MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/21/06

Issue No. 10 Spring 2006
March 21, 2006


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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March 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.

March 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.

March 23, Thursday

"From Prisoner to Parliament and Beyond in South Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with the Honorable Ahmed Kathrada, Parliamentarian (South Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. His book Memoirs will be sold after the lecture.

March 24, Friday

"Lumumba" The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo. Romance Languages Film Series, 5:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m., Room 206 Old Horticulture.

March 24, Friday

"The Boys of Baraka" MSU and East Lansing Film Festival, 7:00 p.m., Theater D, Wells Hall.

March 24-25, Friday & Saturday

No Place to Hide: Student Activism and the Fight Against the Global AIDS Pandemic conference will be held on the second floor of the MSU Union, Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Register by going to

March 25, Saturday

"Heart of the Congo" MSU Museum and East Lansing Film Festival, 1:30 p.m., Theater A, Wells Hall (roundtable discussion at 11:00 a.m.).

March 25, Saturday

"Yesterday" MSU Museum and East Lansing Film Festival, 4:00 p.m., Theater B, Wells Hall.

March 27, Monday

Dr. Mae Jemison will speak at the Wharton Center as part of the World View Lecture Series. Dr. Jemison's many accomplishments are chemical engineer, medical doctor, astronaut, professor, Area Peace Corps Medical Officer in West Africa, lecturer and entrepreneur. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m., MSU Wharton Center. Tickets are free to MSU students and faculty, $20 to the public. For tickets contact the Wharton Center box office at (517) 432-2000, 1-800-WHARTON; or visit the website at:

March 30, Thursday

"What is Civic Action? Community Participation as Education Reform in the Republic of Guinea," African Studies Brown Bag talk with Mark Hamilton, Ph.D. Candidate, Education and International Development Studies, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


Explore Africa at MSU, Teacher Opportunity

Teachers are invited to a unique learning experience this summer. Explore Africa at MSU is a residential program for gifted and talented students, and offers teachers the opportunity to join the daily academic and cultural portions. The program runs June 18-24, 2006, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily.

Participants will attend daily language classes in Swahili; participate in sessions on African literature; develop self-selected projects on African topics; participate in African music and dance, as well as assist an African chef in making a traditional dinner. Teachers will be able to team with other teachers, while students team with other students.

Teachers may take the course in one of three ways:

  1. For no credit; 2) for 3 SB-CEUs at a cost of $270.00;
  1. for 1,2 or 3 MSU Lifelong Education Graduate credits for TE 890 (Independent study) at a cost of $329.50 per credit.

For enrollment, registration or other information, contact John Metzler, (517) 353-1700 or e-mail: to enroll. (Have your PID and PAN ready).


Africa Measles Initiatives Campaign- March 30, 2006

A child dies from measles every minute in Africa. It costs less than one dollar to vaccinate a child against this deadly, yet easily preventable, disease.

Disease of the Wind takes viewers to the heart of Africa with Jane Seymour and eight Los Angeles youth to chronicle the tragedy of measles and race to eliminate the disease. The documentary directed by James Keach, will premier Thursday, March 30, 2006, 7:00 p.m.., 1130 Wealthy Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Free admission, donations encouraged. The Measles Initiative is a long- term commitment to control measles deaths starting in Africa by vaccinating at-risk children 15 years old and younger. For more information call (616) 456-8661 ext. 3900 or (616) 456-8661 ext. 3501.

Les Ballets Africans, April 14-15, 2006, Detroit, MI

Les Ballets Africains, National Dance Company of the Republic of Guinea will perform at the Music Hall in Detroit, Friday, April 14, 2006 and Saturday, April 15, 2006, 350 Madison St., Detroit, MI 48226. To see details on the dance company, go to: For ticket information, contact the Music Hall at (313) 963- 2366; or

Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA) "THINK AGAIN" - - Call for Submissions

The international media often projects Africa as a failed continent where famine, crisis and chaos abound. THINK AGAIN! the title of this initiative seeks to instill greater understanding and appreciation for Africa. This educational text-book, think-piece, and motivational force will supplement our educational programs and curricula across high-schools and universities across the United States. The GYPA group hopes the publication can cut across boundaries and misconceptions of Africa. The publication will be of Africa's success stories by African and American Youth. Once complete, the publication will be sold in the United States, internationally, to well-wishers and friends of Africa. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the publication (cost has not yet been declared), will go directly to various projects GYPA supports and that are associated with "THINK AGAIN".

All Africans and Americans living in Africa, or studying, volunteering, or working outside of Africa or the United States between the ages of 15 - 30 years old are eligible to apply. The goal is to improve the international image of Africa via-retelling the stories of success through the youth of Africa. To include stories from all 53 countries in Africa.

For questions about the project and submission requirements, please contact Jeremy Goldberg at; or visit: to learn more about the Global Youth Partnership for Africa. Submission deadline is April 1, 2006.


