MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/10/02

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/10/02


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September 12, Thursday

"Privatizing Agricultural Extension in Africa: Insights from Mozambique,"=20 African Studies Center Brown Bag with Carl Eicher, Distinguished Professor= =20 Emeritus (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 252 Erickson=20 Hall. (Note venue).

September 13, Friday

"Two Decades of Land Reform in Zimbabwe: What Have We Learned?" CASID_SID= =20 Friday Forum with Bill Kinsey, University of Zimbabwe and Free=20 University_Amsterdam, 12:00 _ 1:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center.


MSU Course Announcement, Spring 2003

NUR:891: 2-3 credits, International Health: Beyond the Textbook. This course will provide a general understanding of factors/dynamics that affect the health of human populations and efforts to improve it. The two-credit course will address: 1) the cultural context of health and illness, 2) international health and population status, and 3) the role of national governments and international agencies in the policy and planning of health care resources and services. The third credit is optional and will be an individualized project arranged with the instructors.

The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students, and nursing and non-nursing majors. Instructors: Connie Currier, MPH and Denise Saint Arnault, RN, Ph.D. Contact Connie Currier at for more information.

September Visits from the Univ. of Dakar, Senegal As part of the effort to build an MSU focus in francophone West Africa, a series of visits now are planned to follow on the familiarization visit in 2001 of a number of deans and the Rector of the Universit=E9 Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD), the leading francophone institution in Africa. This effort builds on the interest of Provost Simon in developing this linkage into a strategic partnership, based on a long history of collaboration since the 1970s.

From Sept 16 to 21, Rector Abdoul Kader Boye of (UCAD), and Dr Doudou Ba, the Director of Research, Cooperation and Investment (DRCI) of the university, will be visiting MSU. Immediately following (Sept 22_26) MSU will receive 10 members of their Faculty of Natural Science, primarily heads of department. Boye and Ba are coming at the invitation of MSU to meet key members of the central administration; be introduced to Matrix, the African Studies Center and the Computer Center; visit instructional and science laboratories; and make other contacts on their own agenda.

The second visit is sponsored by the State Department and is designed to 1) set up discussions with MSU faculty, especially in the natural sciences, medicine, and agriculture, to discuss research agendas, the possibilities of joint projects and grant proposals, and the recruitment of UCAD students for graduate work at MSU; 2) visit laboratories and institutes; 3) visit examples of distance learning and curricular development and; 4) gain experience in grant-writing and external funding opportunities.

Please contact the African Studies Center (517) 353- 1700; Ibra Sene, e-mail:; or David Robinson (517) 353-8898, e-mail: if you are interested in meeting and interacting with these groups.

First delegation: _Rector Abdoul Kader Boye - Director of Research, Cooperation and Investment

_Doudou Ba Director of Research, Cooperation and Investment (DRCI)

Second and Science delegation: _M. Matar Mamour SECK, Chef de D=E9l=E9gation, Physiology (and associate dean Natural Sciences) _Mme MarPme CISSE-THIAM, Animal Physiology unit, Animal Biology _Mme Moussokhoye CISSOKHO-DIOP, Plant Biology _M.Abdoulaye DIA, Geology, Director of Earth Science Institute _M. Abdoulaye DIOP, Chair, Chemistry _Mme Yaya KPne GASSAMA-DIA, Chair, Plant Biology, Professor of Parasitology _M. Amadou Lamine NDIAYE, Chair, Physics _M. Papa Moussa NDIAYE, Chair, Geology _M. Mamadou SANGHARE, Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science _M. Bhen Sikina TOGUEBAYE, Chair, Animal Biology

MSU Global Focus 2002

The MSU Office of International Studies and Programs and the MSU Alumni Association announce MSU Global Focus 2002, the Fourth Annual International Photography Competition for MSU students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and Alumni Association members. Entrants must have an official connection with MSU, defined as MSU student, faculty, staff, retiree, alum and/or Alumni Association member.

For information and guidelines visit the web at: or contact the MSU Office of International Studies and Programs at: 207 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 USA; Phone: (517) 355-2350; e_mail: The entry deadline is Friday, October 4, 2002 at 5:00 p.m.


University of Michigan Symposium

"Visualizing Africa: New Perspectives on Art, History and Culture"

University of Michigan Museum of Art Saturday, September 14, 2002 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sponsored by the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, the Department of the History of Art, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Still a relatively young discipline founded in the late 1950s, African art history is currently in a state of flux. Until recently, the "traditional arts" have been the focus of art historical inquiry, and ethnology has served as the dominant methodological approach for interpreting African visual culture. But the field is changing. Today modern and contemporary art are being given considerable attention, and new interpretive paradigms are being employed - postmodern and postcolonial discourse have had a significant impact on the field. African art history is redefining itself.

