MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/28/03

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/28/03

Issue No.2 Spring 2003
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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January 30, Thursday

"The Crisis in Cote d'Ivoire: Implications for West African Food Security," African Studies Center Brown Bag with John Staatz, Faculty and Youssouf Camara, Assistant Professor (Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2003-04 DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 28, 2003 The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2003-04 and for the 2003 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 on the webpage or contact the African Studies Center at (517) 353-1700; or e-mail:

The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to FEBRUARY 28, 2003. In accordance with the Title VI centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2003 will be hosted by Ohio University. For more information on SCALI, prospective applicants should visit the URL at ml.

Foreign Travel Fund International Studies and Programs is accepting applications for spring-summer Special Foreign Travel Fund grants through February 1, 2003. Guidelines and application forms for travel to international meetings held March through August can be obtained from the Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 209 International Center or by visiting the Web at:

MSU Faculty MSU Professor Folu Ogundimu has been selected as a recipient of the UCLA Globalization Research Center- Africa Faculty Research Grant, for the period March 15, 2003 to June 2003.

The UCLA Globalization Research Center-Africa (GRCA) conducts research on the dynamics and effects of globalization, with particular emphasis on impacts within Africa.

The Center supports specific "signature" research projects grounded in the research interests of selected project coordinators, disseminating the results of the research widely by making optimal use of modern technology. The aim is to develop a cadre of research scholars through graduate student recruitment, doctoral support, post-doctorate awards, and open fellowships.

Book Donation to Lagos, Nigeria Folu Ogundimu, African Studies Center Core faculty member, is collecting used books and journals for shipment to the newly inaugurated Department of Mass Communication Library at the Lagos State University, and the general collections of the LASU libraries at Ojota and Suru-Lere, Lagos, Nigeria. If you would like to make a contribution of your used material for these libraries, the gesture will be most appreciated. Access to books and journals remain some of the most pressing and scarce resources for our African partners and the donations will go a long way to alleviate this problem.

Two years ago when Professor Ogundimu visited LASU as part of the MSU five-country survey of African universities, the refurbishment of university library resources were identified as one of the most urgent areas of cooperation and assistance with U.S. universities. Contributions to the LASU libraries could go a long way in meeting these needs. Drop off site and contact is Folu Ogundimu, 384 Communication Arts and Sciences Building, MSU. Donations will be accepted on a continuing basis and shipments will be sent three times a year. The first shipment is scheduled for mid-January, 2003.

MSU Press/African Studies - Graduate Assistant Half-time graduate assistant needed to serve as 1) clerical support for the African E-Journals Project (AEJP) and 2) editorial assistant on MSU Press journals, with a focus on African journals.

This position will provide clerical support at the Press for the African E-Journals Project and editorial assistance for the serial journal publishing operation. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: maintaining and logging AEJP communication; preparing manuscripts/electronic files for editing; copyediting online; proofreading page proofs; working with editors and outside vendors to assemble serial journal issues from raw manuscripts; and miscellaneous duties to support the division.

Required: ability to touch type; general computer skills including MS Word 2000, Excel, and e-mail; excellent oral and written communication and editing skills with a keen eye for identifying stylistic and grammatical inconsistencies and mistakes. Ability to solve problems, demonstrate initiative, and follow established procedures under tight deadline constraints and attention to detail critical. Desired: ability to read, write, and translate French, Spanish, or Amharic.

To apply, submit a curriculum vitae and a writing sample (term/research paper) to Margot Kielhorn; MSU Press; 1405 S. Harrison Rd., 25 Manly Miles; or Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview and a written copyediting exercise.

Tonga/Tumbuka Tutor Needed Seeking Malawian Tumbuka or Tonga speakers for private tutorial during June-July, 2003. Please contact Aaron Russell, 333-3482, for details.

ProudFlesh - Official Launch of New Journal Africa Resource Center is pleased to announce a new journal PROUDFLESH: NEW AFRIKAN JOURNAL OF CULTURE, POLITICS & CONSCIOUSNESS, Editor: Greg Thomas, Syracuse University, NY, USA

The premier issue is available at: .1.htm

Table of Contents Editorial:

What Is ProudFlesh? Greg Thomas, Syracuse University, NY, USA

Articles: A Letter to George Jackson: An Angel Whose Legacy Lives on in the Hearts and Actions of All Revolutionaries Ebony Ameena, Michigan State University, MI, USA

Plantation Rhymes: Hip Hop as Writing Against the Empire of Neo-Slavery Quincy T. Norwood, Michigan State University, MI, USA

