MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/12/05

Issue No. 13 Spring 2005
April 12, 2005


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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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), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 18, Monday

"Reflections on the Current Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," 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.

April 21, Thursday

"Comments on the March 2005 Zimbabwean National Election," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with John Makumbe, Visiting Scholar from Univ. of Zimbabwe, 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 28, Thursday

"Multiculturalism of African Trainee Counselors: The Case of Zimbabwe," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Margaret Rukuni, Visiting Scholar at Univ. of Illinois (Univ. of Zimbabwe), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


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.

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.

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

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