MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/11/03

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/11/03

Issue No.5 Spring 2003
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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February 12, Wednesday

"The Concept of 'Jihad' in a World of Nation States," is the title of this lecture in the series "Islam and World Politics." The talk will be delivered by Dr. James Piscatori, Fellow of Wadham College and University Lecturer in the Politics of Islam (Oxford University) at 6:00 p.m., Passant Theater, Wharton Center. No tickets are required for the event. This lecture series is organized by Professor Mohammed Ayoob, in conjunction with his course MC390: Islam and World Politics. The lectures are open to the public. For inquiries, contact Professor Ayoob at (517) 353-3538 or his Secretary at (517) 353-6750.

February 13, Thursday "Towards a New Model for Development Cooperation? An Update on Partnership Activities 2001-2002," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Julie Howard, Faculty (Dept. of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 13, Thursday "Slavery in the 21st Century," talk by former Sudanese slave, Francis Bok, 7:00 p.m., MSU Union, Parlor Rooms B and C. For more information, contact Shira Weinstein, at the Lester Morris Hillel Jewish Student Center at (517) 332-1916. This event is co-sponsored by the African Studies Center.


African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2003-04 DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 28, 2003 The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2003-04 and for the 2003 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 on the webpage or contact the African Studies Center at (517) 353-1700; or e-mail:

The deadline for submitting applications to the Center has been extended to FEBRUARY 28, 2003. In accordance with the Title VI centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2003 will be hosted by Ohio University. For more information on SCALI, prospective applicants should visit the URL at tml.

Global Perspectives: Internationalizing Extension National conference at MSU March 24 - 27, 2003 is the National Conference: "Global Perspectives: Internationalizing Extension" to be held on the campus of MSU, East Lansing MI. The national conference will be dedicated to sharing ideas and experiences so as to strengthen the international dimension of state extension services. Although both overseas and domestic programming will be discussed, the main focus will be on positioning Extension to bring an international or global perspective to programming in local communities in the USA.

The conference will begin on the evening of Monday March 24 with the keynote address and continue through noon on Thursday March 27, 2003. Participants should arrive by early evening of March 24. All sessions will be held at the Kellogg Conference Center, on- campus in East Lansing, MI. All states are invited to send representatives, preferably a team of two or more persons consisting of middle managers, program leaders, or individuals associated with leadership for internationalization efforts. Registration deadline is March 4, 2003. To learn more about the conference visit:; MSU Contact: Mary Andrews, Director International Extension & Coordinator, Professional Development, Michigan State University Extension, 71 Agriculture Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1039; Phone: 517-432- 3322; Fax: 517-432-7644.


Summer Institute for Faculty - Dakar, Senegal "Contemporary Islam in West Africa: Senegal in Perspective" is a summer institute for college and university faculty to be held June 15 -29, 2003.

As a contribution to the urgent need to increase American understanding of the Muslim world, the West African Research Association (WARA) is offering this two-week intensive summer institute. The institute will be based at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, and its focus will be on Senegal, an important West African Muslim country noted for it's stability, social harmony, and working democracy. The institute is intended for faculty who wish to enhance and develop either teaching or research related to the issue of Islam in Africa. Participation is limited to 12.

For information or an application form, contact WARA at A deposit is required to reserve a space upon notification of acceptance. Deposits are non-refundable after April 15, 2003.


Call for Papers Graduate Research Conference - Boston Univ. The Eleventh Annual Graduate Research Conference in African Studies will be held March 21-22, 2003 at Boston University. This is an interdisciplinary conference intended for students at all levels of their graduate careers. In past years, participants have presented research proposals, thesis chapters, methodological papers, works in progress or simply outlines of dissertation proposals in an informal and friendly setting.

Abstracts are due February 22, 2003. Abstracts submitted by mail should include the author's name, address, institutional affiliation, e-mail address and phone number. The mailing address is: Graduate Student conference, African Studies Center, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. There is a $15 conference fee. Abstracts may also be submitted on-line at: Please e-mail questions to Shelby Carpenter at:

10th Annual National Diversity Conference Diversity from a Global Perspective: Thinking Globally and Acting Locally is the title of this conference which takes place in San Diego, California from April 30t to May 3, 2003.

