Tuesday Bulletin for April 7th, 2009

Tuesday Bulletin for April 7th, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships | Conferences
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Africa, Brazil and the Construction of Trans Atlantic Black Identities," Special African Studies Roundtable discussion with Livio Sansone, Faculty (Anthropology, The Federal University of Bahia and Head of the Graduate Program in Ethnic and African Studies), 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Room 204 International Center. Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"A Guest is Like Morning Dew: Teaching and Searching for uMunthu-Peace in an Asymmetrical World," ASMSU Lecture by Dr. Steve Sharra, Faculty (Academic Advisor in the Peace and Justice Studies Specialization, MSU), 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center. Free. Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Language Policies in Modern Africa: The Role of Language in Nation-Building and Personal Identity," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Carol Myers-Scotton, Professor Emeritus (and African Studies Associate Faculty, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Saturday, April 11, 2009 (RSVP Wed. April 8th)

Ethics and Development Workshop. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP by Wednesday, April 8th at The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs all day at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Theater, Snyder Hall. Thursday, April 16, 2009

"A World of Contrasts: Traditional versus Modern Love and Marriage in L.D. Raditladi's Selelo Sa Morati - - A Lover's Lament,"African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Sekepe Matjila, Visiting Scholar at the Univ. of Michigan (Director, Masters Program of the Dept. of Pan African Languages & Cultural Development, Univ. of South Africa, Pretoria), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Friday, April 17, 2009

"Gendered Transgressions: Female Radical Politics in a Changing Igbo World," Center for Gender in a Global Context (GenCen) lecture with Nwando Achebe, Faculty (Dept. of History, MSU), 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Room 302 International Center. Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fifth Annual World Languages Day at MSU. Register at;, or call (517) 432-2286. (See MSU Announcements for more information). Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Institutional Diversity and Performance in African Cotton Systems: Learning from Reformin West-Central Africa and East and Southern Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Dave Tschirley, Faculty (Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Announcements
Ethics and Development Workshop at MSU

Free, RSVP by April 8, 2009 to

The Ethics and Development workshop will be held all day, on Saturday, April 11, 2009, beginning at 9:00 AM. It will be held at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Theater, Snyder Hall.

The central purpose of this workshop is to examine interdisciplinary inquiry concerning development that combines ethical analysis and empirical research. It is of special interest for graduate students in (or considering) MSU's Graduate Specialization in Ethics and Development, as it will aid them in planning and carrying out their practicum project, but it will be helpful to others as well. Each of the main panels will be followed by breakout sessions and a reconvening of the whole group.

The workshop is free and open to all, but please RSVP to John Ouko by Wednesday, April 8th at 2009 International Awards Ceremony, Recipients

The International Awards Ceremony is hosted each spring by the Dean of International Studies and Programs (ISP). Its purpose is to bring together MSU faculty, staff, students, community volunteers, and the wider Michigan community to recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions toward international understanding. For further details, please visit the ISP website at:

The ceremony was held on Wednesday, April 1, 2009. We congratulate the following Africanist who were recipients of the following awards:

*Special Recognition Award for Promoting International Understanding: David Wiley, Faculty, Dept. of Sociology

*John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs Award: Salah Hassan, Faculty, Dept. of English

*Glen L. Taggart Award for Community Contribution to International Understanding: Judy Huynh, Middle School Social Studies Teacher

*MSU Award for Outstanding Service to Study Abroad: John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator for the African Studies Center

*Homer Higbee International Education Award: Mamud Dako, First year Graduate student, Dept. of Packaging and President of the International Students
Fellowships for Dissertation Research & Completion
Association (ISA).

The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, in the Center for Gender in Global Context, is pleased to announce two fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2009-10 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU's Graduate School has allowed for the development of $10,000 fellowship opportunities for Dissertation Research and Dissertation Completion. The application deadline is April 17, 2009. For full information, flyer, and applications, visit Fifth Annual World Languages Day at MSU

Michigan State University is known worldwide for its commitment to international education in an era of ever-increasing globalization. With more than 200 study abroad programs and approximately 40 languages offered on campus, MSU is one of the leading universities in the country for internationalizing the student experience.

On Saturday, April 18, 2009, MSU will again invite hundreds of high school students, teachers, administrators, and parents to campus to explore a world of languages during the Fifth Annual World Languages Day. Free to all participants, this day-long conference will focus on the experiences that languages offer, and highlight the opportunities available for language and international study at MSU.

