MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/07/04
THE TUESDAY BULLETIN
Issue No. 14 Fall 2004
December 7, 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>
December 9, Thursday
"Africa's New Maize Paradigm: History, Maize Breeding, and Farmer Knowledge in Southern
Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jim McCann, Faculty (Boston University),
12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.
December 9, Thursday
Celebrating South Africa at Ten: through film
"Soldiers of the Rock," a narrative film produced by South African film students in 2003,
will be shown at 7:00 p.m., Room B-108 Wells Hall.
December 10, Friday
"Hotel Rwanda," film presented by Amnesty International and the East Lansing Film Society, 8:00 p.m., Rom B-108 Wells Hall. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Professor Ken Harrow at (517) 353-7243 or e-mail: email@example.com.
January 21, Friday
Celebrating South Africa at Ten: through film
The following two award-winning documentaries post 1994 South Africa will be shown at 7:00
p.m., Room 108 Bessey Hall.
"Long Night's Journey into Day," and "A Red Ribbon Around My House."
(See MSU announcement for details about the films).
African Studies Center Application for Foreign
Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2005-06
The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting
on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic
year 2005-06 and for the 2005 Summer Cooperative
African Language Institute (SCALI). The FLAS
fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of
Education Title VI program for the study of language
and non-language courses on Africa.
Detailed information on the fellowship, and on-line
application guidelines and forms are available on the
Center's website: http://africa.msu.edu/. Applicants who
can not access the on-line forms can either use the
printable PDF files available at the bottom of the
application form webpage or contact the African Studies
Center at (517) 353-1700; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submitting applications to the Center is
February 18, 2005. In accordance with the Title VI
centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings
under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2005
will be hosted by Indiana University-Bloomington. For
more information visit the following site:
Celebrating South Africa at Ten
Please join MSU in celebrating South Africa's ten years
of freedom by participating in a two-evening festival of
South African film.
Thursday, December 9, 2004
B-108 Wells Hall
Soldiers of the Rock
South Africa, 2004, 96 min.
Narrative film produced by South African film students
To experience the world in which his father died, Vuyo
decides to take a break from business studies to join a
jaded crew of deep level miners. He teams up with ex-
con laborer Suto to organize the team to purchase their
own mine, but a resentful dissenter forces Vuyo to a
dramatic subterranean showdown.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Room 108 Bessey Hall
Two documentaries post 1994 South Africa:
Long Night's Journey into Day
South Africa, 2000, 94 min.
Producer/Director: Frances Reid, Director: Deborah
For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the
most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi
Germany. When if finally collapsed, those who had
enforced apartheid's rule wanted amnesty for their
crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise,
the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was
formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the
Commission brought together victims and perpetrators
to relive South Africa's brutal history. By revealing the
past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the
way to a peaceful future.
A Red Ribbon Around My House
South Africa, 2001, 26 min.
Filmmaker: Portia Rankoane
Volume 13 of Steps for the Future
A mother and daughter are in crisis because of their
different responses to AIDS. Pinky, flamboyant and
loud lets everyone know she is HIV-positive. But her
daughter, Ntombi, is battling to just like everyone else.
Her mother's courageous and touching refusal to be
quiet or passive in the face of AIDS, sets them apart.
Pinky acknowledges the difficulties her openness poses
for her daughter, but makes no apology. Throughout it
all, her sense of humor about life are apparent. We
leave the film with Pinky doing what she does best
NIH Grant to Fund Partnership with U of Malawi
MSU will use a grant of more than a half-million dollars
to establish a partnership between MSU's medical ethics
program and the University of Malawi.
The four-year $725,256 grant from the National Institute
of Health's Fogarty International Center will be used by
MSU's Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life
Sciences (CEHLS) to help African scholars develop
active research and teaching programs in the area of
human subjects research ethics.
Scholars from Malawi and the surrounding region will
spend a semester at MSU, where they will be matched
with an MSU mentor, and take advanced courses and
independent study matched to their discipline and
research interests. The fellow will then return to
Malawi, where further coursework will focus on issues
specific to research ethics. For additional information,
visit the Web at http://www.bioethics.msu.edu.
Reprinted from MSU News Bulletin, Vol.36, No. 7, Nov. 24, 2004
Letter Regarding the Loss of Harry Moniba
Colleagues who are interested in Africa and Liberia,
Liberia and we all have experienced a terrible loss.
Apparently in the snow storm Wednesday, November
24, 2004, two Liberians lost their lives on Michigan Rte
127 near Jackson, Michigan, USA.
