MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/30/08
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Tuesday Bulletin for September 30th, 2008
Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Conferences |
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.
Strengthening Civil Society through Dialogue on Faith and Community: A U.S. - Mali
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
International Studies and Programs Public Reception, 4:30-6:00 p.m., LookOut! Gallery
at Snyder Hall. (See MSU announcements below for more details).
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's Elephantiasis and River Blindness Control Programs in Africa: Stories of Success
Thursday, October 16, 2008
African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Charles Mackenzie, Faculty (Pathobiology,
MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.
- Mali in Michigan
- Art, Religion, & Politics in the 21st Century - U.S.
Mali Exchange Program (October 3-17, 2008)
MSU and the University of Bamako are partnering in an exchange program focusing on
issues of Islam, faith, community, and democracy. The program will provide an opportunity
for a delegation of Malian clerics and heads of Islamic schools, university faculty with
scholarly interests in religion, and community leaders to learn about Islam and the lives
of Muslims in the U.S. as well as enhance their knowledge of civil society.
A Public reception will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at the LookOut! Gallery
in Snyder Hall. This program is led by the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
(RCAH) and Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID).
For more information e-mail: http://www.rcah.msu.edu or call (517) 355-0210; or http://www.casid.msu.edu or call (517) 353-5925.
Information Meetings for 2009 Study Abroad Programs in Africa
"Conservation and Biodiversity in South African Parks and Nature Reserves
5:00 pm - 001 Natural Resources
11:30 am - 204 International Center
5:00 pm - 152 Natural Resources
"Agriculture, Development, Environment and Gender: NGO Internships"
5:00 pm - 6 International Center
"Society and Ecology"
6:00 pm - 126 N. Kedzie
"Behavioral Ecology of African Mammals"
6:00 pm - 304 Natural sciences
"Paradise in Peril? Madagascar's Biodiversity Crisis"
6:00 pm - 338 Natural Resources
noon - 338 Natural Resources
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://studyabroad.msu.edu.
- Africa Podcast
- Bill Derman on Afripod
Bill Derman, Professor of Anthropology at MSU, discussed his recent volume "Conflicts Over Land and Water in Africa" on the Africa Past and Present podcast ( http://afripod.aodl.org). He described the role of government policies, local farmers, and chiefs in land reform in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Derman also reflected to the sensitive position of researchers working in the changing political context of southern Africa.
This 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 ( http://www.matrix.msu.edu). Listen and subscribe to the biweekly podcast at: http://afripod.aodl.org/. Direct inquiries to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- U. of Michigan
- Wallenberg Medal to be awarded to Archbishop Desmond Tutu -
Oct. 29, 2008, 7:30 pm
Nobel Peace Prize winner and South African cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be awarded the eighteenth University of Michigan Wallenberg Medal by U-M president Mary Sue Coleman on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus. After the medal presentation, Archbishop Tutu will give the Wallenberg Lecture. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.wallenberg.umich.edu/.
9th Annual Global Perspective Conf.- Lansing, MI
The Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) at Lansing Community College is seeking proposals from potential presenters for the 9th Annual Global Perspectives Conference, which will be held on the Lansing Community College campuses Monday March 30-Thursday, April 2, 2009. The theme for the 2009 conference is "The Realities of Globalization: Past, Present and Future." Proposal forms or more information can be obtained by phone at 517-483-9963 or 483-1006, or by sending an email to email@example.com. The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 31, 2008.
18th Annual African/Diaspora Conf.-California State Univ. - April 30-May 2, 2009, Call
The Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution & The Pan African Studies
Program Present The 18th Annual African/Diaspora Conference "Religion, Race & Ethnic
Relations in Africa/Diaspora: Creating Peace & Justice Dialogue," to be held at
California State University, Sacramento, California, USA April 30 May 2, 2009.
This conference examines the state of religion, race, and ethnicity in Africa and her
diaspora, with a focus on advancing positive models or lessons for peace and justice
dialogues--within and amongst groups/institutions, and agencies. Together, participants
will analyze the prospects for bridging related gaps among Africans in Africa and the
diaspora, and identify best practices and models of dialogues for strengthening the
capacity for sustainable culture of peace and justice.
Please include the following in your proposal: name, current position and institutional
affiliation, paper title, abstract (75 words maximum), your mailing address, email, phone
and fax number. You will be notified of acceptance by email, plus any publication
guidelines. Selected papers will be considered for publication and inclusion in the
conference proceedings. Presentations in English are preferred; but French speakers can be
accommodate. Participants are responsible for the conference registration fee of U.S. $50,
plus their travel costs. Fee waiver available for students.
