MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/09/08

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Tuesday Bulletin for September 9th, 2008 Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Jobs


"A Multi-Level Investigation of Scent Markings in the Spotted Hyena" Thursday, September 10, 2008

Department of Zoology talk with Kevin R. Theis, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior student (EEBB, MSU), 3:30 p.m., 247 Plant Biology Bldg.

"False Ethnic and Racial Stereotypes and the Contributions All Groups Have Made to Our World" Thursday, September 11, 2008

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Charles Six, Founder and President of Ending Stereotypes for America, and MSU Alumni, 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

"Globalization in Reverse: The Impact of High Food Prices in West Africa" Friday, September 12, 2008

CASID/WID Friday Forum with John Staatz, Professor (Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.

"Black Slave Ship Crew: Labor, Bondage and Freedom in the Early Modern South Atlantic" Friday, September 12, 2008

Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag with Walter Hawthorne, Professor, (Dept. of History (MSU), 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., MSU Museum Auditorium.

"Echoes of Africa"
Sunday, September 14, 2008

Enjoy "Echoes of Africa" an African experience presentation by One Book, One Community. This is a symbolic event that connects the experiences of the Lost Boys' journey as described in "They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky," 1:00- 2:30 p.m., Adams Field (across the street from the West Circle residence hall complex). Visit for more details.

Information Session on U.S. - African Higher Education Partnerships Monday, September 15, 2008

Sponsored by the Office of International Development, 2:00 p.m., Room 204 International Center.

2nd day
Information Session on U.S. - African Higher Education Partnerships Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Information Session will also take place on September 17th at 9:00 a.m., Room 6 International Center. (See MSU Announcements for further information).

"What's Wrong With Human Rights Film?"
Thursday, September 18, 2008

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Ken Harrow (English Dept., MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 303 International Center.


Information Session on U.S. - African Higher Education Partnerships, Sept. 15th and 17th, 2008 The Office of International Development will host the Information Session on U.S. - African Higher Education Partnerships on Monday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m., room 204 International Center and September 17th at 9:00 a.m., room 6 International Center.

This session will provide details to faculty who are considering developing a proposal for the U.S. - African University Higher Education Initiative planning grants. This program is sponsored by the National Association for State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

For more details contact Gretchen Sanford, Assistant Director, OID at 432-8398; e-mail:, or Mary Anne Walker, Managing Director, OID at 432-9184; e-mail:

2008-2009 African Studies Center FLAS Fellows Congratulations to the following African Studies Center Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellows:

Country of Research
Language of Study
Danielle Carter
So. Africa
Inter. Zulu
Thomas Darnell
Adv. Mandinka
Jenni Fetters
So. Africa
Adv. Xhosa
Marcy Hessling
Adv. Yoruba
Jill Kelly
So. Africa
Adv. Xhosa
Lumumba Shabaka
Inter. Mandinka
Stephanie White
Inter. Mandinka
Stacia Falat
Inter. Swahili
Diane Lesley-Neuman
Adv. Swahili
Joseph Davey
Inter. Igbo
Erin Lambert HST Mozambique & Tanzania Begin Swahili

Study Abroad Information Meetings for Summer 2009 Programs Going to Africa SOUTH AFRICA

"Conservation and Biodiversity in South African Parks and Nature Reserves"

  • Wednesday, October 1

5:00 pm - 001 Natural Resources

  • Thursday, October 2

11:30 am - 204 International Center

  • Monday, October 6

5:00 pm - 152 Natural Resources


"Society and Ecology"

  • Thursday, October 2

6:00 pm - 126 N. Kedzie

Please direct any questions to Chris Barden, Editor, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 432-8785; Fax: (517) 432-2082;;

Agriculture, Development, Environment & Gender: NGO Internships in Malawi - Jan. 12 - May 1, 2009 (includes six weeks on MSU campus) This program is a cooperative venture between the College of Social Science, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Center for Gender in Global Context, the African Studies Center , and the Institute of International Agriculture which will allow students the opportunity to carry a full semester course-load while participating in a non-governmental organization (NGO) internship. Students will be required to take intensive course-work for six weeks in East Lansing, two-weeks in Malawi, and an eight-week internship with an NGO. Some examples of NGOs a student may work with are Water Aid, Action Aid, or World Vision (all subject to change).

Students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at least 2.5 at the time of application. Meeting this minimum grade point average does not, however, guarantee admission. Additionally, students must submit an essay with their application stating why they wish to participate in this program. This program is open to MSU students only.