The conference addresses issues that are of special importance and interest to faculty, staff, administrators and students who are involved in: Ethnic, international, global and religious studies academic and support programs; Diversity, affirmative action and multicultural affairs offices; Minority student outreach and support programs; Multicultural resource centers; Multicultural student organizations; and Student counseling, advising and mentoring programs. For additional information, please visit the website at: or make contact by phone/fax: (619) 661-0499; or mail: Leadership Alliance, 2003 National Diversity Conference, PO Box 53165, San Diego, CA 92153-1165; or e-mail: Workshop proposal deadline is February 28, 2003, hotel reservation discount deadline is April 1, 2003.

Langston University Annual and International Convention - April 11-12, 2003 Langston University announces the first Langston University-based international conference on Sustainable Development. Scholarly and scientific analysis and reflection should focus on any region of the world, with particular emphasis on Third World, African, and Diasporic communities. Excellent papers will be reviewed by the Internal Screening Committee and the Editorial Board before they are submitted for publication in The Journal of Scholarly and Scientific Perspectives. All types of papers are welcome, particularly those which articulate public policy issues and problems and change in the light of comparative interdisciplinary theory and practice. Papers may be treated in philosophical, historical, empirical, ethnographic, or theoretical orientation. The deadline has been extended to February 28, 2003, for submitting a 300-word abstract. Please direct questions to Dr. Chongo Mundende, Convention Site Chairperson, tel: (405)-962-631; cell: (405) 740-4800; e-mail:


Call for Applications - Summer Symposium 2003 Women in International Security (WIIS) Women In International Security (WIIS) is currently accepting applications for its flagship program, the Summer Symposium for Graduate Students in International Affairs, which consists of six days in Washington, DC, of seminars and panel discussions on security issues with leading policy experts, career development workshops, a crisis simulation, student research presentations, and unique networking opportunities.

This year's Symposium will focus on "The Changing Nature of Peace and War" and examine the major issues shaping the pursuit of peace and security for the coming decades. WIIS covers all costs for room, board and the program. Limited fellowships are available for travel. More information and application materials are available on the WIIS Web site, All applications must be received by March 3, 2003 to be considered.

Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship The Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship fund was established by the Tarver family in memory of their son, Stanley. This fund provides a scholarship to a graduate student of African descent, an African American, or a Black person of another nationality who is matriculating toward a Doctorate or a Masters Degree in African History and/or Culture, and who has completed at least one year of graduate study at a college or university in the U.S. The scholarship will be a $1,000 per semester award, for a maximum award of $2,000 per academic year.

For applications or additional information visit the web site at: Completed applications and attachments should be sent to: Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship, c/o the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, 80 Washington Street, Suite 201, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; tel: (845) 452- 3077. Applications must be postmarked by April 18, 2003.


Swahili Study in Kenya - Yale University Yale Summer Programs and the Yale University Council on African Studies in conjunction with Fort Jesus Museum, National Museums of Kenya will offer an Intermediate intensive Swahili course in Kenya during the summer, 2003. The eight-week course will be the equivalent of an academic year of study. The instructor will be Ann Biersteker of Yale University, author of Masomo ya Kisasa.

The course is designed to refine the student's speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Prepares the student for further work in literary, language, and cultural studies, as well as for a functional use of Kiswahili. This course is NOT for beginners; prerequisites include documentation of previous study of Kiswahili, after African Studies 200. For additional information contact Ann Biersteker, African Studies, Council on African Studies, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, PO Box 208206, New Haven, CT 06520; Tel: (203) 432- 9902; e-mail:; website: Application deadline is April 1, 2003.


Africana Studies Director - Univ. of North Carolina The Africana Studies Program at UNC-Asheville seeks applicants for Director of Africana Studies beginning Fall 2003. They seek social scientists or humanists, Assistant/Associate professor level, approaching African and African-American studies in interdisciplinary and diasporic terms. A demonstrated commitment to liberal arts and a vision for the development of the program required.

Appropriate terminal degree by August 1, 2003. Please send Curriculum vitae and cover letter detailing teaching services, and research interests, as well as evidence of teaching excellence and three current references to: Chair, Search Committee, Africana Studies Program, CPO #1401 One University Heights, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC 28804-8503. Applications will be considered through February. Call (828) 251-6977 or e- mail:, if you have questions.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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