MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/24/06

Issue No. 9 Fall 2006
October 24, 2006


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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October 24, Tuesday

International Opportunities Fair; (Internships - Volunteer - Teach - Work Abroad); 12:00 - 5:00p.m., Second Floor of the MSU Union. (See details below, under MSU announcements).

October 25, Wednesday

"Hausa table" every Wednesday round-table discussion with Professor Ibro Chekaraou. Hausa-phones in the Lansing/East Lansing area meet to practice Hausa, 11:30-12:30, MSU Union-(UB Lake Michigan Rm). Direct inquiries to:; or call 353-0746.

October 26, Thursday

"The Future of the United Nations: How the U.N. Will Continue to Pursue Reform as it Addresses Issues in Lebanon and Darfur and as it Selects a New Secretary-General," seminar with William Davis, Director (United Nations Information Center, Washington, DC), 9:00 a.m., Room 252 Erickson Hall. Refreshments will be served.

October 26, Thursday

"Ethics and Development: Recognizing the Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Stephen Esquith, Dean (Residential College Arts and Humanities, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

October 27, Friday

"Micro Finance for Youth in Senegal," CASID/WID Forum with Mouna Kebe (Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.

October 27, Friday

"Traditional African Beliefs and Their Effects on Girls' Education," African Education Research Group (AERG), talk with Anne Mungai, Faculty and Chair of Literacy and Special Education (Adelphi University, NY), 12:00 noon, Room 252 Erickson Hall.

October 27, Friday

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

November 2, Thursday

"The Emergence of Community-based Fisheries Management Regimes in the Face of Ecological and Social Crises in Malawi," African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Aaron Russell, Advanced Graduate Student (ABD, Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU), 12:00 noon Room 201 International Center.

November 3, Friday

"Water, Land and Race: Farmers, Communities, Strategic Partners, and Social Justice in the Luvuvhu Catchment, South Africa," CASID/WID forum with William Derman, Faculty (Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Studies Center.

November 3, Friday

"Finding Funding for U.S. and International Graduate Students," WID Graduate Associates Skill Building Workshop with Jon Harrison, Social Sciences Collection Coordinator, (MSU Libraries), 3:00 - 4:30p.m., Room 303 International Studies Center. For more information, e-mail or call 517-353-5040.


Course Announcement - Spring 2007

African Philosophy
M/W, 8:30-9:50 (room to be announced) Instructor: John Otieno Ouko


  • Is there an African Philosophy?
  • African debates about knowledge and reality
  • The role of ethics in African philosophy
  • The "rationality" debate
  • African philosophy's ties to African-American and feminist thought

For more information, call the Department of
Philosophy at 355-4490; or e-mail:

International Opportunities Fair - Oct. 24, 2006

This fair is for students who have thought about or are considering volunteering, teaching, internships or short- term work abroad; an internationally-focused career; and funding for an international experience.

Nearly 50 MSU international units and external
international organizations will provide information and resources about internships, volunteer, work and
teaching abroad, internationally-focused careers, and funding sources for international experiences. This fair complements the semi-annual study abroad fairs, but will not showcase classroom-based study abroad
offerings. During the fair the following presentations will be given in the Green Room at the MSU Union:

00 p.m. - U.S. Foreign Service and State Department Learn from senior diplomat Robert Smolik about international State Department internships and opportunities as Foreign Service officers and State Department civil servants;
00 p.m. - U.S. Agency for International Development Learn from former Senior Democracy Officer, Mary Anne Walker about opportunities with USAID, and independent federal government agency that supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances, U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.

