MSU Tuesday Bulletin,, 02/08/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin,, 02/08/00


Issue No. 5, Spring 2000

February 8, 2000



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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February 8, Tuesday

Colloquium #4: "History of Islam in Africa," with Nehemia Levtzion, Faculty (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Topic: Literature, Film, & Material Culture among Muslim Societies in Africa.

February 10, Thursday "South Africa's 11 - Language Policy: Investigating the Extent to Which the Demands of the Constitution are Carried Out," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Nkhelebeni Edward Phaswana, Advanced Graduate Student (Dept. of English, MSU), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 10, Thursday

Doudou N'Diaye Rose and his Drummers of West Africa will perform at Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, 8:00 p.m. For ticket information and questions, call (734) 764-2538.

February 17, Thursday

"Food Safety Issues in Southern Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tony Mutukumira, Faculty (Dept. of Food and Nutritional Sciences, U of Zimbabwe), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.


MSU African Studies Graduate Fellowships

Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (Title VI FLAS)

A) Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (Title VI 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: 1) be a U.S. citizens or permanent resident; 2) hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent before the fellowship program begins; 3) be admitted to a graduate degree program at MSU (except for the summer fellowships); 4) undertake an approved program of language, area, and/or development studies. Application forms are available from the African Studies Center. The initial deadline is February 18, 2000, however, fellowships can be awarded any time after this date. Applications will be considered until March 31, 2000, although all fellowships may have been awarded by that date.

B) MSU/Ford Minority Fellowships: East Africa

MSU with the support of the Ford Foundation announces three competitive fellowships for beginning graduate students in African studies interested to complete an M.A. and Ph.D. in an MSU academic department. The fellowship offers full financial support for a 12 month African studies immersion program in the language and culture of East Africa beginning June 2000. Those completing the 12 month program will be expected to enroll for continuing graduate study at MSU in the following academic year beginning September 2001. They will be eligible to compete for the Center's Title VI African Language and Area Studies Fellowship.

To apply, one must complete forms seeking admission both to this special program for Immersion in African Studies (from the African Studies Center) and to an MSU academic department for graduate degree study. Graduate admission forms may be obtained from the relevant department or through the Admissions Office at MSU. The application deadline is February 18, 2000.

Summer 2000 Intensive Swahili Language Program

Summer 2000 Intensive Swahili Language Program will be held from June 19 to July 21, 2000 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Swahili (AFR 101A & 102A) and Intermediate Swahili (AFR 201A & 202A), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five weeks; and Advanced Swahili (AFR 450A), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five weeks.

This five-week Intensive Summer Program in Swahili will be preceded by a three-day gratis seminar on East Africa. The three-day workshop on East African culture for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in East Africa will be offered June 15-17, 2000. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in East African countries. Swahili Intensive Summer Program participants are required to participate in this workshop.

The Summer program will be directed by Prof. Deogratias Ngonyani, Faculty at Michigan State University, who specializes in the linguistics of Swahili and other Bantu languages.

A limited number of FLAS fellowships will be offered to Intermediate and Advanced Swahili students. Application forms both for the Swahili Institute and the FLAS fellowships are available from the Center. The application deadline is February 18, 2000.

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:


Incorporating Africa's Oral Heritage and Indigenous Knowledge

The African Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington, announce a Summer Institute from July 9- August 5, 2000 focusing on "Incorporating Africa's Oral Heritage and Indigenous Knowledge into a Changing World." Funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation, the Summer Institute is designed for junior faculty and advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences interested in Africa's oral heritage and indigenous knowledge.

Interested junior faculty and advanced graduate students in African Studies should apply for the Summer Institute by submitting the following materials: (1) an application letter stating academic status (including the department and university of academic affiliation) and teaching and other academic responsibilities (for junior faculty) or academic plans (for advanced graduate students), (2) a sheet listing contact information for the first seven months of 2000, (3) a curriculum vitae, (4) a one-page description of a current research project (including a brief discussion of work completed to date and plans for the research after the Summer Institute), (5) three letters of reference (sent directly by the referee), including a letter from the chair or head of the applicant's academic department of affiliation. Junior faculty applying from Africa may wish to include a letter of support from the chief academic officer of the university of affiliation.

