MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/16/03

EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 18, Thursday

"MSU's Collaboration with the University of Mali's Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources: An Update and Future Opportunities," African Studies Center Brown Bag with John Staatz, Gretchen Sanford, Brent Simpson, Mel Yokoyama, Russ Freed, Pascal Kamdem, Steve Longabaugh, Youssouf Camara, Mary Anne Walker, Brian Adams, (Participants from MSU/CANR and Office of International Development), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 19, Friday "Preventing HIV/AIDS through Entertainment Education in Ethiopia," CASID/WID Friday Forum with Kim Witte, Professor (Dept. of Communications, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center.

September 22, Monday "Why Africa Matters," Special presentation by Harm J. de Blij, Distinguished Professor of Geography (MSU), 3:00 to 5:00pm, MSU Union Ballroom. This talk is sponsored by the Center for Integrative Studies in Art and Humanities, Center for Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences, Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science, Dept. of Geography, and the African Studies Center.

September 25, Thursday "Internet Capacitation at the University of Bamako, Mali: Challenges and Solutions under the Leland Initiative," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Brian Adams, Graduate Student, ABD (Dept. of Geography, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Fall 2003 Study Abroad Fair

The Fall 2003 Study Abroad Fair has been scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2003. The event will be held on the second floor of the MSU Union from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. Please direct inquiries regarding this event to Dr. Inge Steglitz, e-mail:; phone: 432-2685.

List of Fellowships and Scholarships Available A list providing Fellowship and Scholarship information for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows is available for pick-up from the African Studies Center. Please contact Lisa Beckum at 353-1700 to obtain a copy.

Faculty Publications

MSU African Studies Center Core faculty members, Folu F. Ogundimu and Okechukwu C. Iheduru are co-authors of "Developments in Transportation and Communications" (Chapter 8) of the volume entitled: Afro-Optimism: Perspectives on Africa's Advances. 2003. Edited by Ebere Onwudiwe and Minabere Ibelema (Wesport, CT: Praeger).

Margo Glew and David Dwyer wrote an article for The Journal of African Language Teachers Association (JALTA) entitled: "The African Language Tutorial Guide: A Resource Manual for Use in African Language Tutorial-Based Classes," Volume IV, No.1, 2001. The Journal is published once a year by the African Language Teachers Association. For more information on how to subscribe or submit manuscripts, write to: Dr. I. Parviz Morewedge, Managing Editor, IJAS, Office of the Schweitzer Chair, Institute of GlobalCultural Studies, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000.


Call for Papers - Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 8-11, 2004 Deadline extended to September 17, 2003 Call for papers, abstracts, student papers, work-in- progress reports, research proposals, workshop proposals, poster sessions, research tables, reports, practitioner forums, panel discussions, tutorials, or performances related to arts and humanities. All areas of arts and humanities are invited, including performing artists. For a complete list of suggested topic areas and for more information on the format of submissions visit

Submissions may be made electronically via e-mail to Please direct inquiries to: Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, P.O., Box 75036, Honolulu, HI 96836, USA, Tel: (808) 949-1456, Fax: (808) 947-2420 E-mail:

ALO 2003 Special Request for Applications: Institutional Partnerships in Higher Education for International Development The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) is pleased to announce the release of a 2003 Special Request for Applications: Institutional Partnerships in Higher Education for International Development. The RFA may be downloaded from ALO's website:

ALO in cooperation with USAID is issuing this call for applications for higher education partnerships that focus on one of the following six areas of strategic interest: (1) higher education leadership and administrative transformation; (2) workforce development and community colleges; (3) agriculture and environment; (4) management of private and public sector institutions in countries severely affected by HIV/AIDS; (5) improving the quality of teacher training colleges and institutions; (6) MBA programs and private sector development; and (7) ALO and USAID also invite applications for higher education partnerships that address other critical development needs targeted towards the strategic objectives of USAID missions or that reflect emerging policy and technical solutions to development problems. ALO plans to conduct a peer- reviewed competition to make eighteen (18) awards of up to $100,000 each to implement cooperative partnerships over a two-year period.

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 4, 2003, 5:00 p.m. EST. For more information on this RFA or on other ALO activities, please visit the ALO website at:; or contact Tony Wagner, Communications Coordinator, Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development, 1307 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20005; Tel: (202) 478-4704; Fax: (202) 478-4715; e-mail:


The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) will host a conference to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The conference's theme is "SANKOFA" Looking Back, Moving Forward. The Akan word Sankofa literally means "return and pick it up." AFJN's anniversary this year will be in the spirit of "sankofa," advancing its mission of working for just US policies toward Africa, while staying rooted in the ideals and spirit of its original vision to advocate for human rights, peace and economic justice.

The conference will take place at the Dominican Retreat House, 7103 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, Virginia, from October 10-12, 2003. On Friday, October 10, there will be registration followed by a keynote address A Personal Experience of Faith and Justice in Liberia Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis. On Saturday, October 11, there will be a series of workshops on: * Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa - Marcel
Kitissou, Kathy Majetnyi; * USA AIDS Policy Toward Africa - Salih Booker * NEPAD Two Years Later - Peter Jacxsens * Seeds and Water - Luc Coppejans, M.Afr., Larry J.
Goodwin For more information and cost to register, call (202) 832-3412 or e-mail:


Assistant Professor - Indiana Univ., Bloomington The Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, intends to make a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in either comparative or international politics with research interests in Africa. Candidates should demonstrate broad theoretical interests, active research agendas with the promise for publication in high-quality venues, good teaching credentials, and proficiency in appropriate research methods. In addition to maintaining an ongoing research program, the holder of theposition is expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, and to participate in Indiana University's African Studies Program. Indiana University is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. The department is especially interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people including women, members of ethnic and racial minorities, and disabled individuals. To assure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, 2003; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, publications and papers, course syllabi and evaluations, and at least three letters of recommendation to: African Politics Search, Jeffrey C. Isaac, Department Chair, Indiana University, Department of Political Science, Woodburn Hall 210, 1100 E. 7th St., Bloomington, IN; 47405-7110; Fax: (812) 855-2027. Please address any questions to Kristi Brand at Tel: (812) 855-1209; email:

Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Telecom Training Institute - Utako, Abuja The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) recognizes the need for human resources capacity development, and specifically for highly trained personnel in telecommunications and other related aspects of the rapidly growing ICT industry in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Accordingly it is in the process of establishing an Ultra Modern training facility at its own existing building in Utako, Abuja. The Institute will be operational by January of 2004.

The NCC is seeking qualified candidates for the following five (5) positions in the NCC Telecommunications Training Institute:

- Director - Manager, Business Development and Marketing - Manager, Education and Curriculum Development - Manager, Administration and Finance - Manager, Multimedia, Technology, and Engineering

All interested applicants should send an application letter, a resume (CV) and other appropriate materials via e-mail.

For a full description of each position and the application process, write to: The Executive Search Committee, NCC Telecom Training Institute, c/o The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC; e-mail:; or Professor R. Akwule; e-mail:

All applications and inquiries should be made online. Interviews for these positions are planned for September in Washington, DC, Atlanta, London and Abuja.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar,