MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/23/08

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Tuesday Bulletin for September 23rd, 2008
Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships | Conferences | Jobs


Malawi-MSU Strategic Partnerships: Accomplishments and Plans Thursday, September 25, 2008

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Professors Anne Ferguson (Anthropology, GenCen), Dean Jeffrey Riedinger (International Studies & Programs), Terrie Taylor (Osteopathic Med.), & Leo Zulu (Geography), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Study Abroad Fair will be held from 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m., 2nd Floor MSU Union. The fair is designed to give students a "one-stop shopping" opportunity to learn about the wide array of MSU study abroad programs.

The Impact of Global Change on Food Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa Friday, September 26, 2008

CASID/WID Friday Forum with Jennifer Olson, Faculty (Dept. of Telecom, Information Studies & Media, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

International Coffee Hour
Friday, September 26, 2008

International Coffee Hour, every Friday, is sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Spartan Rooms, International Food Court. All are welcome.

AFRICOM and the Cumulative Militarization of Africa Thursday, October 2, 2008

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with David Wiley, Director, African Studies Center, and Faculty (Sociology Dept., MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

Reflections on Africa and African Studies 1965-2008 Thursday, October 9, 2008

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Bill Derman, Faculty (Dept. of Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

And the Land Belongs to Those Who Work It: Reflections on the Dilemmas Facing South Africa's Land Reform Programs Friday, October 10, 2008

CASID/WID Friday Forum with Bill Derman, Faculty (Dept. of Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, International Food Court.

MSU Announcements

Second Annual MSU Africanist Graduate Student Conference The 2nd Annual MSU Africanist Graduate Student Conference will begin on Friday, September 26 at 6:30pm, 3rd floor, Lake Superior Room of the MSU Union with the keynote speaker address, followed by a reception Panels and presentations featuring graduate students from MSU and elsewhere will continue through Saturday. See for more information.

Mali in Michigan: Art, Religion, & Politics in the 21st Century

  • Visual Griots Photo-Voice Exhibit - September 15, 2008 to March 15, 2009 This exhibit of photos by Malian youths is on loan to the MSU Museum from the Smithsonian and is curated by Shawn Davis. The exhibit will involve outreach and civic engagement activities, especially with Lansing, Mason, and Lansing Special Education classrooms. The exhibition at the MSU Museum is supported by the Residential College in Arts and Humanities (RCAH) and L.A.T.T.I.C.E. (Linking All Types of Teachers in International Cross-Cultural Education). The exhibit is open to the public.

Islamic Manuscripts of Tombouctou Photography Exhibit Sunday, September 28, 2008

Open through October 11, these photographs by Alexandra Huddleston will be on display in the RCAH LookOut! Gallery.

Sudan Exhibit at MSU Main Library
The MSU Libraries presents an exhibition of books, photos, journals and maps in conjunction with One Book, One Community's "They Poured Fire On Us from the Sky," featuring Sudan's conflict and Sudanese refugees with close MSU and Lansing ties. The exhibit is on the First Floor, West Wing of the Main Library (opposite new books, near Cyber Café).

Study Abroad Information Meetings for Summer 2009 Programs Going to Africa SOUTH AFRICA

"Conservation and Biodiversity in South African Parks and Nature Reserves"

  • Wednesday, October 1

5:00 pm - 001 Natural Resources

  • Thursday, October 2

11:30 am - 204 International Center

  • Monday, October 6

5:00 pm - 152 Natural Resources


"Society and Ecology"

  • Thursday, October 2

6:00 pm - 126 N. Kedzie

Please direct any questions to Chris Barden, Editor, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 432-8785; Fax: (517) 432-2082;;

Mugabe Stripped of Honorary Degree at MSU On September 12, 2008, Michigan State University's Board of Trustees revoked an honorary degree awarded to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1990, saying the one-time liberation leader no longer represents the values of the university. Visit for further details.

Information Meeting for Agriculture, Development, Environment & Gender: NGO Internships in Malawi Jan. 12-May 1, 2009 (incl. 6 wks on MSU campus) This program is open to MSU students only. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2008. Visit for more details. To find out more about the program contact one of the following people: Dr. Anne Ferguson, 353-5040; Dr. Tracy Dobson, 432-1711; or Kate Patch, 353-5040. The Study Abroad Planning Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in Room 6 International Center.

Africa Podcast News at Michigan State University Africa Past and Present - the podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa - is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb. It is produced by MATRIX - The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU ( Listen and subscribe to the biweekly podcast at: Direct inquiries to: or

Other Announcements

Int'l Law Symposium on Africa/Liberia, Cooley Law The Third Annual International Law Symposium will be on the Rule of Law in Africa. The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the Cooley Center, 300 S. Captiol, Lansing, MI. The panels will be held in room 501, with the lunch in room 911. The event is free and open to the public.

