MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/27/07

The African Studies Center at MSU

Tuesday Bulletin for March 27th, 2007

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships Events
The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, March 30, 2007

A documentary by Allen Harris. It is based on the story of the South African exiles who kept the anti-apartheid movement alive from East Africa, Europe, America, and Cuba. The film is sponsored by the African American and African Studies Dept., 7:00 p.m., Room 206 Old Horticulture Bldg. 2008-2009 Fulbright Scholars Program

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

2008-2009 Fulbright Scholars Program Informational Workshop for MSU faculty and other professionals interested in applying to the 2008-200! 9 Fulbright Scholars Program. Presented by MSU Fulbright Coordinator, Frank D'Itri, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Room 303 International Center. For additional information visit: Development and Citizenship in South Africa's 2010 World Cup

Thursday, March 29, 2007

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Peter Alegi, Faculty (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. South Africa's Agriculture Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (Agribee) Policy: Policy Implications from a Domestic Content Model

Thursday, April 5, 2007

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Kudzai Mukumbi, MSU Graduate Student (Agricultural Economics), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Human Rights, Cosmopolitanism, a! nd Education in a Global Age

Wednesday, March 2! 8, 2007& nbsp;

Partnership to Prepare Global and International Educators (P-GLIE) Seminar Series; presentation by Dr. John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator, African Studies Center (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 204 International Center. Free lunch, door prizes, teaching ideas. Camp de Thiaroye

Friday, April 6, 2007

This is an Award-winning drama that explores the Politics of Language, War, and Empire, by Sembene Ousmane. Sponsored by the African American and African Studies Dept., 7:00 p.m., Room 206 Old Horticulture Bldg. (The film will also be shown on Saturday, April 7th at 5:00 p.m., Lansing Community College (LCC), Room 170 Arts & Science Bldg. Announcements
Afrobarometer Conference at MSU, May 12-13, 2007

On behalf of the Afrobarometer Network, the Department of Political Science and the Afr! ican Studies Center at Michigan State University are pleased to host a conference on the Micro-Foundations of Mass Politics in Africa.

To date, scholars of African politics have concentrated principally on the deeds -- and misdeeds – of political elites. Studies of mass participation have been largely limited to local cases and have been hampered by a lack of systematic data on public values, attitudes and behavior. The advent of the Afrobarometer, now comprising three rounds of national probability sample surveys in up to 18 African countries, 1999-2006, offers unique opportunities to delve into the foundations of individual political action.

The conference will feature 20 original research papers by leading and emergent scholars from Africa, Europe and the United States. The themes of the papers include electoral participation, ethnic identity, economic well-being, social capital, and democratic citizenship. All papers draw evidence from Afrobarometer publi! c opinion data. An edited volume is planned. Conference papers! will be available at by April 15, 2007.

Explore Africa at MSU, June 17-23, 2007

Explore Africa at MSU is a residential program designed for academically talented high school students (entering grades 10, 11, and 12) 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.

Participants will attend daily language classes in Swahili; participate in sessions on African literature; develop self-selected projects on African topics; participate in African music and dance, as well as assist an African chef in making a traditional dinner.

For registration or other information, contact John Metzler, (517) 353-1700; e-mail:, url:! frica.htm. The application deadline is March 30, 2007.

2007 Compton Africa Peace Fellowships-Extended

Deadline April 13, 2007 and September 15, 2007.

Michigan State University's African Studies Center (ASC) and Women and International Development (WID) Program are offering Compton Africa Peace Fellowships to graduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa to support their dissertation field research in Africa. This program is an element of the MSU African Higher Education Partnerships Initiative (AHEPI). These dissertation fellowship awards are made possible by a grant from the Compton Foundation through its Peace Fellowship Program for addressing peace, conflict resolution, and security in Africa.

For Information on eligible research topics, eligibility requirements, and application forms please visit: Completed application f! orms must be submitted by mail and e-mail to: MSU-Compton Fellowship Committee, c/o David Wiley, African Studies Center, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1035; Tel: 517-353-1700; Fax: 517-432-1209; e-mail: The application deadline is April 13, 2007 (MSU African Students) and September 15, 2007 (Students from Africa).

