MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/18/07

Thursday, September 20, 2007

International Neurologic and Psychiatric Epidemiology Program (INPEP) series with Michael Boivin, Faculty (INPEP, MSU) and Bruno Giordani (U. of M. Neuropsychology), 12:00 noon, East Fee Hall, Patenge Room. Study Abroad Fair

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Information about MSU's more than 240 study abroad programs, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm, MSU Union, second floor. International Coffee Hour

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sponsored by the Office! of International Students and Scholars, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center Food Court. Spartan World Cup

Saturday, September 22, 2007

00 am - 5:00 pm. A soccer event meant to bring people from all over the world together. To participate and play, please contact your nationality club to organize a team. Please visit for more information. Strategic Partnership Panel Report: Nigeria

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Panel discussion with Nwando Achebe, (History, MSU), Peter Limb, (Main African Library, MSU), and Chidozie Amusie (Graduate Student, Comp Medicine, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Faculty Adesoji Adelaja (Agricultural Economics) and Kiki Edozie (International Relations, James Madison, MSU) may join the panel. MSU ! brings an MRI to aid Malaria Research in Malawi

Thursda y, September 20, 2007

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Terrie Taylor, Faculty (Internal Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Unraveling the Mystery of an Emerging Disease in Africa: Buruli Ulcar

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dessert with discussion series with Dr. Richard Merritt, Entomology Department Chair (MSU), 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm, Kellogg Biological Station, Education Center Auditorium. The Aga Khan Development Network: Capabilities, Approach, Accomplishments

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

OID and CASID presentation with Nemat Hajeebhoy, Executive officer (Aga Khan Foundation in Tanzania), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Announcements
African Culture Week 2007 - TASTE OF AFRICA

Begins ! November 6, 2007 - November 10, 2007

The MSU African Culture week events begin on Tuesday, November 6th with the Main event "Carnival D'Afrique" culminating on Saturday, November 10th at McDonald Middle School in East Lansing, Michigan.

More details to follow as the events gets closer. Please mark your calendar. MSU welcomes Visiting Nigerian Delegation September 10 - September 29, 2007

A distinguished Nigerian delegation of 18 is visiting MSU for a three-week program on "Responsible Governance: A U.S.-Nigeria Exchange," sponsored by Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), and the African Studies Center, and supported by the U.S. State Department. This delegation includes representatives from University of Nigeria (Nsukka), University of Jos, Lagos State University, Afro Center for D! evelopment Peace and Justice, Institute of Governance and Soci! al Resea rch, League of Democratic Women, and others (see below). They will stay at MSU until September 30 with a visit to Washington, DC, from September 22-27. While they are at MSU they will be staying at the Residence Inn in East Lansing (517-332-7711). Information on the participants is found below.

They will be available for meetings via private arrangements during their free days –Sunday September 16, and Saturday September 29 before 6:00 pm; and during free evenings most days during the week after 5:00 pm. Please contact Ann Allegra in CASID at: (517-353-5925) if you would like to meet with any of them. Following are the names of our honored guests:

Nigerian Delegation

Filicus Adakai, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Jos

Victor Adetula, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Jos

Sylvia Agu, Lecturer, Departm! ent of Public Administration and Local Government, University of Nigeria-Nsukka

Tunde Akanni, Lecturer, School of Communication, Lagos State University

Maryann Allanah, Program Coordinator, Afro Center for Development Peace and Justice, Asaba

Oluwakemi Asiwaju, Senior Program Manager, CLEEN Foundation, Lagos

Funsho Ayinmiro, Director, Local Government Administration, Kogi State Local Government Service Commission

Ibrahim Degri, Director, General Services and Administration, Balanga Local Government Council Talasse, Gombe State

Onyebuchi Ezeani, Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria-Nsukka

Ali Garba, Research/Program Officer, Institute of Governance and Social Research, Jos

Hannatu Ibrahim, Senior Program Officer, League of Democratic Women, Kaduna

Yemisi Ilesanmi, Assis! tant Secretary, Gender/Youth Officer, Nigeria Labor Congress, ! Abuja

Iliya Ishaku, Senior Information Officer, Kaltungo Local Government, Gombe State

John Ishiali, Principal Administrative Officer, Local Government Service Commission, Abakaliki

Lateefat Kolapo, Senior Correspondent, Punch Newspaper, Lagos

David Mancha, Information Officer, Plateau State Local Government Service Commission

Minkaila Mohammed, Acting Director, Planning, Nasarawa State Local Government Service Commission, Lafia

Mary Wuya, Program Coordinator, Organized Centre for Empowerment and Advocacy, Jos Faculty article

Carol Myers-Scotton, has written an article in Language Attrition Theoretical Perspectives, ed. by B. Kopke, M. Schmid, M. Keijzer, and S. Dostevt. 2007. Amsterdam: Benjamins. The title of her article is: The grammatical profile of L1 speakers on the stairs of p! otential language shift. Professor Myers-Scotton is adjunct professor in Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian and African Languages department and core faculty member in the African Studies Center at MSU. Muslim Studies Program - Gliozzo Endowment