MSU Compton Peace Fellowship
Extended Deadline: November 15, 2006

Michigan State University's African Studies Center (ASC) and Women and International Development
(WID) Program are offering Compton Africa Peace
Fellowships to graduate students from Sub-Saharan
Africa to support their dissertation field research in Africa. This program is an element of the MSU African Higher Education Partnerships Initiative (AHEPI).
These dissertation fellowship awards are made possible by a grant from the Compton Foundation through its Peace Fellowship Program for addressing peace,
conflict resolution, and security in Africa. For
information and application forms please visit:

Completed application forms must be submitted by mail and e-mail to: MSU-Compton Fellowship Committee,
c/o David Wiley, African Studies Center, 100
International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1035; Tel: 517-353-1700;

Fax: 517-432-1209; e-mail: The
application deadline is November 15, 2006,
beginning in the 2007 calendar year.
for research

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. Admission is free. More details found at:

Rita S. Gallin Award: Best Graduate Student Paper

The Women and International Development (WID)
program invites Graduate students to submit a paper for its annual graduate student paper competition. The paper should have been written within the past year, should be approximately 20 double-spaced pages in
length, and should focus on issues related to women, gender, international development, and globalization.

The papers will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be made at WID's Annual Open House in January. The winning paper will be peer reviewed for publication in the WID Working Paper Series, and its author will receive a $200.00 prize. Papers should be submitted to the WID office via e-mail (in Word or Word Perfect) or by mail (both hard copy and on
diskett/CD). Please indicate the paper is being
submitted for the competition and include a contact phone number and e-mail address. Send to: Women and International Development, 206 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; Tel: (517) 353-5040; Fax: (517) 432-4845; e-mail:; website: The submission deadline is December 15, 2006.


E.L. Film festival presents: "Sisters in Law"

Sisters in Law
Directed by Florence Ayisi & Kim Longinotto.
  • Country: Cameroon/UK
  • Running time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Synopsis: Totally fascinating and often hilarious, this crowd-pleasing film follows tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba as they help women intheir Cameroon village

fight difficult cases of rape and abuse. With fierce

compassion, they dispense wisdom and wisecracks with fair measure.

East Lansing film festival Showtimes:
Wed., November 15th - East Lansing Hannah
Community Center - $7 general admission and $5
students and seniors 65+.

Fri., Sat., Sun., November 17th, 18th, & 19th - 7:00 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. - Wells Hall on the Michigan State University campus - $6 general admission and $3


WARA Research Funding Opportunities

The West African Research Association is pleased to announce the following research fellowships for 2007, funded through generous grants from the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education.
WARA fellowships include:

  • Residencies for West African Scholars at WARA member institutions in the United States (includes MSU);
  • WARA Post-Doctoral Fellowship: 2 fellowships for research in West Africa for summer 2007;
  • WARA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for grad students: 2 fellowships for 2-3 months research in West Africa, summer of 2007;
  • WARA Post-Doctoral Fellowship for US faculty: 2 fellowships for research in West Africa, summer 2007;
  • WARC Travel Grants for West African scholars to conferences, professional meetings, fieldwork or consult archives.

Applications for these fellowships are due and must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2006. All
applications should consist of one original and three copies (4 sets total) and be mailed to WARA, African Studies Center, Boston University, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215.

The WARA grant application cover sheet is required for all applications and can be downloaded from where full details on application requirements and procedures may be found.


Asst. Prof. Cult Anth/African Studies - Texas A&M

The Department of Anthropology and the Africana
Studies Program at Texas A&M University invites applications for a joint position in cultural anthropology and Africana studies, beginning fall 2007. This is a tenure-track assistant professor position. It is one of four cluster hires involving joint appointments in the Africana Studies Program. This position is also intended to strengthen the graduate program in cultural

The ideal candidate will specialize in the African Diaspora in Latin America, the Caribbean, and/or the United States. Candidates with research and teaching interests in globalization/transnational studies, economic anthropology, ecological anthropology and/or
demographic anthropology will be given preference. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Anthropology (by fall 2007), teaching experience, an active research program, and an ability to secure external funding.
Responsibilities include teaching two courses per
semester, at the graduate and undergraduate level in both the anthropology department and the Africana
Studies program. Positive tenure and promotion
decisions require a strong research and publication record, evidence of high-quality teaching, and
participation in university governance.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2006 and continue until the position is filled. For full
consideration, please send a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests, curriculum vita, one or two writing samples, evidence of teaching experience, and the names of three references to: Cynthia Werner, Chair, Cultural Anthropology Search Committee,
Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 4352 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4352. Texas
A&M University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages under-represented minorities and women to apply.

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

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