MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/30/03

EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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October 1, Wednesday

"Examples of Geometrical Ideas from Africa: and Their Use in Education, "MSU Mathematics Education Colloquium with featured speaker Paulus Gerdes, Professor of Mathematics (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique), Refreshments served at 3:30, with the talk beginning at 4:00 p.m., 212 N. Kedzie.

October 1, Wednesday

"End Global Apartheid: National Teach-In," MSU Students Union, MSU African Studies Center, and Africa Action will bring leading activists from Africa to MSU campus to talk about their experiences fighting the AIDS crisis across the continent. Michael Angaga, Regional Coordinator of the all-Africa Network of African People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAP+), based in Nairobi; and Zondi Baloyi, NAPWA, based in South Africa, will speak on their experiences beginning 7:00 p.m., Room BCC N100 in the MSU Business College. Co-sponsored by the Institute of International Health (IIH) department.

October 2, Thursday

"Forestry Education in Ethiopia: Debub University - Wondo Genet College of Forestry," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tesfaye Teshome, Professor and Academic Affairs and Research Vice President (Debub University, Ethiopia), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 9, Thursday

"Language Use and Education," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Baye Yimam, Director (Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 10, Friday

"Measuring the Effects of HIV/AIDS on Rural Households in Africa: Methods and Findings," CASID/WID Forum with Thom Jayne, Professor (Dept. of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center. Also sponsored by the African Studies Center.


MSU Global Focus 2003

The MSU Office of International Studies and Programs and the MSU Alumni Association announce MSU Global Focus 2003, the Fifth Annual International Photography Competition for MSU students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and Alumni Association members. Entry deadline is Monday, October 6, 2003 at 5:00 p.m., EDT. For more information, see the official competition rules and entry form, or contact the MSU Office of International Studies and Programs at: 207 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 USA; Tel: (517) 355-2350; e- mail:; website:

20th Annual World Food Day Teleconference October 16, 2003

The 20th anniversary worldwide teleconference "Collaboration or Calamity: Africa in Peril," will feature Urban Jonsson, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. The teleconference will be broadcast live from the studios of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 16th, and can be viewed at MSU in Room 303 International Center, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by African Studies Center, CASID, and WID.


Call for Nominations 2004 CONOVER-PORTER AWARD for AFRICANA BIBLIOGRAPHY OR REFERENCE WORK (Nominations close: 1 January 2004)

The Conover-Porter Award is the most prestigious award for published works of bibliography or reference on Africa. The Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association (U.S.) seeks nominations for the thirteenth biennial Conover-Porter Award for excellence in Africana bibliography or reference work. Any Africa-related reference work, bibliography or bibliographic essay published separately or as part of a larger work during 2001, 2002 or 2003 can be nominated for the 2004 award. The award includes a prize of $300 to be presented during the 2004 annual meeting of the African Studies Association in New Orleans.

Nominations must be received by January 1, 2004. Please include a brief justification and at least one review. An online form for submitting nominations for the 2004 award is on the Web site of the Africana Librarians Council at pform.html

Helen Conover was senior bibliographer, African Section of the Library of Congress, serving 32 years before her retirement in 1963. Dorothy Porter Wesley was librarian of the Moorland-Springarn Research Center, Howard University, retiring in 1973 after 45 years of service. Please send nominations to, or request further information from: Peter Limb, Africana Bibliographer, Michigan State University, 100 Library East Lansing, MI, 48824-1048 USA: phone: (517) 432 6123 extension 239; fax: (517) 432-3532; email:


Towards an Africa without Borders Conference Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Oct. 24-26, 2003 The Department of African Languages and Literature will host the conference, "Towards an Africa without Borders: Unification and Fundamental Change," to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The conference's purpose is to bring scholars, writers, and political activists together to discuss thoretical and practical approaches to change and unification in Africa within the context of Pan-Africanism.

Keynote speakers include Prof. Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Prof. Angela Davis, and Prof. Maina Wa Kinyatti. In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference coordinators are also hosting, Munyaradzi Hini, Political Editor at the Sunday Mali (one of Zimbabwe's leading weekly newspapers) and Pikirayi Deketeke, Chief Editor of the Herald, the most widely read daily paper in Zimbabwe. Other scholars and activists from Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, and Cameroon are also expected to attend. For program, registration, travel and hotel information, please visit For more information please contact Mukoma Wa Ngugi at: or by phone: (608) 251-6136 or James Magua at: or phone (608) 692-1153. The Wisconsin book festival will also take place during this time.


