MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/25/07

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Tuesday Bulletin for September 25th, 2007      
Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships Conferences | Jobs
Social Protection and Long Term Social Change: Charting a New Path for Poverty Reduction Policies

September 24, Monday

Special Brown Bag talk with Dr. Andrew Shepherd, member (Senior Management Team and Director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, Overseas Development Institute London), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Strategic Partnership Panel Report: Nigeria

September 27, Thursday

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Nwando Achebe, (History, MSU), Peter Limb, (Main African Library, MSU), and Chidozie Amusie (Graduate Student, Comp Medicine, MSU! ), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Faculty Adesoji Adelaja (Agricultural Economics) and Kiki Edozie (International Relations, James Madison, MSU) may join the panel. African Alternatives to the Green Revolution

October 4, Thursday

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk Carol Thompson, Faculty (Political Science, Northern Arizona Univ.), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Rural ARV Adherence in Zambia How are we doing 1-year post roll out?

October 11, Thursday

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Gretchen Birbeck, Faculty (International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Film: Frontieres (directed by Mostefa Djadjam, Algeria/France, 2001)

October 15, Monday

"The Right to Hospitality: Migration, Accommodation, Globalization." A Symposium of film and! philosophy, presentation by Ken Harrow, Faculty (English Dept! .), Room 101 North Kedzie Hall, 7:30pm. Don't Take it for Granted: Strategies for Writing Successful Proposals for Gender-Related Research

September 27, Thursday

Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) Graduate Associates speaker series presentation by: Michael Walker and Neera Singh (grant-winning graduate students), 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Room 303 International Center. Announcements
African Culture Week 2007 - "Taste of Africa"

Begins November 6, 2007 - November 10, 2007

The MSU African Culture week events begin on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 with the Main event "Carnival D'Afrique" culminating on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at McDonald Middle School in East Lansing, Michigan. More detail to follow as the events gets closer. Please mark your calendar. Global Focus International Photography Contest The Michigan State University Office of International Studies and Programs and the Michigan State University Alumni Association are proud to announce MSU Global Focus 2007, the Ninth Annual International Photography Competition for MSU students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and Alumni Association members.

Substantial prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Winning entries will also be featured at the annual MSU International Awards Ceremony in Spring 2008. For further details or contact information visit The deadline for Global Focus 2007 is Monday, October 1, 2007, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Scholarships for Study in South Africa

Funding from the U.S. Department of Education will provide five scholarships for undergraduates to study in Durban, South Africa from January to June 2008. These awards are coordinated through MSU and the Council for Opportunity in Educati! on. Awards of approximately $5,875 will be given to recipients! . The to tal estimated total cost that each student will need to contribute is $3,500. To be eligible for scholarships, participants must:

  1. Be one or more of the following:

  • In a Student Support Services or Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate program

  • First generation college students and Pell grant eligible

  • Intend to serve as a prospective teacher in the areas of arts and humanities, social science, area studies, and/or foreign language

  1. Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application

  2. Be of at least junior status by January 2008.

The application deadline is October 1, 2007. Please check for full details about the program and application process. MSU Africanist Graduate Student Research Conference - September 28-29, 2007

The graduate students and Afri! can Studies Center at MSU are hosting this conference with the hope to foster an engaging atmosphere in which students can discuss their research and receive important feedback. The conference is interdisciplinary (encouraging presentations from students of political science, history, anthropology, sociology, women and gender studies, etc.), and open to students at all levels of their graduate careers. A $20 conference fee can be paid upon registration at the start of the conference. Direct inquiries to For conference details, visit: Other Announcements
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Search for Research Directors - (May & Sept. 2008)

The SSRC is actively recruiting senior faculties from doctoral degree-granting programs at US universities to identify research fields and serve as research directors for the 2008 Dissertation Proposal ! Development Fellowship (DPDF) program, funded by the Andrew W.! Mellon Foundation. Research directors will lead groups of 12 graduate fellows in two workshops (scheduled for May 29 - June 1, 2008 in St. Louis and September 11 - 14, 2008 in Milwaukee) that frame summer predissertation support for graduate students chosen in five different research fields. Research directors should be tenured and experienced supervisors of thesis research. Each research director will receive a stipend of $7,500; student fellows will receive up to $5,000.

