MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/06/04

Issue No. 1 Spring 2004 January 6, 2004


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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January 15, Thursday
~"Church and State Encounter [Ethiopia]: Responses of the Evangelical Church to the Challenges of the Derg and its Marxist Ideology," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tibebe Eshete, Advanced Graduate Student (Dept. of History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

January 22, Thursday
~"Flashback: Fifty Years of Donor Aid to African Agriculture," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Carl K. Eicher, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Dept. of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

January 29, Thursday
~"A New Agroecology of Epidemic Malaria in Africa: Maize and Malaria in Ethiopia," African Studies Center Brown Bag with James McCann, Visiting Professor (History, Boston University), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

~African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2004-05 ~The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2004-05 and for the 2004 Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI). The FLAS fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program for the study of language and non-language courses on Africa.

Detailed information on the fellowship, and on-line application guidelines and forms are available on the Center's website: Applicants who can not access the on-line forms can either use the printable PDF files available at the bottom of the application form webpage or contact the African Studies Center at (517) 353-1700; or e-mail:

The deadline for submitting applications to the Center is February 13, 2004. In accordance with the Title VI centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2004 will be hosted by Ohio University. For more information visit the following site: MSU College of Education - Job announcements (See JOBS at the end of this bulletin for details.) The following three positions are expected to be available through MSU's College of Education in early 2004. Please visit the following website for further information on each position: http://ed- Review of applications will begin December 15, 2003. Positions are pending funding and university approval.

Available positions include: 1) Assistant Professor:

Field Director - Egypt; 2) Assistant Professor: Deputy
Field Director - Egypt; 3) Outreach Specialists/Project
Director - based at MSU.

~Course Announcement, Spring 2004 ~HST 830, Social History in Africa; 3 credits; Thur. 7:10-10:00 p.m.
Instructor: Professor James McCann, Prof. of History and Director, African Studies Program, Boston Univ. This seminar will examine the ways in which historians of Africa have defined and presented the social history of Africa. The seminar will examine the recent corpus of social history as presented by the Heinemann Social History series, which has won the prestigious Herskovits Award on several occasions over the past 15 years and been the most prolific publications program for new research on the continent. Geographically eclectic, this series' monographs offer a broad range of definitions of social history, types of source materials and methods, and historiographic points of reference.

The seminar will address the fundamental question of whether social histories of Africa must necessarily differ in their approach from the what was called the New Social History and the French-based Annales school, both of which favored applications of social science methods and the analysis of aspects of daily life rather than overtly political or economic themes. In addition to its core monographs, the seminar will read a small body of works from other world areas to offer a comparative framework for the African cases. Students will read common monographs on a weekly basis, prepare reports on comparative reading for the seminar, and lead discussions on several occasions over the course of the semester. For their final project students will explore a body of primary source materials for their particular geographic interest or prepare a bibliographic essay on the social history of a specific region of Africa. The seminar's final product will be a paper of 20-25 pages that addresses social history in one or the other of these formats.

~WID Bulletin and Working Papers ~The Women and International Development Program at Michigan State University (MSU-WID) announce the publication of the latest issue of the WID Bulletin, a tri- annual newsletter that compiles the most recent and important resources for those interested in gender- related development issues.

Also available from the MSU-WID are Working Papers on Women and International Development, a series of article-length manuscripts on women and development by scholars from a broad range of disciplines and institutions around the world. One of the latest working papers on Africa is: "Legacies of Colonialism and Islam for Hausa Women: An Historical Analysis, 1804 to 1960," by Kari Bergstrom, Working Paper 276, October 2002. A complete list of the working paper series can be found on the MSU-WID website at:

Please feel free to view and/or print the MSU-WID Bulletin online at

~Leketi Makalela announces his book, Me, Apartheid and South Africa, a biographical anthology that reflects on the plight of a youthful persona under the apartheid regime of South Africa.

