MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/19/06
Issue No. 4 Fall 2006
September 19, 2006
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://africa.msu.edu>
September 21, 2006
"Security of Widows' Access to Land in an Era of HIV/AIDS: Panel Survey Evidence from
Zambia," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Antony Chapoto, Faculty (Ag Econ.,
MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.
September 21, Thursday
Study Abroad Fair, Second floor of the MSU Union, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. For more
information, contact Meghan in the Study Abroad office at 432-2686.
September 22, Friday
"Global Climate Change: What is it and What Can We Do About it?" The Center forAdvanced
Study of International Development (CASID) and the Women and International Development
(WID) Program invite the MSU and Greater Lansing Community to participate in an All day
Teach-In, 10:30 a.m., - 3:30 p.m., held in Room 117, the International Center
From 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. there will be a panel discussion by members of the
Climate and Land Interaction Project (CLIP) who will discuss the science behind
predictions of global warming, what the probable global effects of this climate change
may be, and how localities in Michigan and East Africa will adapt to new climate
conditions. Panelist include: Drs. Jeff Andresen, David Campbell, Nathan Moore and
Jennifer Olson. For more information, contact the CASID office at (517) 353-8571.
Linguist to Document Threatened African Language
EAST LANSING, Mich. A Michigan State
University linguistics and languages researcher will
spend the 2006-07 academic year in southern Tanzania,
where he will conduct research to help preserve Kikisi,
one of the more than 120 languages spoken there and
one that is currently facing the threat of extinction.
Deogratias Ngonyani, associate professor in the
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian
and African Languages, has been awarded a research
fellowship by the National Endowment for the
Humanities and the National Science Foundation as part
of the agencies' joint "Documenting Endangered
Languages" program. The program aims to create and
preserve records of languages threatened with
Ngonyani, who specializes in morphology or the study
and description of word formation, descriptive
linguistics and African languages, is one of 12 U.S.
recipients of the fellowship. He will spend the academic
year in the southern highlands of Tanzania, where he
will conduct research on Kikisi, a Bantu language
spoken by fewer than 10,000 people in four Kisi villages
(Lifuma, Lupingu, Makonde and Nindi) on the
northeastern shore of Lake Malawi.
"The project is based on the recognition that every
language expresses a unique culture and worldview,"
says Ngonyani, who has taught Swahili and linguistics
at MSU since 1999 and is a native speaker of
Kindendeule, another Tanzanian language.
He will survey the use of the Kikisi language and study
its vocabulary and linguistic features; write a descriptive
grammar; create audio and video recordings of folktales,
conversations, rituals, songs, poems and language
games; transcribe oral traditions into written form for
wider use in the villages; and explore the nature of
words in language using examples from Kikisi.
By collecting data related to syntax and word structure,
Ngonyani's research will add invaluable data to the field
of comparative Bantu linguistics and clarify the
relationship of Kikisi to other languages in southern
Tanzania. In addition, he will collaborate with
colleagues based at the University of Dar es Salaam
(Tanzania) and Göteborg University (Sweden) on
Languages of Tanzania, a linguistic atlas of all
languages in the country.
Experts estimate that more than half of the
approximately 7,000 currently used human languages
are headed for extinction in the next hundred years.
Ngonyani notes that Kikisi is threatened by the
increasing dominance of Kiswahili (Swahili), which is
the official language of Tanzania, and by related
languages with much larger numbers of speakers,
including Kinyakyusa, Kikinga, Kipangwa and
"The death of any language means the disappearance of
knowledge and linguistic data. So the documentation of
endangered languages is part of a global effort to
preserve cultural diversity and to understand the very
nature of human communication," he said.
Ngonyani was born in Tanzania and received bachelor's
and master's degrees from the University of Dar es
Salaam before coming to the United States in 1991. He
earned master's and doctoral degrees in linguistics from
UCLA in 1996.
Reprinted from the MSU newsroom website:
International Coffee Hour (OISS at MSU)
Office of International Students and Scholars host the
International Coffee hour, 4:00 pm - 6:00 p.m. on
Friday's in the International Center Food Court,
Spartan Rooms B and C.
New Videos Available through CASID
The following are new videos available from the Center
for Advanced Study of International Development
*Malaria: Fever Wars (PBS Home Video)
- 120 min.
*The Age of AIDS (PBS Home Video)
- 240 min.
*RX for Survival: A Global Health Challenge
- 336 min.
For check-out information, contact CASID at: 353-5925,
Room 202 International Studies and Programs.