Mohammed Ayoob, Coordinator of the Muslim Studies Program, announces that Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo have established the first endowment for the Muslim Studies Program. This fund will provide scholarships to undergraduate students whose principal interest is in studying some facet of the Muslim world. Criteria for awarding scholarships and details regarding application will be announced soon and posted on their website at: Scholarships for Study in South Africa

Funding from the U.S. Department of Education will provide five scholarships for undergraduates to study in Durban, South Africa from Jan! uary to June 2008. These awards are coordinated through MSU an! d the Co uncil for Opportunity in Education. Awards of approximately $5,875 will be given to recipients. The total estimated total cost that each student will need to contribute is $3,500. To be eligible for scholarships, participants must:

Be one or more of the following:

  • In a Student Support Services or Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate program

  • First generation college student and Pell grant eligible

  • Intend to serve as a prospective teacher in the areas of arts and humanities, social science, area studies, and/or foreign language

  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application
  • Be of at least junior status by January 2008.

The application deadline is October 1, 2007. Please check for full details about the program and application process. MSU Art Museum - Prints from South Africa !

Works on Paper Gallery from Sept. 4 - Oct. 14, 2007

In Grahamstown, on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, artists work at a printmaking workshop sponsored by the Egazini Outreach Project, a community-based art, cultural and heritage center. In their powerful linocuts, these artists share a strong graphic sense that equalizes black and white and uses a wide range of stroke patterns. Their stories are very real and often have political implications. They tell of drought, of hope in the midst of despair, of leisure activities, women's work, and struggles for equality and show glimpses of life as it was and as it is today. The expressive and rough cut woodcut and linocut techniques reference the last century's German Expressionist prints of equal power and presence while their subject matter has much in common with WPA prints of the 1930s and 1940s as well as Mexico's Taller Grafica prints from the 1940s through 1960s. !

In addition to five prints now in MSU's Art Museum co! llection , this Works on Paper exhibition includes ten prints on loan courtesy of the Sragow Gallery, New York. Egazini prints were first shown in South Africa in 2000, in the United States in 2003, but have rarely been exhibited since.The Art Museum at MSU is located within Kresge Art Center, at the intersection of Physics and Auditorium Roads between the Alumni Chapel and the MSU Auditorium on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For additional information, call (517) 355-7631 or visit Other Announcements
International Journal of Africana Studies - CFP

The International Journal of Africana Studies focuses on the interrogation of Africana people and societies from the perspective of the African American humanity. It focuses on examining the historical rea! lities, organizational and political behavioral and socio-economic dynamics and cultural practices of African people. The Journal promotes scholarly debate and research on issues relating to the African global experience. It will only publish original scholarly papers and creative works which focus on critical issues confronting Africana development and humanity and which demonstrate rigorous and thorough research.

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Please submit your manuscript online at Standard mail submissions are also accepted. Submit double-spaced copies of each manuscript (one copy must be single-sided), along with a computer disk copy saved in Microsoft Word, to Terry Kershaw, Editor, International Journal of Africana Studies, 671 McBryde Hall, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0137; Tel: (540) 231-0227; Fax: (540) 231-7013; or e-mail: All self-citations should be remov! ed from manuscripts. Papers should not exceed 30 pages, includ! ing note s, tables and references. All footnotes must be included in the list of references. Do not embed tables and illustrations within the manuscript. Previously published work or work currently under consideration elsewhere will not be accepted. Include with manuscripts a cover page naming author(s), rank, institutional affiliations(s), a telephone and fax number, and an email address. IJAS follows the guidelines of the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscript disk will not be returned. All submissions to the Journal are subject to a blind review process. Papers are evaluated for their scholarly soundness, originality and intellectual contribution to the discipline. The Journal only publishes articles that have not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere. To ensure return of a manuscript, authors must enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. For subscription information, please contact the Editor at

Wars and Conflicts in Africa - U. of Texas-Austin March 28-30, 2008 - CFP

The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce a three-day conference focusing on the theme of wars and conflicts in Africa.

All through history, wars and conflicts have shaped human existence. They have influenced issues like state formation, boundary consolidation, cultural harmonization, identity definition and commercial relations. Indeed, though wars are normally seen as negative events, they can be seen as having some positive results, such as the emergence of alternative systems of profit and power to replace the breakdown of the ancien régime. In short, while they destroy, they can also create new forms of social capital.

Africa has had its own (some will say disproportionate) share of wars and conflicts. Presently, the continent accounts for up to 40% of global conflicts. Althoug! h these conflicts have devastated the continent, cost millions! of live s, and contributed significantly to retarding the socio-economic development of many countries, they have nonetheless shaped the historical evolution of the continent. Consequently, understanding the contents of their occurrence, the patterns of their prosecution, and methods of their resolution are crucial to advancing knowledge about the continent. This conference takes a deep look at wars and conflicts in Africa. While focusing on some broad thematic issues, the conference hopes to discuss how these thematic issues manifested themselves in the course of the continent's history.

For more information on the call for papers, visit The deadline for submitting paper proposals is November 1, 2007. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author's name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation. Please submit all abstracts to: Roy Doron a! t: A mandatory registration fee of $50 must be paid immediately when an abstract is accepted.

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:

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

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