MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/20/07
THE TUESDAY BULLETIN
Issue No. 6 Spring 2007
February 20, 2007
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 21, Wednesday
"You Are, Therefore I Am: uMunthu, Peace and Social Justice Education,"
Partnership to Prepare Global and International Educators (P-GLIE) Seminar
Series with Steve Sharra, Dept. of Education, 12:00 - 1:00p.m., Rm 133 F,
February 22, Thursday
"Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States,"
African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with John Beck and Yvonne Lockwood,
MSU Faculty (respectively Labor & Industrial Relations and Traditional Arts
Program), 12:00 noon, MSU Museum Auditorium.
February 23, Friday
- "An Open Window," African-American and African Film-Speaker Series,
7:00 p.m., 170 Arts & Sciences Bldg., Lansing Community College (LCC). An
Open Window is a film that deals with a mentally troubled woman in Dakar,
Senegal and her friendship with the filmmaker. Khady Sylla is an
independent filmmaker, writer, and professor. She will be present for
Questions and Answers after the showing.
February 24, Saturday
- "An Open Window," 5:00 p.m., Wells Hall (East Lansing Film Festival
Series). (See description above).
February 24, Saturday
"The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela," African-American and African
Film-Speaker Series, 5:00 p.m., 170 Arts & Sciences Bldg., Lansing
Community College (LCC).
March 1, Thursday
"Recycling Traditions: Cooking Pots, Aluminum Casters, and the Making of a
Modern African Diaspora, 1946-2006," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk
with Emily Osborn, Faculty (University of Notre Dame), 12:00 noon, Room 201
March 8, Thursday
March 13-17, Tuesday-Saturday
African Culture Week and Gala. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the Gala which will
be on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. in the Pasant Theatre of the
Wharton Center. Costs are: Gala only $10.00, (free for MSU Students),
Dinner only is $7.00 (for everyone, including MSU students), Dinner + Gala
is $15.00. (Weekly events will be included on the next bulletin.)
March 15, Thursday
"Future Directions in the MSU Focus on Africa: Agriculture, Medicine, and
Education Perspectives -III," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with
MSU African Studies Center Faculty, 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.
New changes in the MSU Museum Exhibit
"WORKERS CULTURE IN TWO NATIONS:
SOUTH AFRICA AND THE UNITED STATES"
Come see the ODW/ODL exhibit, "Workers Culture in
Two Nations: South Africa and the United States" in the
West Gallery at the MSU Museum. The exhibit is
broken into a set of sections on four occupational groups
- autoworkers, miners, farmworkers and domestics - that
have played important roles in the labor history and
workers culture of both nations.
The exhibit features worker art and writing, workclothes
and tools, union posters and buttons, and other artifacts
and information that will give museum-goers a deeper
appreciation of the lives of workers, the creation of
workers culture and its expression in both countries.
Watch the exhibit for new developments as new cases
are being added, as well as South African/American
music and a new guidebook to the exhibit, which are
currently in preparation. The exhibit will run until
August of 2007.
2007 Study Abroad in Dakar, Senegal through MSU
Study in Dakar, Senegal through Michigan State
University May 11- June 23, 2007. Senegal is one of the
most beautiful and diverse countries in Africa. A stable
democracy, friendly people, and a rich cultural,
intellectual, literary, cinematic, artistic and musical
heritage make this one of the most accessible of African
nations and the cultural center of West Africa.
Courses will be interdisciplinary and will satisfy
humanities, social science and anthropology
requirements, and will have a special emphasis on
Senegalese culture, society and religion. In addition to
topics dealing with history, art, music, cinema, and
literature, students will learn about the city of Dakar and
about "Senegalese" Islam through work in various
disciplines and visits to mosques and religious centers.
On weekends, students will travel to the various
headquarters of the Senegalese Sufi Islamic
brotherhoods, tour Goree Island (famous for its House of
Slaves), visit St. Louis (former French colonial capital),
the Djoudj nature reserves, Toubab Djallo (a beach
resort), a fair trade village, museums, artists' studios,
cultural centers, etc. The deadline to apply is March 1,
2007. For more information and to apply see:
SPEC 403: A Special Education: South Africa Field
Study - June 20 - July 7, 2007
The Department of Special Education at New Jersey
City University extends and invitation for interested
individuals to explore the South African educational
system. Classes and other course related activities will
be offered at the University of Zululand, in
KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa. The program is open to
undergraduate students, teachers, college professors and
anyone who wants to benefit from this rich educational
experience. You do not have to be a student at New
Jersey City University to participate.
This 3 credit hours course seeks to provide students with
first-hand experience of a South African Educational
system. It requires students to visit and teach in South
African schools for 8 days based on pre-prepared
lessons revised to suit the children in their placements.
Students are to observe, interview their South African
counterparts, and reflect on their intercultural teaching
and learning experience. This field study will give
students an opportunity for international education and
For an application, e-mail: email@example.com or call (201)
200-2089. Deadline to submit letter of reference and
deposit is March 9, 2007. For further details, please
contact: Dr. Zandile Nkabinde, Dept. of Special
Education, Professional Studies Bldg., Room 355, 2039
Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305; Tel: (201) 200-
3023 ext. 4158; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sufi Arts, Rituals, and Performance in Africa
University of Kansas, February 22-24, 2007
The Kansas African Studies Center at the University of
Kansas, in association with the Spencer Museum of Art,
would like to extend an invitation to scholars and
members of the general public to attend a conference on
Sufi-related arts, rituals, and performances in Africa.
