Tuesday Bulletin for March 31st, 2009

The African Studies Center at MSU

Tuesday Bulletin for March 31st, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Conferences Events
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"International Awards Ceremony," hosted each spring by the Dean of International Studies and Programs to bring together MSU faculty, staff, students, community volunteers and others from the wider community to recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions toward international understanding. The ceremony is from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m, 3rd floor of the International Center. Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Socio-economic and Agroecological Incentives and Constraints to Agro-forestry Adoption: a cautionary Tale from Southern Malawi," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Dorothy Sirrine, Post-Doctoral Researcher Environmental Studies (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar's Nadi Ikhwan Safaa," film screening of the history of Zanzibar's oldest taarab orchestra. Q & A session to follow with Producer Kelly Askew, 6:00 p.m., Room S109, South Kedzie Hall. Admission is free. Friday, April 3, 2009

"Contested Terrain: Race, Gender, and Language in a South African School," CASID/WID Friday Forum with Reitu Mabokela, Faculty (Dept. of Education Administration, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Language Policies in Modern Africa: The Role of Language in Nation-Building and Personal Identity," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Carol Myers-Scotton, Professor Emeritus (and African Studies Associate Faculty, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, April 16, 2009

"A World of Contrasts: Traditional versus Modern Love and Marriage in L.D. Raditladi's Selelo Sa Morati - - A Lover's Lament,"African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Sekepe Matjila, Visiting Scholar at the Univ. of Michigan (Director, Masters Program of the Dept. of Pan African Languages & Cultural Development, Univ. of South Africa, Pretoria), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Announcements
Exhibition: African Photography, LookOut! Gallery

An exhibition of photography from Mali, West Africa, entitled "Mopti a la Mode: Portrait Photography by Tijani Sitou" will be on display in the LookOut! Gallery of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University March 30-April 24, 2009. It is a traveling exhibition that originated at Indiana University in 2007, with the addition of some photographs by the photographer's son, Malick Sitou.

Malick will be on campus March 30-April 3 working with faculty and students in the gallery and in classroom workshops. He will also give a gallery talk at the opening reception, April 1st from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. A lecture on the life and work of Tijani Sitou will be given April 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Kresge Art Center Room 108. Both the reception and the lecture are free and open to the public. For more on Tijani Sitou and his work please visit: Fellowships for Dissertation Research & Completion

The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, in the Center for Gender in Global Context, is pleased to announce two fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2009-10 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU's Graduate School has allowed for the development of $10,000 fellowship opportunities for Dissertation Research and Dissertation Completion. The application deadline is April 17, 2009. For full information, flyer, and applications, visit 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: Other Announcements
Request for Proposals: Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic field work. The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics. Work which has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to the other will also be considered. Publishing subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered. Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Endangerment is a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one factor in the funding decisions.

Eligible expenses include consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc. Overhead is not allowed. Grants are normally for a one year period, though extensions may be applied for. Grants in this round are expected to be less than $4,000 in size, and to average about $2,000. Applications must be received by April 20, 2009.

For addition information and how to apply, visit: Applications must be submitted electronically. No mail or fax applications will be accepted. Please direct questions to: 300 George St., Suite 900, New Haven, CT 06511, or e-mail: MyCOE / SERVIR Biodiversity Initiative in Africa

Students from eligible countries in Africa who are currently enrolled in or completing studies at a university (undergraduate or graduate) will be competitively selected for their long-term potential to contribute to the region's biodiversity issues. They will be paired with in-country faculty advisors or other mentors as well as be provided with mentoring from the program. Teams will receive stipends, to conduct 6-month long research projects, and support to attend a capacity building and GIS workshop to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in late 2009. Submissions from organizations to host students in projects are also encouraged.

A full call for proposals and further program details can be found online at Deadline for submissions is June 26, 2009.Partners are: My Community, Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development (MyCOE), Association of American Geographers (AAG) (MyCOE Secretariat), Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), SERVIR-Africa, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and others. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Patricia Solis at: Conferences
2009 Global Perspectives Conf.- LCC, Lansing, MI (Begins Monday, March 30, 2009)

The Center for International and Intercultural Education at Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI will host their 2009 Global Perspectives Conference from Monday, March 30th to Thursday, April 2, 2009.

