MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/23/07

Issue No. 2 Spring 2007
January 23, 2007


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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January 25, Thursday

"Mobile HIV Testing in Makete District, Tanzania: How Outreach Surpasses Facility-based Service," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Christian Reed, MSU Advanced PhD Student (Anthropology), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

January 26, Friday

"Voters, but Not Yet Citizens: The Weak Demand for Vertical Accountability in Africa's Unclaimed Democracies," CASID/WID Forum with Carolyn Logan, Assistant Professor of Political Science (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

January 26, Friday

International Coffee Hour. Office of International Students and Scholars, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center Food Court.

February 1, Thursday

"The Rise and Fall of the Islamic Courts in Somalia," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Lee Cassanelli, Faculty, (Univ. of Pennsylvania), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

February 8, Thursday

"Future Directions of MSU's African Studies Center I," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with MSU African Studies Center faculty (TBA), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

February 15, Thursday

"Future Directions of MSU's African Studies Center II," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with MSU African Studies Center faculty (TBA), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

February 16, Friday

"Tourism Development in Niger," CASID/WID Forum with Boulou Akano, (Hubert H.Humphrey Fellow), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

February 22, Thursday

"Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with John Beck and Yvonne Lockwood, MSU Faculty (respectively Labor & Industrial Relations and Traditional Arts Program), 12:00 noon, MSU Museum Auditorium (note change of venue).


African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) for 2007-08 AY

The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2007-08 and for the 2007 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 15, 2007. 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: In accordance with the Title VI centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2007 will be hosted by the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. For details, please visit: for details.

2007 Compton Africa Peace Fellowships

Michigan State University's African Studies Center (ASC) and Women and International Development (WID) Program are offering Compton Africa Peace Fellowships to graduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa to support their dissertation field research in Africa. This program is an element of the MSU African Higher Education Partnerships Initiative (AHEPI). These dissertation fellowship awards are made possible by a grant from the Compton Foundation through its Peace Fellowship Program for addressing peace, conflict resolution, and security in Africa.

The goal of the Compton Fellowship Program in Peace and Security is to strengthen intellectual capacity in Sub-Saharan African nations and institutions that can address the challenges of conflict resolution, peace, and security issues intra- and internationally. The fellowships will support exceptional Ph.D. degree candidates at MSU from Sub-Saharan Africa who intend to return to their country or region of origin after completing their studies. A secondary goal is to promote the integration of environment, peace, and/or population issues in graduate-level study and research.

The Compton Foundation's peace and security program focuses on a variety of activities and issue areas which include: resolving and avoiding international and regional conflict; reducing the threat from weapons of mass destruction; and broadening the definition of national security to include environmental and population aspects.

For Information on eligible research topics, eligibility requirements, and application forms please visit: or Completed application forms must be submitted by mail and e- mail to: MSU-Compton Fellowship Committee, c/o David Wiley, African Studies Center, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1035; Tel: 517-353-1700; Fax: 517- 432-1209; e-mail: The application deadline is March 16, 2007.

Explore Africa at MSU, June 17-23, 2007

Explore Africa at MSU is a residential program designed for academically talented high school students (entering grades 10, 11, and 12) who would like to become immersed in learning about the tremendous diversity found within the continent of Africa. This program is a cooperative venture by the African Studies Center and the Office of Gifted and Talented Education at MSU.

Participants will attend daily language classes in Swahili; participate in sessions on African literature; develop self-selected projects on African topics; participate in African music and dance, as well as assist an African chef in making a traditional dinner.

For registration or other information, contact John Metzler, (517) 353-1700; e-mail:, url:


Time and History: Wole Soyinka and the Drama of

Existence - Request for articles for a special issue

For its special issue on the philosophical significance of Wole Soyinka's writing, the journal Philosophia Africana solicits relevant articles on any aspects of his versatile work.

Contributors may examine Soyinka's work in any genre - drama, poetry, fiction, occasional essays, or criticism - but analysis must focus on those themes with special appeal to an audience interested in philosophy. Relevant topics may address issues in one branch or several branches of the discipline, such as: aesthetic theories, philosophy of culture, ethics and morality, epistemology and metaphysics, or philosophy of religion. Other topics may address matters in Soyinka's cultural and social thought from the perspective of existentialism, political theory or activism, theories of tradition and change, or philosophy of history.

