MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/13/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/13/01

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November 15, Thursday

No Brown Bag ASA Annual Meeting

November 16, Friday

"HIV-AIDS: How Health Communication Campaigns Can Help," CASID/WID Series with Bella Mody, Faculty (Department of Telecommunications, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 18, Sunday

Global Festival 2001, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. (See MSU Announcements), MSU Student Union (corner of Grand Riverand Abbott Road in East Lansing). Call 353-1735 or 351-5106 for further information.

November 20, Tuesday

"Zimbabwe Today: Recent Political and Social Developments," African Studies Center Special seminar with Dr. John Mudiwa Makumbe, Professor (Dept. of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Zimbabwe), 3:30 - 5:00p.m., Room 201, International Center.

November 22, Thursday

No Brown Bag Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29, Thursday

"DOING the History of Muslim Societies in African History," African Studies Center Brown Bag with David Robinson, Faculty (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Rm 201, International Center.


Course Announcements - Spring 2002

Gender/Development/Globalization Tuesday, 9:10-12:00 noon, Instructor, Rita S. Gallin: e- mail

This course focuses on women and post-colonial regimes of production and reproduction. Through readings and discussions, students will explore how capital, culture, and politics are linked to women's lives and communities and to their organization. The goal throughout the course will be to analyze the way historical transformations are implicated in unequal relations among and between people and nations and to interrogate the possibility of a feminist and international politics of solidarity.

African-American Literature

ENG 850/991C, Figures and Figurations of Black Radical Tradition, is a graduate course scheduled to meet Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. The course takes a cue from Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, Cedric J. Robinson's "classic" but under-recognized text. It will engage relatively recent writings in and sometimes on "radical" or, more preferably, "revolutionary" traditions in African/Diasporic contexts.

Some of the overall themes to be considered are Diaspora and De-Colonization, Self-Determination via Female Militance, The Ecstasy of Revolt, "Man" and Empire, The Myth of the So-Called "Negro," Pan- Africanism against "Dollarism" and "Native Bourgeoisies," The Prison of Neo-Slavery, and African Matriarchal Foundations.

Students should have read from Robinson's critique of both Western Capital and Western Marxism before the first class. For further details, contact Professor Greg Thomas, 205 Morrill Hall, 355-1777.

Travel the World in a Day - Global Festival 2001

MSU students representing dozens of countries around the world will share their culture and talents with exhibits and demonstrations, exciting and colorful performances and an entire floor of children's activities. Pick up your "passport", enjoy delicious food at the global cafÈ or ala carte and purchase a gift at the World Gift Shop (items are donated and proceeds are used for tuition scholarships for the spouses of international students). The cafÈ is open from 12:00 noon to 3:00p.m. and ala carte foods are available all afternoon. There is something for everyone so.....bring your family and friends and join the festival on Sunday, November 18, 2001, in the MSU Union. Admission is free!

For more information call the CVIP office, 353-1735 or Lois Park, festival coordinator, 351-5106. The Global Festival is co sponsored by International Studies and Programs, the Office for International Students and Scholars, the MSU Student Union and Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP).

WANTED: Items from your world travels which you no longer want. Donate to the World Gift Shop. Proceeds provide scholarships for spouses of MSU international students. To donate call Lillian Kumata, 351-6046.


Institute for the African Child

Call for Papers HIV/AIDS and the African Child: Health Challenges, Educational Possibilities April 11-13, 2002 Athens, Ohio USA

The Institute for the African Child at Ohio University announces its fourth annual conference, HIV/AIDS and the African Child: Health Challenges, Educational Possibilities, to be held in Athens, Ohio from 11-13 April 2002. Paper and panel presentations are sought that address this complex health and social issue from all academic and practitioner perspectives.

The Institute for the African Child was founded in 1998 to promote collaboration between Ohio University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Communication, Education, Health and Human Services and Osteopathic Medicine on every dimension of children and child survival across Africa. Previous conferences have focused on the African girl child, child soldiers, and on setting an agenda for the Institute. The Institute sponsors a series of courses during the Summer Quarter, attracting graduate students and professionals from all over Africa.

Scholars and practitioners from every discipline are encouraged to participate in the conference with papers and/or media presentations related to its broad theme, stressing descriptive, analytical and prescriptive approaches to the issues of HIV/AIDS and the Africa's children. Children and their families, communities and the state, are all possible foci of presentations as well in that the Institute for the African Child fosters interdisciplinary research. 'HIV/AIDS Awareness in the Secondary Curriculum and Teacher Preparation,' 'Medical Intervention with Children with AIDS in Rural Areas,' 'AIDS and Refugee Populations,' 'School Teachers and HIV/AIDS' would be a few examples of paper topics. The Institute would like to have as many regions of the continent as possible represented in the presentations.

Send a one-page abstract by January 15, 2002 to Mr. Abdul Lamin, Conference Coordinator, Institute for the African Child, Burson House, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 USA or by e-mail to Registration materials for the conference are available by mail and online at Dr. Diane Ciekawy in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University is the Conference Convener.

In cooperation with the Institute for the African Child, Ohio University Press will publish a volume related to this conference, edited by Arvind Singhal and Stephen Howard. Prospective publication date is World AIDS Day, 2003. See accompanying call for papers for the book, for further information.

Call for Papers (An Edited Book)

HIV/AIDS and African Children: Health Challenges and Educational Possibilities

by Arvind Singhal and W.Stephen Howard Ohio University

Submissions are invited for an edited volume entitled HIV/AIDS and African Children: Health Challenges and Educational Possibilities. This edited volume is being supported by Ohio University's Institute for the African Child <> and will be published by the Research in International Studies of the Ohio University Press <>.

The Institute for the African Child at Ohio University was established in 1998 to focus on the health, education, and development issues facing Africa's children, and to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration across the social sciences, communication, health, education and medical fields. The Institute's vision of African development is a child-centric and future oriented one.

Why this volume on HIV/AIDS and children? An estimated 45 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS; over 21 million people have died, leaving behind some 16 million AIDS orphans. The African continent has been most ravaged by HIV/AIDS. HIV prevalence rates in most countries in the Southern African region range from 20 to 40 percent of all adults, and children represent a quarter of that statistic. The marginal position of children has made them particularly vulnerable to further spread of the disease.

Full-length chapters (6,000 to 7,000 words) and shorter case-studies (1,000 to 2,500 words) are invited from both scholars and practitioners with disciplinary affiliations in public health, communication, education, development, social work, and other relevant areas. Submissions with implications for policy, strategy, and advocacy are especially welcome.

Please mail one hard copy of the manuscript and one copy on floppy disk (in MS-Word format) for consideration to Steve Howard, Director, African Studies Program, Burson House, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA by April 1, 2002. Submissions may also be made via email attachments to An abstract of 200 words with contact information and brief biographies of all authors should accompany the manuscript.

For substantive information, please feel free to contact either of the volume editors; Arvind Singhal, Tel: 740- 593-4903; Fax: 740-593-4810; email: or W.Stephen Howard, Tel: 740-593-1834; Fax: 740- 593-1837; email:

Those submitting papers to the present edited book are strongly encouraged to also attend the international and interdisciplinary conference on the same topic of "HIV/AIDS and African Children: Health Challenges and Educational Possibilities" on the Athens, Ohio campus April 11 to 13, 2002.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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