For info visit:

Monday, March 30th -

*Rethinking Globalization - Dr. Soji Adelaja, MSU

Admin Board Rm, 1st Fl Admin Bldg.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*The `Lost' Boys of Sudan: Recounting a Personal Experience - Jacob Atem, Southern Sudan Health Care Org., GB 322, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1st -

*Healthcare Crisis in Ghana - Terry Libey, LCC

HHS 026, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

*The Globalization of Media - Folu Ogundimu, MSU

A & S 011, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2nd -

*Education in South Africa and Ghana in the age of globalization: Issues & Challenges - Dr. Geoff Quick, LCC, GB 134, 10:40 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*African Biography and Autobiography: Old Gaps, New Directions - Peter Limb, MSU

A & S 374, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*Business in a Globalized World: International and Cultural Perspectives -

MSU Humphrey Scholars: Amadou Ba- Senegal; Thierno Bah- Guinea; Sebhat Belayneh, Ethiopia

GB 328, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Symposium on African Amer. Culture & Philosophy

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana will host their 25th Annual Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy entitled: "New Directions in Feminism and Womanism in Africa and the African Diaspora." The symposium will be held November 5-7, 2009.

Individual papers and panel submissions on topics related to the theme are requested. Abstracts (500 words or less) for individual presentations, and panels (1,500 words or less) should be submitted by Friday, May 1, 2009. Include all participants, a short biography with institutional affiliation, and e-mail addresses. Registration fee is $75.00 for faculty and guest attendees and $50.00 for students. Send paper and panel submissions to: Dr. Venetria K. Patton, 25th Annual Symposium, Beering Hall- Room 6182, 100 North University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907; e-mail abstracts to: (Subject line should read `abstract'). Fifth Int'l Conf. on Ethiopian Development Studies

The Center for African Development Research (CADPR) located in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education (HIGE) of Western Michigan University (WMU) in Collaboration with Adama University, Addis Ababa University, New Generation University College (NGUC), and Unity University, and the Ethiopian Development Studies Association (EDSA) announce the 5th International Conference on the "Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development in Ethiopia and the Greater Horn of Africa." The 2009 International Conference will convene in Ethiopia on November 12-14, 2009. The conference venue is Adama University. Visit their website at:

The Program Committee invites proposals or abstracts on topics related to sustainable development (see website below, for detailed topics). The deadline for Abstract and Pre-registration is June 1, 2009. To download the pre-registration form and get more details about the conference, please go to: (Open the Word file attachment). The final draft paper is due July 1, 2009.

Please look for any future updates including hotel and travel information, and other pertinent information on the webpage: the Adama University website: International Business Conference (IBC), Zanzibar

The Potchefstroom Business School (PBS) on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, in collaboration with the Business School Partners Network, consisting of 8 Business Schools in South Africa, extends an invitation to their Third International Business School Conference (IBC) to be held September 16-17, 2009 at the Zanzibar Beach Resort in Mazizini, Zanzibar.The IBC 2009 conference has two main goals. The first goal is to provide an international platform of different academic and professional approaches and research on recent developments in a turbulent business arena. The second goal is to provide the opportunity for academics, practitioners and students to have their work validated and benchmarked through direct feedback and discussion within the benevolent academic and professional community.

The Conference will cover business research topic areas in fields such as:



-Human Capital Management and Leadership

-Strategic, innovation and knowledge management

-Operations and supply chain management

-Financial management and investments

-Business Ethics

-Economic, Social, Technological and Environmental impacts on Business

-Quality management

-Project management

-Business School research

-Work in progress forum

The submission deadline for papers or abstracts is June 5, 2009. Further information may be found at: Accommodation and registration bookings must be done at the same site.

from MSU African Studies Center <>
date Mar 27, 2009 5:27 PM
subject Tuesday Bulletin for March 31st, 2009

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

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