MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/04/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/04/01

EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive <>




December 4, Tuesday

"The Role of Traditional Leaders in the Democratic South Africa: Politics of Cooperation
and Partnership," African Studies Center Special talk with Professor C.H. T. Lalendle, (Official to traditional affairs in the provincial Government of the Eastern Cape, South Africa), 3:30 - 5:00p.m., Room 6, International Center.

December 6, Thursday

"Islam, Globalization and "Modernity," The Example of the Murid Muslim Dahira Networks," African Studies Center Brown bag with Cheikh Babou, Advanced Graduate Student (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Intensive Summer 2002 Program -Amharic

The Summer 2002 Intensive Amharic Language Institute will be held from June 19 to July 27, 2002 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Amharic (AFR 101B & 102B) and Intermediate Amharic (AFR 201B & 202B), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five and half-weeks; and Advanced Amharic (AFR 450B), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five and half-weeks.

This five and half-week Intensive Summer Program in Amharic will start with a three-day gratis seminar on Ethiopia, obligatory to all language participants. The three-day workshop on Ethiopian culture is open for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in Ethiopian history. Topics will include Ethiopian history, contemporary politics, geography, art, music, society, agriculture, health, and education. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from the more than 10 MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in Ethiopia.

Application forms for the FLAS fellowships are available from the Center.

For further information regarding the Amharic Institute, contact Professor Grover Hudson, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, A625 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; Tel: (517) 355- 8471; Fax: (517) 432-2736; or E-mail:

For FLAS fellowship information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or E-mail:

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute

Michigan State University will host the national Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) from June 19 through July 27, 2002. The intensive five and half-week instruction in African languages with cultural exposure is offered collaboratively by the Title VI National Resource Centers for African Language and Area Studies (Boston, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio, Stanford, California- Berkeley, California-Los Angeles, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Yale) and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Students will receive the equivalent of a full academic year of instruction during the institute.

Depending on the number of applicants, the following languages will be offered at the elementary and intermediate levels:

1) Priority I Languages:
Amharic Swahili (plus Level III) Wolof Yoruba Zulu 2) Priority II Languages
Akan/Twi (2nd Yr. only)* Mandingo Bamana/Bambara/Bemba Oromo Chewa/Nyanja Rwanda Fula/Fulfulde/Pulaar Shona Hausa (2nd Yr. only)* Somali Igbo Tswana/Sesotho Kikuyu Tigrinya Lingala Tonga Luganda West African Krio Malagasy Xhosa *Elementary levels will be offered by other universities.

Students interested in attending the SCALI are highly encouraged to indicate their intention as soon as possible by completing the 'Expression of Interest' form at: (This does not commit students to attend).

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to attend SCALI are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are available from Title VI African Studies Centers at the previously mentioned universities. You can apply directly to any of these institutions for a FLAS to attend SCALI. For names and telephone numbers at these universities, see the US/ED Contact List at the following web site address: app8

For further details on SCALI, visit the web site at:; e- mail:; or phone: (517) 353-1700.


Operation Crossroads

Operation Crossroads promotes cross-cultural sharing and understanding through immersion in the day to day life of an African village community through projects in the areas of health, agriculture, education and development. Crossroads projects also offer participants the opportunity to practice previously studied languages such as French or Portugese and to begin to learn African languages such as Akan or Swahili. Operation Crossroads is now accepting applications for the 2002 Pamwe Namibia program. For information and application materials contact Operation Crossroads, PO Box 5570, New York, NY 10027; tel: (212) 289-1949; fax: (212) 289-2526; e-mail:; web site: Application deadline is February 1, 2002.


Multilateral Initiative on Malaria

The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) will hold the third Pan-African conference on Malaria, November 2002, in Arusha, Tanzania.

The conference will focus on scientific progress and potential in malaria research with the aim of promoting the exchange of scientific ideas within Africa. There will be specific sessions to discuss mechanisms for linking scientific research and malaria control activities. More than twenty MIM-supported research projects across Africa will also be presented. For further information contact: Martin Alilo, MIM Secretariat, Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive MSC 2220, Building 31, Room B2C39, Bethesda, MD 20892; e-mail:

Interdisciplinary Symposium

The African American Studies and Research Center and the American Studies Program of Purdue University will host an interdisciplinary symposium entitled: The Black Atlantic, March 21-23, 2002 at Purdue University.

The Conference will explore the history, culture, and social and political experiences of people in the Atlantic world whose lives have been shaped by the African diaspora. Work on individuals, movements, and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean that are part of the Black Atlantic are welcome. Possible topics may include: migration and identity; diasporic literature and culture; imagined geographies; transnational movements and politics; postcolonial species and power; inscriptions of home and exile; and politics of race.

Those interested in submitting papers must send two copies of detailed abstracts for individual 30-minute presentations or 2-hour panels with up to three speakers. Abstracts should be five pages or less. For more information contact: Carolyn Johnson, Interim Director, African American Studies and Research Center, 1367 LAEB, Room 6182, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1367.

** This is the final Tuesday Bulletin for the Fall 2001 Semester.
The next bulletin will begin on Tuesday, January 8, 2002.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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