MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/22/09

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell," documentary in celebration of International Day of Peace (a true story of women from different faiths joining together to bring peace to their war-torn country), 7:00 p.m., RCAH Auditorium (Snyder-Phillips). Will be shown two nights. Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell," documentary in celebration of International Day of Peace (a true story of women from different faiths joining together to bring peace to their war-torn country), 7:00 p.m., B106 Wells Hall. Thursday, September 24, 2009

"The Global Financial Crisis in Africa: Evidence from Nigeria," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Lisa D. Cook, Faculty (Economics and James Madison College, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Study Abroad Fair," a comprehensive information event for anyone interested in learning more about the many study abroad opportunities available at MSU, 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m., MSU Union, 2nd Floor. Friday, September 25, 2009

"The Gendered Path of Economic Mobility of African Immigrants," GenCen Fall 2009 Colloquia Series, with Stephanie Nawyn, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Room 302 International Center. Thursday, October 1, 2009

"The New US Leadership on Global Food Security and Agricultural Development," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Julie Howard, Executive Director (Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, Washington, DC and African Studies Core Faculty), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Thursday, October 8, 2009

"African Podcasts, Posters, Publishing and Papers: New Treasures of MSU's Africa Involvement," African Studies 90-minute interdisciplinary, interactive panel with MSU Professors, Peter Alegi (History), Ken Harrow (English), Joseph Lauer (Librarian), Peter Limb (Bibliographer), Gabriel Dotto, Director, (MSU Press), Getahun Haile, graduate student (History), highlighting exciting new developments in MSU's engagement with Africa, 12:00 noon, 3rd Floor, Room 303 International Center. Friday, October 9, 2009

Third Annual Africanist Graduate Student Research Conference, focusing on the theme: "Africa's Challenges and Possibilities," two-day conference with Keynote speaker: Dr. James A. Pritchett, Director (MSU African Studies Center), 6:30 p.m., 3rd Floor International Center, reception to follow. Please direct inquiries to: Announcements
Africa Past and Present Podcast - Episode 31

Episode 31 of Africa Past and Present -- the podcast about African history, culture, and politics -- is now available at: this episode, part 2 (of 3) in a series on African Diasporas, Dr. Robert Vinson (History, College of William and Mary, and NEWSA veteran) discusses his work on the spread of Garveyism in segregationist South Africa and its political and cultural effects. Vinson explains in detail how black men and women in the 1920s and 30s appropriated Garvey's ideas of racial pride, pan-Africanism, and modernity to sustain themselves and to propel South Africa's struggle for freedom.

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 MSU International Global Focus Photo Competition

Thousands of photos are snapped each year by MSU faculty, staff, alumni and students who travel around the world for work, study and vacations. The Global Focus competition aims to recognize members of the MSU community who capture memorable images during their travels or life outside of the United States, and are interested in sharing their photographs with the entire campus.

For contest guidelines, rules and entry forms, visit: Entries may also be mailed or hand-delivered to: MSU Global Focus 2009, c/o Office of International Studies and Programs, 207 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 U.S.A.

For more information, call (517) 884-2134 or e-mail: The submission deadline is Thursday, October 1, 2009. MSU Peace Corps Information Meeting

The first of four informational meetings will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Room 303 International Center. The other three meetings will be held: Wed., Oct. 28, Nov. 18, and Dec. 9, in Room 303 of the International Center.

Peace Corps is hiring people from a broad range of fields to work internationally. This session is an opportunity to learn more about where and in what sectors Peace Corps Volunteers will serve, the benefits of serving, application process, and experiences of former Volunteers. Any questions will be answered about this incredible opportunity. Study Abroad Programs in Africa - Info Meetings


University of KwaZulu-Natal

Spring 2010

Monday, September 28, 2009

5:00 pm - 204 International Center


Agriculture, Development, Environment and Gender: NGO Internships in Ghana

Spring 2010

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

5:00 pm - 204 International Center

Direct inquiries to Chris Barden, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, (517) 432-8785; or e-mail: Other Announcements
An Evening with a Maasai Warrior, Potter Park Zoo

Daniel Kasoo, Maasai Warrior, village elder, and Assistant Manager and Head Guide for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, will be speaking at Potter Park Zoo on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the zoo's Safari room. The event is one of only four presentations Kasoo will make during his U.S. tour.