This day-long symposium, "Visualizing Africa", has been conceived as a forum for presenting new perspectives and methodologies in African art history, and for discussing some of the issues that confront the field. Four of the field's leading scholars- Ikem Okoye, John Picton, Christopher Steiner and Zoe Strother - have been invited to present papers that consider aspects of their current research. The morning and early afternoon will be devoted to the presentation of these papers. Later in the afternoon, some of the issues raised in these papers will serve as the basis for a roundtable discussion, moderated by UM art historian Raymond Silverman, that will consider the state of the field of African art history. The day will end with a reception in Tappan Hall to which all symposium attendees are invited. The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information phone 734-764- 5400.

The Human Face of AIDS: "Women and Children of South Africa"

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights presents a talk by Sister Susan Rakoczy, I.H.M., Thursday, September 19, 2002, at 6:45 p.m., Barth Hall, 4800 Woodward at Warren in Detroit, Michigan.

Sister Sue Rakoczy spent 20 years living and working in Ghana and South Africa. She is the editor of "Silent No Longer: The Church Response to Sexual Violence." She has been actively involved in work on the AIDS problem with the ecumenical group Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness. Sister Sue is on the Faculty of St. Joseph Theological Institute and holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Catholic University of America.

Co-Sponsors include: Africa Rising, Detroit Chapter NAACP, Fellowship Chapel, Groundwork for a Just World, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Pax Christi of MI, Peace and National Priorities Center, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church. For information contact MCHR at: (313) 869-8835. $5 dollar suggested donation to cover publicity and refreshments.

CONFERENCES (CFP-Call for Papers)

Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia August 1-3, 2003

The Ethiopian American Foundation (EAF) announces the second bi-annual international conference on contemporary development issues in Ethiopia. This conference is a continuation of the first successful international conference that convened at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan in August, 2001.

The primary objectives of the conference are to: 1) Raise awareness about critical development issues in Ethiopia; 2) Provide a forum for informed dialogue on key development policy issues; and 3) Build consensus on policy options that are critical for future progress and development. The Conference is intended for researchers, policy makers, investors, the donor community, and others interested in contemporary development issues in Ethiopia. It is a collaborative partnership of EAF and relevant institutions engaged in education, research, and training in various dimensions of development.

The Program Committee invites proposals on current development issues relevant to the following sub- themes:

Education Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Governance and Institutional Development Issues Private Sector and macro-economic Development Science and Technology for Development

Proposals on issues such as the role the Ethiopian Diaspora, the youth, gender, and policy options for combating HIV/AIDS challenge will also be considered. Selected papers will be considered for publication in a new journal: International Journal of African Development Policy Studies (IJADPS).

Please send abstracts or proposals by December 30, 2002 to: Conference Planning Committee, 2nd International Development Issues in Ethiopia Conference, Attention: Ms. Rena Lynema, Center for African Development Policy Research (CADPR), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA; Fax: (616) 387-0630; e-mail:; web:


West African Research Center Travel Grant The West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal is offering travel bursaries of up to $2500 to West African scholars and graduate students. These funds may be used to: 1) Attend and read papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant's field of research; 2) Visit libraries that contain resources necessary to the applicant's current academic work; and 3) Travel to research site. Applications consist of the following:

* A description (6 double-spaced pages max) of applicant's research and how the travel is relevant to his work. * CV with research and teaching record when applicable * an abstract of the paper to be read and a letter of acceptance to the conference * A description of the collections to be consulted and their significance to the research

There are two deadlines: September 15, 2002 for travel between January 1, 2003 and June 30, 2003; and March 15, 2003 for travel between July 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003. Submit applications to: West African Research Center/ Centre de Recherche Ouest Africaine, B.P. 5456 (Fann Residence), Rue E x Leon G. Damas, Dakar Senegal; Telephone: 221-865-22-77; Fax: 221-824-20-58; web site:

2003-2004 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announces the opening of its 2003-2004 Fellowship competition. The Center awards academic year residential fellowships to men and women from any country with outstanding proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues - topics that intersect with questions of public policy or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illumine policy issues of contemporary importance.

Fellows should be prepared to interact with policymakers in Washington and with Wilson Center staff who are working on similar topics. Fellows are provided private office, access to the Library of Congress, Windows-based personal computers, and research assistants.

The Center holds one round of competitive selection per year. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1, 2002. Information and application forms may be downloaded from the Wilson Center's web site:, or write to: Scholar Selection and Services Office, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027; Telephone: (202) 691-4170; Fax: (202) 691-4001.


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