MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/05/05


Issue No. 12 Spring 2005
April 5, 2005


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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April 7, Thursday

"Coping Strategies and Nutritional Health in Rural Niger: The Role of Wild Plant Foods," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Rob Glew, Faculty (Anthropology, MSU), Room 201, International Center.

April 14, Thursday

"Building a Food Security and Policy Information Portal for Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Michael Weber, Faculty (Agricultural Economics, MSU), Room 201, International Center.

April 18, Monday

"Africa's World War: The Way Forward," Special Seminar with Ambassador Roger A. Meece, Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m., 3rd Floor, International Center.


University Human Rights Film Program

The International Conference and Workshop on Ethics and Development Film program will be April 13th and 14th, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in Room B 108 Wells Hall and Friday, April 15th, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in room 1281 Anthony Hall.

Each evening will have a panel discussion after the films with one or more of the following guests: Mandy Jacobson, Director of the Emmy Award winner "Calling the Ghosts;" Stephen Esquith, Professor Philosophy; Kenneth Harrow, Professor of English; Louise Mushikiwabo, Co-founder and President of The Rwanda Children's Fund, and Jeffrey Wray, Professor of English. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Eduardo Junqueira Rodriques at

Special Seminar by Ambassador Roger A. Meece

Ambassador Roger A. Meece arrived in Kinshasa on July 24, 2004 to assume his position as U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Immediately after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1971, Ambassador Meece became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone. This led to several Peace Corps staff assignments, including service as Associate Director for the Peace Corps in Niger and Cameroon, Deputy Director for the Peace Corps in the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) and as Director of the Peace Corps in Gabon. His work in the Peace Corps inspired Ambassador Meece to join the Foreign Service in 1979.

For a complete biography, visit: Ambassador Meece will speak at a special seminar on Monday, April 18, 2005. The seminar will begin at 12:00 noon, on the third floor of the International Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Compton Africa Peace Fellowships

Michigan State University's African Studies Center (ASC) and Women and International Development (WID) Program, in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), are offering Compton Africa Peace Fellowships to 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.

Students eligible for the Compton Africa Peace Fellowship Program at MSU must:

  1. Be citizens of a nation in Sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Michigan State University
  3. Have completed their course work in any of a variety of disciplines such as political science, sociology, anthropology, history, public policy, criminal justice, social work, communications, economics or agricultural economics, and law. Candidates must provide evidence that all requirements for the Ph.D. degree have been completed, including comprehensive examinations and departmental approval of the dissertation proposal.
  4. Be pursuing a dissertation that requires a period of fieldwork in Africa (minimum of 6 months and maximum of 12 months) for collection of qualitative or quantitative data.

Further information on the fellowship and the application form are available on the African Studies Center website If you have questions, please contact David Wiley in the African Studies Center (353-1700), or Anne Ferguson or Kari Bergstrom in the Women and International Development Office (353-5040).

The application deadline is May 1, 2005, for awards beginning in the 2005 calendar year.

Miriam J. Kelley African Scholarship Grant

This award is intended to encourage MSU African students (women are strongly encouraged to apply) to study at MSU and in turn make a contribution to the development of their country. Applicants my request support for tuition or for other educational expenses such as research gathering or dissertation writing. Personal, education related, or family expenses will also be considered, as well as proposals requesting partial support to attend a professional conference.

The Miriam J. Kelley African Scholarship can make at least two awards annually of up to $1,000. Number of awards made and actual award amounts depend on the quality of proposals and the resources available in the fiscal year.

Applicants must be MSU African students in good academic standing; be MSU students on a temporary visa; must describe the factors that suggest the likelihood of their returning to their home county; and have demonstrated capacity to achieve their educational goals and have the assertiveness to seek further opportunities to advance their education.

For information on how to submit applications, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars, 103 International Center; Tel: 353-1720; website:

Application consists of two parts, a narrative and two supporting letters. Applications may be submitted at any time, but must be presented by May 13, 2005.


Conference on African Art

Visual Cultures, African Cities/Now is the title of this conference to be held April 22 - 23, 2005. Cities in Africa, like their counterparts elsewhere in the world, are intensely perhaps even unrelentingly visual environments. In Dakar as in Nairobi, in Johannesburg as in Lagos, the urban terrain's unparalleled resources enable myriad visual phenomena including paintings and sculptures, modernist architecture and public monuments, sartorial expression, as well as printed and electronic media such as cartoons, advertisements, video, television, and the internet. This conference focuses on the visual propositions constituting the urban environment and seeks to consider how visual culture is produced, interpreted, and consumed in contemporary urban Africa.

The conference will be hosted by the African Studies Program at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. For more information contact Nana K. Owusu-Kwarteng, Assistant Director, Institute for the African Child, Center for International Studies, Yamada International House, Athens, OH 45701; e- mail; Tel: (740) 597-1368;

Fax: (740) 593-1837; website:

Institute for the African Child- Athens, OH

In recognition of the International Day for the African Child on June 16th, the Institute for the African Child at Ohio University will host its Sixth Annual Conference, Children @ Work: From farm to street in Africa.

The organizers seek quality papers, panels, poster displays, and exhibitions that engage the challenges of African children on the continent and in her Diaspora from multi disciplinary dimensions as the strive to eke out survival on the farms, workplaces and streets of villages, towns and cities and orient them to possibilities that are the due rights of children.

Themes may include, but are not limited to: The human rights of the African Child after the adoption of the UN Convention on the
Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; Educational systems, child labor and the future of the African child; Governmental polices and their impact on the African Child; Global agencies, policies and the African Child; Child emigration to farms, towns and cities and their prospects; Emerging and existing social systems and their impact on the African Child; Religious factors associated with the African Child at work and on the street; etc.

Please send one-page abstract with paper title and theme by May 15, 2005. Do not include any reference to the name(s) of the author(s) on the abstract. On a cover page, include the paper title, theme and author(s) contact information including bios and e-mail address. Presenters will be expected to submit registration and payment for the conference by May 25, 2005. For further details about the conference or regarding registration, transportation and accommodations, please contact Nana K. Owusu-Kwarteng, Assistant Director, Institute for the African Child, Center for International Studies, Yamada House 216, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701; Fax: (740) 593-1837; e-mail: owusu-


International Fellowships Program, West Africa

The International Fellowships Program (IFP) is a program supported by the Ford Foundation and administered in West Africa by the Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with Pathfinder International, Nigeria and AAWORD, Senegal. IFP provides fellowships for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use their education to further development in their own countries and greater social and economic justice worldwide. IFP fellowships will be awarded to applicants from diverse backgrounds, including social groups and communities that lack systematic access to higher education.

For more information, please visit the Association of African Universities IFP website at:


National Institute of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) currently seeking qualified, interested candidates to work on a fellowship in Mali, Africa. The position is through the Office of Global Affairs, a department within the NIAID's Office of the Director. This person will be based in Bameko, Mali for a period of less then one year with the possibility of up to five years. The ideal candidate will have experience working on public health issues, setting up financial management structures, and establishing relationships with governments in developing countries, preferably in Africa; fluent in Fluent in French; have a PhD, MPH or MD and must be a U.S. citizen. This person will be paid solely on a stipend and will be a contract employee through an ORISE appointment. All benefits, housing, expenses, etc., will be part of the stipend.

For more information visit or call: (888- 798-4991.

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