MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/19/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/19/99

Issue No. 7, Fall 1999
October 19, 1999
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive



October 20-23, Wed. - Sat.

Africa Culture Week at MSU. This year's theme is: "Africa, Globalization and the New Millenium." (Activities are listed under MSU Announcements).

October 21, Thursday

"Constitutional Developments in Africa: An Examination of Some Malignant Problems for Freedom of Expression and Mass Media Development," Studies Center Brown Bag with Chris Ogbondah (Professor of Journalism, Univ. of Northern Iowa)12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

Wild, Live and Exotic Animal Exhibit, 12 noon - 2:00 p.m., International Center Lobby. Sponsored by the African Student Union as part of the African Culture Week. Plus, African clothing and artifacts are also being sold at the MSU Union and the International Center lobby on October 21 and 22nd, and at MacDonald Middle School on October 23rd.

October 22, Friday

Faculty Roundtable discussion on African Universities Renaissance Initiative, 3:00 p.m., Room 204, International Center. (See MSU Announcements for further details).

October 28, Thursday

"North Africa as Barbary, 1500-1900: Imagined Community and Toponymic Politics," African Studies Brown Bag with Lotfi Ben Rejeb, Professor (American History and Literature, Univ. of Tunis, Tunisia) 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.


African Universities Renaissance Initiative

A Faculty Roundtable is scheduled for Friday, October 22, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 204 of the International Center. The public is invited to participate in this very crucial discussion to launch a three-year project on the African Universities Renaissance Initiative. A draft paper entitled "Reviving the African University and the Challenges of the Future," is available at the African Studies Center, Room 100 of the International Center. You are invited to read the paper and prepare to make comments and suggest changes during the discussion. Active participation in this initiative at all levels (local, national and international levels) of conversation on the problems of Africa's higher education is welcome. For further information, please contact: Assefa Mehretu, Geography, 353-9739; email:, or Folu Ogundimu, Journalism, 353-6459; email:

Africa Culture Week

The Africa Culture Week is scheduled for October 20 23, 1999. Planned activities include: Thursday, October 21 Student Panel Discussion on Current issues in Africa, MSU Union; Friday, October 22 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amii Omara-Otunnu, Professor of History, Executive Director, Univ. of Connecticut African National Congress, Director of Comparative Human Rights Project, Gold Room, MSU Union, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23 Culture Night Performances at MacDonald Middle School, located at 1601 Burcham Dr.; Sunday, October 24 Movies, 4:00 9:00 p.m. Exact venues and times of events will be finalized and posted by October 20th. Please direct inquiries to the African Student Union President, Luvuyo Lalendle at his email:

Transport to ASA Annual Meeting

The African Studies Center is organizing transportation by van to the ASA Annual meeting in Philadelphia November 11-14, 1999. Interested riders should stop by the Center and speak to Melissa Jeffries as soon as possible. For conference information or inquiries, visit: ge/ASA_Menu.html.


African Online Publications

Legacy is a leading magazine covering social, cultural and educational issues in Africa. Legacy is recommended for scholars and business executives interested in African studies, business development, technologies, health and jobs. Visit the magazine online at Or, contact Ed Hiheta,

West Africa Review is a new ejournal available at The CoEditors are Ibrahim Abdullahi, Nkiru Nzegwu, Tejumola Olaniyan, and Olufemi Taiwo. For more information about West Africa Review visit the Africa Resource Center at


Women's Forum in Morocco

The International Women's Forum will be held in Morocco from November 3-8, 1999. For more information on panels and workshops, visit Or, contact: Fawzia Talout, General Director, International Women's Forum, P.A 6 CitÈ de l'Air CasaAnfa, Maroc; Tel: (212) (2) 903448; Fax: (212) (2) 915562;

Dialogue and Celebration of Africa

The National Summit on Africa will sponsor a Dialogue and Celebration of Africa from February 16-20, 2000 in Washington, D.C. The theme of the summit is "Africa and America: Partners in the New Millennium." Thousands of citizens from grassroots organizations, academia, the business sector and faith communities will join policy-makers and world leaders for the first-ever National Summit on Africa. Participants at this comprehensive nationwide meeting will develop a plan for future USAfrica relations. For more information on the program, contact: Leonard H. Robinson, Jr., National Summit on Africa, 1218 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036; Tel: (202) 861-8644; Fax: (202) 861-8645;