Love and Revolution: Finding That Ecstasy Which Satisfies Olanrewaju Williams, Michigan State University, MI, USA

The Restorative Value of Violence Kayode Ogunfolabi, Michigan State University, MI, USA

Embodying the Cipher: Revolt and Reconfiguring "Blackness" in the Black Radical Movement Krishna Manavalli, Michigan State University, MI, USA

Spooks, Sex & Socio-Diagnostics: On Robert F. Williams Greg Thomas, Syracuse University, NY, USA

Review Essays: Review Essay: M. Berman, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity Gladys M. JimÈÈnez-MuÒÒoz, Binghamton University, NY, USA

Reviews: Review: C. A. Diop. Towards the African Renaissance: Essays in Culture and Development, 1946-1960. Leketi Makalela and Walter Sistrunk, Michigan State University, MI, USA

Review: K. F. C. Hollway, Passed On: African American Mourning Stories LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Clemson University, SC, USA


2003-2004 Post-Doctoral Fellowship The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago invites applications for the 2003-2004 post-doctoral fellowship to begin September 29, 2003. Qualified candidates from all disciplines who have their Ph.D. are encouraged to apply.

Grant Description: The goal of the fellowship is to support the work of an outstanding scholar whose research focuses on the study of race or ethnicity by allowing the fellow to devote his or her full energies to the further development of their research agenda. The fellowship carries a stipend of $35,000 and a travel and research budget of $2,500. The fellow will be provided with office space and a computer at the Center and full access to University libraries and other facilities. Awardees will be expected to be in full-time residence during the academic year beginning September 29, 2003, present his or her work at one of the Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop meetings and actively participate in the workshop and other activities sponsored by the Race Center. There will be no teaching responsibilities.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) at the University of Chicago is committed to moving the study of race and ethnicity beyond the black/white paradigm. The work of faculty affiliated with the Center explores different processes of racialization experienced within groups as well as across groups in sites as diverse as North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Asian Pacific, and Europe. We are especially interested in work that highlights the intersection of race and ethnicity with other identities such as gender, class, sexuality and nationality, and interrogates social and identity cleavages within racialized communities.

Applicants for the 2003-2004 academic year are required to have a Ph.D. currently. All applications should include the following:

1. Description of the project(s) that will be
undertaken over the course of the fellowship year (3-5 pages). 2. Writing sample, which may be a published or
un-published work (not to exceed 30 pages). 3. Curriculum vitae. 4. Three letters of recommendation under separate

Complete applications must be received at: Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, The University of Chicago, Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee, 5733 S. University Chicago, Illinois 60637 by February 17, 2003 for full consideration. Awards will be announced by March 31, 2003. For additional information call (773) 702-8063 or e-mail

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) at Ohio University - Athens, OH SCALI will be held at one institution for two-year cycles. Ohio University will host SCALI in 2003-2004.

SCALI will be hosted by Indiana University in 2005- 2006. For details, please visit the website at: tml; or contact Pat Davidson, Assistant Director of SCALI,; phone: (740) 593- 1767; or Judith Mmari, Assistant Coordinator; e-mail:; phone: (740) 593-1767.

Summer Institute for African Language Instructors, June 2-20, 2003 As interest in African language learning and teaching increases, so does the need to prepare graduate students and teaching assistants who are planning to pursue African language teaching as a profession. The Summer 2003 Institute has been designed to help meet this need. It will train fellows in a number of crucial areas central to the effective design and operation of an African Language Program. African language scholars who are interested in professional development are also encourage to participate in the institute.

The program consists of a three-week intensive introduction to: a) African Language Program development, coordination
and evaluation; b) Teaching the Productive Skills (Speaking and Writing)
in the African Language Classroom; and c) Teaching the Receptive Skills (Listening and Reading) in the African Language Classroom.

Fellows will learn how to start a new African language program and how to enhance an existing one. They will also have hands-on experience on how to teach both the productive and receptive skills.

Applicants must be graduate students in good standing in any African language, linguistics, cultural studies, literature, second language acquisition, or any related field at an accredited institution of higher education. African language instructors and scholars may also apply. Experience in teaching African languages is preferable. To apply, the applicant should submit a letter of application and supporting documents (which include a CV and three letters of recommendation, one of the letters should be from the director of the applicant's African language program) for the summer 2003 institute by March 3, 2003. Applications may be submitted by mail or through electronic mail. Send to: National African Language Resource Center, 4231 Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706; Tel: (608) 265-7905; Fax: (608) 265-7904; E- mail:

For further information, visit the web site at: Applicants with a Foreign Visa, please speak with Olusola Adesope at (608) 265-7901 or e-mail:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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