MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/06/04
Issue No. 12 Spring 2004
April 6, 2004
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://africa.msu.edu>
AFRICAN CULTURE WEEK SCHEDULE
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,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or
visit the web site at: www.msu.edu/user/gifted.
- 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: email@example.com; 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
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
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)
||Dirty Pretty Things
||B102 Wells Hall
|7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
||Mr. Joseph Kahiigwa
||African Diaspora and the Motherland
||Eppley Center Room 116
|5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
||Sale of various African artifacts
||MSU International Center Lobby
|11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
|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
||(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.