MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/10/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/10/01

Issue No. 13, Spring 2001
April 10, 2001
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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April 11, Wednesday

International Studies and Programs will host its 11th Annual International Awards Ceremony from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Big Ten Room A, Kellogg Center.

April 12, Thursday

"The Cultural Politics of San Land Claims in South Africa," African Studies Brown Bag with Steven Robins, Faculty (Dept. of Anthropology, Univ of the Western Cape), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center. Co-sponsored with CASID, WID, and the Anthropology Department at MSU.

April 19, Thursday

"Seizure Disorders in Rural Zambia: The Epileptic Outcast," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Gretchen Birbeck, Faculty (Dept. of Neurology and Epidemiology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


West African University Delegation at MSU

On April 16th and 17th, MSU will have the pleasure of hosting a delegation of 10 administrators and faculty from the UniversitÈÈ Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. The group is headed by the rector or chancellor, and includes two deans, three heads of schools, the head of the computer services of the university, the head of international relations, and two faculty from the Department of English.

This is an unusual opening from the oldest and leading francophone university in Sub-Saharan Africa to American higher education. The visit to MSU comes at the beginning of their program to the USA and relates to several existing grants involving the two universities (USIA ones involving Internet training at MSU for West Africans, an NSF proposal for African Digital Libraries for West African Sources), some proposed collaboration, and possibilities for student exchange and overseas study.

Their stay at MSU is sponsored by the African Studies, International Studies and Programs and Matrix. The group will see a number of administrators, staff, faculty and students on Monday, April 16th and Tuesday, April 17th. Ifyou wish to meet particular members of the delegation during their stay,please contact Cheikh Babou at, Ellen Foley at, or David Robinson at

Members of the Delegation:
1 -Professor Moustapha Sourang, Rector, University Cheikh Anta Diop (Ucad)
2 -Prof Oumar Sarr, Director of Research, Cooperation and Investments, Ucad
3 -Dr Tidjane Seck, Director, Computer Services, Ucad
4 -Prof Abdou Salam Sall, Dean, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques, Ucad
5 -Prof Mamadou Kandji, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Ucad
6 -Prof Oumar Sock, Director, University
Polytechnic, Ucad
7 -Dr Valdiodio Ndiaye, Director, Higher Teacher Training College (Ens), Ucad
8 -Dr Mbaye Thiam, Director, School of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists, Ucad
9 -Dr Oumar Ndongo, Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Arts,Ucad, Resident Director, US College Study Abroad Program
10-Dr Ousmane Sene, Professor, Department of English, Ucad, Resident Director for a number of US University Study Abroad Programs. Translator

Innovation in Language Instruction

Innovation in Language Instruction is the title of a National US/ED Title VI Project for disseminating state-of-the-art practices by the Title VI National NRC, LRC, and CIBER Centers in distance learning of the less commonly taught languages and language instruction to meet the unique needs of diverse learners across the nation. The project will sponsor two conferences: 1)Distance Learning of the Less Commonly Taught Languages Conference - February 4- 6, 2002 - Washington, D.C.; and 2) Language Instruction for Diverse Users Conference - March 9-11, 2003 - Washington, D.C.

Distance Learning of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) is a national planning conference for the 150 Title VI National Resource Centers, Language Resource Centers, and Centers for International Business Education and Research to better serve the national need by offering access to learning LCTLs through state-of-the-art distance education. Anyone interested in distance learning of the LCTLs is welcome.

Language Instruction for Diverse Learners is a national planning conference for the Title VI community to assess the special needs and to plan differentiated instructional models for the growing population of diverse language learners, including study abroad students, heritage learners, professional users (e.g. Foreign Service, medical and legal fields), Peace Corps, religious organizations, travelers, and graduate students preparing for archival or field research. For information, contact Prof. Roger Bresnahan, Coordinator, 517-355-3507, or Prof. Margo Glew, Assistant Coordinator, 517-432-2286,


Innovation in Language Instruction

Innovation in Language Instruction is the title of a National US/ED Title VI Project for disseminating state- of-the-art practices by the Title VI National NRC, LRC, and CIBER Centers in distance learning of the less commonly taught languages and language instruction. to meet the unique needs of diverse learners across the nation. (See MSU Announcements).

