MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/17/04
THE TUESDAY BULLETIN
Issue No. 6 Spring 2004
February 17, 2004
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://africa.msu.edu>
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,
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,
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 Claireds@acia.sun.ac.za; 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,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
email@example.com; or visit the website:
www.summer.ucla.edu/travel. 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
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
"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
Beyond the joy and beauty provoked by the performance, students attending the
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
Please note: the teachers who accompany students are eligible for the special $10
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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