MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/04/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/04/00


Issue No. 11, Spring 2000
April 4, 2000
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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April 5, Wednesday

"Tanzanian Theater and Cinema," Special Brown Bag Seminar with Dr.Amandina Lihamba, Chair of the Theatre Arts Department (U of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 6, Thursday

"Opportunities and Impediments to Democratization in Nigeria," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor Okwudiba Nnoli, Director of a think_tank in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria (former Dean of Social Sciences, U of Nigeria, Nsukka), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 7, Friday

"Fertilizer Impacts on Soils and Crops of Sub_Saharan Africa" CASID/SID Luncheon Seminar with David Weight (Independent Consultant), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

"Literature for the Planet: Against Benedict Anderson" Department of English Lecture with Wai Chee Dimock (Yale University), 3:00 p.m., Room 213 Morrill Hall.

April 13, Thursday

"The Recent Presidential Election in Senegal" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Mamadou Diouf Visiting Professor, U/M (Faculty, U of Cheik Anta Diop, Senegal), and as discussants, David Robinson, and Nic Van de Walle, Faculty (Respectively in History and Political Science, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

April 14, Friday

"A Mixed Pot: Ethnicity and Nationalism in Mozambique" CASID/SID Luncheon Seminar with Elizabeth MacGonagle (History,MSU) 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

April 21, Friday

"Local Struggles with Global Development Trends: Participatory Community Health in Senegal" CASID/SID Luncheon Seminar with Ellen Foley (Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


Virtual University Class (Every Semester)

RD 876, "International Rural Development" is a course designed for people who care about improvement in human condition in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It is offered as a web-based course every semester. This "live" seminar is taught by Professor George H. Axinn, Professor Emeritus. The course is offered as a graduate credit course, for three credit hours, and as a non_credit course. Individuals in development agencies in Africa, who have access to the Internet, are encouraged to enroll. Preview the class on the web at: or contact Professor Axinn via e-mail at:

Professor Eicher Retires

Carl Eicher, University Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics, retired in December 1999 after 39 years at MSU. During his MSU career, Professor Eicher specialized in African development, devoting himself to training African students and building African university and applied research capacity. He urged African policymakers and donors to focus on the agricultural development fundamentals:strengthening institutions, improving human capital, and creating indigenous capacity to generate new technology appropriate to small-scale family farms.

The Enigma of Witchcraft

"African Witchcraft at the Millennium: Musings on a Modern Phenomenon in Zimbabwe", by David Simmons (Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology), recently appeared in The Journal of the International Institute, University of Michigan (Winter 2000, vol. 7, no. 2). The article is based on his dissertation, "Managing Misfortune: N'angas, HIV/AIDS and Health Development in Zimbabwe."A copy of the article is available at the African Studies Center.


Development Research Reporting Service

To bridge the knowledge gap between researchers and those who implement development policy, the UK Department for International Development is backing an Internet-based system which links development research directly to policymakers and practitioners around the world. Hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, the initiative is known as ID21- or Information for Development in the 21st Century. Its key feature is a searchable online collection of short, one-page (500-word) digests of the latest social and economic research studies across 30 key topic fields. All services are free and can be found at: An email newsletter called ID21News also provides regular updates of the latest research findings which have been addedto the ID21 collection. To subscribe to ID21News, send a blank email message to: In the subject field include the words: subscribe id21news.

History Online from the University of Botswana

The University of Botswana's Department of History has a "mirror" website,, especially for users in the United States who have trouble with slow intercontinental connections. This new site is similar to the original site, history/hist.htm, although they are not exactly identical for technical reasons. Material coveredincludes not only History, but also Archaeology and Museum Studies, taught by the Archaeology Unit.


Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

The first biennial conference of the new U.S. chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS) will examine "Global Perceptions and Intersections" May 5-6, 2000 in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference is co-hosted by Rhode Island College and Bryant College. Papers, panels, and roundtable discussions will focus on all postcolonial literatures--including those of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada and New Zealandand reach beyond the literatures of the British Commonwealth to use comparative frameworks in relation to Francophone literatures, ethnic American literatures, and African-American literature. The long-term goal of the U.S. chapter is to study postcolonial literatures in relationship to the varied and vital contexts of the Americas. A reading by writers from various "postcolonial" backgrounds will take place at the formal luncheon May 6. For more information, contact: USACLALS Secretary, Dr. Terri Hassler, Department of English, Bryant College, Smithfield, RI, 02917; (401) 232-6926;

Women in Africa and the African Diaspora

The Third International Conference on Women in Africa & the African Diaspora (WAAD III) will be held in Antananarivo, Madagascar October 6-13, 2000. The theme is "Facing the New Millenium: Gender in Africa and the African Diaspora - Retrospection and Prospects."For more information, contact: Obioma Nnaemeka, Convenor, Third WAAD Conference, Women's Studies Program, Cavanaugh Hall, Room 001C, Indiana University, 425 University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202; Tel: (317) 278-2038, (317) 274-7611 or (317) 274-0062 (messages); Fax: (317) 274-2347;;

Islam and Society in the 21st Century

The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), in collaboration with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, announces the Twenty-Ninth Annual AMSS Convention on "Islam and Society in the Twenty-First Century" October 13-15, 2000 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Papers and panel proposals are invited for the following focus areas: Law and Morality, Education, Family life, Issues in Development, Civil Society, Economics, the State, Globalization, Islamic Thought and Philosophy, Islam in America, Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, and Gender Issues. Abstracts are due May 1, 2000, and the deadline for final papers is July 1, 2000. There will be cash awards for the two best graduate student papers. AMSS is an international intellectual forum for Muslims in the humanities and social sciences and for non-Muslims who have an academic interest in Islamic issues. For more information, contact: Deonna Kelli, AMSS CONF, PO Box 669, Herndon, VA 20172;Fax: (703) 471-3922; Submit abstract/ session proposals via e-mail, fax or the postal service to the above address. The call for papers website is at:

Prehistory and Related Studies

The PanAfrican Association of Prehistory and Related Studies will hold its 11th Congress from February 7-12, 2001 in Bamako, Mali. The first announcement on the conference is now available online at For more information, contact:Dr Tereba Togola, Direction Nationale des Arts et de la Culture, BP 91, Bamako, Mali;Tel: 223 22 33 82;Fax: 223 21 67 86.

Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian American Foundation (EAF) announces an international conference on contemporary development issues in Ethiopia from August 2-4, 2001 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The primary objectives of the conference are to: 1) Raise awareness about critical development issues in Ethiopia among the Diaspora and the public at large; 2) Provide a forum for informed dialogue on key development and policy issues; and3) Build consensus on issues that are critical for future research and policy choices. The conference is intended for researchers, policy makers, investors, the donor community, and others interested in development issues in Ethiopia. The conference will be co-sponsored by EAF and selected academic departments and units of Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Kalamazoo College. Selected papers will be published in a volume of conference proceedings.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers relevant to the following sub-themes:Human Development: Education and Health Issues; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; Governance and Institutional Development;Property Rights and Private Sector Development;Science and Technology for Development; and The State of Ethiopia: Socio-economic & Political developments. Other proposals related to the conference topic will also be considered. Send abstracts or proposals by December 30, 2000 to:Sisay Asefa, Program Chairperson, Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia Conference, Department of Economics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008. The latest date to submit completed papers will be April 30, 2001. Contributors will be informed about the status of papers by May 15, 2001. For details and registration, visit the preliminary conference announcement and call for papers at:
HTML. The Ethiopian American Foundation is a non-profit membership organization devoted to supporting higher education and development in Ethiopia. For further information, contact:EAF Secretariat, 971 Daisy Lane, East Lansing, MI 48823.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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