MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/25/05


Issue No. 3, Spring 2005 January 25, 2005


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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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 Center.

February 3, Thursday

"Education and Training in the Context of a Global Labor Market; Who Gains and Who Loses? The Case of Zimbabwe," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Albert Natsa, Faculty (Univ. of Zimbabwe), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


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 website:

MSU Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

The Michigan State University Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is inviting outstanding senior PKP students and graduates who have not begun graduate work to submit applications for the National Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Competition. Sixty competitive Fellowships of $5,000 each and forty $2,000 Awards of Excellence will be awarded for the 2005-2006 academic year. All national nominees receive a one-year active membership in Phi Kappa Phi.

The criteria considered in the competition are: 1) undergraduate academic performance; 2) leadership and service on the campus and in the community; 3) evidence of graduate potential; 4) personal statement of educational perspective, purpose and objectives; and 5) letters of recommendation from three individuals who can attest to the applicant's performance and character.

Contact Tina Houghton, the Michigan State University Phi Kappa Phi representative at;

Phone: (517) 432-2500; Fax: (517) 355-4565 for further
details. Applications must be received in the MSU
Chapter office by February 1, 2005.

Film course, Second half of Spring semester 2005 Two-credit Film Course, March 17-April 28, 2005

AL 492: "Remembering the Past, Celebrating the

Perspectives on South Africa @10." The world is celebrating South Africa for its 10 years of one of the most extraordinary and relatively peaceful transitions from racial injustice to democratic rule. The MSU African Studies faculty proposes a two-credit course on South African film and video to expose MSU undergraduates to the rich history and vibrant present of South Africa. Built with two key South African visitors and several faculty experts on South Africa and its media, the seven-session course will begin after MSU's spring break. For more information contact David Wiley or John Metzler in the MSU African Studies Center; phone: 353-1700.

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:

The African Studies Center will have a limited number of tickets available soon (the first 50 sold are the very best seats). Ticket cost is $16.50. Contact Lisa Frugé at the African Studies Center to reserve your tickets. Tickets are also available through the Wharton Center Box Office. Call 1-800-WHARTON or (517) 432-2000.

MSU Job posting - Sociocultural Anthropologist

The Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor position in Sociocultural Anthropology, specializing in Muslim Societies. The university seeks applications from individuals who hold a PhD in Sociocultural anthropology, and whose research focuses on Muslim societies of the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, or Southeast Asia. The candidate should specialize in at least some of the following areas: gender, identity, ethnicity, meaning, global-local interfaces. Candidates must demonstrate extramural funding experience. Responsibilities include teaching and development of curriculum in Anthropology (including four courses per academic year, specialty as well as introductory, general, and interdisciplinayr courses), advising graduate and undergraduate students, and pursuing research interests.

The position begins August 16, 2005; the application deadline is February 28, 2005. Send a letter of application, vitae, and names of three references to: Muslim Societies Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, 354 Baker Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1118. Direct inquiries to William Derman at

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 p.m.

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 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- mail:


37th Annual Liberian Studies Association Conf.

The 37th Annual Liberian Studies Association Conference will be hosted at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from March 31- April 3, 2005. The focus this year is: "Dominant Themes in Liberian Studies from Pre-Liberia to the Present." For more information, contact: Dr. Phyllis M. Belt-Beyan, College of Education, TLL, 3418 Sangren Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008; Phone: (269) 387-3898; e-mail:; or Dr. Amos J. Beyan, Department of History, 4453 Friedmann Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008;

Phone: (269) 387-2664; e-mail:

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, and others.

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 State University.

For registration and conference information, go to: tm or contact Drew Pierce at phone:(517) 353-8860/ 355-4490; fax: (517-432-1320; e-mail:

2nd African Finance Journal Conference

Call for Papers - The Africa Centre for Investment Analysis (University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa) in partnership with the African Finance Journal and the African Finance Association will host a conference on the theme: "Promoting Development Finance Research in Africa."

Scholars and practitioners with an interest on this subject are encouraged to submit papers for presentation. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the African Finance Journal. The emphasis of the conference will be on high-quality, theoretical and applied research focusing on issues relevant to emerging markets finance which has special relevance to Africa. Some of the areas of focus (not exclusively) are the following: Emerging Stock Markets Research; Microfinance in Emerging Economies; Emerging Corporate Finance; Commodities Markets Research; Emerging Bond Markets Research; Emerging Banking Research; Corporate Governance; Regulatory Issues in Africa; SMME Finance; Issues on Basel II Accord; FDI and Portfolio Investment in Africa; and Other areas of development finance.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is May 2, 2005 and for full papers, June 13, 2005. All abstract and full paper should be sent to Claire De Sousa at; Tel: ++27-21-918 4245 or

Fax: ++27-21-918 4262.


Government Research - Sub-Saharan Africa Studies Vacancy Announcement #WTST04290287

Application Deadline February2, 2005 The 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina has an intelligence analyst position (GG-0132 series) open for a qualified individual interested in conducting research in sub- Saharan Africa regional studies. The successful candidate will work with a team of civilian specialists writing studies 20-40 pages in length and must also be able to work closely with U.S. and possibly foreign military personnel. Candidates should have a thorough background in the history, politics, and culture of the region and must be willing to travel within the United States and abroad. Prior residence in sub-Saharan Africa is extremely desirable.

Required qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain a SECRET level security clearance;
  • A graduate degree in a relevant social science discipline (including history). A Ph.D. is preferred but not required;
  • Proficiency in French, Portuguese or a sub-Saharan African language and;
  • The ability to conduct solid research and write clearly in English.

The official announcement, with application instructions and links, can be found at the following websites:;; and Enter WTST04290287 for search by Keyword or Announcement Number.

Applicants must have a resume in the US Army's central RESUMIX database in order to be considered for this government position. Applicants should apply by using the US Government resume builder site that can be found linked to the official vacancy announcement or at:

From this page select "Employment Information" and then "RESUMIX Applicant's Kit." When entering your resume please make sure to answer the applicable questions on the Supplemental Data Sheet. For Question #8 on the Supplemental Data Sheet, if you have no prior military or government service, check the block for "Non Status Eligible." Follow the directions at the end of the Resume Builder to send your resume to the Central Resumix Database.

If you have specific questions concerning the position at Ft. Bragg or have trouble filling out the RESUMIX form, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Jeffrey Griffith, at (910) 432-4027 or by email at: <>. Application deadline is February 2, 2005.

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

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