MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/23/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/23/01

EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive <>




January 25, Thursday

"Pan Africanism and African Renaissance in the 21st Century," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dennis J. Akumu, Former Secretary General (Organization of African Trade Union Unity), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


FLAS Fellowships 2001-2002 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)

Fellowships for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in African languages and area studies at MSU are available from the U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. FLAS fellowships are awarded to graduate students enrolled in programs which combine the study of modern foreign language with advanced training and research in area studies and/or international development. In general, fellows may be enrolled in any discipline, however some restrictions may apply. Awards cover the cost of core college tuition and fees at MSU, plus a stipend of $11,000 for the academic year. FLAS fellowships at MSU are awarded by three of the University's Title VI National Resource Centers. Each center is authorized to fund the study of particular languages as listed below. A smaller number of summer grants cover tuition and fees for a six-week intensive study of an African language (see below).

A) Intensive Shona Summer 2001 Program will be held from June 21 to July 27, 2001 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. This six-week Intensive Summer Program in Shona will be preceded by a three- day gratis workshop on Zimbabwe, June 18-20. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Shona (AFR 151 & 152) and Intermediate Shona (AFR 251 & 252), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for six weeks; and Advanced Shona (AFR 450), 6 credits, for 20 hours per week for six weeks. A three-day seminar on Zimbabwe for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in Zimbabwe will be offered June 18-20, 2001. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from Zimbabwe as well as from the more than 50 MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in Zimbabwe. Shona Intensive Summer Program participants are expected to participate in this gratis workshop.

The Summer Shona Institute will be directed by Professor Albert Natsa, faculty member of the Dept. of Curriculum and Arts Education, University of Zimbabwe.

For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or E-mail: Application deadline is February 16, 2001.

B) MSU-Ford Minority Fellowship: Zimbabwe Michigan State University (MSU) with the support of the Ford Foundation announces the creation of three competitive full fellowships for beginning graduate students in African studies interested in completing an M.A. and Ph.D. in an academic department at MSU. Deadline to apply is February 16, 2001. Students will be admitted for a 15-month program beginning June 2001 for a program for the study of Zimbabwe, consisting of: six-weeks of intensive Shona language study at MSU in summer 2001 under the instruction of Prof. Albert Natsa, University of Zimbabwe; one semester at MSU in fall 2001 for a full load in Shona and African studies, enrolled in a graduate department of one's choice; and eight-months of immersion in Zimbabwe studies at University of Zimbabwe January- August 2002. Those completing the 15-month program will be expected to enroll for continuing graduate study in an MSU academic department in the following academic year 2002-2003. To apply, one must complete forms seeking admission both to this special program and to graduate degree study in an MSU academic department. Graduate degree admission forms should be obtained from the relevant department of interest to the student - and the Center can assist with that communication. Criteria for selection shall include: academic excellence and achievement; commitment to the study of Africa through advanced graduate programs; commitment to completing an M.A. and Ph.D. program in an academic department; and commitment to learning the language and culture of the African nation. For further information see: or contact Professor Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, MSU. Tel: (517) 353-1700. Fax: (517) 432-1209. E-mail:

Thoman Fellowship Program

MSU International Studies and Programs is seeking applicants for the 2001-2002 Thoman Fellowship Program. The program aims to bring together advanced PhD students from developing countries to consider strategies to address issues of poverty and hunger, both in our local community and in the students' home communities. The successful applicant will demonstrate professional and personal interest in the issues of poverty and hunger, an outstanding academic record, a high degree of motivation, previous professional experience, and promise for a significant future contribution to the home country. Preference will be given to applicants who will have completed or expect to complete their comprehensive exams by the end of the Fall 2001 semester. Application materials are available from the Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 201 International Center, MSU. Completed applications are due by March 1, 2001.

