Tuesday Bulletin No. 11

Tuesday Bulletin No. 11

Issue No. 11, Fall 1999
November 16, 1999
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
For back issues, see archive



November 18, Thursday

"Prospects and Constraints to Capital Market Integration in Eastern and Southern Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Kenneth Mwenda, Staff (World Bank), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 19, Friday

"Prospects and Challenges to the Development of Emerging Capital Markets," CASID Brown Bag luncheon with Dr. Kenneth Mwenda, 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 19, Friday

One-Day Michigan Summit on Africa Conference. 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit, MI. Contact: Reverend Mangedwa Nyathi or Ms. Tracy Kesler at (313) 861-1200 to register. Space is limited to 250 participants. (See Conferences for more details).


FLAS Fellowships

A) Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in African languages and area studies at MSU are available from the U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Application forms are available from the African Studies Center. The initial deadline is February 18, 2000, however, fellowships can be awarded any time after this date. Applications will be considered until March 31, 2000, although all fellowships may have been awarded by that date.

B) Intensive Swahili Summer 2000 Program will be held from June 19 to July 21, 2000 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. This five-week Intensive Summer Program in Swahili will be preceded by a three day gratis seminar on East Africa, June 15-17. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Swahili (AFR 101A & 102A) and Intermediate Swahili (AFR 201A & 202A), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five weeks; and Advanced Swahili (AFR 450A), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five weeks.

The three-day workshop on East African culture for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in East Africa will be offered June 15- 17, 2000. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in East African countries. Swahili Intensive Summer Program participants are required to participate in this workshop.

The Summer program will be directed by Prof. Deogratias Ngonyani, Faculty at Michigan State University, who specializes in the linguistics of Swahili and other Bantu languages.

A limited number of FLAS fellowships will be offered to Intermediate and Advanced Swahili students. Application forms both for the Swahili Institute and the FLAS fellowship are available from the Center.

For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or Email:


CD Rom on East Africa

An educational CD Rom on East Africa will be available by December, 1999. It will combine still photos, videos, interviews, music, and human experience, placed within an educational context. For more information contact Elmer Hawkes at: or visit the web site:

Free OnLine Journal

The Journal of Language and Popular Culture in Africa (LPCA) is a new, free, on-line journal published at the LPCA web site. The Journal of Language and Popular Culture in Africa will publish data-centered studies on all aspects of African popular culture mediated by language. The Journal welcomes contributions from all relevant disciplines (anthropology, (socio) linguistics, folklore, sociology, history, literature, etc.) Publication of the first issue of the Journal is scheduled for late Spring 2000. Please send manuscripts to: Journal of Language and Popular Culture in Africa, Vincent A. de Rooij, Editor in Charge, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, O.Z. Achterburgwal 185, 1012 DK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The LPCA Web Site...
Language and Popular Culture in Africa (LPCA) is a web site that aims to document and further the study of expressions of popular language and culture in Africa. LPCA makes available texts that serve as the medium of African popular culture and are at the same time part of this culture. For more information on the LPCA site and how to make contributions, you may visit:


One-Day Michigan Summit on Africa Conference The Michigan Summit on Africa Conference is scheduled for Friday, November 19, 1999 from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, MI. Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick will deliver the keynote address. There will be discussions on: Selection of Michigan Delegation to the National Summit on Africa in February 2000; The National Summit on Africa's "Dialogue and Celebration of Africa, Africa and America: Partners in the New Millennium;" African Democracy and Human Rights; Economic Development, Trade and Investment, and Job Creation; Education and Culture: Peace and Security; and Sustainable Development, Quality of Life, and the Environment.

The Registration fee is $25.00 (made payable to "Hartford Agape House") and the deadline is November 19, 1999. Registration forms can be downloaded at: tration.htm. Please direct questions and registration fees to: Rev. Mangedwa Nyathi or Ms. Tracy Kesler, Michigan Africa Summit, Hartford Agape House, 18515 James Couzens Drive, Detroit, MI 48235; Tel: (313) 861-1200.

