MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/18/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/18/00

Issue No. 14, Spring 2000
April 18, 2000
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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April 20, Thursday

"Response to Drought in Kajado District, Kenya: A comparison of 1972_76 and 1994_95" Brown Bag with David Campbell, Faculty (Geography, MSU) 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

April 20, Thursday

Professor Carl Jeppe, internationally recognized artist will lecture on "Contemporary South African Artists," including his own work, 7:30 p.m., room 108 Kresge Art Center, reception and refreshments 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. There is currently a South African Exchange Exhibit in gallery 114, Kresge Art Center from April 17th thru April 28th.

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.


Summer 2000 Intensive Swahili Language Program

Summer 2000 Intensive Swahili Language Program will be held from June 19 to July 21, 2000 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Swahili (AFR 101A & 102A) and Intermediate Swahili (AFR 201A & 202A), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five weeks; and Advanced Swahili (AFR 450A), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five weeks.

This five-week Intensive Summer Program in Swahili will be preceded by a three-day gratis seminar on East Africa. The three-day workshop on East African culture for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in East Africawill be offered June 15-17, 2000. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in East African countries.

A limited number of FLAS fellowships are still available to Intermediate and Advanced Swahili students. Application forms for the FLAS fellowships are available from the Center.

For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone:(517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or E-mail:

Outstanding Faculty 2000 Award

John B. Eulenberg (Audiology and Speech Sciences; Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages) has been selected as Michigan State University's Outstanding Faculty 2000 by the Senior Class Council at MSU. Professor Eulenberg was honored for his many accomplishments, involvement with students, high integrity and overall dedication to his profession at an award banquet on April 14, 2000. He is a core faculty member of the African Studies Center and the Director of the Artificial Language Laboratory at MSU.

MSU-University of Zimbabwe Collaboration

"Economic Development and Women's Blood Pressure: Field Evidence from Rural Mashonaland, Zimbabwe" is a recent article in Social Science and Medicine (50, 2000) by John Hunter (Geography), Barbara Sparks (Clinical Center), Harvey Sparks (Physiology) and three colleagues from the University of Zimbabwe, Jacob Mufunda, Cephas Musabayane and Kassam Mahomed. The article, based on a survey of 515 non-pregnant women, discusses how levels of rural economic development are associated with variations in community blood pressure.

Fall Course on Creole Literature

Professor Kenneth W. Harrow will offer a graduate course this fall on "Hybridity, Creolity:Mestizo, Mulatto, Metis" (ENG 863/991) that explores major themes in the literature and consciousness of the Caribbean and the peoples of the African diaspora. This course will examine the literatures and theorizing around issues of cultural and racial mixing, including the corresponding antagonistic/complementary positions and texts involving Negritude or authenticity. The major focus will be on Caribbean authors and theorists, including such works as Glissant's Caribbean Discourse, Paul Gilroy's Black Atlantic, Benitez-Roja's Repeating Island, Boyce-Davies's Black Women Writing and Identity, Dash's The Other America, Bhabha's Locations of Culture, and Chamoiseau, Bernabe, and Confiant's Elegy of Creolity. Other critical theorists to be discussed include Stuart Hall, Kamau Brathwaite, Aime Cesaire, George Lang, Simon Gikandi, and Selwyn Cudjoe. Some of the literature in which issues of racial identity and mixing figure include Zobel's Black Shack Alley (including the film, titled "Sugar Cane Alley"); the novels of Michelle Cliff, Simone Schwarz-Bart and Wilson Harris; Derek Walcott's Omeros and Dream on Monkey Mountain; and the poetry of Brathwaite and Cesaire. In addition, the course will also examine how racial representation and identity issues involving mixing/mulatto studies are being explored in Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, although the principal focus will be on the Caribbean. While the texts for this course are all in English, students with the ability to read French will be given options for such work. For more information, contact:Kenneth W. Harrow, Director, Comparative Literature Program, Department of English, Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 48824- 1036;Tel:(517) 353-7243;Fax 517 353-3755;


Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are sponsoring an Akuapem South District Library Book Drive until May. The Akuapem South District of Ghana in West Africa expressed the need for a local library. The committee is asking that new or used books in excellent condition be boxed and delivered to the Black Child and Family Institute, located at 835 West Genesee Street, Monday - Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon; or deliver to 402 S. Washington every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For further information you may call Karen Patricia Williams at 337-4692, Kelly McKeever at 882-6198, or Maxine Hankins Cain at 321-6147.

