MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/10/09

Tuesday Bulletin for November 10th, 2009

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements Events
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"U.S. Public Diplomacy and Global Engagement-Diplomatic Action and Public-Private Partnerships: Where Do We Go From Here?" presentation by Cari Guittard, Executive Director, Business for Diplomatic Action, 2:30 p.m., Room 115, International Center. Cari Guittard was the Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Charlotte Beers, after the September 11 attacks. Light refreshments will be served. Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Vision 20/20, Containing Avoidable Blindness: Dilemma and Challenges in the Endeavors of NBCP in Ethiopia," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Workayehu Kebede, Faculty (Addis Ababa Univ., Medical School, Ethiopia; currently visiting scholar, Medical School, MSU), 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m., Room 201 International Center. Saturday, November 14, 2009

"From Sunrise to Sunset: The Harvest is Ripe!" African Culture Week Begins with the Gala, a theater production in celebration of African culture. The show is from 5:00-7:30 p.m. with dinner following. The venue is MacDonald Middle School, 1601 Burcham Dr., East Lansing, MI 48823. MSU students with ID may attend the show free, however, the cost for dinner is $8.00. The general admission cost is: Show = $10/pp, Dinner = $10/pp, or Show + Dinner combo = $17.00. There will be shuttle service for MSU students. For further details visit: Sunday, November 15, 2009

25th Annual Global Festival, sponsored by the Community Volunteers for the International Programs, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., MSU Union. (See MSU Announcements). Sunday, November 15, 2009

Scout Banana Presents the Banana Blitz 5K Run, 1:00 p.m., MSU Auditorium. Cost is $15 per person, including T-Shirts. Run, Jog, bike, or stumble your way to the finish line. All proceeds go to VVCOF- An after school program for children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Sign up at: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Going Global Fair" (during International Education Week), hosted by International Studies and Programs, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., International Center Lobby. The first-ever Going Global Fair is an event for student groups to show their fellow Spartans how to get involved in international causes. Whether student groups support children in Africa, medicine in Latin America or women's equality in Asia, the fair is the place to get the word out. Announcements
25th Annual Global Festival, MSU Union

MSU families are cordially invited to the 25th Annual Global Festival to be held at Michigan State University on Sunday, November 15, 2009 from noon to 5:00 p.m., in the MSU Union. The Festival's live entertainment is a mosaic of music and dance representing more than 15 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Immerse yourself in cultural displays and demonstrations, indulge in international cuisine at the Global Café, keep the little ones in motion with hands-on art projects, games and activities with an international focus.

Explore "The World Gift Shop" that offers a variety of international art works, jewelry, glassware, clothing, and a multitude of gift items. Proceeds support scholarship funds for spouses of international students to attend MSU classes.

MSU Global Festival is sponsored by the Community Volunteers for the International Programs and the Office of International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University. For information about the festival, please go to: For maps and directions go to: Admission and parking on campus are free. Africa Past and Present Podcast

The American Historical Association has posted an article on its blog highlighting the growing popularity of the Africa: Past and Present Podcast, hosted by MSU History professors Peter Alegi and Peter Limb. The Podcast is about history, culture, and politics in Africa.

Read more at Listen and subscribe to the biweekly Podcast at: Study Abroad Programs in Africa - Info Meetings


Behavioral Ecology of African Mammals (BEAM)

Summer 2010

Tuesday, November 10

5:30 p.m. - 203 Natural Science


Paradise in Peril? Exploring Madagascar's Biodiversity Crisis

Summer 2010

Wednesday, November 11

5:30 p.m. - 338 Natural Resources

Direct inquiries to Chris Barden, Office of Study Abroad, 109 International Center, (517) 432-8785; or e-mail: MSU Peace Corps Informational Meeting

Peace Corps is hiring people from a broad range of fields to work internationally. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 6:00pm-7:30pm on the Third floor of the International Center. This session is an opportunity to learn more about where and in what sectors Peace Corps Volunteers serve, the benefits of serving, the application process, and experiences of former Volunteers. The coordinators will also answer any of your questions about this incredible opportunity to make a difference in the world. Other Announcements
Rwanda Event in Detroit, MI - November 13, 2009

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights in Detroit is sponsoring a Fundraiser on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., the Freedom House Fundraiser welcomes Immaculee Ilibagiza, NY Times best-selling author and Rwanda Genocide Survivor, who will tell her story. Call (586) 254-5711 for tickets and more information.

