MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/08/08

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Tuesday Bulletin for April 8th, 2008
Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Conferences | Jobs


When 27,000 Refugees Become the Responsibility of One Doctor Tuesday, April 8, 2008 Sudan Awareness and Support Group, lecture by Dr. Ashis Brahma, M.D., 7:30 p.m., in the Lake Ontario Room, 3rd Floor of the MSU Union.

MSU Fair Trade Bash
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The Fair Trade Bash will be from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. in room 303 of the International Center. There will be Fair Trade Refreshments, fair trade coffee tasting and live music.

Ethnicity, Land Ownership and Conflict in Kenya: It's History, Issues and Agenda Thursday, April 10, 2008
African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Danson Esese, ABD/Graduating Candidate (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

Inside Sudan
A Night of Culture and Pride Friday, April 11, 2008 MSU Sudan Awareness and Support Group and Sudanese Student Association presentation with dinner, lecture/discussion, cultural fashion show and other events, 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Wesley Foundation, 1118 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI.

Student in advance $10, at the door with valid ID $12, General public $15, families of 4 or more $50. All proceeds will go to a Relief Organization. For tickets, call (517) 402-0225 or (517) 944-2742.

African Children's Choir at the MSU Wharton Center Saturday, April 12, 2008
The African Children's Choir will perform at the MSU Wharton Center. Please visit for details and ticket information.

World Languages Day at MSU
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Explore a world of languages during the Fourth Annual World Languages Day. Free to all participants, this day-long conference will focus on the experiences that languages offer, and highlight the opportunities available for language and international study at MSU.

Registration and Information at 8:30 a.m. in the Business College Complex Lobby. For details, call (517) 432-2286, e-mail: or visit

Nigerian Pidgin English: It's Political and Cultural Relevance Thursday, April 17, 2008
African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Dr. Tunde Fatunde, Faculty (Francophone Studies, Lagos State University, Nigeria), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


MSU Students for Fair Trade Bash - April 8, 2008 Learn about the social, economic, and environmental impacts of Fair Trade. The Fair Trade Bash will be from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. in room 303 of the International Center. There will be Fair Trade Refreshments, fair trade coffee tasting and live music.

A panel on Fair Trade will begin at 7:45 with speakers: Dean Cycon, Founder of Dean's Beans and supporter of the Coffeelands Landmines Victims' Trust; Michael Lundquist, CEO of the Polus Center for Social & Economic Development; Gail Catron, Fair Trade advocate and retailer, owner of new local 100% Fair Trade store, Kirabo; and Rebecca Meuninck, Ph.D. Student specializing in Gender, the Environment, and Fair Trade Coffee, MSU Department of Anthropology.

Africa Past and Present Podcast, Episode 6 The sixth episode of Africa Past and Present podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa - is now available at:

In this episode, Patrick Bond (Director of the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal) discusses his new book Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments (co-edited with Rehana Dada and Graham Erion; University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007). Bond focuses on carbon trading's effects on global warming, critiques free market approaches to climate change, and charts the rise of African grassroots movements for environmental justice.

Africa Past and Present is 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 fortnightly podcast at:

Two New Fellowships for MSU Graduate Students The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, in the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), is pleased to announce two new fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2008-09 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU's Graduate School has allowed for the development of three $10,000 fellowship opportunities in the following categories:

GJEC Dissertation Research Fellowship

Eligibility for Dissertation Research Fellowship: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree with the exception of their dissertation research. Applicants must have dissertation projects that focus on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Eligibility for Dissertation Completion Fellowship: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree program including dissertation research. Applicants' dissertations must focus on gender or other social inequalities as they relate to environmental and/or agricultural change.Funding must be used during the 2008-09 academic year. Students must apply for the fellowships by April 15, 2008. Applications are available online at

Submit completed application and supporting documents by April 15, 2008, to: Kate Patch, GenCen Specialist Advisor, Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change Program, c/o Center for Gender in Global Context, 206 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; E-mail:; Tel: 517-353-5040; Fax: 517-432-4845.

*Additional information available on the website:

2nd Annual Family of Strength (FOSO) 5k Walk/Run Help support MSU's student group FOSO (Family of Strength Organization) 2nd Annual 5k Walk/Run on Saturday, April 19, 2008, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Akers/Hubbard Courtyard.

This event is to help support fund-raising efforts for orphans in Western Kenya affected by HIV/AIDS and have fun while doing it. There will be field day games, a moon bounce, African drummers, and other entertainment. The first 200 people to register receive a free walk/run T-shirt. For more information and to register visit: .

Other Announcements

Nigerian Playwright & Poet, Femi Osofisan in Flint, MI The University of Michigan - Flint, Department of Africana Studies in collaboration with Flint Public Library, invites everyone to come meet the Acclaimed Nigerian Playwright and Poet, Femi Osofisan, April 11 through 15, 2008. This is part of the African Writers Series 2008, Things Fall Apart V. The event is funded by a grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

For more information on how to register, please call Judy Bedore (810)762-3280 or e-mail Mr. Osofisan received the 2006 Fonlon-Nichols Award of the African Literature Association, USA, bestowed annually to an African writer for excellence in creative writing and for contributions to the struggle for human rights.


Language in African Performing and Visual Arts: Global Trends, Issues and Perspectives - Yale Univ. This conference will be hosted by the Yale Program in African Languages at the Yale Council on African Studies October 2-4, 2008.

As the world continues to become more and more of a global village - especially through the power of the Internet and electronic media, transfer of cultural practices has become the norm. However the cultures of those with global economic and political power have tended to overshadow those of countries whose influence is local. This conference will bring together scholars across disciplines to discuss trends in African popular cultures and how these have impacted African languages.

The conference will investigate some of the developments in the performing and visual arts in Africa, with special focus on choice and forms of language used. We will ask how African languages have changed in this new environment and look at some of the reworking of oral tradition, at works influenced by time spent outside Africa, and at new worldwide markets for products of popular African culture composed in African languages and argots.

Yale Program in African Languages invites papers addressing this theme or one of the following sub-themes: Language and electronic and print media; Language and visual arts; Language and performing arts; Popular culture and technology; Popular culture and HIV/AIDS; Language in sports and leisure; Popular culture and urban language varieties; Fiction and publishing; Language and fashion and design.

Send abstracts via e-mail (preferred) to or via fax to: (203) 432-5963. Abstracts should be 300 words, and should be received by May 31, 2008. For information call African Studies 203-432-3436.


African History
Albion College, Albion, MI The History Department at Albion College invites applications for a o! ne-year position in African history to begin August 2008 (with possible opening of a tenure track position, pending approval). Preference for candidates with Ph.D. and teaching experience. Teaching responsibilities will include an introductory survey of African history and advanced classes on topics of interest to the appointee. Course load is three per semester.

Send letter of application, vita, graduate transcript, and three letters of reference to: Deborah Kanter, Chair, Department of History, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224. Review of applications will begin on April 14, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

Albion College is a selective liberal arts college of 1850 students located in a small, culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour's drive of major universities. Albion College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity as a core institutional value.

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date Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 2:38 PM
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