MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/24/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/24/00


Issue No. 8, Fall 2000

October 24, 2000



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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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, Faculties (Respectively Geography and School of Journalism), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 9, Thursday

"Relative Profitability of Maize in Kenya: Implications for Maize Policy," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Gerald Nyambane, Doctoral Candidate (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 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

Course Announcement

The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) is offering an interdisciplinary seminar called Issues in International Development, Spring semester 2001. The course will focus on the dilemmas facing industrialized and developing nations in ending severe global inequalities and poverty and will explore how these dilemmas are explained and the solutions offered to solve them. Special attention will be given to issues of the environment, external assistance, women and grass-roots participation. The course, SSC 490 (Section 001), meets the requirements of a senior level capstone course for the Undergraduate Specialization in International Development and is worth 3 credits. Direct inquires to Robert Glew at e-

Health and Disease in Black Communities

ANT491, Section 002

This course will be taught by eminent medical anthropologist who will visit MSU for spring term 2001. The focus of the course is Black health status and disease in Black communities. Students will explore variables that affect health and some of the diseases that are disproportional in Blacks. This course will address health disparity in relation to race, class, and gender. For more information, contact the Department of Anthropology at (517) 353-2950.

"Travel" The World in a Day

The annual MSU Global Festival will be held in the MSU Student Union, on Sunday, November 19, 2000, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Global Festival is an annual event in which MSU students representing dozens of countries around the world, will share their culture and talents with exhibits and demonstrations, ethnic song and dance and an entire floor of children's activities.

Pick up your "passport", purchase a gift at the Global Gift Shop, and enjoy a sampling of delicious foods at the international buffet or ala-carte. The buffet will be served from 12-3p.m. and cost $10/adults, $8/students and seniors, and free for children 6 and under. There is something for everyone. Admissionto the festival is free.

The festival is co-sponsored by CVIP (Community Volunteers for International Programs), the Union Activities Board, International Studies and Programs, the Departments of Residence Life and

Internationalizing Student Life and the Office for International Students and Scholars. For more information, call the CVIP office 353-1735 or Lois Park, Global Festival co-coordinator, 351-5106.


Items from your world travels which you no longer want...for the GLOBAL FESTIVAL WORLD GIFT SHOP. Proceeds provide scholarships for international student spouses. To donate call, Avis Butler at 332- 4596.

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:


African Cyber Market

A new website, African Cyber Market out of Southern Africa, offers a selection of handcrafted African-design home furnishings that are both decorative and practical. The site is located at

CD Rom on East Africa

An educational CD Rom on East Africa and videos are now available. It combines still photos, videos, interviews, music, and human experience, placed within an educational context. Also, two films providing an overview of West and East Africa from a ground level perspective have been completed on VHS. Worlds Together "West Africa" was filmed in eight countries plus the Cape Verde Islands, "East Africa" was filmed in Uganda, Zanzibar, Tanzania, and Kenya with material having been collected over an eleven year time period. For more information contact Elmer Hawkes at: or visit the web site:


Call for Papers

African Universities in Crisis and the Promotion of a Democratic Culture: The Political Economy of Violence in African UniversitiesUniversity of Botswana Contributions are welcome from any disciplinary background or standpoint in the humanities and social sciences. Although this is a very political topic, articles that are merely political tracts will not be considered. The articles should be more scholarly than descriptively political, even if they are about political situations. Final drafts for consideration must be received by January 15, 2001. Interested scholars should send abstracts and inquiries to: Dr. Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Department of Sociology, FSS University of Botswana, Private Bag UB00705, Gaborone, BOTSWANA; fax: (267) 585099; e-mail: or


Program Assistant - U of Kansas

The Kansas University African Studies Resource Center seeks a Program Assistant starting November 1, 2000. The successful candidate must have the following qualifications: MA degree; experience in Africa and familiarity with African area studies; familiarity with grant-writing and funded programs; writing, research and analytical skills; effectiveness with people in project planning and management. The position is a full-time, annually renewable appointment tied to Title VI funding with a salary range of $22,000-$25,000. Applicants should submit a letter of application, current cv and three letters of reference to African Studies Resource Center Director, University of Kansas, 104a Lippincott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045-2107, e-mail: (785) 864-3745. Review of applications will begin October 23.

Assistant Professor of Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Studies - U of Florida

The University of Florida at Gainesville announces an opening for an Assistant Professor,tenure-track, in Caribbean Literature and Studies with a strong Anglophone emphasis. Additional interests welcomed in theory and cultural studies, including critical race theory, gender studies, and postcolonial studies. The course load is 2-2 and includes graduate and undergraduate teaching. Interested candidates should send a letter and vita to John Leavey, Chair, Department of English, 4008 Turlingtom Hall, PO Box 117310, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7310. Application deadline is November 3, 2000.

Assistant Professor of Yoruba Language and LiteratureU of Florida

The Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Florida(UF) invites applications for a tenure track position in Yoruba language and literature effective August 2001. The selected candidate will have a PhD at the time of appointment and have native or near native command of Yoruba. A completed application includes the following: 1) letter; 2) cv; 3) names and address of three references (including telephone, fax and e-mail); letters of reference from the three persons mailed directly to UF; 4)two samples of publications and a copy of the dissertation (for recent PhDs). Direct inquires and application materials to Chair, Yoruba Search Committee, Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Florida, 470 Grinter Hall, PO Box 115565, Gainesville, FL 32611- 5565, phone: (353) 392-2183, fax: (353) 392-2435. Application deadline is December 6, 2000.


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