Summer Course Announcement

Graduate Seminar available on the Internet

RD876, International Rural Development, is a 3 credit graduate seminar available every semester on the MSU ANGEL Program. The course simulates a small group of students sitting around a table with the professor, who has years of hands-on experience designing and implementing many development programs and projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. For more information see the preview at: or e-mail Professor George H. Axinn at! . Books for Africa Student Organization

Recently, Books for Africa teamed up with Meridian High School in hopes of fulfilling the common goal of supporting and promoting literacy worldwide. Together they were able to collect a total of 4,558 books, which were then shipped to various schools and libraries within Botswana. Collecting this many books is directly related to the diligence and hard work demonstrated by the students of Meridian High School. Books for Africa is a Michigan State University student run organization that collects both used and new books, as well as donations, in hopes of increasing the world literacy rate. If you are interested in finding out how you can make a difference, or have any questions please e-mail the organization at: MSU Int'l Predissertation Travel Awards - 2007

Go to: appl! ication forms. Deadline is March 30, 2007. Applica tions are being solicited for the 2007 Predissertation Travel Awards of up to $5000. These awards are designed to provide funds for MSU Ph.D. candidates in the predissertation stage in the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Arts and Letters (CAL), Education (ED), and Social Science (SSC) for travel outside of the United States during one or more of these semesters: summer, 2007, fall, 2007, and spring 2008.

U.S. and international Ph.D. candidates may apply for the awards which support travel abroad to your intended dissertation research site for a minimum of 60 days. For further details, visit the above website or contact Dr. Jenny Bond, Acting Assistant Dean, International Studies and Programs, (517) 355-2350.

Other Announcements
African Writers' Series - Univ. of Michigan - Flint

African Writers' Series - Univ. of Michigan - Flint

The Un! iversity of Michigan-Flint Department of Africana Studies in partnership with the Flint Public Library presents: Things Fall Apart IV featuring Egyptian Author and Activist Nawal El Saadawi. Her schedule is:

Fri., Mar. 30 - Teachers' /Educators' Workshop, 8:30a.m. - 3:30 p.m., University Center, Michigan Rooms , UM-Flint. (To register call (810) 762-3280 or e-mail:

Mon., Apr. 2 - Forum, 10:00 a.m., University Center, Michigan Rooms A&B, UM-Flint.

Mon., Apr. 2 - A Dramatization of Woman at Point Zero, 6:30p.m., University Center, KIVA, UM-Flint.

Tue., Apr. 3
Teen Author Forum, 10:00 a.m., Flint Public Library, Reading Room. (To register call (810) 249-2046. Call For Submissions:

Ghanaian Women and National Development !

As part of the celebration of Ghanaian women and their cont! ribution s to national development during the past 50 years, the Gender Programmes Unit (GPU) of the University for Development Studies (UDS) in collaboration with the Ghana Journal of Development Studies (GJDS) is putting together a special issue on Ghanaian women in National Development.

The coordinator of the GPU and Editorial Chair of GADS, extends an invitation for participation in the form of paper or artistic/aesthetic contributions to the special issue.Women tend to express themselves in a variety of ways. As such, the hope is that this special issue will capture and reflect that variety. Hence, submissions in the form of articles, poems, reviews, biographies, songs, etc are encouraged. Unfortunately, audio-visual submissions cannot be submitted at this time. Articles may cover areas such as economics, politics, health, education, agriculture, culture, religion, community development, ICT, women's organizing and leadership, and related social issues such as povert! y, violence, human rights, migration, etc. Papers that deal with policy, programmes, projects, and practices are encouraged. The main requirement is a link to national development during the last fifty years. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2007. A slightly modified standard guide for paper contributions to the GADS can be accessed at Those interested in paper submissions may find it useful. Collaborative Partnerships: Ethiopia/Uganda

Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with USAID, is issuing this request for applications for partnerships in Ethiopia and Uganda.

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 30, 2007, 5:00 p.m. EDT. HED anticipates making two (2) awards, contingent on USAID funding:

One (1) award for Ethiopia of up to $200,000 for a three-year period for Disaster Risk! Reduction and Sustainable Development; and One (1) award for ! Uganda o f up to $200,000 for a three-year period for the Parliamentary Research and Internship Program (PRIP).

Please view the full RFA for more information: For more information about HED, please visit

Gilman International Scholarships, 2007-2008

The Gilman International Scholarship is now accepting applications from students participating in study abroad programs during Fall 2007/ Academic Year 2006-2007.

The Gilman Scholarship is open to all U.S. undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:

  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of study abroad;

  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted i! nto a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's institution of higher education in the U.S.;

  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country;

  • The applicant is studying abroad in a country not currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba;.

  • The applicant is studying on a program that begins between July 15, 2007 and October 15, 2007. The Fall cycle encompasses fall semester, quarter, and academic year programs. January term applicants should apply during the Spring 2008 cycle.

There has never been a better time to apply. More than 800 scholarship will be awarded to students during the 2007-2008 academic year. Award recipients will receive up to $5,000.

Students may apply online via the Gilman website, The student online application deadline is April 3, 2007. The advisor certification deadline is! April 10, 2007. Please review the full time ! line onl ine at:, which includes deadlines for advisors and transcripts.

For more information, visit the African Studies Center Website. Please submit information on Africa-related events or news seven to ten days in advance of publication. Send to the African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; E-mail:

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

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