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
For more information, to see the official competition
rules and entry form, or contact the MSU Office of
International Studies and Programs, visit
http://www.isp.msu.edu/photocontest/ or contact the
MSU Office of International Studies and Programs,
Michigan State University, 209 International Center,
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Tel: (517) 355-2350; or
Free Community Screenings of Award-Winning
Documentary, Ann Arbor & Royal Oak, 9/27 & 9/28
"Lost Boys of Sudan", a critically acclaimed
documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an
extraordinary journey from Africa to America, is
coming to Ann Arbor and Detroit for two free public
screenings September 27 and 28, 2006. At each
screening, director Megan Mylan and Sudanese refugees
from the Lost Boys group in Michigan will answer
questions. Michigan is home to over 400 "Lost Boys of
Sudan," and about 1400 new refugees are settled in the
state each year. The events are part of a national
outreach campaign to raise local public awareness and
support for refugees and the current crisis in Darfur,
Sudan. Lost Boys of Sudan was broadcast nationally on
PBS, won the Independent Spirit Award, and was
nominated for two national Emmy awards.
It tells the story of Santino Chuor and Peter Dut, who
were orphaned in the longest-running civil war in
Africa. Along with thousands of other children, they
walked hundreds of miles, surviving lion attacks and
militia gunfire, to reach a refugee camp in Kenya. There
they were chosen to come to America, where they find
themselves confronted with the abundance and
alienation of contemporary American suburbia.
The Director will be available for interviews. Press
materials are at www.LostBoysFilm.com. Please
contact: Terra Weikel, (415) 987-9777 or
Terra@LostBoysFilm.com, for further information.
All Events Are Free and Open to the Public:
Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 5:00 pm
The Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI
Contact: (734) 668-8463
Sponsored by the University of Michigan Law School
Thursday, September 28, 2006, 7:00 pm
Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak
118 North Main Street, Royal Oak, MI
Contact Lutheran Social Services: (313) 823-7700
Sponsored by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, the
American Jewish Committee and the Trinity Film
GuluWalk2006 is an event to raise awareness about the
violence and conflict in northern Uganda. The walk will
be held on October 21, 2006 in Ann Arbor, Mich,. as
part of an international movement. There will be
walkers in over 70 cities in 14 countries worldwide.
GuluWalk began as an effort by two average citizens to
raise awareness and support for the "night commuters",
the over 40,000 children of rural northern Uganda, who
avoid abduction by the rebel army by walking every
night towards the safety of larger town centres, such as
While peace talks continue, this 20-year conflict now
finds over 1.5-million forced into internally displaced
persons (IDP) camps where, based on a July 2006 report
by the International Rescue
Committee, 1,000 people are dying every week because
of the conditions in the north. GuluWalk 2006 is
focused on raising awareness and funds to support
children's programs in northern Uganda, which focus on
education, rehabilitation and youth outreach.
The walk will begin in Downtown Ann Arbor, at the
University of Michigan's Diag at 1:00 p.m. and the route
is approximately 5k in distance. There will also be a
showing of a documentary highlighting the history of
the conflict called "Invisible Children." This will be
shown at Albion College on September 21, 2006 at 7:00
p.m. in Norris 101. For more information or details e-
mail: Sarah at: <email@example.com>.
African History - Indiana University
Africa. Tenure-track. The Department of History at
Indiana University, Bloomington seeks to appoint an
outstanding scholar/teacher in African history. Research
fields and regional specializations are open but there
will be a preference for someone with transnational or
comparative interests. The anticipated starting date will
be the fall of 2007. Please send a letter of application,
c.v., a writing sample consisting of an article or
dissertation chapter, and arrange to have three letters of
recommendation sent to the African History Search
Committee, Department of History, Indiana University,
Ballantine Hall 742, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.,
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103. Review of applications
will start November 1, 2006, and continue until the
position is filled. Indiana University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to
excellence through diversity.
Interested candidates may direct questions to the search
committee chair, Professor John Hanson, at
Globalization and Education - Indiana University
Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-line
faculty position for a specialist in globalization and
education in the School of Education. A doctorate in an
appropriate field is required, and the successful
candidate will have disciplinary grounding in political
science, political economics, or political sociology.
Preference will be given for expertise in African studies
and/or Islam and education, but other qualified
candidates are invited to apply. Responsibilities include
conducting research and teaching undergraduate teacher
education courses and graduate courses in comparative
education and education policy studies.
Applications should arrive by November 1, 2006 to
insure full consideration but will be accepted until the
position is filled. Send letter of application describing
research and teaching interests and experience,
curriculum vitae, sample of scholarship, and three letters
of reference to: Professor Margaret Sutton, Search
Committee Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy
Studies, 201 North Rose Avenue, Indiana University,
Bloomington, Indiana, 47405.
Additional information about the School of Education
can be found at http://education.indiana.edu/. Questions
about the position may be directed to Professor Sutton
at firstname.lastname@example.org. The faculty of Indiana
University is committed to achieving excellence through
cultural diversity. The university actively encourages
applications and nominations of women, persons of
color, applicants with disabilities, and members of other
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