MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/18/05
THE TUESDAY BULLETIN
Issue No. 2, Spring 2005
January 18, 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 20, Thursday
"MLK and MSU: A Shared International Vision?," ISP presentation to commemorate the Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr, with David Wiley, Director of the African Studies Center and
professor Sociology (MSU), and Robert Green, worked with Dr. King in the 1960's as
education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. Green was also
the first African-American to receive tenure in MSU's College of Education. Presentations
will begin at 12:00 noon on the 3rd floor of the International Center. There will be a
light luncheon beginning at 11:45 a.m.
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,"
"A Red Ribbon Around My House."
(See MSU announcement for details about the documentaries).
January 27, Thursday
"The Introduction of Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes to Reduce Vitamin A Deficiency in
Mozambique: A Case Study in Gaza," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Richard
Bernsten, Professor, Agricultural Economics (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International
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: email@example.com.
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 website:
Course Announcement, Spring 2005
New African Course Seminar in African History
- HST 484
- Land, Labor, and Lives: Themes in South
African History. Themes include: the land and
environment; socio-economic livelihoods and forms of
labor (slavery, migrant labor); segregation/apartheid and
resistance to it; gender; youth politics; anti-apartheid
movements (including at MSU); the transition from
apartheid to democracy; and contemporary problems and
culture (including music). Films and special guest
lectures by leading MSU professors are included. Extra
credits available. Contact the instructor: Dr. Peter Limb
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 432-6123, ext. 239 for further
details on the course.
Two-week Course for Planners and Policy Makers
The Women and International Development Program
(WID) at MSU is offering a two-week, on-campus short
course entitled "Gender, Sustainable Agriculture, and
Natural Resource Management," from May 15-27,
This course is designed to provide those working for
NGOs, government departments and ministries,
universities, and the private sector with gender-sensitive
tools and skills necessary to carry out successful
program development, policy making, and research in
the areas of natural resource management and
sustainable agricultural development. The application
deadline is April 1, 2005.
For additional information regarding the course and
registration fees contact the WID office at Women and
International Development, 206 International Center,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-
1035, USA; Phone: (517) 353-5040; Fax: (517) 432-
4845; e-mail: email@example.com; web:
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:
1) 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 it 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.
2) 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
Soweto Gospel Choir - MSU Wharton Center
The 32-member Soweto Gospel choir will share their
vibrant and colorful culture of South Africa on Sunday,
February 20, 2005 at 4:00 p.m.
The choir along with thrilling drummers and dancers
offer a musical cornucopia of traditional African gospel
and modern western spirituals sung in six of Soweto's
11 languages. Please visit the Soweto Gospel Choir's
web-site at: http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com/
The African Studies Center will have a limited number
of tickets available soon. Ticket cost is $16.50. Tickets
are also available through the Wharton Center Box
Office. Call 1-800-WHARTON or (517) 432-2000.
Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra will
perform at the MSU Wharton Center for Performing
Arts (The Great Hall) on Friday, March 25, 2005 at 8:00
Led by pianist Arturo O'Farrill, the acclaimed Afro-
Latin Jazz Orchestra is comprised of 18 prominent
soloists from the Latin Jazz scene. Wynton Marsalis,
artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, urged
O'Farrill to create the ALJO to continue the innovations
of musicians like Mario Bauza, Machito, and O'Farrill's
father, the late Chico O'Farrill.
Tickets are available from Clyde Hanna at the Wharton
Center. Please call (517) 353-1982, ext. 122. Ticket
cost is $5.00.
Commercial Service to Reduce Foreign Accents in
English -East Lansing, Michigan
Visit http://www.leslie2k.com to learn more about
accent reduction tutoring. The information page on
Accent Reduction has a free translation service link on
the page for those with limited English.
There will be 20 sessions. Clients will receive 1 hour of
1 on 1 tutoring and ½ hour of Conversational English.
Additionally, they will have exclusive use to audio files
for at-home practice. For cost and other information
contact Katie or Bill Eubank at (517) 337-5004 or e-
NEH Summer Institute - African Cinema
Dakar, Senegal - June 8 - July 6, 2005
The Department of African Studies, Howard University,
in conjunction with the Institute of African American
Affairs at New York University and the West African
Research Center, announces an NEH Summer Institute
to be held in Dakar, Senegal, June 8 to July 6, 2005. The
focus of the institute is AFRICAN CINEMA, and it is
open to US College and University faculty in the
humanities and social sciences currently teaching or
planning to teach courses with significant African
humanities content and focus. The Institute is designed
to reinforce and expand a humanistic approach to
African Studies by providing College and University
faculty with a site-based program on the context and
significance of African Cinema and its applications to
college and university curricula.
The Institute will be organized and conducted primarily
on the basis of seminars, film screenings and
discussions. Attendance and participation at all sessions
NEH provides a stipend of $3000.00 to each selected
participant to help cover travel and living expenses in
Dakar. Travel to and from New York, meals, insurance
and incidentals will be the responsibility of the selected
participants. For more information on the Institute and
application procedures and materials, visit
http://www.coas.howard.edu/neh/. E-mail inquiries may
be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 238-
2355 or (212) 998-2139. The deadline for submitting
complete applications is March 1, 2005.
International Conference and Workshop on Ethics
and Development - April 8-15, 2005
Michigan State University will host this three-part
International Conference and Workshop entitled: "The
Capabilities Approach in Practice." Speakers include
Onora O'Neill, Des Gasper, Nigel Dower, Sakiko
Fukuda-Parr, David Crocker, Asun St. Clair, Dan Little,
Paul Thompson, renowned filmmaker Mandy Jacobson,
The purpose of this conference is to explore the
practical value of the Capability Approach, first initiated
by Nobel laureate Amartya K. Sen. In addition,
participants will be discussing how best to move
forward with a new interdisciplinary doctoral
specialization in ethics and development at Michigan
For registration and conference information, go to:
or contact Drew Pierce at phone:(517) 353-8860/ 355-
4490; fax: (517-432-1320; e-mail: email@example.com.
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Art of Sub-Saharan Africa
and/or Art of the African Diaspora- Williams College
Williams College invites applications for a two-year
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for new Ph.D.'s to
begin in the fall of 2005 in the art of sub-Saharan Africa
and/or the art of the African Diaspora.
The successful candidate will have an appointment in
the Department of Art and will teach one course per
semester, including a survey of the art of sub-Saharan
Africa or the art of the African Diaspora and an upper-
level course from his or her area of specialization. The
successful candidate will also need to be available to
advise students doing individual research in projects in
the area of African studies.
The Mellon Fellows at Williams are included in
Department activities as regular junior faculty members
and they will work closely with a faculty mentor.
The fellowship includes a salary of $35,000 plus
benefits and funds to support research and travel.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of
the United States, or expect to pursue a teaching career
in the United States.
Please submit a letter of application, c.v., a graduate
school transcript, three letters of recommendation, and
a brief description of teaching interests. Review of
applications will begin on January 31, 2005 and
continue until the search is completed. Send application
materials to: Michael A. Glier, Department of Art,
Lawrence Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
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