MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/29/02

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/29/02

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October 31, Thursday "The Changing Global Food System: Implications for Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Larry Busch, Faculty (Sociology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 7, Thursday "Health Care Needs and Services in Zambia: The Primary Healthcare Workers' Perspective," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Gretchen Birbeck, Faculty (Neurology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


MSU Faculty Notes

Jim Bingen, Professor in Resource Development and Core Faculty member with the African Studies Center coordinated the Nairobi Seminar on, "Getting Agriculture Moving in the New Millennium: The Empowerment of African Farmers" in Nairobi, Kenya. Twelve experts on farmer organization development met to discuss the problems of farmer empowerment and agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of the FAO sponsored meeting was to review the findings of a seven-country comparative study of farmer organizations and agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa, and to suggest ways in which the empowerment of farmers will be the key to getting African agriculture moving in the new millennium.

Richard Bawden, Visiting Distinguished University Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, led a team for a six-week period, for the Partnership for Food Industry Development (PFID) to Kenya in order to design a project for USAID. The project's aim was to "improve rural livelihoods" in Kenya, specifically through the cultivation and marketing of horticultural crops within that country. There was such interest in the "systemic development" approach. Bawden was invited back to conduct seminars and workshops for a week in April. The workshops were focused on a range of interested parties in Kenya including senior personnel from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, from other donor agencies, NGOs and CBOs, banks, and farmer and processor organizations.

Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited

Ingwe Promotions presents Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited in concert. The group will perform on the MSU campus on November 16, 2002 at the Fairchild Theater. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. For more information and admission cost contact: C.E.O: Levie (Bob) Nedziwe (517) 819-3660 or Director: Joe Nyandoro (517) 372-9471. This event is co-sponsored by the MSU School of Music and the African Student Union.


Africa Advocacy Days, February 23-26, 2003

The Washington Office on Africa (WOA), the Africa Faith and Justice Network, and the Lutheran Stand with Africa Campaign are joining with Church World Service and Churches for middle East Peace in a gathering that offers two distinct learning and advocacy tracks, one focused on Africa, the other on the Middle East.

Each track will provide challenging speakers, issue briefings, and advocacy training workshops. There will be opportunities to speak with Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress, or their key foreign policy staff, regarding Africa. There will also be common times for fellowship and networking, a keynote address and Capitol Hill reception, and a special ecumenical service of worship for participants and the public. For registration and other information, go to the website: and click on Africa Advocacy Event, or contact the WOA office at 202/547-7503; or e-mail:


Fellowship for African Scholars

The Five College African Scholars Program announces five-and-ten month residency fellowships at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, institutions forming the Five College Consortium in Amherst, Massachusetts. The program invites junior or mid-level African university scholars, currently teaching in African universities, to apply. While the program supports projects with an Africa focus in any discipline, preference is given to those with distinctly humanistic or social dimension. Projects may be interdisciplinary or comparative in nature.

Resident scholars will be hosted by one of the five institutions, which will supply office space, telephone and web access, and partnership with a local faculty sponsor. Each scholar will receive a monthly stipend of $3,000, airfare to and from the United States, a laptop computer, housing, health insurance, access to libraries, and up to $150 per month for certain research expenses (books, other materials, and travel to conferences within the United States).

Application Deadlines: For the residency period of January-May, the deadline is the preceding June 1; residency period August - December, the deadline is the preceding February 1; and residency period August- June, the deadline is the preceding February 1. For more information visit the web at:; e-mail:; or write to: Five College African Scholars Program, 706 Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA; Tel: 413/577-3778; Fax: 413/577-3781.

The Five College African Scholars Program is dedicated to strengthening partnerships among scholars in Africa and the United States, supporting their research, and enriching the study of Africa. The program is generously supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Smith College, and Five Colleges, Incorporated and its member institutions.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, post-doctoral fellowships on the theme of "Education and African Modernities" are offered by the Center for African Studies and the College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This three-year Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Institute offers fellows the opportunity to explore and interrogate, through interdisciplinary inquiries, the role of higher education, broadly defined, in and on Africa. Each year of the institute is organized around a broad theme and supports two post-doctoral fellowships (ten months in duration). The focus of the first year (2003-2004) will be on the development of African universities, where intellectuals are produced, capacities for development and constructions of modernity nurtured.

African universities are undergoing a lot of complex changes in response to internal and external institutional, social, political, economic, and intellectual pressures and transformations. Specifically, for this institute, scholars are sought who are exploring the implications of these changes and challenges on the humanities disciplines and modes of inquiry: how are the humanities being affected and responding, and how are debates being re-framed within the humanities? Applications are welcome from the humanities, education, and social sciences fields, and applicants must have a Ph.D. or its equivalent for full consideration. Regional, comparative and interdisciplinary interests are especially welcome. In addition to their individual research and writing, the fellows will be asked to participate in academic forums, including: seminars, colloquia, symposia, and focused discussion groups. There are no regular teaching duties associated with these fellowships. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens, and international applications are welcome.

For further information about the program, see the overview of the Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships at; or the announcement on the Center for African Studies website:; or write: Center for African Studies, ATTN: Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellowships, 210 International Studies Bldg., 910 S. Fifth St., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 61820 U.S.A.; Tel: (217)-333-6335; Fax: (217)-244-2429; E-mail: Deadline for receipt of the 2003-2004 application is January 1, 2003.

Fellowships for African PhD Students

Each year, as many as three fellowships, the Gwendolen M. Carter Fellowship, Kofi Annan Fellowship, and PAS-NU (Program of African Studies at Northwestern University), may be awarded to outstanding African PhD students admitted to Northwestern University's Graduate School for disciplinary studies of Africa. Each fellowship includes full tuition with stipend and is offered by arrangement with the Graduate School, PAS, and the fellow's department of study.

Only students from Africa who intend to pursue a PhD at Northwestern are eligible to apply. Requests for an admission application, financial aid forms, and the Graduate School Bulletin should be directed to the Graduate School, Northwestern University, Rebecca Crown Center, Evanston, Illinois 60208-1113, U.S.A.; Telephone (847) 491-7264; fax (847) 491-5070. Both the application and the bulletin are also available on the web at:

The Program of African Studies (PAS) urges applicants to pre-apply to PAS before applying formally to the Graduate School. Pre-application consists of a letter identifying the academic department at Northwestern in which the applicant's study of Africa will be based (PAS is not a department and does not award degrees), a 750- word statement of purpose describing research aims and desired course of study, a curriculum vitae summarizing academic achievement and employment experience, at least one writing sample, and complete contact information (mailing address, telephone, fax, e-mail) for three academic references. For intended matriculation in September 2004, pre-applications should reach PAS by November 17, 2003.


University of Natal International School

The University of Natal is offering an intensive 5 week International School Program from June 23 - August 1, 2003. This program presents an opportunity to study in KwaZulu-Natal, the most populous and diverse province in South Africa. Students get the opportunity to learn Culture and Diversity, Service Learning and Zulu Language and Culture at the Durban campus. The Pietermaritzburg campus offers Zulu language, Art and culture; community service and policy issues, and Turbulent Times: A history of KwaZulu-Natal from days to present. It integrates theory and practice through site visits as well as hands on experience with multi-media learning. Students earn credits through continuous assessment and an exam at the end of the program. For more details about the program, please visit the site: Applications close on March 31, 2003. Inquiries may also be directed to Dr. Catherine Ndinda, Ph.D., Co-ordinator, International School, Rick Turner SU Building, 4th Floor Room 412, University of Natal 4041, Durban, SOUTH AFRICA; Tel: +27-31-260-2677; Fax: +27-31-260- 2136; e-mail:


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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