MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/13/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/13/01

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March 15, Thursday "Cost-effective Approaches to Assessing Household Well-being in Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with David Tschirley, Faculty (Agricultural Economics, MSU) 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 22, Thursday "Can You Go out Without Your Head? Representing Mende Masquerades Today,"African Studies Center Brown Bag with Ruth Phillips, Faculty (Fine Art and Anthropology, University of British Columbia) 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

"Museums, Markets, and Mechanical Reproduction: The Disappearing of Iroquois False Face Masks," public lecture by Professor Ruth Phillips, Director, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 7:30, p.m. 206 Old Horticulture.

March 23, Friday "'Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life,' Exhibiting and Erasing National, Disciplinary and Cultural Boundaries," public lecture by Professor Ruth Phillips, Director, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 3:00 p.m., 108 Kresge Art Center. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Museum Studies Program, College of Arts and Letters, Dept. of Art, Dept. of Anthropology, African Studies Center, American Indian Studies Program, Native American Institute, Canadian Studies Center, MSU Museum, and Kresge Art Museum. For more information contact Professor Ray Silverman, (517) 353-9114,


MSU Africa Culture Week

The MSU African Students Union (ASU) announces Africa Culture Week, organized around the theme, "Africa: Change on the Horizon," March 21 - 24, 2001. Africa Culture Week will feature several exciting and educational events including 'Know Africa,' an informal and interactive presentation on Africa, a student panel discussion, storytelling and games, a keynote speaker address, and a formal gala at the Wesley Foundation. For more information on the events or to volunteer to help, contact the ASU Executive Council: Joseph Mwiti Mmwirchia,; Grace Mwendah,; Lanre Williams,; Elizabeth Mugala,; Danson Esese,, or Mamadou Balde,

Evening College Course Announcement Drinking the Word of God: Creating Museum Exhibits

Join Ray Silverman and Rob Glew, MSU Museum co- curators of Drinking the Word of God: Expressions of Faith and the Search for Well-Being in Two West African Societies for a behind the scenes portrait of how a museum exhibit is designed and created. This MSU Museum exhibit consists of objects and photographs collected in West Africa by the co-curators. By studying this project, you will discover how exhibit topics are chosen and how museum objects are collected and documented. You will also gain an understanding of how museum exhibits with an international focus provide a way of exploring broader issues in our own society. Tuesdays, beginning March 20, 2001 7-9 p.m., 4 sessions, 204 MSU Museum. For information on registration contact the Evening College office at355- 4562.

MSU Library Student Book Collection Competition

The MSU Library announces it Fourth Annual Student Book Collection Competition. The contest is open only to graduate students. First prize is $500, and entries are due March 14th. The application requires an essay describing the student's collection and an annotated list of its contents, or a selection of 50 titles from a larger collection. All topics and genres are welcome. For more information, see the MSU Libraries website: or, contact Mrs. Birdie Beckwith: or 355- 2433.


Dual Intellectual Citizenship Summer School 2001

The University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center, with funding from the Ford Foundation, has embarked on a program to develop dual intellectual citizenship among students and faculty in Africa and the United States. The program facilitates the sharing of knowledge produced in Africa by African scholars and increasing the interaction and collaboration between Western Africanists and Africa-based scholars. One of the components of this program is the Dual Intellectual Citizenship Summer School (DICSS). DICSS provides American graduate students first-hand contact with graduate students and outstanding scholars based in Africa. Participants interact with faculty in a number of intellectually stimulating settings, familiarize themselves with African scholarship, and receive feedback on their research. This year DICSS is being organized by the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and the West Africa Research Association based in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop will be held from July 23rd to August 17th, 2001.

Graduate students from other institutions are invited to participate in the program provided they can secure their own funding. Interested graduate students should submit the following materials: a curriculum vitae; graduate transcripts; two letters of recommendation; certification of French language proficiency; a personal statement detailing objectives for participating in the program and expected benefits of the program both in terms of graduate studies and future professional work. The application deadline is March 28, 2001. Priority will be given to students with a working knowledge of the French language. Successful applicants will be notified on April 15, 2001. Selected students will be asked to submit a $100 administrative fee to the African Studies Center. Completed applications should be sent to: Dr. Paul J. Kaiser, Associate Director, African Studies Center, The University of Pennsylvania, 646 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Tel. 215-898- 6449. Fax. 215-573-7379. Email:

Internships for Summer and Fall Semesters 2001

Refugee Services is seeking motivated students for Internship/volunteer positions to help resettle refugees into the Lansing area. Positions include providing services such as establishing employment, assist in school enrollment, health care, immigration and other various services working with clients. Must be comfortable working with non-English or limited English speakers, and the ability to work in an office setting. No second language necessary. It's a great way to gain experience with international issues and receive credit while helping others. If interested please contact Melissa Wilson or Vincent Delgado @ Refugee Services, (517) 484-1010 2722 E. Michigan Ave. suite 100-B, Lansing, MI 48912.

