UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
Issue No. 11 - 1997-98
October 28, 1997
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/
AFRICANA EVENTS October 26-28, Sun. - Tues.
"Politics, Culture and Youth in the New Congo," A Symposium on Political Change in Africa sponsored by the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan.(See related article in conference section.)
October 30, Thursday
"International Food Laws: Implications for Africa" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Vincent Hegarty (Faculty, Food Industry Institute, MSU) and Rhonda Crackel (Faculty, Food Science and Human Nutrition, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.
October 31, Friday
"Reflections on Environment, National Parks, Conservation and People in Africa," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Janice Harper (Graduate Student, Anthropology) and Bill Derman (Faculty, Anthropology, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.
November 6, Thursday
"A Context for Post-colonial African Discourse," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Ebere Onwudiwe (Director, Center for African Studies, Central State University, Ohio), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.
November 7, Friday
"Image and Development: An Exploratory Discussion," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Ebere Onwudiwe (Director, Center for African Studies, Central State University, Ohio), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.
* * * "Africa Today: A Silent Recovery," Africa Cultural Festival Week (sponsored by the MSU African Student Union) * * *
October 30-31, Thurs. -Fri.
Display and sale of African cultural artifacts by vendors in the Lobbies of the International Center and Union Building.
October 30, Thursday
"Africa and the New World Order: A Silent Recovery?" Keynote Address by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (Renowned Kenyan Writer and Professor of Comparative Literature and Performance, New York University), Northwestern Room, Union Building, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
October 31, Friday
Sports Activities:Volleyball, Tug-of-War, Frisbee.Spartan Village Soccer Fields, 2:30-6:00 p.m.
Student Panel on the theme "Africa Today: A Silent Recovery" - Rukee Tjingaete, MSU Ph.D., Journalism, "African Image, Media and the Post Cold War Era";Agatha Awuah, Economics, "Demographic Trends in Contemporary Africa";Marie Mayoya, MSU Ph.D., Ed. Administration, "The Emerging Trends in Africa at the Dawn of the 21st Century." Spartan Village Community Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
November 1, Saturday
Soccer at the MacDonald Middle School Grounds, 2:00 p.m.
Culture Night and Dinner, MacDonald Middle School, Cafetorium, 1601 Burcham Ave., E. Lansing, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
November 2, Sunday
African Children's Day, Spartan Village Community Center, 2:30-6:00 p.m.
*For more information on these events, contact Somadoda Fikeni or Tangeni Iijambo at 355-2782.*
Global Festival '97
Global Festival ë97 will be held on Sunday, November 16, 1997 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. in the MSU Union Building.There will be many exhibits, performances and demonstrations by international students at MSU, who number more than 2,800.International foods and a supervised children's game area will also be available.The World Gift shop offers items for holiday giving, with the proceeds helping to provide scholarships for the spouses of MSU international students.Admission to Global Festival ë97, sponsored in part by Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP), is free.For more information, contact Lois Park, Festival Chairperson at 351-5106 or Dottie Schmidt, Publicity at 351-2812.Anyone with items to donate to the gift shop should contact Lois Sollenberger at 349-1862.
_Africa Update_, a newsletter of African Studies, is accessible at: <http://www.ccsu.edu/afstudy>.
_Africa Confidential_ has a web site at: <http://www.Africa-Confidential.com>.
New Internet sites on conflict and ethnicity in three African countries are now available from INCORE:Sierra Leone -<http://www.incore.ulst. ac.uk/cds/countries/sierraleone.html>; Liberia- <http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/cds/countries/ liberia.html> and Cote D'Ivoire - <http://www.incore. ulst.ac.uk/cds/countries/cdi. html>.
Ann Arbor Symposium on the New Congo
"Politics, Culture and Youth in the New Congo," is a symposium on October 26-28, 1997 sponsored by the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.This symposium on Political Change in Africa will feature a film festival of colonial and postcolonial features and documentaries; presentations by intellectuals, artists, and human rights activists; and discussion of the cultural production of politics and the recent upheavals in Central Africa.The symposium will be held in the Michigan Room, Michigan League with films in East Hall and the Natural Sciences Building.To register, obtain working papers or receive further information, contact:Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, 200 West Hall, University of Michigan, Tel:(313) 764-5513.
