MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/09/10

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships | Conferences
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 H! all. Contact: Margo Glew for more information at: 355-8534 or e-mail: Friday, February 12, 2010

"International Climate Change Research Forum," a discussion to help better define MSU's strengths in the international climate change area, and how MSU needs to position itself to take advantage of these strengths. Speakers include Jennifer Olson, (Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media, MSU); Jiaguo Qi (Geography and Center for Global Change & Earth Observations, MSU); Jinhua Zhao (Economics & Dept. of Ag, Food & Resource Economics) and David Skole (Forestry & Global Observatory for Ecosystem Services), 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Room 303 International Center. Thursday, February 18, 2010

"The Somali Catastrophe: What Lessons for the Rest of the Horn of Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Ahmed Samatar, Faculty (Macalester College, MN), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, February 18, 2010

"The Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Refugees, Causes of the Conflict, and What Continues to Sustain it," Amnesty International presentation by Barry N. Stein, Faculty (Political Science, MSU teaching courses on War and Revolution, Global Diversity and Interdependence, Foreign Policy, and International Organization and Cooperation) and Kenneth Harrow, Faculty (English, MSU and country specialists for Amnesty International for Burundi and Rwanda assists Amnesty International for the Democratic Republic of the Congo), 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., MSU Union, Lake Huron Room. Friday, February 25, 2010

"Sarah Palin's `Witch Pastor': African Intellectuals and Gender in a Global Age," Prominent Africanist Lecture Series with Oyeronke Oyewumi, Associate Professor ! of Sociology, SUNY, and author of The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.; Room 105 A/B Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Sponsored by the African Studies Center, Center for Gender in Global Context, and James Madison College.

Light reception to follow.
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 applicati! on 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. SAVE THE DATE: Spring 2010: African Studies Center Prominent Africanist Lecture Series

Lecture I

Date: Feb. 25, 2010 - 5:30-7:00pm -

Location changed to: Kellogg Center, Room 105 A/B.

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: Mar. 26, 2010 - 5:00-7:00pm-

Location: 3rd Floor, International Studies and Programs

Guest Lecturer: Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Dean and Professor of History, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, CA and author of Barack Obama and African Diaspor! as, 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.
2010 Summer GenCen Internships

The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) internship program offers internship coordination services and support to MSU undergraduate and graduate students from any department or college. Students interested in gender issues may elect to participate in internships related to social justice, human rights, community development, reproductive health, domestic violence, and/or environmental health and justice.For more information, including an application and lists of potential local, national, and international internship opportunities, please visit their website at:

Summ! er 2010 applications are now being accepted, and the final deadline is March 1, 2010. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Students interested in international internships should contact the GenCen Internship Coordinator, Marisa Rinkus, at as soon as possible to discuss programs and specific deadlines. Other Announcements
WorldTeach Volunteer Program in Tanzania

WorldTeach, is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-sectarian organization that aims to provide educational assistance where help is needed most. WorldTeach programs provide opportunities for individuals to live and work as volunteer teachers in developing African countries such as Rwanda, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa – and, most recently, Tanzania.

WorldTeach is excited about the potential this fledgling program holds as they prepare to send their very first team into Tanzania. Although Tanzania is one of the ! most peaceful and personable countries in Africa, it's also one of the poorest, and national education has been severely hindered by a lack of resources. WorldTeach will be partnering with the Ministry of Education in Tanzania to help the country reach its Tanzania Vision 2025 policy goal: to provide a high quality of education, at all levels, to all of its citizens.

This program gives volunteers the chance to immerse themselves in Tanzanian culture by living in local teacher housing, where they will gain first-hand exposure to the region's languages, customs and foods. With WorldTeach, volunteers will not only reinforce the local education system with their much-needed efforts, but they'll also partake in a study and celebration of one of Africa's most unique and generous cultures.

The upcoming departure date for the Tanzania Year Program is in June 2010. Recent graduates or others interested in volunteering in Africa are encouraged to apply. ! The deadline is March 15, 2010. For more information about WorldTeach programs, please visit their website at or call: 1-800-483-2240. Fellowships
African Women in Agriculture & Development

African women working in agricultural research and development from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia who have completed a bachelor, masters or doctoral degree in selected disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must be nationals of the above listed countries and be available in Africa throughout the fellowship period.

Details and application forms, and answers to frequently asked questions can be downloaded at: or Application forms can also be obtained by e-mailing Please direct all queries to the above e-! mail. The deadline for all applications is March 22, 2010. Conferences
Graduate Student Conference - Boston Univ., CFP

The 18th Annual African Studies Graduate Student Conference will be held at Boston University on March 19 and 20, 2010. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum intended for graduate students at all levels of study. It provides an informal setting in which students can exchange ideas, share research, and expand collegial networks. In past years, participants have presented course research, dissertation proposals, thesis chapters, methodological models, and other works in progress. While there are no strict thematic guidelines, special consideration will be given to papers with multi-disciplinary application and/or cross-regional appeal. This year's theme is "Africa: Engaging the Past, Envisioning the Future." The organizers are looking for papers that! explore old issues in new ways, present positive and innovative approaches to various challenges in Africa, and create consciousness in the area of African studies. The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2010. Application can be accessed and completed at Click on "Call for Papers."

Applications may also be submitted via mail to: Graduate Student Conference; African Studies Center; 232 Bay State Road, 5th Floor; Boston, MA 02215. Questions can be addressed to the conference organizers at

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

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