MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/10/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/10/00


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October 12, Thursday

"Can Smallholder Farmers Grow more Legumes? A Case Study from Malawi," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Assistant Professor (Integrated Crop Management, Dept. of Horticulture MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 19, Thursday

"Sengbeh Pieh: Hero of the Amistad Revolt and Its Impact on the US and Sierra Leone," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Patrick Pieh, Sengbeh Pieh Foundation (to Help Reconstruct Sierra Leone), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 26, Thursday

"AK-47's for the Ancestors: The Art of Zimbabwe," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Bill Dewey, Faculty (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Transport to ASA Annual Meeting

The African Studies Center is organizing transportation by van to the ASA Annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, November 16-19, 2000. Interested riders should call (353-1700) or stop by the Center and speak to Lisa Beckum as soon as possible. For conference information or inquiries, visit:

Recent MSU Publication

African Studies Center Core Faculty Members R. James Bingen (Resource Development), David Robinson (History), and John M. Staatz (Ag. Econ.) have edited a volume, "Democracy and Development in Mali," recently published by Michigan State University Press. The text represents twenty years of scholarly work by MSU faculty and students in Mali and aims to recognize the contributions made by President Alpha Oumar Konare and Mme. Adame Konare to intellectual life in Mali. Direct inquires and orders to Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, Michigan 48823-5202, or visit their web site at


Gullah Conference

A one-day conference called Gullah: A Lingusitic Legacy of Africans in America. A Conference on the 50th Anniversary of "Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect" will be held at the Howard University Blackburn Center on Friday, November 3, 2000. Featured speakers include John R. Rickford, Stanford University, and Salikoko S. Mufwene, University of Chicago. Direct inquires concerning registration to Dr. Paul D. Fallon, Department of English, 248 Locke Hall, Howard University, 2441 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059; tel: (202) 806-5611; email: The registration deadline is October 23, 2000.

Second International Conference and Exhibition on Traditional Medicine in Ghana

The Second International Conference and Exhibition on Traditional Medicine will take place in Accra, Ghana July 15-24, 2001. The conference, organized under the theme "Integrating Orthodox Medicine into Traditional Medicine," is open to doctors, nurses, professors, paramedics and students in the practice and study of both conventional and complementary medicine. In an ever changing world of diverse population with equally diverse health and medical issues, the need for such a forum is essential.

The conference includes tours to hospitals and other sites. Medical institutions, doctors and nurses are encouraged to offer voluntary services and medical supplies to specific institutions. Practitioners and students wishing to present papers are encouraged to submit abstracts having direct bearing on the theme of the conference no later that May 15, 2001.

The 10 day-program costs $2,450.00 per person and includes the following: round trip airfare Baltimore- Washington-Accra on Ghana airways; hotel at double occupancy; 3 meals daily, conference tours, and conference registration. A non-refundable deposit of $350.00 is due on November 30, 2000. Balance is due on April 30, 2000. To obtain registration information or to submit abstracts contact Africa First LLC, 517 Asbury Street Suite 11, Saint Paul, MN 55104, USA; tel: (651) 646-4721; fax: (651) 644-3235; e-mail:


CAORC Fellowships for Regional Research

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is offering fellowships open to U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scholars proposing research in the fields of humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences. The research should have regional significance in the Middle East, subsaharan Africa, and/or South Asia, and must be conducted in more than one country, at least one of which host a participating American overseas research center. Fellowship tenure must be of at least three months' duration. Eight small grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded, each of which carries an additional $3,000 for travel expenses. Scholars may apply individually or in teams. Application deadline is: December 31, 2000. For further information or to receive an application visit the web site at:; or write to: Attn: Ms. Julia Pilson, Regional Research Program, Smithsonian Institution, 10th and Constitution St., NW, NHB - East Court Room, CE-123, MRC 180, Washington, DC 20560; tel: (202) 842-8636; fax: (202) 786-2430; e-mail:

1. 2001 WARA/WARC Collaborative Scholars-in- Residence Fellowship Program

The West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, is offering fellowships, each of which will support a pair of researchers (one researcher based in a West African institution and one based in a North American institution). The two pairs of researchers will spend 2-3 months at the Center as scholars-in-residence in order to collaborate on their joint project. Priority will be given to scholars who have already initiated collaborative projects and who require work time together in order to finish a manuscript such as a book, book chapter, or journal article.

