MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/21/03

Issue No. 9 Fall 2003
October 21, 2003


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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October 22, Wednesday

International Opportunities Fair, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m., MSU Union, Second Floor. For further information contact Cindy Chalou, 432-4345 or

October 23, Thursday

"Human Rights and Land Tenure Reform: Experiences from Namaqualand, South Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Poul Wiseborg, Ph.D. Research fellow in Development Studies (Institute for Environment and Development, Agricultural University of Norway), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 24, Friday

"Analyzing the Roots of the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Under What Conditions Can Media Interventions Make a Difference?" CASID/WID Friday Forum with Bella Mody, Professor (Dept. of Communications, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 28, Tuesday

"The Reality of E-commerce with Developing Countries," lecture with Robin Mansell, Distinguished Professor of the London School of Economics and Political Science at MSU, 6:00 p.m., Kellogg Center Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, the Ford Foundation, the Center for Canadian Studies, the Center for European and Russian Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in International Development, and the Center for International Business, Education and Research. For more information contact Bella Mody at

October 29, Wednesday

"The World Summit on the Information Society: Can Critical Voices Be Heard?" lecture with Robin Mansell, Distinguished Professor of the London School oc Economics and Political Science at MSU, Room 151 Communication Arts Bldg., 10:00 - 12:00 noon. Co-sponsored by the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, the Ford Foundation, the Center for Canadian Studies, the Center for European and Russian Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in International Development, and the Center for International Business, Education and Research. For more information, contact Professor Bella Mody at

October 30, Thursday

No Brown Bag
African Studies Association Annual Meeting - Boston


International Opportunities Fair

If you have thought about or you are considering:

  • international volunteer, work, teaching, internships or research;
  • an internationally focused career or graduate program; or
  • funding for an international experience,

Over 50 MSU international units and external international agencies and organizations will provide information, resources and panel presentations about internships, volunteer, work and teaching abroad, internationally-focused careers and careers abroad, and funding sources for international experiences. This fair complements the semi-annual study abroad fairs, but will not include study abroad offerings. The fair will be on the Second floor of the MSU Union, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Contact Cindy Chalou at 432-4345 or for further information.

Rita S. Gallin Award

The Women and International Development (WID) Program invites students 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-spaced pages in length, and should focus on issues related to women, gender, international development, and globalization.

The papers will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be made at WID's Annual Open House in January. The winning paper will be published in the WID Working Paper Series and its author will receive $200.00. Papers should be submitted by December 5, 2003, via e-mail attachment or by mail to the WID office. Please indicate that you are submitting the paper for the Rita S. Gallin competition and include a contact phone number and e-mail address. For more information visit; e-mail:; or call 353-5040.
Gill-Chin Lim Doctoral Dissertation Award Michigan State University will recognize and award one graduate student each year for her/his outstanding doctoral dissertation, completed the preceding year, focusing on global studies. This first annual award is named after Dr. Gill-Chin Lim, MSU Professor Geography and Urban Planning, and former Dean of International Studies and Programs. The award carries a cash stipend of approximately $1,500 and a framed certificate. Announcement of the award recipient will take place at the annual ISP International Awards Ceremony set for Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Room 303 International Center.

For more information, and nomination forms contact Murari Suvedi, Assistant Dean, International Studies and Programs, 209 International Center; phone: 355- 2350 or e-mail: Nominations, including supporting documents, must be submitted by February 2, 2004.


Call for Nominations
(Nominations close: 1 January 2004)

The Conover-Porter Award is the most prestigious award for published works of bibliography or reference on Africa. The Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association (U.S.) seeks nominations for the thirteenth biennial Conover-Porter Award for excellence in Africana bibliography or reference work. Any Africa-related reference work, bibliography or bibliographic essay published separately or as part of a larger work during 2001, 2002 or 2003 can be nominated for the 2004 award. The award includes a prize of $300 to be presented during the 2004 annual meeting of the African Studies Association in New Orleans.

