MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/25/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/25/00

Issue No. 15, Spring 2000
April 25, 2000
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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Summer 2000 Intensive Swahili LanguageProgram 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:

Advancing International Studies and Programs

Professor Anne Ferguson (Anthropology and Director of the Women and International Development Program) received the Ralph H. Smucker Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at MSU during the 10th annual ISP awards ceremony.

New Seminar on Zimbabwe

"Zimbabwe: Past, Present and Future" is a new one- credit seminar that will be offered during the first seven weeks of the fall 2000 semester. The course will cover the following topics:history, politics, agriculture, health and education, economy, culture, and social structure. This discussion-oriented seminar will provide interaction with MSU faculty and students who have lived or traveled in Zimbabwe as well as with Zimbabwean students at MSU. The course (ANR 491, Section 4) meets on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in room 49 Agriculture Hall from August 29 through October 10, 2000. For more information, contact Professor Eunice Foster, Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, 353-1784,; or, John Metzler, African Studies Center, 353-1700,

South African Art Exhibit

An exhibit of faculty artwork from the Technikon Pretoria and the Port Elizabeth Technikon in South Africa will be on display in Gallery 114 of the Kresge Art Center on campus until April 28th. The exhibit showcases a wide range of images from two outstanding fine art programs in South Africa. An exchange exhibit of artwork by MSU Art faculty members will be delivered to both South African institutions for hanging this summer. Carl Jeppe, an internationally recognized artist from the Technikon Pretoria, is a visiting artist in the Art Department at MSU from April 17-27, 2000. For more information on Mr. Jeppe's East Lansing schedule, contact:Professor Peter Glendinning at 353- 7798 (MSU), 333-9008 (studio) or 432-3938 (fax);

CLEAR Summer Workshops

The Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University will offer four institutes for teachers this summer:1)Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom (June 14-18);2) Computer-Assisted Language Learning Materials Development (June 19-28);3) The Internet in Foreign Language Instruction: Introductory Techniques (July 31-August 9); and 4) The Internet in Foreign Language Instruction: Advanced Techniques (August 11-15). Stipends are available and explained in more detail on the CLEAR website. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 19, 2000. For more information, visit: Or, contact:Center for Language Education and Research, A712 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; (517) 432-2286;

Workshop on West Africa at MSU

A two-day workshop on "The Dynamics of
Contemporary West Africa" for professionals in the fields of study abroad and international student advising will be held at Michigan State University September 29 October 1, 2000. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding of contemporary West Africa and improve their ability to deliver useful, sensitive services and programs for African students on their campuses as well as effective study abroad programs in Africa for U.S. students. The workshop will provide lectures, panels and films on West African history, politics, economics, arts and society. While looking at the common traits of the region, the workshop will also highlight individual countries with break-out sessions on Nigeria and Ghana and Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire. Participants will benefit from the expertise of Africanist scholars at Michigan State University, including faculty members from West Africa, as well as other Africa specialists who will be featured in the program. For more information on travel grants, and registration visit: html. Or, contact Annique Pageon, Sponsored Training Programs Coordinator at NAFSA,, or Cindy Chalou, Assistant Director of Study Abroad at Michigan State University,


Book Drive for Ghana Library

The Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are sponsoring a Library Book Drive for the Akuapem South District of Ghana until the end of May. The Akuapem South District of Ghana expressed the need for a local library, and mid- Michigan individuals, churches, schools, sororities, fraternities, businesses, and other organizations are contributing to the effort. The third Sunday in May will be "Bring a Book to Church Day."Coordinators of the book drive request 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 through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. In addition, books may be delivered to 402 S. Washington every Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The books will be presented to the sister cities delegation from Ghana in June before being shipped over to Ghana. For further information, contact Karen Patricia Williams at 337-4692, Kelly McKeever at 882-6198, or Maxine Hankins Cain at 321-6147.


Africa's Indigenous People

The Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh will hold its annual international conference May 24-25, 2000 in Edinburgh on "Africa's Indigenous People: 'First Peoples' or 'Marginalized Minorities'?" The conference will focus both on the definitions of 'indigenous' and 'indigenous peoples' in an African context, and on substantive problems encountered by indigenous peoples on the African continent. Participants will include representatives of indigenous populations, activists, lawyers and academics from disciplines such as anthropology, history, politics and law. For more information, contact: Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, 7 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, Scotland; Tel: (0131) 650 3878; Fax: (0131) 650 6535; homepage of the Centre is at:

Research in Education

The 12th Annual Conference on Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education will be held at the University of Albany, New York June 10-11, 2000. New and experienced researchers, teacher researchers and study participants are expected to make presentations on both traditional and alternative approaches. For more information, visit or contact Sandra Mathison at (518) 442-5002;

Africa and Europe: Myths, Masks and Masquerades

An international, interdisciplinary conference on "Africa and Europe: Myths, Masks and Masquerades" will be held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa April 2-5, 2001. The theme of the congress aims to attract scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Proposals are invited for papers addressing the conference theme and related areas. This conference seeks to address some of the following questions:1) How do Europeans perceive and represent African culture(s)? 2) How do Africans perceive and represent the "idea of Europe"? 3) What shifts have occurred in these perceptions in the later half of 20th Century? 4) What impact have new technologies had on these perceptions and representations? 5) How has de- colonialisation and the African Renaissance affected African-European relations? 6) What are the future outlooks? Contributions are welcome from the fields of literature, culture studies, drama, film, visual arts, language studies and media. The Congress will be held right after the biennial Conference of the Association for German Studies in Southern Africa (SAGV) from March 29-31, 2001. Those wishing to present papers at the Congress are invited to send a provisional title and a brief synopsis (250 words) not later than June 30, 2000. For more information, contact: Carlotta von Maltzan, Convenor of the Conference, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050, South Africa;Tel: (+27 11) 71 74212;Fax : (+27 11) 4037289;E-mail: or


Fulbright IIE

Approximately 50 Fulbright scholarships will be available from the Institute of International Education (IIE) for graduating seniors, graduate students and young professionals to study or conduct research in numerous (but not all) African countries. Fellowships provide maintenance for one academic year, round-trip international travel, health and accident insurance and a research allowance. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning of the grant, must be U.S. citizens at the time of application, and, where applicable, have language proficiency sufficient to carry out the proposed project. Candidates must also be in good health. Specific eligibility requirements and other information can be found in the brochure, "Fulbright and related grants for graduate study and research abroad, 2001-2002," which may be obtained from campus Fulbright Program Advisers (for enrolled students) or from an IIE office (for students not enrolled in a college or university at the time of application). Information is also available on IIE's website at For MSU students, the campus deadline is September 29, 2000. For more information, MSU students should contact Charles Gliozzo, MSU Fulbright Program Adviser, 201 International Studies and Programs, 353-5589. Others should write to the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580. The deadline for these "at-large" students is October 25, 2000.

Message-Id: <> Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 11:35:14 -0400 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 15

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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