MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/08/02

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/08/02

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October 10, Thursday "The New East African Cooperation," African Studies Center Brown Bag with H.E. Dr. Yusuf A. Nzibo, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States, 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 10, Thursday "The Making of a New Constitution in Kenya," special talk with H.E. Dr. Yusuf A. Nzibo, Thursday Kenyan Ambassador to the United States, 3:30, Room 201, International Center.

October 16, Wednesday "Hungry Farmers: A National Security Issue for All," Nineteenth Annual World Food Day Teleconference with Professor Michael Lipton, Sussex University Poverty Research Unit 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center. For more information, please contact Rob Glew at the CASID office: (517) 353-4818.

October 17, Thursday "Truth and Reconciliation in Recent South and Southern African Political Transitions: A Comparative Assessment,"African Studies Center Brown Bag with John Daniel, Human Science Research Council (South Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Transportation to ASA

The African Studies Center is considering reserving vans for transportation to the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, December 5-8, 2002.

Vans will be reserved based on the number of people interested in attending and the number of valid drivers available to drive them. The trip is approximately 10 hours. There will be a sign-up sheet in the African Studies Center beginning October 1, 2002. Please stop by or e-mail Lisa Beckum, at to sign up, or call (517) 353-1700.

Spring 2003 - Course Announcements

Historical Methods and Skills Topic: "Segregation, Apartheid and Resistance" HST 201 Section 009 3 credits, Professor: Peter Limb

This course will introduce students to the practice and theory of history, using South African (and comparative American) examples. Themes include settler domination and resistance to it, and related issues of racism, culture, gender, health, migrant labor and environment. The main focus will be South Africa but opportunities will arise to compare similar themes in American history, including student protest movements and leaders (Mandela, Tutu, Martin Luther King). Students will learn the core historical skills of research, critical thinking and clear writing and how to analyze primary and secondary sources using a range of interesting examples from memoirs, apartheid laws, Lansing anti-apartheid movement archives and black newspapers to political cartoons, posters and videos. They also will learn to appreciate the different ways historians interpret the past. Students will be required to do two short papers, book review and a longer paper. For further information contact Dr Peter Limb, phone: (517) 432-4983; e-mail:

Historical Approach to Contemporary Issues Topic: "Behind the Headlines in Africa" HST 110 Section 001 3 credits, Professor: Alaine S. Hutson

This course explores the background of different conflicts and issues that have been prominent in the news in recent years. The course will enhance understanding of the historical underpinnings of these events, the course also aims to make students aware of the differing uses of historical facts and memories, and of the many ways that history can help fuel political controversies. The events and issues with which this version of the course deals are: 1) Christian Muslim conflict in Nigeria, 2) US involvement in Somalia, 3) The bombing of the Sudan and placing that country on the list of terrorist states, and 4) AIDS/HIV controversy in South Africa. For further information contact: Professor Alaine S. Hutson, phone: (517) 355-7500; e- mail:

MSU Faculty Publications

Folu Ogundimu

Goran Hyden, Michael Leslie, and Folu F. Ogundimu are the editors of the book Media and Democracy in Africa , 2002. New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.): Transaction Publishers (ISBN: 0-7658-0148-5).

The editors hope that readers will find the volume an important contribution to the study of the media, democracy, and the political, economic, and social transformations taking place in sub-Sahara Africa. Reviews, recommendations for acquisition by university libraries, and adoption in courses at universities will be greatly appreciated. For information regarding this publication, please contact Folu F. Ogundimu, Professor of Journalism, MSU at (517) 353-6459; e-mail:

Gretchen Birbeck

Gretchen L. Birbeck with Theodore Munsat has published an article: "Neurologic Services in Sub- Saharan Africa: a case study among Zambian primary healthcare workers," Journal of the Neurological Sciences 200 (2002) pp. 75-78.

MSU Grad Student News

Graduate student named Health Research Analyst Teresa (Teri) Swezey has accepted a position as a research health analyst in the Substance Abuse Treatment and Evaluation Programs at Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Teri is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology with an African emphasis, particularly focusing on gender power relations and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.


ALO/USAID - Special Request for Applications The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO), in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), issues a Special Request for Applications (RFA), which is posted at the ALO Web site, This RFA names six areas of strategic interest for partnerships between higher education institutions in the U.S. and in a USAID- assisted country: higher education leadership and administrative transformation; workforce development and community colleges; agriculture and the environment; HIV/AIDS and human and institutional capacity development; teacher training; and Islamic schools. ALO intends to make up to 33 awards at up to $125,000 each. Applications are due November 19, 2002


World Food Day Symposium

Democratic Reform in Africa: Impact on Governance and Poverty Alleviation

Cornell University will host a World Food Day Symposium beginning Thursday, October 24 to Saturday, October 26, 2002.

This symposium is designed to highlight these types of issues that cut across both the political and economic reform spectra, and to identify how well they are being addressed. It is also designed to identify obstacles to democratic reform and areas of future focus. To accomplish this goal, the symposium will have two main key sub-texts.

The first is the examination of institutions and their role in governance and poverty alleviation. The second focuses on key actors in the processes of both democratic reform and economic development. The symposium aims to contribute to policy analysis of law and development, and on how to increase the level of control the disadvantaged populations exercise over their lives. It will also analyze successful civil society strategies that employ the law to advance good governance and poverty reduction. The Keynote Address will be on October 24th by Justice Johannes Kreigler, Justice, Constitutional Court, South Africa.

For further details contact: Professor Muna Ndulo, Director or Ms. Jackie Sayegh, Program Coordinator at: Institute for African Development, 170 Uris Hall, Tower Road, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-7601; E-mail:; web site:; Phone: (607) 255-5499; Fax: (607) 254-5000.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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