Tuesday Bulletin for January 27th, 2009

The African Studies Center at MSU

Tuesday Bulletin for January 27th, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Conferences Events
Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Natural Climate Changes in Africa: What Causes Them and Why Should We Care?" African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with J. Curt Stager, Paleoecologist (Paul Smith's College, NY), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO). Friday, January 30, 2009

"Trying to Fill the Hole: Zeze Gamboa's O Heroi," CASID/WID Friday Forum with Ken Harrow, Faculty (Dept. of English, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"The Institutional Origins of Inequality in Sub Saharan Africa," Department of Political Science talk by Nic van de Walle, Associate Dean for International Studies and Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies (Cornell Univ.), 2:15 p.m., Room 312 Bessey Hall. Thursday, February 5, 2009

"Democracy and Corruption in Africa: The Path from Neopatrimonialism," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Nic van de Walle, Associate Dean for International Studies and Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies (Cornell Univ.), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science at MSU. Thursday, February 5, 2009

Study Abroad Fair, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 2nd Floor, MSU Union Building. Study Abroad Fairs are comprehensive information fairs for students (and others) interested in learning more about the many exciting study abroad opportunities available at MSU. Announcements
Spring and Summer 2009 GenCen Internships -Call for Applications – Deadline: February 28, 2009

GenCen offers internship coordination for undergraduate and graduate students interested in issues of gender, social justice, community development, health, domestic violence, and/or environmental change. Students gain hands-on experience interning with organizations working on these issues, while receiving MSU credit. Students interested in international internships should contact the GenCen Internship Coordinator, Marisa Rinkus, at as soon as possible to discuss programs and specific deadlines.

An application form can be downloaded at: Electronic submissions are encouraged. Info Meetings: 2009 Study Abroad Programs- Africa


Paradise in Peril? Exploring Madagascar's Biodiversity Crisis

Summer 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

5:00 pm - 338 Natural Resources

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Noon - 338 Natural Resources


Evolution of Uganda's Forest Biodiversity: Apes to Aves

Summer 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

5:30 pm - 19 Natural Resources

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

5:30 pm - 19 Natural Resources

Please direct any questions to Chris Barden, Editor, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 432-8785; Fax: (517) 432-2082; e-mail:; Nominations for MSU International Awards

The deadline for nominations for any of the seven MSU international awards (see below) is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2009 to recognize individuals, who have had a significant impact on the advancement of international scholarship, teaching, public service, outreach or internationally through their career. Award description, criteria and nomination forms for all the awards may be found on the ISP International Award Ceremony website:

Ralph Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and ProgramsThis award recognizes a faculty member for their significant and lasting impact on the advancement of international scholarship, teaching, and public service at MSU. This award is named after Ralph H. Smuckler, a former long time Dean of International Studies and Programs. The John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs Award recognizes and awards a faculty member who is making a significant impact early in his/her career on the advancement of international scholarship, teaching, and/or public service and outreach at MSU. The award was established to honor Dr. Hudzik, a former Dean of International Studies and Programs and current Vice President for Global Engagement and Strategic Projects.Joon S. Moon Distinguished International Alumni Award named for an eminent Korean-American, recognizes an international alumnus/alumnae who have brought special credit to MSU through their professional achievements.Gill-Chin Lim Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Global Studies acknowledges a graduate student for an outstanding doctoral dissertation completed the preceding year, and focusing on global studies. This award is named after the late Dr. Gill-Chin Lim, MSU Professor of Geography and Urban Planning and Dean of International Studies and Programs.The Glen Taggart Award for Community Contribution to International Understanding was named in honor of ISP's first dean. It is given to a citizen of the State of Michigan who has made a distinct, sustained contribution to international understanding in their respective communities or in the state at large.

The MSU Award for Outstanding Service to Study Abroad recognizes faculty and staff who give their time, energy, and creativity to develop and implement study abroad programs that support MSU's commitment to providing students with high quality international education opportunities.

