MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/11/05
THE TUESDAY BULLETIN
Issue No. 1, Spring 2005
January 11, 2005
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://africa.msu.edu>
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: http://africa.msu.edu/. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
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
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 http://www.msu.edu/aacm/MLK.
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.
Student applications must be submitted by 5 p.m.,
Thursday, January 20, 2005, to Dr. Charles
Gliozzo, 209 International Center.
Student application materials must include:
A curriculum vitae prepared by the applicant.
A transcript of the applicant's academic record
at MSU and at any other institution of higher
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
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
Friday, January 21, 2005
Room 108 Bessey Hall
Two documentaries on post 1994 South Africa:
Long Night's Journey into Day
South Africa, 2000, 94 min.
Producer/Director: Frances Reid, Director: Deborah
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.
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
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:
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
email@example.com. Application forms can be obtained from
the African Studies Institute office at UGA, 319
Holmes/Hunter Bldg., Athens, GA 30602 or its website
http://www.uga.edu/afrstu (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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Matthew Kirwin, Ohio
University; e-mail: Matthew.F.Kirwin.email@example.com 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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