One of these was Harry Moniba, probably the leading
candidate for the Liberian Presidency in the scheduled
October 2005 election. Harry Moniba had a Ph.D. in
History MSU (with either Harold Marcus or James
Hooker) and was the former Liberian Vice President
under President Doe. In February 2004, Moniba had
announced his candidacy for the Liberian presidency
and was campaigning in Michigan at the time of the
accident. His announcement of his candidacy can be
found on his personal website at:
Other stories on the accident and Moniba are found at:
We all are saddened by this terrible news of the loss of
so gifted an African leader...and "one of our sons." Our
heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.
Director, MSU African Studies Center
Spring 2005 International Health Opportunities
Following is information about the Spring 2005
international internship opportunities to help restore
eyesight and prevent blindness in a refugee camp in
Ghana and in rural villages in Ghana, Tanzania, and
Benin. Summer 2005 Internship Opportunities are also
available in Ghana, Tanzania, Benin, Uganda, Nigeria,
Cameroon, India, and Thailand.
Contact JStaple@uniteforsight.org for an application
and details. All persons over the age of 18 are welcome
to apply, including premedical students, medical
students, public health professionals, nurses, graduate
students, doctors, and others.
Buduburum Refugee Camp in Ghana
December 28 - February 28, 2005 - Rolling Application
February 1 - March 30, 2005 - Rolling Application Deadline
Nyamuswa, Tanzania 2005
January 15 - March 15, 2005 - Rolling Application Deadline
Pobe, Benin 2005
January 15 - May 15, 2005 - Rolling Application
Ghana, Tanzania, Benin, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon,
India, and Thailand
Summer 2005 - Rolling Application Deadline
Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Fellowships
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) is pleased to
offer fellowships funded by The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in
original sources. The purposes of this fellowship
program are to:
- help doctoral candidates who may otherwise not have
opportunities or encouragement to work in original
source materials in the humanities in the United
- help doctoral candidates in the humanities to deepen
their ability to develop knowledge from original
- provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral
candidates into how scholarly resources can be
developed most helpfully in the future.
To be eligible, an applicant will: 1) be enrolled in a
Ph.D. program in the humanities in a graduate school in
the United States or Canada; 2) complete all doctoral-
degree requirements except dissertation research and
writing before the beginning of the fellowship's tenure;
and 3) propose research for the dissertation primarily in
original source material in the holdings of one or more
institutional repositories such as archives, libraries,
historical societies, and museums of the United
Kingdom. Further details about the fellowships and
application process, as well as materials needed can be
found at: http://www.history.ac.uk/awards/mellon.html
Complete applications must arrive at the IHR by
January 17, 2005.
Support is provided by Guggenheim (Harry Frank)
Foundation, for individuals to complete the writing of
their doctoral dissertations in any of the natural and
social sciences and the humanities that will increase
understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control
of violence, aggression, and dominance. Ten or more
fellowships in the amount of $15,000 are awarded each
Eligible applicants are Ph.D. candidates who are in the
writing stage of the dissertation. Applicants may be
citizens of any country and studying at colleges or
universities in any country. For information contact:
Katie Wilson, Assistant Program Officer, Guggenheim
Foundation, 527 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
10022; Tel: (212) 644-4907; Fax: (212) 644-5110; e-
mail: email@example.com; website:
Asst. Professor - University of Kansas
The University of Kansas Department of African &
African-American Studies seeks candidates for a tenure-
track position with specialization in KiSwahili and
African languages, contingent on budgetary approval.
Responsibilities include teaching KiSwahili courses and
collaborating in the coordination of African language
instructions. Candidate should have a Ph.D. at time of
appointment; teaching experience in relevant field;
Native or near-native proficiency in KiSwahili;
Educational background in foreign language teaching;
Demonstrated ability to teach oral and written language
skills; Familiarity with other African languages and/or
African linguistics; Experience in performance-based
teaching and proficiency testing. Send cover letter,
three letters of recommendation, CV, transcript, teaching
evaluations, course syllabi, and two samples of written
work to: Search Committee Chair, Department of
African and African-American Studies, 1440 Jayhawk
Blvd., Room 9 Bailey Hall, University of Kansas,
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574. Review of applications will
begin on January 3, 2005.
Asst. Professor of Anthropology - Ohio University
Open position to teach undergraduate and graduate
courses in Anthropology; engage in theoretically
grounded empirical research in the field of
Anthropology; advise students, and provide service
within the department and the broader university. Ph.D.
with expertise in applied Socio-cultural Anthropology
and the ability to teach some combination of the
following: public policy, legal anthropology,
development, and human rights/ethics are the minimum
qualifications. Please send cover letter, CV,
publications or other samples of scholarly writing,
evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of
reference and copies of graduate transcripts to
AnnCorinne Freter-Abrams, Applied Anthropology
Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology and
Anthropology, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-
2979. Review of applications begin January 3, 2005.
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