MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/02/04
THE TUESDAY BULLETIN
Issue No. 10 Fall 2004
November 2, 2004
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>
November 4, 2004
"Zimbabwean Popular Music Since Independence," African Studies Center Brown Bag with
Isaac Kalumbu, Faculty (School of Music, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International
November 5, Friday
"Philosophy and Development: Ethics In or Ethics Of Development,"CASID/WID Friday Forum
with Steve Esquith, Faculty (Philosophy Dept., MSU), 12:00-1:30 p.m., Rm 201 International
November 5-7, Friday - Sunday
Amandla! film presented by Afrocentric Film Series. Amandla! tells the story of black
South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. Showing
7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., at the Campus Center Cinemas, Wells Hall.
November 11, Thursday
No Brown Bag: African Studies Association Meetings in New Orleans.
November 16, Tuesday
As part of the World View Series at the Wharton Center, Constance Berry Newman,
(Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and former Assistant Administrator for
Africa, USAID) will address the global importance of Africa and the United States' role on
the Continent. Assistant Secretary Newman is the chief diplomat on African policy for the
US Department of State, overseeing more than 40 embassies. Tickets are only available at
the Wharton Center box office. For more information call (517) 432-2000 or 1-800-WHARTON.
Tickets are free for MSU faculty, staff, and students, $20 for the public.
November 17, Wednesday
"The Amazon Takes a Bow," International Business Student Organization presentation by Jonathan Elendu, African, Nigerian, Poet, Businessman, (founder and President of Elendu &Associates, Inc., a Public Relations firm based in Lansing, MI.), 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Room N106 Business College Complex. For information contact Dr. Blackbear at 355-7605; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifetime Achievement Dance Award
Dorothy Harper Jones, Core Faculty member emeritus
of the African Studies Center, received the Lifetime
Achievement Dance Award.
As part of the National Dance Alliance convention, held
at the Kellogg Center, October 24, 2004, the Michigan
Dance Association presented Dr. Dorothy Harper Jones
with the award. She shared her love for Africa and
African dance long before many.
The African Studies Center, along with many others,
congratulate Dr. Jones on this much deserved honor.
Global Festival 2004, Sunday, November 21, 2004
Global Festival 2004 will present MSU international
student organizations and area nationality groups,
sharing their cultures with exhibits, performance of
ethnic dances, music, fashion shows, and demonstrations
of native games and crafts. Festivities begin noon to
5:00 p.m at the MSU Student Union Building, and are
free to the public
The World Gift Shop offers an international variety of
art works, jewelry, glassware, clothing, stamps, and a
multitude of gift items. (Proceeds go towards
scholarships for MSU international families).
Contributions of saleable international items or
donations to the Scholarship Fund are also welcome.
Many "countries" will have international children's
games, crafts, and activities geared for children of all
ages. The Global Café, serving ethnic cuisine, is open
from noon to 3:00 p.m., with ala carte offerings on the
second floor all afternoon. For more information,
contact Alex McCrae at (517) 332-8408 or Lillian
Kumata at (517) 351-6046.
CASID/WID 2005-2006 FLAS Fellowships
The Center for Advanced Study of International
Development (CASID) and Women and International
Development Program (WID) at Michigan State
University awards graduate fellowships under the
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
program of the U.S. Department of Education.
The FLAS Fellowship program is designed to meet
critical needs for specialists in American education,
government, and other services of a public and/or
professional nature who will utilize their skills in
training others and in developing throughout the United
States a wider knowledge and understanding of other
countries and cultures.
CASID/WID's FLAS Fellowships are awarded to
graduate students enrolled in programs that combine the
study of a modern foreign language with advanced
training and research in international development
studies. Fellowship support includes the payment of
tuition and fees (up to $11,000 per academic year) and
a stipend of $14,000 for the academic year.
To be considered for fellowship support, applicants
must be a citizen or national of the United States; or a
permanent resident of the United States; or a permanent
resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Applicant also must have earned a baccalaureate or
comparable degree before the fellowship period begins
and be admitted to or currently enrolled in a graduate
degree program at Michigan State University.
For application materials, please go to:
The application deadline is February 14, 2005. For
additional information, contact: Dr. Robert Glew,
Associate Director, CASID, Michigan State University,
202 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035;
Tel: (517) 353-4818; Fax: (517) 353-8765.
Beans for Health Alliance Funds Research Projects
Dr. Maurice Bennink and Dr. Lorraine Weatherspoon,
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, were
awarded $200,000 for "Utilization of Bean-Based Foods
to Improve Nutritional and Immune Status of HIV
Children in Tanzania and Botswana." The knowledge
gained from these human feeding studies which
incorporate both beans and cowpeas into diets will
enable bean/cowpea industry groups, NGOs and public
health groups in both developing countries and the U.S.
to educate consumers of the nutritional attributes of
beans and cowpeas, and to promote bean/cowpea-based
solutions to health problems. Dr. Weatherspoon is a
Core faculty member with the African Studies Center.
