Tuesday Bulletin for April 14th, 2009

Tuesday Bulletin for April 14th, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Conferences Events
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Vagina + War + Poverty = Fistula," Student Association for Fistula Awareness (S.A.F.F.A.), presentation to learn and discuss the lives of women in Africa who are living with Fistula as a result of gang rape or prolonged labor, 8:00 p.m., Owen Hall Lobby. Contact for further details. Food and drinks will be available.
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). Saturday, April 18, 2009

5K Walk/run sponsored by the Family of Strength Organization (FOSO). FOSO is an MSU student organization that helps raise funds for HIV/AIDS affected orphans in Kenya. The 5/K wall begins at 10:00 a.m., in the courtyard between Akers and Hubbard Halls. Visit for more information and to register online. $8 online registration; $10 on-site registration. Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Institutional Diversity and Performance in African Cotton Systems: Learning from Reform in 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
Summer Course Announcement

AEC874: Field Data Collection and Analysis in Developing Countries, 3 cr, Tu/Th 10:20 - 11:40

Instructor: Professor Rick Bernsten

Students from all disciplines are welcome to take this course in the theory and practice of survey research. The course is designed for graduate students who plan to carry out survey research in the U.S. and developing countries. For more information, contact Professor Rick Bernsten at Fellowships for Dissertation Research & Completion

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 GenCen/WID Fall Undergrad Internships

MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context is seeking two interns for its Women and International Development (WID) Program for Fall Semester 2009.

This is a paid position requiring a commitment of 10-20 hours per week. Applicants must be enrolled at Michigan State University and should be sophomores or juniors by Fall Semester 2009. Excellent writing and research skills are required. Also necessary, is computer knowledge, an ability to work independently, and a strong interest in issues of diversity and women's issues on an international and global level. Web abilities are preferable but not required.

The internship involves working on WID's Website, the WID Bulletin, and other projects. In addition, each intern is assigned a special project of his/her own, identified in collaboration with the Co-Directors. Depending on performance, the position may continue through Spring Semester 2010.

This is an excellent opportunity for students of International Relations, Public Policy, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Humanities or anyone interested in development and globalization issues and their effects on women. If interested please mail, fax, or e-mail a letter of interest describing your qualifications and how the position contributes to your career goals, as well as a Resumé and brief writing sample, by Monday, April 20, 2009, to: Center for Gender in Global Context, Women and International Development Program, 206 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035. Fax: 432-4845, e-mail: This information is available in printable format at 2009 Fall GenCen Internships, Grad & Undergrad

The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) offers internship coordination for undergraduate and graduate students interested in issues of gender, social justice, community development, health, domestic violence, and/or environmental change. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to gain hands-on experience interning with organizations working on these issues, while receiving MSU credit. Fall 2009 applications are now being accepted. The early admission deadline is May 1, and the final deadline is July 15, 2009.

An application form can be downloaded at Electronic submissions are encouraged. Students interested in international internships should contact the GenCen Internship Coordinator, Marisa Rinkus, at as soon as possible to discuss programs and specific deadlines. 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. 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
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. Video-conference at Penn State U. - Middle Egyptian

Penn State University has offered to host an introductory course in Middle Egyptian. The course will be offered by live video conference, probably on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Fall 2009. The instructor is Don Redford.

Faculty interested in making this course available to their students, or students interested in enrolling, should contact Ms. Marks at As with other CourseShare courses, any CIC institution wishing to receive this course will need to reserve a video conference classroom for the course meeting times and to designate a course number to facilitate student enrollment.

This course is offered as a basic introduction to the language and script (hieroglyphic) of Ancient Egypt. Egyptian is the earliest of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages to be committed to a script, and its study unlocks a fascinating treasure house of annals, literature, poetry, medicine, business documents and letters, and is a sine qua non for anyone wishing to delve into the ancient "mysteries" of Pharaonic civilization. The dialect chosen for this instruction is Middle Egyptian (c. 2200-1350 BC), and the grammar selected as a text book will be reviewed lesson by lesson in conjunction with the instructor's notes. This will be coupled with in-class readings prepared in advance from assigned passages in the chrestomathie chosen by the instructor. Conferences
Sudan Studies Association Conf. - Michigan State University

The Sudan Studies Association will host the 28th Annual Conference May 21-24, 2009 on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. This year's theme: Languages and Cultures of Sudan, will help to examine linguistic and cultural continuity and change in the very diverse Sudan. Go to: for registration and other information. 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.

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: World Congress of Agroforestry- Nairobi, Kenya

Early Application Deadline: April 30, 2009

The 2nd World Congress on Agroforestry will assess opportunities to leverage scientific agroforestry in promoting sustainable land use worldwide. The Congress will serve as a forum for agroforestry researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to share new research findings, lessons, experiences, and ideas that will help influence decisions that impact on livelihoods and the global environment. It will explore new opportunities and strengthen existing partnerships in agroforestry research, education, training, as well as, development and form new networks and communities of practice, and nurture old ones. Register online at

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

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