The MCHR Office contact information is (313) 579-9071 or Advanced Zulu-GPA in KwaZulu-Natal, S. Africa

The 12th Fulbright-Hays Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Zulu Group Project Abroad (Zulu GPA) for the summer 2010 will be held in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, pending receipt of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

The eight-week Fulbright-Hays Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Zulu GPA in South Africa is directed by the University of Pennsylvania, in affiliation with the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg. The Zulu GPA is a national, federally-funded program designed to provide students of Zulu from across the United States with an opportunity to advance their competency in the Zulu language and culture in South Africa among native speakers of Zulu.

Applicants must be:

-U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States;

-currently enrolled in graduate studies concentrating on Africa; or

-undergraduates currently in their sophomore, junior or senior year and focusing on Africa.

The following will be the criteria for the selection of participants:

-Overall previous academic performance;

-Superior performance in at least two semesters of a university-level series of Zulu/Ndebele/Swati/Xhosa courses, or the equivalent;

-Letters of recommendation that portray a strong candidate;

-Applicants' statement of purpose, including professional and academic goals;

-Intermediate-low level of competency in Zulu/Ndebele/Swati/Xhosa on an ACTFL scale; and,

-Academic/career commitment to African Studies.

The application deadline is February 15, 2010. For more information and application materials go to: or e-mail: Dr. Audrey N Mbeje (Project Director) Higher Education Development-Call for Applications

Higher Education for Development, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Education, anticipates making up to ten (10) awards ranging between $100,000 - $150,000 each for 18-month partnerships between U.S. community colleges and community and technical colleges in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) region focusing on one or more of the following request for applications objectives:

-Develop capacity-building policies and strategies that result in faculty recruitment, retention and professional development

-Establish business and education partnerships that promote workforce development through capacity-building at the community and technical college(s)

-Develop and implement programs of study that provide vocational education and technical training linked to employment

-Strengthen institutional practices and policies that improve student transitions to, through, and from community/technical colleges

-Develop and deploy technological innovations that improve instruction and integrate technology and classroom practice to meet the needs of the productive sectors in society

-Design standards, procedures, and guidelines that strengthen accreditation and quality assurance practices

For clarification or questions regarding this RFA, please contact Marilyn Crane at (202) 243-7685 or For the complete RFA description and details about applying for this competitive award, please visit the: Broader Middle East and North Africa - U.S. Community College Small Grants Initiative at: Applications are due February 1, 2010, 5:00 p.m. EST. Recruiting Michigan Teachers - Study in Tanzania

The African Studies Center (ASC) at Michigan State University (MSU) in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), the MSU Department of Teacher Education, and the Ingham County Intermediate School District have submitted a proposal, which if funded, will sponsor 13 Michigan teachers for a four-week study program in Tanzania. Although funding will not be confirmed until March 2010 the recruitment and the application process must begin immediately.

This Fulbright study tour is oriented primarily toward world history & geography (high school) and global studies teachers (middle school), but language arts and humanities teachers are also encouraged to apply! . The program is specifically designed to use the richly diverse country of Tanzania as a case study that systematically addresses the Michigan standards and benchmarks for global studies (eastern hemisphere) and world history/geography. In meeting this goal, the participating educators will be immersed in study of the history, geography, cultures (including expressive culture: literature, music, art), society, politics and economics of Tanzania within the broader East Africa context.

The four-week program will focus on four specific ecological regions in Tanzania. Participants will spend one week in each of the following regions: Highland region (Kilimanjaro); semi-arid Savanna region (north central Tanzania); Great Lake region (Lake Victoria), and Coastal region (Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam). All participants will be required to develop a curriculum project (either individually or as part of a team) that will be incorporated into their teaching beginning in academic year 2010! -2011.

Participants will receive a $5000 grant from the Fulbright-Hays program but will be obligated to a $1000 cost-share to help fund the program. The application deadline is January 15, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by February 5, 2010. For more information or to have your questions answered, please contact Dr. John Metzler, African Studies Center, Michigan State University. 517-884-2155 or An application form can be downloaded at the African Studies Center website: (follow the Outreach link).

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

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