MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 08/29/'95

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 08/29/'95

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| 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER | Fall, No. 1 |
| EAST LANSING, MI 48824-1035 | August 29, 1995 |

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August 30, Wednesday, "A West African Religious Order: The Niass Tijaniyya" African Studies Center special guest lecture by Dr. Ousmane Kane (Professor, Political Science and Law, University of St. Louis, Senegal, and a scholar-in-residence in the MSU Department of History until November 1995), Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

August 31, Thursday, "Should the United States Government Directly Intervene to Stop the Liberian Civil War?" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Mr. E. Sumo Jones (former high government official of Liberia), Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, noon.

August 31, Thursday, Proposal Writing for Foreign Area Research, a three-hour workshop on developing dissertation and predissertation funding proposals for graduate students planning research in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free. See the enclosed flyer.

September 7, Thursday, "Income and Employment in Small Enterprises in Kenya: Some New Insights" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Don Mead (Professor, Agricultural Economics), Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, noon.

September 14, Thursday, "Open Meeting on MSU s South Africa Strategy," African Studies Center Brown Bag hosted by the Action Group on South Africa, which will provide an opportunity for the public to provide responses to the preliminary draft of MSU s South Africa Strategy. Con Con Room, International Center, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Please note: Until the International Center becomes handicapper accessible, The African Studies Center Brown Bags and Special Guest Lectures will not be held in Room 201 International Center. Normally, they will be held in the Spartan Rooms of the Crossroads Food Court, International Center, where outside food will not be allowed.


Farewell to Dr. Maureen Eke, who recently has left Michigan State University after nine years as the Assistant Coordinator of the African Studies Center s Outreach Program. While at MSU she completed her Ph.D. in African Literature at Indiana University. Her most recent accomplishments include initiating the African Media Program. Dr. Eke has accepted a tenure-track position at Central Michigan University. She will be greatly missed by the African Studies Center staff.

MSU Applications for IIE Fulbright Graduate Study Abroad grants offer one year of grant funding. Grants may be used for dissertation research abroad or graduate study abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens by October 23, 1995 to be eligible to apply. Complete applications must be submitted to International Studies and Programs by September 18 for the MSU committee to review the material and rate it. Contact the Dean s Office, International Studies and Programs, 207 International Center, for an application and more information.

South Africa action group seeks input--A plan for more coordinated and focused MSU linkages with South Africa is the goal of the newly formed Action Group on South Africa. The 10-member action group, established by President Peter McPherson and Provost Lou Anna K. Simon, is seeking input from the University community regarding current activities as well as suggestions and ideas about future linkages. The group s plan is due by the end of August.

"The provost and I have a great interest in expanding the ties between MSU and South Africa," Mcherson said. "I visited South Africa during my years in the Agency for International Development and believe that it is vitally important for universities such as ours to assist with the remarkable transformation of that country."

A session to review a proposed policy, open to the entire University Community, has been scheduled for 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 14, in the Con Con Room of the International Center.

"We hope individuals will take the opportunity to provide advice about the most appropriate institutions in South Africa for possible linkages with MSU," said Tracy Dobson, associate dean, International Studies and Programs, and group co-chair. "We are particularly interested in identifying promising subjects for collaboration between South Africa and individuals and units here at the University," she said.

Co-conveners of the action group are Dobson (207 International Center; telephone, 355-2350; fax, 353-7254; email, and David Plank, associate professor of educational administration (403 Erickson Hall; telephone, 353- 3691; fax, 353-6393; email,

(This article is from the MSU News Bulletin, June 29, 1995). Africana: Select Recent Acquisitions, No. 148 - June 1995 is available from: Michigan State University, Africana Library, East Lansing, MI 48824-1048, USA. Phone: (517) 355- 2366.

The MSU Artificial Language Lab will be hosting Dr. Abdelfateh Benkadour, a visiting scholar from Morocco this fall and arriving August 28, 1995. He is being supported by a Fulbright-Hays grant. He is interested in working on appropriate communication aid technology for the Arabic speech community. Dr. Benakdour was part of a delegation of deans from Morocco that visited MSU in early August, 1990. Dr. Benakdour may be contacted through Professor John Eulenberg at 353-4766.

MSU s 1995-96 Distribution and Due Dates for Awards and Grants. Several deadlines are coming up. October 19, 1995 is the nomination deadline for the Distinguished Faculty Awards, the Excellence-In-Teaching Citations for Graduate Teaching Assistants and for the Teacher-Scholar Awards. Contact Robert Banks, Provost Office, 353-5300.


Farming Systems and Rural Development, (Sociology 862 and Resource Development 862) represents a new paradigm in the application of science to agriculture. It incorporates a holistic approach to farms as production and consumption systems. The course will develop familiarity with the growing literature about this different approach to agricultural research and extension, in both North and South contexts. Participants in the course will visit Michigan farms where they will describe the various components of the farming system, the linkages among those components, and the interactions with outside systems. The course will be offered Fridays, 9:10 a.m. to noon in 220 Natural Resources Building. Contact Professor George Axinn, Resource Development, 313 Natural Resources Bldg. Phone: 353-1913, e-mail:; or, Professor Craig Harris, Sociology, 429B Berkey Hall. Phone: 355-5048. e-mail: Note: final administrative approval of the joint listing of this course with Resource Development is still in process, therefore, students desiring Resource Development credit should register for RD 890 for three credits with Professor Axinn.

