MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/09/07

Ethical Issues in Promoting Agriculture for Development in Africa

October 8, Monday

Graduate Specialization in Ethics and Development presentation by Dr. Niama Nango Dembele and Dr. John Staatz, Faculty members, (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 3:10-4:30pm, 110 Berkey Hall.

Rural ARV Adherence in Zambia - How are we doing 1-year post roll out?

October 11, Thursday

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

Land! Ownership Policy and Livelihoods in Kenya

October 25, Thursday

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Danson Esese, Graduating Ph.D. student (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

African Studies Association Meetings in New York

No Brown Bag
Film: Frontieres (directed by Mostefa Djadjam, Algeria/France, 2001)

"The Right to Hospitality: Migration, Accommodation, Globalization." A Symposium of film and philosophy, presentation by Ken Harrow, Faculty (English Dept.), Room 101 North Kedzie Hall, 7:30pm. Announcements
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 (GenCen), invite you to submit a paper for its annual graduate student paper competition. The paper should hav! e been written within the past year, should be approximately 2! 0 double -spaced 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.

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 M! ain 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
International Journal of Social & Management Sciences

The Publisher and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Social and Management Sciences invite scholars and researchers to submit original papers for review and publication in the journal. This new online journal is devoted to publishing cutting edge research in various disciplines. Aimed at providing an international forum for exchange of ideas across cultures, articles submitted must be theoretically rigorous; offer new insights; include recent review of literature; apply appropriate methodologies; and include stimulating discussion of results and conclusions. Articles will be accept! ed only by email sent to or to The review process would take 6-8 weeks.

The International Journal of Social and Management Sciences, is a peer reviewed journal devoted to publishing research papers in all related fields of social and management sciences. Since this journal is multidisciplinary, quality papers from various disciplines such as Economics, Business Management, Demography, Political Science, Geography, Psychology, Literature, Education, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Labor and Industrial Relations, and Communication would be considered. For further details, contact Dimeji Togunde, Chair/Director, Ethnic Studies Program, Albion College, Albion, MI 49224; Tel: (517-629-0272); Fax: (517) 629-0991.

Operation Crossroads, Inc.

Operation Crossroads Africa is an U.S.-based, private voluntary organization that sponsors cross-cultural exchanges and small-scale development projects in Africa. For seven wee! ks each summer, teams of eight to ten participants, a Crossroads leader and local volunteers join with a local community on a project that involves local people and participants working together. In 2008, Crossroads will sponsor projects in several African countries. Crossroads extends an invitation for you to be a participant or Crossroads leader for summer 2008. To get an application, visit the website at: 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 University. The series is entitled: "Globalization and International Development: Critical Issues of t! he 21st Century." Professor Cook will speak on "Pate! nts 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: Fellowships
2007/2008 AAU Small Grants for Dissertations/Theses Programme

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is pleased to announce the 2007/2008 edition of its Small Grants for Dissertations/Theses Programme under the sponsorship of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The Programme is aimed at facilitating timely completion of research theses and dissertations, and improving the quality of research within its member institutions.

The Programme is ! open to graduate students, researchers, and lecturers registered in the nominating universities, and who are preparing dissertations/theses in fields of study that contribute to development, with special preference for the following themes: 1). Economics and related disciplines, especially entrepreneurship in Africa; 2). Engineering and information technology; 3). Gender and HIV/AIDS; 4). Agriculture, Food Security and related disciplines.

AAU member institutions in good standing on the payment of their subscriptions, are invited to nominate a maximum of TWO (2) candidates each, at least one of who must be female. At most, one award will be made in any nominating institution. Applications should therefore indicate the degree of priority it attaches to each of its two nominees.

Nominations must include the following:

Research Proposal: An original/innovative research proposal of not more than 10 typewritten pages clearly outlining the Problem Stat! ement, Literature Review, Methodology, Expected Results, a Wor! k Plan a nd Timetable; Status Report: Report indicating progress so far made on the thesis/dissertation, what remains to be done and the additional resources required to complete the project; Budget: A detailed budget with expenses clearly linked to specific phases of the proposed activity. The budget should not exceed US $ 2000 for PhD; US $ 1500 for M.A./MSc. etc.

Apart from trips for fieldwork in the country in which the research is actually conducted, travel abroad is not funded. The deadline for receipt of nominations is November 23, 2007. Nominations should be sent to: The Director, Research and Programmes Department, Association of African Universities, Aviation Road Ext., Airport Residential Area, P.O. Box 5744, Accra-North, GHANA; Tel: 233-21-774495/761588; Fax: 233-21-774821; e-mail: Conferences
2nd Annual International Confer! ence - Dearborn, MI USA - October 25-28, 2007

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 E! mail: ! This con ference 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.

18th Standing Conf. Eastern, Central & Southern Africa Library & Info. Association (SCECSAL)

The Zambia Library Association will host the XVIII Standing Conference of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) in Lusaka, Zambia in July 2008, under the theme - Libraries and Information Services Towards the Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SCECSAL conference organizing committee is inviting library and information management professionals, national, regional and international partners to submit proposals for papers focus! ing on the theme. For proposal details please visit: The submission deadline is October 31, 2007. Direct questions to Dr. Vitalicy Chifwepa, Chairman Programme Sub-Committee, Tel: +260-977886194; e-mail: or Jobs
Faculty, Ethnic Studies - Colorado

The Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (CASAE) at Colorado State University invites applications for a senior Associate or Full Professor, 9-month tenured position in Ethnic Studies. The starting date is August 15, 2008. Required qualifications include a doctorate degree, senior Associate or Full Professor rank, and demonstrated excellence in all of research/scholarship in Ethnic Studies, teaching/advising, and service/outreach. The preferred candidate will have built relationships wit! h ethnic/racial communities in the United States and internati! onally.

Colorado State University (CSU) is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie I Doctoral/Research-Extensive University. To apply, applicants must include a cover letter stating interest, current vita, sample of recent writing or publication, evidence of teaching/advising excellence, and the names and contact information of four references. Application materials may be mailed to: Dr. Ray Yang, Search Committee Chair, CASAE, 357 Ayelsworth Building, 3rd floor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1790, Fax: 970-491-2717. The application deadline is November 1, 2007.

African History - Augustana College, Illinois

Augustana College invites applications for a full-time tenure track appointment, rank open, in African history beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year. All periods of history, areas of specialization, and regions of Africa will be considered, although sub-Saharan Africa is preferred. Applicants can anticipat! e being directly involved in Augustana's "Study Abroad in Africa" experience, and in the development of an interdisciplinary African Studies Program. Initially, candidates will also be invited to teach courses in Augustana's innovative Liberal Studies curriculum and/or an area of secondary interest to be specified by the candidate. A PhD in hand at the time of appointment and demonstrated commitment to creative and effective undergraduate teaching as well as scholarly achievement is expected. Interviewing of candidates will begin at the October Association for African Studies meetings and, if necessary, continue in January at the American Historical Association conference.

Review of materials begins October 8, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Send applications to: Dr. Stephen Warren/Chair, African History Search Committee/C/O Dr. Jeff Abernathy/Dean of the College/Augustana College/639-38th Street/Rock Island, IL 61201; website! :

! 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 publication. Send to the African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; E-mail:

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