MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/24/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/24/01

THE TUESDAY BULLETIN Issue No. 14, Spring 2001 April 24, 2001 Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive <>



April 26, Thursday

"From 'Satan's Masterpiece' to the 'Soft Underbelly of Islam:'Race and Gender in Sudan Interior Mission Construction of African Islam, 1890-1990," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Barbara Cooper, Faculty, (Gallatin School, NYU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 27, Friday

"Spiritual Vernacular as Social Capital: Hausa Christian Vernacular and the Language of Belief," presentation by Barbara Cooper, (Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University), 9:00 to 10:30 am, Berkey Hall, Room 309. This presentation is part of the Social Capital Initiative Visiting Scholars Series.


MSU Museum Exhibit

Michigan State University Museum exhibit: "'Drinking the Word of God:' Expressions of Faith and the Search for Well-Being in Two West African Societies" is an exhibition of objects and photographs that reveal a variety of beliefs and practices in two West African communities, Zinder, Niger, and Bondoukou, Cote d'Ivoire. Many of the objects are in some way related to religious study and scholarship and may be seen as expressions of faith. They are used by certain groups of people in eliciting spiritual assistance to ensure well- being in life and to cure illness. The co-curators of the exhibit are Rob Glew (CASID) and Ray Silverman (Department of Art). Gallery talks are scheduled for June 10 and September 9 from 2-3 p.m. in the exhibition gallery, 2nd Floor West, MSU Museum.

Zulu Baskets: Ancient Art in Modern South Africa

"Zulu Baskets: Ancient Art in Modern South Africa" is an exhibit sponsored by the Newaygo County Council for the Arts, April 20-June 21, 2001, 13 East Main, Downtown Fremont, Michigan. This is an exhibit of 150 Zulu baskets (some for sale and others from the LATTICE members' collections) with photographs of the artists and additional information about the art of basketweaving.

The Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. and Saturday 10:00a.m.- 4:00p.m.. For more information, contact Sally McClintock at or call: (231) 924-4022.


Fellowship on African Youth in a Global Age The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), in partnership with South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), are pleased to announce a new program for research and training on African Youth in a Global Age. The theme for the first year of the program is Youth Violence, Activism, and Citizenship. Applications are invited from junior researchers, whether academics, practitioners, or independent researchers. The fellowship includes support for field research and participation in a pre- and post-field work workshops.

African researchers based in the region who hold at least a Masters degree and who are no more than five years beyond a Ph.D. are eligible for this program. Researchers based at universities, research institutes and practitioner organizations are all encouraged to apply. A few fellowships are also available to U.S. based Ph.D. candidates who seek field research funding for their dissertations. Applications for individual research projects on the theme of Youth Violence, Activism, and Citizenship, are due no later than Friday, June 22, 2001. Fellows will be selected and notified in July, 2001. Applications should include a research agenda (not more than 10 pages long), 2 letters of reference, graduate level academic transcripts, and a comprehensive curriculum vitae. Please consult the website for more information prior to submitting an application. All questions should be directed to or Send complete application to: Social Science Research Council, Africa Program, 810 7th Avenue; 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; Tel: (212) 377-2700, ext 452; Fax: (212) 377-2727, Attn: Funmi Vogt.



Africalia is looking for candidates for several positions including general coordinator, business manager, artistic and communications coordinators, and executive secretary. Africalia is an organization that aims to encourage intercultural dialogue through cultural cooperation in support of sustainable human development in Africa. For more information about Africalia and these job opportunities, contact Africalia, rue Haute 139 Hoogstraat, Brussels 1000, Belgium. Phone: 32-02-213-12-11; Fax: 32-02-213- 12-12; Web:


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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