MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/12/02

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/12/02


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November 14, Thursday "Democratic Transition in Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau," African Studies=20 Center Brown Bag with Elisabete Azevedo, Visiting Scholar (Afro-barometer,= =20 Political Science, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 20, Wednesday "Globalization and the Environment in the New South Africa: Social=20 Movements, Corporations, and the State in South Durban," MSU Department of= =20 Sociology Colloquium with Christine Root, Specialist, (International=20 Studies and Programs, MSU) and David Wiley, Faculty (Sociology and=20 Director, African Studies Center, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 466 Berkey Hall.

November 21, Thursday "Empowering African Nations in Multilateral Trade and Finance in the 21st=20 Century: Justifications and Requirements," African Studies Center Brown=20 Bag with Kassey Garba, Visiting Scholar at the Center for International=20 Business Education and Research, MSU (Univ. of Ibadan, Nigeria), 12:00=20 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Global Festival 2002 - November 24, 2002 Travel the world in a day! Michigan State University international students representing many countries around the world will share their culture and talents with exhibits and demonstrations, exciting and colorful performances, and an entire floor of children's activities and games. The Global Caf=E9 will be open from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. and "a la carte" foods will be available all afternoon. The festival will be held at the MSU Student Union. Admission is free. Call 372-4305 or 694-2245 for further information.

MSU Compton Fellowship Announcement for Dissertation Research by African Students Beginning in 2001, the African Studies Center (ASC) and the Women in International Development Program (MSU-WID), in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), are offering Compton Peace Fellowships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa to support their dissertation field research in Africa. This program is an element of the MSU African Higher Education Renaissance Initiative (AHERI). These dissertation fellowship awards are made possible by a grant from the Compton Foundation through its Peace Fellowship Program for addressing peace, conflict resolution, and security in Africa.

Eligible candidates must 1) be from Sub-Saharan Africa (citizens of a nation in Africa); 2) be enrolled in a Ph.D. program either at Michigan State University or at an African university partnering with MSU in linkage agreements and exchanges (currently, these linkages exist with institutions such as Addis Ababa University, the University of Dar es Salaam, the University of Malawi and the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar); 3) have completed their course work in any of a variety of social science disciplines such as political science, sociology, history, public policy, economics, and law. Candidates must provide evidence that all requirements for the Ph.D. degree have been completed, including comprehensive examinations and departmental approval of the dissertation proposal; and 4) be pursuing a dissertation which requires a period of fieldwork for collection of qualitative or quantitative data.

The awards are for up to $15,000 and are to be used solely to support field research in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the Compton activities, Fellows will participate in a directed readings program related to peace and security at MSU. Note that for those students enrolled in African universities, the grant award of $15,000 is expected to cover costs of travel, housing and meals to attend the one month long MSU directed readings program, as well as to support field research in Africa.

Awards will be granted after a selective and competitive review by an MSU committee of African Studies and Women in International Development faculty. Normally, awards are limited to 12 months.

Awards will be made until funding is exhausted. Applicants should complete a fellowship application form which is available from: Women in International Development Program, 202 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone 517-353-5040; or download it from the website: The deadline is January 6, 2003.


ALO Special Request for Applications The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) is pleased to announce the release of a Special Request for Application, "University Consortium Program for the Study of Elections and Political Processes in Developing and Newly Independent Countries." The RFA may be downloaded from ALO's website: The deadline for receipt of applications is December 17, 2002, 5:00pm EST.

ALO, in cooperation with USAID's Office of Democracy and Governance (DG), within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) is issuing this call for applications from a consortium of U.S. higher education institutions interested in collaboratively building upon existing research with counterpart institutions in developing and newly independent countries to produce three papers that will enhance USAID/DG's understanding and improve programmatic decision making. This RFA is supported by funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). ALO administers a cooperative agreement between USAID and the six major higher education associations, including the American Council on Education, to help their member institutions implement development programs with colleges and universities abroad.

