MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/20/04

Issue No. 14 Spring 2004 April 20, 2004

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April 22, Tuesday

*"African Refugees and Displaced Persons," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Barry Stein, Faculty (Political Science, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

**April 29, Thursday

*"The African Fish Eagle: Developing a Biosentinel Model to Study Environmental Pollution in Africa's Great Lakes Region," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Wilson Rumbeiha, Faculty (Veterinary Clinical Toxicology, Dept. of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


MSU Library Africana Treasures

*MSU Libraries Special Collections has extensive Africana collections that attract scholars from far and wide. These include rare books, manuscripts, private papers, cookery books, comic art, and political ephemera. MSU is a major center of African Studies, producing more dissertations on Africa than any other U.S. university since the 1980s. Among the more interesting collections are the following:

Ethiopian Materials. 9 boxes: photocopies of archival materials and other documents deposited by the late Harold Marcus, his students, and others who traveled to Ethiopia.

Islamic Prayerbook and Satchel: Moroccan a manuscript from the early 18th century.

Onuma Ezera Collection of Biafran (Eastern Nigerian) materials. Onuma Ezera was MSU Africana Bibliographer. Includes pamphlets, photographs, and unpublished papers on the University of Nigeria (established with MSU sponsorship), which complement papers in the MSU Archives, as well as documents on the Biafran War.

Ottenberg, Simon. Limba Notes [1978-98]: Research notes on the Limba of Sierra Leone, which complement numerous objects donated by the author to the MSU Museum.

Ryck, Maurice Martin de, Congo manuscripts, ca. 1870- 1962. Diaries, correspondence, notes, etc. on the Belgian Congo collected by a Belgian colonial official.

Teleki, S muel. East African diaries, in Hungarian, 1886-95; with English translations, 1961-65. Original diaries and translations of Count Samuel Teleki in East Africa, 1887-8.

The American Radicalism Vertical File collection includes several African folios, notably the papers of the Southern Africa Liberation Committee of East Lansing. The Michael Morris South Africa Collection includes material on political violence.

Recent acquisitions include the private papers of David Hoffman, a Minnesota engineer in central Africa in 1911, Webster family papers, letters by sisters working in East Africa, 1925-45, South African Political Ephemera (party, union, and civil society ephemera from 1980s-90s, including ballots from the historic 1994 election), African Political Posters, and ephemera from recent major U.N. Conferences in Africa--World Conference against Racism, 2001 and World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002.

Three significant donations currently in process are the papers of the late Professor Harold Marcus (Ethiopia), papers of Professor James Bingen (West Africa), and papers and field notes of Emeritus Professor John Hunter (medical anthropology).

Special Collections has a rich store of African cookbooks and comic art from many African countries, ranging from Algeria, Senegal and Nigeria to Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, not to mention the well- known Tintin au Congo.

More than forty rare Africana titles published before 1800 are held, including A voyage to Congo by Father Jerom Merolla da Sorrento (London, 1682?) and Substance of the report delivered by the Court of Directors of the Sierra Leone Company (Philadelphia, 1795).

People interested in depositing gifts should contact Peter Berg, Head of Special Collections, (517) 355-3770,, Joseph Lauer, Africana Librarian (517) 432-2218 or Peter Limb, Africana Bibliographer (517) 432-4983


Third Abidjan Scholarship Benefit

*The Institute for Education of Women in Africa and the Diaspora, a local non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its Third Abidjan Scholarship Benefit on Sunday, April 25, 2004 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The benefit raises funds to educationally support high school girls in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa. A special presentation will be given on the girls that currently receive support, as well as entertainment from the Likewater Drumworks Troupe and the Sompas Congelese Dancers.

The Institute for Education of Women in Africa and the Diaspora (IEWAD) is a local non-profit organization with an international focus on the promotion of education of girls in Africa and the Diaspora. For more information about the event, tickets, or IEWAD, please visit or call (734) 709-1078.

**Ten-Year Commemoration of the War in Rwanda

*The Detroit Council for World Affairs and Michigan Coalition for Human Rights present: A Ten-Year Commemoration of the War in Rwanda on Friday, April 30, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.

The featured speaker is Michael Scharf, Professor of Law and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the author of The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was awarded the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding book in International Law in 1999.

This event will take place on the campus ofWayne State University in the Great Hall of the African Heritage Training and Cultural Center at 21511 W. McNichols Rd. Free parking is available and African food will be provided. A $5.00 donation is appreciated. For more information, please call: (313) 577-3453; or visit


*Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) Tenth Annual Conference - October 1-2, 2004 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is pleased to serve as host for the Tenth Annual Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) conference. The conference will be held October 1-2, 2004 in Morris University Center of the SIUE campus in Edwardsville. The keynote speaker will be Professor Jean Allman of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Africanists, including faculty (professors and teachers), students, and interested members of the community -- from the mid-America region and beyond are invited to submit paper and panel proposals on aspects of the theme, "Ethnic Groups and Nationhood in Africa." Questions that will be entertained at the conference include but are not limited to the following:

What is the impact of ethnic groups on our understanding of the African continent? Are there particular regions that highlight ethnic diversity?

How are ethnic groups viewed from within Africa?
How are ethnic groups represented in the literature
and theater of Africa, particularly literature

published in a European language?
How are ethnic groups represented in contemporary artistic traditions emanating from Africa? To what extent are the forces of ethnicity playing a role in contemporary political and economic conditions?
Have these forces been sufficiently described to understand their role in the history of the continent?
What is the relationship between ethnicity and democratization?
How can the forces of ethnicity be marshaled to sustain economic, political and social directions on the continent?
Where are major fault lines regarding the relationship between ethnicity and nationhood? How does ethnicity in Africa compare to ethnicity in other parts of the world?

These are but a few of the questions that can be considered for developing a paper or a panel proposal for MAAAS '04. Moreover, the conference organizers welcome papers or panels on any topic related to African studies. Abstract submissions from those who have never participated in previous MAAAS meetings are especially invited.

The deadline for proposal submission of paper and panel abstracts is June 15, 2004. Abstracts should not exceed one single-spaced page. Observing these same restrictions, panel proposal should include a one-page panel abstract as well as an abstract for each paper included in the panel. Abstracts should be sent via e- mail attachment to Professor Ron Schaefer at

Membership in MAAAS is required for all conference presenters. Membership fees are:
$20 for faculty; $15 for students and independent scholars; $30 for institutions.

Conference pre-registration (until August 1): faculty ($25); students and independent scholars ($10). After that date, registration will be $30 and $15, respectively. All conference presenters must pay membership and registration. Please make all checks payable to SIUE.

All conference correspondence, including payment of membership and registration fees should be sent to: MAAAS '04, Department of English, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431;

Phone: (618) 650-3481; Fax: (618) 650-5050.

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

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