MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/14/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/14/00

Issue No. 9, Spring 2000
March 14, 2000
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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March 14, Tuesday

"Transitions, Turbulence and Trade in the New South Africa," International Business Forum luncheon with David Wiley, Director (African Studies Center, MSU), 11:45 a.m., located at the Michigan Athletic Club (MAC). For information about this luncheon program, call Beverly Wilkins, Program Coordinator at 353-4336; or email: The cost of the luncheon is $20.

March 16, Thursday

"Evaluating Urban Conservation Programs: Case Study of the Residential Sector in Cairo," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Hiba Ahmed, Advanced Ph.D. Candidate (Department of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 17, Friday

"The role of Civil Society in Democratization processes in Africa: The case of Ethiopia" is the title of the Brown Bag seminar presentation with Dr. Gebeyehu Ejigu, Vice Provost at Arizona State University and Chairperson of the Ethiopian National Congress, a civil societal group formed by Ethiopians in the Diaspora, 12:00-1:00pm in Spartan Room C of the Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Dr. Gebeyehu's visit to East Lansing is sponsored by the MSU African Studies Center, members of the Ethiopian Community in the Lansing Area and Vicinities (ECLAV), and the Ethiopian Students Union at MSU.

March 18, Saturday

The 104th Adwa Victory Commemoration
Africa's major victory over European colonialism will be remembered on March 18, 2000, at MSU Human Ecology Building, Rm 300, 1:00-5:00pm.

"Civic Society in Times of National Danger and in Democratization Processes" is the title of the keynote speech by Dr. Gebeyehu Ejigu, Vice Provost at Arizona State University and Chairperson of the Ethiopian National Congress.

There will be a dinner and dance party beginning at 6:30pm at the Valley Court Community Center, 201 Hillside Court (behind the East Lansing Inter-state Bus Station). All are welcome to attend this historic African victory Day. For more information you may contact Fikru Gebrekidan, President of Ethiopian Students Union at MSU at (517) 353-9910 or email:

March 23, Thursday

"What Have We Learned from 18 Years of Food Policy Reform in Mali?" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor John Staatz, Faculty (Department of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.


MSU Faculty News

Margaret I. Aguwa, DO, MPH, was named
Chairperson of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, effective February 1, 2000. Dr. Aguwa earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1973 from the University Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, a Master's of Public Health degree with an emphasis on maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, in 1979, and joined the MSUCOM faculty in 1976.

2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar Awards Competition

The competition for 2001-002 Fulbright scholar awards opened March 1, 2000. Opportunities for lecturing or advanced research in nearly 130 countries are available to college and university faculty and professionals outside academe. Awards range from two months to a full academic year, and many assignments are flexible to the needs of the grantee. The basic eligibility requirements for a Fulbright award are U.S. Citizenship and the Ph.D. or comparable professional qualifications. For lecturing awards, university or college teaching experience is expected. Foreign language skills are needed for some countries, but most lecturing assignments are in English.

Academic administrators regularly receive Fulbrights, as do independent scholars, artists, and professionals from the private and public sector. The deadline for lecturing or research grants for 2001-2002 is August 1, 2000. Application materials will be available around April 1, 2000 from Francoise St. Onge, Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 209 International Center. Questions about Fulbright can be directed to Dr. Charles Gliozzo, Professor and Assistant to the Dean, International Studies and Programs; Tel: (517) 353-5589; Fax: (517) 353-7254.

Newly Formed African/African Diaspora Program

Comparative Literatures and Cultures at Michigan State University is a theoretically driven MA program that challenges conventional boundaries of literary studies and seeks to open up new areas of critical analysis. With a developing focus on African and African- Diaspora literatures and cultures, the MA in comparative studies encourages interdisciplinary, post- colonial, and transcultural research. This MA program builds on the established Comparative Literature Program and MSU's strengths in African and African Diaspora Studies. Comparative Literature and Cultures also offers a curriculum that links African Studies, Women's Studies, Film Studies, American Studies, and the Health and Humanities.

The core of the program consists of four courses. These courses engage theories and literatures that relate broadly to the area of Africa and African Diaspora studies such as Creolite, hybridity, indigenism, border theory and race studies. In addition to the four core courses, students take eighteen credits in courses of their choice drawn from a wide array of disciplines and departments. The program provides students with a large degree of flexibility in designing their respective research agendas.

Faculty participate at all levels of teaching and advising in the programs. Graduate students in the Comparative Literature and Cultures program have the opportunity to study with nationally renowned faculty at MSU. Moreover, they will benefit from the resources available through the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. Through the African Studies Center, students can apply for FLAS language grants, which provide generous support to pursue the study of African languages. Affiliation with the ASC programs also allows graduate students to access funding that harmonizes with their studies.

For more information about the MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures contact: Kenneth Harrow, Director, Comparative Literature, 319 Linton Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824 - 1044; Tel: (517) 332-0422; 353-7243; or email: harrow@msu.eduFor an application for admission into graduate study at MSU, write or call: Office of Admissions and Scholarships, 250 Administration Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824- 1046; Tel:(517) 355-8332.

