MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/12/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/12/99

Issue No. 6, Fall 1999
October 12, 1999
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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October 14

"Peril or Promise? Higher Education in Zambia," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Cornelius Pratt, Faculty (Dept. of Advertising, MSU) 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

"Exploring South African Workers' Culture and Art," Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag with John P. Beck, Faculty (School of Labor and Industrial Relations, MSU) 12:15 1:30 p.m., MSU Museum Auditorium.


New South African Scholar at MSU

We are happy to welcome Cyril D. Govender, a faculty member from the University of Durban-Westville, who recently arrived at MSU to join the Ph.D. program in Audiology. Mr. Govender, a Nelson Mandela Fellow at MSU, is in East Lansing as part of MSU's linkage with the University of Durban-Westville. At UDW he was chairperson of the Audiology Department and a leader in the Health Sciences faculty.

FLAS Fellowship Recipients

The following graduate students are the winners of the 1999-00 U.S. Department of Education Title VI, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship from the African Studies Center:

Penelope Ann Bender - (Teacher Education: Bambara)
Dawne Yvette Curry - (History: Zulu)
Andrew James Huddy - (Geography: Swahili)
Jacquelyn Beatrice Miller - (Forestry: Swahili)
Megan Grace Plyer - (Anthropology: Kinyarwanda)
Tricia Marie Redeker-Hepner - (Anthropology: Tigrinya)
Susan Marie Seitz - (Resource Development: Swahili)
Shylon Michele Smith - (Anthropology: Swahili)
Thomas Alan Smucker - (Geography: Kikuyu)
Shannon Heather Vance - (History: Wolof)

Refugee Services: Volunteers Wanted

Refugee services aims to provide comprehensive resettlement services, enabling refugees to become self sufficient as soon as possible after their arrival in Michigan. Over 7,000 refugees from 30 different countries live in the Greater Lansing Area and an additional 3,000 live in the outlying counties. The organization is currently seeking volunteers to teach basic survival English to refugees living in Lansing, no experience necessary, Refugee Services will train. Please contact: Sean Santos, Refugee Services, 2722 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 100B, Lansing, MI 48912; tel: (517) 484-1010.

Current Funding Opportunities

Academic Research Information System (ARIS) funding reports are available online through the MSU Libraries' grants and related resources homepage. MSU faculty, staff and students have access to the full text of each issue from a computer on campus at: The complete text of the September 10, 1999 issue of Creative Arts and Humanities Report lists 214 new funding opportunities with deadlines falling between October 15 and December 15, 1999. The September 24, 1999 issue of Social and Natural Sciences Report has information on 332 new academic funding opportunities. The Grant Advisor is a monthly newsletter providing grant and fellowship information of interest to academic faculty and graduate students. To review the table of contents for The Grant Advisor, visit Individual copies of each issue are also available for examination in the Foundation Collection located in the basement of the Michigan State University Main Library. For further information on grants and related resources, visit the MSU Libraries site at Or, contact Jon Harrison, MSU Libraries, (517) 355-6669;


ASA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

The annual meeting of the African Studies Association will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott from November 11-14, 1999. The hotel's deadline to guarantee conference room rates is October 19, 1999. To make hotel reservations at the Marriott, call (215) 625-2900 or (800) 320-5744; Fax: (312) 565-2648. For more information on registration details and panels, panelists, other hotel options, child-care, etc., visit: e/ASA_Menu.html.

Less Commonly Taught Languages Conference

The Third Annual Conference of the National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) will be held May 6-8, 2000 at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark Hotel in Rosslyn, Virginia. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers, roundtable panels and poster sessions. Each proposed presentation should address one or more of the following four conference themes: 1) Identifying learner needs, including testing, needs analysis, etc. 2) Programmatic responses to learner needs, including curriculum design, materials development, internship programs, teacher training, and program innovation, including immersion and study abroad programs. 3) Using educational technology for the LCTLs, including both design of materials and the innovative use of existing media. 4) Research into the learning and/or teaching of less commonly taught languages, including the application of other research models. The final deadline for receipt of proposals is November 1, 1999. Proposals should indicate the relevant conference theme and kind of presentation (paper, panel or poster session) in the upper left-hand corner, and the name of the presenter and the presenter's primary language(s) in the upper right-hand corner. The proposed title should not exceed ten words. Proposals may not exceed one page in length. All proposals for the NCOLCTL conference should be sent to the following address by hard copy or email: Frederick H. Jackson, NCOLCTL Conference Program Chair, School of Language Studies, Foreign Service Institute, 4000 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22207;

