MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/28/06
Issue No. 11 Spring 2006
March 28, 2006
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://africa.msu.edu>
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
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: http://www.womenforwomen.org.
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
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
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 email@example.com,
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
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,
DevNetJobs.org); 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 http://www.wr.org/jobs
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
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