MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/22/05


Issue No. 7 Spring 2005 February 22, 2005


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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February 23, Wednesday

"The Tenofovir Trials in Nigeria: Agency, Knowledge and Science," MSU Center for Ethics Brown Bag talk with Kristin Peterson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology (MSU) and DuBois-Mandela-Rodney post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Room C102 E. Fee Hall (Patenge Room).

February 24, Thursday

"Alternate Futures for Sudan after the North-South Peace Agreement," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Benaiah Yongo-Bure, Dept. of Liberal Studies (Kettering University, Flint, Michigan), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 3, Thursday

"Boundaries of Identities in the Making of a Zulu Community," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Nokuthula Cele, Graduate Student (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

March 10 Spring Break

Thursday No Brown Bag talk


Gaston Dembele Completes Ph.D. Dissertation

Jack Schwille writes "I am very pleased to announce that Gaston Dembele has successfully passed the oral defense of his dissertation. Since I was on the committee, I was there and can report that it went extremely well. The committee asked for almost no revision. The title is "A pre-service teacher learning to teach reading: a case study of Molly's internship journey." Gaston collected data throughout the fifth year internship of this teacher education student to document what she learned about the teaching of reading during the year--the area she felt weakest in at the beginning of the year. Jay Featherstone, who was also on the committee, characterized the thesis as an "elegant" study which will help us as faculty members understand better and improve the internship experience. Cheryl Rosaen should also be congratulated as the director of this dissertation. Gaston has been teaching at Saint Bonaventure University in upstate New York and can be congratulated by e-mail at" Gaston is from Burkina Faso. Congratulations to Gaston from the African Studies Center.

Study Abroad in South Africa, Museum Studies

Announcing a new opportunity for those interested in museum studies and South African arts and cultural heritage in an overseas learning experience!...Michigan State University is offering a Summer Study Abroad opportunity in South Africa in July 2005.

Below is a brief description but more detailed information is available on the web at Detailed information about the application procedures and acceptance process can be found on the Office of Study Abroad website http:/

To learn more about the program in general and details about this summer's offering, please feel free to contact Dr. Marsha MacDowell, Professor and Curator, MSU Museum, e-mail: or Dr. C. Kurt Dewhurst, Professor and Director, MSU Museum, e- mail: Applications are due March 1, 2005 for the 2005 summer program.

MSU CLEAR Summer 2005 Workshops

The Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR), a Language Resource Center at MSU is offering several summer 2005 workshops. CLEAR's goal is to support the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States by facilitating foreign language learning and teaching research, developing materials, and providing professional training programs.

Language workshops with a brief description are below:

You Can Take the Language Out of the Culture, but You Can't Take the Culture Out of the Language... July 12-14, 2005

This three-day workshop aims to give language teachers a comprehensive understanding of culture learning in the foreign language classroom, as well as an array of tools to use as they develop strategies for use in their class-rooms.

Creating Communicative Speaking Activities July 15-17, 2005

This workshop will begin with a discussion of what it means for a classroom task to be truly communicative and how such tasks are related to the National Standards for Foreign Language Teaching. Demonstrations will be provided and hands-on activities will be used to implement the techniques learned.

Choosing and Using Authentic Materials July 18-22, 2005

This workshop will review some of the theoretical and methodological arguments in favor of integrating authentic target-language materials into the foreign language classroom, as well as take a realistic look at some of the drawbacks and obstacles to doing so.

Digital Video Projects
July 18-22, 2005

This workshop shows teachers how to use digital camcorders and computers to shoot and edit video projects. Digital video is a great way for students to express themselves in the foreign language classroom.

Vocabulary The Key to Language Fluency July 25-29, 2005

This workshop will begin by outlining the role of vocabulary in developing second language learners' fluency. It will then address characteristics of vocabulary activities that foster long- term word retention. The main focus will be on identifying problems learners face when they learn words and when they try to use these words to communicate their ideas.

Teaching Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom July 25-29, 2005

This workshop will cover several areas of foreign language writing instruction. It will begin with a discussion of how writing fits into a general skill foreign language class and the role writing plays in meeting the National Standards for Foreign Language Teaching.

