MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/20/07
The African Studies Center at MSU
Tuesday Bulletin for March 20th, 2007
Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements |
Conferences | Jobs
Saturday, March 24, 2007
A film focusing on Ethiopia's coffee industry, 1:30 p.m., MSU Wells Hall, Theater B
-Capra. (East Lansing Film Festival Series).
"An Open Window"
Saturday, March 24, 2007
An award winning feature that deals with a mentally troubled woman in Dakar, and her
friendship with the filmmaker. 4:00 p.m., MSU Wells Hall, Theater C - Fellini (East
Lansing Film Festival Series). This film will also show at Lansing Community College (LCC)
on Fri. March 23rd, 7:00 p.m., Rm 170 Arts &am! p; Science Bldg.
Four South African Photographers: Document and Images
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Slide lecture and Special Brown Bag talk with Professor Waldemar Bussiahn, Tshwane
Univ. (Pretoria, South Africa), and Professor Glenn Meyer, Nelson Mandela Univ. (Port
Elizabeth, South Africa), 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Room 201 International Center. Their
visit is sponsored by the Dept. of Art & Art History and the African Studies Center.
Development and Citizenship in South Africa's 2010 World Cup
Thursday, March 29, 2007
African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Peter Alegi, Faculty (History, MSU), 12:00
noon, Room 201 International Center.
The Aesthetics of Photographing Serene Environments
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Lecture by Professor Bussiahn, 7:00 - 8:00p.m., Room 108 Kresge Art Center. Sponsored by the Dept. of Art and Art History. Contact Prof. Peter Glendinning at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
"The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela"
Friday, March 30, 2007
A documentary by Allen Harris. It is based on the story of the South African exiles who
kept the anti-apartheid movement alive from East Africa, Europe, America, and Cuba. The
film is sponsored by the African American and African Studies Dept., 7:00 p.m., Room 206
Old Horticulture Bldg.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
A film focusing on Ethiopia's coffee industry, 7:30 p.m., Room B102 Wells Hall. Sponsored by the MSU Geography Club. Contact Heather at email@example.com for detai! ls.
Facilitating Mozambican Women's Attainment of Postwar Well-being
Thursday, March 22, 2007
African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Zermarie Deacon, Advanced Graduate Student
(Psychology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.
MSU Int'l Predissertation Travel Awards - 2007
Go to: http://www.isp.msu.edu/deadlines/dead_2.phpfor application forms. Deadline is March 30, 2007.
Applications are being solicited for the 2007 Predissertation Travel Awards of up to
$5000. These awards are designed to provide funds for MSU Ph.D. candidates in the
predissertation stage in the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Arts
and Letters (CAL), Education (ED), and Social Science (SSC) for travel outside of the
United States during one or more of these semesters: ! summer, 2007, fall, 2007, and
U.S. and international Ph.D. candidates may apply for the awards which support travel
abroad to your intended dissertation research site for a minimum of 60 days. For further
details, visit the above website or contact Dr. Jenny Bond, Acting Assistant Dean,
International Studies and Programs, (517) 355-2350.
Summer Course Announcement
Graduate Seminar available on the Internet
RD876, International Rural Development, is a 3 credit graduate seminar available every semester on the MSU ANGEL Program. The course simulates a small group of students sitting around a table with the professor, who has years of hands-on experience designing and implementing many development programs and projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. For more information see the preview at: https://angel.msu.edu or e-mail Professor George H. Axinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afrobarometer Conference at MSU, May 12-13, 2007
On behalf of the Afrobarometer Network, the Department of Political Science and the
African Studies Center at Michigan State University are pleased to host a conference on
the Micro-Foundations of Mass Politics in Africa.
To date, scholars of African politics have concentrated principally on the deeds -- and
misdeeds of political elites. Studies of mass participation have been largely
limited to local cases and have been hampered by a lack of systematic data on public
values, attitudes and behavior. The advent of the Afrobarometer, now comprising three
rounds of national probability sample surveys in up to 18 African countries, 1999-2006,
offers unique opportunities to delve into the foundations of individual political
The conference will feature 20 original research papers by leading and emergent scholars from Afric! a, Europe and the United States. The themes of the papers include electoral participation, ethnic identity, economic well-being, social capital, and democratic citizenship. All papers draw evidence from Afrobarometer public opinion data. An edited volume is planned. Conference papers will be available at http://www.polisci.msu.edu/about/2007microMPA.htm by April 15, 2007.
Explore Africa at MSU, June 17-23, 2007
Explore Africa at MSU is a residential program designed for academically talented high
school students (entering grades 10, 11, and 12) 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 at MSU.
Participants will attend daily language classes in Swahili; participate in sessions on
African literature; develop self-selected projects on African topic! s; participate in
African music and dance, as well as assist an African chef in making a traditional
For registration or other information, contact John Metzler, (517) 353-1700; e-mail: email@example.com, url: http://www.msu.edu/~gifted/exploreafrica/exploreafrica.htm. The application deadline is March 30, 2007.
Peace Corps Photo Exhibit, Feb. 25 - March 31, 2007
In honor of Michigan State University's continued collaboration with Peace Corps,
Greater Lansing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (GLRPCV) is sponsoring a photo exhibit
highlighting local returned volunteers and the countries in which they served. The photo
exhibit will run from February 25 through March 31, 2007, in MSU's International Library
just off the lobby of the International Center (on North Shaw between Farm Lane and Red
For more information, please contact MSU's Peace! Corps office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-432-7474. To join the Greater Lansing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers active membership, contact Lexine Hansen at email@example.com or 517-853-8396.