After an engaging opening plenary session, participants will attend a variety of fun and informational sessions throughout the day.

See for further details about the day. Africa Past & Present Podcast

"Africa Past and Present" is a Podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb. It is produced by MATRIX - The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU ( Listen and subscribe to the biweekly Podcast at: Other Announcements
Univ. of Michigan Lecture & Booksigning, April 8, 2009

The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and African Studies Center (CAAS/ASC) at the University of Michigan presents a lecture and booksigning by Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Department of Anthropology and Political Science at Columbia University. He will speak on Wednesday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m. in the Michigan Union-Kuenzel Room. Professor Mamdani will speak on "Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror." Zimbabwe Independence Celebration, East Lansing

The Zimbabwe Together (ZIMTO) association extends an invitation to an event celebrating Zimbabwean Independence Day on April 18, 2009, 6:30 p.m. until late evening, at the Quality Inn in East Lansing, MI.

For those who follow international news, you have heard a lot about the rough situation in Zimbabwe. Even in the middle of that rough patch, Zimbabweans are beginning to feel some optimism and trying to create a sense of optimism. Now, is a time to sow and nurture seeds of hope and support for the slow wheels of change in Zimbabwe. Your support is being sought at an independence celebration event called "Konzeresa Bash" (Make it happen bash).

Tickets are on sale and available from the following people; Gloria Katsande (517) 488-1256 and Morewell Gasseller (517) 355-8191). Tickets are limited; adults $10.00 and children $5.00. There will be typical African traditional foods, music and dance and lots of fun for the whole family. Those who may not be able to attend the event, but would like to make contributions (like sponsoring tickets for others to attend) are welcome and encouraged to do so. Request for Proposals: Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic field work. The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics. Work which has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to the other will also be considered. Publishing subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered. Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Endangerment is a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one factor in the funding decisions.

Eligible expenses include consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc. Overhead is not allowed. Grants are normally for a one year period, though extensions may be applied for. Grants in this round are expected to be less than $4,000 in size, and to average about $2,000. Applications must be received by April 20, 2009.

For addition information and how to apply, visit: Applications must be submitted electronically. No mail or fax applications will be accepted. Please direct questions to: 300 George St., Suite 900, New Haven, CT 06511, or e-mail: Fellowships
Moremi Initiative-Women's Leadership in Africa

Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2009/2010 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program.

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership in their community. The one-year program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them tackle issues affecting women in their communities. Applications are welcome from young women living in Africa and the Diaspora.

MILEAD fellowship awards will be made to as many as 25 young women with exceptional qualities who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. To be eligible for the one-year program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD including a three-week residential Summer Institute in August; and, commit to a community leadership service project and internship. Specific requirements of the program and related dates are outlined in the application.

Application package is available at: The deadline for completed applications to be submitted is April 30, 2009. Interested applicants should submit the following materials by the application deadline:

  1. Completed MILEAD Application Form

  2. Resumé/Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

  3. Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic contacts

For more applications or information, please contact: MILEAD Program Coordinator, P.O. Box CT 5604, Accra, Ghana, e-mail:; Tel: +233 21 770 736 (Ghana); +1 (404) 502-1006 or +1 (770) 436-9762 (USA.

Please note
all four documents must be received before applications will be reviewed. Conferences Fifth Int'l Conf. on Ethiopian Development Studies

The Center for African Development Research (CADPR) located in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education (HIGE) of Western Michigan University (WMU) in Collaboration with Adama University, Addis Ababa University, New Generation University College (NGUC), and Unity University, and the Ethiopian Development Studies Association (EDSA) announce the 5th International Conference on the "Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development in Ethiopia and the Greater Horn of Africa." The 2009 International Conference will convene in Ethiopia on November 12-14, 2009. The conference venue is Adama University. Visit their website at:

The Program Committee invites proposals or abstracts on topics related to sustainable development (see website below, for detailed topics). The deadline for Abstract and Pre-registration is June 1, 2009. The Program Committee invites proposals or abstracts on topics related to sustainable development (see website below, for detailed topics). The deadline for Abstract and Pre-registration is June 1, 2009. To download the pre-registration form and get more details about the conference, please go to: (Open the Word file attachment). The final draft paper is due July 1, 2009.

Please look for any future updates including hotel and travel information, and other pertinent information on the webpage: the Adama University website:

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

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