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2008. Visit for more details. To find out more about the program contact one of the following people: Dr. Anne Ferguson, Department of Anthropology, Director of Center for Gender in Global Context, 206 International Center; Phone: (517) 353-5040; Dr. Tracy Dobson, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, 10C Natural Resources Building; Phone: (517) 432-1711; Kate Patch, Center for Gender in Global Context, 206 International Center; Phone: (517) 353-5040.

Other Announcements

2nd Annual Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner, Lansing, MI The City of Lansing - Building Bridges Ramadan Unity Dinner will be held on Friday, September 26, 2008, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the Cooley Temple Building, 217 S. Capitol Avenue, 6th Floor, Auditorium, Lansing, Michigan.

The Keynote Speaker is the Honorable Adam A. Shakoor of Adam Shakoor & Associates, PC. He was the first Muslim Judge in the U.S., appointed to the Wayne County Common Pleas Court in 1981, Retired Chief Judge of the 36th District Court. Former Deputy Mayor & Chief Administrative Officer (City of Detroit 1989 – 1993).

Learn about the Muslim Month of Fasting and support food access to all! Enjoy authentic Middle Eastern cuisine catered by Sultan's; promote food security and greater understanding among communities. Proceeds will go to the Greater Lansing Food Bank to support the hungry in the Lansing community. To order tickets, contact Renee Freeman-(517) 483-4141 e-mail:

Interpreter/Translator Referral Program- Detroit, MI The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD, a Michigan nonprofit), in an effort to serve the community better has introduced their new Interpreter/Translator Referral Program. The Institute receives hundreds of calls from businesses and individuals seeking people to translate, write or speak different languages. As a member of the referral program your name and language skills will appear on the IIMD website so clients can come directly to you. Becoming a member of this program will give you an added marketing edge above traditional methods.

To become a member of the International Institute's Interpreter/Translator referral program contact the IIMD office at (313) 871-8600 ext. 232 and speak to Amanda.

"A Taste of Cameroon" - Sat. Oct. 25th, Lansing, MI The Cameroonian Ladies Association of Lansing (CALALA) extends an invitation to their fundraising dinner gala "A Taste of Cameroon". This fundraising gala is to support a water project in Cameroon. It will be held at the Parish Family Center, 3815 South Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48910, 6:00p.m. - 12:00 midnight. The gala will feature authentic Cameroonian cuisine, fashion show/hair show, cultural events, and dance. For tickets and other information contact Melanie at (517) 927-9637 or e-mail:


Two Tenure-track positions - Univ. of Norte Dame The University of Notre Dame Department of History invites applications for two tenure-track positions in African history, any specialization, at either the assistant or associate professor level. Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2008, and the department will continue accepting applications until October 13, with interviews of finalists expected at the African Studies Association meeting in Chicago in November. Candidates should send a letter of application, c.v. and three letters of recommendation to African Search Committee, Department of History, 219 O'Shaughnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

For more information on African studies at Notre Dame, including the new Ford family program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Department of Africana Studies, visit the following sites: and The University of Notre Dame is an affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to fostering a culturally diverse atmosphere for faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are especially encouraged to apply.

Direct inquiries to: African Search Committee, Department of History, 219 O'Shaughnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556; website: Information about Notre Dame is available at

Political Science & Environmental Policy with International Experience - Michigan State Univ. Michigan State University seeks a faculty member in the area of environmental policy. The appointment will be joint between the Environmental Science and Policy Program and the Department of Political Science. Political Science will be the tenure home for the position. Ph.D. or equivalent is required at the time of appointment.

Candidates should have strong quantitative skills and a rigorous theoretical focus. International experience or demonstrated interest in international issues is an advantage. The successful candidate will be expected to develop externally funded research. Applications will be reviewed starting September 15, 2008, and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Please send curriculum vitae, samples of written work, a short statement of professional goals and at least three letters of recommendation to: ESPP/Political Science Search Committee, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University, 274 Giltner Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1101. Electronic applications should be sent to ESPP@MAIL.MSU.EDU and directed to Search Committee, copies to For more information on the Environmental Science and Policy Program see: MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

Senior Research Associate - Nordic Africa Institute The Nordic Africa Institute, located in Uppsala, invites applications for a position as Senior Research Associate for a research project on `Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion.'The Nordic Africa Institute is seeking to appoint an experienced researcher at the rank of Senior Research Associate to manage a new research project on 'Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion'. The candidate must have a demonstrated experience in the analysis of poverty and inequality and offer research-based policy recommendations on how to reduce them. The position is for a period of three years and financed by Sida. The closing date for applications is September 30, 2008.

For more information please visit:

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