East Lansing Film Society Film: Strangeheart
This very timely film follows two Sudanese teenagers
who are relocated from Africa's plateaus to the plains of
the American West. Orphaned by the devastating civil
war in Sudan, Peter and Santino have become two of the
so-called "Lost Boys", a group of over 20,000 young
men who have fled to find refuge in neighboring
countries. Their experiences of culture shock,
assimilarion and loneliness are eye-opening and a test to
the myth of "The American Dream".
The film will be shown on the MSU campus on
December 3 - 5, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. It will
be held at the Campus Center Cinema in Wells Hall.
General admission is $5, $3 students, $3 seniors 65 and
The film will also be shown at the Hannah Community
Center on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.,
only. Tickets are $6 and $4. For further information,
contact the University Activities Board at 355-3354 or
for the December 8th showing at the Hannah Center, visit
the East Lansing Film Society website:
10th Conference of Africanists, Moscow, May 2005
The Academic Council on Problems of African
Countries and the Institute for African Studies, Russian
Academy of Sciences, are convening the 10th Conference
of Africanists on the subject "Security for Africa:
Internal and External Aspects" on May 24-26, 2005.
The immediate objective of the conference is to discuss
the following issues:
- Africa and Russia in a contemporary system of
- Role of UN in keeping stability in Africa;
- Digital divide and media literacy in Africa;
- Civilization models of social evolution;
- History of "Cold War" in Africa;
- History of Africa's Resistance to external threats;
- Resources, exports/imports potential and Russia-
- International community in anti-terrorism struggle
- African social problems as a source of instability;
- "Cultural Security" for Africa;
- Economic security issues;
- North Africa and the Near East democratisation,
authoritarianism and security issues;
- Southern Africa: security issues;
- Interstate and intrastate conflicts, Ethnic & Religious
- Gender problems of contemporary Africa;
- Contemporary situation and challenging problems of
African linguistics and literature.
The Organising Committee welcomes extra themes that
will elaborate on the subject of the conference. The
working languages are Russian and English. Works will
be conducted in plenary sessions, panels, and round
tables, where free discussion is envisaged.
Panel and round-table proposals (within 500 words in
any of the Conference working languages) are to be
received by November 15, 2004. Information to be
submitted with the proposal, include the panel
conference's full name, title, institutional affiliation, full
mail and e-mail addresses, and fax, and names,
institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses of
potential participants. Abstracts of papers (up to 500
words) accompanied by authors' short Cvs are expected
by e-mail by December 15, 2004 and full papers by
March 15, 2005.
All proposals and inquires may be sent to: Conference
Organising Committee, Institute for African Studies,
30/1, Spiridonovka Street, Moscow, 123001, Russia;
Tel: (7-095) 290-2752, 290-6385; Fax: (7-095) 202-
0786; e-mail: email@example.com, copy to:
World Cowpea Congress and International Legume
Conference, April 17-21, 2005- Durban, South Africa
The University of Pretoria is hosting the IV World
Cowpea Congress in conjunction with the International
Edible Legume Conference (IELC) in Durban, South
Africa, from April 17-21, 2005. The conference will
provide a forum for research presentation, networking of
African scientists with colleagues working on cowpeas
and edible legumes from around the world, and
interactions with growers and industry representatives
through a trad exhibition. The venue for the Congress
will be the International Convention Centre in Durban.
For more information regarding the IV World Cowpea
Congress, visit the website at:
http://www.up.ac.za/conferences/ielc. December 15,
2004 is the deadline for submission of scientific
abstracts and standard registration. February 15, 2005,
payment of registration fees are due.
A few travel grants will be available to support
participation in the Conference for students and young
researchers from African countries, especially East and
Southern Africa. Applications must be submitted to the
IELC Secretariat prior to December 15, 2004.
African Studies Faculty - University of Michigan
The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies
(CAAS) at the University of Michigan seeks to add
African Studies faculty to fill full-time joint
appointments with any relevant social science
department, excluding Anthropology.
The Center invites applications from scholars of social
science disciplinary backgrounds, especially, but not
exclusively those whose research includes attention to
the southern African region, and who are prepared to
teach courses (two per term) on social science topics
related to Africa.
Ph.D. required. Rank open. Level of appointment
commensurate with qualifications and record of
publications. Applicants should send a current
curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a substantive
letter of application describing their recent and future
research agendas, professional accomplishments, and
teaching interests at both graduate and undergraduate
levels. Three reference letters should be mailed under
separate cover to: James S. Jackson, Director, African
Studies Search Committee, Center for Afroamerican and
African Studies, University of Michigan, 4700 Haven
Hall, 505 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045.
Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the ASA
meetings being held November 11-14, 2004.
Applications review begins immediately, and will
continue until the positions are filled.
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