MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/19/'95

MSU-ASU's Tuesday Bulletin, 9/19/95

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| 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER | Fall, No. 4 |
| EAST LANSING, MI 48824-1035 | September 19, 1995 |

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September 21, Thursday, "MSU s Involvement in Health Programs in Sudan" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Charles MacKenzie (Chairperson and Professor, Pathology, MSU), Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, 12:00 noon.

September 23, Saturday, "Exploring Third World Issues through Literature" fall workshop sponsored by Michigan International Development Education Outreach Network (MIDEON) and Alma College. See related article in Announcements Section.

September 28, Thursday, "Democracy and Authoritarianism in Cameroon" African Studies Center Brown Bag with the Hon. Augustine F. Forsac, M.P. Cameroon National Assembly, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 5, Thursday, "Aid Politics in Washington since November 1994" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Nicolas van de Walle (Associate Professor, Political Science Department, MSU and Visiting Fellow, Overseas Development Council, Washington, D.C.), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

October 6, Friday, "Education for Development: Malawi and Zimbabwe" CASID-SID luncheon seminar with Alice Nkungula, (Agriculture and Extension Education), Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Please note: Until the International Center becomes handicapper accessible, the African Studies Center Brown Bags and Lectures normally will be held in the Spartan Rooms of the Crossroads Food Court, International Center, where outside food is not allowed.


Senegalese scholar, Mohammed Moustapha Kane, passed away September 12, 1995 in Dakar, Senegal. Moustapha earned his undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Dakar (now known as the University of Cheikh Anta Diop). He was a high school teacher when he came to MSU in 1980 to pursue his Ph.D. which he earned in 1987. He wrote his dissertation on the history of Fuuta Tooro from 1890 - 1920, on the basis of extensive interviews and archival research.

Since 1987 he was an assistant then associate professor at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar. He had published many articles and jointly with David Robinson (Professor, History Department, MSU) he was the author of The Islamic Regime of Fuuta Tooro.

In September 1994 at a conference in France, Moustapha presented an excellent paper on a Mauritanian and Senegalese teacher. This paper will be published in the conference proceedings which will be available in 1996.

Moustapha was active in academic networks in North America, Europe, and West Africa. He taught a history course in the MSU History Department in the Spring 1991 on a USIA linkage grant with the university in Dakar.

Moustapha had many friends and colleagues at MSU and he will be sorely missed here and throughout the world. Moustapha has left a widow, Marema, and 4 young children.

People wishing to write to express their condolences can write to his brother: Sidi Ben Omar Kane, Conseiller Technique, Ministere du Travail et de L'Emploi, Government of Senegal, Dakar, Senegal.

The African Studies Center is accepting contributions that will be sent to the family. Please make checks payable to David Robinson and drop them off at the Center, or mail them to: African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 100 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035.


The National Museum of African Art, which is part of the Smithsonian National Museums in Washington, D.C., has a wide variety of educational programs scheduled throughout the year. The museum presents the rich visual traditions and extraordinarily diverse cultures of Africa. It is a major research and reference center and houses a collection of over 7,000 objects, a research library, a photographic archives, and an art conservation laboratory. For information, call (202) 357-4600, Fax: (202) 357-4879, TTY: (202) 357-4814. For recorded information for all of the Smithsonian museums: (202) 357-2020. World wide web: http.//

In Celebration: A Life Well Lived is the title of an exhibit running until October 15, 1995 at the Purdue University Galleries. The exhibit consists of a collection from Primitive Artisan of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, representing the single largest collection of fantasy coffins by the workshop of Kane Quaye, outside of Ghana. These elaborate designer or fantasy coffins are a Ghanaian innovation of the past fifty years reaching their apex in the creations of Kane Quaye (1927-1992). These remarkable handmade creations are fashioned as animals, birds, fish, vegetables, and man-made objects such as airplanes, boats, and cars. In addition to being delightful examples of "folk art," the coffins provide insights into the Ga society s family and community tructures, its ritual traditions and material culture. The exhibit offers potential for viewers to reflect upon their own particular cultural experiences and to compare and contrast them to those of other cultures. These coffins are receiving significant media coverage, including National Geographic s September 1994 issue. For information concerning exhibitions and lectures contact: Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1352. Phone: (317) 494-3061. Fax: (317) 496-1198.

Yale University's Program in Agrarian Studies is holding a colloquium series for Fall Term, 1995, entitled Hinterlands, Frontiers, Cities, and States: Transactions and Identities. Among these weekly seminars will be several Africa-related topics. James McCann (African Studies Center, Boston University) will be speaking on "The Plow and the Forest: Narratives on Deforestation on the Ethiopian Highlands, 1840-1990" on September 29, and Donald Donham (Anthropology, Emory University) will speak on December 1, 1995 on "Conversion and Revolution in Maale, Ethiopia." The Program in Agrarian studies is an interdisciplinary initiative. It sponsores a weekly colloquium, a small number of postdoctoral research fellowships, and a team-taught graduate seminar: "Agrarian Studies: Culture, Society, History, and Development." The colloquium meetings are devoted to the discussion of papers, which are available one week in advance. Contact: Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University, Box 208300, New Haven, CT 06520-8300.

