UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
TUESDAY BULLETIN, SPRING NO. 12, APRIL 2, 1996
AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER, EAST LANSING, MI 48824-1035
Major subheadings: events, MSU announcements, other announcements, Africa-related courses at MSU, conferences, grants, fellowships, scholarships, jobs
April 2, Tuesday, University of Michigan, "The Democratic Transition in Africa: Nine Case Studies" Faculty Research Seminar series sponsored by the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, with Boubacar Barry (Visiting Professor in CAAS, History, and the International Institute, University of Michigan). 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., 214 West Engineering Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Call (313) 764-5513.
April 4, Thursday, "Repatriation of Eritrean Refugees from the Sudan" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Hagos Kafil (Business Consultant, Kalamazoo, Michigan), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.
April 5, Friday, Hyena's, film produced and directed by Djibril Diop Mambety. African Film Festival: Africa's Africa: Films by and about Africans, 7:00 p.m. in 128 Natural Science Building. Free and the public is invited. Discussion following the film.
Apr. 8-12, Monday - Friday, "Religion in America" seminar sponsored by the Department of History and the African Studies Center, with twelve Visiting African Scholars.
April 10, Wednesday, "Insights into the Tijaniyya Order in the 19th and 20th Centuries," 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Visiting African Scholars on the panel include: Fatima Harrak, Assimi Kouanda, and Mai Korema Zakari, with Ousmane Kane presiding. (See related article in "MSU Announcements.")
April 11, Thursday, "What Nigerians Want" African Studies Center Brown Bag with MSU Visiting Scholar Ike Iyioke (feature writer with "The Guardian Newspapers Ltd.") 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.
April 11, Thursday, "Mauritania and Senegal: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives," a panel presentation, will be held 3:00 - 5:00 p.m, in Spartan Room C, International Center. Visiting African Scholars on the panel include Ibrahima Sall, Abdel Wedoud Ould Cheikh, and Penda Mbow, with MSU Professor David Robinson, presiding. (See related article in MSU Announcements).
April 12, Friday, "Moroccan Women Through Ben Jalloun's Fiction" SID Luncheon seminar with Majat Sebti (Professor of English, University Muhammad V, Rabat, and Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.
April 12, Friday, Reception Honoring the African Scholars visiting MSU for the Religion in America seminar. 3:00 p.m. in Spartan Room B, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.
April 15-20, Monday - Saturday, Africa toward the 21st Century: Vision, Problems and Prospects African Cultural Week. On April 15-19 there will be a display and video presentation in the International Center lobby, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 16, Tuesday, "The Gender Dimension of Poverty" African Studies Center Special Guest Seminar with Anna Mupawaenda (Administrator of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Zimbabwe) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room B, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.
April 17, Wednesday, African, African-American Students Discussion on Issues Facing Africa. African Culture Week presentation, 12:00 noon, Spartan Rooms B & C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Discussion participants include Sarah Mkonza (Ph.D student, English, MSU) Bernard Kupfuma (Ph.D student, Agricultural Economics, MSU), Monica Lee (President, Black Student Alliance), Geneva Smitherman (English Professor, MSU), Rukee Tjingaete (Ph.D student, Communication, MSU) and Folu Ogundimu (Professor, Journalism, MSU) as moderator.
April 18, Thursday, Africa toward the 21st Century: Vision, Problems and Prospects" African Studies Center Brown Bag during the African Cultural Week, 12:00 noon in Spartan Rooms B & C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Keynote Speaker will be Ngwarsungu Chiwengo (Associate Professor, English, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama), and a panel discussion with panel participants to include Bella Mody (Professor, Telecommunication, MSU), Mike Bratton (Professor, Political Science, MSU), and moderated by Yacob Fisseha (Assistant Director, African Studies Center.
April 18, Thursday, "Resistance and Resettlement in the Zambezi Valley" Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series with Bill Derman (Professor, Anthropology, and Associate Director of Research, African Studies Center) 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., 114 Berkey Hall.
April 19, Friday, Africa, Vision, Problems and Prospects, African Cultural Week seminar hosted by the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and the African Student Union at 3:00 p.m. in Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Dr. Tom Carroll (CASID Director) will introduce the speakers, Carl Eicher (Professor, Agricultural Economics, MSU) and Mandivamba Rukini (Professor, Agricultural Economics, University of Zimbabwe and Visiting Professor, MSU) who will speak on Land Distribution in Africa Versus Population Pressure. Kande Yumkella (Professor, Agricultural Economics, MSU) will serve as moderator.
April 19, Friday, Allah Tantou (God's Will), film produced and directed by David Achkar. African Film Festival: Africa's Africa: Films by and about Africans, 7:00 p.m. in 128 Natural Science Building. Free and the public is invited. Discussion following the film.