2007 Compton Africa Peace Fellowships-Extended
Deadline April 13, 2007 and September 15, 2007.
Michigan State University's African Studies Center (ASC) and Women and International
Development (WID) Program are offering Compton Africa Peace Fellowships to graduate
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.
For Information on eligible research topics, eligibility requirements, and application forms please visit: http://africa.msu.edu/compton.php. Completed application forms must be submitted by mail and e-mail to: MSU-Compton Fellowship Committee, c/o David Wiley, African Studies Center, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1035; Tel: 517-353-1700; Fax: 517-432-1209; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is April 13, 2007 (MSU African Students) and September 15, 2007 (Students from Africa).
`Big, Bold & Beautiful: African Household Pots' - Exhibit runs Feb. 19-Aug. 15,
An important collection of sub-Saharan African clay pots was donated to the MSU Museum
and 14 of them will be shown in University Development's display area in the new East
Spartan Stadium expansion (300 Spartan Way). Included in the exhibit will be ceramics from
Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon! and Ghana.
Collaborative Partnerships: Ethiopia/Uganda
Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with USAID, is issuing this
request for applications for partnerships in Ethiopia and Uganda.
The deadline for receipt of applications is April 30, 2007, 5:00 p.m. EDT. HED
anticipates making two (2) awards, contingent on USAID funding:
One (1) award for Ethiopia of up to $200,000 for a three-year period for Disaster Risk
Reduction and Sustainable Development; and One (1) award for Uganda of up to $200,000 for
a three-year period for the Parliamentary Research and Internship Program (PRIP).
Please view the full RFA for more information: http://www.hedprogram.org/tabid/227/itemid/101/Request-for-Applications-Ethiopia-Disaster-Risk-R.aspx
For more information about HED, please visit http://www.hedprogram.org/
African Film Conference, 2007- Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
November 9-10, 2007The African film conference in Urbana-Champaign will explore how an
appreciation of films as mode of expression and form can be combined with an understanding
of their content. The conference will be at the Center for African Studies, University of
Cinema has a more pronounced public dimension than some of the other arts; it creates
an audience and depends on it for its survival, and filmmaking itself can be situated
within the history, economy, politics, and broader cultural trends of postcolonial Africa.
The conference will aim to foster a dialogue between film scholars, critics, and the
social science interpreters, users, and enthusiasts of African films, and will try to
achieve, among other things, a greater sensibility for film as a medium among the latter.
The organizers seek abstracts from scholars and writers interested in participating in
this project.Contributions on thematic and stylistic development in African filmmaking and
on the way the films reflect and feed upon urban popular culture are invited. A subset of
related themes involve the connections to international film making styles or to the
ethnographic and documentary film traditions, including considerations of emerging
regional and national styles within Africa.
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words by e-mail or by post to: Mahir Saul, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Davenport Hall, 607 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801; email@example.com or Ralph Austen, Dept. of History, University of Chicago, Pick Hall 214, 5828 S. University Avenue, Chicago IL 60637; firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is May 31, 2007.
Lectureship in Swahili - University of Hamburg
The Department of African Languages and Ethiopian Studies at the Asia-Africa-Institute
of the University of Hamburg invites applications for a full-time Lectureship in Swahili
(39 h per week), beginning October 1, 2007. The University of Hamburg has a policy of
increasing the proportion of women in academic research and teaching, and strongly
encourages qualified women to apply. In accordance with Hamburg's `Gender-Equality' law, a
woman candidate will be preferred, if two or more candidates have the same qualifications.
The department seeks a candidate who is able to teach Swahili courses at all levels and
willing to participate in a full range of Swahili language programme activities such as
the development and implementation of Swahili courses within the framework of the new B.A.
and M.A. curricula. The teaching load will be 16 academic hours per week during the
semester. The successful candidate should have a university degree in Swahili language or
linguistics and a record o! f at least three years of teaching Swahili as a foreign
language. Native or near-native command of Swahili is required. Experience with Swahili
language teaching materials development is preferred. The successful candidate will also
be willing to regularly update her/his didactic training. While high proficiency in both
Swahili and English is a prerequisite, a working knowledge of German is expected to be
acquired in at most two years' time.
To ensure full consideration, please send a curriculum vitae, degree certificate(s), two letters of reference, a complete description of relevant teaching experience and a concise statement specifying the methods and the media to be employed in furthering curriculum development and the learners' progress no later than 01.April 2007. Send to: Sprecher des Asien-Afrika-Instituts, Prof. Dr. Ludwig Paul Stichwort: Swahili-Lektor, Universität Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (Ostflügel), 20146 Hamburg, Germany. Please do not send original documents. In order to reduce costs, documents or copies sent in connection with the application will not be returned - unless a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed. The official (German) text of this announcement will be accessible shortly on the following page: http://www.verwaltung.uni-hamburg.de/stellenangebote/wissmit/aai_3.html.
For more information, visit the African Studies Center Website. Please submit information on Africa-related events or news seven to ten days in advance of publication. Send to the African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; E-mail: email@example.com.
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