MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/26/06

Issue No. 5 Fall 2006
September 26, 2006


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 27, 2006, Wednesday

"Hausa table" every Wednesday round-table discussion with Professor Ibro Chekaraou. Hausa-phones in the Lansing/East Lansing area meet to practice Hausa, 12:00 noon, MSU Union-(UB Lake Michigan Rm). Direct inquiries to Professor Chekaraou at:; or call 353-0746.

September 28, Thursday

"Democracy and Governance in the Horn of Africa: The Crisis of Election in Ethiopia," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Taye Woldesemiate, Visiting Professor (Illinois State Univ.), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

September 28, Thursday

"Hedging Commodity Price Risk in Africa; Field Experiences and Lessons for Markets, Finance, and Food Security," Ag Econ seminar with Dr. Julie Dana of The World Bank, 3:30p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Rm 75 Ag Hall.

September 29, Friday

International Coffee Hour, every Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center Food Court. Sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars office. Everyone welcome.

October 5, Thursday

"Islamic Brotherhood and Religious Tolerance in Senegal," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Abdou Ngom, Faculty, (University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

October 12, Thursday

"Impact of an Education Policy on Female Pupils' Classroom Behavior and on Female Parents' Attitude towards Their Children's Schooling in Two Niger Elementary Schools," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Ibro Chekaraou, Faculty (Linguistics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

October 19, Thursday

"The Neuropsychology of Cerebral Malaria in Ugandan Children," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Michael Boivin, Faculty, (Neurology & Ophthalmology and Psychiatry, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


Eddie Daniels, ANC member to visit MSU in October

South African Eddie Daniels will be at MSU on two weekends in October and on weekdays, Friday, October 13th, Monday morning, October 16th, Thursday afternoon, October 19th, and Friday, October 20th all day. Eddie Daniel's was a member of the African Nationalist Congress (ANC). He has written an autobiography entitled, There and Back: Robben Island 1964 to 1979 (Third edition, 1998). He is a popular lecturer among young people and is being requested to speak in Haslett, Okemos, and other area high schools.

If you would like to set up individual meetings with Mr. Daniels over the two weekends, please consult John Metzler, African Studies Center Outreach Coordinator at (517) 353-1700; or e-mail:

MSU Global Focus - Photography Competition

The entry deadline for the Eighth Annual International Photography competition is Monday, October 2, 2006, 5:00 p.m. EDT. The competition is open to MSU students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and Alumni Association members.

For more information, to see the official competition rules and entry form, or contact the MSU Office of International Studies and Programs, visit or contact the MSU Office of International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, 209 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Tel: (517) 355-2350; or e-mail

MSU Global Festival, Nov. 19th, MSU Union

Come Travel around the World in a Day at the Annual MSU Global Festival, Sunday, November 19, 2006, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. in the MSU Union.

MSU international student organizations and area nationality groups, representing dozens of countries around the world, will share their cultures with exhibits, performances of ethnic dances and music; fashion shows; and demonstrations of native games and crafts. There will be an entire floor of children's activities.

Enjoy delicious foods found at the international café between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. or ala carte available all afternoon. Purchase gifts at the Global Gift Shop. All proceeds are used for scholarships for spouses or international students. There is something for everyone. Admission is Free! More details found at:

Agricultural Higher Ed. in Africa, Staff Paper avail.

Professor Carl Eicher's seminar paper on "Agricultural Higher Education in Africa" is now available as an MSU Staff Paper at the following web address:

Forthcoming in December 2006 in Food Policy 31(6),

"Crop Biotechnology and the African Farmer", Carl K. Eicher, Karim Maredia and Idah Sithole-Niang.

MSU AgEcon Food Security International Updates The MSU Department of Agricultural Economics website shows many Africa-related research projects and outreach going on at MSU. Please visit to view the Food Security updates in the Ag Econ department.


Prof. Mazisi Kunene Memorial Service, Oct. 12, 2006

A memorial service for Professor Mazisi Kunene is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2006 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at UCLA's James West Center. The acclaimed author taught African literature and Zulu for 17 years at UCLA. The African Nationalist Congress (ANC) member was also poet laureate of South Africa.

