MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/16/07

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Tuesday Bulletin for October 16th, 2007

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Jobs
Land Ownership Policy and Livelihoods in Kenya

Thursday, October 25, 2007

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

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

Monday, October 15, 2007

"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.

African Studies Association Meetings in New York

Thursday, October 18, 2007

No ! Brown Bag
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.

2008 United Nations National Competitive Recruitment

Examination For U.S. citizens seeking junior professional posts.

All the following criteria must be met in order to apply:

1. Be no more than 32 years old as of December 31, 2008 (UN requirement).

2. Have at least an undergraduate degree (advanced

degree is an advantage but is not required) in one of

the following occupational fields or related area! s:

  • Finance

  • Information Technology

  • Poli! tical Af fairs

  • Program Evaluation

  • Environment

  • Statistics

3. Be fluent in English and/or French, the two working languages of the Secretariat. Knowledge of additional official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) is a definite advantage.

Only the top 40 most qualified individuals will be allowed to take the exam per occupational group.

Detailed information and application forms are at:

Examination will be held in February 2008 in New York City. Exact date has not yet been determined. Travel

expenses to and from exam site will NOT be paid by the UN or U.S. Government. Application deadline is

October 31, 2007.
Government Research - Sub Saharan Africa Studies - Vacancy Announcement # WTST07120689

The 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina has an intelligence analyst position (GG-0132 seri! es) open for a qualified individual interested in conducting research in sub-Saharan Africa regional studies. The successful candidate will work with a team of civilian specialists writing studies 20-40 pages in length and must also be able to travel and work closely with U.S. and possibly foreign military personnel. Candidates should have a thorough background in the history, politics, and culture of the region and must be willing to travel within the United States and abroad. Prior residence in sub-Saharan Africa is extremely desirable.

To qualify, applicants must have: 1) U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain a SECRET level security clearance; 2) A graduate degree or equivalent experience in a relevant social science discipline (including history). A Ph.D. is preferred but not required; 3) Strong reading and listening comprehension in a language (other than English) widely used in Sub-Saharan Africa. Candidates must attain an acceptable score on the Defense L! anguage Proficiency Test; 4) The ability to conduct solid rese! arch and write clearly in English.

This is a full time, permanent Civil Service position. The official announcement is posted at the following web sites:;;(;JobID=61754823).

Use WTST07120689 as your entry for Key Word search or for search by Vacancy Announcement number.

Applicants must have a resume in the US Army's central RESUMIX database and must apply online in order to be considered for this government position. Locate the Resume Builder site at: or follow the link to the Resume Builder found in the Vacancy Announcement. Due to the complexity of the application process and the possibility that qualified candidates may be overlooked for technical reasons, it is highly recommended that BEFORE submitting your application you contact Dr. Jeffrey Griffith at (910) 432-4027; email at: Ap! plication deadline is November 2, 2007.

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:

Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.

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