MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/01/03

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/01/03

Issue No. 10 Spring 2003
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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April 3, Thursday "Yet Another Malthusian Forecast: Re-emphasizing the Importance of Food Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Kofi Lawoe Nouve, Graduate Student (ABD, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.

April 8, Tuesday "Does Marriage Influence Individual Behavior in Urban Africa: Evidence from a High HIV Area in Kenya," Frontier Research on Poverty, Inequality and Institutions in Developing Countries speaker series talk with Kaivan Munshi, Department of Economics (University of Pennsylvania), 3:30 p.m., Koo Room (4F), Marshall Hall.

April 10, Thursday "Land Tenure Reform and Changing Livelihoods in Semi-Arid Tharaka, Kenya," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Thomas Smucker, Graduate Student (ABD, Dept. of Geography, MSU), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.

April 17, Thursday "Mandela Redeemed," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jabulani Buthelezi, Former MSU Student (College of Education), 12:00 noon, 201 International Center.


Explore Africa Explore Africa at MSU, 2003, is a program designed for academically-talented high school students who would like to become immersed in learning about the tremendous diversity found within the continent of Africa. This program is a cooperative venture by
the African Studies Center and the Office of Gifted and Talented Education, at MSU.

Much of the news that is read or heard about Africa in the press is largely negative. Explore Africa at MSU challenges these stereotypical representations by presenting Africa in all of its rich cultural, social, economic and political diversity. Program cost is $600.00. Limited financial aid, up to $550.00 is available, based on documented need.

Students should meet the following requirements:
entering grade 10 or 11 in 2003/04 with a high GPA in strong academic subjects have a desire to work in an academically challenging environment are enthusiastic, creative learners

In order to be eligible students must have the following:
an educator recommendation a student essay
and ONE or more of the following:

a transcript showing a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above a MEAP score report showing that the student meets or exceeds state standards in either language arts or social studies OR documentation of strong standardized test scores (PLAN, PSAT, ACT or SAT).

These must be sent along with:
the completed and signed application a deposit check for $50 made out to Michigan State University The application and other application materials are to be sent to: Michigan State University, Office of Gifted and Talented Programs, A Division of the Honors College, 186 Bessey Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1033. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2003.

For application forms and other details about this program, please call Jenny McCampbell, Director of the Office of Gifted and Talented Education (517) 432- 2129. Questions about the curriculum for the program may be directed to John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator for the African Studies Center (517) 353-1700, or visit the website:

Course Announcement - Fall 2003 SSC 490, Sec. 001: Special Topics: Issues in International Development Thru., 1:50 - 4:40, 2320 Engineering Building Instructor: Robert S. Glew

This course focuses on the dilemmas facing industrialized and developing nations in ending severe global inequalities and poverty. We will explore how these dilemmas are explained and the solutions offered to solve them. Special attention will be given to issues of the environment, external assistance, women, and grass-roots participation within the context of historical legacies and contemporary globalization. This course meets the requirements of a senior-level capstone course for the Undergraduate Specialization in International Development. Please direct inquiries regarding this course to Dr. Robert Glew, e-mail:; phone: 353-4818.

TC 872: Media for National Development Wed., 3:00 - 5:00p.m., Comm Arts 155 Instructor: Bella Mody Offered every other Fall, only.

TC 872 addresses uses of broadcasting, telecommunication and the Internet for:

agriculture, health, education, democracy and social change in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East.

It includes:
the causes of underdevelopment, dependency and continuing disparity in this era of globalization. analyses of the increasingly private ownership and financing of media institutions to understand the nature of development-support they might realistically provide.

The content and format of particular media programs Student papers on media applications in their areas/regions of interest.

Please direct inquiries regarding this course to Dr. Bella Mody, e-mail:; web:

Course Announcement - Spring 2004 PHL 491: Special Topics: Ethics and Development Tues. and Thur., 12:40 - 2:00p.m., Philosophy Dept. Instructor: Stephen L. Esquith

PHL 491: The goal of this course is to examine critically the underlying ethical assumptions and philosophical commitments made in the academic literature on development, and to consider the implications of these assumptions and commitments for development as a practical discourse. Please direct inquiries regarding this course to: Prof. Stephen Esquith, e-mail:; phone: 355-4490.

The University of Nigeria Book Donation Project An expanded book drive under the auspices of the MSU African Studies Center has been scheduled for March through May 2003. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria - originally established by MSU - is the beneficiary of this project.

Books and other learning materials are requested in the specified subject areas listed: 1) Medicine - all areas, including human medicine, psychiatry/psychology, life sciences, medical technology, nursing, dentistry, osteopathy, pharmaceutical sciences and veterinary medicine; 2) Science and Technology - all areas, including engineering, physical and chemical sciences, environmental science, and agriculture; 3) Business - finance, economics, marketing, textile/clothing, and business administration; 4) Information Technology - library/information science and computer science; 5) Law - all aspects of law; 6) Mathematics and Statistics - all areas; and 7) Others - urban studies, tourism.

Books and journals desired are those published within the last five years. Collection points include: African Studies Center, Life Sciences Building, Room 211 and MSU Law School (Student Affairs Office), contact person: Chloe Berwind-Dart. Please direct inquiries regarding this book drive to: Ike Iyioke, Coordinator, College of Human Medicine, B211 Life Sciences Bldg, 355-2404.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS National Museum of African Art - Washington, D.C. New Exhibitions "Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora" will be on view May 2 - October 5, 2003, in the Sylvia H. Williams Gallery, located on level one of the museum. It will examine the diversity and significance of contemporary visual arts of the Ethiopian diaspora. This first-of-its-kind exhibition will highlight the complex relationship between contemporary and tradition-based visual narratives.

"The Fabric of Moroccan Life" will be on view June 6- September 21, 2003, in the museum's gallery located on level two. It will explore some of the finest and most important weavings in existence. Includes 82 rugs, textiles, and articles of jewelry from Morocco. The Fabric of Moroccan Life is organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is under the High Patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco. Support provided by Sidney and Katryn Taurel, Joseph's Oriental Rug Imports and Royal Air Maroc.

Continuing Exhibitions Journeys & Destinations: African Artists on the Move will be on view January 31 - November 30, 2003 in the museum's Point of View gallery, located on level one. It explores the important histories of migration and the negotiations of artisitic, cultural, personal and group identities among African artists who make up the growing and significant diaspora of practicing artists now living in Europe and America.

Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science will be on view January 31 - October 5, 2003 on the museum's level one landing. It will focus on the icon, art form associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox church. Ethiopian Icons reflects two voices, those of the curator and the conservator, as they explore the unique imagery of icons from the museum's collection that has recently undergone technical analysis and conservation treatment.


Two Positions -Yale University The Yale University Council on African Studies has applied for USED Title VI funding for two positions and seeks applications for a visiting assistant professor position and a post-doctoral fellow position. Applicants for each position should have a Ph.D. in a humanities or social sciences field with an Africa concentration. Fields are open. Yale seeks applicants with demonstrated research and teaching commitment to interdisciplinary African studies. Applicants for the assistant professor position should have teaching experience and a record of publication.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by April 11, 2003 to: Search Committee, Visiting Assistant Professor or Search Committee, Post-doctoral Fellow, Council on African Studies, Yale University, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, PO Box 208206, New Haven, CT 06520-8206.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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