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MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 05/04/10

Tuesday Bulletin for May 4th, 2010

Topics covered in this issue: Events I Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships | Conferences | Jobs
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: Summer Course Announcement

HST 208 - Introduction to African History, Culture, and Society. This course is a general survey of the history, culture, and society of Africa. It will explore the interplay between the internal as well as the external socio-economic, political, and religious forces operating in African societies slightly before and after 1500. Each week participants will concern themselves with exploring the main political, economic, religious, and social currents of Africa and how Africans have sought to adapt to and reshape external forces imposed by colonialism, Western Capitalism, Islam and Christianity.

The course presupposes no background in African History, therefore during each session the instructor will offer a lecture and overview that will provide a historical narrative of a given African theme. These examples, will reinforce knowledge by providing regional examples that highlight specificities of African experiences.

For information, contact the instructor, Professor Nwando Achebe,; Other Announcements
ESPN: Mandela & 1995 Springboks Rugby Champs

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, ESPN Sports Network broadcasts another version of Mandela and the 1995 South Africa Springboks World Cup victory. The other version was in the recent "Invictus" feature film. Here are the details. ESPN Program 30 for 30 - "The 16th Man" (aka "One Simple Gesture"), Tuesday, May 4, 8:00p - 9:00 p.m., ESPN Cable Channel (Lansing/EL Area Comcast Channel 32 ESPN). There will be Re-broadcasts on: Tues. 5/4; 11:00 p.m. ESPN2, Th 5/6; 2:00 a.m. ESPN2, Th 5/6; 11:00 p.m. ESPN Classic).

This is a documentary that highlights the significant moment in 1995 when Nelson Mandela shook hands with the South African rugby coach at the World Cup game, bringing together two nations.

The ESPN description is at; including: Clifford Bestall and Morgan Freeman. Summer Institute- "The Teaching of Africa", Yale Univ.

"The Teaching of Africa" PIER-African Studies Summer Institute will take place on, July 6-16, 2010.

Teaching about Africa is a challenge in the classroom today. Educators and other professionals face a new and often daunting task of knowing how to learn or teach about Africa. If you are an educator, curriculum specialist, librarian, or a business or media professional, "The Teaching of Africa" will transform your perspective and equip you with ideas and practical approaches to the teaching and understanding of Africa. This intensive introductory course in African Studies is designed to help educators learn about Africa in a way that they can then teach confidently about its peoples, civilizations, and cultures. The course is also developed to enable participants to identify and access unique resources about the continent. The program includes several hands-on cultural and artistic projects complemented by a full-day field trip to cultural sites in New York City.

The Registration fee is $350 including texts, materials, and more. Housing, meals and parking are extra. Fees may be required to cover meals on field trip and special events. Limited financial assistance is available in the form of post-institute reimbursement. There is also a non-refundable $30 application fee.

For application, housing and other information, please contact Maxwell Amoh, PIER Director, at 203-432-3438; Yale University, The MacMillan Center, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, PO Box 208206; New Haven, CT 06520-8206. Sponsored by PIER, the Council on African Studies, the MacMillan Center, and the U.S. Department of Education through a Title VI NRC grant; and co-sponsored by the Connecticut Geographic Alliance.

The Application deadline is May 15, 2010. Applications received after May 15, 2010 will be accepted only if space is available and will incur an additional $25 processing fee. Fellowships
David H. Burton Postdoctoral Fellowship

Saint Joseph's University invites applications for the David H. Burton Postdoctoral Fellowship, a teaching and research position honoring Dr. Burton, a model teacher-scholar at SJU for over fifty years.

The Burton Fellowship is a one-year appointment at the rank of visiting assistant professor, beginning Fall, 2010 with potential renewal for up to two additional years. The Fellow will have a 2/2 teaching load, including courses in the university's General Education Program and upper-level courses in the Fellow's specialty. Dedicated funding will be available for research support; the Fellow will offer a public lecture and a faculty workshop on his/her research. This year, SJU invite applications from candidates specializing in the history of Africa and/or the African Diaspora in the South Atlantic world, preferably pre-1900.

Qualified candidates must have received a Ph.D. between 2005 and 2010 and must be in hand by December 2010. Applications must be submitted on-line at; click on Employment and follow prompts to "Create your application." To be considered an applicant, all applications must be submitted on-line through the employment site. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a writing sample. Three letters of reference and teaching evaluations should be sent to Chair, Burton Search, Saint Joseph's University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. The application deadline is May 15, 2010.

Saint Joseph's University is a private, Catholic, Jesuit institution and expects members of its community to be knowledgeable about its mission and to make a positive contribution to that mission. Saint Joseph's is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Conferences
5th International Conf. on ICT for Development, Education and Training - May 26-28, 2010

This year's eLearning Africa, the fifth in the highly successful series of pan-African gatherings, will take place in Zambia under the patronage of the Zambian Minister of Education, the Honorable Ms. Dora Siliya. from May 26th – 28th, 2010, the Continent's largest annual assembly of eLearning and education professionals from Africa and beyond will convene in the capital, Lusaka.

Moving to Zambia in 2010, eLearning Africa continues to build and expand its worldwide network of people involved in all aspects of technology-enhanced education and training in Africa, including management and policymaking. As with previous conferences, eLearning Africa 2010 will be conducted in both English and French.

For further general information, please visit the eLearning Africa website at:, which will keep you up-to-date with the latest developments and details about the conference venue, conference highlights, registration and other components of the event. Jobs
UN Programme Officer, P-3 - Ofc. of the Special Advisor on Africa - Deadline: June 20, 2010

Policy Analysis and Monitoring Unit, the incumbent will perform the following duties: - Prepares drafts of analytical reports on African peace and development issues, ECOSOC, and CPC (Committee on Program Coordination): Prepares briefing notes, background papers and talking points for senior officials; Brings to the attention of the Chief of Unit emerging issues in the areas of governance, democracy, human rights, peace and security affecting the development of Africa. Analyses and prepares policy papers on governance, peace and security and makes recommendations to the Chief of Unit on how to strengthen UN engagement in these areas. Provides substantive servicing to the inter-governmental bodies and assists in the organization of Expert Group Meetings and represents OSAA in international and regional meetings addressing African peace and development issues. Assists the Chief of Unit in following the work of New Partnership for Africa's Development/Regional Coordination Mechanism (NEPAD/RCM) advocacy and communication cluster on issues relating to governance, peace and security. Serves as focal point for information and advocacy on issues related to NEPAD and the link between Peace and Development in Africa. Assists the Chief in liaising with African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and provides them with information and outreach support in their relations with the UN.

Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to governance, human security, human rights, peace and security, particularly in Africa. Practical experience in programme management and administration. Ability to undertake research and projects with minimum supervision and deliver on agreed outcomes. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

The application deadline is June 20, 2010. For details, please visit the website at:

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