MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/27/04


Issue No. 3 Spring 2004
January 27, 2004


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January 27-29, Tuesday - Thursday

Peace Corps on Campus to conduct Informational meetings and Interviews. (See MSU announcements for details).

January 29, Thursday

"A New Agroecology of Epidemic Malaria in Africa: Maize and Malaria in Ethiopia," African Studies Center Brown Bag with James McCann, Visiting Professor (History, Boston University), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

January 30, Friday

"Hyenas," Film directed by Djibril Diop Mambety, Main Library, W449. Free Admission. Discussion following film will be led by Dr. Ken Harrow, Professor of English and Film Studies.

February 5, Thursday

"Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction: How can they be jointly achieved?" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Cynthia Donovan, Faculty (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 12, Thursday

"Monrovia Four Months after Charles Taylor: a Personal View," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tim Geysbeek, Visiting Professor of History (Grand Valley State University), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Peace Corps Information and Interviews at MSU

Peace Corps has over 4000 positions to fill this year in areas of Education, Business, Health, Environment and Agriculture. All majors are welcome to apply. Applications should be submitted by Monday, January 26th if possible.

On campus Interviews will be given January 29th to applicants that have scheduled an interview through

For applications and more information visit or contact K. Courtney Cunningham, Recruitment Representative, Chicago Regional Office (800) 424-8580.

Following is the list of scheduled meetings:

January 27 Informational Meeting with Video, Tuesday MSU Union, Wisconsin Room, 7:30 -

9:00 p.m.

January 28 Information Table, MSU Union, Wednesday First Floor, Concourse Level, 9:00 a.m.

- 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday Agronomy Club Information Meeting

with Video, Plant and Soil Science, Room A155, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

January 29 Peace Corp Interviews
Thursday (requires a completed Peace Corp


African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2004-05

The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2004-05 and for the 2004 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 language 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 13, 2004. In accordance with the Title VI centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2004 will be hosted by Ohio University. For more information visit the following site:


Teachers for Africa 2004-05 - IFESH

The International Foundation for Education and Self- Help (IFESH) has placements for both active teachers or retired people who may want to teach for 9 months in Africa. Teachers are placed in formal and informal educational settings to: Teach classes; Assist in developing improved methods of school curriculum through teacher training and observation; Collaborate with African counterparts in making the subject matter relevant to the local environment; Strengthen administration and management capabilities in educational settings in African nations; Provide innovative methods and techniques for instruction in classroom settings; Help identify improved educational materials for school through resource mobilization and community functions; and Impact public policy at the national level. The following are placements for 2004- 05:

Guinea Teacher Training, Gender Equity and Teaching English as a second language. Candidates French must be fluent.

Benin Teacher Training; Fluent French

Djibouti Teacher Training, Teaching English as a Second Language; must have computer skills and Fluent in French. Selected teachers will teach at High School and some at the main University in Djibouti City.

Ghana Teacher Training and Training of Trainers.

Ethiopia Teacher Training at Universities/Teacher Training Colleges, Teaching English to Trainee Teachers, Teaching Computer at Vocational Institutions/University level, Health Education at University Level.

Namibia Teacher Training, Vocational Training, Computer Training, Business Educati0on, Training in various Tourism Industry or Educational Administration (proposal writing, project monitoring and evaluation) and adviser.

Malawi Teacher Training both at the University and Teacher Training Colleges, Special Education Teachers Trainers.

For further information e-mail:

The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies (April 2004)

Call for Papers
In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of South Africa's first democratic elections in April 1994, Safundi is publishing a double-issue of its journal. Safundi encourages any scholar or professional to submit a paper for publication. Papers are being collected for publication in Issue 13/14, April 2004.

For this special issue, Safundi is particularly interested in essays and scholarly articles that address the ten-year anniversary, what 'progress' has been made in South Africa, what pitfalls lie ahead, and how this relates to the United States in any academic discipline. Papers are published on all topics: politics, sociology, law, economics, art, music, literature, history, etc.
PUBLICATION INFO : Safundi is a peer-reviewed, quarterly, academic journal devoted to the comparative study of South Africa and the United States. Safundi believes that analyzing the two countries in a comparative context enhances their perspective on each, individually. While new comparative research is the focus of the journal, Safundi will publish articles specifically addressing one country, provided the articles are of interest to the comparative scholar. George Fredrickson of Stanford University serves as Patron of the Board. Christopher Saunders of the University of Cape Town and Scott Rosenberg of Wittenberg University are the journal's Editors-in-Chief. Safundi has an editorial board of more than 30 scholars and a membership of more than 1900 individuals worldwide.
Review the writer's guidelines at and then submit your paper in either RTF or Microsoft Word DOC format to the Founding Editor and Publisher, Andrew Offenburger, at Safundi evaluates papers using a blind submission process. Papers of a comparative nature receive priority. The submission deadline is February 16, 2004.

Academic Center for Historical Study in Egypt

The Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, announces the first academic center for historical studies in Egypt. The Center for Historical Research consists of faculty and researchers drawn from various Egyptian universities.

The C.H.R. seeks to develop links with other international research centers and universities. Collaborative projects, such as thematic research groups - both within Egypt and internationally - are sought by the C.H.R.

For more information please contact the Director, Dr. Mohamed Afifi, E- mail:


Duke University Field School in South Africa

Duke University's Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy (BAA) and the Office of Study Abroad are offering a six-week field-study program this summer in the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The Program, directed by Professor Steven Churchill of Duke University, gives students hands-on training in the field of paleoanthropology while conducting excavations in a Middle/Late Pleistocene human occupation site.

Applications are due February 6, 2004; applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case by case basis. For additional information and to download an application, visit the website at


Chair, Dept.of Africana Studies - U. of Pittsburgh

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership qualities and administrative skills, and an outstanding record of scholarly achievements. The Chair will also be expected to lead the Department to new levels of accomplishment.

The appointee requires qualifications and experience consistent with appointment to the rank of tenured Associate Professor or above. The search committee seek candidates with a background in African-American/African Literature or related creative arts. The successful candidate will be a member of an interdisciplinary faculty of eight, drawn from the social sciences and humanities, who are committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and curricular innovation.

Qualified persons should submit a letter of application and a statement of research, teaching and administrative goals, vision, and philosophy on Africana Studies, along with a complete curriculum vitae with names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:Joseph K. Adjaye, Chair, Department of Africana Studies, 230 S. Bouquet Street, 4C02 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

The appointment is effective September 1, 2004, pending budgetary approval. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Assistant Professor/Akan/Twi- Univ. of Florida

The Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Akan/Twi, beginning August, 2004. The preferred areas of specialization include cultural studies, film, folklore, literature, media, drama and performance or other theoretical orientations that articulate verbal and visual culture.

Qualifications include Ph.D. by time of appointment, native or near-native proficiency in Akan/Twi, and ability to participate actively in the development of a B.A. degree program in African Languages and Literatures. The successful applicant will be expected to teach Akan/Twi language at all levels and courses in his/her areas of specialization. The salary is competitive and will be determined on the basis of the selected candidate's qualifications.

Interested applicants must submit a letter of application, a cv, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, copies of two most recent publications which reflect their specialization, and a chapter of the analytical portion of their dissertations if the Ph.D. degree is relatively recent. The deadline for application is February 28, 2004.

Address applications and enquiries to: Chair, Akan/Twi Search, University of Florida, 470 Grinter Hall, P.O.Box 115565, Gainesville, FL 32611-5655.

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

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