Africa on the Internet at ASA
The Electronic Technology Group of the African Studies Association (ASA), in collaboration with the office of the Emerging Technologies at the Ohio State University (OSU), will sponsor an Internet workshop on the " Uses of Information Technology in Teaching about Africa" on November 11, 1997. The workshop will take place at the OSU computer lab in Columbus.Teachers, librarians and the general public interested in information about Africa on the Internet are welcome to participate in the workshop.There is a $25 pre-registration fee for attending this ETG-OSU workshop; On-site registration is $30.Pre-registration for both the ETG-OSU workshop and the Teachers' Workshop is $40.Address pre- registration inquiries to: Ali Dinar, African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, 642 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305.Tel: (215) 898-6610;Fax:(215) 573-8130;<aadinar @mail.sas.upenn.edu>.Or, contact:Lois Ann McAdoo, University Technology Services, Ohio State University, Tel:(614) 292-5901.
African Educational Research Symposium
"Africa's Youth:Looking to the Future" is the theme of the 13th Annual African Educational Research Symposium at Ohio University on February 6-7, 1998.The Keynote Speaker for the conference will be Aslam Fataar (University of the Western Cape) and co-editor of Education After Apartheid (1997).Paper proposals are now being accepted for presentation at the conference.Graduate student researchers from African countries are particularly encouraged to present papers and/or to come and interact with other African researchers.For more information, contact:Yoby Guindo, College of Education, McCracken Hall, Athens, OH 45701; <email@example.com>.
History of American Foreign Relations
The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites submissions for its Twenty-fourth Annual Conference to be held in College Park, Maryland on June 18-20, 1998.Proposals are welcomed from historians and scholars in related disciplines dealing with the broadest range of topics in international history and foreign policy.Preference will be given to proposals for complete panels and roundtables.Please send proposals--including a one-page abstract for each paper, a current, one-page c.v. for each participant, and current mailing and e-mail addresses for each participant--to:Professor Chester Pach, Chair, SHAFR Program Committee, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio45701.Tel:(614) 593-4362; Fax:(614) 593-0097;<pach@ ouvaxa.cats.ohiou.edu>.The deadline for submission of proposals is December 4, 1997.
Harvard African Humanities Institute
The Harvard African Humanities Institute is a joint project of the Harvard Committee on African Studies and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research. With the generous assistance of the Rockefeller Foundation, it brings scholars based in institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa to Harvard for one or two semesters during the academic year. Applications for appointment as visiting fellows are invited from African-based scholars in the fields of anthropology, art, history, demography, literary studies, music, philosophy and political economy. Only scholars based in Sub-Saharan African institutions are eligible to apply.Applicants are requested to submit a proposal of research and writing for the period of their fellowship at Harvard which addresses the central aims of the Humanities Institute.Fellows will participate in an ongoing Humanities Institute Faculty Seminar, the Harvard Africa Seminar and the DuBois Institute Colloquium Series.The application deadline is January 15, 1998.For more information, contact: Dr. Rita Breen, Committee on African Studies, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room 202, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138.Tel: (617) 495-5265;Fax: (617) 496-5183;<cafrica@fas. harvard.edu>.
Postcolonial Literature and Theory - MSU
The Department of English at Michigan State University seeks an Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Literature and Theory for a tenure-track position. Candidates should have expertise in postcolonial literature and theory with qualifications in comparative modernisms, and additional strengths in one or more of the following areas: diaspora studies and modern/contemporary world literature in English, Caribbean literature and literature of the Americas, modern/contemporary British literature.To apply, send a letter and current c.v.(including the names of at least three references) to Patrick O'Donnell, Chair, Department of English, 201 Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 48824-1036. The deadline is November 10, 1997.The department URL is: <http://pilot.msu.edu /unit/engdept/>.
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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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