Kasoo's presentation, entitled "An Evening with a Maasai Warrior" will focus on the issues and concerns surrounding the conservation of Black Rhinos. He will also be discussing what life is like as a Maasai warrior, his experiences as a guide and a brief history of Lewa's transformation into a rhino conservatory. Attendees will also be treated to a fascinating array of animal images from the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The presentation will conclude with an opportunity for guests to ask questions.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for zoo society members and $12 for non-members. To reserve your tickets, please call (517) 342-2718 or go to: All proceeds from the event will go toward the zoo's Rhino Yard Expansion Project. 2010 Conover-Porter Award-Africana Bibliography

The Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association (U.S.) seeks nominations for the sixteenth biennial Conover-Porter Award for excellence in Africana bibliography or reference work. The Conover-Porter Award is the most prestigious award for published works of bibliography or reference on Africa. Any Africa-related reference work, bibliography or bibliographic ! essay published separately or as part of a larger work during 2007, 2008 or 2009 can be nominated for the 2010 award. The award includes a prize of $300 to be presented during the 2010 annual meeting of the African Studies Association.

The Conover-Porter Award was established in honor of two pioneers in African studies bibliography: Helen F. Conover was senior bibliographer, African Section of the Library of Congress, serving 32 years before her retirement in 1963; Dorothy B. Porter Wesley was librarian of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, retiring in 1973 after 45 years of service. The first award in 1980 was presented to Julian Witherell for The United States & Africa: Guide to the U.S. Official Documents & Government-Sponsored Publications on Africa, 1785-1975 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1978).

A nomination form with instructions, and a list of previous winners are available on the website of the Africana Librarians Council:

Nominations must be received by January 1, 2010. Please include a brief justification and at least one published review if possible. Send nominations and inquiries to: Ruby A. Bell-Gam, UCLA, Charles E. Young Research Library, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575, USA; Phone: (310) 825-1518; E-mail: Fellowships
2010 Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is accepting applications from students participating in study abroad programs during the Spring and Summer 2010. The online application is available at The Gilman Scholarship is open to all U.S. undergraduate students, who meet the criteria listed below:

  • United States Citizen
  • Undergraduate student attending a U.S. institution of higher education
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of study abroad
  • Currently applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program and will receive academic credit at the home institution.
  • Studying abroad for at least four weeks and no more than one academic year in one country
  • Studying abroad in a country not currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba

Summer 2010 Pilot Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program is piloting a special summer award cycle for students participating in summer 2010 study abroad programs. To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria listed above and must be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field. Please note that applicants are not required to study a STEM subject while abroad to be eligible for the scholarship.

Applications for the Summer 2010 awards will be available during both the Fall and Spring application cycles. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their applications during the first application cycle (by the October 6, 2009 deadline) to ensure timely notification of award. Applicants who miss the October 6, 2009 deadline can apply during the second award cycle, but will not be notified of their award status until the first week of May.

For more information regarding the Gilman Scholarship, application deadlines & timeline, and application process, please visit the Gilman website at, contact the Gilman Program at 713-621-6300 ext. 16 or email IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF)

Call for applications for the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF). Fellowships support temporary academic positions at safe universities and colleges anywhere in the world for threatened academics whose lives and work are in danger in their home countries. Professors, researchers, and lecturers from any country or field may apply. Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.

Information and application materials may be downloaded from:; for universities and colleges interested in hosting an SRF scholar, visit: For questions, contact

Fellowships are awarded for visiting academic positions ranging from three months to one calendar year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus individual health coverage. Fellowships are disbursed through host academic institutions for direct support of scholar- grantees. In most cases, host campuses are asked to match the SRF fellowship award by providing partial salary/stipend support and/or housing, material support for researching/publications, and other in-kind assistance.

Applications are accepted at any time. For a decision by late November please apply by October 12, 2009. Visit for more details.

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