Chokwe Art Exhibition

Chokwe thrones from Eastern Angola will be on display at the Spencer Museum of Art of the University of Kansas in Lawrence until May 16, 2000. The thrones or prestige chairs are from the Claude Brown Collection at the university and date from about 1910-1915 when Brown, an engineer, participated in early commercial diamond prospecting in the Belgian Congo and northern Angola along the Kasai river. They come from Chokwe communities between the 4th and 5th parallel south of the Equator. The Chokwe thrones, modeled after Portuguese 'Renaissance' chairs, depict religious and mythological motifs as well as narratives scenes from everyday life. For more information on this exhibit and other collections of African art at the University of Kansas, contact the African Studies Resource Center, University of Kansas, Lippincott Hall, Room 104B, Lawrence, KS 66045;Tel:(785) 864-3745;;


Transcending Traditions

Scholars from a range of fields will discuss the intersections between African and African Diaspora Studies at a conference on "Transcending Traditions" April 20-21, 2000 at the Penn Tower Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference, free and open to the public, is jointly hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center and the Afro- American Studies Program. Speakers include: Thomas Callaghy, Laura Chrisman, Steven Feierman, Edda Fields, Vivian Gadsden, Lewis Gordon, Farah Griffin, Michael Hanchard, Robin Kelley, Lorand Matory, Lydie Moudileno, Marcyliena Morgan, Thomas Morton, Solimar Otero, Colin Palmer, Samuel Preston, Guthrie Ramsey, Barbara Savage, Kenneth Shropshire, Elliot Skinner, Ron Walters, and Tukufu Zuberi. For registration and information, contact Lynette Loose at (215) 898-3883, or visit

Afrocentric Education at Sankofa Shule

"Afrocentric Education:Challenging the Genius Within Our Children" is a conference to be held at Sankofa Shule in Lansing, Michigan May 5-6, 2000. The conference is designed to facilitate the instruction of an Afrocentric curriculum to promote success and excellence in education. The conference will discuss the need for Afrocentric education, provide strategies and techniques of implementation and offer classroom demonstrations with students. Teachers, administrators, parents and others interesting in promoting the genius of children are all invited to attend. Participants will receive sample syllabi and workbooks during workshops and seminars. Guest speakers include Molefi Asante, Maulana Karenga, Harriette McAdoo, Wade Nobles, Asa Hilliard and Freya Rivers. For more information, including registration fees and accommodations, contact:Julian Brooks, Sankofa Publishing Company, 701 W. Jolly Rd., P.O. Box 20066, Lansing, MI 48901- 0666;Tel:(517) 394-4023;Fax:(517) 394-4544;;

Workshop on Southern Africa

The fourth North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa will be held at the Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont October 27-29, 2000. The conference is organized around intensive discussion of pre-circulated papers. There are also many opportunities for informal conversation of work-in-progress. Participants may present a paper, serve as a discussant or simply attend the workshop. The deadline for paper abstracts is September 1, 2000 and the deadline for completed papers is September 29, 2000 so that the papers can be pre-circulated to discussants and registered participants. Abstracts should include a full title and a one or two paragraph description. Interested participants and those who wish to submit an abstract (four copies) should contact:Clifton Crais, Department of History, Kenyon College, Gambier OH, 43022;


Arabic Studies in Tunisia

A month-long set of courses in Arabic language and culture will be taught at the Bourguiba Institute of the University of Tunisia from July 3-28, 2000. The program, sponsored by the University of Kansas (KU) Office of Study Abroad, offers up to eight credit hours through KU. For more information, contact: Office of Study Abroad, 108 Lippincott, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045;Tel:(785) 864-3742;;


Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayne State

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program in the College of Lifelong Learning at Wayne State University invites applications for a one-year position as visiting assistant professor for the 2000-2001 academic year. The candidate's teaching specialty is open, but applications are welcomed from those able to teach in one or more of the following areas:African and African-American history and/or literature;economics, demography or international relations with emphasis on urban issues; and sociology of class, race and gender. An interest in online/distance learning is desirable. Candidates are required to have an earned Ph.D. at the time of appointment and show some evidence of scholarly research and experience teaching adult students. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on April 17, 2000 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references, samples of scholarly work and evidence of teaching experience to:Daphne W. Ntiri, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, College of Lifelong Learning, Wayne State University, 5700 Cass Ave., Room 2142 A/AB, Detroit, MI 48202. More information about the college and the program can be found at


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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