Send a title and an abstract (200 words or less) by March 30, 2007. Completed articles (7,000 words or less) are due by November 30, 2007. Submissions and inquiries can be sent by e-mail to: Dr. Peter Gratton, or posted to: The Editors, Philosophia Africana, Department of Philosophy, DePaul University, 2352 N. Clifton Ave, Suite 150, Chicago, IL 60614.

For detailed "Notes for Contributors" visit:

Sponsor a Girl from Africa

Here's an opportunity to help an individual African girl. The Canadian Harambee Education Society
( serves as a middle-person for people in the U.S. and Canada who wish to sponsor the education of an African girl in Kenya or Tanzania. School fees are about $400 to $450 a year.

The society gives you the name of the girl you sponsor. For more information, e-mail Carol Myers-Scotton at:, who sponsors a girl in Tanzania.


Fifteenth Annual Graduate Research Conference Boston University - March 9-11, 2007

The Graduate Research Conference in African Studies is an interdisciplinary conference intended for students at all levels of their graduate careers. The conference aims to provide a friendly and informal setting in which students can discuss their research. In past years, participants have presented research proposals, thesis chapters, methodological models, work in progress, or simply outlines of dissertation proposals. The keynote speaker is Emmanuel K Akyeampong.

Abstracts are due February 15, 2007. Email submissions to:, or Mail to: Graduate Student Conference African Studies Center, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. Abstracts submitted by mail should include the author's name, address, institutional affiliation, email address and phone number. A $20 conference fee can be paid upon registration at the beginning of the conference. For application forms or questions regarding the conference, please contact the conference organizers at


Dissertation Fellowships in Population,
Reproductive Health, and Economic Development

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is accepting applications for the Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development. The two-year fellowships of $20,000 per year will be awarded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and PRB. The fellowships are open to students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States and Canada. Students in economics, economic demography, geography, and epidemiology are especially encouraged to apply.

These fellowships will support dissertation research on topics that examine how population dynamics and family planning and reproductive health influence economic development, including economic growth, poverty reduction, and equity. Dissertations that address population and development issues pertinent to the African continent are especially encouraged. The research must include a strong quantitative component, with an emphasis on rigorous data analysis. The development or use of new statistical methods are also encouraged. Finally, the research must have a strong policy-relevant component, demonstrating an interest in communicating research results with program managers, planners, and policymakers.

The deadline to apply is February 16, 2007. For details visit: Direct inquiries to:


Librarian - Univ. of Kansas Libraries

The University of Kansas Libraries invite applications for the Librarian for African and African Diaspora Studies and Bibliographer for International Documents. The successful applicant will join a team of individuals engaged in building print and digital collections and in providing specialized reference services, instruction, consultation services and outreach activities in person and digitally for students, faculty, researchers and staff. The KU Libraries maintain outstanding collections in support of international programs, developed by a staff of librarians specializing in international cultures and languages. The KU Libraries' Africana collections total nearly 78,000 volumes, with a longstanding emphasis on the acquisition of African imprints. The international documents collections include components from United Nations, British documents and selected international agencies. The African Studies and International Documents Librarian reports to the Coordinator of the International Programs and Cultures Council within the University Libraries and will participate in our newly proposed Center for International and Area Studies Programs in Watson Library.

This is a 12-month, tenure-track, library faculty appointment. Librarians at the University of Kansas are members of the University faculty. Librarians participate in the Library Faculty Assembly and are members of the University Faculty Council. Librarians are evaluated annually first and foremost on the performance of professional responsibilities. In addition, librarians are expected to participate in, and are evaluated on, research, and service to the Libraries, the University, and the profession.

Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial screening will begin February 26, 2007. Complete application includes: letter of interest, a statement addressing each of the required and preferred qualifications, curriculum vitae, and the names with contact information of three references. Send to: African and African Diaspora Studies Librarian Search Committee, University of Kansas Libraries, 502 Watson, 1425 Jayhawk Boulevard, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 66045-7535, fax 785-864-5311, E-mail submission is encouraged.

Additional information about the University, the Libraries, and its collections can be found at and More information on the instructional services program is available at

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