MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/25/03

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/25/03

EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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January 16, Thursday "The Future of Africa's Development: An assessment of the Cotonou Agreement and the New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD)," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Abdul-Ganyu Garba, Head, Dept. of Economics, Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Book Donation to Lagos, Nigeria Folu Ogundimu, African Studies Center Core faculty member, is collecting used books and journals for shipment to the newly inaugurated Department of Mass Communication Library at the Lagos State University, and the general collections of the LASU libraries at Ojota and Suru-Lere, Lagos, Nigeria. If you would like to make a contribution of your used material for these libraries, the gesture will be most appreciated. Access to books and journals remain some of the most pressing and scarce resources for our African partners and the donations will go a long way to alleviate this problem.

Two years ago when Professor Ogundimu visited LASU as part of the MSU five-country survey of African universities, the refurbishment of university library resources were identified as one of the most urgent areas of cooperation and assistance with U.S. universities. Contributions to the LASU libraries could go a long way in meeting these needs. Drop off site and contact is Folu Ogundimu, 384 Communication Arts and Sciences Building, MSU. Donations will be accepted on a continuing basis and shipments will be sent three times a year. The first shipment is scheduled for mid-January, 2003.

Foreign Travel Fund International Studies and Programs is accepting applications for spring-summer Special Foreign Travel Fund grants through February 1, 2003. Guidelines and application forms for travel to international meetings held March through August can be obtained from the Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 209 International Center or by visiting the Web at:

MSU Global Access Database International Studies and Programs at MSU has developed a new web site. MSU Global Access, - is an ongoing initiative designed to make it easier for people to learn about the world on the World Wide Web. Over 8,000 resources have been annotated and inserted into a database under various categories, both geographical and topical. There is a separate page for every country and world region, as well as pages on Environment, Industry and Labor, Human Rights, world and country maps, and also many news resources that are region specific. This is an absolutely FREE web site and especially useful for those doing research on-line.

Questions regarding this database may be directed to: Lisa Robinson, Outreach Coordinator, MSU Global Access, International Studies and Programs; Phone: (517) 355-2350; Fax: (517) 353-7254; e-mail:

Consortium for African and Latin American Studies Consortium for African and Latin American Studies (CALAS) is a Michigan State University Initiative of two Title VI National Resource Centers to collaborate on extending African, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies with select partners of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). CALAS offers language and area studies cooperation and resources to faculty and students in HBCU and GLCA colleges and universities. CALAS builds on MSU's previous collaboration organized through Center for Inter- Institutional Collaboration in African and Latin American Studies (CICALS). For details, call (517) 353-1700; or (517) 353-1690.

Zulu Tutor Needed Seeking private tutor in Zulu for Spring semester 2003. Time commitment is for 5 hours per week, for 16 weeks at $12.00 per hour. For more information, contact David Dwyer at

Fula Tutor Needed The African Language program at MSU is looking for a speaker of Fula to serve as a tutor in the Program during the coming Spring semester. The position involves 5 class hours per week, but does not require any previous teaching experience. The program coordinator prefers a speaker of a western variety (Fouta Torro, Futa Jallon or Maasina). Please address inquiries to: David Dwyer, Coordinator, African Language Program, MSU; or e-mail

Thirteenth Annual International Awards This is the last call for nominations for three international awards that will be presented at the annual International Awards Ceremony:

_ The Joon S. Moon Distinguished International
Award; _ The Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing
International Studies and Programs at MSU; and _ The Glen Taggart Award for Community
Contribution to International Understanding.

The deadline for nominations is February 7, 2003. If you nominated candidates last year and they did not receive awards, they will be accepted as nominees if you notify Murari Suvedi or Francoise St. Onge at 355-2350.

The Annual International Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the new conference room on the third floor of the International Center. Nomination forms are available in Room 209, International Center.

New Publication Ralph Smuckler's book, "A University Turns to the World," about MSU's international involvements between 1950 and 1990, has been released by the MSU Press. For more information on the book see the article in the Spring 2002 MSU International at


Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) at Ohio University - Athens, OH SCALI will be held at one institution for two-year cycles. Ohio University will host SCALI in 2003-2004. SCALI will be hosted by Indiana University in 2005- 2006. For details, please visit the website at: ml; or contact Pat Davidson, Assistant Director of SCALI,; phone: (740) 593- 1767; or Judith Mmari, Assistant Coordinator; e-mail:; phone: (740) 593-1767.

Amharic/Ethiopic Keyboard by Ethiotrans The first Ethiopic keyboard is now available. No more warring about remembering the key combination fonts to write Amharic, Tigrigna or any other Ethiopian languages. It is now in one simple keyboard.

In this keyboard all letters are laid out the way you learn it at your elementary school. The keyboard is designed to handle several Ethiopian languages and is UNICODE compliant. For more information contact Ethiotrans via e-mail:; or visit:; or phone: (619) 255-5530.


Graduate Student Conference - Univ. of Illinois-UC The Sixth Annual UIUC Graduate Student Conference on African and African Diaspora Issues will take place on February 28th and March 1, 2003 at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. The conference theme is "Dismantling the Myths of Africa in the 21st Century."

Conference organizers are seeking papers and presentations from all disciplines, including the Humanities, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, and Law. Fully completed works, as well as those in progress are welcome. A completed paper and all other information is due by January 15, 2003. Send submissions to: Africa in Academics Student Association (AIASA), 209 International Studies Bldg, 910 South Fifth St, Champaign, IL 61820. For more information regarding the conference, e-mail: Eliza Johannes at:; Adrienne Pickett,; or April Loving,

Popular Culture in Africa - Stanford University Popular culture in Africa is a vibrant site of cultural production and interaction that reflects the power of the informal sector. It is commonly understood in opposition to official or "high" culture of museums, formal theaters, galleries, and corporate film and music distribution. Such concepts create misleading boundaries that efface the mutual appropriation of forms and sites of cultural production. There are alternative and sometimes conflicting ideas about what popular culture is and how to use the term analytically. One of the goals of this conference is to sharpen the understanding of the term itself.

The Center invites papers and presentations of popular culture in Africa and on related topics. Registration is free. To have your paper considered for inclusion, send 1) one- page abstract with a title; 2) Name; 3) Position or Job Title; 4) Affiliation and Department; 5) Mailing address; 6) e-mail address; and 6) telephone and fax number to Christine Capper at, Program Administrator, Center for African Studies or by mail to the Center for African Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2152; or fax: (650) 723-8528. For information, visit the web site at: ers_Spring2003_Stanford.htm.


Zulu Group Project Abroad to South Africa - 2003 South Africa - June 18 - August 7, 2003 The Association of African Studies Programs and the African Language Teachers' Association announce the fifth Fulbright-Hays Intermediate-Advanced Intensive Zulu group project abroad in South Africa, directed by Yale University in affiliation with The University of Natal-Pietermaritzburg.

Up to fifteen participants will be selected for this project. To be eligible, applicants must have completed one full year of study or one intensive summer study of one of the following languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Siswati, Ndebele (Zimbabwe). Applicants must be currently enrolled in graduate studies concentrating on Africa, or be undergraduates currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior year and focusing on Africa. Applicants must be US citizens or green card holders. For more information or an application package, go to:

Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. (CCC) is an educational non-profit organization that promotes cultural exchange and understanding. It is a research center and meeting place for exhibits, community based art workshops, performances, conferences, classes, and other activities to promote cultural awareness and appreciation. Their goal is to bring people together from different cultures where they can get to know each other through the language of art.

Workshops are held at the center, located next to the ocean in a suburb of Accra. CCC, Inc. has a Ghanaian staff, resident manager and is in a gated community with clinics and hospitals nearby. CCC, Inc. invites scholars from all over the world to work with Ghanaians on collaborations that range from mosaic walls to documentary films. To learn more about this program, contact Ellie Schimelman, Director, 45 Auburn St., Brookline, MA 02466; Telephone: (617) 277-0482; or 20 Beach Crescent, Coco Beach, Teshie/Nungua, Ghana, West Africa; Telephone: 027-536646; e-mail:


Assistant Professor of Kiswahili - Univ. of Florida The Department of Africana and Asian Languages and Literatures (AALL) at the University of Florida invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Kiswahili, effective August 2003. All sub- specializations (language instruction, linguistics, literature, film, etc.) Will be considered. Applicants must have at least a near native command of Kiswahili. All interested individuals should have three referees write directly to the address below. They should also send: 1) a letter of application; 2) a current cv; 3) copies of two recent publications which reflect their specialization; and 4) a copy of at most, two chapters of the analytical portions of their dissertations if the Ph.D. degree is relatively recent. Application must be postmarked by February 15, 2003. Send to: Swahili Search Committee, Department of African & Asian Literatures, University of Floriday, 470 Grinter Hall, PO Box 115565, Gainesville, FL 32611-5565.

Irrigated Rice Specialist - Mali Winrock International is seeking an irrigated Rice Specialist for work in Mali. Applicant must have 10 years experience working in irrigated rice. A master's degree or higher in Agronomy/Plant breeding or Plant Pathology is preferred. Experience working in irrigated production systems for vegetables, rice and other food crops. Persons applying should have experience working or living in West Africa and speak both French and English. Send resume and cover letter to: Winrock International, BPE 457, Bamako, MALI.

Operations Director - Sierra Leone World Vision seeks an Operations Director for Sierra Leone. The operations Director is responsible to lead, support and coordinate field operations of World Vision Sierra Leone, to ensure that they are efficient and effective, and meet the goals and objectives of World Vision and community partners as laid out in the annual operations plan and grant agreements.

The position requires a Master's degree or post-graduate degree in development-related subjects, strong oral and written communication and good cross-cultural communication and good cross-cultural communication skills. Computer literacy, including work processing and spreadsheet skills. Knowledge of and commitment to the ethos, core values, and mission statement of World Vision. Send resume and cover letter to: International Recruiting, World Vision US, 220 I Street, NE, Suite 270, Washington, DC 20002.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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