MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/29/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/29/00


Issue No. 8, Spring 2000

February 29, 2000



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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March 2, Thursday

"Out of the Field and Into the Fire:Graduate Students Reflect on Fieldwork and Dissertation Writing," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tim Carmichael, Ellen Foley, and Liz MacGonagle, Advanced Graduate Students (Respectively, History, Anthropology, and History, MSU), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 2, Thursday

"Shady Practices: Gender and Agroforestry Politics in the Gambia," BSRSI and GATI Seminar Series with Richard A. Schroeder, (Professor of Geography and Director, African Studies Center, Rutgers University), 4:30 p.m., Centennial Room, Kellogg Center, MSU. Preceded by a reception at 4:00 p.m.

March 3, Friday

"Mapping the Maasai:Dilemmas of Counter_Mapping Community Resources in Tanzania,"CASID/SID/WID Seminar Series with Richard Schroeder, (Professor of Geography and Director, African Studies Center, Rutgers University), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 9, Thursday

No Brown Bag - Spring Break


Thoman Fellows Program

The Thoman Fellows Program is a capstone learning experience designed for outstanding international doctoral students at MSU who demonstrate achievement, promise and a commitment to understanding and dealing with the global problems of poverty, hunger and food security. Fellows participate in seminars and workshops during the academic year to broaden their understanding of poverty, hunger and food security issues while considering how their own personal contributions can help address these problems. Fellows also lead campus-based activities related to hunger and poverty, serve as volunteers at Lansing area community organizations, and develop a proposal for establishing a non-governmental organization upon their return home. Fellows receive a stipend and are expected to be on campus throughout the academic year. For information, contact Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 201 International Center, MSU. The application deadline is March 1, 2000.

Keynote Address by Darlene Clark Hine

Darlene Clark Hine, John A. Hannah Professor of History at MSU, will deliver the keynote address at a two-day conference on "Women and the New Millennium" March 17-18, 2000 at MSU. Conference sessions will examine continuing education, gender and violence, women's issues in the international arena, and the role of women in the public sphere. For information and registration, contact the MSU Women's Studies Program at 355-4495.

Conference on Economic Liberalization

MSU will host an international conference that compares the political, social and economic impacts of global restructuring on eight political economies: South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Poland and Hungary. For more information contact: Professor Norman A. Graham, CERS, 205 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035;Tel: (517) 355-3277; Fax: (517) 432-4845; E-mail:; or visit the website at:

School Visits by International Guest Speakers

The Speakers Bureau of Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) seeks international guest speakers to visit schools in Lansing and talk about their country in the classroom. Guest speakers may describe the history, geography, climate, customs, holidays, festivals or family life of their home country. Slide presentations and the sharing of traditional stories are especially welcomed. For more information contact CVIP, 101A International Center, MSU (1:00-4:00 p.m. only, Monday-Thursday); Tel: 353-1735. Alternatively, contact Peggy Arbanas, Office of International Students and Scholars, 103 International Center, MSU;Tel: 353-1720.

Multidisciplinary Studies in Durban, South Africa

The newly established MSU-sponsored program at the University of Durban-Westville (UDW) allows undergraduates to study with South African students for a semester or full academic year in Durban. Participants will experience a vibrant culture first-hand and study politics in action in South Africa's transforming society.

UDW consists of a variety of departments that are grouped into the areas of science and engineering, humanities, social science, education, health sciences, law, and business. Most of UDW's courses will be open for enrollment with the exception of fields such as pharmacy and the health sciences. All courses are taught in English with a mandatory introductory course in isiZulu for non-native speakers.

Interested participants must be of at least junior status. Study at UDW will be an exciting adventure and challenge, but students must adequately prepare themselves in advance. An extensive orientation will be offered by the MSU Office of Study Abroad and the African Studies Center. Program dates are: Fall Semester,July 24 - December 1, 2000; Spring Semester, January 31 - June 10, 2001; Academic Year, January 31 - December 1, 2001. Each semester consists of 13 weeks of classes over a period of 18 weeks.

For additional information, contact:Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing,MI 48824-1035;Tel:(517) 353-8920;Fax: (517) 432-2082; Or, John Metzler, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 100 International Center, East Lansing MI 48824-1035;Tel: (517) 353-1700;Fax: (517) 432-1209;

Undergraduate Study at the University of Zimbabwe

Michigan State University has offered an undergraduate study abroad program at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) since 1986.

