MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/02/02

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/02/02

Issue No. 12 Spring 2002
April 2, 2002
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April 4, Thursday

"On the Jie: Oral Tradition as a Remembered Memory and as a Repeated Event," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor Mustafa Mirzeler, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology (Western Michigan University), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

April 10, Wednesday

"Frontier Research:Poverty, Inequality and Institutions in Developing Countries," GATI workshop series with Professor Michael Schatzberg, Dept. of Political Science (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), 3:30 in the Koo Room, Marshall Hall.

April 11, Thursday

"The 'LUCID' Project: Efforts by a Team of Researchers to Address Society/Environment Issues in East Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jennifer Olson, Assistant Director of the Women and International Development program (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

April 18, Thursday

"Rene Dumont: His Contribution to Thinking about Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Violaine Dory, Visiting Scholar, Resource Development, MSU (INA P-G, Paris), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

April 21, Sunday

"Landmines and Their Consequences in Nicaragua," program by the Greater Lansing United Nations Association with Philippe Dicquemare, Program Director and Regional Representative for Handicap International-Nicaragua, 6:00 p.m. potluck, 7:00 p.m., program. Location: Hannah Community Center Room 211, (819 Abbott Road, EastLansing, MI).

April 25, Thursday

"Landmines and Development in Mozambique," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Philippe Dicquemare, Program Director and Regional Representative for Handicap International-Nicaragua, 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


African Videos and Sound Recordings in MSU Libraries

MSU Libraries now have the ability to play most internationally produced VHS videos. A multi-standard VHS deck and converter has been installed in the Digital & Multimedia Center (fourth floor, West). The Library also has recently acquired a number of interesting new videos, including Lumumba (Audio/Visual Library PN1997 .L848 2001), Mobutu, King of Zaire, African art, women, history: the Luba people of central Africa, Heart and stone: the life and times of Govan Mbeki, The life and times of Sara Baartman, What happened to Mbuyisa?, The Guguletu seven, and Siliva the Zulu (1927 silent film). Videos from Ghana have just been received.

A series of ethnomusicological sound recordings also have been recently acquired from the International Library of African Music, including Southern and Central Malawi, Northern and Central Malawi, On the edge of the Ituri forest, and Royal court music from Uganda.


Refugee Services - Lansing, MI

Refugee Services of Lansing is seeking motivated students for internships and volunteer positions for the summer and fall semesters of 2002. Positions include providing services such as establishing employment, assisting with school enrollment, health care, immigration, and a variety of other services for clients.

Interns and volunteers must be comfortable working with non-English or limited English speakers. Fluency in another language, however, is not necessary. Interns and volunteers must be able to work efficiently in an office environment. If you are interested in participating and are willing to help others, contact Vincent Delgado at Refugee Services, 2722 East Michigan Avenue, Suite 100-B, Lansing, MI 48912, or call (517) 484-1010, ext. 165.


Journal Title:"Journal of Eritrean Studies"

Themes:Eritrean culture, politics, economy, environment, society, history, language and methodological studies. The Journal strongly encourages an interdisciplinary approach.

Article Length:Submit articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words. Contributors should submit one hard copy of their papers, which should be typed in double spacing with good margins. Papers should also be submitted in electronic format, either on diskette or by e-mail attachment, using Microsoft Word. The submission deadline is April 30, 2002.For more details, contact Dr. Richard Reid (Editor), Department of History, University of Asmara, PO Box 1220, Asmara, Eritrea; E-mail:

Journal Title: "Ethical Issues in Southern African Archives and Libraries"
(Special issue, no.24, of the Journal Innovation-- Pietermaritzburg)

Themes: - Various ethical issues surrounding the handling of, and access to archives and intellectual property. - A practical approach to library issues of general interest - Original, controversial or even provocative viewpoints - Critical understanding of the socio-political, educational, and economic realities of contemporary South and Southern Africa commitment to library and information work in a post-apartheid South Africa.

Article Length: Submit articles (3,000 - 4,000) shorter contributions (up to 1,000 words). Each article should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 100 words. For further details, contact Dr. Peter Limb, Africana Bibliographer, MSU Libraries,100 Library, Room E224B, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1048, USA,Phone: (517) 432-4983; Fax: (517) 432-3532. Email: or


African Studies Visiting Research Fellowships Scheme

The Centre of African Studies invites applications for four Visiting Research Fellowships around the theme of Good Governance and Human Rights in Africa from candidates in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Applications from scholars working in NGOs, research institutes, academia, libraries, and museums are all welcome. Applicants from non-English speaking African countries are also encouraged, provided candidates can demonstrate a competent grasp of English. The appointments will take place from 1 January 2003 and is non-renewable. Fellows will be affiliated to various Colleges in Cambridge and will receive an allowance for a six month stay, out of which accommodation costs, maintenance and college fees will be payable.

Good Governance and Human Rights
One of the most prominent characteristics of public administration and public law in Africa over the past decade has been the growing emphasis on good governance and the protection of human rights. This has in part been driven by the donor community but also by a widespread desire on the part of the people of many states to see their countries governed more effectively and efficiently and their rights better protected. The implementation of the principles of good governance remains a challenge but a challenge which it is necessary to meet and overcome. The Centre of African Studies invites applicants for its Research Fellowships to propose research which will address the theme of good governance and human rights in ways that are both scholarly and practical so that the results of the research may be expected to have a positive impact on particular problems of governance. The closing date for applications is 12 April 2002. The University follows an equal opportunities policy. An application package is available from: The Administrator, University of Cambridge,African Studies Centre, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ UK;Tel/fax: +44 (0) 223 334396; E-mail:

Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship

The Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship fund was established by the Tarver family in memory of their son, Stanley. This fund provides a scholarship to a graduate student of African descent, an African American , or a Black person of another nationality who is matriculating toward a Doctorate or a Masters Degree in African History and/or Culture, and who has completed at least one year of graduate study at a college or university in the United States. The scholarship will be a $1,000 per semester award, for a maximum award of $2,000 per academic year.

To obtain applications and more information visit: or write:Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship, c/o the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, 80 Washington Street, Suite 201, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; Phone: (845) 452- 3077. Applications must be postmarked by May 30, 2002.


Assistant Professor - Columbus State Univ.

The Department of History at Columbus State University seeks applications for a tenure track assistant professor in African History beginning August 2002. Ph.D. in history and a commitment to excellence in scholarship and teaching are required. Applicants should be able to teach upper level and graduate courses in African history in addition to world history survey courses. Interest and/or experience in study abroad and other aspects of international education strongly preferred.

Send a letter of interest, current vita, official transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Alice K. Pate, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of History, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907; Phone: (706) 568-2263; Fax: (706) 565-3469; E- mail:; web site: and Review of applications will begin April 1, 2002. Positions will remain open until filled.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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