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MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/05/00, 09/19/00

Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 3


Issue No. 3, Fall 2000

September 19, 2000



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 21, Thursday

"Race, Place, and Politics: Understanding Zimbabwe's Land Invasions," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Heather Holtzclaw, Advanced PhD Candidate (Department of Sociology), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 28, Thursday

"Economic Globalization in the Margins: an Archaeological View from the Lower Falemme (Upper Senegal)," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Ibrahima Thiaw, Research affiliate (Rice University, Houston, TX), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Internal Job Search - 0.5 FTE, 12 month appt. Deputy Director - Bean/Cowpea

The Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) is a USAID-funded program under Title XII of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act. It addresses hunger and malnutrition through multidisciplinary collaborative research between U.S. scientists and their counterparts in African and Latin America. The goal is to increase the production and consumption of beans and cowpeas as an important source of protein. The CRSP, funded since 1980, currently involves thirteen U.S. universities, eleven Host Countries and various international research organizations.

The Deputy Director will represent the management entity in the conduct of the CRSP; serves operationally as the secondary administrative officer in line with BIFAD-USAID/Washington guidelines and MSU regulations and procedures; participates in staff discussions, assists in organization of staff responsibilities and carries out identified tasks; maintains responsibility for the office in the Director's absence; monitors and provides guidance on quantitative and qualitative impact assessment and reporting activities within the program; organize materials for and contributes to the preparation of progress reports, annual reports, grant proposals, and other reports/newsletters as appropriate; and acts as a resource person for projects regarding USAID/Washington training regulations: keeps records on and compiles reports concerning students and other trainees supported by the CRSP.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in social-or economics-related science with an interest in international agriculture development; excellent interpersonal skills and experience in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments; excellent writing skills (experience in proposal writing highly desirable); International experience required; ability to travel domestically and internationally; and proficiency in French and/or Spanish not required, but would be helpful. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2000, and continue until the position is filled. Send application letter addressing your qualifications relevant to the position, a recent vita, and a list of three references with addresses to: Dr. Anne Ferguson, Chair, Bean/Cowpea CRSP Deputy Director Search

Committee, Women in International Development Program, 202 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824.

International Predissertation Fellowship Program

With funding from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies established the International Predissertation Fellowship Program (IPFP) in 1990 to increase the flow of the most talented students of social science, particularly students of economics, political science, sociology, and psychology into careers in advanced research on the developing world and to encourage departments of social sciences to more effectively promote and facilitate interdisciplinary preparation for research on developing countries. The IPFP invites applications for twelve-month training fellowships to prepare for eventual dissertation research in Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus, China, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Near and Middle East, South Asia or Southeast Asia.

Eligibility requirements: IPFP Fellowships are intended primarily for students of disciplines in which there is limited attention to the role of culture as a factor in social science research, who wish to consider a career in teaching and research on the developing world. There are no citizenship requirements for the fellowships, however, foreign nationals are discouraged from proposing to study their own culture. All awards may include tuition, a living stipend, and medical/health insurance coverage. Standard fellowships also include an international travel allowance and provide supplemental funds for financial dependents, subject to program guidelines. The application deadline at MSU is December 4, 2000. Awards will be announced in late March 2001 for activation in June-September 2001. For further details or an application contact: Acting Dean Gary Manson, 203 Berkey Hall; tel: 355-6673.


African Institute of Strategic Studies (AISS)

The African Institute of Strategic Studies (AISS) extends a special Membership invitation to Directors, Faculty, and Students of African Studies Programs. AISS is a non-profit organization. The concept of an organization which will provide strategic thinking on African issues in the United States was derived from discussion held at casual gatherings of Africans around the country. This institute is designed to be a "Think- Tank" on Africa, organized and managed by Africans and African specialists.

Many African immigrants, some of whom are now U.S. citizens, have talked and expressed concerns regarding current events in Africa but failed to act on their positive thoughts. For this reason, a few Africans met and decided to form the AISS. The founders recognize and appreciate the efforts being made by several groups in the United States regarding issues on Africa, however, their goal is to cooperate and work with these groups, rather than compete with them, to bring issues relating to Africa to the forefront. The Institute will seek to complement their efforts. For more information on the AISS or to become a member, contact the Institute at: African Institute of Strategic Studies, PO Box 351, Burtonsville, MD 20866; tel: (301) 890-4013; fax: (301) 890-0336.

Smithsonian Institute - Schedule of Programs

Following is a list of programs offered by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art from October through December.


"Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt" will be on view November 19, 2000, through February 19, 2001, in the museum's gallery located on Level 2. "Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments" in the lobby on Level 1 through April 8, 2001.

"Identity of the Sacred: Two Nigerian Shrine Figures" on view through April 2, 2001 in the museum's Point of View Gallery, located on Level 1.

"A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960's" through October 22, 2000 in the Sylvia H. Williams Gallery located on Level 1.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is located at 950 Independence Ave., SW, in Washington, DC. 20560-0708. For details call at (202) 357-2700.


Special Student Rates for ASA Conference

Undergraduate and graduate students can pre-register for the 43rd African Studies Association Annual Meeting for $20. The Board of Directors of the African Studies Association reduced the rate to encourage students to participate in and attend the conference.

To register as a student:

Complete a regular pre-registration form, indicating

that you are a student.

Send $20 check or credit card payment.

Send a copy of a valid student I.D. card.

While students are encouraged to present papers in organized panels, they may consider presenting during the "Baobab" poster sessions that are less formal than panels. Poster sessions make presenters available to conference participants in a one-on-one or one-on- several conversational format, where participants ask questions and discuss the presenters' materials, analysis and findings. Presenters in these sessions do not deliver formal papers, but rather come prepared with all of their data to talk in a more off-the-cuff format, so that ideas and issues of particular interest to participants may be pursued in depth, and a lively exchange of ideas can ensue. Sessions will be two hours long, and during that time presenters can expect to speak with many different people about many different aspects of their research. Abstracts for the Baobab poster sessions should be prepared just like abstracts for more formal presentations.

The 43rd African Studies Association Annual Meeting is November 16-19 2000, at Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Reduced rates are available at the Renaissance Hotel (800-327- 6618 or 615-244-8200) and the Doubletree Hotel (800- 222-8733 or 615-244-8200). More information about the meeting is available at the African Studies Association website:


Population Environment Fellows Program

The Population-Environment Fellows Program (PEFP) provides fellowships for individuals who have completed graduate degrees in areas related to population and environment. Fellows are placed in developing countries for two year assignments where they work in host agencies to provide assistance and technical support. Established in 1993, the program is administered through the University of Michigan and funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

Minimum qualifications are a Graduate degree in a relevant area of study (for example, Sociology, Demography, Population Planning, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, or Sustainable Development); Course work, volunteer or work experience that demonstrates both population and environment expertise; Demonstrated commitment to international development work; Proven skills in areas such as participatory rural appraisal (PRA), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), project design and/or program evaluation; U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

To request an application, please contact: The Population-Environment Fellows Program, University of Michigan 109 Observatory Room M4531, School of Public Health II, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029; tel:(734) 647-0222; fax: (734) 647-4947; or email:


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