MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/02/07

October 11, Thursday

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Gretchen Birbeck, Faculty (International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

Film: Frontieres (directed by Mostefa Djadjam, Algeria/France, 2001)

October 15, Monday

"The Right Hospitality: Migration, Accommodation, Globalization." A Symposium of film and philosophy, presentation by Ken Harrow, Faculty (English Dept.), Room 101 North Kedzie Hall, 7:30pm.

African Alternatives to the Green Revolution

October 4, Thursday

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Carol Thompson, Faculty (Political Science, Northern Arizona Univ.), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

Forestation of the Post-Colonial Madagascar Highlands

October 25, Thursday

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Bill McConnell, Faculty (Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

No Brown Bag

October 18, Thursday

African Studies Association Meetings in New York

2007 Rita S. Gallin Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper -WID

Women and International Development (WID), a program of the Center for Gender in Global Context, invites you to submit a paper for its annual graduate student paper competition. The paper should have ! been written within the past year, should be approximately 20 ! double-s paced pages in length, and should focus on issues related to women, gender, international development, and globalization.

Papers will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be made at the first annual GenCen Open House in January 2008. The winning paper will be peer reviewed for publication in the WID Working Papers Series, and its author will receive a $200.00 prize.

Papers should be submitted to the WID office via e-mail (in Word or WordPerfect) or by mail (both hard copy and on diskette/CD). The WID e-mail is: Please indicate you are submitting the paper for the competition and be sure to include a contact phone number and e-mail address. The deadline is Friday, December 14, 2007.

MSU Faculty Announcement

Congratulations to Dr. Lorraine Weatherspoon, Associate Professor of Human Nutrition, Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and African Studi! es Center Core faculty on being appointed to a four year term to the first Michigan Board of Dietetics and Nutrition by Governor Jennifer Granholm. African Culture Week 2007 - "Taste of Africa"

Begins November 6, 2007 - November 10, 2007

The MSU African Culture week events begin on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 with the Main event "Carnival D'Afrique" culminating on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at McDonald Middle School in East Lansing, Michigan. More detail to follow as the events gets closer. Please mark your calendar. Other Announcements
Public Lecture at Western Mich. U., Kalamazoo, MI

Professor Lisa Cook, assistant professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Economics, James Madison College and African Studies Center core faculty member will speak at the 44th Annual Werner Sichel Economics Lecture-Seminar Series at Western Michigan U! niversity. The series is entitled: "Globalization a! nd Inter national Development: Critical Issues of the 21st Century." Professor Cook will speak on "Patents and Knowledge Spillovers to Developing Countries."

The lecture will be Wednesday, October 24, 2007 from 3:00p.m. to 4:30p.m. at 3508 Knauss Hall. For more information please contact Professor Sisay Asefa at (269) 387-5556; (269) 387-5535 or e-mail:

EPA Fellowship Opportunity for Graduate Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for masters and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of four years. The fellowship program provides up ! to $37,000 per year of support per fellowship. The deadline for pre-applications is October 23, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.. For further details, please visit the website: Leadership & Management in Africa Higher Ed

The Association of African Universities is awarding grants for research on leadership and management in Africa higher education during 2007/2008. For grant information and application details visit: The application deadline is October 15, 2007. Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program offers opportunities to faculties of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to engage in research abroad i! n modern foreign languages and area studies.

The applicatio! n deadli ne is October 30, 2007. As part of the application process, faculties submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then officially submits all eligible individual faculty applications with its grant application to the Department. The estimated range of fellowship awards is $20,000-$100,000; the estimated average size is $60,000; the estimated number is 25.

For further details, visit the website at:

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)- CFP

The 66th MPSA Political Science conference will be held April 2-6, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois at the Palmer House Hilton hotel. The proposal deadline is October 10, 2007.