Summer Internships in Africa and Latin America

The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) would like to inform interested students of their international summer internship programs with grassroots development organizations in South Africa and Tanzania, as well as Bolivia and Nicaragua. FSD's summer programs consist of a 9-10 week internship with a local grassroots development organization, a family homestay, group orientation and evaluation sessions, and a mid-program group outing. Internships are available in a variety of areas including: environment/conservation, economic development, women's issues, human rights, education, health, construction, youth development, natural disaster relief, micro-business, social work, and many more. For students with an interest in Africa, FSD offers internship opportunities in the Kinondoni District of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and in the Odi-Moritele District near Pretoria, South Africa. The Latin American summer programs are located in mountainous areas surrounding Matagalpa in Northern Nicaragua and Cochabamba in Bolivia. The programs have a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement and a Spanish requirement for the Latin American programs. The program varies by country but is about $2000 and includes all in-country travel, administration, room and board, and a donation to the host organizations. FSD is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and their program fee is tax deductible. They will work with students seeking college credit for their internship. For more information, visit the FSD website at or email FSD at


Development Policy in Africa

Development Policy in Africa: Public and Private Perspectives is a two-day residential conference for academic, government and private sector participants that will be held in the city of Oxford. The conference will examine in detail many of the major economic and commercial issues currently facing Africa. It aims to provide a broad focus and different perspectives on Africa's business future. For more information, contact the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Phone: +44 (0) 1865 514914; Fax: +44 (0) 1865 515315; E- mail:


Research Fellowships

The Gilder Lehrman Center (GLC), part of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, is pleased to announce the Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance Fellowship Program for the academic year 2001-2002. The Program is designed to support established and younger scholars in researching projects that can be linked to the aims of the GLC. Scholars are welcome to apply in one of two categories, Senior or Associate Fellows. One Senior Fellowship (for a term of three months with a stipend of $10,000) and two Associate Fellowships (one month each with a stipend of $3000 each) are available per semester. Established scholars are invited to apply for Senior Fellowships, while post- doctorates and advanced doctoral candidates may apply for Associate Fellowships.

Applications for appointment as Slavery, Resistance and Abolition Fellows of the Gilder Lehrman Center, in either category, should include the following: 1) a curriculum vitae, including detailed contact information, date of birth, and social security number Three letters of recommendation; 2) a three-to-four-page proposal of the research project, including proposed time of residence. The application deadline is March 15 for the Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 semesters. Completed applications should be returned to the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Attn: Fellowships, P.O. Box 208206, New Haven, CT 06520-8206.Direct questions to Robert P. Forbes, Associate Director, tel: (203)432-3339, fax: (203) 432-6943, email:


Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The Pan Africa Studies Program of Indiana University of Pennsylvania is offering summer teaching opportunities to graduate students entering the final year of terminal degree programs and preparing to be college teachers for the purpose of attracting graduate students from historically under-represented and under-served populations. Students selected will teach one course during Summer Session 2, July 9-August 9, 2001. Minimum requirements are a Master's degree or equivalent and currently enrollment in a terminal degree program; academic background in one of the fields taught at IU of Penn, and at least three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals in the student's field, including the student's advisor. Teaching experience preferred. Priority consideration will be given to applications postmarked by March 28, 2001. For more information or an application visit the Program's website at Or contact Dr. Veronica Watson, Pan African Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 421 North Walk, 110 Leonard Hall, Indiana, PA 15705. Phone: (724) 357- 4940. E-mail:

Assistant Professor of the African Diaspora - Luther College

Luther College announces an opening for an Assistant Professor of the African Diaspora to begin late August 2001. The successful candidate will be expected to teach sub-Saharan African History and the African Diaspora and to participate in an interdisciplinary first-year course in History and Literature that includes writing instruction. An ability to teach the Diaspora in the Caribbean and/or Latin America will be advantageous. The review of applications will begin on April 2, 2001. All correspondence including letter of application, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcript and the names of three references should be sent to Dr. Lawrence Williams, Africana Studies Department, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101. Phone: (319) 387-1158; Fax: (319) 387-1107. E- mail:


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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