Call for Papers MSU Conference, Diaspora Paradigms: New Scholarship in Comparative Black History

MSU history graduate students along with John H. Hannah Professor of History, Darlene Clark Hine, and the Comparative Black History Ph.D. Program at MSU invite paper and panel proposals for Diaspora Paradigms: New Scholarship in Comparative Black History, a conference that aims to place the history of Black people in the Diaspora within a comparative framework. MSU will host the conference on September 20 - 23, 2001. Conference organizers welcome paper and panel proposals on the African Diaspora in Africa and the Americas and on diverse regions such as Asia, Australia, and Europe. Topics concerning identity, resistance, gender, labor, slavery, genocide, migration, religion, education, sexuality, black nationalism, and the Cold War, among others, are invited.

Panel proposals should include a one page abstract and current CV. Proposals should also include an abstract of panel's intent and current CV of each participant. Individual paper proposals will also be evaluated for acceptance and should include a one page abstract and current CV. All proposals are due no later than January 31, 2001. The preferred method of submission is a Word or WordPerfect attachment sent to You may also submit proposals, and direct questions, to the Conference Committee, Comparative Black History Ph.D. Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824- 1036. (517) 355-3418. Visit for further details.


ALA Extends Submission Deadline

The deadline for the receipt of paper and panel proposals for the program of the 27th Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association (ALA) in Richmond this April has been extended to the end of January. January 31, 2001 is the date by which the ALA must receive your proposal and the treasurer must receive your 2001 membership dues in order to guarantee a place on the program for your presentation.

If you want to be part of the ALA program and have not yet sent us your proposal, please do so without delay: by e-mail at, or by fax at 804-289-8313, or by mail to Louis Tremaine, ALA Conference Co-Convener, Dept. of English, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 23173 USA.

In addition to your proposal, please include (as they apply) your affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address, as well as any needs you may have for audio-visual equipment. You can find a proposal form that provides for this information on our web site or in the current issue of the ALA Bulletin, which should be arriving in the mail soon. For more information about the conference, visit the ALA web site at

Call for Papers Special Issue of Callaloo

Callaloo seeks papers for a special issue, guest edited by Stephanie Brown (Columbia University) and Bill Stanford Pincheon (Washington State University), on the theme "Black Masculinities" for an upcoming issue to appear in 2002. The editors seek interdisciplinary papers which focus critically on constructions of black masculinity in literature, theatre, music, film, etc., and the relationship between black masculinity and African American Studies. Papers focusing on narratives, sexuality and stereotypes, authenticity, black men and critical race theory, black men and the law, black men and the blues aesthetic, masculine constructions of Ellison, Wright, Baldwin, Hansberry, Walker, Morrison, Mosely and August Wilson and others are welcome. Only unpublished papers can be considered. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 1, 2001. Final papers must be submitted by July 1, 2001. Papers should be in MLA format. Submit the paper in triplicate (original with cover letter containing contact information and two blind copies) along with return postage to the following address: Bill Stanford Pincheon, Guest editor, "Black Masculinities," Department of Comparative American Cultures, 111 Wilson Hall, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4010. Abstract may be mailed to this address, or sent via e-mail to or slb33@columbia.

Joyce Cain Award Nominations

Due to the efforts of the Underrepresented Racial, Ethnic and Ability Groups Committee (UREAG), the Comparative and International Education Society is proud to announce the inauguration of the Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on African Descendants. The award is open to all members of CIES who conduct research on African descendants. It recognizes and honors excellence in scholarly articles that explore themes related to people of African descent. The award is presented to an outstanding article that demonstrates academic rigor, originality, and excellence, and contributes to a better understanding of the experiences of African descendants. The first award will be presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society. Any CIES member in good standing, including the author, may nominate a scholarly work that has been published in the year 2000 for the award. Nominations should include three copies of the nominated article and a cover letter requesting its consideration. Send nominations to Reitumetse O. Mabokela, College of Education, 426 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA. Phone: (517) 353-6676. E-mail:


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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