MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/21/06

Issue No. 7 Spring 2006
February 21, 2006


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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February 20, Monday

"The Struggle of Women Domestic Workers in South Africa," presentation by Dr. Jeanne Gazel, Director & Co-Founder, Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE), 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., MSU Union, Multicultural Center Conference Room (lower level). Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to 353-1635 by noon, February 20, 2006.

February 22, Wednesday

"Hausa Table," every Wednesday brown bag luncheon with Dr. Ibro Chekaraou. Hausa-phones in the Lansing/East Lansing area meet to practice their Hausa in order to maintain or improve their oral skills in the language, 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

February 22, Wednesday

"Meza ya Kiswahili" (Swahili table) every Wednesday in the Crossroads Food Court, 12:30 - 1:30. For information, contact Professor Deo Ngonyani, e-mail: or call 353-4051.

February 23, Thursday

"Public Opinion in Zimbabwe Following Operation Murambatsvina," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Michael Bratton (Political Science, MSU), Isaac Kalumbu (School of Music), Mr. Clapperton Mavhunga (Univ. of Michigan), and others, 12:00 noon, Third Floor, Room 303 International Center.

February to mid-March

MSU Libraries (Africana) presents: "Zulu Vistas: Scenes from the Making of the 1927 Silent Movie SILIVA THE ZULU." The Exhibition is located on the 4th Floor, West Wing of the library (outside of Fine Arts Library). For details, contact Peter Limb at 432-6123, ext. 239.

March 1, Wednesday

Transitioning from Graduate Student to New Faculty Member: Strategies for Success in a New Faculty Role," WID Graduate Associates Job Skill Building Workshop Series, presentation by Dr. Ann Austin, Professor, Educational Administration, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Rom 303 International Center. For more information, e-mail or call (517) 353-5040.


2005 African Culture GALA - DVD's available

"Mu San AFRIKA" DVD's from the African Culture performance are available for purchase. To buy a copy, please e-mail Mohammed Bah at; or contact Lisa in the African Studies Center, 100 International Center; 353-1700.

MSU Study Abroad in South Africa and Lesotho

The Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education and the African Studies Center at MSU announce the Education, Society and Learning in South Africa and Lesotho study abroad program this summer from May 13-June 17, 2006.
This five-week program will explore the relationship between formal education and society in South Africa and Lesotho, as well as in the larger context of the southern African region. Participants will visit a variety of schools, historical sites and museums, and other places of social importance in both urban and rural areas of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Lesotho, and Durban. The program will focus on issues of human diversity and social institutions. This program is open to students from all majors. Undergraduates as well as graduate students are welcome to apply.
The application deadline is March 1, 2006. Visit: ng.html for more details, or contact Stephen Backman, Program Director, e-mail:, 100 International Center, Tel: 353-1700.

Brazilian Scholar on Africa to Speak at MSU

The historian Joao José Reis of the Universidade Federal da Bahia will present a talk Monday, March 13, 2006, at 4:00 p.m. on "Domingos Sodré, A Yoroba Priest in Bahia, Brazil, c. 1810s-1887," room 303 of the International Center.

Joao José Reis is the author of the prize-winning Death Is a Festival: Funeral Rites and Rebellion in Nineteenth- Century Brazil, translated by H. Sabrina Gledhill(University of North Carolina Press, 2002) and Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia. (John Hopkins University Press, 1993). He has also published various edited volumes and articles in Portuguese. Professor Reis is one of the most respected Brazilian scholars on the history and culture of Africans in Brazil. For information, contact Professor Peter Beattie, e-mail:; Tel: (517) 353-1690.

Exhibitions and Activities at the MSU Museum

"Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa" and "Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory" are two exhibitions currently featured at the MSU Museum. The exhibits will run through June. There will be information on the web site:; or call Professor Marsha MacDowell at (517) 355-6511 for more information.

Following are upcoming activities at the Museum: Sat., Feb. 25, 9:30AM to 12:00 noon, "Expressions of War"/Peace Collage Creation. Adults of all ages and high school youth are invited to participate in a collective arts activity that is designed to capture experiences, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions around the issues of war.

