MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/03/06
Issue No. 6 Fall 2006
October 3, 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>
October 4, Wednesday
"Hausa table" every Wednesday round-table discussion with Professor Ibro
the Lansing/East Lansing area meet to practice Hausa, 11:30-12:30, MSU Union-(UB Lake
Rm). Direct inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 353-0746.
October 4, Wednesday
"The Senegalese Family as Seen Primarily in Serer Rural Communities," Special
presentation by Abdou
Ngom, Faculty, (University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal), 12:00 noon, Room 201
October 5, Thursday
"Islamic Brotherhood and Religious Tolerance in Senegal," African Studies Center Brown
Bag talk with
Abdou Ngom, Faculty, (University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal), 12:00 noon, Room 201
October 6, Friday
"Evaluating Freedom in an Emergent Global Economy: Reconstructing Africa's Third Wave,"
CASID/WID Friday forum with Rita Edozie, Faculty (James Madison College, MSU), 12:00 noon,
201 International Center.
October 12, Thursday
"Impact of an Education Policy on Female Pupils' Classroom Behavior and on Female
towards Their Children's Schooling in Two Niger Elementary Schools," African Studies
Bag talk with Ibro Chekaraou, Faculty (Linguistics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201
October 19, Thursday
"The Neuropsychology of Cerebral Malaria in Ugandan Children," African Studies Center
with Michael Boivin, Faculty, (Neurology & Ophthalmology and Psychiatry, MSU), 12:00
201 International Center.
October 19, Thursday
The MSU College of Law extends an invitation to the opening of it's latest art
exhibition. A two-part,
combined exhibition with a common opening reception at 4:00 p.m., 4th floor atrium of the
(See details below under MSU announcements).
October 26, Thursday
"The Future of the United Nations: How the U.N. Will Continue to Pursue Reform as it
in Lebanon and Darfur and as it Selects a New Secretary-General," seminar with William
(United Nations Information Center, Washington, DC), 9:00 a.m., Room 252 Erickson Hall.
Refreshments will be served.
October 26, Thursday
"Ethics and Development: Recognizing the Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders,"
Center Brown Bag with Stephen Esquith, Dean (Residential College Arts and Humanities,
noon, Room 201 International Center.
Agricultural Higher Education in Africa, Staff Paper available
Professor Carl Eicher's seminar paper on "Agricultural Higher Education in Africa" is
now available as
an MSU Staff Paper at the following web address:
MSU College of Law, two-part Art Exhibition
The following exhibitions will be on display from
October 19th through the end of November, 2006 on the
3rd floor and 4th floor atrium of the MSU Law School:
Building Islam in Detroit: Foundations, Forms, Futures
A Collaborative Research Exhibition with Photography
Installation by Elshafei Mohamed. This part of the
exhibition will be displayed in the 4th floor atrium of the
Law School. Comments by Sally Howell, exhibition
organizer and the artist will convene at 4:15 p.m. This
project has received generous support from the
University of Michigan International Institute and the
Rackham Graduate School. Additional support was
provided by the MSU College of Law. For a glimpse of
what you will see in this exhibit, go to:
Displaced Sudan: The Cost of Silence
A Photographic documentary by Ryan Spencer Reed.
This exhibition includes 35 photographs and will be
displayed on the 3rd floor exhibition area and the 4th floor
(adjacent to elevators). Comments by Ryan Reed, the
photo journalist will be at 4:30 p.m. in the 4th floor
atrium. This project has received generous support from
the MSU College of Law, and the MSU's Jewish Studies
Program. To get a glimpse of what you will see, go to:
additional information, contact: Nicholas Mercuro,
Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State
University College of Law, East Lansing, MI 48824;
Tel: (517) 432-6978; e-mail:
Eddie Daniels, ANC member to visit MSU in October
South African Eddie Daniels will be at MSU on two
weekends in October and on weekdays, Friday, October
13th, Monday morning, October 16th, Thursday
afternoon, October 19th, and Friday, October 20th all day.
Eddie Daniel's was a member of the African Nationalist
Congress (ANC). He has written an autobiography
entitled, There and Back: Robben Island 1964 to 1979
(Third edition, 1998). He is a popular lecturer among
young people and is being requested to speak in Haslett,
Okemos, and other area high schools. If you would like
to set up individual meetings with Mr. Daniels over the
two weekends, please consult John Metzler, African
Studies Center Outreach Coordinator at (517) 353-1700;
or e-mail: email@example.com.
Extended Deadline for Compton Peace Fellowship
Michigan State University's African Studies Center
(ASC) and Women and International Development
(WID) Program are offering Compton Africa Peace
Fellowships to graduate students from Sub-Saharan
Africa to support their dissertation field research in
Africa. This program is an element of the MSU African
Higher Education Partnerships Initiative (AHEPI).
These dissertation fellowship awards are made possible
by a grant from the Compton Foundation through its
Peace Fellowship Program for addressing peace,
conflict resolution, and security in Africa.
