MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/05/06

Issue No. 2 Fall 2006
September 5, 2006


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 6, Wednesday

"Economic Climate in South Africa Today," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Yusuf Omar, Consul General (South Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

September 6, Wednesday

"Hausa table" every Wednesday round-table discussion with Professor Ibro Chekaraou. Hausa-phones in the Lansing/East Lansing area meet to practice their Hausa, 12:00 noon, MSU Union-UBLKMI. Direct inquiries to Professor Chekaraou at:; or call 517-353-0746.

September 7, Thursday

"Building African Scientific Capacity in Food and Agriculture: A Report Commissioned by the World Bank," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Carl Eicher, Distinguished MSU Emeritus Professor (Ag Econ., MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

September 8, Friday

"The Hidden Cost of Budgeting : Making Sense of the Budget Section of Your Grant," WID presentation with Melba Lacey, Consortium Coordinator, IIA, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Room 303 International Center. E-mail questions to: or call 353-5040.

September 10, Sunday

"Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States." New exhibit opening at the MSU Museum. The exhibit features worker art and writing, workclothes and tools, union posters and buttons, and other artifacts and information that will give museum-goers a deeper appreciation of the lives of workers, the creation of workers culture and its expression in both countries. For information contact Professor John or visit the website at:

September 11, Monday

"Geography and Climate Change in Post-Pliocene Africa," African Studies Center 'Special' Brown Bag with Harm de Blij, Geographer (Author, professor and television personality), 3:30 p.m., Room 201 International Center.

September 14, Thursday

"A Year in Senegal: Talibe, Emigration, Strikes," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Professor Ken Harrow, English Dept. (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


Fall Course Announcement

PLS 950: Problems in the Study of Democratization

This graduate seminar is offered by Professor Adrienne LeBas, Wed. 3:00 -5:00 pm, meets in Rm 104 South Kedzie. About the course: There are more procedural democracies in the world now than at any previous point in history; however, many of the world's new democracies continue to fall short of peaceful pluralism and liberal democracy. In some places, the introduction of electoral competition seems to have triggered ethnic conflict and communal violence. In others, threatened incumbents have used state violence, limitations on civil and political liberties, or electoral fraud to prevent their democratic challengers from gaining office. The seminar provides students with an introduction to the study of democratization in an era of flawed transitions. For detailed information about the course, please contact Professor LeBas at 353-3292; or e-mail:

MSU Global Focus - Photography Competition

The entry deadline for the Eighth Annual International Photography competition is Monday, October 2, 2006, 5:00 p.m. EDT. The competition is open to MSU students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and Alumni Association members. For more information visit or contact: MSU Office of International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, 209 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Tel: (517) 355-2350; e-mail

MSU AgEcon Food Security International Updates The MSU Department of Agricultural Economics website shows many Africa-related research projects and outreach going on at MSU. Please visit to view the Food Security updates in the Ag Econ department.


USDA Paid Overseas Internships

The US Department of Agriculture is looking for a few outstanding senior and graduate level college and university students to work in their OVERSEAS offices to promote U.S. agricultural interests through the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). U.S. citizen students who are majoring in a business or science related agricultural field, i.e. Ag Econ, Econ, Finance, Business or Marketing, International Studies or Relations, Law or in a Biotechnology program are eligible. Online registration for the summer 2007 application deadline is January 9, 2007 and the fall 2007 application deadline is April 17, 2007. For more information on FAS internship programs, please go to:, or contact the internships coordinator at:

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