UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
Issue No. 13 Spring 2003
April 15, 2003 Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive <http://www.isp.msu.edu/AfricanStudies>
MSU ANNOUNCEMENTS GRANTS
April 17, Thursday "Mandela Redeemed," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jabulani Buthelezi, Former MSU Student (College of Education), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.
April 23, Wednesday "Political Systems in an African State: A Case of the Ciskei Homeland in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa," Special Presentation by Professor C.H.T. Lalendle, Educational Administrator in the Eastern Cape government (retired Professor of Education, South Africa), 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m., Room 204, International Center.
April 24, Thursday "A Day in the Life of Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag Video presentation documenting over 50 Journalists' experiences of the same day in 50 African countries, 12:00 noon, Room 305-307 (Third Floor) International Center.
Course Announcement - Summer Semester 2003 MSU Virtual University RD876, International Rural Development, is a 3 credit graduate seminar available every semester on the MSU Virtual University. The course stimulates a small group of students sitting around a table with the professor, who has years of hands-on experience designing and implementing many development programs and projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Since the course is offered in a weekly a-synchronous conversation, students can fit it into their schedule at any time.
Conversations, readings, individual term paper, and other assignments address various topics. Some of these topics include: Development and International Development; Current Issues and Concerns in Development; Strategies and Design of International Development Collaboration; Directing Development Organizations, and International Development in the 21st Century. For details about this graduate seminar, see the preview at: http://www.vu.msu.edu/preview/rd876 or e- mail Professor George H. Axinn at email@example.com.
Explore Africa Explore Africa at MSU, 2003, is a program
designed for academically-talented high school students
who would like to become immersed in learning about
the tremendous diversity found within the continent
of Africa. This program is a cooperative venture by
the African Studies Center and the Office of Gifted and Talented Education, at MSU.
Much of the news that is read or heard about Africa in the press is largely negative. Explore Africa at MSU challenges these stereotypical representations by presenting Africa in all of its rich cultural, social, economic and political diversity. Program cost is $600.00. Limited financial aid, up to $550.00 is available, based on documented need.
Students should meet the following requirements:
entering grade 10 or 11 in 2003/04 with a high GPA in strong academic subjects have a desire to work in an academically challenging environment are enthusiastic, creative learners
In order to be eligible students must have the following:
an educator recommendation a student essay
and ONE or more of the following:
a transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above a MEAP score report showing that the student meets or exceeds state standards in either language arts or social studies OR documentation of strong standardized test scores (PLAN, PSAT, ACT or SAT).
These must be sent along with:
the completed and signed application a deposit check for $50 made out to Michigan State University The application and other application materials are to be sent to: Michigan State University, Office of Gifted and Talented Programs, A Division of the Honors College, 186 Bessey Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1033. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2003.
For application forms and other details about this
program, please call Jenny McCampbell, Director of the Office of Gifted and Talented Education (517) 432- 2129. Questions about the curriculum for the program may be directed to John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator for the African Studies Center (517) 353-1700, or visit the website: www.msu.edu/user/gifted.
Five College African Scholars Residency Program The Five College African Scholars Program (USA) announces four and one-half month residency fellowships from January to May 2004 and August to December 2004. Junior and mid-level scholars, who are citizens of an African nation and who teach in African universities, are eligible to apply.
Proposals are invited for projects, based on the applicant's current research, which can be completed and prepared for publication during the residency. Projects may be in any discipline or interdisciplinary. They should be relevant to the study of Africa in the social sciences or the humanities and demonstrate a benefit to the scholar's home university. Because the program does not provide laboratory facilities, scientific proposals will be considered only if they are at the stage of reviewing data andscholarly literature in order to publish results.
Each fellow will be hosted by a faculty member at one of the Five College institutions - Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College or University of Massachusetts Amherst. Six fellowships will be awarded in 2004.
Provisions include a $3,000 stipend for each month in residence, airfare, laptop computer, housing, health insurance, access to libraries, office, and a modest research allowance. Information about the revised eligibility and selection criteria and the application form are in English or French at the website: http://www.fivecolleges.edu/asp If you would like materials sent by mail or e-mail, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by the deadline: May 15, 2003. The program is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Smith College, and Five Colleges, Inc. and its member institutions.
Special Fulbright Awards for HIV/AIDS Research for Faculty and Professionals Approximately five research awards will be given to Faculty or Professionals to conduct research in one country for 3 to 9 months or in two or three countries for 5 to 9 months. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on AIDS and AIDS-related problems as they impact Sub-Saharan Africa. Evidence of a scholarly research record after having obtained the terminal degree in the field of specialization is required.
Applicants should discuss their proposals with CIES Africa area staff and obtain the flyer "Information and Instructions for African Regional Research Program Applicants" online or from CIES. For details, visit the web site at: http://www.cies.org/cies/us_scholars/ The application deadline is August 1, 2003.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program - US Dept. of Education This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible. For complete details, visit: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/HEP/iegps/ddrap.html The new deadline is October 25, 2003.
Faculty Fulbright Awards Faculty Fulbright Awards have been announced available for Sub-Saharan and North Africa for 2004-05. Awards are available for lecturing and research in Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Below are the deadlines for all faculty awards:
Application Deadlines May 1, 2003 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program August 1, 2003 Fulbright traditional lecturing, lecturing/research and research awards worldwide January 1, 2004 NATO Advanced Research Fellowships and Institutional Grants
See details of awards, countries, and application forms for the 800 annual faculty awards at: http://www.cies.org/cies/us_scholars/
Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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