a Program Officer.

Under the direction of the Project Director, the Program Officer will assist in all areas of program management, including research and writing, as well as operations and administration for all aspects of Freedom House's planning for the creation of an African Institute for Democracy and Rule of Law. Tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting in general program development, extensive contact with African NGOs and political leaders, research and writing relating to issues of governance and corruption in contemporary Africa, monitoring of partner institutions, oversight of program reports, and other duties as needed. The Program Officer will work in Washington, D.C., with occasional travel to Africa required.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing; a strong academic and/or professional background in the politics of contemporary Africa and issues of development and governance; the ability to effectively write frequent correspondence and reports, maintain documentation, and complete required forms. Fluency in French is a very strong plus. Experience in an NGO or other venue that values strong cooperation with donor agencies is an advantage. Three years relevant professional experience required. Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary history to: Mary Browse Davis, Human Resources Generalist, (Reference:; Fax: (202) 822-3893.

The application deadline is April 15, 2006, however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be notified. Position contingent on funding.

World Relief Positions

World Relief seeks enthusiastic, committed people to serve the poor and needy through employment openings in the U.S. and overseas. Go to for job descriptions, deadlines, and contact information for the following jobs:

  • Microfinance Managing Director - Burundi
  • Finance Manager - Southern Sudan
  • Assistant to the Health Program Mgr. - Southern Sudan
  • Administration and Logistics Mgr - Southern Sudan
  • Project and Security Logistician (PSL) - Sudan
  • Agriculturalist and Food Security Officer - Sudan
  • Nutritionist - Sudan

Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.

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