Joint proposals, of no more than ten (10) pages in length, written by each pair of applicants, should be submitted to the WARA office in Madison, Wisconsin or the WARC/CROA office in Dakar, Senegal by December 15, 2000. Proposals should, in concrete terms, describe the history of the collaboration between the two scholars on the project at hand, summarize the significance of the research, the planned methodology, and the resulting publications. Curriculum vita and three (3) letters of recommendation for each applicant should be submitted to: WARC/CROA, B.P. 5456 (Fann-Residence), Rue E x LÈon G. Damas Dakar, Senegal; Telephone: 9-011-221-8-24-20-62; Fax: 9-011- 221-8-24-20-58; email:; or WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262-2487; Fax: 608-265-4151; email:; website:; For further details, write to either address indicated.

2. West African Research Association Fellowship

Two (2) research fellowships are being offered for Summer of 2001 in West Africa with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. These fellowships are open to both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral candidates who wish to conduct research for a 10-12 week period in order: 1) to prepare a doctoral research proposal; 2) complete or elaborate upon earlier research; 3) enhance their understanding of a particular topic in order to improve teaching effectiveness or broaden course offerings. The competition is open to U.S. citizens who teach or are enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in the United States.

Candidates must submit an essay of no more than eight (8) pages describing the concept, methodology and significance of their research project to their academic field or teaching profession. Supporting materials must include three (3) letters of recommendation by professors (for pre-doctoral candidates) or established scholars in their field (for post-doctoral candidates); a curriculum vitae; and college transcripts (for pre- doctoral candidates).

Please direct inquiries and submit all relevant materials (one original and three copies) to: WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: 608-262- 2487; Fax: 608-265-4151; email:; website: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.

3. West African Research Association Minority Student Internship Competition Three (3) Summer 2001 Minority Student Internships are being offered in West Africa in an effort to increase the active participation of minorities in international affairs (African-Americans, Eskimo or Aleut, Native American Indians, Mexican Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Puerto Ricans).

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the competition is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in the M.A. program of an accredited college or university in the United States. Students from HBCU's and those without previous foreign travel experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Direct inquiries to: WARA, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, Telephone: 608-262-2487, Fax: 608-265-4151; email: website: The application deadline is December 15, 2000.


Coordinator of African Language Instruction - Indiana University

Indiana University's African Studies Program and Department of Linguistics announce the opening of a full-time, ten-month position (with the possibility for summer teaching) for a Clinical Assistant Professor, starting in August 2001. The position entails teaching an African language at various levels and coordinating and supervising the teaching of African languages. The Coordinator will be an individual who is a dynamic language teacher, who has experience training teachers and who has administrative experience that will contribute to maintaining and building a successful African Languages Program.

Applicants must have an M.A. (preferably a Ph.D.), native or near-native ability in an African language (preferably Swahili, although Bamana, Hausa, Twi, or Xhosa may be considered), and teaching and supervisory experience. Send a letter and curriculum vita (including telephone number and e-mail address) to Language Coordinator Search, African Studies Program, Indiana University, Woodburn 221, Bloomington, IN 47405. Consideration of applications will begin on January 15, 2001 and continue until the position is filled.

Director of African American and African Studies - University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis invites applications for the position of Director of African American and African Studies to begin July 1, 2001. Qualified candidates must have earned a Ph.D. degree in any discipline in the social sciences, arts and the humanities and should have a record of scholarly excellence in African American and/or African Studies as well as a record of excellence in teaching and community and public service. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to provide strong leadership and to promote powerful visions for the advancement of the program's missions and goals.

Applicants should submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vita and the names of four references (complete with e- mail addresses and phone numbers) to Professor Jacob K. Olupona, Chair, Search Committee, African American and African Studies, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, 2201 Hart Hall, Davis, CA 95616. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2000 and continue until position is filled.

Policy Analyst - U.S. Committee for Refugees

The U.S. Committee for Refugees(USCR) is seeking applications for the full-time position of Policy Analyst to cover Africa issues. The successful candidate should be a self-starter, possess exceptional skills in research, writing, reporting and public speaking and be able to adhere to tight deadlines. The candidate must have a working knowledge of Congress, the State Department, the UN, and the NGO community and have experience in mounting advocacy/public information campaigns. In addition, the applicant must possess the following: a college degree in a related field; at least three years related work experience; experience on the ground in Africa; knowledge of USCR and commitment to its values; familiarity with international refugee/human rights laws and standards; the ability to travel 3-4 times per year to hardship areas, and French fluency is desirable.

Interested parties should submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples and a salary history to Policy Analyst Application, c/o Cathy King, U.S. Committee for Refugees, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036. No e-mail applications accepted, and please, no phone calls. The announcement was posted on September 22,2000 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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