Tuesday Bulletin for February 3rd, 2009

Tuesday Bulletin for February 3rd, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships | Conferences
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"The Institutional Origins of Inequality in Sub Saharan Africa," Department of Political Science talk by Nic van de Walle, Associate Dean for International Studies and Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies (Cornell Univ.), 2:15 p.m., Room 312 Bessey Hall. Thursday, February 5, 2009

"Democracy and Corruption in Africa: The Path from Neopatrimonialism," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Nic van de Walle, Associate Dean for International Studies and Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies (Cornell Univ.), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Political Science at MSU. Thursday, February 5, 2009

Study Abroad Fair, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 2nd Floor, MSU Union Building. Study Abroad Fairs are comprehensive information fairs for students (and others) interested in learning more about the many exciting study abroad opportunities available at MSU. Friday, February 6, 2009

"The Ethiopian Financial Sector: Should Foreign Banks be Allowed?" CASID/WID Friday Forum with Sebhat Gebregiorgis, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, February 12, 2009

"The Emerging Africa: New Issues and Emerging Economic Opportunities," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Adesoji Adelaja, Hannah Distinguished Professor (MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Friday, February 13, 2009

"The Nigerian Press and Transformational Politics: Watchdogs or Lapdogs of Change?" CASID/WID Friday Forum with Folu Ogundimu, Faculty (Dept. of Journalism, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Friday, February 20, 2009

"Karmen Gei" Special film showing with Jo Gai Ramaka, noted Senegalese director. Film and discussions with Jo Gai Ramaka is 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Room 303 International Center. For further information contact Professor Ken Harrow at Light reception will follow. Announcements
African Studies Center Application for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS): 2009-2010 AY

The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2009-2010. The FLAS fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program for the study of African languages and non-language courses on Africa. 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. Up to date information and on-line application forms are available at Candidates must have completed fellowship application procedures by February 13, 2009. 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 2009

Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) 2009 will be hosted by Michigan State University from June 15 to August 7, 2009. 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 relevant section of the same SCALI application form given above. CASID/WID Application for FLAS 2009-2010 AY

The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and Women and International Development (WID) programs invite applications for the 2009-2010 Academic year fellowships and SCALI.

The CASID/WID application deadline is February 16, 2009. For application materials please go to: For more information please contact Dr. Andrea Allen, Associate Director, CASID, Michigan State University, 202 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone (517) 884-2141; Fax (517) 353-8765. Info Meetings: 2009 Study Abroad Programs- Africa


Paradise in Peril? Exploring Madagascar's Biodiversity Crisis

Summer 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

5:00 pm - 338 Natural Resources

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Noon - 338 Natural Resources


Evolution of Uganda's Forest Biodiversity: Apes to Aves

Summer 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

5:30 pm - 19 Natural Resources

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

5:30 pm - 19 Natural Resources


Society and Ecology

Summer 2009

Thursday, February 12

5:00 pm - 125 N. Kedzie


Pre-internship Teaching in South Africa

Summer 2009

Tuesday, February 17

5:00 pm - 133 G Erickson

Please direct any questions to Chris Barden, Editor, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 432-8785; Fax: (517) 432-2082; e-mail:; The Nnamdi Azikiwe Awards for Best MSU Grad & Undergrad Papers - Deadline: Feb. 21, 2009

The MSU Nnamdi Azikiwe Awards honor the first Nigerian President who was a scholar and politician. Azikiwe founded the University of Nigeria at Nsukka in the 1960s with MSU. MSU faculty participating in the project became the roots of the MSU African Studies Center faculty and programs. For the complete list of rules, see:, for further details and the application form go to:
Spring and Summer 2009 GenCen Internships - Call for Applications – Deadline: February 28, 2009

GenCen offers internship coordination for undergraduate and graduate students interested in issues of gender, social justice, community development, health, domestic violence, and/or environmental change. Students gain hands-on experience interning with organizations working on these issues, while receiving MSU credit. Students interested in international internships should contact the GenCen Internship Coordinator, Marisa Rinkus, at to discuss programs and specific deadlines. Download application form at: Electronic submissions are encouraged. Africa Past & Present Podcast

"Africa Past and Present" is a podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb. It is produced by MATRIX - The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU ( Listen and subscribe to the biweekly podcast at:

The first anniversary episode of the "Africa Past and Present" podcast (January 30, 2009) features historian Martin Klein (Emeritus, University of Toronto) discussing African history and historiography, with an emphasis on slavery in West Africa. Other Announcements
Global Engagement Summer Institute 2009

The Global Engagement Summer Institute, a credited, Northwestern University run summer abroad program that helps students get first hand experience working in the international development context, extends an invitation to students to apply. The application deadline has been extended until March 2, 2009. Students will partner with real communities, learn by doing, and have the experience of a lifetime.