The first panel on Diverse Theories of the Rule of Law will run from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Tatia Miller, Staff Attorney for the Africa Division of the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative will discuss a brief history of the Rule of Law and Rule of Law reforms, highlighting work going on in Africa. Then there will be three presentations on differing views on how best to implement rule of law reforms. A catered lunch will be open from noon - 2:00 p.m..

The second panel, Liberia: Struggles in Implantation, will run from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Thomas Rasmusson, Professor of Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, will discuss Liberia's history, it's relationship with the United States and share some of his experience of living in Liberia for fourteen years. Part of the inspiration for the event stems from an article in the Economist on March 15, 2008, stating that while many economists are pushing for rule of law reforms, few actually understand what it means. The organizers hope that through understanding the theory and practice of rule of law reforms, all in attendance can leave with a better understanding of rule of law reforms in Africa. Any questions may be sent to Jeff Ziarnik, President, Cooley International Law Symposium at:


Building Capacity for Tourism and Transportation Management in South Africa Request for Applications (RFA)

October 28, 2008
Higher Education for Development (HED) expects to make two awards of up to $250,000 each for 3-year higher education partnerships focusing on transportation and tourism/hospitality in South Africa, contingent on USAID funding.
  • Focus area one: one award up to $250,000 will build capacity in transportation through higher education and training programs in South Africa with the University of Johannesburg, Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management.

  • Focus area two: One award up to $250,000 will concentrate on undergraduate and post graduate-level studies in tourism and hospitality management in partnership with Tshwane University of Technology, Department of Tourism.

For complete details visit and click on South Africa: Building Capacity for Tourism and Transportation Management.


Perspective on African Decolonization: African Intellectuals and Decolonization, Oct. 2-4, Ohio University This conference is the second in a series of academic conferences at Ohio University centered on the theme "Perspectives on African Decolonization," and focuses on African Intellectuals and Decolonization. In 1958, Guinea, under Ahmed Sékou Touré, chose political independence over continued association with France. The All-African Peoples Convention hosted by Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana in the same year highlighted the links between and among Africans and peoples of African descent in the Diaspora. 2008 is also the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the seminal journal Présence Africaine by Alioune Diop.

Focusing on African intellectuals and decolonization will allow for an interrogation of all three concepts as well as an opportunity to examine the roles intellectuals have played and continue to play in contemporary African efforts at liberation from economic neo-colonialism. Featured speakers include: - Oyeronke Oyewumi Department of Sociology State University of New York at Stony Brook - Elizabeth Schmidt Department of History Loyola College in Baltimore - Tsenay Serequeberhan Department of Philosophy Morgan State University. A full conference schedule and registration information is available at


Assistant Professor, African History - Trinity College Trinity College, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the history of Africa. Geographic and topical specializations are open. This is a joint position shared by the History Department and the International Studies Program. A Ph.D. in African history or related field, a firm commitment to undergraduate teaching in a Liberal Arts college environment, and a strong research agenda are required. Preference given to candidates who can contribute to Trinity's efforts to enhance its interdisciplinary program in International Studies. Teaching responsibilities will be largely within the context of the undergraduate curriculum and will include two semester surveys of Africa. Candidates with a strong gender focus are particularly invited to apply.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the African Studies Association and the AHA meetings. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For full consideration, send letter of application (including statement of research and teaching interests), CV, graduate transcripts, sample of scholarly writing, and at least three letters of reference to: Prof. Kathleen Kete, Africa Search, Department of History, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Trinity College is an AA/EOE. For more information about the Department and Program, visit and Please e-mail questions to:

African Diaspora Studies - U. of Wisconsin-Madison The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks candidates for a new faculty position in the field of African diaspora studies. Appointment to begin in August 2009. The committee is seeking a scholar irrespective of discipline, whose primary specialization lies in some aspect of African diaspora studies, focusing upon the linkages between African diasporic communities and Africa, the dynamics of the forced or voluntary migration that led to the creation of those communities, their interactions and relations with societies of encounter, and the adaptation, reproduction and transformation of African institutional, cultural and expressive forms in diasporic settings. The committee particularly welcomes applications from candidates in Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Geography, or related social science fields. Send a curriculum vitae, a statement of background and interest in African diaspora research and teaching, a sample of publications or writings, and three names of potential references to: Professor Tejumola Olaniyan, Chair, African Diaspora Search Committee, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 205 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1397. To ensure full consideration, the application should be received by October 30, 2008. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request.

Tenure track, African Politics - Ohio University The Department of Political Science at Ohio University invites applications for a tenure track appointment in African Politics with a thematic emphasis in Development or Democratization. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in African and Comparative Politics. Ohio University is a Title VI African National Resource Center. Appointment will be at the rank of assistant professor.

Complete and submit the online quick application found at: and send letter of application, vita, graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a sample of scholarly writing and evidence of teaching effectiveness to: Ohio University, African Politics, Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Bentley Annex 264, Athens, OH 45701. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

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