MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/13/04
Issue No. 13 Spring 2004
April 13, 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 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, Wed. - Sat.
African Culture Week: "The Continuum of Great Tradition"
(See full schedule at the end of the bulletin or visit: www.msu.edu/asu).
April 15, Thursday
"Policy and African Development Needs: Do they Converge?" African Studies Center Brown
Bag with Mr. Joseph Kahiigwa, Minister Counselor, (Uganda Embassy, Washington, DC), 12:00
noon, Room 201, International Center.
April 16, Friday
"Federal Programs for Funding International Higher-Education Partnerships," CASID-WID
forum with David Wiley, Professor of Sociology and Director of the African Studies Center
and Christine Root, Specialist in International Studies and Programs (MSU), 12:00 noon,
Room 201, International Center.
April 22, Thursday
"African Refugees and Displaced Persons," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Barry
Stein, Faculty (Political Science, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.
April 29, Thursday
"The African Fish Eagle: Developing a Biosentinel Model to Study Environmental
Pollution in Africa's Great Lakes Region," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Wilson
Rumbeiha, Faculty (Veterinary Clinical Toxicology, Dept. of Pathobiology and Diagnostic
Investigation), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.
MSU Coach to Take Part in July Safari to Africa
John L. Smith, the Spartans' head football coach will get
the opportunity to ascend 19,341 feet to the top of
Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in
Coach Smith will host an 11-day trip to Kenya and
Tanzania this summer. The adventure is sponsored by
the MSU Alumni Association and will take place July 8-
18, 2004. Despite the magnitude of his safari adventure,
Coach Smith remains humble about it.
Reprint from portions of an article from the State News, 3/22/04
Special Opportunities for Teachers of LCTL
CARLA is pleased to offer two special professional
development opportunities for LCTL teachers this
summer: teacher stipends and a free summer institute on
developing proficiency assessments.
LCTL teachers (K-16) are invited to apply for a $600
teacher stipend to attend one of the CARLA summer
institutes for language teachers. The stipends are
provided by the European Studies Consortium and the
Institute for Global Studies, both National Resource
Centers at the University of Minnesota. Applications are
due by April 26, 2004, and scholarship recipients will
be announced by May 10, 2004.
The CARLA summer institutes will be held during the
weeks of July 26-30, August 2-6, and August 9-13,
2004. The institutes offered this year are:
Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology - NEW!;
Proficiency-Oriented Language Instruction & Assessment
Basics of Second Language Acquisition for Teachers;
Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages
Maximizing Study Abroad: Strategies for Language and
Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom;
Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education;
Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching;
Technology in the Second Language Classroom;
Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom and;
A Practical Course in Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction
Find detailed information about each of the CARLA
summer institutes on the CARLA website at:
The stipends are intended to support the participation of
LCTL teachers in the CARLA summer institute program
and to defray part of the expense of travel and
accommodations not covered by the institute fee. The
stipends are made possible by Title VI funding from the
U.S. Department of Education's National Resource
Center program. More information and application
materials can be found on the CARLA website at:
CARLA is also pleased to announce a new free summer
institute, just for LCTL teachers.
Developing Proficiency-Based Assessments in Less
Commonly Taught Languages
June 21 - 25, 2004
In this institute, participants will examine the ACTFL
Guidelines and how they are implemented in
second/foreign language assessment. Participants will
use resources from CARLA's Virtual Assessment Center
and explore test development templates as they learn to
apply the ACTFL guidelines to develop proficiency-
based assessment using web-based resources. Instructed
by Dr. Deniz G"kora, Assessment Coordinator at CARLA.
There will be NO cost for instruction or materials, but
applications must be accepted by May 7, 2004
(extended deadline). For more information visit::
2nd Annual Towards an Africa Without Borders
Call for Papers
The 2nd Annual Towards an Africa Without Borders
Conference Transformation and Action will be held
on October 8-10, 2004 at the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, Wisconsin, US.
The organizing committee for TAWB II invites papers
and colloquia from activists and scholars on the topic of
TRANSFORMATION and GUIDEPOSTS in Africa and
Diaspora. The vision for TAWB II is to host a forum for
a discussion leading to ACTION that will be centered on
(but not limited to) the following core questions:
How do those of us working for change in Africa and
its Diaspora imagine Transformation? How has
progress/advancement been identified historically? What
are some existing examples of guideposts? What has
The Ties that Bind - In what ways do the issues that
Africans face differ from the issues that African-
Americans face in achieving goals towards 'progress'?
Which issues are shared? How can we build a common
platform and on what issues should it be based?
How 'Pan' is Pan-Africanism? Is Pan-Africanism
inclusive of Northern Africa?
How has African feminism fared in Pan-Africanist
theory and action?
Fanon, Nkrumah, Carbral and the cause for African
independence: What is the future of African radical
Progress in fighting the AIDS pandemic: What are the
issues? What has been achieved? What more needs to be
Africa and the War on Terror: Whose war? Whose
Africa via Haiti: 200 years between empires?
Refugees and immigration: What role for Pan-
The above questions meant to raise discussion leading to
action may also be narrowed to topics relevant to Pan-
Abstracts should be limited to 250 words, and should
include the author's name, title, affiliation, and full
address (including telephone, fax, and e-mail). If
abstracts are submitted by e-mail, attachments should be
in Microsoft Word (.doc). The deadline for abstract
submission is May 10th, 2004. (If you are sending in
your abstract from outside the United States, please
consider your country's visa application turn around and
adjust the deadline accordingly).
The abstracts can be sent to the following address:
Towards an Africa without Borders, Department of
African Languages and Literature, University of
Wisconsin-Madison, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden
Drive, Madison, WI 53715 or to the following e-mail
addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For additional information, please contact Mukoma Wa
Ngugi at or 608-262-8462 or visit the website at http
Ghana Study Abroad for Students and Non-students
The Ghana Study Abroad Program runs from April 30 -
May 10, 2004. The program in Ghana is offered through
Florida Atlantic University.
Students will explore trends and dynamics of African
social, political, economic and cultural systems as they
impact on gender and women's lives from a cross-
cultural perspective. Myths and stereotypes about
Africa and its peoples will be deconstructed. Topics
include health, environment, communications and the
media, performance and storytelling, gender based
violence, history, and education. The course will
combine classroom instruction, field visits, and
workshop sessions that provide students with hands on
experience with the local culture. Scheduled meetings
with the course instructor will be arranged to discuss
progress on student projects. A limited number of
scholarships are available. Deadline is April 15, 2004.
To enroll or for additional details please contact Tania
Tucker-Kraus at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561) 297-
There is also a possibility of internships with NGOs
working on women related issues, such as gender based
violence or women in politics, etc. after completion of
the program. Contact Dr. Josephine Beoku-Betts at
email@example.com for more information and to
arrange the internship.
African Culture Week 2004
(Schedule of events)
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
8:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Visit www.msu.edu/asu for more information
Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.