MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/25/03

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/25/03

EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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March 26 - 29, Wednesday - Saturday African Culture Week -Theme: "Celebrating African Youth" (See last page of this Bulletin for the updated schedule, there are some time changes).

March 27, Thursday "A Silent Revolution: New Medical Approaches that are Benefitting those in Rural Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Charles Mackenzie, Faculty (Filarial Disease Unit, MSU), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.

March 27, Thursday "Lessons from the Field: Rethinking Empowerment, Gender and Development from a Post Development Perspective," CASID-WID Frontier Research: Poverty, Inequality and Institutions in Developing Countries Speaker series talk with Jane L. Parpart, Dalhousie University, Canada, 7:00 p.m., Spartan Room C, International Center.

March 28, Friday "Gendered Approaches to Empowerment, Poverty and Development," CASID-WID Frontier Research: Poverty, Inequality and Institutions in Developing Countries Speaker series talk with Jane L. Parpart, Dalhousie University, Canada, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Spartan Room C, International Center.


Explore Africa Explore Africa at MSU, 2003, is a 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, at MSU.

Much of the news that is read or heard about Africa in the press is largely negative. Explore Africa at MSU challenges these stereotypical representations by presenting Africa in all of its rich cultural, social, economic and political diversity. Program cost is $600.00. Limited financial aid, up to $550.00 is available, based on documented need.

Students should meet the following requirements:
entering grade 10 or 11 in 2003/04 with a high GPA in strong academic subjects have a desire to work in an academically challenging environment are enthusiastic, creative learners

In order to be eligible students must have the following:
an educator recommendation a student essay
and ONE or more of the following:

a transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above a MEAP score report showing that the student meets or exceeds state standards in either language arts or social studies OR documentation of strong standardized test scores (PLAN, PSAT, ACT or SAT).

These must be sent along with:
the completed and signed application a deposit check for $50 made out to Michigan State University The application and other application materials are to be sent to: Michigan State University, Office of Gifted and Talented Programs, A Division of the Honors College, 186 Bessey Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1033. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2003.

For application forms and other details about this program, please call Jenny McCampbell, Director of the Office of Gifted and Talented Education (517) 432- 2129. Questions about the curriculum for the program may be directed to John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator for the African Studies Center (517) 353-1700, or visit the website:

Course Announcement - Fall 2003 SSC 490, Sec. 001: Special Topics: Issues in International Development Thru., 1:50 - 4:40, 2320 Engineering Building Instructor: Robert S. Glew

This course focuses on the dilemmas facing industrialized and developing nations in ending severe global inequalities and poverty. We will explore how these dilemmas are explained and the solutions offered to solve them. Special attention will be given to issues of the environment, external assistance, women, and grass-roots participation within the context of historical legacies and contemporary globalization. This course meets the requirements of a senior-level capstone course for the Undergraduate Specialization in International Development. Please direct inquiries regarding this course to Dr. Robert Glew, e-mail:; phone: 353-4818.

TC 872: Media for National Development Wed., 3:00 - 5:00p.m., Comm Arts 155 Instructor: Bella Mody Offered every other Fall, only.

TC 872 addresses uses of broadcasting, telecommunication and the Internet for:

agriculture, health, education, democracy and social change in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East.

It includes:
the causes of underdevelopment, dependency and continuing disparity in this era of globalization.

analyses of the increasingly private ownership and financing of media institutions to understand the nature of development-support they might realistically provide.

The content and format of particular media programs Student papers on media applications in their areas/regions of interest.

Please direct inquiries regarding this course to Dr. Bella Mody, e-mail:; web:

Course Announcement -Spring 2004 PHL 491: Special Topics: Ethics and Development Tues. and Thur., 12:40 - 2:00p.m., Philosophy Dept. Instructor: Stephen L. Esquith

PHL 491: The goal of this course is to examine critically the underlying ethical assumptions and philosophical commitments made in the academic literature on development, and to consider the implications of these assumptions and commitments for development as a practical discourse. Please direct inquiries regarding this course to: Prof. Stephen Esquith, e-mail:; phone: 355-4490.

