TMSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/19/10

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements Events
Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Hijabs and History in Northern Nigeria," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Elisha Renne, Faculty (Anthropology, Univ. of Michigan), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Reframing Contemporary Africa: Politics, Economics and Culture in the Global Era: A Book Talk," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Rita Kiki Edozie, Faculty (James Madison College, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Valuing Cotton Co-Products in the C-4: Opportunities and Challenges," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Sonja Perakis, MSU Advanced Graduate Student (Ag. Food, and Resource Economics), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Exploring Logistics Complexity among African Nations: A Macro Perspective," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Anthony Ross, Faculty (Supply Chain Management, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Incorporating a Global Perspective into K-12 Science and Social Studies Teaching: The Tanzanian Partnership Curriculum Development Project," Global Initiative Forum for Future Teachers (GIFT), with speakers, Dwight Sieggren and Barbara Naess, (Michigan school teachers), 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Room 252 Erickson Hall. Contact: Margo Glew for more information at: 355-8534 or e-mail: Announcements
CASID/WID Application for FLAS 2010-2011 AY

The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) at Michigan State University awards graduate fellowships under the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program of the U.S. Department of Education. The FLAS fellowship program is designed to meet critical needs for specialists in American education, government, and other services of a public and/or professional nature who will utilize their skills in training others and in developing throughout the United States a wider knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures.

CASID/GenCen's FLAS Fellowships are awarded to graduate students enrolled in programs that combine the study of a modern foreign language with advanced training and research in international development studies. Fellowship support includes the payment of tuition and fees (up to $12,000 per academic year) and a stipend of $15,000 for the academic year. To be considered for fellowship support, applicants must be a citizen or national of the United States; or a permanent resident of the United States; or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Applicants also must have earned a baccalaureate or comparable degree before the fellowship period begins and be admitted to or currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Michigan State University. The CASID/GenCen application deadline is February 16, 2010.

For application materials please go to: For additional information, please contact: Dr. Andrea Allen, Associate Director, CASID, Michigan State University, 202 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone (517) 884-2141; Fax (517) 353-8765. SAVE THE DATE: Spring 2010: African Studies Center Prominent Africanist Lecture Series

Lecture I

Date: February 25, 2010 - 5:30-7:00pm - 1279 Anthony Hall

Guest Lecturer: Oyeronke Oyewumi, Associate Professor of Sociology, SUNY, and author of The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses, speaking on: "Sarah Palin's `Witch Pastor': African Intellectuals and Gender in a Global Age." Sponsored by the African Studies Center, Center for Gender in Global Context, and James Madison College.

Lecture II

Date: March 26, 2010 - 5:00-7:00pm - 3rd Floor International Studies and Programs Building.

Guest Lecturer: Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Dean and Professor of History, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, CA and author of Barack Obama and African Diasporas, speaking on: "African Diasporas: Toward a Global History." Sponsored by the African Studies Center, Department of History, African American and African Studies Department, and James Madison College.

A light reception will follow both lectures. African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS): 2010-2011 AY

The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2010-2011 and for the 2010 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. Up to date information and on-line application forms are available at:

Candidates must have completed application procedures by February 19, 2010. Related application materials are to be mailed to the Assistant Director of the African Studies Center, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; e-mail:

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) 2010

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) 2010 will be hosted by Michigan State University from June 14 to August 6, 2010. More information on SCALI and the application form are available at: and at

Students interested in SCALI need to immediately complete the "Expression of Interest" form found at Graduate students who are interested in the MSU summer FLAS fellowship should apply using the SCALI application form given above. 2010 Summer Study Abroad Programs at MSU

Society and Ecology of Kenya

This program, offered through the Colleges of Social Science and Natural Science, will focus upon the interaction between people and the biophysical environment. In today's world, ecological changes are often driven by changes in human behavior and land use. Human behavior can be changing as a result of political, economic, or societal factors, but also as a result of environmental changes.