U.S. Mid-Career Professionals Sought for International Development Fellows

The Investing in Women in Development (IWID) Fellows Program is offering a fully-funded 12-month international development experience to U.S. mid-career professionals with expertise in one of the following sectors: democracy, governance & conflict prevention, economic growth, agriculture & trade, girls' education, environment, energy, and IT and one of the above.

The application deadline is October 17, 2003. Gender training provided by the program. For more information/applications, please see the IWID website (, or e-mail:


Call for Proposals The University of Florida and The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), February 11-14, 2004 The University of Florida and The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) Present: MOVEMENT REVOLUTION DIALOGUES: Contemporary Performance in and of Africa. The 2004 GWENDOLEN M. CARTER Conference in African Studies and 2004 CORD Network Conference will be held February 11- 14, 2004 at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

MOVEMENT REVOLUTION DIALOGUES seeks to construct a firm and inclusive foundation for the development of scholarly and critical attention to contemporary performance, particularly dance, in and of Africa. Framed by the live performance of the 2001 laureates of Sanga: the Fourth African and Indian Ocean Choreographic Competition and exchanges among artists from across the continent (including dancers and choreographers from Senegal, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Madagascar, Cote d'Ivoire, the United States, and more), the conference and planned publication seek to undergird the power of Africa's Movement (R)evolution-on its own terms. As conference and festival Movement (R)evolution Dialogues: Contemporary Performance in and of Africa is designed to serve as a catalyst for deepening the artistic and scholarly exchange on contemporary performance and to provide a forum for the voices of the artists of Africa to lead the way.

Please postmark or email submissions by November 3, 2003. Submissions will be accepted in English or French and should include application form, abstracts of approximately 500 words, and bibliography for 20" paper presentations (8-10 pages), theme-based panel presentations, workshops, or lecture- demonstrations/performances. Expanded papers may be submitted for consideration for publication in the anthology, Movement (R)evolution Dialogues: Contemporary Performance in and of Africa, and/or web-based publication. Direct inquiries and submissions to: Joan D. Frosch, Conference Chair, Assistant Chair, Dept. of Theatre and Dance, Co- Director, Center for World Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida, PO Box 115900, Gainesville, FL 32611-5900 U.S.A.; Tel: (352) 392-2038 ext. 207; Fax: (352) 392-5114; e-mail:; web-site:\cwa


Assistant Director - Ohio State University The Center for African Studies (CAS) at the Ohio State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director. The Assistant Director will work under the supervision of the Center's director and will be responsible for managing the Center's office, budget, records, and outreach activities. African Studies at the Ohio State University is strongly supported by the University's administration and by several academic units. Currently, there are over 70 faculty members with strong research and/or teaching interest in Africa.

The assistant director is expected to attend meetings of the area studies centers assistant directors in the Office of International Affairs and work with them in the planning and implementation of collaborative program and outreach activities.

Minimum Education required is a Bachelors Degree, however a Masters Degree as well as scholarly experience in Africa and/or African studies is desired. The application deadline is October 3, 2003. Applications should include curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and the names and contact information of three referees. Application materials should be sent to: The Ohio State University, Human Resources, Office of Employment Services, Northwood- High Building RM 250, 2231 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201-1116. For further information, contact Professor Ahmad Sikainga, Director, CAS at (614) 292-1869 or

Indiana University - Recruitment for specialists with African Studies expertise (two positions with November deadline)

African History - Assistant Professor The History Department at Indiana University- Bloomington seeks a historian of Africa, with research interest in southern Africa. The position is tenure-track, to begin in fall 2004. Candidates should send a letter of application, c.v., three reference letters, and a writing sample to Professor John Hanson, Chair, African History Search Committee, Department of History, Indiana University, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-7103. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2003 and continue until the position is filled. Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Comparative Literature - Assistant Professor Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor of Comparative Literature. The successful applicant will have expertise in Anglophone and Francophone sub-Saharan African literatures and postcolonial theory, as well as in the techniques of close textual analysis. Preference will be given to candidates with the demonstrated ability to place African literatures in wider cultural contexts. Applicants should hold a doctoral degree at the time of appointment, and be prepared to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. Send a letter of application, c.v., statement of teaching and research interests, a writing sample, and three letters of reference to Africanist Search Committee, Department of Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 1020 E. Kirkwood, Bloomington, IN 47405. Applications received by November 1, 2003 will be guaranteed full consideration. Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar,