MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/30/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/30/01

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February 1, Thursday

"Early Introduction of Complementary Fluids Influences Breastfeeding Duration and Introduction of Solids in Gabane (Botswana) Children," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Maria Nnyepi, Ph.D. student (Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 8, Thursday

"'Spoiled Brats:' Misinforming the Public About Student Protests in Tanzania,"African Studies Center Brown Bag with Deogratias (Deo) Ngonyani, Faculty (Dept. of Linguistics and Languages, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Planning for ASU Africa Culture Week Begins

The newly elected Executive Board of the African Students Union (ASU) invites Africans and others interested in Africa to join the African Students Union and assist in the planning of Africa Culture Week. The week-long celebration of African culture and history, tentatively scheduled for mid-March 2001, will feature an African dinner and guest speaker, displays and exhibits throughout campus, a student-led debate on African issues, a night of storytelling and a dance party. ASU welcomes other ideas, and encourages interested students to participate. For more information about joining ASU or about Africa Culture Week contact any of the Executive Board members: Joseph Mwiti Mmwirchia, e-mail:; Grace Mwendah, e-mail:; Lanre Williams, e-mail: will1055@pilot.msu.ed; Elizabeth Mugala, Danson Esese, e-mail:, or Mamadou Balde, e- mail:

Grant Writing Seminar

This one-day seminar offers writers at all levels an informative presentation on grant writing. The seminar will be conducted by the authors of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing on Thursday, March 22, 2001, 9:00am-4:00pm, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Big Ten Room C, Michigan State University. Topics include techniques for writing grant proposals, discussion of follow-through procedures, and advice from grantmakers. Each seminar participant will receive a copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing and a workbook outlining the major seminar topics. The fee for the seminar is $195. For registration information, contact The Foundation Center at 1-800-424-9836. For additional information, contact Phyllis Ball at (517)-353-6699.

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. Featured speakers include Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Kim Butler (Rutgers University), Robin D.G. Kelley (New York University), Ruth Hamilton (Michigan State University), Chana Kai Lee (University of Georgia) and Larry Eugene Rivers (Florida A&M University).

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. 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. For more information, visit

CLEAR 2001 Language Education Workshops

The MSU Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) is sponsoring a series of summer workshops on language education that might be of interest to teachers of African languages, as well as to teachers of more commonly taught languages. Workshop themes include "Using Communicative Activities in a Grammar-Based Curriculum," "Promoting Student Motivation and Interest in Foreign Languages," "Using Authentic Materials in the Foreign Language Classroom," "Putting Your Course Online," and "Making a Language-Learning CD-ROM." The costs for each program vary, and stipends are available. For more information or a registration form, contact CLEAR, A712 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027, or visit the web page at

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. 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:


International Conference on Eritrea

During this summer's 10th anniversary of Eritrea's independence there will be an international conference entitled "Independent Eritrea: Lessons and Prospects." Thematic topics include economics, history, politics, regional relations, socio-cultural issues, and science and technology. Details of the conference can be found in the Eritrean Studies Association web site, The conference will be hosted July 22 through July 26, 2001, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Asmara, Eritrea. The deadline for completed papers is April 15, 2001; interested individuals should contact the respective thematic and sub-thematic chairs shown on the web site or send mail to ESA, P.O. Box 4034, East Lansing, MI 48826, U.S.A. or ESA, P.O. Box 5849, Asmara, Eritrea.

Call for Papers

Eighth Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium

The 8th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium at Hamburg University, August 22-25, 2001 seeks paper and panel proposals covering traditional topics of linguistics and those related to textual analysis and literature in Nilo-Saharain languages. The deadline for submission of abstract is March, 31 2001, and registration via website is preferred. For further information, contact The 8th NSLC2001 (Mechthild Reh), Institute of African and Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg University, Rothenbaumchausse 67/69, D- 20148 Hamburg, Germany; E-mail: nilosah@uni-; Fax: 0049-40-428385675. Visit the web site at


African Cross-Currents in Atlantic Cultures Postdoctoral Fellowship

Scholars of African ethnicities and cultures in the Diaspora are invited to apply for a one-year postdoctoral teaching and research fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute's Center for Advanced Studies of Race, Ethnicity, and Society in Africa and the Atlantic World at the University of Virginia, to begin August 1, 2001. The Center is particularly interested in projects related to West and Central African ethnicities and cultures. Funded by the Ford Foundation, this teaching and research fellowship is designed to advance individual scholarship while facilitating the reconceptualization of African and African-American Studies through interdisciplinary collaboration. During their residency, fellows will be expected to participate in the Woodson Institute's workshops and conferences; deliver up to four guest lectures in introductory African and African-American Studies classes; and teach one undergraduate or graduate seminar.

The fellowship competition is open to qualified candidates without restriction to citizenship or residence. Applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. by the time of application or furnish proof that it will be received by June 30, 2001. Application deadline for the 2001-2002 fellowship competition has been extended to February 15, 2001; all materials must be postmarked by that date. Complete application guidelines and forms are available on-line at: For more information contact: Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400162, Charlottesville, VA 22904- 4162. Phone: (804)924-8889. Fax:(804) 924-8820.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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