The goal of the Compton Fellowship Program in Peace
and Security is to strengthen intellectual capacity in
Sub-Saharan African nations and institutions that can
address the challenges of conflict resolution, peace, and
security issues intra- and internationally. The
fellowships will support exceptional Ph.D. degree
candidates at MSU from Sub-Saharan Africa who intend
to return to their country or region of origin after
completing their studies. A secondary goal is to promote
the integration of environment, peace, and/or population
issues in graduate-level study and research.
The Compton Foundation's peace and security program
focuses on a variety of activities and issue areas which
include: resolving and avoiding international and
regional conflict; reducing the threat from weapons of
mass destruction; and broadening the definition of
national security to include environmental and
population aspects. Students eligible for the Compton
Africa Peace Fellowship Program at MSU must:
Be citizens of a nation in Sub-Saharan Africa and not
be seeking citizenship or residency abroad.
Be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Michigan State University.
Be candidates for the Ph.D. degree in any of a variety
of disciplines, such as political science, sociology,
anthropology, history, public policy, criminal justice,
social work, communications, economics or agricultural
economics, and law and pursuing an eligible research
topic (see next section).
Provide evidence that all requirements for the Ph.D.
degree (including comprehensive examinations and
departmental approval of the dissertation proposal) will
be completed except for the dissertation fieldwork and
write-up by the time they plan to begin fieldwork with
the Compton funding.
Be pursuing a dissertation that requires fieldwork in
Africa for a minimum of six months and a maximum of
12 months for collection of qualitative or quantitative data.
For Information on eligible research topics and
application forms please visit:
Completed application forms must be submitted by mail
and e-mail to: MSU-Compton Fellowship Committee,
c/o David Wiley, African Studies Center, 100
International Center, Michigan State University, East
Lansing, Michigan 48824-1035; Tel: 517-353-1700;
|Fax: 517-432-1209; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|application deadline is November 15, 2006,
beginning in the 2007 calendar year.
MSU Global Festival, Nov. 19th, MSU Union
Come Travel around the World in a Day at the Annual
MSU Global Festival, Sunday, November 19, 2006,
from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. in the MSU Union.
MSU international student organizations and area
nationality groups, representing dozens of countries
around the world, will share their cultures with exhibits,
performances of ethnic dances and music; fashion
shows; and demonstrations of native games and crafts.
There will be an entire floor of children's activities.
Enjoy delicious foods found at the international café
between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. or ala carte available all
afternoon. Purchase gifts at the Global Gift Shop. All
proceeds are used for scholarships for spouses or
international students. Admission is free. More details
found at: http://www.isp.msu.edu/oiss/globalfest
The African Education Research Group (AERG)
The AERG has been active in the college for years, and
welcomes any students and faculty who have an interest
in education in Africa. AERG sponsors a number of
activities such as discussions by MSU Africanists and
visiting scholars on topis related to education in Africa,
"practice" sessions for students who are preparing for
professional presentation or a doctoral defense to get
feedback, films on different aspects of education in
Africa, opportunities for linkages with scholars from
other institutions, and social interaction with people
who share similar interests in education in Africa.
The AERG is looking forward to several visits by
African educators and community activists this
semester. The film, "Shooting Dogs," a film about
Rwanda, has been scheduled. The film has been
heralded by a number of organizations who have
recognized the importance of the film as a valuable tool
in raising awareness of contemporary genocide. A
current visitor from Rwanda will be available to lead a
discussion on the film, which has not been released in
the U.S., yet.
Anyone interested in participating with the AERG may
send their name and e-mail address to: Hilda Omae, e-
Travel Mother Earth First Annual Essay Contest
Travel Mother Earth is a unique international
organization that blends world travel with personal and
spiritual development. An invitation is being extended
for students to participate in the Travel Mother Earth
First Annual Essay Contest, the general theme of which
is "Why I Would Love to Go to Africa."
There is no entry fee for this contest for essays received
on or before November 14, 2006.
Essays submitted after that date will incur a $10
processing fee. The deadline for entry is December 1,
- Participants must be enrolled in either, an accredited
college or university, throughout the academic year
- Essays should not be less than 1000 words and must
not exceed 2500 words. (Essays longer than 2500 words
will not be considered.)
- Essays must be submitted electronically, using the
following link: www.travelmotherearth.com.
- Essays must be submitted no later than November 14,
2006 to qualify for free entry.
All submissions are final and cannot be revised once
they are received. Participants are asked not to contact
Travel Mother Earth regarding the status of a
submission. The winner(s) will receive an all-expense
paid trip to Senegal, in spring/summer 2007. The goal
in creating this contest is to encourage our next
generation of leaders to expand their vision for change
and growth, personally as well as globally, while
exploring the rich inner journey to be gained from a
travel experience with Travel Mother Earth.
Complete contest details, as well as a full orientation to
Travel Mother Earth, are available at:
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
Health Action AIDS Kenya Program Associate
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), an international
NGO based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is hiring for
a new staff position, to support their AIDS advocacy
networks in East Africa.
PHR has partnered with the Kenya Human Rights
Commission to expand their network model to Kenya.
PHR is looking for a dynamic person with experience in
Africa and a passion for AIDS advocacy and community
empowerment to provide support to the Kenyan
To read more about this position and view the job
description, visit: http://www.phrusa.org.
Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.