For more information about program cost and other inquiries about CLEAR, contact the CLEAR office at (517) 432-2286; e-mail:; or see the website at:

(The following course number has been erroneous in past bulletins, it should have read AL491, not AL492). Film course, Second half of Spring semester 2005 Two-credit Film Course, March 17-April 28, 2005 AL 491: "Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present: Perspectives on South Africa @10." The world is celebrating South Africa for its 10 years of one of the most extraordinary and relatively peaceful transitions from racial injustice to democratic rule. The MSU African Studies faculty proposes a two-credit course on South African film and video to expose MSU undergraduates to the rich history and vibrant present of South Africa. Built with two key South African visitors and several faculty experts on South Africa and its media, the seven-session course will begin after MSU's spring break. For more information contact David Wiley or John Metzler in the MSU African Studies Center; phone: 353-1700.


International Programs Fellowships at USAID

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is accepting applications for its International Programs fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The fellowship is for one year, with the option to extend for a second year. The position is full-time and will begin in September 2005.

The fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded by BRIDGE (BRinging Information to Decision- makers for Global Effectiveness), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID.

The fellow will work within USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health. The Office's staff work to improve the environment and delivery of family planning and reproductive health care in developing countries. The fellow's principal responsibilities will be to support the Senior Policy Advisor and other members of the front office. Other duties and activities will be determined by the interests of the selected fellow and the needs of the Office of Population.

Applicants for the PRB International Programs Fellowship must have: 1) At least a B.A. or B.S. by June 2005; 2) Education and/or work experience related to international population/reproductive health policy or public health; 3) Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills; ability to effectively manage time and work with diverse personalities; 4) Skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint; 5) Dedication to advancing family planning and reproductive health issues and programs in developing countries. In addition, experience living outside of the United States and foreign-language facility (especially French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic) are highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold an appropriate work visa.

The PRB International Programs Fellowship pays a stipend of $35,000 per year plus benefits. The position is subject to the availability of funds. The Fellowship may involve foreign travel.
Application materials must be postmarked no later than March 30, 2005. Interested individuals should provide a cover letter and resume directly to the address below, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to that address by employers or professors. The cover letter should describe the candidate's professional goals, her or his interest in the field of population and international development, and why she or he is suited for the Fellowship.

All candidates will be notified of the selection decision by mail. Applications should be sent to: Lisa Colson, International Programs Fellowship, Population Reference Bureau, 1875 Connecticut Ave, N.W., Suite 520, Washington, DC 20009-5728; Tel: (202) 483-1100; e-mail:


Associate Director - (PAS)- Northwestern Univ.

Working closely with the Director of the Program of African Studies (PAS), the Associate Director will provide leadership and management of all PAS staff and Program activities and will assist the Director in the administration of PAS, including academic programs, fundraising, and fiscal management. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: overseeing the development of new initiatives; supervising the growth of PAS educational programming; leading the preparation of grant proposals and identification of funding opportunities; overseeing the execution of PAS sponsored projects; maintaining close and open links with faculty, students, administrators, alumni, and friends of PAS; and, assuring the efficient allocation of responsibilities among Program staff while fostering a team-oriented environment. Commitment to the PAS mission, energetic leadership, creativity, and fiscal expertise are key components for this position.

Preferred qualifications include: Masters degree or equivalent required, Ph.D. preferred; five years experience in a university or an organization concerned with issues relevant to the Program's mission; first-hand knowledge of Africa and a high familiarity with one PAS area of focus; fundraising experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; competence in speaking and reading French. Please indicate job title and requisition number (#008224) on application materials and submit to For additional information on this position and other employment opportunities with Northwestern University, visit

Publications and Information Coordinator - ASA

The African Studies Association Board of Directors has approved hiring a full-time Publications and Information Coordinator; Job Title: EDITORIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT; Position Number: A4596; Work Week NE - 37-½ hours.

Job Description
Reports to the Executive Director of the African Studies Association. Responsibilities include: serving as Associate Editor of the African Studies Association (ASA) ASA News; coordinating production schedules for all ASA publications; promoting advertising and the sale of publications; processing backorders and claims; and preparing and disseminating information about the ASA and its activities worldwide, to ASA members, the ASA board of directors, ASA coordinate organizations, the media, and the general public.

Job Requirements: Requires a bachelor's degree in communications, English, marketing, journalism, or public relations, or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience that provides knowledge of print production coordination, copywriting, formatting, marketing, and promotional advertising. Also requires computer literacy to include proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Quark, Internet search engines, website, and listserv management, the ability to climb stairs, lift up to 30 lbs, and good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Two years publications, marketing, or public relations experience in a multicultural or non-profit venture, an interest in international affairs, proficiency in a foreign language, and experience traveling abroad is preferred.

Send Resumes To
C. Martin, African Studies Association; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Email: Fax: 732-932-3394.

Additional information is available on the Rutgers University Human Resources website: A4596.

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

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