MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/31/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/31/00


Issue No. 9, Fall 2000

October 31, 2000



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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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.

November 16, Thursday

"'We Request a Reply in Eight days': Strategy and Selfhood Among the Samuelites of Thaba Nchu, South Africa, 1928-1940," special Brown Bag talk with Paul Landau, Professor (History Dept., Univ. of Maryland), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center. Sponsored jointly by the African Studies Center, the History Department, and the Program in Comparative Black History.


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 other related 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.

African Immigrant Directory

Tricia Redeker Hepner, graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, was the ethnographer for the African Immigrant Directory: A Guide to Community Resources in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The Directory project was supported by the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. For further details contact: Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, 18 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106; tel: (215) 925-8090; or visit the web site at:


Operation Crossroads

Operation Crossroads promotes cross-cultural sharing and understanding through immersion in the day to day life of an African village community through projects in the areas of health, agriculture, education and development. Crossroads projects also offer participants the opportunity to practice previously studied languages such as French or Portugese and to begin to learn African languages such as Akan or Swahili. Operation Crossroads is now accepting applications for the 2001 program. For information and application materials contact Operation Crossroads, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1366, New York, NY 10115; tel: (212) 870-2106; fax: (212) 870-2644; e-mail: Application deadline is February 1, 2001.

Virtual Africana

Virtual Africana is an On-line Information Resource Center for business. It offers users, regionally and across the globe, a one-step shop from which relevant information is obtainable. The Resource Center includes a Financial Services Center that provides detailed analysis on the financial markets in Kenya and ultimately sub-Saharan Africa. The web service also allows for customized research and reports to be generated on a request basis. Explore the site at:

Call for Papers

The 27th Annual Symposium on Technology and Development in Africa

The Center for African Studies and College of Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in cooperation with the African Academy of Sciences, announces The 27th Annual Symposium on Technology and Development in Africa. Scientists, engineers, social scientists and policy makers will be invited. The Symposium aims to foster understanding and collaboration by supporting interdisciplinary exchange among academicians, practitioners, and policy makers.

Abstracts submitted should be no more than one page long or up to 400 words. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Possible topics include: Information Technology and its Impact on Education, Gender Issues, Business and Industry, and Telecommunications; Biotechnology and its Impact on the Environment; Strategies and Structures for Cooperation. For more information or to submit abstracts, contact Center for African Studies, 210 International Studies Bldg., 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign, Illinois, 61820, USA. Phone: 217-333-6335. Fax: 217-244-2429. E-mail: Web: Abstracts must be submitted by November 15, 2000.


Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia - August 2-4, 2001

The Ethiopian American Foundation (EAF) announces an international conference on Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia which will convene at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The primary objectives of the conference are to:1) Raise awareness about critical development issues in Ethiopia among the Diaspora and the public at large; 2) Provide a forum for informed dialogue on key development and policy issues, and 3) Build consensus on policy issues that are critical for future progress and development. The conference is intended for researchers, policy makers, investors, the donor community, and others interested in development issues in Ethiopia.

Call for Papers

The program Committee invites proposals on current development issues relevant to the following sub- themes. Other proposals related to the topic will be considered.

Human Development: Education and Health Issues Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Governance and Institutional Development Property Rights and Private Sector Development Science and Technology for Development

The State of Ethiopia: Recent Socio-economic & Political Situation

Please send abstracts or proposals by December 30, 2000 to: Conference Planning Committee Chair, Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia Conference, Department of Economics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI49008; Fax: (616) 387-3999 or send via e-mail to: Sisay Asefa at:; Asefa Mehretu at:; or Teshome Wagaw at: For further details and registration, visit the web site address at:

The conference on Ethiopia is preceded by a one-day research workshop on "Managing Natural Resources for Sustainable Agriculture in African Highlands Ecosystems."This workshop is for individuals that specialize and conduct research in this area. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate and enable future research network in this particular area among concerned African countries which includes Ethiopia. The basic information and Call for Papers for this workshop is at:


Scholars in Residence - The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is now accepting applications for its Scholars-in-Residence Program. The program is designed to encourage research and writing in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture. Fellowships funded by the Center allow recipients to spend six months or a year in residence with access to resources at both the Schomburg Center and The New York Public Library. For information and application forms, write to Schomberg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., New York, NY 10037-1801. Tel: 212-491-2228.Or visit the web site at: Application deadline is January 14, 2001.


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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