The complete obituary may be seen at the following site: a-me-kunene19sep19,1,5281188.story?page=1&coll=l a-headlines-pe-california&ctrack=1&cset=true. For more information on the memorial service please contact UCLA's African Studies Center at: (310) 825- 3686.

USDA Paid Overseas Internships

The US Department of Agriculture is looking for a few outstanding senior and graduate level college and university students to work in their OVERSEAS offices to promote U.S. agricultural interests through the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). U.S. citizen students who are majoring in a business or science related agricultural field, i.e. Ag Econ, Econ, Finance, Business or Marketing, International Studies or Relations, Law or in a Biotechnology program are eligible. Online registration for the summer 2007 application deadline is January 9, 2007 and the fall 2007 application deadline is April 17, 2007. For more information on FAS internship programs, please go to:, or contact the internships coordinator at:


Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowships

The Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), along with its partners at the National Institutes of Health in the USA, invite applications for Fellowships for research that fosters the current research internationally in the area of Gender, Globalization, and Health, and strengthens North-South collaboration in gender global health research, including the building of interdisciplinary teams for research and research training opportunities.

Eligible research areas have been identified through national and international consultations and include food security and nutritional well-being, HIV/AIDS, tobacco and addictions, occupational health and safety, mental health, infectious diseases, violence, reproductive health, and public-private partnerships for health. Other cross-cutting research priorities include human rights and ethics, socioeconomic status and poverty, lifespan from early childhood through aging, and health (and health-related) systems.

Full applications must be courier stamped by the deadline date of October 1, 2006. For further information, visit the CIHR website at: http://www.cihr- For questions on CIHR funding guidelines, how to apply, and the peer review process contact: Leah Jurkovic, Program Delivery Coordinator, Canadian Institute of Health Research, e-mail:; Tel: (613) 946-0088; Fax: (613) 954-1800.


Two Tenure-track positions - Clark University

The Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) at Clark University seeks to fill two tenure-track positions in International Development and Social Change to begin Academic Year 2007-08. One of these positions will be filled at the assistant professor level and one at the associate professor level. Significant field research and/or applied experience in developing countries is essential. Ph.D. or equivalent in any relevant discipline is required. Discipline and areas are open. The committee expects to hire one individual with experience in Africa and one individual with expertise in another geographical area. Candidates should be able to teach courses supporting graduate level programs in international development, as well as undergraduate courses. Applicants should show a strong commitment to working collaboratively within a cross-disciplinary program.

Application should include curriculum vitae, a list of references, and a detailed statement of interest including research foci and teaching philosophy. These should be sent electronically to or mailed to: Chair, ID Search Committee, IDCE, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610. Review of applications begin October 1, 2006 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, visit:

African History - Indiana University

Africa. Tenure-track. The Department of History at Indiana University, Bloomington seeks to appoint an outstanding scholar/teacher in African history. Research fields and regional specializations are open but there will be a preference for someone with transnational or comparative interests. The anticipated starting date will be the fall of 2007. Please send a letter of application, c.v., a writing sample consisting of an article or dissertation chapter, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the African History Search Committee, Department of History, Indiana University, Ballantine Hall 742, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-7103. Review of applications will start November 1, 2006, and continue until the position is filled. Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Interested candidates may direct questions to the search committee chair, Professor John Hanson, at

Globalization and Education - Indiana University

Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position for a specialist in globalization and education in the School of Education. A doctorate in an appropriate field is required, and the successful candidate will have disciplinary grounding in political science, political economics, or political sociology. Preference will be given for expertise in African studies and/or Islam and education, but other qualified candidates are invited to apply.

Responsibilities include conducting research and teaching undergraduate teacher education courses and graduate courses in comparative education and education policy studies.

Applications should arrive by November 1, 2006 to insure full consideration but will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application describing research and teaching interests and experience, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarship, and three letters of reference to: Professor Margaret Sutton, Search Committee Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 201 North Rose Avenue, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405.

Additional information about the School of Education can be found at Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Sutton at The faculty of Indiana University is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, applicants with disabilities, and members of other under-represented groups.

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

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