MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/06/04

Issue No. 12 Spring 2004
April 6, 2004


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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April 8, Thursday

"The Sudanese Lost Boys: How Have They Managed in the States?" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Simon Ajak and Peter Akol, (members of the group, Lansing, MI), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 13, Tuesday
"Documenting Apartheid: 30 Years of Looking at South Africa," African Studies Center Special seminar with Peter Davis, Filmmaker (field of social and political documentary), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 14
17, Wednesday - Saturday
African Culture Week: "The Continuum of Great Tradition" (See full schedule on the last page of the bulletin).

April 15, Thursday
"Policy and African Development Needs: Do theyConverge?," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Mr. Joseph Kahiigwa, Minister Counselor, (Uganda Embassy, Washington, DC), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Explore Africa at MSU - July 11-18, 2004 Explore Africa at MSU is an eight-day residential 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.

Participants will attend daily language classes in Swahili, hear from professors and others who have spent years living in and studying Africa; participate in discussions on a key topic each day, interwoven with African literature; work individually or in teams to develop projects on African topics; participate in African arts and cultural activities such as music, dance, cinema, and cooking; and participate in social activities in the evening and weekend, while staying on campus.

Eligible students must be entering grade 10 or 11 in 2004/05 with a high GPA in college prep courses; have strong test scores on nationally standardized tests or the MEAP; have a desire to work in an academically challenging environment and; be an enthusiastic, creative learner.

For further information or to request a brochure and application please contact Jenny McCampbell, Director, The Office of Gifted and Talented Education, MSU; Tel: (517) 432-2129 or e-mail:; or visit the web site at:

Explore Africa
Learning Opportunity for Teachers Teachers are invited to a unique learning experience this summer. Explore Africa at MSU, the residential program for gifted and talented students, is offering teachers the opportunity to join the daily academic and cultural portions of the program. Teachers will join the students on July 12-16, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (See previous paragraph for more program details).

Teachers may take the course in one of three ways:

For no credit or for 3 SB-CEUs Cost: $300.00 For 2 MSU Lifelong Education credits for TE 890 (independent study); cost: $873.00

For those earning credits, additional independent study work outside of class will be expected, commensurate with the number of credits.

For additional information, contact John Metzler, Assistant Professor of African Studies and Teacher Education and Outreach Coordinator, African Studies Center; (517) 353-1700; e-mail:; or Jenny McCampbell, Office of Gifted and Talented Education, (517) 432-2129; e-mail:

Dr. Ruth Hamilton Memorial Service
Michigan State University's College of Social Science will host a memorial service in honor of Ruth Simms Hamilton on April 26, 2004, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The service will be held in the Pasant Theatre at the Wharton Center.

Dr. Hamilton was an honored member of the Michigan State University community, and invited colleagues and friends of Dr. Hamilton will share their memories about her life and work during the service. A reception will follow the service.

In addition, the college is planning an academic symposium on the subject of the African diaspora, which represented Dr. Hamilton's primary research interest and major body of work. The African Diaspora: Past, Present and Future-A Symposium in Honor of Ruth Simms Hamilton is scheduled for October 29-31, 2004, and will be held on campus.

Ruth Simms Hamilton, long-time MSU professor of sociology, died Monday, November 10, 2003. Upon joining the university community in 1968, Hamilton embarked on a remarkable career marked by high- quality academic research, visionary thinking, and inspired teaching. She had served as director of the African Diaspora Research Project since 1987. The project examines the dispersion and settlement of African peoples beyond the African continent, and the project originated in the need for a broader understanding of African descent communities. A multi- volume series on the project is being published by the MSU Press.

Ethiopian Jewish Embroidery display at Kresge Ethiopian Jewish Embroidery is an exhibition of eighteen brightly embroidered works, a recent gift to MSU, on view at the Kresge Art Museum in the Works on Paper Gallery through May 2, 2004. These works were produced by Feles Mura community of Ethiopian Jews and illustrate Old Testament as well as contemporary Israeli scenes.

Embroidery in Ethiopia has traditionally been used to decorate formal clothing and furnishings. Here, it is used to embellish seat cushions, challah and matzah covers used in Jewish ceremonies. The vibrant colors, stylized figural representation, use of shallow perspective, and symbolic expression demonstrate their artistic African heritage.

The Feles Mura is a community of Jews remaining in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, after many fled to Israel in the 1980s.

Admission is free. For additional information about exhibitions or events, please call (517) 355-7631 or visit

African Culture Week 2004
"The Continuum of Great Tradition"
(April 14 - 17, 2004)

April 14:
  Movie Night
  What: Dirty Pretty Things
  Where B102 Wells Hall

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
April 15:
  Guest Speaker
  Who: Mr. Joseph Kahiigwa
  What: African Diaspora and the Motherland
  Where Eppley Center Room 116

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
April 16:
  Vendor Day
  What: Sale of various African artifacts
  Where MSU International Center Lobby

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
April 17:
  Gala Night

Celebration of African Culture

Show: MSU Auditorium
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner: Wesley Foundation (1118 South Harrison, East Lansing)
8:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
For ticket information, call Kelechi: (517) 353-7314; Afolabi: (517) 355-4258; Chris: (517) 214-9107; Anthonia: (517) 355-9132

Visit www.msu.eduasu for more information

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

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