MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/05/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/05/00

Issue No. 13, Fall 2000
December 5, 2000
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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December 6, Wednesday
"Rituals of Race: Pageants of American Democracy," lecture by Alessandra Lorini (History, Columbia University), 7:30 p.m., Green Room, MSU Union. The lecture is sponsored by Professor Darlene Clark Hine and the Comparative Black History PhD Program.

December 7, Thursday
"Civil Society and Symbolic Capital: Accommodation Between Muslim Societies and French Colonial Authorities in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries," African Studies Center Brown Bag with David Robinson, Distinguished Professor (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

December 7, Thursday
"MEDITRA: A Knowledge Base System on African Traditional Medicine," Special lecture by Dr. Laure Pauline Fotso, Visiting Faculty (New Mexico State University, Dept. of Computer Science), 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Sponsored by CASID, IIH, the Computer Center, and the African Studies Center.


$1 Million Grant Awarded to MSU Professor

Professor Micheal Bratton (Political Science) has been awarded a $1.05 million grant by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for a major cross-national research project to track what African citizens think about recent political and economic reforms in their countries. Known as the Afrobarometer, the project is a collaborative enterprise of MSU and two African research institutes: the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-Ghana) and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA). It is built on institutional linkages established by Bratton on behalf of MSU.

Faculty News

Jim Bingen (Resource Development) is on a one-year appointment as a visiting expert with the Rural Institutions and Participation Service of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.


Sankofa Shule

Sankofa Shule, located in Lansing, MI is looking for international students or future foreign language teachers to teach Kiswahili, French, Spanish, and Japanese. If you are available from 8:00am to 10:00 am daily and 8:00 am to noon on Friday's please call (517) 394-4023 or email:

UNICEF Ireland

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, works to ensure the survival and development of children, with particular emphasis on the poorest children in the poorest countries of the world. The function of UNICEF Ireland is to inform people about the needs and rights of children, the work of UNICEF, and to raise funds in support of that work.

On March 6, 2001, an Auction, entitled Movie Action for Children,featuring rare movie memorabilia will be held at Sotheby's Auction House in New York, and donations are welcomed to help in the effort to wipe out mother to child HIV/AIDS transmission in three African countriesZambia, Zimbabwe, and the Ivory Coast. Movie Action for Children proceeds will go to UNICEF's Mother to Child HIV/AIDS Transmission Programme. Results of a recent study indicate that a low cost drug that can achieve a superior reduction in mother to child transmission of AIDS with only a small dose to the mother and a single dose to the child. The cost for each mother/child pair is approximately $4. Despite the low cost, there are not enough funds to develop this programme to the extent that is needed. To find out more about this program or to make donations contact:Movie Action for Children, William Earley, Chairman, UNICEF Ireland, 28 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland; Tel: 00-353-1-878-3000; Fax: 00- 353-1-878-6655; website:

Book Project on African Families

Authors are being sought to contribute a chapter to a forthcoming book entitled A Handbook on African Families: Past Reflections and Contemporary Realities, to be published as a Praeger Publishers imprint by the Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, later in 2001. This volume would provide a depth of knowledge for our understanding of the many different types of families in several countries in Africa. The variety of topics and countries to be covered will serve as a basis for understanding how family systems change and the consequences of family change in country-specific contexts. Prospective authors are needed for following countries: Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Angola, Central African Republic, Peoples Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Swaziland. In recognition of contributions, the publisher will send a free copy of the book, when it is published. To find out further details about this book project contactDr. Yaw Oheneba- Sakyi, Associate Professor of Sociology & Director, Africana Studies Program, State Univ. of New York (SUNY), 44 Pierrepont Avenue, Potsdam, NY 13676- 2294; Tel: (315) 267-2563; Fax: (315) 267-2743; email:, or Dr. Baffour K. Takyi, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, University of Akron, Olin Hall 226, Akron, OH 44325-1905; Tel: (330) 972-6887; Fax: (330) 972-5377; email:


Call for Papers
Middle States African Studies Association

The Middle States African Studies Association is currently seeking paper and panel proposals for the second conference on the theme "Black Plague: Health, Population & AIDS in the African Diaspora," May 3-6, 2001, West Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia. Papers from all disciplines are welcome. Some topics might include the following: Health and Wealth Studies; Disease and Pandemics; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Africa and the Digital Divide; Population, Migration and Fertility; Historical Legacy; African/African Diaspora Literature; Diaspora studies and Pan-Africanism; Environmentalism. If you are interested in presenting, please send a 200 word abstract by January 21, 2001 to Dr. C. Stuart McGehee, Dean, Department of History, 307 Hill Hall, Campus Box 162, West Virginia State College, Institute West Virginia 25112-1000. Phone: (304) 766-3240; Fax: (304) 766- 5186; E-mail: Direct inquires to the same address.

African Studies Conference - February 22-23, 2001

The Department of Africana Studies at Tennessee State University will host "Africans in the USA: Which Way in the 21st Century?" the theme for the Seventh Annual African Studies Conference to be held in Nashville. All day concurrent workshops and plenary sessions are planned. The featured guest speaker is Dr. Cornel West. For conference details and registration contact: Department of Africana Studies, Tennessee State University, 3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard, Jane Elliott Hall, (Women's Bldg), Nashville, TN 37209-1561; Tel: (615-963-5561); Fax:(615) 963-7472; email:

National Council for Black Studies, Inc. (NCBS)

"Homecoming: Returning to Our African Values," is the theme of this 25th Anniversary Conference to be held March 22-25, 2001 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of the discussion topics are: African Visual Performing Arts; Black Women in Action: National and Global Perspectives; African Centered Research; Black Men in Dialogue; African Spirituality; Africana Literature; Black Aging; and International Dialogue: Issues and Challenges. For Conference information and registration contact: The National Council For Black Studies, Inc. (NCBS); 25th Anniversary International Conference; National Office, SAC 1115, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, California 90747-0001; Tel: (310) 243- 2169; Fax: (310) 516-3987.


Professor of African History - Susquehanna Univ

Susquehanna University, a small, private liberal arts college located in Pennsylvania, invites applications for one tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. Candidate will teach survey courses in African History and upper-level courses in area of specialty, sub- Saharan Africa, time period open. Comparative approaches, attention to migration and the African diaspora and to questions of gender preferred.Ph.D. by fall 2001 required. Teaching experience highly desirable. Review of applications will begin December 5, 2000 and continue until the position has been filled. Interviewing will occur at the AHA Convention. Send letter of application, c.v., and three letters of reference to History Department, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 17870; email: An AA/EEO, Susquehanna University strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and disabled persons.

Professor of History - Denison University

The Denison University History Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in sub-Saharan African history beginning August 2001. Specialization is open. Candidate must be able to teach survey and upper-level courses in African history, as well as courses in a field outside Africa. PhD and teaching experience preferred. The deadline is December 1, 2000, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send credentials, including full dossier, to Margaret L. Meriwether, Chair, Department of History, Denison University, Granville, OH 43023. E-mail:

Professor of African History - Harvard University

The Department of History at Harvard University is accepting applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in African history, with emphasis on the regions of east and/or southern Africa, to begin September 2001. Completion of the PhD prior to appointment is required. Application deadline is December 1, 2000. Send letter of application and dossier to Prof. David Blackborn, Chair, Department of History, Harvard University, 201 Robinson Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138.


Message-Id: <> Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2000 16:38:04 -0500 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 13

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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