MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 06/01/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 06/01/99

Issue No. 1, Summer 1999
June 1, 1999
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Visiting Scholar

The African Studies Center is honored to welcome Professor Jairam Reddy as a Visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar at MSU from April to October 1999. Dr. Reddy is South African and has held a number of academic positions there. He was the first South African Vice Chancellor to visit MSU and call for a linkage between University of DurbanWestville and MSU. Two of Dr. Reddy's recent publications are available from the INET Library: "Regional Consortia, Partnerships, Mergers and their Implications for the Transformation of the South African Higher Education System" and "The Incorporation of Colleges of Education into the Higher Education Sector: A Framework for Implementation." Dr. Reddy is being hosted by the Department of Education Administration and by the African Studies Center. His offce is located in 426 Erickson Hall, phone: 353-6676; email:

4th Annual Midwest Graduate Student
Conference in African Studies

The MSU graduate students in African Studies and the African Studies Center invite graduate students to the 4th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies. The conference will be held on September 10-12 at Michigan State University. Graduate papers in any field, at any level are accepted. This is an interdisciplinary conference meant to provide graduate students from all over the country, especially those from the Midwest, with an opportunity to present their work in a collegial and friendly atmosphere. There will also be forums addressing current issues of interest among graduate students in African Studies. A short abstract, not exceeding onehalf page single spaced, and a $10 registration fee may be submitted by June 15, 1999. Checks should be made payable to: Michigan State University. Do not include your name on the abstract; attach it to a page containing the paper's title; the author's name; institutional affliation; address, phone number, and/or email address. Completed papers will be due to panel discussants by August 23, 1999. For submission of abstracts and more information about registration and accommodation write to: 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 100 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035. Further queries may be directed to: Tim Carmichael, mrtim@mail.h, Ghislaine Lydon, lydon@mail.h, or Manelisi Genge,

African Grad Student Listserv - AFRGRAD-L

To encourage discussions among graduate students interested in African Studies, and to help plan the 4th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies, the organizers have established the AfrGrad-L listserv, an e-mail discussion list. The list is open to all graduate students interested in Africa and discussions are not limited to conference issues. AfrGradL will soon publish a webpage at To subscribe to AfrGrad-L, send the following command to subscribe afrgrad-l Firstname, Lastname, Institution.

International Photography Competition

MSU Offce of International Studies and Programs and the MSU Alumni Association are sponsoring the First Annual International Photography
Competition. They are in search of good, quality photos that artistically depict connections between MSU's mission and the rest of the world. Entry deadline is Wednesday, September 15, 1999. For more information, official competition rules, and entry form contact: MSU Office of International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, 207 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824- 1035; Phone: (517) 355-2350; website:

Spring Semester 2000 Study Abroad/Internships at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ)

"Agricultural, Environmental, and Land Use Systems" is a semester program designed for students in the agriculture, natural resources, and related areas who have a desire to learn more about Africa. Prior study of Africa is not required. Participating students take courses at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and transfer those credits to their degree program at their home institution. Dr. Eunice Foster, Coordinator of the program, will work closely with each student and the student's home institution in order to select courses at UZ that will transfer to meet requirements in the student's academic program. Program cost for tuition, room, board, and air travel is less than $6500 for MSU students. MSU students may apply for scholarships offered through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the office of Overseas Study at MSU. You do not need to be an MSU student to participate in the program; although tuition will be slightly higher for non-MSU students. To discuss the program please contact Dr. Eunice Foster, Coordinator, Crop and Soil Sciences, 160 Plant and Soil Science Building; phone: (517) 353-1784; e- mail:


New Website

AfricaBib is pleased to announce the opening of its new web site, WWW.AfricaBib.Org. It was
created as a way to freely disseminate information from two African studies databases as well as information on Africa from other sources. The site presently contains the following: Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic database. This work was originally begun in 1974 as an effort to index all the issues of each periodical/journal title and place them all in one source. There is also the Africana Women's Database which indexes everything the compiler can and published in English about African Women. If you know of any materials that are not in the index and deserve to be included, or have questions or comments, please contact Davis Bullwinkle at or phone: (501) 569-8521 or (501) 666-9048.