Leketi Makalela grew up in a village known as Leboengin, the Limpopo province in South Africa. Having the status of the poorest of the poor forced upon him by the Apartheid government, he started working in the local farms as early as 10 years of age to eke out a living-just one year after he began schooling. He was nominated by the South African Institute of Race Relations as the Best University of the North Student in 1991 and 1992 and then later won himself prestigious fellowships like the Mandela Award and Fulbright that took him overseas. He previously worked as a lecturer in the English department at the University of the North, South Africa, where he published several poems and co- edited the Turfwrite Journal. In 2000, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Groningen, Holland, in addition to his academic trip in Thailand. In 2003, he edited Inspired by a Woman by Kerby Simon.

Leketi is currently pursuing his PhD in Linguistics/English at Michigan State University, USA. His activities at this university include co-founding Blue Prints Book Club and getting the seat of an Executive Board member of the African Students Union.

Further details on Leketi's anthology/narrative, including a "sneak" preview are at the following


~Marketplace Specializing in African Groceries ~KASOA International Marketplace announces a new African and Caribbean grocery store in Ann Arbor, MI and Chicago, IL coming soon in January 2004. Grocery items can be ordered online at and be shipped directly to your door.

Some specialized items include: Yams, Tilapia, Red snapper, Goat, Gari, Fu fu, Kenkey, breads, shea butter spices, Agushi, palm drink, plantain, cassava leaves, fresh crab milo, Ghana fanta and muscatella, malta, wache, palm cream, sardines, and chewing sticks. Ann Arbor store hours are: Mon. - Fri. 3:00 - 8:00 p.m., Sat. 12:00 - 8:00p.m.; 3940 Trade Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; Tel: (734) 975-2399; Fax: (734) 975- 2450.

Chicago store hours are: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.; 4424 N. Broadway (@ Montrose), Chicago, IL 60640; Tel: (773) 275-8802; Fax: (773) 275-8801.

~2004 NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers ~Writing Africa: Comparative African and European Palavers and Perspectives, is the title for this five week Institute scheduled for June 28 - July 30, 2004.

For information contact: Professor Maureen N. Eke, Writing Africa 2004, Office for Institutional Diversity, WA 319, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859; Tel: (989) 774-3700; Fax: (989) 774-1832; e- mail: Application deadline is March 1, 2004.

~SCALI Instructors - Summer 2004 ~The Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) is now seeking applications for African Language Instructors for Summer 2004.

Ohio University is proud to host the national Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) program during Summer 2004. The SCALI program offers intensive instruction in a variety of African languages for 4 hours per day for 7 weeks (140 hours total). This intensive institute will provide African language instruction with exposure to the culture and traditions associated with the chosen language. The classes will be taught by expert instructors and indigenous speakers of African languages. Students will earn a total of 12 credit hours for the program; the equivalent of a full year of language instruction. Non- credit options are also available.

SCALI Instructors are hired from a pool of highly qualified, professional instructors of African languages. All of the instructors are native speakers of the languages which they teach. Most instructors are currently teaching or studying African languages and/or linguistics courses at U.S. or African universities. To apply for a teaching position, prospective SCALI Instructors are asked to apply for a teaching position by March 15, 2004. To apply for a position as a SCALI Instructor, please send the following items:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Evidence of Visa status or work permit* * Please note: International students and scholars will need to secure approval in advance for permission to work at Ohio University.
  4. Syllabus for a seven-week intensive language course, appropriate to the level(s) of language proficiency which you will be teaching. The syllabus must demonstrate the objectives of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines for listening, speaking, reading and writing. A copy of the ACTFL guidelines is posted at NG/OtherResources/ACTFLProficiencyGuidelines/co ntents.htm.

If you have not already participated in SCALI, prospective instructors are encouraged to attend the professional development institute held at the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This institute is designed to train African language instructors in effective pedagogies and techniques for the teaching of African languages. This institute will be held from June 1-June 15, 2004. For more information, please visit dev.htm.

