MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/11/05


Issue No. 1, Spring 2005 January 11, 2005


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January 13, Thursday

"From 'Go, Go Papay Go, to 'The War is Over': Music, Art, Images and Stories from Liberia," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Tim Geysbeek, Visiting Assistant Professor of History (Grand Valley State University), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center (Complete title of talk to be Announced).

January 17, Monday

"Hear Our Voice: Student Activists Expressing Dr. King's Legacy." Student Leadership Conference, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, MSU Union Building. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. Free to the public.

January 21, Friday

The following two award-winning documentaries post 1994 South Africa will be shown at 7:00 p.m., Room 108 Bessey Hall.

"Long Night's Journey into Day," and

"A Red Ribbon Around My House." (See MSU announcements for details about the documentaries).


African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2005-06

The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2005-06 and for the 2005 Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI). The FLAS fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program for the study of African languages and non-language courses on Africa.

Detailed information on the fellowship, and on-line application guidelines and forms are available on the Center's website: Applicants who can not access the on-line forms can either use the printable PDF files available at the bottom of the application form webpage or contact the African Studies Center at (517) 353-1700; or e-mail:

The deadline for submitting applications to the Center is February 18, 2005. In accordance with the Title VI centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2005 will be hosted by Indiana University-Bloomington. For more information visit the following site:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Living His Legacy"

Following is the 2005 schedule of main events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Friday, January 14, 2005

"Showtyme at MSU" (A student talent contest) Begins at 8:00 p.m.
Ballroom, MSU Student Union
Free event; contest participation is open to all MSU students First, second and third place monetary prizes will be awarded by a panel of student judges.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Spirituals, Prayer and Protest..."What's Going On?" Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center. Free tickets (required to attend performances at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.). Tickets can be obtained by calling the Ticket Office at the Wharton Center, (517) 432-2000. The jazz concerts will feature MSU Jazz Band I, Rodney Whitaker, Director, and 'Professors of Jazz at MSU' and special guests, the MSU Wind Symphony, John Whitewell, Director.

Monday, January 17, 2005

  • "Into the Streets" Service Project Registration, 9:15 a.m. in 130 Business Complex

  • "Hear Our Voice: Student Activists Expressing Dr. King's Legacy" Student Leadership Conference 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration, 10:00 a.m., 2nd Floor, MSU Union Building Free to the public.

  • "Celebrating A Global Community" Celebratory Community Dinner Akers Hall Dining Room 4:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Dinner is free for MSU community members with a valid MSU ID (up to two tickets per ID card). Registration is required. The registration form is available at

  • Celebratory Marches to the Wharton Center 6:00 p.m. from Beaumont Tower; 6:15 p.m. from Akers Hall Members of the MSU and Greater Lansing communities join together for the traditional march to the Wharton Center.

  • Commemorative Convocation 7:00 p.m., Great Hall, Wharton Center Special preview of the James Baldwin play, "Blues for Mr. Charlie" presented by the MSU Theatre Department and followed by a discussion. Admission is free.

MSU units will also have commemorative events. Detailed information can be found at

Diplomatic & Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR)

Michigan State University has been selected to nominate students for a fellowship from Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR).

The DACOR fellowship, which is made primarily on the basis of academic excellence, will be awarded to a graduating MSU senior who plans to engage in master's degree study in international affairs (to be broadly construed as relating to international work, international studies, international programs, area language studies, etc.) at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States. It provides up to $10,000 exclusively for tuition and is for one year of full-time graduate study only. The fellowship is designated for U.S. citizens.

Competition details:

  1. Student applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., Thursday, January 20, 2005, to Dr. Charles Gliozzo, 209 International Center.

  2. Student application materials must include:
  1. A curriculum vitae prepared by the applicant.

  2. A transcript of the applicant's academic record at MSU and at any other institution of higher learning attended.

  3. An essay of approximately 600 words that expands on the information provided in the resume, as appropriate, and covers such matters as special academic or other accomplishments, work experience, experience related to international affairs (e.g., international travel, study abroad, foreign language competence, etc.), career objectives, and any other matters pertinent to the nominee's qualifications.

The recipient is expected to use the fellowship in the 2005-2006 academic year. Deferral is considered only in exceptional circumstances. Applicants need not be planning a career in the Foreign Service of the United States, although DACOR looks with favor on a career objective in public service.

