MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/27/07


Issue No. 7 Spring 2007
February 27, 2007


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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=

International Center.

March 8, Thursday

Spring Break - No Brown Bag

March 13, Tuesday

African Culture Week: A.W.A.K.E. (Africans' War Against the Known Epidemic:=

Discussion Panel on the topic: A.W.A.K.E. (Poverty), 7:00 p.m., McDonel Hall Kiva.

March 14, Wednesday

African Culture Week: A.W.A.K.E. (Africans' War Against the Known Epidemic:=

Movie Night: showing: Lumumba, 7:00 p.m., B106 Wells Hall.

March 15, Thursday

African Culture Week: A.W.A.K.E. (Africans' War Against the Known Epidemic:=

Vendor Day (African apparel & artifacts for sale), 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,=

Location: TBA, (contact Gift at or Ope at=

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.

March 16, Friday

Double Feature Movie presentation: "Have You Seen Drum Lately?" and "The Great Dance: A Hunter's Story," Dept. of Art & Art History with South African visitor, Professor Glenn Meyer, (Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth), 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., Room 108 Kresge Art Center.

March 16, Friday

"Dutchman," a riveting exploration of race, sex, and relationship. A drama=

Directed by Anthony Survey. African-American and African Film-Speaker Series, 7:00 p.m., Room 206 Old Horticulture Bldg., MSU.

March 16, Friday

African Culture Week: A.W.A.K.E. (Africans' War Against the Known Epidemic:=

Awareness Day (an open mic show featuring performances by various groups),=

8:00 p.m., International Center Food Court.

March 17, Saturday

"Dutchman," 5:00 p.m., Lansing Community College (LCC), Room 170 Arts & Sciences Bldg., (See details above).

March 17, Saturday

African Culture Week: A.W.A.K.E. (Africans' War Against the Known Epidemic:=

GALA (free for MSU students) $10 for non-students, Dinner is $7.00 for everyone, Dinner+Gala is $15.00. Contact Gift at or Ope at for ticket information.


South African Guest to Visit MSU- March 15-22, 2007

There are a series of public activities planned for upcoming South African visitors to the Department of Art & Art History at MSU. Professor Glenn Meyer of Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, and Professor Waldemar Bussiahn of Tshwane University, Pretoria will present films and lectures during their visit. They will be here March 15-22, 2007.

Schedule of events are following:
Fri., Mar. 16th - 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., Rm 108 Kresge Art Center - Double Feature Movie presentation in honor of African Culture Week: "Have You Seen Drum Lately?" and "The Great Dance: A Hunter's Story," with introductions by Prof. Meyer;

Mon., Mar. 19th - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Rm 108 Kresge Art

"Photographing from the Right Side of the Brain," lecture by Prof. Meyer;
Tue., Mar. 20th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Rm 201 International Center - "Four South African Photographers: Document and Image," slide lecture & Brown Bag by Prof. Bussiahn and Prof. Meyer;

Wed., Mar. 21st - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Rm 108 Kresge Art

"The Aesthetics of Photographing Serene Environments," lecture by Prof. Bussiahn.

In addition, Bussiahn and Meyer will be hanging a collaborative student photography exhibit jointly sponsored by Nelson Mandela University and Tshwane University in South Africa and Michigan State University and Wingate University in the United States.

The exhibit will open on Friday, March 16. A gallery talk and lunch reception will be held on Monday, March 19, from 12:00 - 1:00p.m. Please contact Professor Peter Glendinning, Art and Art History at for further information.

Summer Course Announcement
Graduate Seminar available on the Internet

RD876, International Rural Development, is a 3 credit graduate seminar available every semester on the MSU ANGEL Program. The course simulates a small group of students sitting around a table with the professor, who has years of hands-on experience designing and implementing many development programs and projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. For more information see the preview at: or e-mail Professor George H. Axinn at

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:

2007 Compton Africa Peace Fellowships

Michigan State University's African Studies Center (ASC) and Women and International Development (WID) Program are offering Compton Africa Peace Fellowships to graduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa to support their dissertation field research in Africa. This program is an element of the MSU African Higher Education Partnerships Initiative (AHEPI). These dissertation fellowship awards are made possible by a grant from the Compton Foundation through its Peace Fellowship Program for addressing peace, conflict resolution, and security in Africa.

For Information on eligible research topics, eligibility requirements, and application forms please visit: or Completed application forms must be submitted by mail and e-mail

to: MSU-Compton Fellowship Committee, c/o David
Wiley, African Studies Center, 100 International Center,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
48824-1035; Tel: 517-353-1700; Fax: 517-432-1209; e-

mail: The application deadline is March 16, 2007.

Explore Africa at MSU, June 17-23, 2007

Explore Africa at MSU is a residential program designed for academically talented high school students (entering grades 10, 11, and 12) who would like to become immersed in learning about the tremendous diversity found within the continent of Africa. This program is a cooperative venture by the African Studies Center and the Office of Gifted and Talented Education at MSU.

Participants will attend daily language classes in Swahili; participate in sessions on African literature; develop self-selected projects on African topics; participate in African music and dance, as well as assist an African chef in making a traditional dinner.

For registration or other information, contact John Metzler, (517) 353-1700; e-mail:, url: The application deadline is March 30, 2007.


African Studies Association - October 18-21, 2007

The African Studies Association 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting will be held October 18-21, 2007 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York, NY. The Annual Meeting theme is: "21st Century Africa: Evolving Conceptions of Human Rights."

Call for Proposals deadline is February 28, 2007. You may log on to: and click on the ASA ONLINE link to submit your proposal. Membership and pre-registration fees or non-member pre-registration fees must be paid prior to submitting a proposal.


(Africans' War Against the Known Epidemic: Poverty)

Please show your support to the MSU African Student Union during their African Culture Week events. The GALA will be on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the Wharton Center, Pasant theatre at 5:00 p.m., and "A Taste of Africa"=

Dinner will follow at the MSU Heritage Caf=E9' beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available soon at the African Studies Center, or contact the African Student Union President, Gift Nwogu at; or Ope Daramola at

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

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