The University of Nigeria Book Donation Project An expanded book drive under the auspices of the MSU African Studies Center has been scheduled for March through May 2003. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria - originally established by MSU - is the beneficiary of this project.

Books and other learning materials are requested in the specified subject areas listed: 1) Medicine - all areas, including human medicine, psychiatry/psychology, life sciences, medical technology, nursing, dentistry, osteopathy, pharmaceutical sciences and veterinary medicine; 2) Science and Technology - all areas, including engineering, physical and chemical sciences, environmental science, and agriculture; 3) Business - finance, economics, marketing, textile/clothing, and business administration; 4) Information Technology - library/information science and computer science; 5) Law - all aspects of law; 6) Mathematics and Statistics - all areas; and 7) Others - urban studies, tourism.

Books and journals desired are those published within the last five years. Collection points include: African Studies Center, Life Sciences Building, Room 211 and MSU Law School (Student Affairs Office), contact person: Chloe Berwind-Dart. Please direct inquiries regarding this book drive to: Ike Iyioke, Coordinator, College of Human Medicine, B211 Life Sciences Bldg, 355-2404.


Institute for Teachers - Univ. of Kansas June 9 - 20, 2003 The University of Kansas African Studies Resource Center presents a two-week Institute for teachers. The title is Contemporary Africa: Challenges, Realities, and Renaissance." This institute is recommended for any teachers, educators, or graduate students who teach and learn about Africa in their classrooms, or who seek quality information and thought-provoking discussion about different aspects of African culture and societies.

It's designed to address challenges and problems encountered in learning and teaching about Africa. Using a multi-faceted teaching approach, including presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations, video illustrations, and hands on library research. Specific topics of study will include teaching resources and methodology, current African issues (media stereotypes, women, health, human rights, ethnic conflicts, politics, and HIV/AIDS); plus culture, languages, music/dance, literature, and religion. A visit to see African art collections at Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City is planned as well as featuring teaching resources available at the Kansas City Zoo and Kansas University's Museum of Anthropology. The closing day will include an elaborate ceremony featuring culture, music, dance, and foods of the people of the Horn of Africa, namely Ethiopia, Sudan, and Somalia.

For more information, contact Khalid El-Hassan, at phone: (785) 864-1064; e-mail: A $40 materials fee along with completed registration form may be sent to: African Studies Resource Center, University of Kansas, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm 10, Lawrence, KS 66045-7574. Late registration after June 1, 2003 is $45.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship The Institute of International Education (IIE) is accepting applications for the 2003-2004 Academic Year. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IIE through its Southern Regional Center, this program enables students who have limited financial means the opportunity to participate in study abroad opportunities worldwide. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions to pursue country-based semester or academic-year long study abroad opportunities. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.

For full program overview, eligibility criteria, and the online application please access the Gilman Program website at Student On-line Application Deadline: April 15, 2003. For more information please contact the Gilman Program office. Gilman International Scholarship Program, Institute of International Education, 515 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 150, Houston, TX 77027; Phone: (713) 621-6300 ext. 25; e- mail:; web site:


Theme: Celebrating African Youth

March 26th (Wednesday) 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. - Know Africa:
Discussion of African students' transition from home countries to the

Location: B104 Wells Hall

Vendor Day: Vendors selling African artifacts. (12noon - 5:00 p.m.) Location: International Center Lobby and MSU Union, 2nd Floor

March 27th (Thursday) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. _ Discussion Panel:
The African Diaspora in the USA and it's influence on African Development Location: B106 Wells Hall

March 28th (Friday) 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Folu Ogundimu,
Topic: Place of Youth in Africa and Democracy; Location: N100 Business College Refreshments will be provided

March 29th (Saturday) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Dinner Banquet & Gala Night (Cost: $10.00) Celebration of African culture and heritage
Location: Eastern High School Cafeteria and Auditorium (220 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)

For more information contact: Okey Okoro,; or Chris Ifeanyi-Nwanze,; Phone: 355-0606.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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