MSU's three nominees and an alternate will be chosen by a three- to five-member selection committee, appointed by the Dean of International Studies and Programs and comprised of MSU faculty and staff, that will base its decision on the materials submitted. Materials from the top four MSU applicants will be forwarded to the DACOR Bacon House Foundation Education Committee, which will make the final selection.

Nominees will be invited to an interview, usually in March, either by members of the Education Committee in Washington, D. C., or by DACOR members who reside within proximity to MSU. One MSU student will receive a fellowship. This announcement will be made by DACOR in early April 2005.

Celebrating South Africa at Ten

Please join MSU in celebrating South Africa's ten years of freedom by participating in an evening of South African film.

Friday, January 21, 2005
Room 108 Bessey Hall
7:00 p.m.

Two documentaries on post 1994 South Africa:

  1. Long Night's Journey into Day South Africa, 2000, 94 min. Producer/Director: Frances Reid, Director: Deborah Hoffmann

For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When if finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid's rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future.

  1. A Red Ribbon Around My House South Africa, 2001, 26 min. Filmmaker: Portia Rankoane Volume 13 of Steps for the Future

A mother and daughter are in crisis because of their different responses to AIDS. Pinky, flamboyant and loud lets everyone know she is HIV-positive. But her daughter, Ntombi, is battling to just like everyone else. Her mother's courageous and touching refusal to be quiet or passive in the face of AIDS, sets them apart. Pinky acknowledges the difficulties her openness poses for her daughter, but makes no apology. Throughout it all, her sense of humor about life are apparent. We leave the film with Pinky doing what she does best living.

New Book on NRM Impact Assessment

CABI Press has just released the book "Natural Resource Management in Agriculture: Methods for Assessing Economic and Environmental Impacts," edited by Bekele Shiferaw, Ade Freeman and Scott Swinton (MSU African Studies Center Core Faculty Member). The book offers a cross-disciplinary overview of current methods with applications in the developing world. The book's web site is: http://www.cabi- ea=&PID=1843.


University of Georgia 2005 Group Projects Abroad

The Intensive Advanced Swahili Group Project Abroad (Swahili GPA) for the summer of 2005 will be held in Tanzania from June 17 to August 9, 2005.

Participants must be US citizens, or permanent residents and be junior/senior/graduate students in an institution of higher education and must have completed at least 3 semesters or the equivalent of Kiswahili.

The in-country director is Dr. Lioba Moshi, University of Georgia. All communication and questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Moshi at Application forms can be obtained from the African Studies Institute office at UGA, 319 Holmes/Hunter Bldg., Athens, GA 30602 or its website (on-line submission is encouraged: go to the site, select study abroad, then Tanzania, then GPA). Students should apply not later than January 31,


African Sports Across Disciplines Workshop

February 4-5, 2005, the Institute for African Child and the Sports Administration Program of Ohio University will hold a workshop, African Sports Across Disciplines, to provide a forum to examine the social, political, and economic impact of sports on African societies and future developments.

The presentations and debates will address themes such as politics, economics, administration, management, gender, conflict resolution, health and wellness, communication, marketing, and promotion.

The committee invites scholars, athletes, administrators, coaches, media, businesses, students, project managers and interested parties to attend and contribute to the success of the workshop.

In order to promote the dissemination of information relating to sports and Africa, the organizers of the workshop sincerely hope to publish any significant outcomes from the workshop in Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sports. Participants are encouraged to contribute by giving a short presentation or a poster display on their research or project. These short presentations will be video taped and also published by the Journal.

Contributors are requested to send a short paragraph of their presentation to: Gerard Akindes, Ohio University; e-mail:; Matthew Kirwin, Ohio University; e-mail: or Nana Owusu-Kwarteng, Ohio University; e-mail:


Visiting Asst. Professor in Geography-Ohio Univ.

The Department of Geography invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor starting Fall, 2005. Applicants must have research experience and expertise in Africa and must be able to teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization in medical geography, environment, development, or who will contribute to the existing strengths in the department.

Completed application must include a letter of application, vita, copy of transcripts, and evidence of research and teaching experience. Please have three referees forward a letter of professional recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2005 Send applications to: Dr. Ronald Isaac, Chair, Department of Geography, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979; voice: (740)593-1138; Fax: (740) 593- 1139; e-mail:

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