MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/17/04


Issue No. 6 Spring 2004
February 17, 2004


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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February 19, Thursday

"The Impact of Ethiopian-Americans on Ethiopia," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Solomon Addis, Advanced Graduate Student (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 26, Thursday

"Kenyan Vegetable Industry: A Look at the Production System," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Mathieu Ngouajio, Assistant Professor (Dept. of Horticulture, MSU) and Peter Achouanje, Coordinator of the Partnership for Food Industry Development - - Fruits and Vegetables (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Greater Lansing United Nations Association

The Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA) Program invites the community to attend a potluck and program scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2004.

The presenter will be David Wiley, MSU Professor of Sociology and Director of the African Studies Center. He will speak on "The Militarization of Conflicts in Africa: Western and United Nations Responses." Dr. Wiley was the Vice-Chairperson of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO where he wrote much of the argument for the U.S. to remain in UNESCO. In 1995 and 2002 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Durban, South Africa and a member of the Higher Education Forum of the U.S./South Africa Bi-National Commission.

The program will be held at Burcham Hills Retirement Center, 2700 Burcham, East Lansing, MI (Ada Whitehouse Room). Everyone is invited to join GLUNA members for a potluck at 6:00p.m.. Please bring a dish to pass and your table service.


First African Finance Journal Conference and Call for Papers

The Africa Centre for Investment Analysis (ACIA) in partnership with the African Finance Journal and the African Finance Association will host a conference on July 14-15, 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa. The conference theme is: Recent Development in Emerging Markets Finance Research. 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. The conference will focus on the following areas: Corporate Finance; Financial Institutions and Markets; International Finance; African capital markets; Investments; Options, futures and derivatives; Law, ethics and finance; Insurance; Real Estate; Regulatory Industries; Small Business Finance; and Issues on Banking.

Submission deadline for abstracts is February 16, 2004 and deadline for submission of full papers is May 28, 2004. All abstracts and full papers should be sent to: Claire De Sousa at; Tel: ++27- 21-918 4245 of Fax: ++27-21-918 4262.

For more information visit the website:

African Studies Conference - Grand Valley State U. Call for Papers

African/African American Studies at Grand Valley State University (Allendale campus) and the Department of African Studies at University of Cape Coast (Ghana) are organizing a conference on the theme: African Studies: Paradigms, Pedagogy and Partnerships, October 7-9, 2004.

All academic disciplines are encouraged to submit abstracts of 250 words describing individual presentations and performances, and/or proposals of 500 words for panels, along with 50 word biography of each presenter. The primary goal of the conference is to link academic concerns to concrete material conditions, scholarship, and teaching about Africa and the African Diaspora. Presentations focusing on the following areas and/or related topics are welcomed:

challenges facing current political regimes in Africa; retaining civil society, instilling civic responsibility and community building; confronting multiple identities, ethnicities and nationalities; rethinking the effects of colonialism and post-colonialism; interventions in struggles for human (including gender) rights; African and Diasporan histories, literatures, and the arts; strengthening health care and social welfare systems; rebuilding economic infrastructures and resources; preserving and using indigenous knowledge and value systems; honoring cultural rituals, religions and celebrations; and charting the impact of international terrorism and geo-political alliances on African peoples.

Conference participants will also engage in dialogues on ways to enhance university teaching and research in African Studies, highlighting the importance of intra- and inter-institutional collaborations.

Send two copies of proposals via US Mail to: Dr. Veta Tucker, Department of English and African/African American Studies Program, Grand Valley State University, One Campus Drive, Allendale, Michigan 49401; Tel: (616) 331-3692; Fax: (616) 331-3430. Submissions may also be electronically transmitted to Dr. Ronald J. Stephens, Coordinator of African/African American Studies at: Submission deadline is March 8, 2004.


UCLA Travel Study Programs - South Africa

This summer, UCLA's Department of History invites students to study historical developments in South Africa, Thursday, July 8 - Sunday, August 1, 2004.

For more information regarding the program, contact Summer Sessions at (310) 794-8340 or e-mail:; or visit the website: Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA students. The financial aid, FAFSA deadline is March 2, 2004. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution.

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  Les Ballets Africains
National Dance Company of the Republic of Guinea
Special Lansing Area Performance
3:00 PM, Sunday, March 28, 2004

Wharton Center, Michigan State University

Special Student Rate: $10 (normally $17.50)

Les Ballets Africains, the national ensemble of the Republic of Guinea, has thrilled audiences worldwide since it was formed by the distinguished Guinean choreographer Keita Fodeba in 1952/53. It is universally recognized as Africa's most accomplished touring company.

In a compelling program celebrating the company's half century, Les Ballets Africains performs traditional dance, music, acrobatics and storytelling. Pulsing rhythms from ancient tribal instruments build the excitement as the company bursts onto the stage in an explosion of dance and song. Fascination legends filled with humans, animals and spirits unfold in a fast-paced, joyous celebration that will leave audiences breathless. Les Ballets Africains captures the elemental energy of its native land in a performance that is pure sensation.


" sheer physical energy and beauty."
The New York Times
"A rich, varied and colorful program"
Le Figaro, France
"A striking show a polyrhythmic
Information, Denmark

"Fans of Michael Jackson and Prince should see this performance a greater authenticity. . .than anything western society can produce." El Mundo, Spain
"A carnival of vibrant, uninhibited movement." The Sunday Times of London, United Kingdom

We are very grateful to the Wharton Center for providing an opportunity for K-12 and college students in the mid-Michigan area to experience the world-renowned Les Ballets Africains.

Beyond the joy and beauty provoked by the performance, students attending the performance will gain an appreciation for the rich, complex, highly skilled, and diverse music and performance traditions of just one part of the African continent.

Prior to the performance (1:30) Dr. Dorothy Harper-Jones, MSU professor emeritus, expert on African dance, and founder and director of the Pashami Dancers, (Mid-Michigan's premiere African dance troupe) will provide a brief introduction to West African dance traditions. Dr. Jones' presentation will take place on the Grand Tier of the Wharton Center.

Please note: the teachers who accompany students are eligible for the special $10 ticket rate.

Deadline for purchasing tickets: Monday, March 22, 2004

For more information and to book student tickets contact: John Metzler, MSU African Studies Center: (517) 353-1700

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

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