MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/012/02

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/012/02

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February 14, Thursday

"Education, Civil Society and Democracy in Senegal: The Findings of a Five-Region Study," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Michelle Kuenzi, (Dept. of Political Science ), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.


Slavery to Freedom

The College of Osteopathic Medicine Presents the Second Annual Visiting Minority Faculty Lecture Series, Thursdays, February 7 through 28, 2002.

Feb. 7 at 4:00 p.m. - Big Ten C, Kellogg Center - Rev. Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, Senior Pastor of The Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, Harlem, NY

Feb. 14 at 4:00 p.m. - Big Ten B, Kellogg Center - Mr. Dick Gregory, Comedian and Leading Civil Rights Leader

Feb. 21 at 4:00 p.m. - Auditorium, Kellogg Center - Dr. Dorothy F. Cotton, Former Educational Director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Feb. 28 at 4:00 p.m. - Big Ten B, Kellogg Center - Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL

All activities are free of charge. For more information call Beth Courey at (517) 432-4979.

Virtual University Class (Every Semester)

RD 876, "International Rural Development" is a course designed for people who care about improvement in human condition in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It is offered as a web-based course every semester. This "live" seminar is taught by Professor George H. Axinn, Professor Emeritus. The course is offered as a graduate credit course, for three credit hours, and as a non-credit course. Since the course is offered in a weekly a- synchronous conversation, it can fit into any schedule, regardless of the timing. Preview the class on the web at: or contact Professor Axinn via e-mail at: for more information.

Fellowships for African Languages

Under the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) at MSU, June 19 - July 27, 2002 Foreign Languages are available in summer to MSU graduate students and others who may be interested in language training for their graduate research. Funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program.

Definitely: Amharic, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu Probably: Akan/Twi, Bamana/Bambara/Mandingo, Bemba, Chewa/Nyanja, Fula/Fulfulde/Pulaar, Hausa, Igbo, Kikuyu, Lingala, Luganda, Malagasy, Oromo, Rwanda , Shona, Somali, Tigrinya, Tswana/Sesotho, West African Krio, Xhosa, Zulu

A number of Title VI Foreign Language Fellowships for U.S. citizens or permanent residents are available. The application deadline is February 15, 2002. For information and application forms, see

Non-US students may apply for the CIC FLEP Fellowships (see Fellowships).

Center for Language Education and Research

The Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) announces it's 2002 Summer workshops. CLEAR is a Language Resource Center whose goal is to support the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States by facilitating foreign language research, materials development, and professional training programs. Following are a list of workshops and their scheduled dates for 2002:

June 17-19, 2002 Teaching Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom

June 20-22, 2002 Using Communicative Activities in a Grammar-Based Curriculum

June 25-28, 2002 Promoting Motivation and Interest in Foreign Languages Inside and Outside of the Classroom

July 9-12, 2002 Basic Web Pages for Late Bloomers

July 15-19, 2002 Beyond Web Pages

July 22-26, 2002 Putting Flash into your Course

July 29 - August 2, 2002 Materials Development Marathon: Creating Online Communicative Activities from Start to Finish

August 5-6, 2002 Developing and Managing a Tutorial-based Language Program for LCTLs

To apply, complete an application online at Application fee is waived if postmarked no later than March 29, 2002.

For more information contact CLEAR at: A712 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027; web site:


The Association Liaison Office

The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development announces the 2002 Request for Applications for Institutional Partnerships in Higher Education for International Development.

$100,000 seed grants awarded through a cooperative agreement with USAID. Deadline is March 15, 2002. Full application and other supporting material may be found at

2002 NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers

"Writing Africa: Comparative African and European Palavers and Perspectives," is the title of this five-week seminar to be held June 24-July 26, 2002. The submission deadline is March 1, 2002.

For specific details contact Professor Maureen N. Eke, Department of English, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859; Tel: (989) 774-2660; Fax: (989) 774-1271; email:


Joint World Conference at Kentucky State Univ.

Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies (SIRAS) and the Black Expressive Culture Studies Association (BECSA) announce a Joint World Conference to be held April 11-13, 2002 at Kentucky State University.

SIRAS Conference Theme is "Building Bridges between African Americans and the Diaspora." SIRAS seeks to fasten social, cultural, and historical links among all peoples of African descent. It invites proposals that address mainland and diasporal issues. Abstracts should be 100-150 words. Send inquiries and proposals to conference co-organizer Funwi Ayuninjam, Div. of Literature, Languages, & Philosophy; Phone: (502) 597-5979; Fax: (502) 597-6764; email: Proposals due February 28, 2002.

BECSA Conference Theme is "Anancy's Global Web: Mapping African-World Expressive Cultures." Using the powerful icon of Anancy's web as a bridging model and a metaphor of expressivity, the BECSA theme encourages critical and creative explorations of connectedness, rootedness, and disruptions in the global configuration of the Africa world. Presenters are encouraged to explore the theme beyond the usual emphasis in Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S. and include the African presence in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, and the Pacific. Send inquiries and proposals to conference co-organizer O.B. Traore, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470; email: Phone: (973) 720-2579; Fax: (973) 720-2171. Proposals due February 28, 2002.

For the conference program and updates visit:

Tenth Annual Graduate Research Conference

Boston University is hosting their Tenth Annual Graduate Research Conference in African Studies. The conference will be at Boston University, March 22-23, 2002.

This is an interdisciplinary conference intended for students at all levels of their graduate careers. In past years participants have presented research proposals, thesis chapters, methodological papers, or simply outlines of dissertation proposals in an informal and friendly setting.

The abstract deadline has been extended to March 1, 2002. Mail to: Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Center, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. Abstracts submitted by mail should include the author's name, address, institutional affiliation, email address and phone number. Or submit on-line at: Direct questions to Chris Annear, email:; or Shelby Carpenter, email:

African Studies Association Annual Meeting

Proposals are now being accepted for the 45th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA), "Africa in the Information and Technology Age."

The Conference is December 5-8, 2002, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. Cheryl Johnson-Odim of Columbia College-Chicago is the National Program Chair. Please visit the ASA website: for information on Call for Papers, Conference Theme Statement and Sub- Themes, Panel and Roundtable Proposal forms; and Membership and Pre-registration forms. INTERNSHIPS


The International Foundation for Education and Self- Help (IFESH) offers 9-month fellowship field study opportunities for graduate students. Fellows are expected to lend skills and expertise to grassroots, self- help programs and are provided with stipends, living allowances, health insurance and transportation. Academic credit is offered, depending on institution. Tuskegee University, the lead institution for the program, is responsible for pre-departure orientations.

Countries with programs include: Tanzania, Central African Republic, Swaziland, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Niger, Guinea, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Botswana and Zaire. For more information, contact: International Foundation for Education and Self-Help, 5040 East Shea Blvd., Suite 260, Phoenix, AZ 85254-4610; Phone: (602) 443-1800.


Message-Id: <> Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 14:31:14 -0500 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 6

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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