MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/07/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/07/99

Issue No. 1, Fall 1999
September 7, 1999
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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September 19-24, Sun - Fri

Dissertation Writing Workshop with Dr. Dorothy Duff Brown.Sponsored by the Graduate School:Limited space each day, free meal and free parking, held at the Kellogg Center.Contact Mikala Keating by September 10 to or phone: 353-3231.Include your name, phone number, department, and college.

September 23, Thursday

1999 Fall Study Abroad Fair, 12:00 noon6:00 p.m., Second floor of the MSU Union.One-stop opportunity to learn about the wide array of MSU programs, and to meet and speak with faculty knowledgeable about the programs.For more information contact Ms. Inge Steglitz in the Office of Study Abroad at 353-8920.


African Film and Video Workshop Atlanta, Georgia, October 7-9, 1999

The African Media Program at MSU and Clark-Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College present: "African Film and Video in the Social Science Curriculum."The objective of the workshop is to introduce college faculty to quality films and videos with African subject matter and provide strategies for including these materials into introductory, interdisciplinary social science curricula. This workshop is made possible by the support of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. There is opportunity for 40 eligible participants from the greater Atlanta area to receive materials and meals free.Others are welcome to attend; however they are responsible for the cost ofmaterials and meals. Registration is free to all. For registration and further information contact: Tama Hamilton-Wray in the African Media Program at: (517) 432-0057; fax: (517) 432-1209 or email: deadline is September 23, 1999.

Course Announcements Fall 1999

AEC 861"Agriculture in Economic Development" AEC 861 is normally offered in Fall Semester, and taught by Prof. Tom Reardon. Since Prof. Reardon will be on sabbatical leave this Fall, Prof. Rick Bernsten has agreed to teach the course. To give Prof. Bernsten enough time to prepare for this, we need to know very soon how many students would be interested in taking the course. Please let Prof. Bernsten or Sherry Rich know as soon as possible if you are definitely interested in taking AEC 861 this Fall. The next scheduled offering of the course will be Fall 2000.

HST 362 "West Africa and the African-American Connection" is being offered by Professor David Robinson.Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 2:20 p.m. This course is designed as a foundation for Comparative Black History and as a key to understanding African history.It examines the politics, economy and culture of West African societies during the period from about 1500 to the end of the pre-colonial period.For more details contact Professor David Robinson, 104 Berkey or 318 Morrill Hall; phone:353-8898; email: Office hours are Wednesday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Virtual University Class (Every Semester) RD 876, "International Rural Development" is a course designed for people who care about improvement in human condition in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It is offered as a web-based course every semester.This "live" seminar is taught by Professor George H. Axinn, Professor Emeritus.The course is offered as a graduate credit course, for three credit hours, and as a non-credit course.Individuals in development agencies in Africa, who have access to the Internet, are encouraged to enroll.Preview the class on the web at: or contact Professor Axinn via email at:; or fax: (517) 353-8994.

Course Revision EC 414, "Economic Analysis: Sub-Saharan Africa," taught by Professor John Strauss has been moved.from Fall 1999 to Spring 2000.For more information about this change, contact: Professor John Strauss, Economics Department, 102 Old Botany; phone: 355-1863; email:

Political Science 853 "The Political Economy of Development," is being offered by Professor Nicolas van de Walle. The seminar surveys the major policy issues in the developing world today and the political economy literature.The class will focus on different theories of economic change, distribution politics, the economic role of the state, the politics of reform and the relationship between regime type and development.For more information contact Professor van de Walle at 353-8486 or email:

Political Science 392-2 The Department of Political Science is offering "Women and Politics: An International Perspective." The focus of the course is to study women and politics in comparative, feminist and cross-cultural (western and non-western) perspectives in Africa, Latin America, Asia and West Indies.Classes are Monday and Wednesday, room 207 Berkey Hall, 3:004:50 p.m.. For further details, contact the instructor, Chandra Mudaliar at 355-7925; or email: Upperlevel African scholars are strongly encouraged to take this course.