The Homer Higbee International Education Award is presented to students and one member of Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP)who have made significant contributions to the advancement of international communication, understanding, and cooperation through service activities. This award was established to honor Homer Higbee, a former member of the International Studies and Programs staff who dedicated his career to international educational exchange.The International Awards Ceremony will be hosted by the Dean of International Studies and Programs on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on the third floor of the International Center. For more information, please contact Kathy Riel in International Studies and Programs, (517) 884-2134. African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS): 2009-2010 AY

The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2009-2010. 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. 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. Up to date information and on-line application forms are available at:

Candidates must have completed fellowship application procedures by February 13, 2009. 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 2009

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) 2009 will be hosted by Michigan State University from June 15 to August 7, 2009. 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. CASID/WID Application for FLAS 2009-2010 AY

The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and Women and International Development (WID) programs invite applications for the 2009-2010 Academic year fellowships and SCALI.

CASID/WID'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/WID application deadline is February 16, 2009.

For application materials please go to: For more 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. The Nnamdi Azikiwe Awards for Best MSU Grad & Undergrad Papers - Deadline: Feb. 21, 2009

The MSU Nnamdi Azikiwe Awards honor the first Nigerian President who was a scholar and politician. Azikiwe founded the University of Nigeria at Nsukka in the 1960s with MSU. MSU faculty participating in the project became the roots of the MSU African Studies Center faculty and programs. For the complete list of rules, see:, for further details and the application form go to:
Scout Banana Student Organization goes Nonprofit

Eight years ago, Alex Hill, MSU Senior majoring in International Relations, was going door-to-door to raise funds for a health center in Uganda. Today, along with an army of colleagues sporting banana-yellow shirts, his organization, SCOUT BANANA, has become an official Nonprofit organization that supports 10 health care projects in 10 countries in Africa.

SCOUT BANANA started in 2001 as a project that delivered an ambulance to the St. Ambrose Health Center in Uganda by raising over $67,000 through the support of hundreds of families and over 60 community organizations. SCOUT BANANA, which stands for "Serving Citizens of Uganda Today Because Africa Needs A New Ambulance" became the acronym of Hill's Boy Scout project.

SCOUT BANANA has a new education program in the works that will create curriculums that increase knowledge and awareness about the African continent. Current programs are thriving and growing, including the new academic journal Articulate: Undergraduate Scholarship Applied to International Development. SCOUT BANANA continues to serve as a hub that brings together communities, academics, activists, community leaders and young people to ensure that global health is everyone's responsibility and every individual's human right. The organization will spend its next phase building a youth movement of individuals who are compassionate, competent, and collaborative agents of change. "It's not just about donations anymore," states a staff member of the organization. "It's about research, collaboration, and bringing Africa to the forefront. To learn more or to make a donation, visit For additional information, contact the Executive Director, Alex Hill at: or (810) 516-6547. Other Announcements
African Journal of Marketing Management - CFP

The African Journal of Marketing Management (AJMM)) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published monthly by Academic Journals AJMM is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.

AJMM invites authors to submit manuscript(s) to for publication in the Maiden Issue (April 2009). Submission instruction for authors and other details are available at:

One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal, and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. AJMM is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

AJMM is also seeking qualified researchers to join its editorial team as editors, sub-editors or reviewers. Kindly send your resume to Conferences
African Studies Graduate Student Symposium - May 1-2, 2009, UCLA

The African Activist Association of The University of California, Los Angeles invites students to submit abstracts for the 4th Annual African Studies Graduate Student Symposium: Narratives of Now: Visual and Performance Art in Africa. Topics may be in any field related to Visual and Performance Art in Africa. Abstracts and papers must be submitted in English. Individual presentations may not exceed 15 minutes.

Please submit an abstract of 250-500 words by e-mail to:, no later than February 1, 2009. The body of the e-mail should contain the title of the presentation, name, institutional affiliation, address, e-mail address, and phone number. The abstract should be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment. Participants will be notified of acceptance via e-mail.

from MSU African Studies Center <>
date Jan 23, 2009 6:08 PM
subject Tuesday Bulletin for January 27th, 2009

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

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