For more information, contact: Catherine Cutcher, SCALI Coordinator, African Studies Program, Ohio University, 117 Haning Hall, Athens, OH 45701; Tel: (740) 593-0272; Fax: (740) 593-9476; e-mail: or visit the website:

~Seeking Volunteers
~The Kenya Network for Draft Animal Technology (KENDAT); website:, is looking for an information dissemination, webpage development volunteer. This person will assist an active team of agricultural and other engineers, a veterinarian, anthropologist and participatory agricultural development field staff to document rural development experiences in rural transport and marketing, donkey welfare and conservation agriculture work with rural communities. KENDAT is a local Kenya NGO with exciting smallholder farmer technology dissemination projects. KENDAT is lagging behind in her documentation and dissemination of unique poverty fighting and food security innovative experiences.

KENDAT will take-in short-term (3-4 months) capable volunteers or even BA, BS or Masters students already in their own relevant programmes. There are many aspects of research and development for a degree candidate to tap into even for their own project work. KENDAT would only manage to accommodate and feed (small daily allowance) the person to be engaged, based in Nairobi, with regular upcountry visits of single days to weeks, as needed. For more information please write to the Executive Coordinator,


~The Institute for the African Child - Ohio Univ.
~The Institute for the African Child in collaboration with
the African Students Union and the Sports

Administration Program, Ohio University is organizing a symposium on Sports, Youth and Africa, scheduled for February 20-21, 2004, at the Athens, Ohio campus. For more information, visit the website at:

African Studies Conference - Grand Valley State U. Call for Papers
African/African American Studies at Grand Valley State University (Allendale campus) and the Department of African Studies at University of Cape Coast (Ghana) are organizing a conference on the theme: African Studies: Paradigms, Pedagogy and Partnerships, October 7-9, 2004.

All academic disciplines are encouraged to submit abstracts of 250 words describing individual presentations and performances, and/or proposals of 500 words for panels, along with 50 word biography of each presenter. The primary goal of the conference is to link academic concerns to concrete material conditions, scholarship, and teaching about Africa and the African Diaspora. Presentations focusing on the following areas and/or related topics are welcomed:

challenges facing current political regimes in Africa; retaining civil society, instilling civic responsibility and community building; confronting multiple identities, ethnicities and nationalities; rethinking the effects of colonialism and post-colonialism; interventions in struggles for human (including gender) rights; African and Diasporan histories, literatures, and the arts; strengthening health care and social welfare systems; rebuilding economic infrastructures and resources; preserving and using indigenous knowledge and value systems; honoring cultural rituals, religions and celebrations; and charting the impact of international terrorism and geo-political alliances on African peoples.

Conference participants will also engage in dialogues on ways to enhance university teaching and research in African Studies, highlighting the importance of intra- and inter-institutional collaborations.

Send two copies of proposals via US Mail to: Dr. Veta Tucker, Department of English and African/African American Studies Program, Grand Valley State University, One Campus Drive, Allendale, Michigan 49401; Tel: (616) 331-3692; Fax: (616) 331-3430. Submissions may also be electronically transmitted to Dr. Ronald J. Stephens, Coordinator of African/African American Studies at: Submission deadline is March 8, 2004.

~Study Abroad in South Africa - Georgia Southern U. ~This Summer 2004, Georgia Southern University will offer study opportunities in South Africa for anthropology students. This two-part program is geard for those who would like to obtain field experience in ethnography, biological anthropology, or both. For further details, contact Rober Shanafelt at or see the website

Field Studies Program in Egypt and Ethiopia 2004 The Department of Africana Studies at Tennessee State University in collaboration with the Institute of Ethiopian Studies of Addis Ababa University and the American Research Center in Egypt and its Consortium institutions in the United States will conduct a summer field studies program beginning the summer session of 2004. The opportunity to write this program came as a result of five years research in the field. The program is designed to take students to Egypt and Ethiopia during the summer session for four weeks of exploration of the cultural and historical linkages of these two ancient nations. The curriculum has three areas of concentrations: First, in the sphere of global cultural understanding, students will examine the communality and differences of the contemporary global culture and the quest for peace and harmony based on common culture trait. Particular emphasis on student's project depends on the interest of individual student. Second, in the field of African history, students will examine the relationship between Egypt and the rest of Africa particularly Ethiopia and Nubia; the recent discovery of the oldest human skulls in Ethiopia as the possible ancestor for Homo sapiens; the ethnic background of early Egypt; the ancient Kemetic languages; theoretical framework and analysis of the ancient mathematical and the solar calendar of Egypt will be the principal topics. Third, students will study the ancient African extended family.