Sun., Feb. 26, 1PM-3PM/ Mon., Feb. 27, 11AM-1PM "Making it Good, Doing it Right" Learning Fair throughout the MSU Museum (hands on activities for all ages).

Tue., March 14, 6PM-7PM - "Research & Exhibits," Gallery Talk, Heritage Gallery. Overview of the research issues and methodologies used in the Siyazama exhibition project by Marsha MacDowell, Co-curator, and Professor, Art and Art History.

Sun., March 19, 3PM-3:30PM - "AIDS and Arts Education" Gallery Talk, Heritage Gallery. Talk by Merit Dewhurst, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Arts Educator at MoMA, NYC.

Sat., March 25, 4PM - Film screening of "Yesterday" (2005), Theater B, Wells Hall.

"MR. MANDELA" quilt display at the Museum

New on view in MSU Museum's Heritage Hall is the "Mr. Mandela" quilt created by Beverly Ann White to honor Nelson Mandela. White's inspiration for "Mr. Mandela" came from the very strong emotions of elation and relief she experienced when he was released from his years of captivity in South Africa.


LATTICE Zulu Basket Sale - February 24-25, 2006

Linking All Types of Teachers in Intercultural and International Education (LATTICE) is sponsoring a Zulu Basket sale at the All Saints Episcopal Church on Abbott Road in East Lansing, MI. Proceeds from the sale will be used to pay school fees for needy South African students.

The sale is Friday, February 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Sally McClintock at: sallyma@COMCAST.NET.

Women for Women International - Call for Papers

Woman for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. Additional information about the program can be found on their website (see below).

Critical Half is the biannual academic journal of Women for Women International. The organization is currently seeking submissions for Critical Half's Spring 2006 edition, which will focus on the importance of psycho-social support for women in conflict and post- conflict societies.
Please visit for further details about the journal and submission guidelines. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2006. Past issues of the journal are also available for review at


Rockefeller Foundation/CGIAR Fellowships Call for Proposals

Second Round of Fellowship Program: Enhancing the careers of East African women scientist. This fellowship program is open to women scientists and researchers working in Kenyan, Ugandan, and Tanzanian universities. Minimum qualification for applicants is MSc.
Applicants are requested to submit a maximum four- page proposal. For proposal format requirements, visit: The application deadline is February 28, 2006.


Asst. Professor- African Lang. Michigan State U.

The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University will make a three-year, fixed-term appointment at the Assistant Professor level in African languages to begin on or after August 16, 2006. Teaching duties will include a 0.5 appointment teaching Hausa (or another West-African language) and 0.5 coordinating the African Language Program and its faculty-supervised, individualized-instruction offerings. The appointee also will be a core faculty member of the MSU African Studies Center. Ph.D. by time of appointment.

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2006. Send letters of application describing your teaching and research interests, vita, three letters of recommendation

to: David K. Prestel, Chair, A-615 Wells Hall,
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian
and African Languages, Michigan State University, East
Lansing, MI 48825-1027. Applicants who are not U.S.

citizens or permanent residents must provide documentation evidencing employment authorization in the United States. Persons with disabilities have a right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Michigan State University is an AA/EOE institution.

Scholarships in Human Rights for Women

The Native Leadership Scholarship (NLS) program creates educational opportunities for women around the world who are grassroots leaders, organizers, and activists demonstrating financial need. NLS invests in women's leadership and leadership development by supporting non-doctoral graduate education in human rights, sustainable development, and public health.

Scholarship recipients enroll in programs of study that cover a range of human rights and development issues at the non-doctoral graduate level including gender, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child exploitation, human and drug trafficking, infant and maternal mortality, microbial diseases, conflict resolution, environmental justice, global fair trade, agroecology, and sustainable development. NLS is a secular program and does not support programs of study that promote specific religious beliefs.

All applicants are invited to fill out pre-applications on the website listed below. NLS pre-applications for the 2006-07 academic year will be available through March 25, 2006 on the website or by request from:

For more information please visit:; or contact: Aline Carton, Program Manager, Native Leadership Scholarship, Channel Foundation, 603 Stewart St., Suite 415, Seattle, WA 98101, USA; Tel: (00)1-206-621-5447; Fax: (00)1- 206-621-2664; e-mail:

Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.

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