MSU Tuesday Bulletin- Spring No. 4, '94

MSU Tuesday Bulletin- Spring No. 4, '94


| | | | AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER | Academic Year | | MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY | "TUESDAY BULLETIN" | | 100 INTERNATINAL CENTER | Spirng Semester, #4 | | EAST LANSING, MI 48824-1035 | February 8, 1994 |


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U of M: February 9, Wednesday, "African and Africanist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Documentaries in a Transnational Era" University of Michigan Center for Afro-American and African Studies (CAAS) Colloquium, Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike, CAAS Library Conference Room, 214 W. Engineering Building, U of M, Ann Arbor, 4:00 p.m. For more information, call CAAS at (313) 764-5513.

February 10, Thursday, "Perspectives on the Educational Systems in ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Zimbabwe, Kenya, and South Africa" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Susan Peters (Faculty, Education, MSU), Spartan Room B, International Center, noon.

February 10, Thursday, "Multimedia in Foreign Language Instruction" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Demonstration of software for African Languages, including programs custom-tailored to the unique needs of students of less commonly taught languages at MSU. Sponsored by the African Studies Center and the Language Learning Center, Room 4, International Center, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

February 11, Friday, "Sanitation in Harar (Ethiopia): A Donkey ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Solution" African Studies Center Special Guest Lecture with Ahmed Zekeria (Curator for Ethnology at the Museum of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University), MSU Museum Auditorium, 3:00 p.m. Cosponsored by the MSU Museum.

February 15, Tuesday, "Education, Society and Learning in an ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ African Context" Informational Meeting on MSU's summer program in Zimbabwe from June 30 - August 7, 1994, 201 International Center, 5:00 p.m. If you cannot attend this meeting, but would like more information, contact either John Metzler at 353-1700 or Anne Schneller at 355-5522.

February 17, Thursday, "Which Way Higher Education in the Sudan?" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ African Studies Center Brown Bag with Malik Balla (Faculty, Linguistics, MSU), 201 International Center, noon.

February 19, Saturday, Language Teaching Share Fair A fair ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ designed to improve communication between graduate students in the language departments with fifteen sessions focusing on language teaching methods for all skills areas. English Language Center, Ground Floor, International Center 9:00 a.m. - noon. For more information, contact Cheryl Delk, 353-0800.

Feb. 25-26, Friday - Saturday, "Fragile Lakes, Fragile Lands: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ International Cooperation in the Management and Development of Lakes Malawi and Victoria and their Watersheds" Special African Lakes Conference of the MSU <> to be held on the MSU campus. Interested persons should contact Profs. David Wiley, Bill Derman, or Craig Harris through the African Studies Center, (517) 353-1700.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) in the MSU Faculty are ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ requested to contact the Peace Corps Office on campus. Phone the office at 353-3906 and leave your name, department, telephone number, and country and years of service. Or, send this information to Rob Glew or Nancy Mezey, Peace Corps, Room 9, International Center, MSU.

The Sudan Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 4 is now available. A copy of ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ this winter 1993/94 issue is in the African Studies Center's Colloquy Room. The Sudan Newsletter is published quarterly by the Pax Sudani Network, a charitable organization committed to the rights and liberties of African Sudanese people. Anyone interested in a subscription should contact David Nailo N. Mayo at The Sudan Newsletter, P.O. Box 24233, Lansing, MI 48909-4233.

Baraza: An African Student Forum (December 1993), the MSU African ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Student Union Newsletter, is available in the African Studies Center. This current issue includes articles on the Horn of Africa and the upcoming elections in South Afica as well as poetry and stories. The editors are calling for contributions and comments for the next issue of Baraza. The deadline is in April 1994.

"Zimbabwe's Green Revolution: Preconditions for Replication in ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Africa" is a staff Paper of the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics written by Carl K. Eicher, Professor of Agricultural Economics. Published in January 1994, Dr. Eicher's paper is a revised version of a paper presented at the Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University, October 15, 1993.

International Studies And Programs (ISP) announces the availability ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ of funding to support the development of overseas study programs. The Office of International Exchange in ISP offers more than 90 overseas study programs. *The application deadline for the first funding cycle is March 1, 1994*. Proposals will be considered for programs to be offered beginning summer semester 1995.

The African Cinema Project (ACP) is a proposed project to ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ facilitate the study, collection, and distribution of African and Diaspora films. Kenneth Harrow (Department of English) and Maureen Eke (African Studies Center) request responses to the proposal included below. Mail your comments to: Kenneth W. Harrow, Department of English, Morrill Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824. E-Mail: 22432KWH@MSU.EDU

The African Cinema Project is to be directed jointly by scholars currently affiliated with Michigan State University, Indiana University, New York University, and Howard University. The project will be governed by a Board of Directors, assisted by an Advisory Board, and managed by an Executive Manager.

Functions: The African Cinema Project will serve the following functions:

1. It will contain a collection of primarily African, and secondarily Diaspora videos and films. The films will generally be feature films.

2. It will contain an archive of materials related to African cinema.

3. It will contain a databank of information relating to African cinema and to African cinematic studies. Information from the databank can be accessed electronically as well as in disk form.