5th Annual Midwest Graduate Student
Conference in African Studies - Indiana Univ.

The Graduate Students in African Studies and the African Studies Program at Indiana University at Bloomington are pleased to extend an open invitation to all graduate students to participate in the 5th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies to be held in Bloomington, Indiana from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2, 2000. This is an interdisciplinary conference that is intended to provide an opportunity for graduate students at all levels of their careers to present their work in a friendly and collegial atmosphere. Graduate student participants from any college or university are welcome, but those from mid western institutions are particularly encouraged to participate. We are seeking graduate papers from any field, whether social sciences, humanities, natural and applied sciences, or law.

The contributions for the conference are flexible. Some examples would be: research proposals and papers; preliminary results of research/field data; methodological, theoretical, or conceptual papers; thesis and dissertation chapters, either in process or complete; term papers, etc. Submissions: Please submit a short (half-page) abstract, single-spaced, and a $5 registration fee (checks should be made payable to: Indiana University) by December 15, 1999. Please be sure to include your name on the abstract and attach it to the page containing the following: the paper title, author's name, institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and your email address. Panel, paper sessions, or roundtable proposals are also encouraged. Presentations should be a maximum of 15-20 minutes in length. Please send submissions to: 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Program, Indiana University, Woodburn 221, Bloomington, IN 47405.

For accommodations, every effort will be made to find participants free lodging with another IU graduate student, but in the event that this is not possible, costs of on-campus housing will be minimal. For details, visit: Queries may also be addressed by email to: Leslie Fadiga Stewart:, Amadou Fofana:, Liz McMahon:, or Tristan Purvis:


International Winter School 2000 - South Africa

The International Winter School (IWS) at the University of Natal is now accepting applications for the International Winter School 2000. The session starts on June 17 and will run to August 5, 2000. The following courses are being offered: Culture and Diversity in the Rainbow Nation, Service Learning, Policy Issues and Community Service, African Art, Post-Apartheid Fictions, and Zulu Language and Culture. For brochures, application forms or additional information, contact Andrea Gommans via or write: International Winter School, University of Natal, Durban 4041, SOUTH AFRICA; Phone: +27 (0) 31 260 2677; Fax: +27 (0) 31 260 2136; or visit the website at:


Assistant Professor - Northwestern University

The Department of Economics and the Program of African Studies announce an opening for the joint appointment of a tenure track Assistant Professor with research interests in Africa to begin September 2000. Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Department of Economics, and participation in the interdisciplinary Program of African Studies. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. degree in economics. Primary consideration will be evidence of outstanding research record with demonstrated interests in Africa. Mail current curriculum vitae, examples of written work and three letters of recommendations regarding teaching and research to: The Junior Recruitment Committee, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208. Applications should be received before December 1, 1999.

Assistant Professor - Rutgers University

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. The successful applicant may be expected to gradually assume responsibilities for coordinating the African Languages and Literature Program. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and demonstrate teaching effectiveness at the university level. Please 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, NJ 08854.

African History/Director - Kalamazoo College

A tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level is available to begin fall 2000. Ph.D. or evidence of imminent completion is required. Candidates are expected to have high aptitude for and interest in undergraduate teaching, a commitment to the liberal arts, and a desire to involve undergraduates in scholarship both in and out of the classroom. The successful candidate will teach a two-course African history sequence, a third course in his/her field of specialization, and another Africa-related social science course. A two-course release from academic responsibilities will provide time for the individual to fulfill the following responsibilities as Director: organize an Africa lecture and event series, oversee the development of the Africa-oriented curriculum and engage in institutional community outreach. Application deadline is December 15, 1999. Send curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable), a detailed statement of teaching philosophy and goals, and three letters of recommendation to John Wickstrom, Chair, Department of History, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar,