MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/16/10

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships | Jobs
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Magical Realism in German and Igbo Literatures: A Comparative Study," Special Brown Bag talk with Felicia Nneka Ibemesi, Faculty and Former Chair Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literary Studies (Univ. of Nigeria, Nsukka), 12:00 noo! n to 1:30 p.m., Room 201 International Center. For information contact Ike Iyioke at:; or call (517) 353-4570. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center. Thursday, March 18, 2010

"Precarious Liberation: Workers, the State, and Contested Social Citizenship in Post-Apartheid South Africa," Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag presentation by: Franco Barchiesi, Faculty (African American and African Studies, Ohio State Univ.), 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., MSU MUSEUM AUDITORIUM. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center. Friday, March 19, 2010

"An Evidence-Based Approach to the Fight Against Maternal and Child Vitamin A Deficiency in Northern Kenya," CASID/GenCen Friday Forum with Masako Fujita, Faculty (Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Friday, March 19, 2010

"The Changing Role of Mobile Phones in Development: Some Examples from Africa," Information & Communication Technologies for Development lecture series with Jonathan Donner, (Microsoft Research, Technology for Emerging Markets group), 12:00, noon, Room 191 Comm. Arts & Sciences Bldg. For information, contact Dr. Mark Levy at Thursday, March 25, 2010

"The Neurocognitive Effects of HIV Subtype in Ugandan Children," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Michael Boivin, Faculty (Neurology & Ophthalmology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Friday, March 26, 2010

"Old and New Diasporas: Collaboration on New Frames in Black Studies Programming," Panel discussion featuring Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Dean (Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, and Presidential Professor of African American History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA) and Curtis Stokes, Jualynne Dodson, Geneva Smitherman, Ken Harrow and James Pritchett, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 303 International Center. Friday, March 26, 2010

"African Diasporas: Toward a Global History," African Studies Center Prominent Africanist Lecture with Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Dean (Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, and Presidential Professor of African American History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA), 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., 3rd Floor International Center. Reception to follow. Announcements
Africa Past and 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: 2011-2012 Faculty & Student Fulbright Workshops

The MSU Office of International Studies and Programs cordially invites faculty, graduate students and students graduating in 2011 to attend a Fulbright Scholarship Program Informational Workshop. Schedules are following:


Thursday, April 1, 2010, Room 303 International Center, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Monday, April 5, 2010, Room 303 International Center, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010, Room 303-305 International Center, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

In these workshops 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, 3) make necessary host country contacts, and 4) solicit winning letters of recommendation. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

Grants are provided to students, faculty, and professionals who undertake graduate study, advanced research, or teaching at the elementary, secondary, or university level in more than 140 countries. Most grantees choose their own programs. Projects ! may include university course work, independent library or field research, classes in an academic institution, a music conservatory, art school, or on special projects in the social or life sciences. The grants pay for air travel, a monthly living stipend, health and accident insurance and in some cases, tuition waivers and/or a research allowance.

To attend a workshop please register with Kathy Riel at 355-2350 or e-mail To learn more about the Fulbright Program, contact Professor Frank M. D'Itri, the MSU Fulbright Program Advisor, at Gender, Justice & Environmental Change Fellowships

GenCen's Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program is pleased to announce two fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2010-11 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU's Graduate School has allowed for the development of $10,000 fellowship opportunities for Dissertation Research and Dissertation Completion.

For full information, flyer, and applications, please visit: The application deadline is April 16, 2010. David Robinson and the Writing of African History, Conference

The MSU History department is hosting a conference in honor of Dr. David Robinson's work in the field of African History. The conference will convene at Michigan State University on April 30-May 1, 2010. Please visit the following website for conference program at: Direct inquiries to: TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Fellowship Award Presentation and Symposium, April 30, 2010

The Ruth Simms Hamilton Fellowship Awards Ceremony, Symposium and Reception, commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Dr. Ruth Simms Hamilton's seminal essay, "Toward a Paradigm for African Diaspora Studies." The event will take place on Friday, April 30, 2010 beginning at 8:30 a.m., Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University. The TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship was established to honor the work and life of Dr. Hamilton, the late Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and Trustee for TIAA-CREF, Financial Service for the Greater Good. Professor Hamilton was a TIAA Trustee from 1989 to 2003 and was a faculty at Michigan State University for some 35 years. She was a highly regarded sociologist, a Core Faculty member of the MSU African Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and served with the Center for Advanced Study of International Development.

For additional information about the conference, please contact the Senior Marketing Manager at: Other Announcements
ASA Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards, 2010

The ASA Executive has informed ALC that the newly renamed "ASA Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards" will be reinstated. In addition to a modest ASA annual percentage devoted to this award, ASA will now accept direct donations to support this form of outreach to assist African libraries and schools with shipping costs for books and media donations.

All those who wish to donate may do so by sending a check directly to ASA signifying this specific intention for your donation. ASA members who wish to donate at the time of annual membership or conference registration will now be able to check a box designating a donation specifically toward this award. The Committee generally selects grants in amounts from $200 to $1,000. Those applying for partial funding of a project should clearly show how additional funding will be solicited.

The grants are intended to encourage innovative projects that incorporate essential elements, including: recipient participation; high quality materials; attention to details of logistics.

2010 ASA Book Donation Awards (Press release):

More information on ASA Book Donation Awards: The deadline is April 15, 2010 for award applications. Fellowships
Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women

The Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) at King's College London together with the Africa Leadership Centre (ALC), is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women for 2010/2011. These Fellowships are intellectual and financial awards for personal, professional and academic achievements, as well as the recognition of future potential. From October 2010, the Peace and Security Fellowships for African women will be delivered by CSDG and the ALC, which is an initiative of King's College London. The ALC aims to build a new community of leaders generating cutting edge knowledge on peace, security and development.

The Peace and Security Fellowship Programme for African Women, is designed to expose young professional African women to the complexities of conflict, security and development. The exposure is to equip them for careers in this field by developing their expertise to generate African led ideas and processes of change for addressing challenges on the African continent. The Fellowships especially aim to ground this expertise on peace and security in the pursuit of excellence and integrity. It is intended that this project will train African women to develop a better understanding of African peace and security issues, in order to increase their participation in conflict management processes and other areas of security concerns for Africans. The application deadline is March 31, 2010.

For more detailed information and to apply, please visit Peace, Security & Development Fellowships for African Scholars

The Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) at King's College London in partnership with the Africa Leadership Centre (ALC), is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace, Security and Development Fellowships for African Scholars starting in September 2010, including: MA Conflict, Security and Development; and MA International Peace and Security (see:

The Fellowships are over a 18-month period and comprise a rigorous training program on peace, security and development, which includes a 12-month Master's (M.A.) program at King's College London and an attachment to an African University to undertake an independent research project. The Fellowship program is designed to expose junior African scholars to the complexities of Security and Development issues facing the African continent. Funding for this program has been provided by the Carnegie Corporation.

The application deadline is March 31, 2010. For more detailed information and to apply, please visit Jobs
Visiting Assistant Professor - Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in African History. This is a full-time position, with a 3-3 teaching load, including one section each semester of a large, TA-assisted World History course. Position duties include both a research and a departmental/university service component.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in History or a related field (specialty open) in hand by August 2010, strong evidence of scholarly promise, at least two years' experience as an instructor or three as a teaching assistant, and teaching experience in African History.

Preferred qualifications include more than the required minimum two years' experience as an instructor or three as a teaching assistant, experience supervising TAs, demonstrable research expertise in African History, and a record of scholarly publication. For additional information, e-mail:

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