4. It will serve as a research facility in which scholars and students of the cinema of Africa and the African Diaspora will be able to do research on African and African Diaspora films. 4a. This research facility will be made available to students and faculty from MSU whose courses or research projects involve African or African Diaspora films. 4b. It will also serve as a research facility for scholars from outside the university. Currently, there is no facility containing African and African Diaspora films in which scholars can have access to films and related research materials, can view the films at their leisure, and can complete research projects. With resources made available from various funding sources, it will be possible to offer grants of one or two months to visiting scholars for the purposes of supporting their research at the ACP at MSU.

5. It will facilitate the distribution of African films not generally available in the commercial circuit. The distribution is not for profit, and its primary target will be educational institutions, especially universities with relevant film courses. The Consortium for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) would be target audiences for such a distribution project.

6. It will transform videos into NTSC format for use in American video players, and will place subtitles on foreign language films. There are also a number of African films that are in a condition of deterioration (e.g., in the cin'math'que at the French Cultural Center in Dakar). The ACP will attempt to obtain copies of these films and restore them.

7. The project will attempt to facilitate the study of African cinema by maintaining a linkage with sister centers abroad--especially in Paris, London, and Ouagadougou. It will create a joint database with the M'diath'que des Trois Mondes and the African Film Center in Ouagadougou and will work cooperatively with the British Film Institute. It will seek a close relationship with AUDECAM in aris.

8. Eventually, the project will seek to publish a newsletter or journal devoted to the study of African cinema.

Affiliations: The project will be housed and managed at MSU. In cooperation with sister institutions, the project will establish fruitful collaborative activities and linkages, including the possibility of duplicate archival centers housing videos, databases, and other relevant materials.

The project will seek affiliation with any university involved in the study or teaching of African cinema and will welcome the sharing of materials as well as research projects undertaken by those in affiliated institutions. In order to find as broad a membership as possible, the project will attempt to work with the colleges and universities affiliated with the CIC, the Mid-West Consortium, the HBCU's, and those involved in the Consortium for Inter-Institutional Collaboration in African and Latin American Studies (CICALS) project, as well as any other individual universities seeking involvement.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ South African ANC Candidates - The Center has received the list of ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the names of 200 candidates standing for election on April 27, 1994 to the South African National Assembly representing the African National Congress of South Africa. We do not yet have the names of candidates from other parties. Those interested may obtain a copy from the Center.

Communication in Swahili is possible through E-Mail on the ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ internet. A conversation board promotes Swahili literacy and allows for the exchange of ideas on various topics written in Swahili. Over 150 people are subscribers from around the world. To subscribe (for free), send a message to: Subject: subscribe swahili-l .

A Children's Home in Sierra Leone needs ambulatory aids. If anyone ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ has access to wheel chairs, walkers, crutches, etc. for donation, contact: Bob Thomas, 10812 Santa Clara Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030. Phone: (202) 889-2884.

The Ghana Studies Council is the new name of the Akan Studies ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Council after lengthy discussion and a vote by members attending the African Studies Association Meeting in Boston. Jean Allman (History, University of Missouri-Columbia) is the chair of the Council, but MSU remains its academic home. Ray Silverman (Department of Art, MSU) facilitates the Council's business and correspondence. The Council seeks new members as well as submissions for their Newsletter (due March 1). Faculty/professional membership is $15 and student membership is $5. The Council is appealing for funds to purchase computer equipment for the Historical Society of Ghana. Checks should be made payable to Michigan State University. Send contributions, 1994 membership dues and Newsletter submissions to: Ray Silverman, Department of Art, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824.


^^^^^^^^^^^ "In Living Color: Identifying and Crossing Cultural Boundaries" is ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the subject of the Fourth Annual Graduate Student Multidisciplinary Conference at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor February 11-12, 1994. The conference will run from 2:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m. on February 11 and 9:00 a.m.- noon on February 12 in the East and West Conference Rooms on the 4th floor of the Horace H. Rackham Building. For more information, call the Center for Afro-American and African Studies at (313) 764-5513.

"The End of the Cold War and the New African Political Order" is a ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ conference February 17-19, 1994 at the University of California, Los Angeles. This is an international conference involving about thirty distinguished scholars and scholar-diplomats. Particular attention will be paid to the Horn, Liberia, and Southern Africa, and the roles envisioned by the United States and other big powers as relates to the Africa region within the context of a "New World Order." For more information, contact Muadi Mukenge at (310) 825-9234.

The Ghana Studies Council (formerly Aka Studies Council) has issued ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ a call for papers for a symposium on "Power and Authority in Akan Chieftaincy" at the November 1994 African Studies Association (ASA) Conference in Toronto. There will be two panels on Figuring the Past and Re-configuring the Future. *The deadline for all abstracts is March 1, 1994*, to be submitted to ASA by March 15, 1994. Address inquiries and submit abstracts to: Brian C. Vivian, Department of Anthropology, SUNY, Binghamton, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902- 6000.

South Africa in Cinema will be discussed at the Annual Meeting of ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the Modern Languages Association (MLA) December 27-30, 1994 in San Diego. There is a call for papers on films by or about South Africans, genre studies, or analytical approaches. *Abstracts are due March 15, 1994*. Send to: Mark Beittel, Univ. di Trento, Facolta di Lettre, Via Santa Croce 65, 38100 Trento, Italy. Phone: 461-234913 (home); 461-881-1728 (office). Fax: 461-881-1751.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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