Tuesday Bulletin for March 3rd, 2009

The African Studies Center at MSU

Tuesday Bulletin for March 3rd, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Conferences Events
March 5, 2009

"So You Want to Involve Communities? Approaches and Experiences of Community Natural Resources Management in Malawi," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Leo Zulu, Faculty, (Geography, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. March 12, 2009

March 19, 2009

"Livelihood and Urban Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia: Perspectives from Small and Big Towns," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Tegegne Gebre-Egziabher, Faculty (Geography, Addis Ababa University), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. March 26, 2009

"Reconstructing the Third Wave of Democracy: Comparative African Democratic Politics,"African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Rita Kiki Edozie, Faculty (James Madison College, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Announcements
"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."STAMP, PAINT, CUT!" 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 Teacher in- service MSU Musuem, March 26, 2009

Teaching an Integrated Study of Africa: Professional Development for Teachers will be held at the Michigan State University Museum, March 26, 2009, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

This teacher in-service is presented by the African Studies Center, Center for Advanced Studies of International Development and the MSU Museum in conjunction with the exhibit, "Threads of Change: The Transformation of West African Textiles." Integrating West African Arts into the Elementary, Middle School and High School Curriculum is designed for Art Teachers, Language Arts Teachers, and Social Studies Teachers. The sessions will include a tour of the exhibit and a session on the Exploring Africa website (see below). Classroom activities and other resources will be available.

The in-service is free. Half-day substitute fees will be covered for participating teachers ($50). Lunch is provided and parking passes will also be available. Please call John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator, MSU African Studies Center at (517) 353-1700 to register by March 24, 2009.

Exploring Africa is an educational Web-based curriculum and resource site for middle and high school teachers and educators, developed by the MSU African Studies Center in collaboration with MATRIX, Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online. Materials developed for Exploring Africa fulfill social studies and humanities national and state standards and benchmarks for Eastern Hemispheric Studies and World History and Geography, in addition to language arts and the humanities. Further details at: Fulbright Fellowship Opportunities - 2010-2011

The MSU Office of International Studies and Programs cordially invites faculty, graduate students and seniors graduating in 2010 to attend the Fulbright Scholarship Program Informational Workshops.

The Fulbright Program funds students, faculty, and other professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, and teaching at all levels: elementary, secondary, and university in more than 140 countries. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or some combination. The grants pay for air travel, a monthly living stipend, health and accident insurance, and, in some cases, tuition waivers and research allowance. Workshop dates are as follow:

GRADUATING SENIORS - Thur., April 2, 2009, Rooms 303 International Ctr., 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

GRADUATE STUDENTS - Tues., April 7, 2009, Room 303 International Ctr., 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

FACULTY SCHOLARS - Mon., April 6, 2009, Room 303 International Ctr., 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To attend a workshop, please register by contacting Kathy Riel at 355-2350 or e-mail To learn more about the Fulbright Program, contact Professor Frank M. D'Itri, MSU Fulbright Program Advisor, at Participants will be informed about the objectives, requirements, and deadlines for each program as well as how to: 1) develop a more competitive application, 2) select a host country, and 3) make necessary host country contacts. Fulbright Fellowships are prestigious and career-enhancing. They confer special status on winners during and following their foreign study, as outstanding, officially recognized representatives of the United States.

Submission deadlines are:

Faculty/Professional Programs

  1. Fulbright Scholar Program - August 1, 2009

  2. Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program - November 1, 2009

Student/Graduate Student Programs

  1. Fulbright U.S. Student Program - September 24, 2009

  2. Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program -November 1, 2009 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.

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 abstract. 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. 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: Other Announcements
Archiving Africa: London Summer Course

A promising undergraduate student (or students) in African History might enjoy and benefit from the summer course: Archiving Africa: Uncovering the History of Britain's African Empire being taught June 14 - July 16 and July 18-August 15, 2009 in London. It exposes students to the history of Britain's African colonies, with case studies focusing on Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. More specifically it uses the course's location in London to allow students the chance to do hands-on work in the National Archives, which will culminate in a research project proposal. Participants will also take trips to Liverpool and to Rhodes House, Oxford. The course is split nearly in half between the classroom and making use of the archives and other relevant sites. For students who have a special interest in research methods, especially related to archival research, this would be a great course.

While it is sponsored by Fordham University in The Bronx, NY, it is open to students of all universities. Fordham has extended the deadline till mid-March. For information please call the Fordham University International and Study Abroad Programs at (718) 817-3469; Fax: (718) 817-3471; e-mail: Conferences
African Studies Grad Student Symposium-UCLA

The African Activist Association of The University of California, Los Angeles invites submission of abstracts for the 4th Annual African Studies Graduate Student Symposium "Narratives of Now: Visual and Performance Art In Africa," scheduled for May 1 - 2, 2009 at UCLA.

Topics may be in any field related to Visual and Performance Art in Africa. Papers may be submitted on topics including, but not limited to: Visual Arts, Verbal Arts, Cinema, Music, Dance, Oral Traditions, Literary Performance, Abstracts and papers must be submitted in English. Individual presentations may not exceed 15 minutes.

Please submit an abstract of 250-500 words by e-mail to, no later than March 3, 2009. The body of the e-mail should contain the title of the presentation, your name, institutional affiliation, address, e-mail address, and phone number. The abstract should be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment. Participants will be notified of acceptance via e-mail. Although graduate students are strongly encouraged, the committee also welcomes submissions from undergraduates, professionals, professors, artists, and activists. For more information or questions may be directed to The African Activist Association (AAA) at or call 310-825-3686.

AAA was started over 35 years ago by activist graduate students at UCLA and is one of the oldest Africanist students' activist organizations in the US. Currently, the mission of AAA is to provide a forum through which Africanists across disciplines can collaborate to increase awareness of issues concerning Africa. AAA aims to encourage positive and productive discourse about Africa both within the UCLA community and beyond.

from MSU African Studies Center <>
date Feb 27, 2009 4:48 PM
subject Tuesday Bulletin for March 3rd, 2009

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

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