MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/17/'95

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/17/'95

OCTOBER 10, 1995

EAST LANSING, MI 48824-1035

Major subheadings: events, MSU announcements, other=20
announcements, Africa-related courses at MSU,=20
conferences, fellowships, scholarships,jobs,

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October 17, 1995
Fall, No. 8

October 17, Tuesday, FAO at 50 A 50th birthday celebration for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will be held at noon in 410 Agriculture Hall. A short video and panel discussion with MSU faculty consultants to FAO will be held, and FAO internship and career information will be available. Contact, Julie McDaniels, 355-0174.

October 19, Thursday, "Exploring the H-Africa and H-Net" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Harold Marcus (Professor, Department of History and African Studies Center, MSU), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

October 20, Friday, "Comparative Resource and Environmental Policy-Focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa" information session for this new course (RD 843) to be offered Spring semester. 12:00 noon (bring your lunch), in 338 Natural Resources.

October 26, Thursday, "The Challenges of Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Bantayehu Gelaw (Former CYMMT Plant Breeder), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

November 2, Thursday, "Reflection on Agricultural Reform and Capacity Building in South Africa" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Mandivamba Rukuni (Faculty, Agricultural Economics, University of Zimbabwe) and Carl Eicher (Faculty, Agricultural Economics, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

November 2, Thursday, "The World=FEs Freshwaters in Peril:=20 Biodiversity, Species Loss, and the Tragedy of Lake Victoria" special guest lecture with Dr. Melanie L. J. Stiassny (Associate Curator of Fishes, American Museum of Natural History), lecture at 3:00 p.m. and reception at 4:30 p.m., 116 Agricultural Engineering Building. (See related article in MSU Announcements section).


The World=FEs Freshwaters in Peril: Biodiversity, Species Loss, and the Tragedy of Lake Victoria" is the title of a special guest lecture to be given by Dr. Melanie L. J. Stiassny on November 2, 1995. Dr. Stiassny, Associate Curator of Fishes, American Museum of Natural History, will discuss how the health and vitality of the earth=FEs freshwater ecosystems are being destroyed through human activities. She will use examples of declines in biodiversity and examine the tragic loss of endemic fish species in Lake Victoria, Africa. The lecture will begin at 3:00 p.m. and a reception will follow at 4:30 p.m., in 116 Agricultural Engineering Building.=20 This event is sponsored by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and International Studies and Programs. Disability accommodations will be provided upon request, call Fisheries and Wildlife at 353-0647.

The African Literature Association will hold its 1997 annual conference at Michigan State University in April of 1997. The conference will deal with African and Diaspora literatures, but will have as its theme, African Cinema. Ken Harrow (Professor, English Department, MSU) is seeking faculty members and graduate students who would be willing to work on an organizing committee to plan for this conference. Interested people can contact Professor Harrow at 353-3755, or e-mail:

The 50th United Nations Day Observance will be held October 21, 22, and 24 in Lansing, Michigan. On Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. there will be booths and exhibits at Frandor Shopping Center. Ethnic arts, crafts, and food will be for sale.=20 A United Nations Day Dinner will be held at the Lansing Center on Sunday, October 22, 1995 at 6:00 p.m.. Tickets are $15.00, which includes parking. To purchase tickets, contact: Ann Fouts at 332-1226, the Lansing City Council at 483-4177, or the UNA Center at 485-4324. On Tuesday, October 24, 1995, at 10:00 a.m. a U.N. Flag Raising Ceremony will take place at the Lansing City Hall, with music provided by the Sexton High School Band, and other entertainment performed by Lansing area elementary schools. The public is invited.

Amnesty International--an organizational meeting to restart the MSU chapter of Amnesty International will be held Tuesday, October 17, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 201 International Center.=20 Representatives from two local amnesty groups: Group 81 of Lansing, and Cooley Law School, will be in attendance. Students, faculty, and staff from the MSU community concerned about human rights are invited to attend. For more information, contact Karen Kennedy at 353-1720, or Professor Ken Harrow: 353-7243.

The editors of Baraza, the MSU African Student Union newsletter, are looking for contributions for the Fall 1995 issue. Short articles, essays, poems, and short stories are welcome. All contributions must be submitted by November 10, 1995 in WordPerfect 5.1 format. Any topic or subject will be given due consideration by the editors. Contributions may be submitted to Chege Githoria (355-3219), or Mungai Mutonya (355-2785). Or they can be dropped off at the African Studies Center--ask that it be put in the African Students Union mailbox. =20


The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, has a number of continuing exhibitions, such as, Three Explorations:=20 Yoruba, Tenne, and Baga (from November 22, 1995 - February 25, 1996); The Ancient Nubian City of Kerma, 2500-1500 B.C.; The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300- 1897; The Art of the Personal Object; Purpose and Perfection: Pottery as a Woman's Art in Central Africa; and Images of Power and Identity. The museum has a number of other events scheduled for Fall, 1995, such as panel discussions, music, lectures, films, family programs, gallery discussions, and workshops for families and teachers. Contact:=20 Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560. Phone (weekdays): (202) 357-4600, or (weekends): (202) 357-2700.=20

Operation Crossroads Africa, a private non-governmental organization focusing on international development and cultural exchange, actively seeks participants for its 1996 team projects in Africa. Teams spend seven to eight weeks working and travelling in East, West or Southern Africa. Through physical work and alongside African counterparts, Crossroaders experience day-to-day life in an African community. Persons interested in participating in Crossroads=FE summer work/study/travel program should contact the Crossroads office immediately. For Program and cost information, write to: Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc., 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 or phone (212) 870-2106.

