MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/17/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/17/00


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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.

November 2, Thursday

"African Responses to the Renaissance Question in Higher Education: A Field Report," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Assefa Mehretu and Folu Ogundimu (Respectively Geography and School of Journalism), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Transport to ASA Annual Meeting

The African Studies Center is organizing transportation by van or car, (depending on the number of people interested) to the ASA Annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee November 16-19, 2000. One vehicle will leave on Wednesday, November 15th and the other one leaves Thursday, November 16th with both returning on Sunday, November 19th. Interested riders should stop by or call the Center at 353-1700 and speak to Lisa Beckum as soon as possible. Drivers are needed. For conference information or inquiries, visit

Spring Term Sabbatical Home

Waterfront faculty home available for rent in Haslett Jan 7 - May 2001: 4 Br, 3.5 baths, 1 car garage, elem school and bus stop across street, 5 mins drive to Meridian Mall, 15 mins drive to MSU. Rent negotiable. Utilities approx $350 a month. Email or call 517-339-1647.

International Dance Music

First World Fridays is an explosion of International dance music that happens the first Friday of every month with D.J. Heran. From the African continent, prepare to dance to Algerian Rai, Nigerian Juju and Fuji, Mbalaax from Senegal, Iskista music from Ethiopia, Soukous from Zaire and Tuku and Chimurenga from Zimbabwe. From the Diaspora, the sounds of Rara and Compas from Haiti will mix with Zouk, Soca, Reggae and Dancehall from the Caribbean. The DJ extends an open invitation to bring your favorite CD's of dance music from around the world. For more information, please send e-mail to:

$2,900,000 Higher Education Partnership in Rwanda

Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, the UniversitÈ du Rwanda, and the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques de Rwanda received the award of a two- year, $2,900,000 grant for a partnership designed to rebuild the agricultural sector in the post-war, post- genocide country. The new partnership is supported by funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and will seek to carry out USAID/Rwanda's objective of improving broad-based food security in Rwanda. The project aims to rebuild the agricultural infrastructure of the country through the rebuilding of institutional mechanisms to promote community-based learning and research. To this end, the partnership will focus on (1) constructing an Outreach Center, (2) faculty/researcher development, (3) graduate student training, and (4) academic, research, and outreach program development.

To learn more about the new partnership, visit the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) 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.


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.


Immigration Positions - Univ. of California, Irvine

The School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for two to three positions in the broad areas of international migration and immigration. Applicants may be anthropologists, economists, political scientists, sociologists, or other interdisciplinary social scientists. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., strong disciplinary training, and outstanding potential for multi- and interdisciplinary research in the substantive areas of international migration and immigration. Rank is open, although at the tenured level strong preference may be given to applicants with expertise in Latino immigration and U.S./Mexico relations. For at least one of the positions, experience working with large data sets and/or longitudinal data is desirable. A successful record in seeking funded research is also desirable for all positions.

Screening of applications will begin October 15. A cover letter and vita (and at the Assistant Professor level three letters of reference) should be sent to Ms. Carolynn J. Bramlett, Immigration Recruitment Coordinator, 3151 Social Science Plaza, University of California, Irvine, Irvine CA 92697-5100, e-mail:, phone: (949) 824-1361.

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.


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