MSU Tuesday Bulletin (5), 02/13/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin (5), 02/13/'96


Major subheadings: events, MSU announcements, other announcements, Africa-related courses at MSU, conferences, grants, fellowships, scholarships, jobs


February 15, Thursday, "Decentralization of Agricultural Decisions: Training of Ugandan Extensionalists in the Use of Oxen" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dick Roosenberg (Executive Director, Tillers International, Kalamazoo, MI) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

February 15, Thursday, Morocco Summer Program Informational Session sponsored by the MSU Overseas Study Office, 4:00 p.m., Spartan Room E, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Contact Cindy Chalou at 353-8920 for more information.

February 22, Thursday, Community-Based Tsetse Control in Kenya" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Richard Bernsten (Faculty, Agricultural Economics, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

February 29, Thursday, "French Political Theory and the Dilemmas of Malian Local-Level Governance" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jamie Thompson (Consultant, Associates in Rural Development, Inc., Visiting Scholar, Indiana University), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

March 7, Thursday, Spring Break - No African Studies Center Brown Bag this week.

March 14, Thursday, "Work, Leisure, and Institutions in Peasant Agriculture" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dejene Aredo

(Faculty, Addis Ababa University, Visiting Scholar, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.


Correction: The deadline for CASID FLAS applications is February 16, 1996. The previous Tuesday Bulletins had the deadline as March 1.

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) is accepting applications for scholarships to graduate students pursuing foreign language study this summer. Scholarships of up to $1,500 will be awarded to cover living expenses incurred while attending any CIC host institution. The program is intended to help students take advantage of language offerings not available to them at their home university. Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree at one of the thirteen participating CIC institutions and must be able to travel to any CIC institution. FLEP recipients may also apply for the "Traveling Scholar Program" (see article below). Application deadline is March 1, 1996. Contact the African Studies Center to see a copy of the information and a list of what languages will be

taught at which university (mention Tuesday Bulletin Spring No. 5). Or, contact the MSU participating member of the Infrequently Taught Foreign Language Committee: Patrick McConeghy, Asc. Dean, College of Arts and Letters, 200 Linton Hall. Phone: 355-5360.

The Traveling Scholar Program, sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, offers doctoral-level students the chance to take advantage of educational opportunities (specialized courses, unique library collections, unusual laboratories) at any other CIC university without change in registration or increase in tuition. CIC is a consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago, which seeks to increase cooperative use of its member institutions' resources. For more information, contact the African Studies Center for a copy of the brochure (mention Tuesday Bulletin, Spring No. 5). Phone: 353-1700. The MSU CIC liaison officer is Gerald M. Crawley, Assistant Provost, Graduate Education. Contact his assistant, Debra Conlin, 118 Linton Hall. Phone: 353-0301.

The Potter Park Zoo, the Ingham County Intermediate School District and the Department of Resource Development at Michigan State University is inviting the public to join them in a new learning

program about people and wildlife around the world. The goal is to learn more about relationships between people and wildlife in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The program is especially interested in getting in touch with citizens from Africa, Asia and Latin America, or others who would like to share information, experiences, or expertise related to the societies in which wild animals live and how different peoples think about and live with wildlife. Lansing-area grade school students are presently learning about endangered species, and the program would also like to encourage them to find out more about the places and people where the animals live.

This project is looking for volunteers who would be willing to share their stories or folktales about wildlife with grade school students, and/or who would teach the Potter Park docents about their country and its wildlife. They are also interested in locating tropical wildlife experts who would be interested in answering students questions on the Internet. To volunteer, or to learn more about this program, contact: Joan Toy, Ingham Intermediate School District. Phone: 244-1264. E-mail: <> Or, Kelliann Whitney, Potter Park Zoo. Phone: 371-4155. Or, Jim Bingen, Resource Development, MSU.

Phone: 353-1905. Fax 517-353-8994. E-mail: <>


The Fourth Annual Graduate Student Research Conference on African Studies, to be held at Boston University on March 29-30, 1996, is issuing a call for papers. This is an interdisciplinary conference intended for students at all levels of their graduate careers. In past years participants have presented research proposals, thesis chapters, methodological papers, or simply outlines of dissertation proposals in an informal and friendly setting. Abstracts are due by February 15 and should be mailed to: Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Center, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. Please include: Name, Address, phone number, and e-mail address. E-mail abstracts can be sent to: Contact: Tim Docking @ 617-352-9160 or e-mail:

"Sharp Eyes II: Multicultural Perspectives on Environmental Writing," the second in the Burroughs Nature Writing Symposia, will be held at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta on June 22-25, 1996. Papers on a wide range of topics are sought including some from environmental historians' cultural and social

critique of environmental writing, environmental racism, etc. Also papers on Native American, Hispanic American, African American nature writers, and on writers from the southern hemisphere, and Europe are welcome. The deadline for proposals is March 1, 1996. Send contributions to Prof. Charlotte Zoe Walker, Dept. of English, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820.