Conference to celebrate resurgence of African languages - Penn State University

Penn State will host a conference and festival titled "Against All Odds: African Languages and Literatures into the 21st Century," planned for January 11-17, 2000, in Asmara, Eritrea. The conference and festival will recognize the achievements of African languages and literatures in the 20th century and promote their continued growth and development into the 21st century. The conference will bring students, scholars, researchers, artists, activists, business and political leaders together to discuss the relation of African languages to such issues as global publishing,
telecommunications, and broadcast systems. The goals are to create broad-scale recognition of the achievements of African languages and literatures. For further information, please contact Deborah A. Benedetti at (814) 238-4895.


Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

Approximately 30 non-renewable fellowships of $20,000 will be granted for the academic year 2000/01. Applicants must be candidates for the doctoral degree in any field of study at a graduate school in the United States; however, applicants need not be citizens of the United States. The deadline for submitting applications is October 20, 1999. For more information contact the Spencer Foundation, 875 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3930, Chicago, IL 60611-1803; phone: (312) 337- 7000, or visit the following website:


Spring Semester 2000 Study Abroad/Internships at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ)

"Agricultural, Environmental, and Land Use Systems" is a semester program designed for students in the agriculture, natural resources, and related areas who have a desire to learn more about Africa. Prior study of Africa is not required. (See article under MSU announcements for details).


Subcommittee on Africa Work Opportunities

The House International Relations Committee (HIRC) on Africa is looking for students to assist with the running of its daily operations. Applicants should possess a genuine interest in Africa and a desire to learn about how Congress works. This internship will enable students to gain hands-on experience concerning the inner workings of the HIRC as well as garner knowledge about the development of US foreign policy, particularly as it applies to Africa.

Interns are responsible for monitoring African issues and preparing briefing materials for committee hearings. They will have the opportunity to attend these hearings and interact with foreign dignitaries during frequent briefing sessions and receptions. Other tasks include office management, greeting visitors from the diplomatic, NGO and US and foreign government communities, and assembling background information on current affairs affecting Africa. The Subcommittee accepts applications on a continual basis and encourages graduate students to apply. Work hours can be flexible, however all volunteers are expected to spend at least 15 hours in the office per week.

Potential applicants must be enrolled in an undergrad or graduate program and have a letter from their institution. If meeting interesting people, gaining knowledge about a fascinating and complex continent and learning more about the legislative branch of government appeals to you, please submit a cover letter and resume to: Charmaine Houseman, Subcommittee on Africa, 705 O'Neil Building, Washington, DC 20515; Telephone: (202) 226-7812 or (202) 225-7491.


2 positions: African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

Program Director Nairobi, Kenya

The AWF is seeking a Director for its Conservation, Economics and Commerce Program (CEC). The primary purpose of the CEC Program Director is to ensure that the AWF addresses key economics and commerce issues related to wildlife conservation in Africa; Design, implement, manage, and monitor AWF's program of CEC projects and activities; and advise AWF and its partner organizations on economics and commercial issues related to conservation. Requirements are a postgraduate qualification in business administration and/or resource economics, experience of working on conservation issues in Africa and a demonstrated commitment to AWF's mission, experience working at a senior level in the private sector, with a clear understanding of how private sector businesses work, excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and fluency in English is essential. (See next column for contact information).

Program Director Arusha, Tanzania

The AWF is seeking a Director for its Community Conservation Program. The primary purpose of the CC Program Director is to contribute to AWF's mission through a program which promotes the participation of diverse peoples and institutions in conservation, seek to understand and share key community development and social issues related to wildlife conservation in Africa. Requirements are a postgraduate qualification in community
development, rural sociology or some other field related to community conservation; experience with USAID and multilateral grants; and excellent leadership, people management, teamworking and motivational skills. Fluency in English essential, fluent French and Eastern African languages are an advantage. For inquiries or to apply, please forward resume and cover letter to: Jill Solomon, Global Recruitment Specialists, 96 Oakview Terrace, Short Hills, NJ 07078; Fax: (973) 379-7325; email:; Website:

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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