CLEAR Summer Institute

The Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University (MSU) extends an invitation to participate in its year 2000 Summer Institutes. CLEAR offers stipends (including travel, institute fee and lodging reimbursement) to all participants currently working in the U.S. In addition, CLEAR offers "gratis" Continuing Education units for each summer institute. The following are the dates for CLEAR's 2000 Summer Institutes:

June 14-18
Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom Learn current approaches of integrating writing into the multi-skilled foreign language classroom at all levels, including the implementation of the process approach in large classes.

June 19-28
Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Materials Development
Learn to create computer-based materials to support your language teaching. The institute highlights the creation of multimedia materials without having to learn programming!

June 21-25
Business Language for the High School Classroom This institute will introduce you to ways "business foreign language" can be adapted at the high school level. The institute emphasizes Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Career/Job Search issues.

July 31- August 9
The Internet in Foreign Language Instruction: Introductory Techniques
Learn the software and skills needed to use the Internet to support foreign language instruction. In addition to software tools, you will learn to find and apply content, create new content and integrate the Internet into your curricula.

August 11-15
The Internet in Foreign Language Instruction: AdvancedTechniques
Learn advanced Internet techniques such as designing and formatting web pages, preparing multimedia elements for web-based delivery, adding interactivity via client-side and server-side scripting, and utilizing existing web-based resources.

Attendance is limited, so apply early! Please visit the CLEAR website at for your application or write:CLEAR - Center for Language Education and Research, A712 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027; tel: (517)-432-2286; email:


Scholar Access Grants

The African Studies Program at the UW-Madison is pleased to announce that funds are available to offer Scholar Access Grants to Africa-interested faculty at colleges in Wisconsin and other Upper Midwest states. The purpose of these grants is to allow scholars from other institutions to come to Madison to conduct research in the University of Wisconsin libraries and consult with Africa specialists based at UW-Madison. Research may be scholarly publication projects or curriculum development.

Grants will be awarded in varying amounts, however, no award will exceed $900. Grants may be used during the spring and summer 2000, but must be used before August 1, 2000. If interested, send a letter of application briefly describing your project, the dates you would like to come to Madison, the expected duration of your stay, and an estimate of transportation and other costs. Please enclose a curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent to: James Delehanty, Associate Director, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 205 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; Tel: (608) 262-2380; Fax: (608) 265-5851.

The Gates Millennium Scholars

The Gates Millennium Scholars initiative, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund and partners, is aimed at expanding access and opportunity to higher education to those citizens who will help reflect the diverse society in which we live. The Foundation seeks to increase the number of African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans, and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Students must be nominated on personal, not institutional, stationary. A complete nomination packet must be submitted on or before the postmark deadline of March 15, 2000. For additional information contact: Gates Millennium Scholars, P.O. Box 10500, Fairfax, Virginia 22031; or call toll-free: 1-877-690-4677.


School for International Training (SIT)

The School for International Training (SIT) offers 20 field-based semester programs in Africa for sixteen undergraduate credits. A few of these programs include: Uganda: Development Studies; Ghana: Diaspora Studies; Mali: Cultural History and Development; and Botswana: conservation and Ecology. Courses include intensive language, thematic seminar, field study seminar, and an independent study project. SIT programs are available to college sophomores, juniors, or seniors, who are in good academic standing at any college or university and who have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and at least one year of college-level coursework at the time of application. Scholarships are available. For further information, please contact the College Semester Abroad Admissions Department at 800-336-1616 or email:; Web Site:

Summer Abroad in Dar Es Salaam

The University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center is sponsoring a Summer Abroad program in Dar Es Salaam for Summer 2000. The five-week program offers a menu of courses covering topics on Tanzania and other East-African countries. Courses range from Government and Politics, Development, History and Sociology to Indigenous Healing, Theater Arts, and Kiswahili Language and Culture. Field trips will be organized for each course within and around Dar Es Salaam. Application deadline is April 1, 2000. For more information contact: Dr. Alwiya S. Omar, African Studies Center, Univ of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305; email:; Tel: (215) 898-4299; or visit the website at: salam.html


University of Pennsylvania - Associate Director The African Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania seeks an Associate Director beginning July-August 2000. A few of the position responsibilities are the following: Overseeing day-to-day operations for a federally-funded African Studies Center and coordinating activities of a four-school African Studies consortium; writing grants and reports; identifying and making connections to external funding sources; working with faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) in expanding the curriculum, developing new courses and research programs, and securing internships; developing collaborative and research programs with scholars in Africa; and organizing lectures and conferences and special projects. The position requires the following qualifications: Advanced degree in African Studies; preferably Ph.D.; experience in sub-Saharan Africa; experience in and knowledge of a nationally-funded African Studies Center; ability to organize and work collaboratively with scholars in U.S. and Africa; and most important, the position requires flexibility, with the ability to respond to many and diverse demands on a daily basis and to consider that initiating new projects is an ongoing part of the job. Application review begins March 25, 2000 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information write: African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, 647 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305; Tel: (215) 898-6971; Fax: (215) 573-8130; website:


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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