MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/01/05


Issue No. 8 Spring 2005 March 1, 2005


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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March 3, Thursday

"Boundaries of Identities in the Making of a Zulu Community," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Nokuthula Cele, Graduate Student (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 10, Thursday

Spring Break -- No Brown Bag talk


Publication by Susan Peters

In November 2004, the World Bank published a working paper written by Susan J. Peters entitled: "Inclusive Education: An EFA Strategy for All Children." Susan Peters is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and African Studies Center Core Faculty Member at MSU. She has been an educator and disability scholar for the past 20 years and has published in various international journals. She is the co-author and editor of two books: Education and Disability in Cross-Cultural Perspective (NY: Garland Publishing. 1993) and Disability and Special Needs Education in an African Context (Harare: College Press. 2001).

The full working paper is available online at Professor Peters may be contacted by e-mail at

New Articles by Peter Limb

MSU Professor Peter Limb, Africana Librarian, has five articles appearing in the Encyclopedia of African History, (Kevin Shillington, editor, New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005. 3 volumes.)

Visit the following website at: tml .

These articles concern 'Trades unionism and nationalism'; 'South Africa: Mining: capitalization and unionization, 1940s-80s'; 'Trade Unions in Postcolonial Africa'; and two biographical entries on 'Mphahlele, Ezekiel (1919--)'; and 'Matthews, Z. K. (1901-68)'.

The volumes may be found in the MSU Library at AFRICANA REF, 2 EAST, DT20 .E53 2005.

MSU CLEAR Summer 2005 Workshops

The Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR), a Language Resource Center at MSU is offering several summer 2005 workshops. CLEAR's goal is to support the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States by facilitating foreign language learning and teaching research, developing materials, and providing professional training programs.

Language workshops with a brief description are below:

You Can Take the Language Out of the Culture, but You Can't Take the Culture Out of the Language... July 12-14, 2005

This three-day workshop aims to give language teachers a comprehensive understanding of culture learning in the foreign language classroom, as well as an array of tools to use as they develop strategies for use in their class-rooms.

Creating Communicative Speaking Activities July 15-17, 2005

This workshop will begin with a discussion of what it means for a classroom task to be truly communicative and how such tasks are related to the National Standards for Foreign Language Teaching. Demonstrations will be provided and hands-on activities will be used to implement the techniques learned.

Choosing and Using Authentic Materials July 18-22, 2005

This workshop will review some of the theoretical and methodological arguments in favor of integrating authentic target-language materials into the foreign language classroom, as well as take a realistic look at some of the drawbacks and obstacles to doing so.

Digital Video Projects
July 18-22, 2005

This workshop shows teachers how to use digital camcorders and computers to shoot and edit video projects. Digital video is a great way for students to express themselves in the foreign language classroom.

Vocabulary The Key to Language Fluency July 25-29, 2005

This workshop will begin by outlining the role of vocabulary in developing second language learners' fluency. It will then address characteristics of vocabulary activities that foster long- term word retention. The main focus will be on identifying problems learners face when they learn words and when they try to use these words to communicate their ideas.

Teaching Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom July 25-29, 2005

This workshop will cover several areas of foreign language writing instruction. It will begin with a discussion of how writing fits into a general skill foreign language class and the role writing plays in meeting the National Standards for Foreign Language Teaching.

For more information about program cost and other inquiries about CLEAR, contact the CLEAR office at (517) 432-2286; e-mail:; or see the website at:

AL 491: Two-credit Film course

(The following course number has been erroneous in past bulletins, it should have read AL491, not AL492). Film course, Second half of Spring semester 2005 Two-credit Film Course, March 17-April 28, 2005 AL 491: "Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present: Perspectives on South Africa @10." The world is celebrating South Africa for its 10 years of one of the most extraordinary and relatively peaceful transitions from racial injustice to democratic rule. The MSU African Studies faculty proposes a two-credit course on South African film and video to expose MSU undergraduates to the rich history and vibrant present of South Africa. Built with two key South African visitors and several faculty experts on South Africa and its media, the seven-session course will begin after MSU's spring break. For more information contact David Wiley or John Metzler in the MSU African Studies Center; phone: 353-1700.