Nominations must be received by January 1, 2004. Please include a brief justification and at least one review. An online form for submitting nominations for the 2004 award is on the Web site of the Africana Librarians Council at pform.html

Helen Conover was senior bibliographer, African Section of the Library of Congress, serving 32 years before her retirement in 1963. Dorothy Porter Wesley was librarian of the Moorland-Springarn Research Center, Howard University, retiring in 1973 after 45 years of service. Please send nominations to, or request further information from: Peter Limb, Africana Bibliographer, Michigan State University, 100 Library East Lansing, MI, 48824-1048 USA: phone: (517) 432 6123 extension 239; fax: (517) 432-3532; email:


Call for Proposals
Seventh National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL)
Madison, WI - April 30 - May 2, 2004

Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the Conference theme of "Identifying Individual and National Needs in the Less Commonly Taught Languages." Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, each should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language. The focus of session topics might include:

  • Bilingual education students
  • Autonomous and self instructional setting students
  • Distance education students
  • Individualized instruction students
  • Heritage learners
  • Addressing individual learners' needs
  • Analyzing individual learners' needs
  • Use of technology in teaching the LCTLs
  • Addressing national priority in language programs
  • Other topics related to the theme

Papers should indicate the title and kind of presentation (paper, colloquium or poster session) in the upper left- hand corner, and the name of the presenter and presenter's primary language(s) in the upper right-hand corner. The proposed title should not exceed ten words. Next should be a 50-75 word abstract suitable for inclusion in the conference program. The proposal text should be 150-200 words long and may not exceed one page in length.

For inquiries contact: Sookyung Cho, NCOLCTL, 4231 Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706; Tel: 608-265-7903; Fax: 608-265-7904. The final deadline for receipt or proposals is December 15, 2003. Applicants will be notified by e-mail within one week of the receipt of their submissions. They will be notified by the Program Committee by January 15, 2004 whether their proposal has been accepted.

Eighth Annual ALTA Conference
April 29 to May 1, 2004
The ALTA conference will be hosted by the National African Language Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; in conjunction with the NCOLCTL conference, (see previous announcement).

The conference theme is "Expanding Our Vision for African Language Pedagogy: A Priority for the 21st Century." Abstracts (250-300 words) related to the theme of the conference and any aspect of African language teaching and learning should be sent by e-mail attachment to Alwiya Omar; e-mail: Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2004. Notification of acceptance will be made by January 30, 2004. Direct inquiries to: Alwiya Omar, Department of Linguistics, 322 Memorial Hall, Bloomington, IN 47408; Tel: 812-855-3323.


IDRC Gender Unit Annual Research Competition: 2003-2004: Decentralization and Women's Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Increasingly in Sub-Saharan Africa, the context within which women's human rights are to be protected and realized is one of decentralized or decentralizing states. Contemporary decentralization is changing the relationship between citizens and the state, and is having an impact on the entitlement of citizens to certain rights: in this case, on women's entitlement, as citizens, to the protection and realization of their rights, as set out in international and national legislation. The Gender Unit is launching a competitive call for proposals for research investigating whether and how contemporary decentralization reforms, in practice, contribute to or, on the contrary, hinder the realization and protection of women's and girls' civil, political, social, economic, and/or cultural rights.
All principal researchers and co-researchers must be citizens of developing countries. Up to five (5) grants will be awarded, each with a value of up to $100,000 CAD (Canadian dollars), for projects of 18 months to 2 years. The deadline for submission of applications is December 5, 2003. For more information and to download a complete application kit, please visit


Outreach Specialist - U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Center for International Education (CIE), a Title VI National Resource Center for Global Studies, seeks applications for the position of Outreach Specialist (working title: Outreach Coordinator). The Outreach Specialist has primary responsibility for conceptualizing, developing, and implementing public programs (including specialized programs for K-16 educators, business, media, the campus community, and the general public) designed to improve understanding of international issues and strengthen public access to UWM's resources. The position is expected to be filled by January 5, 2004, or as soon as possible. A Bachelor's degree in international studies, education, foreign language or a related social sciences or humanities field is required. Knowledge of K-12 curriculum standards, one-to-two years' experience working in a university or K-12 setting or developing and implementing public educational programs, and advanced computer proficiency are the minimum requirements. The ideal candidate will possess a graduate degree and a minimum of two-to-four years of work experience with progressive responsibility in outreach programming or in a K-12 classroom. Have knowledge of foreign affairs and K-12 curriculum standards and have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.. Should demonstrate good problem solving skills. Strong computer skills using PC platform are necessary. Website design and maintenance experience is highly desirable. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, current resume, and the names, addresses (including email, if available), and phone numbers of three references, postmarked by November 1, 2003, to: Anne Banda, Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201, Phone: (414) 229-6925; Email:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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