Field Research Fellowship Program - CAPRi

Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) developed a PhD Field-Research Fellowship Program to link Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) projects addressing issues of collective action and property rights and experts from academia in this field. This program has the objectives

to: (1) establish or strengthen working relationships
between CGIAR Centers and leading faculty in the
fields of collective action and property rights; (2)
strengthen the capacity of graduate students in

conducting field work on collective action and property rights; (3) build or strengthen capacity to do such research in the CGIAR and partner institutions in developing countries.

There will be five fellowships given out in 2006 to full- time PhD students in the social sciences or humanities

regardless of citizenship or place of study. Deadline

for application is April 28, 2006. Please, carefully read the Request for Proposals (available at, and only submit the application once you have all the necessary information. It is important to note that CAPRi can only fund research carried out in collaboration with a CGIAR research project in a developing country.

If you are a CGIAR researcher looking for a PhD student or a PhD student looking for a CGIAR project for your field, CAPRi has set up two searchable Web-based databases to help students and CGIAR centers to identify potential collaboration between them. The databases can be accessed at Submit projects or proposals to enable your potential collaborator to find and contact you. Any questions regarding this Research Fellowship Program should be directed to Ruth Meinzen-Dick, e-mail: r.meinzen- or Stephan Dohrn, e-mail:


ActionAid International (AAI) - 2 postings

AAI Africa seeks to recruit a dynamic and energetic team to fill up the following two positions and join AAI Africa Policy team on a three-year renewable contract:

  1. Food Rights Policy Coordinator: Ref. #FR-001 The incumbent will have dual accountability to AAI Africa Policy and Advocacy Manager and Head of AAI Food Rights theme. Scope of engagements will be in Africa in general but with particular focus in Sub- Saharan Africa. The post will be located in Southern Africa in any of the following countries: Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, or Republic of South Africa.

The search committee seeks a competent, qualified, and intellectually capable leader and policy analyst with proven track record in research and policy analysis, experience on food security issues and in working with CSOs, governments, regional bodies at sub- regional/regional level, clear understanding of development and poverty issues, and social movements. Good understanding of trade, debt, and aid issues, especially the impact of WTO, WB/IMF, and EU/ACP relations and land reform issues in Africa. Bi- lingualism, especially English and French or Portuguese will be an added advantage.

  1. Governance Coordinator: Ref. #: Gov-001 The incumbent will have dual accountability to AAI Africa Policy and Advocacy Manager and AAI Governance Theme Leader. The post will be located in Western Africa in any of the following countries: Ghana, Nigeria, or Gambia

The search committee seeks a competent and proactive governance activist with sound educational background in law/political science/development studies or any other relevant field and at least seven years experience in policy or governance related issues with multi-lateral institutions, CSOs, and social movements at national, sub-regional, and regional levels. Good analytical capability and knowledge base on development, poverty, and governance issues, democracy, issues of constitutionalism and human rights, and macro- economic and policy issues in Africa, good understanding of Africa Union, Regional Economic Commissions, and global governance issues are essential. Bi-lingualism, especially English and French will be an added advantage. Applications for both posts should be sent with CV, Cover letter, and at least two names of your references no later than March 24, 2006, to International terms and conditions of service apply. Applications for Post 1 must indicate Reference Number FR-001 and applications for Post 2 must indicate Reference Number Gov-001 in the E-mail Subject Line.

Projects Coordinator - Nigeria

The person in this position will work closely with local partner organizations, State and Local Government agencies and other stakeholders as necessary and appropriate. Key areas of responsibility will be to work with and support partners in the implementation of community level Water and Environment Sanitation work in Cross River and Ebonyi States, as well as provide support to other projects. Must have worked for a minimum of two years at the Project Manager level and enjoy field work. For further details go to: All applicants must complete an application. CVs will not be acknowledge or accepted. The deadline for completed applications is Sunday, March 26, 2006.

Senior Human Resources Mgr. - Congo (DRC)

Oxfam GB has been present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than 40 years. The country program is managed from Goma, East DRC with a support office in Kinshasa and project sites in five locations throughout the DRC. The Senior Human Resources Manager reports to the Country Program Manager. The purpose of this position is to develop, advise on and implement the full range of human resource strategies, as well as build the capacity of the Human Resources function in DRC. The ideal candidate must have a degree in human resources or related social sciences with at least 5 years experience in a similar role. For details and to apply online, go to:
The application deadline is March 31, 2006.

TrustAfrica foundation - Dakar, Senegal

Five positions
Program Coordinator; Finance Manager; Fundraising and Outreach Manager; Office Administrator; and Driver/Messenger.

Akwasi Aidoo, former West African director of the Ford Foundation's West Africa, has established a new Africa- based foundation called 'Trust Africa'. The foundation, whose headquarters is in Dakar, Senegal, was developed at Ford and is currently recruiting staff. To view positions and get details, visit: The deadline to apply is March 31, 2006.

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

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