April 20, Saturday, African Cultural Night: Dinner, Dance and Fashion Show at the MacDonald Middle School, East Lansing, Michigan. The evening's events will include Amka, African American Dance Group; a poetry reading, the Sankofa Children's Performance, the Langeli Dance Group, a fashion show, the Gamboot Dance Group, the Caribbean Dance Group, and a Mau Mau Dance.
Dr. David Wiley (Sociology and Director, the African Studies Center) will introduce the keynote speaker, Dr. Lee June (Vice President for Student Affairs, MSU). Closing remarks will be made by Malik Balla (Professor, Linguistics, MSU, and African Student Union advisor), and Gaston Dembele (Ph.D. student, Telecommunication and Education, and African Student Union Acting President).
Tickets: Individuals: $10; Couples: $15. Children under 5: Free. Tickets will be available from the African Studies Center (517) 353-1700, or from: Mr. Dembele: 355-0784, Mr. Gichana: 353-7952; Ms. Pindi: 355-1006, Ms. Angela: 355-0945, Mr. Mayo: 353-6824, Mr. Sistrunk: 353-6889, or Mr. Ezabele: 355-2757. There will be a free party after the Cultural night. The venue will be announced.
April 25, Thursday, "Pastoral Development in Uganda: An Overview of Karamoja Region" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Peter Otim (Staff, Center for Basic Research, Uganda and Visiting Scholar, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.
"Religion in America" is the title of a symposium that will be held at Michigan State University on April 8 - 12, 1996. In attendance will be 12 African scholars (see "Tuesday Bulletin #9", March 12, 1996) who will be in the United States for two weeks due to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and USIA.
VISITING SCHOLARS AT MSU
Mandivamba Rukuni is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Zimbabwe, and is a Visiting Professor in the Agricultural Economics at MSU. In November 1995, Rukuni and Carl Eicher (University Distinguished Professor, Agricultural Economics) gave an ASC Brown Bag, "Reflection on Agricultural Reform and Capacity Building in South Africa" at which they discussed South Africa's new Reconstruction Development Program and the proposed agricultural reforms and investments in capacity building. Boubacar Barry is a Professor of History at the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. He is well known as an author and has taught for many years in Dakar, worked as an Associate Director of CODESRIA, and recently completed a massive study of democracy and national integration in 9 African countries in conjunction with Michael Bratton (Professor, Political Science, MSU) and other Africanists. Dr. Barry gave an ASC Brown Bag on March 19, 1996 on "A Survey of the Historiography of Senegambia: the Slave Trade, Ecology, Regional Integration, the Desert Frontier, and Islam," at which he reviewed some of the debates and findings about critical issues in the interpretation of the history of the Senegambian region.
Dr. Dejene Aredo is an Associate Professor of Economics at Addis Ababa University and is currently a Fulbright Scholar working on his research monograph, entitled "Work, Leisure and Institutions in Peasant Agriculture." His study focuses on problems of labor utilization in Africa in general, and Ethiopia in particular. Dr. Aredo gave an ASC Brown Bag on March 14, 1996, "Work, Leisure and Institutions in Peasant Agriculture," in which he introduced his work with emphasis on mythological problems and highlighted some of his tentative findings.
Dr. Vimbai G. Chivaura is a Professor of English at the University of Zimbabwe and is a Visiting Professor at SUNY, UCLA and Claremont Graduate School, California. Dr. Chivaura gave an ASC Brown Bag on March 26, 1996, "Zimbabwean Society, Culture and Development" in which he focused on post-independent Zimbabwe. He discussed different social groups in Zimbabwe and how they are benefiting from the process of independence.
Ike Iyioke has been a feature writer with The Guardian Newspapers, Ltd. since 1991. He earned his M.Sc. in International Relations from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Iyioke taught for three years (1988-1991) at the College of Education, in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria. Iyioke will give an ASC Brown Bag on Thursday, April 11, "What Nigerians Want" in which he will focus on Nigerian leadership, where it went wrong in the course of history, and how to retrace its steps and reclaim Nigeria's battered image.
Anna Mupawaenda currently administers the newly incorporated Institute of Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. Her academic background includes a B.Sc. in Sociology and an M.Ed. in Adult Education. Mupawaenda will give an ASC Special Guest Seminar on Tuesday, April 16, 1996 "The Gender Dimension of Poverty."
Peter Otim is a researcher at the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, Uganda. He has a BA in Sociology from Makarere University in Kampala. Otim is presently a SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Program Visiting Scholar at MSU. His research at MSU is entitled, "Pastoralism and Violence: The Case of Karamoja (Uganda)." Otim will give an ASC Brow Bag on April 25, 1996, "Pastoral Development in Uganda: An Overview of Karamoja Region."
Date: Sat, 30 Mar 96 21:59:39 EST Message-Id: <9603310259.AA11098@serv1.cl.msu.edu> From: Judith Lessard <21248JL@ibm.cl.msu.edu> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin, Spring No. 12, April 2, 1996
Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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