The program involves a 10-day preparatory institute in Chicago, followed by a 7 week, team based non-profit immersion in either India, Argentina, or Uganda. The program concludes with a three-day summit in Chicago.

The Global Engagement Summer Institute program builds on Northwestern's successful Engage Uganda program, which for the last two years have sent students to learn about team-based community development in Uganda. It has been designed in collaboration with faculty from the Northwestern Asset-Based Community Development Institute, Engage Uganda faculty and staff, country- and issue- specific Northwestern faculty experts, and the Foundation for Sustainable Development, which has been a partner in the Engage Uganda program. For more information, visit or contact the GESI Program staff at the Northwestern Center for Global Engagement at Conferences
African Issues Symposium: Food Security, Environmental Sustainability, and Human Health

The Kansas State University African Studies Center will host their first Kansas State "African Issues Symposium." The Symposium will be held on the Kansas State campus in Manhattan, Kansas from March 30-April 1, 2009. The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to February 9, 2009.

Increased global connectivity, unprecedented environ- mental change, increasing threats from human and animal disease, and economic and political change, collectively and interactively are having profound influence on human livelihoods and development in Africa. Successfully facing these challenges and achieving political stability, food security, and environmentally sustainability represent significant challenges for the African continent in the 21st Century. This symposium will bring together scholars to identify and clarify these issues, synthesize current knowledge, and propose a plan for the future.

Visit for information on conference topics, special invited speakers, accommodations; and on-line registration and paper submissions. The registration deadline is March 13, 2009. Questions about the conference can be directed to the organizing committee by contacting Dr. David Hartnett. at (785) 532-5925. Fellowships
The Association of African Studies Programs' David Wiley Travel Awards - Deadline February 8, 2009

The two David Wiley Travel awards were established by the Association of African Studies Programs (AASP - ) of the United States at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2008 to honor David Wiley's contribution to the association. The annual awards, of no more than $500 each, are designed to encourage and support new members to attend AASP's spring annual meetings.

David Wiley was one of the founders of the Association of African Studies Programs and has actively participated in AASP policy making and planning. He initiated many of the organization's policies of inclusion and has consistently worked to encourage participation

in the organization by Africanists from institutions with

small African studies programs. He served as the director of the Michigan State African Studies Center for many years and before that he was the African Studies Center director at the University of Wisconsin. He has also served as the president of the African Studies Association and as the co-chairperson of the Council of Directors of Title VI National Resource Centers. He is an active scholar in the field of sociology and has conducted extensive research in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He is the author of Southern Africa: Society, Economy and Liberation (with Allen Isaacman), Group Portrait: International Education in the Academic Disciplines (with S. Groennings), The Third World: Africa (with M. Crofts), Africa on Film and Videotape, African Language Instruction in the United States: Directions and Priorities for the 1980s (with D.Dwyer), and Academic Analysis and U.S. Foreign Policy-Making on Africa (with M. Bratton and L. Bowman). His Ph.D. in sociology is from Princeton University. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University.Any Dean, Director, Chairperson, Committee Head, or individual who is responsible for organizing or leading an African Studies program at his or her college or university not currently a member of AASP and who has not attended an AASP spring meeting in the last 2 years is eligible to apply.Submissions should include: (1) a current CV; (2) a brief description of the following: (a) type of institution (for example, 4 yr, 2 year, public, private, HBCU, non-profit, other (specify) institution (list all that apply); (b) the state of African Studies on applicants' campus; © applicant's current and/or expected involvement with his or her institution's African Studies program; (d) brief description of how beneficial applicants' participation at the spring meeting of AASP will be to home institution; (3) estimate of costs of attending. For the 2009 AASP Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., March 26 to 28, 2009, please submit your travel award request by February 8, 2009 to Alexandra de Montrichard, Former AASP Chair, at with the subject "David Wiley Travel Awards." Alternatively applications can be faxed to (413) 577-3781 or mailed to AASP David Wiley Travel Awards, c/o Alexandra de Montrichard, Five College African Studies, 706 Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.

A committee of three AASP members, including the former chair, will review the applications and select recipients. Awards recipients will be notified by February 22, 2009 and award checks will be distributed at the AASP Spring conference. Failure to attend the spring meeting will forfeit any winner's claim to the award.

from MSU African Studies Center <>
date Jan 30, 2009 3:44 PM
subject Tuesday Bulletin for February 3rd, 2009

Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.

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