Please email/fax/mail proposals to: Ernest Uwazie, Director, Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution California State University, Sacramento 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6085, USA; Tel: (916) 278 -6282; fax: (916) 278 -3429; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission of proposals is November 29, 2008. For more information, visit: http://www.csus.edu/org/capcr.
Positions through Americorps VISTA - Michigan
The African Community Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan is seeking full-time candidates for
three positions through Americorps*VISTA program. This national service project is an
excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to give back to a community in need while gaining
valuable experience in organizational development and community revitalization. The ideal
candidate must have passion for the power of grassroots underserved groups to possibly
affect the local immigrant's community.
The positions are: Development Coordinator, Community Outreach Coordinator, and
Volunteer and Youth Coordinator. The start date for all positions is November 21, 2008.
Training for New VISTA(s) will be November 17-20, 2008 in Chicago, IL with all training
* This is an excellent opportunity for recent college graduates to gain the kind of
professional experience that can not be found in a typical entry-level job.
*For experienced adults, this is an opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to
serious social problems. One year commitment is required and renewable up to five
For job descriptions, visit the Americorps website at: http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp. Select your state from the "Where would you like to serve?" drop down menu, click search, then scroll until you locate the positions for the African Community Center.
If interested apply on-line or contact Mr. Yaka Kamungi directly for more information at (616) 248-3552 or e-mail: email@example.com. Applications are being accepted until October 15, 2008.
Socio-cultural Anthropology. - U. of Virginia
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, invites
applicants for a tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor position in Socio-cultural
Anthropology, appointment beginning August 25, 2009. Candidates must have a regional
specializati on in Africa, an ongoing program of research and publication that integrates
in-depth ethnographic study with the advancement of theory, and a demonstrated commitment
to excellence in teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who have an ability to
talk across the sub-fields and other disciplines. Ph.D. required. ABDs will be considered
if Ph.D. is in hand by August 25, 2009. Review of applications will begin September 1,
2008 and all applications must be received no later than October 31, 2008. Informational
interviews will be held November 19-23 at the AAA Meeting in San Francisco; however, all
candidates will be given full consideration.
To apply, candidates must submit a candidate profile, CV/Resume, cover letter
describing qualifications and research trajectory, a sample of written work that
demonstrates integration of ethnography and theory, and contact information for three
references, through Jobs@UVA; https:\\jobs.virginia.edu. The job posting is under posting
Women and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Direct questions to: Chair, Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia, 100 Brooks Hall, P.O. Box 400120, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4120, 434-924-7044; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afr. Lang. & Literature - U. of Wisconsin-Madison
The Department of African Languages and Literature of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. The
committee seeks a scholar whose work focuses on African literature, and who has a high
level of competence in an African language. Competence in linguistics would be an
advantage. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record in teaching. The
candidate will be expected to teach two undergraduate and/or graduate courses per
semester, as well as participate in University and Department related service and maintain
Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by beginning of appointment in August 2009 and
show promise of a distinguished career as a scholar and teacher. To ensure full
consideration, your letter of application and c.v., three letters of recommendation, and a
writing sample (preferred length: under fifty pages of text) should arrive by Wednesday,
November 12, 2008. The writing sample may be a self-standing essay, or a chapter from a
dissertation or book project. Chapters should be accompanied by a brief outline or
statement (less than two pages) that sets the chapter in the context of the larger work
and its argument.
Send materials to: Prof. Harold Scheub, Chair, Dept. of African Languages and Literature, 1408 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Tel: (608) 263-5919; Fax: (608) 265-4151; e-mail: email@example.com.
African Literature -U. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time tenure track Assistant
Professor in African literature, starting August 16, 2009. The successful candidate will
hold a joint appointment in two of three departments (Comparative and World Literature,
English, and French), depending on areas of specialization. The candidate will also have
an affiliation with the Center for African Studies. A demonstrable commitment to
scholarship and the ability to teach a wide range of African literatures and cultures
required; familiarity with post-colonial theory preferred. PhD in hand by time of
appointment. Salary commensurate with experience. For full consideration, application
materials (letter of interest, CV, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample)
must be received by November 15, 2008. Send application materials, including an email
address to: African Literature Search Committee, c/o Marita Romine, 4072A FLB, University
of Illinois, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. Phone: (217) 244-3252. The University
of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
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