African Literature Association Annual Conference

The African Literature Association's 26th Annual (Millennial) Conference will be held at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, April 12-16, 2000. The conference theme is "Enduring Trends and New Directions in African Literatures: Theory and Praxis," but papers on other aspects of African literatures in African and European languages and of the African diaspora are also invited. Featured speakers are expected to include Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott and Aminata Sow Fall. The deadline for proposals is December 18, 1999. Forms for panel and paper proposals, pre-registration, and membership application/renewal and other information can be found at the conference web site. Visit:, where conference details will be continually updated. Or, contact: Arthur D. Drayton and I. Peter Ukpokodu, ALA 2000 CoConveners, African and African-American Studies, 104 Lippincott Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045-2107; Tel: (785) 864-3054; Fax: (785) 864-5330; or


Managing Wildlife in Kenya

The School for Field Studies (SFS) offers an interdisciplinary program on managing wildlife in Kenya. Undergraduates can study ecology, resource management and economics for either a semester (16 credits) or a summer (4 credits). SFS is dedicated to integrating hands-on fieldwork with an understanding of the scientific, social and economic factors defining critical environmental issues. For more information, contact: The School for Field Studies, 16 Broadway, Beverly, MA 01915; Tel: (800) 989-4435;


Resident Field Advisor in Zimbabwe

The Land Tenure Center is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to serve as its Resident Field Advisor on a technical assistance and research project in Zimbabwe. The position is for three years, and would begin in November 1999 or as soon thereafter as possible. The advisor should have received his/her degree in policy or a social science field and have a strong background in planning policy studies and land policy analysis. Strong quantitative and analytical skills and knowledge of GIS are advantageous. The advisor will need to have the interpersonal skills necessary to be an effective liaison among the Center, USAID and collaborating Government and other Zimbabwean institutions. The advisor will be involved in planning and implementing policy studies, in technical assistance delivery to Government and relevant NGOs, in preparation of workshops and training programs, in managing local subcontracts, and in monitoring implementation and periodically reporting on subcontracts and overall activity performance. Please email expressions of interest with CVs to: Dr. John Bruce at For more information on the Center, contact: BASIS Program Coordinator, Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison , 1357 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715; Telephone: (608) 262-5538;Fax:(608) 262-2141;;

African American History at Brooklyn College

The Africana Studies Department at Brooklyn College, CUNY has opened a tenure track search for an Assistant Professor of African American History. A required in either Urban Studies or African American History with an interest/concentration on the late 19th and 20th centuries. Send letter of interest and all other materials, including Vita, three letters of reference, writing sample or sample of publication to Professor Regine Latortue, Chair Africana Studies Department, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY 11210. Review begins on November 15, 1999.

African Languages and Literature at Rutgers

The Rutgers University Department of Africana Studies and Center for African Studies seek applications for the position of Assistant Professor in African Languages and Literature beginning Fall, 2000. The tenure track position is attached to the Department of Africana Studies, which is a multidisciplinary undergraduate department specializing in the history, politics and culture of Africa and the African diaspora. The successful candidate will also be expected to play an active role in the Center for African Studies, which coordinates Africa-related research, curricular and extracurricular activities for Rutgers faculty and students.

Teaching responsibilities will include courses in at least one West or Southern African language, as well as courses in African literature, linguistics and/or folklore, all within the Department of Africana Studies.

The successful applicant may be expected to gradually assume responsibilities for coordinating the African Languages and Literature Program. Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment. They must also demonstrate teaching effectiveness at the university level, and show evidence of active scholarship in appropriate disciplines. To be considered for this position, applicants should send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three referees by December 1, 1999 to Ernest F. Dunn, Chair, Department of Africana Studies, Rutgers University, Beck Hall Room 112, 99 Avenue E, Piscataway, New Jersey, 08854.

African History at Columbia

Columbia University seeks a historian of Africa for a non-tenured position. Preference will be given to candidates working on francophone West Africa. Letters of application, curriculum vitae and three letters by referees should be sent to Marcia Wright, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of History, Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. (Include an email address.) Review of applications will begin December 15, 1999.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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