The conference will occur in conjunction with the
opening of the exhibition, "A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts
of Urban Senegal," which was curated at the UCLA
Fowler Museum by Allen F. Roberts and Polly Nooter
Presenters explore the deep roots in Sufism and the roles
of Sufi Brotherhoods in African culture. Geographically
organized panels -they cover Senegal, Morocco, Sudan
and Ethiopia - are multi-disciplinary and address topics
ranging from hagiography, healing, contemporary visual
arts and architecture, to popular music and colonialism.
They employ an array of methodologies including
postmodern deconstruction and embodiment theory.
The conference will culminate in a reading of Sufi
poetry of Amadu Bamba, Ibn Arabi, Abu Madyan,
Ahmed Nabhany and Nana Asam'us in Arabic, Swahili,
Hausa and English.
The complete conference schedule can be found on the
website of the Kansas African Studies Center at
http://www.kasc.ku.edu/. The University of Kansas is
located in Lawrence, KS, about 40 miles east of Kansas
City, MO. Attendance is free of charge. For more
information please call Dr. Gitti Salami at 785-864-5514.
Int'l Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies (4th ICEDS)
August 3-5, 2007, Western Michigan University
The WMU Center for African Development Policy
Research (CADPR) announces the 4th International
Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies (ICEDS)
on the theme: "Challenges and Opportunities: Peace,
Democracy, and Development in Ethiopia and the Horn
of Africa." Each contributor is invited to submit the
participation form, found at:
http://homepages.wmich.edu/asefa/ (click on the 4th
ICEDS Conference Announcement) and a one-page
typed double-spaced copy of the proposal. Abstracts that
do not include a completed "Participation Form" will be
regarded as incomplete and will not be accepted.
Please send all abstracts or proposals by March 1, 2007,
and completed papers by April 1, 2007 to: 4th
International Conference on Ethiopian Development
Studies (4th ICEDS), Attn: Professor Sisay Asefa,
Center for African Development Policy Research
(CADPR), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo,
Michigan 49008, USA; Fax: (616) 387-0630 e-mail:
Yoruba, Zulu and Swahili Instructors - UCLA --
Needed for Summer 2007
Pending sufficient course enrollments, the UCLA James
S. Coleman African Studies Center seeks short-term
instructors in Yoruba, Zulu and Swahili for the
Language Intensives program during Summer Session
2007 (25 June to 17 August). One instructor will teach
Introductory Yoruba and one will teach Intermediate
Yoruba; Swahili and Zulu will be at the Introductory
level. Classes meet 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Job duties will include teaching, lesson
planning, writing exams and quizzes, grading student
work, arranging for guest speakers, and participating in
field trips (some of which may take place outside of
class time). Candidates must be available to participate
in training sessions both before and during the Summer
Session. Employment will be for the Summer Session only.
Applicants should have teaching experience and a
degree in a relevant discipline. (M.A. or other advanced
degree preferred.) Experience with university students
in the United States is a plus. Candidates should speak
Yoruba, Zulu or Swahili at the Superior proficiency
level or beyond, and also have strong English skills.
Salary and title will be commensurate with experience
and educational level. The deadline to apply is March
1, 2007. Send letter of application, curriculum vita and
two letters of recommendation to: Dr. Katrina Daly
Thompson, African Languages Coordinator, UCLA
James S. Coleman African Studies Center, Attn:
Summer Sessions Instructor Search, 10244 Bunche Hall,
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310.
Scholar in World Music Theory or Jazz Studies -
UCLA Ethnomusicology Dept.
World music theorist-composer
Teaching duties will include undergraduate and graduate
instruction in world music theory, composition, and
studio techniques. Fluency with appropriate digital
media and breadth of engagement with diverse musical
repertoires, including popular music, are highly
desirable. Qualifications: Doctorate; potential for
distinguished creativity and scholarship; record of
Teaching duties will include undergraduate and graduate
instruction in jazz theory, composition, and history, as
well as studio recording and digital techniques. Other
activities would include shared duties in administration,
production, and auditions. Qualifications: Doctorate
desirable; potential for distinguished creativity and
scholarship; record of excellent teaching.
Responsibilities of the position begin on July 1, 2007
and will include active research and publication;
teaching courses for non-majors, undergraduate majors,
and graduate seminars; service on graduate committees;
supervision of Master's exams and Ph.D. dissertations,
and may include ensemble coordination, as appropriate.
Review of applications began February 5, 2007, and will
continue until a successful candidate is named.
Applications should consist of a letter of application,
curriculum vitae, and at least three names of references
with their contact information, including mailing
address, telephone, and email address. Applicants are
encouraged to send these materials via email as
attachments in .pdf format to: email@example.com.
Please do not send supporting materials until requested
by the Search Committee. Applications submitted as
hard copy should be addressed to: Jacqueline Cogdell
DjeDje, Chair UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology,
ATTN: Ethnomusicology Search, Box 951657, Los
Angeles, CA 90095-1657. All applications will receive
equal consideration, whether submitted electronically or
in hard copy. For express delivery, our street address is:
445 E. Charles E. Young Drive.
The Department is particularly interested in candidates
who have experience working with students from a
diverse background and a demonstrated commitment to
improving access to higher education for disadvantaged
students. UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. For more information about the
department, the faculty, and its programs, go to
Kiswahili Language Instructor -Middlebury College,
Middlebury College is currently looking for a visiting
instructor to teach an introductory Kiswahili language
course during the Colleges 4-week intensive winter term
in January 2008. Candidates should have advanced
training in language instruction and solid teaching
experience in Kiswahili.
Please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae by
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to
Jacob Tropp, History Department, Middlebury College,
Middlebury, Vermont 05753.
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