To submit a paper, a roundtable or to volunteer to serve as a chair or discussant, please go to the fo! llowing site:

The MPSA has 66 different sections that can select papers. They include all the standard political science sub-fields, as well as several sections on policy and public administration, six area studies sections (e.g. Canadian Politics, European Politics), several sections on political theory. There is also an interdisciplinary flavor to some of the sections, including Politics & History, Politics & Religion, Political Anthropology, Economic Policy and Political Sociology. For a full list and description of the sections, go to: If you offer to serve as a panel chair or discussant, please indicate your fields of expertise and provide a statement of your interests. Groups not affiliated with MPSA ! that wish to sponsor panels should contact the MPSA Executive ! Director (

For more information about the MPSA, please visit: or write to: MPSA, 320 West 8th Street, Suite 218, Bloomington, IN 47404.

Congo Global Action Conf. and U.S. Lobby Day

Washington, D.C. November 11-13, 2007

Please mark your calendars for November 11-13, 2007 and plan to attend the Congo Global Action Conference and Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. Join in to advocate for the Democratic Republic of Congo and call for increased local and international response, beginning on a grassroots level. Themes will revolve around "Saving Lives," "Keeping People Safe," and "Ending Economic Exploitation." For more details visit:

2nd Annual International Conference - Dearborn, MI USA

October 25-28, 2007

&q! uot;ENGAGING THE OTHER: The Power of Compassion" is an international, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference examining concepts of "The OTHER" from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about concepts of "Us and Them." It is an extraordinary international conference to address the roots of negative stereotypes, prejudice, and artificial barriers of misunderstanding and distrust that separate. Join more than 60 leading presenters to cultivate the capacity for reconciliation, appreciation of diversity, and peace.

Registration is open to the public. For registration, full program, fee details, hotel and exhibits go to:;or contact Steve Olweean, Director, Conference Coordinator, 12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, MI 49034 USA; Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393. Email:

This conference is sponsored by! Common Bond Institute, cosponsored by HARMONY Institute, International Humanistic Psychology Association, National Resource Center for The Healing of Racism, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Pathways to Peace Foundation. Supported by a growing international list of over 85 organizations and universities.

Sub-Saharan African History - Cal Poly Pomona

The History Department at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a position in Sub-Saharan African history. The position is a is a tenure-track position with a starting date of September 2008.

Primary duties are: (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses on Sub-Saharan Africa, and lower-division surveys of US or World history; (2) advising undergraduate and graduate students; (3) participating in activities relating to the mission of the department, the College of Letters, Arts, a! nd Social Sciences, and the university at large; (4) engaging in scholarly activities, including but not limited to research and publication, fellowship and grant programs, teacher-training seminars and other programs, or work with museums or community organizations, related to the candidate's academic training and research interests; and (5) participating in committee work, community service related to one's academic expertise, and assignments related to university governance.

To qualify the candidate must have: 1) a Ph.D. in History or a closely related field from an accredited university by July 2008; 2) University teaching experience; 3) Evidence of scholarly engagement and promise; 4) demonstrated ability to be responsive to the educational equity goals of the university and its increasing ethnic diversity and international character.

For complete application procedure contact Mahmood Ibrahim at The position is ! open until filled. First consideration will be given to comple! ted appl ications received no later than November 1, 2007. Early response is encouraged. Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to: Mahmood Ibrahim (Attn: Africa Search), History Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, CA 91768; Tel: (909) 869-3860; e-mail: Arabic Lecturer - Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence

The Department of African & African -American Studies (AAAS) at the University of Kansas, Lawrence seeks individuals qualified to teach part-time or full-time language courses (Arabic, Hausa, KiSwahili, Wolof), and non-language courses, with specific need at this time in: Full-time Arabic to begin Fall 2008.

The lecturer pool is renewed each year. The Department accepts applications at any time, but normally makes appointments for Fall semester in May and June, and for Spring semester in November and December. Increa! ses in enrollment, resignations, and emergencies may create openings that are filled just before classes begin (August and January). All appointments are contingent upon staffing needs. The successful applicant should have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Applications for Fall 2007 will be considered through August 15, 2007. Appointments will be made as openings become available. Applications received after August 15 will be considered for subsequent semesters. Please visit: for description and complete application instructions or contact: Lisa Hall, AAAS Department, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Bailey Hall, Room 9, Lawrence, KS 66045-7574.

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 publ ication. 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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