ALO Call for Concept Papers: U.S. - Japan Trilateral Program for Basic Education in Africa

The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) is pleased to announce the release of a 2005 Call for Concept Papers. The Call may be downloaded from ALO's website:

ALO, with funding support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is issuing this call for concept papers for institutional partnerships in basic education involving a U.S. college or university, or a group of colleges and universities, public and private sector partners, Japanese universities, and institutions in Africa. Five countries have been identified as potential locations for program implementation, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

For more information on this or other ALO activities, please visit the website, or contact Tony Wagner, Communications Manager, e-mail:; Tel: (202) 478-4700. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 31, 2005, 5:00 pm EST.

Niger Summer Session Abroad - Univ. of Arizona

Study Abroad at the University of Arizona is offering a six-week summer session from June 15 to July 31, 2005 in Niamey, Niger in the heart of West Africa. Students from across the United States may attend the program and can easily apply online by simply following instructions for non University of Arizona students.

Instruction in African languages (Hausa and Tamashek) and accelerated second year French is offered, in addition to a survey course on West African literature in English translation (Phyllis Taoua) and upper-division courses on West African literatures and cultures taught in French by an international team of dynamic young scholars (Mamadou Baro, Abdoulaye Sounaye, and Claire Griffiths). Courses offered focus on West Africa and are designed to provide in-depth examination of specific issues through lectures, discussion and fieldwork activities.

Program Cost is $2,900, which includes tuition, room and board and a one-week expedition into the Sahara with the group. Group airfare arrangements can be made separately.

For more information visit the University of Arizona (UA) web site;, go to the homepage and search for Niger Summer Session in the Google window, or contact Professor Phyllis Taoue, Program Director; Tel: (520) 626-0791; e-mail:

The application can be completed at Deadline is March 31, 2005.


AAUW International Fellowships

American Association of University Women International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions is supported. (For support at the undergraduate level, visit

The Foundation will award 57 fellowships for the 2006- 07 academic year. Six of these awards are available to members of International Federation of University Women affiliate organizations. These fellowship recipients may study in any country other than their own.

The Foundation also awards several annual Home Country Project Grants ($5,000 to $7,000 each) to women who received AAUW Educational Foundation International Fellowships between 2001 and 2005. These grants support community-based projects designed to improve the lives of women and girls in the fellow's home country.

Applications for the academic year will be available August 1 to December 1, 2005. The fellowship year runs July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline, December 1, 2005. For further details, visit the AAUW website at: onal.cfm.

Five College African Scholars Program - Fellowships for Teaching Staff in African Universities

The Five College African Scholars Program invites applications for competitive residency fellowships from junior and mid-level teaching staff employed full-time in African universities. There are two residency periods: mid-January to May 2006 OR mid-August to December 2006. Proposals for the January residency are invited on the topic of Health & Society, while the August residency is open to all applicants with projects relevant to the study of Africa in the humanities and social sciences. The program cannot fund projects in the natural or physical sciences. Proposals should be based on the applicant's current research, which can be completed and prepared for publication during the residency.

Three to four candidates will be chosen for each term. Scholars will receive a stipend of $3,000 per month, round trip airfare, laptop computer, housing, health insurance, and a modest research allowance. Application deadline is May 1, 2005.

For more information and application form, please see the website at or email Tel: (413) 577-3778; Fax: (413) 577-3781.


Second African Finance Journal Conference 2005

The Africa Centre for Investment Analysis (ACIA) at the University of Stellenbosch, together with a number of national and international organisations, is this year hosting its Second African Finance Journal Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on 13 and 14 July 2005.

The theme of the conference is "Promoting Development Finance Research in Africa." For registration and further information, contact Claire De Sousa on 021 918 4245 or email:

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