MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/03/04

Issue No. 8 Spring 2004 March 2, 2004


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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March 4, Thursday

"The past, present, and probable future of the AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with James Chin, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor (Epidemiology School of Public Health, Univ. of California-Berkeley and International Consultant on HIV/AIDS), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 11, Thursday

Spring Break - No Brown Bag

March 18, Thursday

"Heritage: History and Change in South Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Andre Odendaal, Honorary Professor (History and Heritage Studies, Univ. of the Western Cape, South Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center. The MSU Department of History will co-sponsor this visit.


Les Ballets Africains

Special Student Rate $10

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 company.

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.

The Wharton Center has provided an opportunity for K- 12 and college students in the mid-Michigan area to experience the world-renowned Les Ballets Africains at the low cost of $10. The performance is 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 28, 2004 at the MSU Wharton Center.

Prior to the performance at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Dorothy Harper-Jones, MSU professor emeritus, expert on African dance, and founder and director of the Pashami Dancers, (Mid-Michigan's premier 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 Center.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Monday, March 22, 2004. Please contact John Metzler, African Studies Center, (517) 353-1700; to reserve your tickets. Please note: Teachers and chaperones who accompany students will also receive the $10 ticket rate.

Explore Africa at MSU - July 11-18, 2004

Explore Africa at MSU is an eight-day residential program designed for academically-talented high school students 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.

Participants will attend daily language classes in Swahili, hear from professors and others who have spent years living in and studying Africa; participate in discussions on a key topic each day, interwoven with African literature; work individually or in teams to develop projects on African topics; participate in African arts and cultural activities such as music, dance, cinema, and cooking; and participate in social activities in the evening and weekend, while staying on campus.

Eligible students must be entering grade 10 or 11 in 2004/05 with a high GPA in college prep courses; have strong test scores on nationally standardized tests or the MEAP; have a desire to work in an academically challenging environment and; be an enthusiastic, creative learner.

For further information or to request a brochure and application please contact Jenny McCampbell, Director, The Office of Gifted and Talented Education, MSU; Tel: (517) 432-2129 or e-mail:; or visit the web site at:

Explore Africa - Learning Opportunity for Teachers

Teachers are invited to a unique learning experience this summer. Explore Africa at MSU, the residential program for gifted and talented students, is offering teachers the opportunity to join the daily academic and cultural portions of the program. Teachers will join the students on July 12-16, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (See previous paragraph for more program details).

Teachers may take the course in one of three ways:

  1. For no credit or for 3 SB-CEUs Cost: $300.00
  2. For 2 MSU Lifelong Education credits for TE 890 (independent study); cost: $873.00
  3. Non-credit

For those earning credits, additional independent study work outside of class will be expected, commensurate with the number of credits.

For additional information, contact John Metzler, Assistant Professor of African Studies and Teacher Education and Outreach Coordinator, African Studies Center; (517) 353-1700; e-mail:; or Jenny McCampbell, Office of Gifted and Talented Education, (517) 432-2129; e-mail:


East Lansing Film Festival
Films on Africa March 2004
(see complete schedule at:

Friday, March 19,
MSU Wells Hall - Bresson Theatre 7 pm

Si-Gueriki (Queen Mother)
Directed by Idrissou Mora Kpai Benin (2003) 63 min
In Bariba and French with English subtitles

After ten years of living in Europe, Kpai returns to his village to make a documentary about his family, members of the royal Wassengaris of Benin. In the process, he comes to the self-realization that he does not know his mother and sister. It is the tradition of his tribe to separate the boys from their mothers at a very young age to be raised by the men. His mother is the si-gueriki, the Queen-mother, a position once of great power but now reduced to a mere title. This film is the story of young a man's confrontation with his culture and traditions, an intimate, personal film with an insider's view of an ancient culture and a reconnection with a lost mother.

See website below for further details:

Saturday, March 20,
Wells Hall - Bresson Theatre, 4 pm

A Great Wonder
Director: Kim Shelton
United States (2003) 65 min

This remarkable documentary traces the extraordinary journey of three young Sudanese orphans- two men and a woman- who traveled from Sudan to Ethiopia, and then Kenya, by foot, before ending up in the Northwest. They have spent the majority of their lives either in flight from war or in a refugee camp, and now must struggle with foster care and their new world. Each has a different but compelling story of hardship and unflappable optimism. Truly inspiring.

Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival. Details: see website at:

Call for Papers for a Special Issue Sustainability: Local Action in Africa -

The journal Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability seeks submissions for a special issue featuring local sustainability initiatives, practices, and conceptual developments in the African continent. To encourage the dissemination of African scholarship, the editors will give preference to original research from within Africa.

Papers that address one or more of the themes below are welcome. These themes are not intended to constrain other possibilities, but serve rather as possible starting points for discussion and research.

The emergence of sustainability and justice principles in policy;
Reconciling economic growth and poverty reduction;
Measuring sustainability outcomes; Decision making tools;
Emerging forms of governance; and Future directions and emerging questions.

Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2004. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability is a refereed journal which focuses on local environmental, justice and sustainability policy, politics and action. For background on this journal and instructions for authors, go to:

For discussion about paper ideas, contact the Coordinator before May 17, 2004. Send enquiries and paper submissions to: Zarina Patel, Local Environment: Africa Special Issue Coordinator, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, 2050, Wits, South Africa; Tel: +27 11 717 6505; Fax: + 27 11 403 7281; e-mail:


Preceptor (West African language) - Harvard Univ.

The African Language Program in the Department of African and African American Studies seeks to appoint a Preceptor proficient in the teaching of two major West African languages for an initial one-year term, renewable for up to eight years, to begin July 1, 2004. Preferred languages include Wolof, Fulfulde/Pulaar, Bamana, Twi, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and Fon. Advanced degree preferred.

The successful candidate will teach language courses at all levels. A strong commitment to undergraduate language teaching is essential, as is awareness of current approaches to language pedagogy, interest in contemporary culture, and experience with multimedia. Initial interviews will be conducted during the 35th Annual Conference on African Linguistics to be held at Harvard University from April 2-4, 2004.

Harvard is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Send curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation to Professor Lawrence D. Bobo, Acting Chair, Department of African and African American Studies and Acting Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Studies, Barker Center, 2nd Floor, Harvard University, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Application deadline is March 15, 2004.

Post-Doctoral Scientist - River Basin Institutions

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, conducts public goods research and capacity building activities related to water and land management, with the goal of improving food security, livelihoods, and the natural environment in developing countries. By working with its diverse partners and the Future Harvest centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), IWMI is creating innovative approaches to translate natural resource management research into actionable recommendations for policymakers, resource managers and poor rural communities. IWMI requires a highly competent and motivated individual, preferably from Africa, for the Post-doctoral Scientist position.

The Post doctoral Scientist - River Basin Institutions, under the direct supervision of the Regional Director for Africa and the Project Leader of the Challenge Program (CP) project on African Models of Transboundary Governance; and the Principal Researcher - Poverty, Gender and Water at the IWMI Africa Regional Office in Pretoria and one of the Principal Investigators of the CP project, will undertake research for the Challenge Program research project "Transboundary water governance for agricultural and economic growth and improved livelihoods in the Limpopo and Volta basins: towards African indigenous models of governance". The incumbent will be based at either the IWMI Regional Sub-Office in Ghana or at the Regional Office in South Africa. S/he will split her/his time roughly equally between the Limpopo and Volta basins, but will play a specific leadership role in the Volta basin work.

To qualify, applicants should have a Ph.D. in social anthropology, sociology, or related discipline, with experience in water management institutions and law in developing countries, integrated water resources management, and one or more of the following: legal pluralism, international relations, gender analysis, rural development, and political economy. Qualifications are for someone of African origin, and a strong preference for someone who can show a commitment to continuing to work in Africa. Applicant must also be fluent in English with good working knowledge of French; working knowledge of Portuguese is an added plus.

This is a two year position. Please send resume together with list of publications, and names and addresses of three references to: The Human Resources Office, IWMI, PO Box 2075, Colombo, Sri Lanka; e-mail: Application deadline is March 31, 2004 or until the position is filled. For further information visit

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

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