Economic Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa (Economics 414) will explore economic change and stagnation in sub-Saharan Africa. Emphasis will be placed on positive analyses of a series of broad issues regarding agriculture and rural development, industry (especially small-scale), poverty, human resources (health, education and population), and finally trade, stabilization and structural adjustment. Focus will be given to the impacts of government policies and resource constraints on economic and social outcomes, as mediated by the behavior of households, families and markets. Readings come from many sources. A paper and presentation is required, together with midterm and final. Prerequisites are Principles of Micro, Macro Economics: 201, 202, or instructor s permission. The class will be held on Tuesdys and Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:20 p.m. in Room 213 Berkey Hall. Contact: John Strauss, Economics, 211 Marshall Hall. Phone: 355-1863. e-mail:

Traditional African Religions is a course that will provide an introduction to the range of religious expression in African societies. With its vast size, and very long history of human occupation, Africa contains abundant examples of the human attempt to understand the ultimate question of existence. Drawing on the extensive literature on Africa, this course will examine concepts of god, the nature of spiritual beings, the relationship between religion and the human life cycle, and the interdependence of religion and healing. It will conclude with examples of contemporary religious movements and their relevance for change in African society. The instructor will draw on his research on life cycle rituals and on trance and curing among Ethiopian pastoralists for examples. Note: because this is a new course, it was assigned the number REL419, "Special Topics in Religious Studies." However, the instructor intends the course to be open to students at all levels. There are no prerequisites, and no previous knowledge of religious studies, anthropology or cultures of Africa required.


Tillers International has a number of classes scheduled for Fall 1995:

September 15: Sweet Sorghum Molasses
September 18-23: Timber Framing
September 23: Raising Day
October 14-15: Introduction to Blacksmithing, and also, Ox Driving
October 17-21: Animal-Powered Development
October 3 - November 5: Oxen Basics
November 4: Rope Making, and also, Steel Square Marvels
December 2 - 3: Wood Joinery by Hand

Tillers workshops offer high quality training in rural skills. Its low-cost practices are useful for international rural innovators and small farmers. Class sizes are limited and early registration is advised. Contact: Tillers International, 5239 South 24th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49002. Phone: 616-344-3233.

Second Annual International Workshop on Trade and Business between Africa and The United States, to be held at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from September 6 - 7, 1995. It is expected that 20 African ambassadors and cabinet ministers as well as 500 U.S. and African business leaders will attend the workshop. Contact: International Business and Commerce Inc. Phone: 414-289-8339. Fax: 414-289-7775.

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies announces its Academy Scholars Program for 1996-97. It is the intent of the Program to identify some of the very brightest younger scholars whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences with an in-depth grounding in particular countries or regions. Those selected as Academy Scholars are given time, guidance, access to Harvard s facilities, and substantial financial assistance as they work for two years conducting either dissertation or post-doctoral research in their chosen fields and areas. Applications for the 1996-97 class are due by October 13, 1995. Contact: The Academy Scholars Program, Center for International Affairs, 623 Coolidge Hall, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Phone: 617-495-2137.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program has offered U.S. faculty, professionals, teachers, and students the opportunity to conduct research, teach or study abroad for nearly 50 years. Three different programs provide support for research, teaching, or short-term guest lecturing: the Visiting Fulbright Scholar Program, the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program, and the Occasional Lecturer Program. Contact: Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5M, Box VSBRO, Washington, DC 20008-3009. Phone: 202-686-8664. Internet:


African Science-Based Development Career Awards, 1995-96, are offered by The Rockefeller Foundation, through its Sub- Saharan Dissertation Internship Awards (ADIA) Program, currently offers competitive awards to enable African graduate students enrolled in U.S. and Canadian universities to return to Africa to conduct research in association with a local university or research institution. The Foundation now invites applications for African Science-Based Development Career Awards from alumni of the ADIA program, as well as current ADIA holders who expect to defend their dissertations in the near future. African scholars who obtained their doctoral degrees after December 31, 1989, with support from other Rockefeller Foundation programs are also eligible. These awards were established to ensure that outstanding Rockefeller Foundation awardees from the region have an opportunity to apply their skills and launch professional careers following their return to Africa. Contact, The Program Manager, African SBD Career Awards, The Rockefeller Foundation, P.O. Box 47543, Nairobi, Kenya. Phone: (254 2) 228061. Telefax: (254 2) 218840. E-mail:

The Population-Environment Fellows Program (PEFP) provides fellowships for individuals who have completed graduate degrees in areas related to population and environment. Fellows are placed in developing countries for two-year assignments where they work in host agencies to provide assistance and technical support. The program is administered through The University of Michigan and sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development. The program targets entry- level professionals with a demonstrated commitment to a career in international development. The PEFP supports the capacity of host country institutions to respond to development problems in a comprehensive way and simultaneously develops a cadre of future leaders who have expertise in integrating population and environment issues. Applicants must have United States citizenship or permanent resident status; hold a graduate degree in a relevant area; and have course work or experience demonstrating both population and environmental expertise. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible. The selection and placement process generally takes 6 months to a year. Contact: The Population-Environment Fellows Program, SPH II, Room M4537, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029. Phone: 313-747-0222; Fax: 313-747- 4947. E-mail:

Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 09:43:29 -0400
From: Yacob Fisseha

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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