The application materials should be sent to: Summer Institute on Oral Heritage and Indigenous Knowledge, African Studies Program, Indiana University, Woodburn 221, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Applications must be received by March 20, 2000 to receive full consideration. To request further details about the Summer Institute, contact the African Studies Program at Tel: (812) 855-6825; Fax: (812) 855-6734; For more information on the Summer Institute, visit the African Studies Program webpage:

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute

The 2000 Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the support of Title VI African Studies centers across the country.

The Institute will run for eight weeks, from June 12 to August 4, 2000, and will be the equivalent of a full year of language instruction. The following languages will be taught at SCALI this year: Bamana I, Chichewa I & II, Hausa II, Setswana I, Swahili I & II, Tigrinya I, Wolof I, Xhosa I, Yoruba I & II, and Zulu I & II.

SCALI is open to all interested persons. In 1998, when the Institute was last at Wisconsin, participants included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, government personnel, and missionaries. Tuition for the entire eight week session is $1800.

Additional information, including an on-line registration form, is available at SCALI's website: For detailed information, contact: SCALI 2000, Attn: Mark L. Lilleleht, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 205 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; Tel: (608) 262-2380; Fax:(608)265-5851;


National Council for Black Studies

"Africana Studies and the Challenges of the New Millennium" is the subject of the 24th Annual International Conference of the National Council for Black Studies March 16-19, 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, contact: The National Council for Black Studies, National Office SAC 1115, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 East Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747; Tel: (310) 243-2169; Fax: (310) 516-3987;

Slavery and Trans-Atlantic Migration

"Shadow of the Past" is the theme of a conference on issues of slavery and trans-Atlantic migration to be held March 23-26, 2000 in Charleston, West Virginia. West Virginia State College and the Middle States African Studies Association (MSASA) will convene the conference, and the Slave Ship Henrietta Marie tangible art exhibition will premiere on March 25, 2000. MSASA consists of individuals interested in various aspects of Africa including the issues surrounding people of Africa, cultures and environments of Africa, Africans in the Americas, and the general African Diaspora. For more information, contact: Anna Marie Evans, President MSASA, Department of History, 303 Hill Hall, West Virginia State College, Institute, WV 25112-1000; Tel: (304) 766-3240; Fax: (304) 766- 8156; e-mail:

Small States in a Changing World

Tufts University's Program in International Relations will host a student international relations conference from March 31 to April 2, 2000 that explores "Small States in a Changing World: Globalization, Regionalism, Culture, and Identity." Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to attend panel sessions and listen to invited speakers and student papers that discuss challenges facing small states today. The conference is organized around four threads: small states and global forces; sources of war/cultures of peace in small states; trade and equity markets in small states; globalization and local cultures. For more information, contact: Small States Conference, Program in International Relations, 605 Cabot Intercultural Center, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155; Fax: (617) 627-3083;;

African Studies Association Annual Meeting

The African Studies Association will hold its 43rd Annual Meeting November 16-19, 2000, at the Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of the conference is "People and Power in 21st Century Africa." ASA is currently accepting proposals for panels, individual presentations, poster sessions, and video screenings of edited or unedited work. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2000. Complete information about the theme, sub-themes, and guidelines for submission is available in the ASA News and on the ASA website at ge/ASA_Menu.html.


African Language and English Linguistics at St. Cloud State University

A tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English Linguistics, African Language is available at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Responsibilities include teaching one African Language (Akan, Fulani, Hausa, Igbo, Kikuyu, Swahili, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, or Zulu) in the Foreign Language Department and teaching English linguistics courses and introductory writing courses in the English Department. A Ph.D. in linguistics or a related field with a focus on English linguistics and World Englishes is required. Native knowledge of an African language is preferred. The application deadline was posted as January 31, 2000. For more information, contact: Marya Teutsch-Dwyer, Search Committee Chair, English Department, 106 Riverview, St. Cloud State University, 720 4th Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498.


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