Tuesday Bulletin for February 17th, 2009

Tuesday Bulletin for February 17th, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements Events
Thursday, February 19, 2009

"Who Needs a Language?" African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Charles Cantalupo, Faculty, English, Comparative Literature and African Studies (Penn State Univ.), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. His visit is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan-Flint and the Association of Eritreans and their Friends in Michigan (AEFM). Thursday, February 19, 2009

"The Pathogenesis of Cognitive Impairment After Cerebral Malaria," INPEP Brown Bag lecture with John Chandy, MD (Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Director, Center for Global Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School), 12:00 noon, Patenge Room, Room C102 East Fee Hall. Friday, February 20, 2009

"Karmen Gei" Special film showing with Jo Gai Ramaka, noted Senegalese director. Film and discussion with Jo Gai Ramaka is 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Room 303 International Center. For further information contact Professor Ken Harrow at Light reception will follow. Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Perspectives on African Democratization Since 1990," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Cheick Oumar Diarrah, Former Ambassador of Mali to the U.S., 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Announcements
Nonprofit Launch Party, Sat. Feb. 21, 2009, 6:00pm

SCOUT BANANA, which stands for "Serving Citizens of Uganda Today Because Africa Needs a New Ambulance," became the acronym of Alex Hill's Eagle Scout project to raise funds for a health center in Uganda in 2001. In January 2009, the organization has become an official nonprofit that supports 10 health care projects in 10 countries within Africa. SCOUT BANANA will spend its next phase building a youth movement of individuals who are compassionate, competent, and collaborative agents of change. It promotes research, collaboration, and bringing Africa to the forefront. By inspiring others to be dedicated to Africa, SCOUT BANANA is fueling long-term change and growth in health care and development.

The organization invites all supporters, interested public, and close friends to their Nonprofit Launch Party on February 21, 2009 at the Gone Wired Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912, 6:00 p.m. for music, food, fun and celebration of the nonprofit. To learn more, visit For additional information, contact the Executive Director, Alex Hill, at or (810) 516-6547. Info Meetings: 2009 Study Abroad Programs-Africa


Pre-internship Teaching in South Africa -Summer 2009

Tuesday, February 17

5:00 pm - 133G Erickson


Education, Society and Learning- Summer 2009

Tuesday, February 17

5:00 pm - 204 International Center

Monday, February 23

5:00 pm - 204 International Center


Evolution of Uganda's Forest Biodiversity: Apes to Aves - Summer 2009

Wednesday, February 18

5:30 pm - 19 Natural Resources


Paradise in Peril? Exploring Madagascar's Biodiversity Crisis - Summer 2009

Thursday, February 26

Noon - 338 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:; Africa Past & Present Podcast

"Africa Past and Present" is a podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb. It is produced by MATRIX - The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU ( Listen and subscribe to the biweekly podcast at: MSU Peace Corps Ranks No. 3 Nationwide

This year, Michigan State University has risen on the Peace Corps top 25 list of large schools nationwide producing Peace Corps Volunteers. With 89 Annual alumni currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, Michigan State University is No. 3 in the rankings. MSU has made the Peace Corps' Top Schools list since the ranking system began in 2001.

Michigan State University offers a Peace Corps Master's International program in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Study. This unique program, which allows students to combine Peace Corps service with graduate studies for credit, is only offered at a handful of universities.

For more information about Peace Corps contact: Lexine Hansen or Thomas Darnell at (517) 432-7474 or at In addition, there will be Peace Corps information sessions held on Wednesday, February 25, Wednesday, March 25, and Wednesday, April 15 in Room 303 of the International Center at 6:00 p.m. Articulate - Undergraduate Journal - Call for Papers

SCOUT BANANA, in conjunction with Michigan State University's African Studies Center and Office of International Development, invite undergraduates to submit a manuscript to Articulate: Undergraduate Research Applied to International Development. Articulate is an undergraduate journal that publishes academic papers and writings (research papers, field work, interviews, etc.) on issues in international development, focusing primarily on African studies and healthcare issues. This journal focuses on relationships between development, healthcare, and the African continent. It is a forum for students to contribute to, as well as make, the debates in international development. Undergraduate students remain a vital, untapped force that can bring new ideas, perspectives, and concepts into the development dialogue.

Articulate is peer-reviewed by fellow undergraduate students and an appointed editorial board. Publication is based on relevance, quality, and originality. Submissions should be roughly 10-15 pages long and formatted in the Chicago Manual of Style with 200-word abstracts. In addition, the author's name, major, college, and university must appear on a separate cover sheet, with no reference to the author within the manuscript.

Potential topics, include, but are not limited to: a) The effectiveness of foreign aid, microfinance, and social enterprise in Africa; b) Intersections of gender, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality in Africa; c) Ethics and development in African countries; d) Historical analyses and case studies of healthcare programs in Africa; e) Politics of water and medicine in Africa; f) The role of African youth in development programs and projects; g) Effects of conflict and forced migration on healthcare and development.

In addition, Articulate is also seeking brief reflective essays on young peoples' experiences in Africa. Ideally, these pieces are 2-3 single-spaced pages and can take a variety of creative forms. These essays should explore how development work is from the perspective of a young person from the Global North, entering the Global South. Papers will be accepted until March 15, 2009 with an intended publication date during Spring 2009. For submissions or more information, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at If you don't meet the criteria to submit papers, but still want to get your ideas published as a volunteer or researcher in the field, feel free to contact to inquire. Fellowships for Dissertation Research & Completion

The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, in the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), is pleased to announce two new fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2009-10 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU's Graduate School has allowed for the development of three $10,000 fellowship opportunities in the following categories:

GJEC Dissertation Research Fellowship -Eligibility for Dissertation Research Fellowship: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree with the exception of their dissertation research. Applicants must have dissertation projects that focus on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship- Eligibility for Dissertation Completion Fellowship: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree program including dissertation research. Applicants' dissertations must focus on gender or other social inequalities as they relate to environmental and/or agricultural change.Funding must be used during the 2009-10 academic year. Applications and complete details are available online at

Submit completed application and supporting documents by April 17, 2009 to: Kate Patch, GenCen Specialist Advisor, Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change Program, c/o Center for Gender in Global Context, 206 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, E-mail:, Tel: 517-353-5040, Fax: 517-432-4845. "Threads of Change: The Transformation of West African Textiles" Exhibit at the MSU Museum

"Threads of Change: The Transformation of West African Textiles" will be on display at the MSU Museum through August 20, 2009. Upcoming programs include:

Saturday, March 21, 2009 – 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


African Fabric Workshop for ChildrenMSU Museum Auditorium

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 – 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

International Book Club Meeting

"Monique and the Mango Rains. Two years with a Midwife in Mali," by Kris Holloway

(Sponsored by East Lansing Public Library)MSU Museum Main Gallery

Additional programs are planned in conjunction with the MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. For details, go to 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 to discuss programs and specific deadlines. Download application form at: Electronic submissions are encouraged. Other Announcements
Ali Mazrui to Visit Eastern Michigan University

Professor Ali Mazrui, 2008/2009 Distinguished McAndless Professor will be on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, from March 13 to 23, 2009.

Planned seminars include:

*March 16, 2009, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Public Lecture on "Africa in a Global Racial Context: From Othello to Obama," Student Center Auditorium;

*March 17-20, 2009, a 4-day seminar on "The Africans: A Triple Heritage"

For further information contact Victor O. Okafor, Department Head, African American Studies, e-mail:; Tel: (734) 487-3460.

from MSU African Studies Center <>
date Feb 13, 2009 11:01 AM
subject Tuesday Bulletin for February 17th, 2009

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

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