The study abroad program at UZ is a special feature of the larger linkage agreement between MSU and UZ. Students accepted into this program (by MSU and UZ) will be enrolled as "special students" at the University of Zimbabwe and earn transfer credit. (MSU students remain enrolled at MSU and are allowed to maintain their financial aid.)

1) Arts and Social Studies at UZ:Students can study the arts and social studies for a semester or full academic year. All students will take an intensive, 40- hour language program in Zimbabwe prior to the start of formal classes. For additional information, contact: Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing,MI 48824- 1035;Tel:(517) 353-8920;Fax: (517) 432-2082; Or, John Metzler, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 100 International Center, East Lansing MI 48824-1035;Tel: (517) 353-1700;Fax: (517) 432-1209;

2) Agriculture and Natural Resources at UZ: Agriculture and Natural Resource majors who have a desire to learn more about Africa can also study at UZ for a semester or full academic year. Prior study of Africa is not required. The theme of this option is "Agricultural, Environmental, and Land Use Systems." For more information on this UZ option, contact the Agriculture and Natural Resources Coordinator:Eunice F. Foster, Department of Crop and Soil Science, MSU, 160 Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg., East Lansing, MI 48824-1325;Tel: (517) 353-1784;Fax: (517) 432- 2428;


Ghana Studies Council on the Internet

The address of the Ghana Studies Council's website is

Programs in International Development

The International Development Department of the School of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham (UK) offers postgraduate and short study programs for people in the public sector, aid agencies or non-governmental organizations. Post-graduate programs include an MBA in Public Service and MSc programs in Governance and Development, Public Economic and Financial Management, International Health Management, Poverty Reduction and Development, and Rural Development. Short courses that run from 2-6 weeks are also offered both on a regular basis and to meet the needs of special organizations. For more information contact Mrs. Y. Swain, International Development Department, School of Public Policy, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK;;


The Modern World System

The 24th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of the World System will meet at Boston College March 24-25, 2000. The theme is "The Modern World System in the 20th Century."For more information, contact: Ramon Grosfoguel, Sociology Department, McGuinn Hall 426, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02167-3807;

3rd World Debt Conference

"Break the Chains of Debt" is the theme of a 3rd World Debt Conference sponsored by Jubilee 2000USA/Michigan Coalition March 31 to April 1, 2000 in Ann Arbor at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. Conference highlights include international speakers, plenary sessions, workshops and a marketplace. For more information, call Barb Pott at (734) 971-9781.

Identity and the State

The 5th Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, "Identity and the State: Nationalism and Sovereignty in a Changing World?" will take place April 13-15, 2000at Columbia University in New York City. For information, contact: Gordon Bardos, Convention Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 1216 IAB, 420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027; Tel:(212) 854-8467;Fax: (212) 666-3481;;

African Language Teachers Association

The 4th Annual International Conference of the African Language Teachers Association will be held April 13- 15, 2000 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year's theme is "African Languages: Pedagogical Challenges and Prospects for the 21st Century."Participants should register by March 15, 2000. For more information, contact:Alwiya Omar, Conference Chair, African Studies Center, 648 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104;Tel:(215) 898-4299;

International Gender and Language Association

The International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) will hold its first conference at Stanford University April 13-16, 2000. For more information, contact:First IGALA Conference, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305- 22150;;

Language for 2001

"International Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Intercultural Relations" is the subject of a conference on Language for 2001 at the University of Mississippi April 20_22, 2000. Proposal abstracts relevant to the conference theme may be submitted by April 1, 2000. For more information, contact:James F. Payne, Director, African American Studies, The University of Mississippi, 303 Barr Hall, University, MS 38677;Tel: (662) 915-5977;Fax:(662) 915-5675;

Independent Scholars:

Public Intellectuals of the Future

The National Coalition of Independent Scholars will sponsor a conference on "Independent Scholars:The Public Intellectuals of the Future" October 27-29, 2000 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The coalition encourages scholars who practice their craft outside of universities and the teaching world, but remains committed to the recognition and support of independent scholarship both within and outside academia. Suggested topics for papers and sessions include:the relationship between academia and independent scholarship, the history of independent scholarship and the new millennium, the sponsorship and funding of independent scholarship, the effect of globalization on independent scholarship, and the relationship of independent scholarship and emerging technology. The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2000. For more information, contact:Thomas C. Jepsen, Program Chair, 515 Morgan Creek Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514;Tel:(919) 933-0377;


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