MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/04/03

Issue No. 11 Fall 2003
November 4, 2003


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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November 6, Thursday
"Lessons from a Decade of Cotton Sector Reform in SSA," African Studies Center Brown Bag with David Tschirley, Faculty (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 7, Friday
"The HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Malawi: What Farmers Face and How They Cope with HIV/AIDS," CASID/WID Forum with Edward Mazhangara, Doctoral student (Dept. of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 11, Tuesday
"Sustainable Development in Africa," International Business Forum with Special guest speaker Amin Alexander Tejani, Director (Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce), luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Michigan Athletic Club, East Lansing, MI. Please call Beverly Wilkins, (517) 353-4336 or e-mail: for reservations. Luncheon cost is $20.

November 13, Thursday
"Rebuilding Africa's Scientific Capacity in Food and Agriculture," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Carl Eicher, Univ. Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Global Festival 2003

The MSU Global Festival will be held Sunday, November 16, 2003 at the MSU Union from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

MSU international student organizations and area nationality groups will share their cultures with exhibits; performances of ethnic dances & music; fashion shows; and demonstrations of native games and crafts. The World Gift Shop offers an international variety of art works, jewelry, glassware, clothing, stamps, and a multitude of gift items (proceeds support the scholarship fund for spouses of international students to attend MSU classes).

You are welcome to contribute saleable international items or make donations to the Scholarship Fund. Contact: Lillian Kumata, (517) 351-6046. The Global Caf‚, serving ethnic cuisine, is open from noon to 3:00 p.m., with ala carte offerings on the second floor all afternoon.


Summer Institute - Ohio University

June 21 - August 6, 2004

The national Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) program, hosted by Ohio University, is an intensive 7-week institute which provides the equivalent of one year of African language instruction with exposure to the culture and traditions associated with the chosen language. SCALI students will be exposed to a variety of African-centered activities at Ohio University during Summer 2004. SCALI students are encouraged to enroll in the program's annual Institute for the African Child courses for no additional cost.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are available to support graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in the SCALI program. The summer FLAS fellowships provide tuition and fees, a living stipend of $2,400, and optional travel grants. FLAS fellowships are supported by the U.S. Department of Education, National Resource Centers for African Studies. FLAS applications are due March 15, 2004. Please visit the web site at; phone (740) 593-0272; fax: (740) 593-9476; or e-mail: for more information.


Driskell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of African Diaspora at the University of Maryland will award two fellowships for academic year 2004-05 to scholars and artists doing innovative research on the African diaspora, broadly defined. The ten-month fellowship provides a stipend of US $45,000, plus benefits. Two fellowships will be awarded. Applicants for the postdoctoral fellowships should be working on projects that address aspects of the African Diaspora understood in the broadest sense from the fifteenth century onward. The Center is particularly interested in studies that bridge the disciplines of the humanities, the performing and visual arts, and the social sciences. The Center especially welcomes applications from artists and art historians. The application deadline is January 5, 2004, however, a letter of intent is requested to be submitted by December 8, 2003. For more information, please visit or e-mail:; Tel: (301) 314-2614; Fax: (301) 314-0679.

Post Doctoral Fellowships
University of Illinois-Urbana

The Center for African Studies and the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, is offering two post-doctoral fellowships for 2004-2005 on the theme of "Education and African Modernities." The fellowships are part of a three-year Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Institute that allows fellows the opportunity to explore, through interdisciplinary inquiries, the role of higher education, broadly defined, in and on Africa. Specifically, the institute focuses on three inter-related themes revolving around education as a site of knowledge production and dissemination, socialization, stratification, and struggle. Each year the institute is organized around a broad theme and
supports two post-doctoral fellowships (ten months in duration).

The stipend for this ten-month fellowship will be within the range of $37,500-$40,000, based on qualifications. All fellows will be based in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and some support for relocation expenses, housing and benefits is also available.

Applications are welcome from the humanities, education, and social sciences fields, and applicants must have a Ph.D. or its equivalent for full consideration. Regional, comparative and interdisciplinary interests are especially welcome. In addition to their individual research and writing, the fellows will be asked to participate in academic forums, including: seminars, colloquia, symposia, and focused discussion groups. There are no regular teaching duties associated with these fellowships. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens, and international applications are welcome. For further information about the program, see the overview of the Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships at or the announcement on the Center for African Studies website: The application deadline is January 5, 2004;

Send the following materials (electronic applications welcome with the exception of letters of recommendation): A copy of the applicant's c.v.; a ten- page proposal (double-space) detailing the project to be conducted while in residency; a writing sample (a book chapter or article); and three letters of recommendation (hard copy only). Submit to: Center for African Studies, Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellowships, 210 ISB, 910 S. Fifth Street, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, Champaign, IL 61820-U.S.A.; Tel: (217)- 333-6335; Fax: (217) 244-2429; E-; Website:


Assistant Professor &
Coordinator of African Languages Program

The University of Florida's Center for African Studies and the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures is seeking to hire a tenure-track assistant professor and coordinator of the African languages program, to begin in Fall 2004.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in a field related to African languages or literatures, language pedagogy or education, or linguistics. Native or near-native fluency in one or more African languages is also expected. Other qualifications include an excellent research record and distinction in teaching and mentoring students. Familiarity with Title VI African language programs and with relevant professional associations and programs such as ALTA, NCLCTL and NALRC is highly desirable.

The position will be a joint appointment between the Center for African Studies and the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, with the 50% appointment in the Center devoted to the coordination, supervision and administration of our growing African languages program. This will include such things as: recruitment, training and supervision of language teaching assistants; collection of language teaching materials; management of an individualized language instructional program; participation in the establishment of a B.A. degree in African Languages and Literatures; serving as the Center's liaison with the Title VI community, the US Department of Education, and relevant professional organizations on issues related to languages.

To apply, please send a letter of application, CV, and any supporting materials postmarked by December 30, 2003, to: Chair, African languages search committee, Center for African Studies, P.O. Box 115560, The University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611-5560. Three letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to the same address. The University of Florida is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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