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MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 04/20/10

Tuesday Bulletin for April 20th, 2010

Topics covered in this issue
Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Conferences Events Thursday, April 22, 2010

"Overview of African Cinema From Its Early Years in the 1960s, Down to the Present," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Kenneth Harrow, Distinguished Faculty, (Dept. of English, MSU) 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Friday, April 23, 2010

"Roots, Genies, and Landmines: Traditional Healing in Northern Mozambican Coastal Society," Anthropology Brown Bag talk with Christian Reed, PhD student (Medical Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 106C McDonel Hall. Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Higher Education in the South African Context," Global Institute for Higher Education presentation by Dr. David Cooper, Fulbright New Century Scholar and sociologist (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa), 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Third floor, International Center. Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Food Security in an Era of Price Volatility," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Rosamond "Roz" Naylor, Director, Program on Food Security and the Environment, William Wrigley Senior Fellow (Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Woods Institute of the Environment, Stanford University), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Friday & Saturday, April 30 - May 1, 2010

"David Robinson and the Writing of African History" conference at Michigan State University Kellogg Center Auditorium. For conference program visit: Please direct inquiries to: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Issues of Engaged Scholarship in South Africa," Global Institute for Higher Education presentation by Dr. David Cooper, Fulbright New Century Scholar and sociologist (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa), 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Heritage Room, Kellogg Center. REGISTRATION required. Please register for the free talk at outreach/ Announcements
Africa Past and 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
2010 Summer Institute for Ph.D. Students - June 9-12

The National Council for Black Studies and the Ford Foundation are pleased to announce a two and a half day Institute for students currently pursuing a Ph.D. in African Studies or related disciplines (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education).

The Institute is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and ten (10) students will be selected to participate. The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will bolster participants' knowledge about the foundations' trajectory of Africana Studies and provide them with mentoring and other support useful for completion of the degree. Georgia State University will host the Institute and participants will be housed on campus. Travel expenses will be covered for participants up to a maximum of $500. Lodging and meals will also be provided at no charge to participants.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 23, 2010. For application forms and more information, please go to the National Council for Black Studies website: Children's Africana Book Awards 2011

Publishers are invited to nominate titles for the 2011 Children's Africana Book Awards. The Children's Africana Book Awards are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children's books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children's materials about Africa. They are presented in two categories: Young Children and Older Readers. To learn more about the awards, please visit:; (Click on Africana Awards).

Nominated books must meet the following criteria: 1) Books should be suitable for children ages 4-18; 2) A significant portion of the book's content should be about Africa (books with content primarily about African Americans are not eligible); 3) Books must be copyrighted in 2010 to be eligible for the 2011 awards; 4) Books must be available for purchase in the U.S.; 5) Books must include English language text.

Nominations for the Children's Africana Book Awards are made directly by publishers, who may nominate as many separate titles for a given year's competition, as they desire. Nominations should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than February 2011. Each book is read and evaluated by African studies scholars. Reviews of nominated titles are posted on the Internet at: Africa Access Review, Selected printed reviews will be published in Sankofa: A Journal of African Children's and Young Adult Literature,

Questions may be addressed to: Harriet McGuire, Media Relations, Africa Access; Tel: (703) 549-8208; e-mail: or Brenda Randolph, Director - Africa Access, K-12 Editor - H-AfrTeach; Tel: (301) 562-5239; (301) 585-9316; e-mail:

Please send a copy of each book(s) that you wish to nominate for the 2011 awards to each member of the Awards Committee at the addresses below.

Dr. Barbara Anderson,

Associate Director,

African Studies Center, University of North Carolina

117 Creekview CircleCarrboro, NC 27510

Tel:( 919) 962-1406


Dr. Patricia Kuntz

317 Farley Ave

Madison, WI 53705-3723

Tel: 608-238-4329


Dr. Osayimwense Osa, Editor

JACYL - Journal of African Children's & Youth Literature

15126 Alderwood Terrace

Chester, VA. 23831

Tel:( 804) 454 0958


Ms. Brenda Randolph, Chair of CABA

Africa Access

2204 Quinton Rd.

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Tel: 301-585-9316


Dr. Vivian Yenika-Agbaw

365 Hillside Dr.

Bloomsburg, PA 17815


Dr. Meena Khorana, Senior Editor

Sankofa : A Journal of African Children's and Young Adult Literature

11611 Wave Lap Way

Columbia, MD 21044

Tel.: 410-740-8022


Ms. Harriet McGuire

(for transmittal to external reviewer)

3007 Russell Rd.

Alexandria, VA 22305-1719

Tel: 703-549-8208

Ten Ideas for Tomorrow's Africa - UNESCO (SHS)

Within the framework of the 50th anniversary of African independence, the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO (SHS) is launching a "Call for Ideas" for prospective proposals in favor of Africa's development within the next decade.

Among the proposals, which should be submitted before Friday, 30 April 2010 at midnight (Paris time), 10 ideas will be selected by an international jury and presented by their author(s) during 10 small-scale conferences to be held at UNESCO Headquarters, in mid-June 2010. These 10 contributions to the thinking on Africa's future will also be published in a special issue of SHSviews magazine.

Each proposal is expected to develop one idea which would amplify the positive effects and reduce, or contain, the negative impacts of the major trends observed in Africa on one of the 10 following topics:

Topic 1: Economy and Development (Environment, Food Security, New Information and Communication Technologies…); Topic 2: Governance, Policy, Institutions, Leadership; Topic 3: Regional Integration, Population, Migration, Urbanization; Topic 4: Cultural Identities (Languages, Religions…); Topic 5: Youth; Topic 6: Human Rights, Gender and Justice; Topic 7: Diaspora; Topic 8: Peace, Security and Conflict; Topic 9: Health, Education and Social Development; Topic 10: International relations.

Each proposal should detail what the "change agent" could be which would amplify the positive effects of one or several known trends in the relevant field and which would be able to implement the supported idea. Formally, the contributor should choose one single idea in one single field (the latter should be clearly stated). Texts, which can be written in English, Spanish or French, should be no longer than 4 pages, each with 1500 characters (spaces included), thus not exceeding 6000 characters in total (920 words). Contributions received should also be accompanied by an abstract of the curriculum vitae not exceeding one page (1500 characters), along with an ID photo in the requested format used for official documents such as passports (scanned at more than 300 dpi if sent by electronic mail).

If a group of authors wishes to respond to this call, each member of the group should summarize his curriculum vitae in one page (1500 characters maximum) starting with the representative of the group, who will be invited to present the defended idea at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris (France), if the contribution were selected. An ID photo of each member of the group should also be attached as above. The individuals or groups wishing to participate in the competition "10 Ideas for Tomorrow's Africa" are invited to submit their contribution, by electronic mail or by postal, no later than Friday, 30 April 2010 at midnight (Paris time), to the following address: UNESCO-SHS, Competition "10 Ideas for Tomorrow's Africa", 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris cedex 15 – France; e-mail: For more information on this competition, please contact: Mr Arnaud DROUET,; Tel.: +33 1 45 68 38 24. Conferences
Remembering 114th Victory of ADWA, East Lansing, MI

The Ethiopian Community in Michigan is hosting the 114th Victory of ADWA conference to be held Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 115 of the International Center on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. The committee quotes: "This is a Day of Cultural and Educational Enlightenment: A conference featuring the history of the 114th Victory of the Battle of ADWA, one of the greatest anti-colonial wars in Africa..." Events include: Historic Pictorial Exhibition, ADWA victory DVD, Poems, and paper presentations by Ethiopian scholars and guest speakers. Please direct inquiries to: (517) 214-5392.

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

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