The 27th Annual Conference on African Linguistics will be held at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida from March 29-31, 1996. Submissions are invited on all areas relating to African Linguistics. Send a one-page 250-word abstract and a summary of the abstract to: Paul A. Kotey, P.O.Box 115565, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-5565. Phone: (904)392-7015. Fax: (904)392-1443. E-mail:

Beyond "Primitivism." Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity is the title of an interdisciplinary conference that will be sponsored by the African-American and African Studies, and the Religious Studies Programs of the University of California at Davis, to be held March 28 - 31, 1996. Participants will include scholars in religion, anthropology, Native American studies, and area studies. The conference is designed in a broad sense to

stimulate reflection on the way religious studies and other disciplines situate indigenous traditions within their understanding of the world. Contact: Jacob K. Olupona, African-American and African Studies, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA 95616. Phone: (916) 752-1548. Fax (916)752-9704.


University of California - Berkeley Summer FLAS application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 23, 1996. Students interested in studying Chichewa this summer at the Cooperative Institute at Ohio State and want to apply for a FLAS from UC - Berkeley, should contact Michelle Bullock as soon as possible for an application. Michelle Bullock, Student Affairs Officer, 318 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720. Phone: (510) 643-7477. Fax: (510) 643-1524. E-mail: <>

The Center for Media, Culture, and History at New York University invites applications for its Fellowships in "Third World Media, Imagined Communities, and the Public Sphere." Details are available from the program contacts at NYU, Barbara Abrash or Faye

Ginsburg, at (212) 998-3759.


The African Studies Center of Indiana University invites applications for the position of Director, to begin in August 1996. Applicants should be tenured (or tenurable) in an academic department. Applicants must have proven leadership abilities, a strong record of scholarship, experience in grant writing and administration, strong African and other international contacts, the capacity to engender collaboration among a diverse faculty, and the ability to foster the professional development of graduate students. Applications, accompanied by a vita and the names of five references, should be sent to: Dr. Ruth Stone, Chair, African Studies Search Committee, Indiana University, Woodburn Hall 221, Bloomington, IN 47405. Review of applications to begin March 1, 1996.

The West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) is currently recruiting for two positions: Production Economist in WARDA,s Continuum Program, and Principal Investigator to coordinate activities of the Research on Accelerated Diffusion of Rice

Technology (RADORT) project. Further details are available in the Reference Room of 219 Agriculture Hall, MSU (Details cannot be given over the phone).

Southern Illinois University is seeking a tenure track assistant professor beginning August, 1996 with specialization in African History. Preferred Subspecialties are African Diaspora, Modern Europe or South Asia. The applicant should be prepared to teach undergraduate surveys in World and/or Modern European History as well as interdisciplinary courses involving African culture. Ph.d.preferred but ABD will be considered. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts and three letters of reference to Search Committee, Department of History, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois 62026-1454-C. The review begins March 1, 1996 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Natal, Durban Center, is seeking applications for the position of Director of the Killie Campbell Collections and Muckleneuk, the historic home of the Campbell family. The appointment will be made at the Professorial level and the successful applicant will have the dual responsibility of managing

and developing one of the foremost collections of archival, oral and ethnographic material in KwaZulu Natal and, in association with the Humanities Faculty in both Pietermaritzburg and Durban, of stimulating research and graduate studies in disciplines related to the contents of the Collections. A Doctorate and proven research and publication record in disciplines such as History and particularly southern African History, social or Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Cultural Studies are a sine quo non of the position. Applicants should forward a curriculum vitae which should also list the names and postal addresses, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of three contactable referees, to the Advertising Officer, Human Resources Division, University of Natal, Private Bag X10 Dalbridge, Durban, 4014. Phone (031) 260-1446. Fax (031) 260-2139. Closing date is February 16, 1996. E-mail: <CATHEY@PERS.UND.AC.ZA> to the attention of Mrs. A. Cathey. Please quote reference number (D11/96).

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