The DPDF program invites teams of two tenured faculties to submit joint proposals for research fields for the 2008 fellowship program. The application is available through the SSRC's application portal, Applications must be submitted via the application portal by October 2, 2007.

More information about the program may be found at: Please direct any questions to the program staff at Fellowships
Leadership & Management in Africa Higher Ed

The Association of African Universities is awarding grants for research on leadership and management in Africa higher education during 2007/2008.

For grant information and application details visit: The application deadline is October 15, 2007. EPA Fellowship Opportunity for Graduate Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for masters and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study.

Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for! a maximum of three years, usable over a period of four years.! The fel lowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support per fellowship. The deadline for pre-applications is October 23, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.. For further details, please visit the website at: Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program offers opportunities to faculties of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to engage in research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies.

The application deadline is October 30, 2007. As part of the application process, faculties submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then officially submits all eligible individual faculty applications with its grant application to the Department. The estimated range of fellowship awards is $20,000-$100,000; the estimate! d average size is $60,000; the estimated number is 25.

For further details, visit the website at: Conferences
Congo Global Action Conf. and U.S. Lobby Day

Washington, D.C. November 11-13, 2007

Please mark your calendars for November 11-13, 2007 and plan to attend the Congo Global Action Conference and Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. Join in to advocate for the Democratic Republic of Congo and call for increased local and international response, beginning on a grassroots level. Themes will revolve around "Saving Lives," "Keeping People Safe," and "Ending Economic Exploitation." For more details visit: 2nd Annual International Conference on "Engaging the Other"

Dearborn, MI USA ! - October 25-28, 2007

"ENGAGING THE OTHER:! The Pow er of Compassion" is an international, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference examining concepts of "The OTHER" from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about concepts of "Us and Them." It is an extraordinary international conference to address the roots of negative stereotypes, prejudice, and artificial barriers of misunderstanding and distrust that separate. Join more than 60 leading presenters to cultivate the capacity for reconciliation, appreciation of diversity, and peace.

Registration is open to the public. For registration, full program, fee details, hotel and exhibits go to:; or contact Steve Olweean, Director, Conference Coordinator, 12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, MI 49034 USA; Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393 Email:

This! conference is sponsored by Common Bond Institute, cosponsored by HARMONY Institute, International Humanistic Psychology Association, National Resource Center for The Healing of Racism, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Pathways to Peace Foundation. Supported by a growing international list of over 85 organizations and universities. Jobs
Tenure-track in African History - U. of Michigan

Pending approval of funding, the Department of History at the University of Michigan invites applications for a tenure-track position in African history, at any rank, starting in September 2008. Applications from scholars representing various specialized fields and interpretive approaches in all periods of African history are welcome. Teaching will include undergraduate survey courses in African history, undergraduate courses on topics and fields of the instructor's choosing, graduate seminars, and super! vision of doctoral dissertations. PhD is required prior to emp! loyment.

Applicants should furnish a placement dossier consisting of a CV, at least three recommendation letters, a statement of current and future research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and evidence of teaching excellence. Senior scholars may replace the letters of recommendation with a list of available referees.

Applications should be sent to Professor Mary Kelley, Chair, Department of History, University of Michigan, 1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003; Tel: (734) 763-2289; Fax: (734) 647-4881. Please send applications by October 15, 2007; early applications are appreciated. The committee expects to interview selected applicants at the meetings of the American Historical Association in early January. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply, and candidacies from within or outside the United States will be welcomed. The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. The University o! f Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. African History - Simon Fraser Univ. - Canada

Applications are invited for a limited term Assistant Professorship in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University in Canada, with a specialization in African History. The contract is for eight months beginning on 1 January 2008. Simon Fraser University operates a trimester system with semesters of thirteen weeks in length. The appointed candidate will teach two courses in the Spring semester and two courses in the Summer semester. Preferred qualifications include a completed PhD and university teaching experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men including visible minorities, aboriginal people and pers! ons with disabilities. The department's web page is

Applicants should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae, in electronic form if possible, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Dr. John Craig, Chair, Department of History, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada, e-mail: Closing date is October 10, 2007.

For more information, visit the African Studies Center Website. Please submit information on Africa-related events or news seven to ten days in advance of publication. Send to the African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; E-mail:

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

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