African Linguistics at Boston University

The 31st Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 2000) will be held at Boston University March 25, 2000. On the evening of March 3rd the Kenyan writer and activist Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong'o will deliver the plenary lecture. Abstracts are welcome for talks in all areas of applied and theoretical linguistics concerned with African languages. ACAL 2000 has two categories of abstracts with different deadlines. The first category is competitively reviewed abstracts that will be ranked anonymously for a limited number of slots, depending on the topic area. These abstracts, for 30 minute talks, must be received by December 31, 1999. Unless requested otherwise, abstracts not accepted for the 30 minute talks will automatically be considered for the second category of general session abstracts. The deadline for receipt of abstracts in the second category is January 31, 2000. For more information, contact: ACAL 2000 organizers John Hutchison, Chege Githiora, Victor Manfredi, Heather Littlefield, African Studies Center, 270 Bay State RD, Boston MA 02215; Fax: (617) 353-4975; (Email is not recommended for abstracts making intensive use of special characters or diacritics.) Pre-registration fees are discounted until January 31, 2000.


African History University of Natal, Durban

The History Program at the University of Natal, Durban is seeking to appoint a historian specializing in African history, outside South Africa. The successful applicant should have or be about to complete a doctorate degree and will be expected to develop and teach courses in African, Social and Intellectual history at undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in the general academic and administrative duties of the Program. This will be a contract appointment for a period of two years. The process of selection will commence on October 22, 1999 and will cease only after the vacancy has been filled. Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae, together with the names, full addresses, fax numbers and email address of three referees, to Human Resources Administration, University of Natal, Durban 4041, South Africa; Tel: (27) (0)31 260 3306; Fax: (27) (0) 31 260 2139;; (Reference No. D88/99).

Swahili Lecturer at Yale University

Yale University invites applications for a full time lecturer in African languages beginning July 2000. Primary responsibilities include teaching beginning and advanced levels of spoken and written Swahili, with limited additional coursework in additional African languages, linguistics or African literature. Preferred candidates should have fluent conversational and writing skills, a M.A. or Ph.D. in a relevant field, demonstrated ability and enthusiasm for in-class language instruction and expertise in second language acquisition. Language teaching experience and publications are also desirable, as is familiarity with computeraided language instruction methods. The position is for three years. The application deadline is October 31, 1999. Send a letter of application and c.v. to Ann Bierstekeer, Director of the Program in African Languages, P.O. Box 208206, New Haven, CT 06520- 8206. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to the same address.

Anthropology University of Florida

The University of Florida's Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in cultural anthropology to commence August 2000. The department seeks an expert on sub-Saharan Africa with Ph.D. at time of application and a strong record of publications, grants, and teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with the Center for African Studies and other interdisciplinary programs on campus, and have an active ethnographic research program that bridges local-national developments to processes of globalizations, in one or more of the following areas: ecology, gender, health, politics, and refugee and migration studies. Women, minority candidates, and handicapped scholars are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is November 1, 1999. Please send an application including a letter outlining research interests and academic expertise, CV, and names, telephone numbers, paper and email addresses of three references to Chair, Cultural Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, P.O. Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305.

Anthropology University of Connecticut

The Institute for African-American Studies and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut invite applications for a joint tenure-track position at the assistant professor level beginning August 2000. The university seeks an anthropologist with research and teaching interests in African cultures or culture history. Area of theoretical expertise is open, but ethnohistorical, ecological, archaeological and medical approaches are particularly welcomed. Candidates must have an active field research program and publications, and should have demonstrated a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on sub-Saharan Africa. In research and in teaching, the successful candidate will address significant questions in African ethnology or culture history and related issues in African-American Studies, in historical perspective and/or in the contemporary context. Teaching assignments will include an introductory anthropology course, upper-division undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars. Women and members of minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send a letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references before December 15, 1999, to Sally McBrearty, Chair, Search Committee, Africanist position, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269; Tel: (860) 486-2857; Fax: (860) 486-1719.

African Roots at George Washington University

The Department of Anthropology at George Washington University is looking for someone to teach African archaeology this spring in a course titled "African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe." Interested scholars who will be in the Washington, D.C. area should contact Alison S. Brooks, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University, 2112 G Street, NW, Washington DC 20052; Tel: (202) 994-6075; Fax: (202) 994-6097.

Political Scientist at Mississippi State

The Department of Political Science and the Center for International Security and Strategic Studies at Mississippi State University are looking for a political scientist to fill a one year position beginning August 16, 2000. The qualified candidate should be able to teach Third World Politics, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Honors International Relations and another upper division comparative politics class. A separate duty involves assisting the Director for the Center for International Security and Strategic Studies to pursue Africa-related external funding opportunities. Interested candidates should contact Paul J. Kaiser, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Mississippi State University, P.O. Box PC, Mississippi State, MS 39762; Tel: (601) 325-7860; Fax: (601) 325-2716;


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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