Offered across colleges, this program will allow students to draw on their own and instructors' expertise on both sides of the human—environment interaction. More details about this program can be found at

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2010. For more information, contact: Gabe Ording, Department of Entomology, Phone: (517) 353-8599; e-mail:; or Larry Besaw, Department of Entomology, Phone: (517) 355-3785; e-mail:

Healthcare in Ghana: A Public Health Perspective

This four-week program combines classroom lectures with field trips and a service learning experience to introduce students to public health in Ghana. Students enroll in HM 847 Health Care in Ghana: A Public Health Perspective for four credits. While Health Care in Ghana is targeted to public health students, it is open to students from ALL majors. Health Care in Ghana offers lectures about Ghana's historical, social, political, economic and cultural environment to provide a context for understanding health care beliefs and practices in Ghana, and covers topics on health care needs, Traditional and Western health care delivery systems, and public health problems and practices. The course includes a week-long stay in a rural village interviewing Ghanaians about their health care beliefs and practices and engaging in a service learning experience with the community. Evaluation of students' work will include community assessment, writing exercises, group presentations and journaling.

Field trips include Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle, Kumasi, Bonwire, Kakum National Forest, orphanages, schools, craft centers, cloth markets, museums, local theater, and other cultural institutions. The Ghana program provides a unique opportunity to experience local African and non-African cuisine, art, music, and village-based living.

For more information, contact Professor Connie Currier, (517) 353-4825; e-mail: The deadline to apply is March 1, 2010. Study Abroad Programs in Africa - Info Meetings


Food, Nutrition and Health

Summer 2010

Thursday, January 21

6:00 p.m. - 1260 Anthony Hall

Direct inquiries to Chris Barden, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, (517) 432-8785; or e-mail: 2010 Spring Course Announcements

ANP 491 - An Anthropological Introduction to Islam in Africa, Section 002, Wed. 1:50-4:40 p.m.

This course aims to provide an overview of "African" Islam through the work of Muslim and non-Muslim scholars from anthropology and other related disciplines. The instructor will begin with an overview of the fundamentals of Islam before turning to the diverse accounts of the historical spread of Islam to Africa, the religious implications of the African slave trade and European colonialism, and Islamic philosophies, education, prayer, novels, law and politics in different African countries and contexts. Themes of religious conversion, gendered dynamics, migration, and the relationship of Islam to human rights will also be explored. Case studies will focus on Senegal, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Mayotte, Kenya, Sudan and the Americas. The class will visit the Islamic Center of East Lansing, watch films, and hear alternative accounts of Islam in Africa from guest speakers. Seminar participants will post weekly reactions to readings and activities to a listserv, and create, through research, their own accounts of African Islamic worlds. For information contact: Professor Mara Leichtman at:

ENG 431b - Third World Cinema: Africa, The Caribbean, the Edges of Globalization

Third World Cinema is a loose and generic title intended to group together films from outside the mainstream Hollywood or European studios. Initially this grouping naturally included films from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. With time, the concept of Third World cinema has come to include "ethnic" films, and more generally, films associated with a minority, or Fourth World, population within First World countries or films made by peoples of the Third World, regardless of whether they actually live in their home countries or abroad.

Work in class this semester will be focused on the films from Africa and the Caribbean, with particular attention to such issues as r! ace, urban settings, globalization and melodrama. Students will view a number of films that present the current moment in their countries as experiencing varying degrees of crisis as seen in the worlds that children come to inhabit, the illegal immigration flows, and especially the consequences of a world order that has left their societies in difficulty. Not all the films deal with crises, but the settings are urban and as such set the stage for issues involving the passage into modernity, the failures of the state, the day-to-day scramble for living for many, and ultimately the drama of children who live on the edge, in the street, often on their own. For more information contact Professor Ken Harrow at: Other Announcements
Intensive KiSwahili in Tanzania, Summer 2010

The Association of African Studies Programs (AASP) and the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) in cooperation with Michigan State University announce the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad for Intensive Advanced Kiswahili in Tanzania (June 18 – August 7, 2010).

The seven-week program is offered by the Association of African Studies Programs and the African Language Teachers Association with the support of the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program. Michigan State University's African Studies Center and Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, in collaboration with the University of Florida and the University of Dar es Salaam, will conduct the program at the MS-Training Center for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC) in Arusha, Tanzania.

Applicants must be:

-U.S. citizens/permanent residents of the United States

-Graduate/professional students with a focus on Africa

-Undergraduate juniors or seniors focusing on Africa

Applications will be available at all university African studies centers across the nation and on the Michigan State University African Studies Center website at Applications can be submitted electronically. The application deadline is February 19, 2010.

For more information contact: Dr. Deo Ngonyani, Michigan State University, A-614 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027; Phone: (517) 353-4051; Fax: (517) 432-2736; e-mail:

Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.

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