Oxfam America invites you to sign up for a new alternative spring break program. Participants may volunteer on an Oxfam America project in the United States or abroad, make personal connection with people working to eliminate hunger and poverty in their community, immerse yourself in another culture and share your experiences upon returning. Limited scholarship money is available. Call 1-800-597 FAST for more information.


The 5th International Research and Advisory Panel Conference on Forced Migration will be held April 9 - 12, 1996 at the Centre for Refugee Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. The newly-formed International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) will convene the 5th International Research and Advisory Panel Conference on Forced Migration (IRAP) in Eldoret, Kenya, from 9-12=20 April 1996. The conference is being hosted in the "developing world" for the first time, and will take place at the Centre for Refugee Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

Key themes at the conference, on which offers of research or discussion papers are urgently sought, are: Gender Issues in Forced Migration, the Reception and Representation of Refugees in Host Countries, Repatriation and Reconstruction, Forced Migration and Environmental Change, and, Unaccompanied Minors. Abstracts (100 words) are invited from academics, policy makers, practitioners and refugees on any of the above themes. They should be sent immediately to: Dr Loes van Willigen, Chair, IRAP Programme Committee, Stichting Pharos, Postbus 13318, 3507, LH Utrecht, The Netherlands (tel: +31 30 349800; fax: +31 30364560).

The total cost of registration is US$320 ($300 for IASFM members), to include the conference fee, full board and transfers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to Eldoret. To pre-register for the conference, please contact: Monica Kathina, IRAP Local Secretary, Centre for Refugee Studies, Moi University, PO Box 3900, Eldoret, Kenya (tel: +254 321 43620 x240; fax: +254=20 321 43047).

Further (limited) information and answers to specific queries by Email available from Richard Black, Acting Secretary of IASFM, at: UDFA609@BAY.CC.KCL.AC.UK


An Operations Manager, Africa Programming, position is available with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an international not-for-profit organization based in Battle Creek, Michigan. The job involves providing operations and administrative coordination of African offices in Battle Creek and Harare, Zimbabwe, including planning and management of activities, as well as direct supervision of support staff in Battle Creek, and the Office and Grant Administrator in Harare, Zimbabwe. For more information contact the African Studies Center (mention Tuesday Bulletin No. 8), or contact: Director of Human Resources, Re: Operations Manager, Africa Programming #153; W.K. Kellogg Foundation, One Michigan Avenue East, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017. Fax: (616) 969-2189.

A Sub-Saharan African History Professor is sought by Georgetown University. This is a tenure-track appointment at assistant professor rank. Research interests and specializations are open.=20 A Ph.D. is required, teaching experience and publications preferred. Send dossier, letter of application, c.v., and at least three letters of recommendation, to Chair, African Search Committee, Department of History, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057-1058. Dossiers received by December 1, will be given prompt consideration.=20

The University of Cape Town invites applications for the newly-established A C Jordan Chair in African Studies, within the Centre for African Studies. A senior scholar with an established research record is being sought, who has a commitment to multidisciplinary approaches, a proven administrative record, and who has considerable African experience and contacts. The disciplinary field is open, although applicants should be conversant with the social sciences and humanities. The successful applicant will be expected to: provide academic leadership in developing African Studies at UCT, particularly in the area of postgraduate studies, research co-operation and links with scholars throughout Africa; teach in the Centre=FEs academic programmes; participate in the administration of the Centre; and serve terms of office as Director of the Centre of African Studies when called upon to do so.

This is a full-time position which may be held either on permanent or contractual terms to be negotiated. The remuneration package includes attractive staff benefits such as a 13th cheque, a generous contribution to medical aid costs, non-contributory retirement funding, a car scheme and a housing subsidy in certain circumstances. Details are available on request. Send a curriculum vitae, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three contactable referees, not later than November 3, 1995 to the Appointments Officer, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700, South Africa (tel: (021) 650-2196; fax:(021) 650-2138;=20 email: from whom further information may be obtained.

The University of Cape Town is committed to policies of equal opportunity and affirmative action which are essential to its mission of promoting critical inquiry and scholarship.

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 15:20:28 EDT
From: Judith Lessard
Subject: Tuesday Bulletin #8, Fall 1995

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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