MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/11/03

Issue No. 12 Fall 2003
November 11, 2003


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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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.

November 14, Friday

"Policies for Sustainable Land Management in the Highlands of Ethiopia," African Studies Center Special Brown Bag talk by Berhanu Gebremedhin, Scientist/Agricultural Economist with the International Livestock Research Institute (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), 12:00 noon, Room 204, International Center.

November 20, Thursday

"Freedom of Speech, The Media, and Democracy in Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Folu Ogundimu, Faculty (Journalism, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 21, Friday

"Measuring the Effects of HIV/AIDS on Rural Households in Africa: Methods and Findings, " CASID/WID Forum with Thom Jayne, Faculty (Department of Agricultural Economics), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 27, Thursday

Thanksgiving Holiday - No Brown Bag


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 Café, serving ethnic cuisine, is open from noon to 3:00 p.m., with ala carte offerings on the second floor all afternoon.


Summer Institute (SCALI) - 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.


Five College African Scholars Program

May 1, 2004 Deadline for the Terms:

  • Mid- January to May 2005 Projects on the topic of "Power and Representation"

  • Mid-August to December 2005 Projects on any topic relevant to the study of Africa in the humanities & social sciences

The Five College African Scholars Program invites proposals for competitive residency fellowships from junior and mid-level teaching staff employed full-time in African universities. Projects relevant to the study of Africa are welcomed in the humanities and social sciences. The program cannot fund projects in the natural or physical sciences. Proposals should be based on the applicant's current research, which can be completed and prepared for publication during the residency. Three to four candidates will be chosen for each term according to the eligibility and selection criteria described on the website at The website also has application forms which can be downloaded or sent on- line.

The fellowship stipend includes $3,000 per month subject to U.S. taxes, roundtrip airfare, laptop computer, housing, health insurance, access to libraries, an office, and a modest research allowance. For more information, contact: John Lemly, Ph.D., Program Director, Linda Faulkingham, Program Coordinator, Five College African Scholars Program, 706 Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 01003, USA; Tel:(413) 577-3778; Fax: (413) 577-3781; e-mail;; web: Applications welcomed from September 1, 2003 - May 1, 2004.

Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellowship Program

Offered by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar's Africa Program, this fellowship provides an advanced graduate student an opportunity to spend one to three summer months in Washington, D.C., using the Center's research facilities, interacting with policymakers, and presenting part of his or her research to a wider audience. At the time of application, candidates should have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in a Ph.D. program in any of the social sciences. Their dissertation work must be on subjects concerning Africa that are relevant to the broader policy community in Washington. For this reason, applicants are required to explain how their research will benefit from residence at the Center. The recipient will be in residence between June 7 and August 27, 2004.

The application should consist of a brief proposal of 2-3 pages; a curriculum vita, providing complete contact information (mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address); and two academic references, including one from the dissertation advisor. The applicants should also indicate their field of study and the time frame (proposed dates) available to pursue this summer research opportunity. The application deadline is December 1, 2003. The fellowship recipient will receive $3,000 per month, inclusive of travel. Applications should be mailed or submitted electronically to: The Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellowship Program, The Africa Program, The Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 2000-3027; e-mail:


Several Faculty positions - Univ. of Florida

There are several open faculty positions at the University of Florida, in various fields of African Studies. The University is searching to fill the following positions:

  1. Assistant Professor: Francophone African Literatures and Cultures - Deadline: December 1, 2003

  2. Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the African Languages Program - Deadline December 30, 2003

  3. Assistant Professor of African Environmental Studies Deadline: December 30, 2003

  4. Full time Lecturer in Swahili (No description, yet)

  5. Associate/Full professor of Geography with specialization in Economic and/or Environmental geography. - Deadline passed: October 30, 2003

  6. Associate/Assistant professor of Anthropology with a specialization in Historical Ecology. - Deadline: January 5, 2004

Full descriptions of these positions, along with further information on African Studies at the University of Florida are posted on the website:

Asst. Professor-African Literature,
Dartmouth College

Tenure-track appointment, to be held jointly in the Programs in African and African American Studies, and Comparative Literature. Ph.D. in hand preferred; ABDs will be considered. The hire should have as her or his primary scholarly field some aspect of sub-Saharan African literature. The specialty may be in either anglophone or francophone literary traditions, or both. By "literature" it includes both written and oral heritages, and folklore, as long as the texts are studied primarily from a literary and not ethnographic perspective. Attractive secondary areas of expertise would include literature of the African diaspora, African film, theater, or music.

Send a letter of application, vita, and three letters of recommendation to John Kopper, Africanist Search Committee, Comparative Literature Program, 6051 Reed Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. 03755. Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2003. Dartmouth College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. Applications from
underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, are strongly encouraged.

Associate Professor Position - Univ. of South Florida

A position in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida is open. Under the University's Faculty Academic Enrichment Program, the Department has been approved to invite applications in competition for a tenure track position at the Associate Professor level. The discipline is open, but the candidate should be a recently promoted political economist and/or someone in the field of Diaspora/International health, either of whom should have developed a strong focus on the African Diaspora.

The Department is particularly interested in candidates from ethnic groups other than African American, or in females of any ethnic background. The appointment will become effective August 2004; salary will be commensurate with experience and scholarly achievement. Responsibilities will include teaching five courses per academic year, research and publication, and institutional and community service.

Minimum qualifications: Associate Professor rank (recently promoted); extensive teaching experience; a record of outstanding scholarly accomplishments relating to the African Diaspora; and a clearly articulated on-going research agenda on Diaspora political economy or health.

The preferred candidate should demonstrate a recognized theoretical orientation as well as a commitment to interdisciplinarity. The candidates work should reflect a thorough understanding of the historical and contemporary problems faced by Blacks in the Diaspora, and the link between those problems and historically constructed socioeconomic conditions. Also, the candidates work should have strong applied implications.

The Departments chosen candidate will compete with candidates from various disciplines across the University for a total of between (3) to (5) positions. These hires are intended to remedy areas of underutilization on the faculty and ensure diversity. Underutilization is defined as: Having fewer minorities or women in a particular job group than would be reasonably expected by their availability[41 CFR S60- 2.11(b)]. Information regarding race/ethnic descriptions of U.S. citizens and resident aliens are contained in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the subject.

Please send letter of application, curriculum vita, sample of written work, and contact information for three referees to: Africana Studies-FAEP, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, FAO270, Tampa, Florida 33620.

The letter of application should include a brief narrative of: (1) the applicants research agenda; and (2), the applicants teaching philosophy. All application material must be received by November 17, 2003.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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