Tuesday Bulletin for April 22nd, 2008

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Tuesday Bulletin for April 22nd, 2008
Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements Events

The Rebirth of Nigerian Universities: Prospects for MSU-Nigerian-Partnerships Wednesday, April 23, 2008
African Studies Center Special Brown Bag talk with Reverend Echi Nwogu, Senior Personal Assistant of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (MSU's oldest partner in Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

The Effects of Market Deregulation on Maize Marketing Margins in South Africa: An Opportunity to Improve Household Food Security Thursday, April 24, 2008
African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Lulama Ndibongo Traub, Senior Researcher (Bureau of Food & Agricultural Policy, BFAP, University of Pretoria, South Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

Film series "Daratt: Dry Season" (Chad)
Thursday, April 24, 2008 Shown at the Snyder-Phillips residential college theater, 7:30 p.m. – This fable-like gem opens in a small village in Chad, as the government is about to announce the fates of those accused of war crimes during the country's decades-long civil war. Atim and his grandfather crouch by a small radio to await the verdict; controversially, the government decides to grant amnesty to all war criminals. This devastating decision prompts the boy's grandfather to assign him one mission in life: Kill the man who murdered Atim's father during the war. Armed with a revolver, he is told to return only when his task has been completed.

Being Afrikan
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Special African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Mandivamba Rukuni,

Regional Director for Africa Programs with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (he is based in Pretoria, South Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

Deadline for Faculty - College Fund for International Travel Friday, May 9, 2008
Deadline for Faculty, College Fund for International Travel for travel abroad to conferences or events to present results of your research or creative activity between July 1,2008 and December 31, 2008. Direct questions to Cathy Vaughn, See MSU announcements for further details.


College Fund for International Travel (Faculty)
Friday, May 9, 2008 is the deadline for applications for Cycle I of the College Fund for International Travel for faculty to travel abroad to conferences (events) to present the results of their research or creative activity between July 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Grants awarded for the dissemination of the results of faculty research, most typically at significant professional events abroad: papers at professional conferences; exhibitions at galleries, museums, or shows; performances at music or theatrical venues. In addition to the form, a complete application contains a two-page curriculum vitae, a budget of expenditures and costs, and a two-page narrative that clearly addresses each of the following:

Description of the paper, performance, or exhibit for which you are requesting funds; The significance of your paper, performance, or exhibit as a contribution to your field; The relative importance of the conference/event and any relevant conference/event URL; How your contribution represents a progression in your own scholarly/creative development or represents a new direction, and * How participating in this particular conference/event in your field is significant to your scholarly reputation.

Please submit your application to and direct questions to Cathy Vaughn (

Special Foreign Travel Fund (SFTF) Faculty
This is a source of funds to assist faculty transportation to international professional meetings and congresses outside the U.S. to present papers, deliver keynote addresses, juried exhibitions, or performances in major concert halls. It is intended to supplement departmental, college and/or grant funds available to faculty. Application forms are available from the Office of the Dean of International Studies and Program. SFTF is to be used as a last resort, and is supplemental in nature.

Upcoming deadlines:

* June 1st for meetings held July through December

* October 1st for meetings held November through April

By the appropriate deadline, submit the following: Completed application with signatures of dean and chair (please plan to seek their approval at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.); Invitation to conference/congress and/or letter accepting your paper for presentation at the conference/congress indicating the type and level of your participation; * Original and one (1) copy of the application and all attachments. Send to: Michael Stokes, (517) 355-2353, Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 209 International Center.

Risk, Values, & Decisions Initiative - Symposium
The Risk, Values, and Decisions Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at the Kellogg Center, Room 105 (main floor). Registration and light breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. The program is 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The featured speaker is Dr. Paul Slovic, President and founder of Decision Research. The title of his talk is: "If I Look at the Mass I Will Never Act: Psychic Numbing and Genocide." For more information about the symposium, contact Carol Zimmermann at:

Other Announcements

The Agora Group -Student Journal-Call for Papers
To coincide with the launch of Agora Group Ghana, the next issue of Youth and Democracy will be an African Special Edition that focuses on issues of development, education and politics. As a theme issue, "Focus on Africa" provides the opportunity for discussion in the areas of democratic development, economic reform, developmental issues, education and society. There is no restriction based upon geographical constraints, but rather the aim is to generate debate on issues of relevance in African Nations and to highlight events and development on a wider scale.

This journal provides the opportunity to publish and influence debate on an international level. The Agora Group welcomes submissions on a variety of areas and, as a journal dedicated to providing a platform for student publication, Youth and Democracy can therefore guarantee that all accepted submissions will not be left out for lack of space. The submission deadline is June 30 2008. Contact the Editor at: for further information. For more information on The Agora Group please visit:

Anambra State Association of Michigan-Southfield, MI
The Anambra State Association of Michigan will host their 5th Bi-Annual Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2008, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. The event will be held at the Mother of Chaldean Church, 25885 Berg Rd., Southfield, MI. Admission is $25 per person. Proceeds will support the ASA medical mission.

Contact: Ike Agunwa at: for ticket information or other inquiries.

Coffeehouse and Cultural Celebration- Haslett, MI
On Saturday, April 26, 2008 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Haslett Community Church (HCC) will host the fourth annual Coffeehouse and Cultural Celebration to continue support for Association Mwana Ukundwa (Beloved Child) in Rwanda. Under the leadership of Rose Gakwandi, AMU provides food, clothing, housing, and education for approximately 2,000 children who lost their! parents in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda or to AIDS.

The coffeehouse will feature music and dance by local artists and performers, as well as the now-famous buffet of homemade desserts and gourmet Rwandan coffee. In addition, there will be Rwandan handcrafted items for sale to benefit AMU. All proceeds will go to AMU for their work in Rwanda. Ken Bialek will give an update on AMU in Rwanda, David Weight will give excerpts from his publication, The Rwanda Coffee Project.

Since 2001, HCC together with a number of other mid-Michigan churches has raised more than $70,000 for the children of AMU. These funds provide the immediate necessities of life, plus education and vocational training. AMU has purchased land and started construction of a community center that will also serve as a school building. Haslett Community Church (HCC) is located at 1427 Haslett Rd, Haslett, MI 48840 (½ mile east of Marsh Road).

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