Call for Proposals
Title VI National Outreach Conference

The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium invites proposals for panels, presentations, workshops and speakers for the Title VI National Outreach Conference, May 2-4, 2002, Madison Wisconsin. Proposals for panels should include three to four presenters organized around individual paper presentations, multi-media workshops, round-table discussions, and/or documentary film showings for breakout sessions. Title VI programs are encouraged to consider including teacher partners as presenters. Proposals should address outreach issues to such constituencies as business, K-12 and post-secondary education, the general public, government, and media. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Best Practices, Resource Offerings, Opportunities Abroad, technology, Cooperative Ventures, and Programming Challenges. Proposals should be made on-line. Visit the website at The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2001. Please direct your questions to Peggy Choy and Sgaron Dickson, Co- chairs, Title VI National Outreach Conference, 203 Ingrham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Email: Fax: (608) 265- 3062.


African History Postdoctoral Fellowship - American University

The History Department at American University will be offering a one year postdoctoral fellowship in African History, pending budgetary approval. Area of specialization, subfield, and time period open. The person appointed will take advantage of research opportunities in the Washington, DC area, and offer one course per semester. PhD must be completed by September 2001. Send letter of application, c.v., three letters of recommendation, and a description of proposed courses to Eileen J. Findlay, Department of History, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016-8038. Applications should be complete by April 30. American University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply contact: Eileen J. Findlay, American University, Department of History, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW,Washington, DC 20016- 8038; Phone: (202)-885-6264; Fax: (202)-885-6166; Email: Or check the website at:

Mellon/Sawyer Postdoctoral Position-
The University of Washington

The University of Washington Center for the Study of Ethnic Conflict and Conflict Resolution has a Mellon/Sawyer postdoctoral position available for one year. Recent PhD's in any social science (including history) who are specialists in this area, covering any part of the world, are encouraged to apply. The appointment will run from September 15, 2001 to June 14, 2002. Applicants should submit a description of their research and a sample of written work, and include two letters of reference in sealed, signed envelopes with application letter. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2001. Submit application materials, and direct question, to Dr. Daniel Chirot or to Dr. Resat Kasaba, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Box 353650, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195.


Ford Foundation Program Officer- Southern Africa

The Ford Foundation is recruiting for a Program Officer for Governance for Southern Africa. The position will be based in Johannesburg, responsible for programming in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Working with the Representative and other Foundation Staff in the Johannesburg Office, the Africa Region and in New York, the Program Officer will develop and manage program activities in the field of Governance and Civil Society. The program officer will be responsible for developing and maintaining grant making strategies that complement and enhance those of fellow program officers in their respective programmatic areas, and that support efforts by government, higher civil society institutions and others to promote good governance and vibrant civil participation and oversight in Southern Africa. The program officer will work closely with colleagues in the Southern Africa office to develop a program that addresses the changes in governance at local levels in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique.

Qualifications: Significant experience working with local government and governance-- particularly in working below the regional level-- and a thorough, contextual understanding of the Southern Africa post- settler challenges is essential. A familiarity with the ethos and the philosophy of the grant-making institutions is highly desirable. Previous working experience in one of the four countries of regional programming is also desirable. An advanced academic degree in a relevant field is required. Strong conceptual, organizational, and writing skill as well as an ability to work effectively with colleagues from diverse disciplines and perspectives is critical. For inquiries or to apply, please send resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample (5-20 pages of original work) to Ms. M. Baldwin, Search Coordinator, The Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, Box 114, New York, New York 10017. Phone:(212)-573-4794. Fax: (212)-351-3644. Email: (e-mail preferred). The deadline is April 20, 2001.

African Studies Associate Director - Indiana Univ.

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.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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