MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/07/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/07/00

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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.

November 23, Thursday

Thanksgiving Holiday No Brown Bag


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. Volunteer drivers are needed. For conference information or other related inquiries, visit

Graduate Scholarships for Foreign Language Study

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) will award up to 30 scholarships to graduate students at CIC universities to pursue foreign language study this summer. This program is intended to help students take advantage of language offerings not available to them at their home university.

Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree at one of the twelve participating CIC institutions (see web site for listing). Study may be undertaken at any other CIC institution. FLEP recipients may also apply to the CIC Traveling Scholar Program which enables graduate students to pay tuition and fees at their home institution while attending another CIC university. Scholarships may not be used for language study at a student's home institution and must be used for a 'less commonly- taught' language. For more information contact the Foreign Language Liaison at MSU, Dennie Hoopingarner, email: Or visit: Application deadline is February 1, 2001.

"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. Admission to 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.


Special Appeal for the Drought-Stricken Samburu in Northern Kenya

Much of northern Kenya has not had sufficient rain to keep grass green since the end of the El Nino rains of 1998. As a result Samburu friends and their families in south Samburu and northern Laikipia - DEPENDENT ON LIVESTOCK - have been seriously affected. Stock sales have been non-existent and food prices have shot up since March. When the April rains failed, cattle that had been fed with cut olive branches started to die. By early July this year, it was reported that many herds had been diminished by approximately 80%. Everyone throughout the drought-stricken areas has been affected and the situation is extremely grave. Many of the people are in shock and most Samburu are without sufficient food to sustain health and life.

A variety of ecologists, anthropologists, historians, and people working in the field of development in Kenya are beginning to network and link with Samburu people to share ideas on funding for the long recovery process. The present situation is the worst crisis to happen to the Samburu and other pastoral people in the past 100 years. It may be worse than the last Decade of Disaster of 1885-1895 when rinderpest killed over 90% of the cattle and a great number of Samburu people died of starvation. However, by joining together in many small ways now, we should be able to help our Samburu friends survive and rise above the challenge. For more information, or to make a pledge, please contact Maria Hurd at; or Valerie Foster at:

Paintings by Egyptian Artist Chant Avedissian at Smithsonian

A series of panels by pre-eminent Egyptian artist Chant Avedissian that address the multilayered visual history and social memory of modern Egypt will go on view November 19, 2000 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. The exhibit, "Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt," continues through February, 19, 2001. For more information, call The National Museum of African Art at (202) 357-4600 (ext 222).


The National Council for Black Studies 25th Annual Conference

The National Council for Black Studies, Inc. (NCBS) announces the 25th Annual Conference on "Homecoming: Returning to Our African Values" to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Hilton University Place Hotel, 8629 J. M. Keynes Drive. Proposals for sessions, panels, roundtables, and papers are invited. Submissions are invited on the following themes: African Centered Approaches to Scholarship; Function, Place and Status of Elders; A Holistic Agenda for Black Liberation; African Visual and Performing Arts, Black Women in Action: National and Global Perspectives; African Centered Research; and others. For more information or to submit proposal abstracts, write to The National Council for Black Studies, Inc. (NCBS), 25th Annual International Conference, National Office, SAC 1115, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, California 90747-0001. Tel: (310) 243-2169. Fax: (310) 516-3987. E-mail: Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 1, 2000.

Graduate Student Conference in African Studies

The Graduate Students in African Studies and the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University announce the Sixth Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies to be held in Evanston, Illinois beginning Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st 2001. The conference theme is "Re-envisioning Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in African Studies." Graduate students from all disciplines and at all stages of their careers are invited to present their work in a friendly and collegial atmosphere. Submissions of a short (half-page) abstract, single- spaced, and a $10 registration fee (checks made payable to: Northwestern University) by December 1, 2000. For further details regarding accommodations and registration visit the web site at:


Professor of Pan-African Studies - Barnard College The Pan-African Studies Program at Barnard College seeks candidates for a position as a tenured Professor to direct the Pan-African Studies Program. Department affiliation and field are open. The successful candidate will be an established scholar with a distinguished publication record and proven ability to combine teaching and research in a liberal arts college and the ability to coordinate faculty from several departments and students working across disciplines. An interest in migration studies is particularly welcome. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2000 and continue until an appointment is made. Interested applicants should send a c.v., letter of interest, and names and addresses of three references to Professor James G. Basker, Chair, P.A.S. Search Committee, c/o Milbank 100, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027-6598. Questions should be directed to the same address.

Bread for the World on Africa - Washington, DC

International Agriculture and Development Policy this person will lead and support Bread for the World's campaign through research and educational materials to increase public investment in agricultural research and rural development in Africa.

Candidate must have knowledge of agriculture and international development; significant experience in policy analysis; ability to follow debates among experts and speak and write clearly to non-expert audiences. A graduate degree in agriculture economics, international development or relevant field. Field experience in Africa is highly desirable. This is a two year grant funded position. For information contact Ray Almeida, Bread for the World, 50 F Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 2001; tel: (202) 639-9400 ext. 232; fax: (202) 639-9401; e-mail: Or visit the web site at:

Twi, Nuer, Dinka Interpreters

CyraCom International, a language services company serving medical and governmental facilities is currently seeking Independent Contractors (who currently live in the United States or Canada) to serve as Telephone Interpreters. Interpreters work from their homes or offices, when convenient with their schedule, providing a very flexible part-time employment opportunity. Interpreter interaction with the computer system is short, simple, and toll-free; a push-button phone is the only hardware required. Following a short testing and training period, approved interpreters are paid $1.10 per minute of interpretation. Demand for languages is variable and CyraCom cannot guarantee call volumes. If you have interpretation experience and strong bilingual language skills, call Marnie at 800-713-4950 or forward your resume to CyraCom International, Attn: Marnie Metro, Operations, 7332 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704; fax: (520) 745-9022.


Message-Id: <> Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2000 15:39:47 -0500 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 10

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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