MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/12/10

Tuesday Bulletin for January 12th, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Hijabs and History in Northern Nigeria," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Elisha Renne, Faculty (Anthropology, Univ. of Michigan), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Reframing Contemporary Africa: Politics, Economics and Culture in the Global Era: A Book Talk," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Rita Kiki Edozie, Faculty (James Madison College, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, January 14, 2010

"President Obama and Africa: Continuities and Change in U.S. A! frica Policy," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with David Wiley, Faculty (Sociology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Announcements
Study Abroad Programs in Africa - Info Meetings


Food, Nutrition and Health

Summer 2010

Thursday, January 21

6:00 p.m. - 1260 Anthony Hall

Direct inquiries to Chris Barden, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, (517) 432-8785; or e-mail: African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS): 2010-2011 AY

The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2010-2011 and for the 2010 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 African languag! es and non-language courses on Africa. Up to date information and on-line application forms are available at:

Candidates must have completed application procedures by February 19, 2010. Related application materials are to be mailed to the Assistant Director of the African Studies Center, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; e-mail: Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) 2010

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) 2010 will be hosted by Michigan State University from June 14 to August 6, 2010. More information on SCALI and the application form are available at: and at

Students interested in SCALI need to immediately complete the "Expression of Interest" form found! at Graduate students who are interested in the MSU summer FLAS fellowship should apply using the SCALI application form given above. CASID/WID Application for FLAS 2010-2011 AY

The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) at Michigan State University awards graduate fellowships under the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program of the U.S. Department of Education. The FLAS fellowship program is designed to meet critical needs for specialists in American education, government, and other services of a public and/or professional nature who will utilize their skills in training others and in developing throughout the United States a wider knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures.

CASID/GenCen's FLAS Fellowships are awarded to graduate students enrolled in programs that combine! the study of a modern foreign language with advanced training and research in international development studies. Fellowship support includes the payment of tuition and fees (up to $12,000 per academic year) and a stipend of $15,000 for the academic year. To be considered for fellowship support, applicants must be a citizen or national of the United States; or a permanent resident of the United States; or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Applicants also must have earned a baccalaureate or comparable degree before the fellowship period begins and be admitted to or currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Michigan State University. The CASID/GenCen application deadline is February 16, 2010.

For application materials please go to: For additional information, please contact: Dr. Andrea Allen, Associate Director, CASID, Michigan State University, 202 Interna! tional Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone (517) 884-2141; Fax (517) 353-8765. Other Announcements
Summer 2010 GPA in Morocco - for Educators

"Multicultural Morocco: Lessons From Africa" is a five-week travel study program in Morocco for educators.

UCLA African Studies Center is accepting applications for the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) in Morocco. This project, specifically designed for teachers, will provide a unique Arabic language and cultural immersion experience for a better understanding of Morocco's place in Africa, North Africa, and the wider world. Project participants will receive intensive Arabic language instruction with seminars on Moroccan culture and society supplemented by site visits and daily interaction with the local population to create a multidimensional, dynamic learning environment. The project will be based in the iconic Moroccan city of Fes, ! with organized excursions to Agadir, Marrakesh, Meknes, and other places that illustrate the multicultural diversity of Morocco. This project has three phases and applicants must be willing and able to FULLY participate in all phases (see website for details).

Participation in the UCLA's 2010 Fulbright-Hays GPA program, Multicultural Morocco: Lessons from Africa, is subject to eligibility criteria established for all federally subsidized programs. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Eligible applicants are as follows:

  1. K-12 educators (teachers, library/media specialists, curriculum coordinators, etc.);

  2. Faculty members who teach modern foreign languages or area studies at the post-secondary level;

  3. Experienced administrators responsible for planning, conducting or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary or post-secondary level.

For application and full details, visit: or contact the UCLA African Studies Center at or (310) 825-3686. The application deadline is January 30, 2010. Study Abroad in Namibia - Augsburg College

The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College is pleased to report that they are offering a summer academic program abroad in Namibia, entitled: Development and Social Change in Southern Africa.

The program includes home-stays and the opportunity to travel outside of the classroom to become more fully immersed in the inter-cultural experience.

For more information, please contact Margaret Anderson, Academic Programs Abroad at (612) 330-1685 or if you have any questions. Call for Articles: New Journal Islamic Africa

Islamic Africa is a new peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published online by Northwestern University Press in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) at the Program of African Studies of Northwestern University. Incorporating the journal Sudanic Africa and retaining its focus on historical sources, bibliographies, and methodology, Islamic Africa covers the field of Islam in Africa broadly understood to include the social sciences and humanities. The new journal seeks to promote scholarly interaction among Africa-based scholars and those located institutionally outside the continent. The first issue will appear in Spring 2010.

Submissions should be sent electronically in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats to: Gianna Mosser, Managing Editor, Islamic Africa, African Film Library Launched

M-Net launched the African Film Library in late September 2009. The site has a feature films, ! shorts, and documentaries from the last 50 years and is available at Fellowships
2010 African Literature Assoc. Grad Student Award

The ALA Graduate Student Award is given to the best graduate student paper presented at the annual ALA conference. The award-winning student will receive $500.00, a certificate of accomplishment and the paper will be published in the next issue of the Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA). In addition, the winner will be recognized at the award ceremony at the annual meeting.

Submissions should include:

  • a letter of application with contact information for the upcoming academic year;

  • a .doc or .pdf copy of the conference paper

In order to be considered, submissions should be e-mailed to the Award Committee Chair, Dr. Oty Agbajoh-Laoye at All submissions must be received by e-mail by midnight on Ja! nuary 30, 2010. Compton Foundation/PRB International Fellows

Advanced graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, currently enrolled in full-time Master's or PhD programs with a focus on interactions linking population/family planning/reproductive health with environmental sustainability and/or human security issues are invited to apply for the Compton/PRB Fellowship.

Since 2001 the Compton Foundation and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) have collaborated to increase the capacity of outstanding graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to affect policy and/or improve the effectiveness of population, family planning, and reproductive health programs in the developing world. In the spirit of this collaboration and to fulfill its objectives, the Compton Foundation is making available Fellowships through PRB for capstone/internship work and dissertation research on topics that examine the interactions linking family planning and reproductive health with environmental/sustainability and/or human security issues. This Fellowship provides highly motivated individuals with a unique opportunity to explore these very important interactions.

This one-year fellowship funds fieldwork related to the completion of the dissertation. The application deadline is January 25, 2010. More information can be found at PRB (Population Reference Bureau) website: Scholarship Program for Immigrant Families

The Western Union Foundation's Family Scholarship Program is a new educational initiative for migrants, immigrants, and their families in the United States. The Family Scholarship Program is intended to help two members of the same family move up the economic development ladder through education.

Scholarships may be used for tuition for college/university education, language acquisition classes, technical/! skill training, and/or financial literacy. All applicants must be 18 or older. The country of origin for at least one of the applicants must be outside the U.S. Applications must include educational providers for primary and secondary award recipients (must be two family members). Scholarships will only be made to nonprofit accredited higher education institutions and nonprofit training/educational providers.

Recipients are eligible to receive scholarships in amounts of $1,000 to $5,000 per family. Applications for the winter scholarship are due February 5, 2010. Visit the Western Union Foundation Web site for complete program information at:

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