Tuesday Bulletin for March 24th, 2009

Tuesday Bulletin for March 24th, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements
Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Natural Climate changes in Africa: What Causes Them and Why Should We Care?" African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Curt Stager, Faculty (Paleoecologist, Paul Smith's College, NY), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Socio-economic and Agroecological Incentives and Constraints to Agro-forestry Adoption: a cautionary Tale from Southern Malawi," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Dorothy Sirrine, Post-Doctoral Researcher Environmental Studies (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, April, 2, 2009

"Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar's Nadi Ikhwan Safaa," film screening of the history of Zanzibar's oldest taarab orchestra. Q & A session to follow with Producer Kelly Askew, 6:00 p.m., Room S109, South Kedzie Hall. Admission is free. Announcements
Benefit Concert, March 27 & 28th, East Lansing, MI

On March 27 and 28, 2009, Spartans Who Inspire Change (SWIC) will host a benefit Concert to raise money for Invisible Children. Invisible Children is an organization that was created in 2003 to help the children and people of Uganda, Africa, where a war has been going on for 22 years. This war has left the area in shambles, with hundreds of thousands of displaced persons living in small huts in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps. The goal of Invisible Children is to help end this war, and relieve the people of their hardships. More information regarding the Invisible Children can be found at the following website:

The benefit concert will be held at the GREEN RIVER CAFE on M.A.C. Ave, 7:00p.m. until about 11:00 p.m.. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door, and one ticket is good for both nights. There will also be 3 representatives from Invisible Children who will give a speech and show their most recent film. For tickets or other questions, please contact Adam Porter at A Good Friend of the African Studies Center Passes

Tom Luster, an MSU Family and Child Ecology professor known for his humble and generous nature, died Saturday, March 14, 2009 of a heart attack. "Professor Luster was a good friend of the African Studies Center,"said David Wiley, former director of the African Studies Center. "He worked closely with many of the Sudan and South African Students at MSU."

One are! a of Professor Luster's research expertise – the Lost Boys of Sudan – gave him another outlet for helping those in need. After about 40 Lost Boys arrived in the Lansing area in March 2001, Luster and other faculty members helped the boys find jobs, living spaces and a sense of home in Michigan. 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, speci! al projects in the social or life sciences, or some combination. 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.

Register by contacting Kathy Riel at 355-2350 or e-mail Please RSVP by March 31, 2009. 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 competitive application, 2) select a host country, and 3) make useful contacts abroad, and 4) solicit winning letters of recommendation.

Fulbright Fellowships provide outstanding opportunities for international scholarly experiences in 140 countries. They can enhance a recipient's career and enrich her/his life. The grants pay for air travel, a monthly living stipend, health and accident insurance, and in some cases, tuition waivers and research allowances.

from MSU African Studies Center <>
date Mar 23, 2009 4:49 PM
subject Tuesday Bulletin for March 24th, 2009

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

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