The World Music Institute, located in New York City, is a not-for-profit concert presenting organization dedicated to the research and presentation of the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world. The November 1995-May 1996 calendar lists a number of Africa-related music concerts, including Songs and Dances of Zimbabwe (in February), and Les Ballets Africains - National Dance Company of Guinea (April). For a brochure, contact: World Music Institute, 49 W. 27th St., Suite 810, New York, New York 10001.


Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach is an Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) graduate course for which the MSU application deadline is October 6, 1995. The course will run from January 21 - March 17, 1996. This course is an intensive, eight-week field introduction to tropical biology for graduate students enrolled in degree programs at OTS member institutions. Two full-time instructors teach the course with assistance from 15-20 United States and Costa Rican guest faculty. A wealth of topics in basic ecology are covered, including, introductions to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica, Costa Rica geography and climate, forest dynamics, biodiversity, demography of tropical organisms, herbivory, plant-animal coevolutio in tropical systems, conservation biology of the tropics, ecology of the high elevation tropics, tropical marine ecology, and seed dispersal dynamics of tropical plants. A copy of the course description and application form is available from the African Studies Center (mention Tuesday Bulletin, Fall 1995, No. 4). Or, contact Dr. Peter Murphy, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, 355-4691, or Dr. Thomas Burton, Department of Zoology, 353-4475.


The 1995 Ethiopian Research Council Convention will be held October 26-29, 1995 at Florida State University. The theme is Ethiopians in the Diaspora. Papers and panel proposals should be submitted to Ashedafi Kebede. Contact: The Director, Center for African-American Culture, Florida State University, 210 S. Woodward Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32306-2097. Phone: (904) 644-3252. Fax: (904) 644-6041. e-mail:

An Ethiopian Studies Conference will be held on March 2, 1996 in commemoration of the century of the Battle of Adwa. The Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University is planning two important events: an international conference and an exhibition. For information, contact: Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for 1996 are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in doctoral programs at graduate schools in the United States. Application deadline: November 17, 1995. Contact: Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, CN 5281, Princeton, New Jersey 08543-5281.

Sub-Saharan Africa Dissertation Internship Awards 1995-96 enables African doctoral candidates to return to Africa to conduct dissertation research in association with a local university or research institution, thereby facilitating the transition to a productive professional career upon return to Africa. The program is open to citizens of sub-Saharan African nations enrolled in doctoral programs at universities in the United States and Canada. Priority will be given to research topics in the areas of agriculture, environment, education, health, life sciences, and population. Deadlines for applications are October 1, 1995 and March 1, 1996. Contact: African Dissertation Internships, The Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2702. Or, African Dissertation Internships, the Rockefeller Foundation, P.O. Box 47543, Nairobi, Kenya.

African Science-Based Development Career Awards 1995-96 are offered by The Rockefeller Foundation, through its Sub- Saharan Africa Dissertation Internship Awards (ADIA) Program, currently offers competitive awards to enable African graduate students enrolled in universitites in the United States and Canada to return to Africa to conduct research in association with a local university or research institution. The Foundation invites applications for African Science-Based Development Career Awards from alumni of the ADIA program, as ell as from current ADIA holders who expect to defend their dissertations in the near future. African scholars who obtained their doctoral degrees after December 21, 1989, with support from other Rockefeller Foundation programs, are also eligible. The awards were established to ensure that outstanding Rockefeller Foundation awardees from the region have an opportunity to apply their skills and to launch professional careers following their return to Africa. For application information, contact 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 International Predissertation Fellowship (IPFP) program funded by The Ford Foundation and established by the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies, provides an opportunity for the most promising graduate students in discipline-based doctoral programs to pursue training that will prepare them to conduct dssertation research. Social Science students, especially those of economics, political science, sociology, and psychology, are invited to apply for twelve-month training fellowships to prepare for eventual dissertation research in Africa, Central Asia and the Causasus, China, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Near and Middle East, South Asia or Southeast Asia. Students can apply for standard fellowships or advanced disciplinary training fellowships. For more information contact the IPFP university representative at MSU is Dean Kenneth Corey, 205 Berkey Hall. The MSU first draft deadline is October 12, final draft due November 8, and final application due December 2, 1995 with applications to be mailed to SSRC about January 1, 1996.

The Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut, administers the Research Enablement Program for the advancement of scholarship in studies of Christian Mission and Christianity in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis in these categories: postdoctoral book research and writing projects, field research for doctoral dissertations, missiological consultations (small scale), and planning grants for major interdisciplinary research projects. Projects that are cross cultural, collaborative, and interdisciplinary are especially welcome. Application deadline is November 20, 1995. Contact: Geoffrey A. Little, Coordinator, Research Enablement Program, Overseas Ministries Study Center, 490 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511. Phone: (203) 865-1827. Fax: (203) 865-2857.

A West African History specialist is sought by the Department of History at the University of Virginia, effective the 1996-97 academic year. An ability to contribute to broader teaching in African history and comparative history, including some aspect of African-American history would also be desirable. Applications due October 16, 1995. For more information contact: Chair, Search Committee (African History), Department of History, Randall Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903. Phone: (804) 924-7146. Fax: (804) 924-7891. Or, e-mail Professor Joseph C. Miller:


Date: Mon, 18 Sep 1995 14:59:18 -0400
From: Yacob Fisseha
Subject: MSU-ASU's Tuesday Bulletin, 9/19/95

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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