Admission to the summer field studies program is very competitive and students will be selected by the Faculty Committee on Field Studies Program. Students from Tennessee State University and the ARCE consortium institutions in the U.S. will actively be recruited, however, applications from other institutions will be considered. There will be a two week mandatory orientation and a two week workshop after the completion of the field studies program.

See website for requirements and application form: dies/ or contact: Summer Field Studies Program, Project Directors: Wosene Yefru, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Africana Studies, Tennessee State University, 3500 John Merrit Blvd. Nashville, Tennessee 3720; Tel: (615) 963-7462; Fax: (615) 963- 7472; e--mail:, or Candy Tate, Emory University Briarcliff Campus, American Research Center in Egypt, 1256 Braircliff, NE, Building A, Suite 423W, Atlanta, GA; Tel: (404) 712-9854; Fax: (404) 712-9849; E-mail

~Lecturer of Swahili - Univ. of Florida ~The Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Florida seeks applicants for a full time Lecturer of Swahili beginning August, 2004. This annually renewable position is part of the planned expansion of African Studies at the University of Florida.

Minimum requirements are native or near-native fluency in Swahili and English, and MA in linguistics, language pedagogy or second language acquisition. Preference for candidates with experience teaching Swahili at the US college level, and commitment to continued development of computer-assisted language learning. Candidate should be able to teach all levels of modern Swahili, with 3/3 course load. Salary is competitive.

Send application statement, CV, sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Masangu D. Matondo, Chair, Swahili Search Committee, Department of African & Asian Languages & Literatures, PO Box 115565, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611- 5565.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to supply a sample videotape of classroom teaching. Deadline for application is January 30th, 2004. University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

MSU College of Education - Three positions ~The following three positions are expected to be available through MSU's College of Education in early 2004. Please visit the College web site for further information on each position: http://ed- (The outreach specialist position is listed under "other positions.") Review of applications will begin December 15 and continue until a candidate is selected for the position. These positions are pending funding and university approval. Continuation of the position for the 5 year period will depend on the satisfactory performance of the candidate selected and the continuation of funding from the contracting agency.

1. Assistant Professor: Field Director

~Assistant Professor level (non-tenure track) in the College of Education at Michigan State University. The Field Director will supervise a project in Egypt which is aimed at strengthening teacher education programs at 8- 10 Egyptian universities. The position requires full-time residence in Cairo, Egypt for a five-year contract estimated to begin January 2004.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in education, with a solid knowledge of higher education in general as well as issues related to teacher education in the U.S. Fluency in Arabic is highly desirable. The position also requires knowledge of teacher education and higher education systems in the Middle East, as well as a familiarity with the cultures of the region. Knowledge of the specific capabilities of the MSU College of Education and its programs is desired. Previous experience with education in the Middle East is an advantage

2. Assistant Professor: Deputy Field Director

~Assistant Professor level (non-tenure track) in the College of Education at Michigan State University. The Deputy Field Director will provide leadership for a project in Egypt which is aimed at strengthening teacher education programs at 8-10 Egyptian universities. The position requires full-time residence in Cairo, Egypt for a five-year contract beginning January 2004. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in education, with a solid knowledge of issues related to teacher education in the U.S. The position also requires knowledge of teacher education and higher education systems in the Middle East. Previous experience with development projects in the Middle East is an advantage. Some knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

3. Outreach Specialist/Project Director

~Applications are invited for this position, which will be a non-tenured faculty position in the College of Education at Michigan State University. The level of appointment will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.

The Project Director will be responsible for the planning, management and outreach of a large five-year program to strengthen faculties of education at a number of Egyptian universities. The position will be based at Michigan State University, but will require periodic travel to Egypt.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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