Anthropology 431 "Gender, Environment and Development," is the title of this course being offered to upper level undergraduate and graduate students.This seminar examines the relationship among processes of environmental change, development and gender differentiation in contemporary anthropological and other social science literature. Course content includes readings on Africa, Latin America, Asia and the U.S.Meeting time and place is Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:50 p.m., room 321 Baker Hall.For further information contact the instructor: Dr. Anne Ferguson, Dept. of Anthropology, 353-5040;

Fall 1999"African Literature" and Spring 2000"Literature Studies: African and Diaspora"ENG 363 "African Literature," a course on African, Caribbean and African American Literature is being taught this fall on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00 4:20 and ENG 463"Literature Studies Africa and Diaspora," will be taught spring 2000 on Tuesday and Thursday, 12:40 to 2:00 p.m.For details contact the instructor, Professor Salah Hassan, Dept of English, 201 Morrill Hall, email:

Fourth Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies at MSU

The MSU graduate students in African Studies and the African Studies Center invite graduate students to the 4th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies.The conference will be held on September 10-12, 1999 at Michigan State University. This is an interdisciplinary conference meant to provide graduate students from all over the country, especially those from the Midwest, with an opportunity to present their work in a collegial and friendly atmosphere. The conference is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and the public.There is no registration fee for observers. For more information about registration and accommodation write to: 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 100 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035. Further queries may be directed to: Tim Carmichael,, Ghislaine Lydon,, or Manelisi Genge,

MSU International Photography Competition

MSU Office of International Studies and Programs and the MSU Alumni Association are sponsoring the First Annual International Photography Competition.They are in search of good, quality photos that artistically depict connections between MSU's mission and the rest of the world.Entry deadline is Wednesday, September 15, 1999.For more information, official competition rules, and entry form contact: MSU Office of International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, 207 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 355-2350; website:

Free English Lessons

There is an English tutoring program for international students, visiting scholars, and friends of Michigan State University, supported by the volunteer efforts of staff and faculty.A list of volunteer tutors and times is available in the African Studies Center.If you have questions, please contact: Dr. Betsy Tsang, phone: 333- 6386, 355-9672 (ext.386), or email:; or Dr. Delia Koo, phone: 332- 1443 (before 9:30 p.m.), email:


4th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African StudiesSeptember 10-12 at Michigan State University.(See MSU Announcements).


Teacher Exchange in Kaduna, Nigeria

Opportunities exist for teacher exchange and practice teaching experiences at Essence International School, a 17 year old private institution located in Kaduna, Nigeria.The school wishes to exchange teachers in science, math, music (especially piano and voice), and English.They also offer Hausa, Yoruba, and Ibo language and culture for interested participants.This includes oral traditions, music, dance, sculpture, excursions to historic sites and places of scenic beauty. For more information contact D.L. Mohammed at his e- mail: or visit the website at:

Graduate Vacancies at Unilever South Africa

Unilever is a global business behind many branded and packaged goods in foods, home and personal care.They are looking to recruit South African graduates who will be returning home following graduation in June 2000.Graduates from all disciplines will be considered. If you are interested in a career with Unilever South Africa and are in the second or final year of your degree, you should attend the Unilever recruitment event in London, UK during November 1999, (flights and accommodation will be paid).To apply for an invitation, send your CV to: Emily Calvin, Hobsons International, 159173 St. Johns Street, London EC1V 4DR; Tel: 0171- 336-6633; or email:


Research in Germany

The DAAD offers South African students on Ph.D. level the opportunity to do part of their research in Germany. These fellowships are available to anyone in any field of study and research and are awarded on merit only. Three types of fellowships are available.1) a Long- Term fellowship awarded initially for one year, with the possibility of an extension, depending on the project;2) a Short-Term fellowship awarded for 2 to 6 months and not extendable; 3) a Long-Term "Sandwich" Fellowship, awarded for one year or longer.This aims to combine periods of study or research in Germany with those in South Africa leading to either a German Doctorate degree or a Ph.D. degree in South Africa.

Application forms are available from the German Embassy, P.O. Box 2023, Pretoria, 0001, or the German Consulate, P.O. Box 4273, Cape Town, 8000; or download it from the website: should reach the German Embassy in Pretoria or the German Consulate in Cape Town by November 1999. For further details contact: Juan Els at email:; or phone: 011-482-4365 or 082-774- 1129.

Human Rights Watch Fellowships

Human Rights Watch, the international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization, invites applications for its fellowship program for African human rights activists.Fellowships are individually structured based on the ongoing work of the Africa division, the training needs of the applicant, and of varying duration depending on the nature of the individual project. Activists from children's and women's rights groups are particularly encouraged to apply.For a complete description of the program, or for further information, contact: Human Rights Watch, Attn: African Fellows Program, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118-3299, USA; phone: (212) 216-1252; fax: (212) 736-1300.


University of MinnesotaAfrican History

Full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor, to begin August 2000. Geographic and topical specializations within African history are open. Ph.D. in African history or related field, a strong research agenda and a firm commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching are required.Send letter of application and C.V. to: Chair, African History Search Committee, Department of History, 614 Social Sciences Building, University of Minnesota, 267-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.Applications must be postmarked by December 15, 1999.For complete job description, please visit the website at:

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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