For more information on this RFA or on other ALO activities, please visit their website, or contact Tony Wagner, Communications Coordinator e-mail:; Phone: (202)-478-4704.


Seventh African Language Teacher's Association Due to unavoidable circumstances, the 7th ALTA conference will be held at Indiana University, Bloomington instead of Louisiana State University on April 10 - 12, 2003.

The conference theme is Integrating Culture in the African Language Classroom. Extended date for submission of abstracts is November 30th, 2002. Abstracts related to the theme and any aspect of African language teaching and learning are to be sent (preferably by e-mail attachment) to Alwiya Omar at Abstracts can be sent by regular mail to: Alwiya Omar, Department of Linguistics, 322 Memorial Hall, Bloomington, IN 47408.

LSU will forward already submitted abstracts to Alwiya Omar. More information on the conference will be available soon at the ALTA website:


Center for Global Education at Augsburg College Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor (Two positions: One temporary, one permanent.) The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College (a Lutheran College in the USA) is an accredited university program that focuses on the social sciences. Each year it coordinates two undergraduate semester programs which include "Multicultural Societies in Transition" and "Nation Building, Globalization and Decolonizing the Mind."

Program Coordinator: In cooperation with team colleagues, some responsibilities include administering two semester long undergraduate study abroad programs and short term travel seminars; planning, teaching and coordinating classes and educational activities; supervising and supporting students in their academic and personal challenges, as well as Course teaching responsibilities. A University degree is required, Doctorate preferred, Master's required. Preference given to candidates with a background in Political Science, Religion, History, Development, African Studies, or at least knowledge of content related to these courses.

Please submit written application, accompanied by curriculum vitae and reference letters to: Center for Global Education at Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454; e_mail:; Phone: (612) 330_1695. Applications to be received by November 15, 2002. Preferred starting date is January 3, 2003 in Windhoek, Namibia.

Adjunct Professor: The temporary position is a one or two semester appointment. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Preferred starting date is January 3, 2003 in Windhoek, Namibia (ends December 20, 2003). Please e_mail or fax resumes and names and contact information for three references to:; or call (612) 330_1695. For more information about the Center for Global Education, please visit:

Tulane University - Associate Professor/Director Tulane University is seeking an Associate Professor/Director who will be jointly appointed in African and African Diaspora Studies and a department in the Liberal Arts and Sciences beginning July 1, 2003. The successful candidate should have a research, teaching, and grant record analogous with the tenured associate professor rank in her/his field. Please send letter, CV, and supporting materials, including relevant publications, pre-prints, and three letters of reference to: ADST Search Committee, 105 Herbert Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118. The search committee will begin its initial review November 15, 2002, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Tulane University is an EOE/AAE employer.

African Studies Association - Executive Director Applications are invited for the position of Executive Director of the African Studies Association (ASA), for a term of three (3) years, beginning March 1, 2003.

The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of the ASA Secretariat in New Brunswick, NJ. S/he organizes and manages the association's annual meeting, four member publications, the ASA Press, and membership services. Also performs other duties assigned by the Board of Directors as well.

The Executive Director represents the association to Rutgers University, the membership, African scholars and policy-makers in the United States and abroad, and the wider public. S/he manages a substantial budget and endowment and supervises the ASA staff under the authority of the Board of Directors, to whom the Executive Director is accountable.

To qualify an ABD or Ph.D. is preferred, MA required. Research or work experience in Africa or related to Africa, and administrative experience is also required.

Applicants may send CV, a letter outlining qualifications, interests and experience; and names and contact information of three references to the following ASA officer: Allen Isaacman (ASA president), Dept. of History, Univ. of Minnesota, 614 Social Science Tower, Minneapolis, MN 55455; e-mail: If possible, please forward material electronically.


Message-Id: <> Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 14:29:27 -0500 rom: MSU African Studies Center <> Fect: Tuesday Bulletin No. 11

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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