MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/30/01

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/30/01

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November 1, Thursday

"There and Back: Growing Up in District 6; 15 Years on Robben Island with Mandela and Others and Life in a New South Africa,"African Studies Center Special Brown Bag with Eddie J. Daniels, Founding member of the African Resistance Movement (South Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 5, Monday

"Women, Race, and Islam Before and After 9/11: Racial Profiling in Wartime and Peacetime." Public Forum, 7:00 p.m., MSU Union Ballroom. Call 353-8124 for information, or e-mail:

November 8, Thursday

"Music, Dance, Magic and Filmmaking in West Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Taale Laafi Rosellini, Founder/Director (African Family Film Foundation), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 15, Thursday

No Brown Bag - ASA Annual Meeting

November 16, Friday

"HIV-AIDS: How Health Communication Campaigns Can Help," CASID/WID Series with Bella Mody, Faculty (Department of Telecommunications, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

November 18, Sunday

Global Festival 2001, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m., MSU Student Union (corner of Grand River and Abbott Road in East Lansing). Call 353-1735 or 351-5106 for further information.

November 22, Thursday

No Brown Bag - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29, Thursday

"DOING the History of Muslim Societies in African History," African Studies Center Brown Bag with David Robinson, Faculty (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Rm 201, International Center.


Course Announcement - Spring 2002 African-American Literature

ENG 850/991C876, Figures and Figurations of Black Radical Tradition, is a graduate course scheduled to meet Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. The course takes a cue from Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition, Cedric J. Robinson's "classic" but under-recognized text. It will engage relatively recent writings in and sometimes on "radical" or, more preferably, "revolutionary" traditions in African/Diasporic contexts.

Some of the overall themes to be considered are Diaspora and De-Colonization, Self-Determination via Female Militance, The Ecstasy of Revolt, "Man" and Empire, The Myth of the So-Called "Negro," Pan- Africanism against "Dollarism" and "Native Bourgeoisies," The Prison of Neo-Slavery, and African Matriarchal Foundations.

Students should have read from Robinson's critique of both Western Capital and Western Marxism before the first class. For further details, contact Professor Greg Thomas, 205 Morrill Hall, 355-1777.

Women, Race, and Islam Before and After 9/11: Racial Profiling in Wartime and Peacetime November 5, 7:00 p.m., MSU Union Ballroom

This forum seeks to address racial profiling as it intersects with gender and Islam before and after the events of September 11th. People assumed to be of Arab descent or Muslims have experienced an increase in racial profiling since then. Muslim women in particular are at risk of harassment, discrimination, and intimidation related to profiling. Thus, the first part of the forum will focus on stereotypes and representations of Muslim women in an effort to better educate the public about Women's Rights and Islam. Profiling is not, however, a new phenomenon. The second part of the forum will include a panel of women from diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds speaking to their experiences of profiling. Historically speaking, when profiling is taken to the extreme, it can result in the quarantine of particular groups. The past and possible future consequences of this will be addressed in the final part of the forum through a presentation about Japanese-American internment during World War II and through discussing the question of how to prevent something similar from happening in the U.S. again.

This forum is organized by a coalition of women in solidarity with the Muslim Students Association and in conjunction with "Islam Awareness Week." Sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, Asian Studies Center, Center for the Advanced Study of International Development, Women and International Development Program, African Studies Center, Department of Sociology, Department of Anthropology, Women's Resource Center, Women's Studies Program, and International Studies and Programs. Supported by The Islamic Center of Greater Lansing, Citizens for a Peaceful Response, Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience, and the Peace and Justice Specialization. For further information, contact:, 353-8124.

Travel the World in a Day - Global Festival 2001

MSU students representing dozens of countries around the world will share their culture and talents with exhibits and demonstrations, exciting and colorful performances and an entire floor of children's activities. Pick up your "passport", enjoy delicious food at the global cafÈ or ala carte and purchase a gift at the World Gift Shop (items are donated and proceeds are used for tuition scholarships for the spouses of international students). The cafÈ is open from 12:00 noon to 3:00p.m. and ala carte foods are available all afternoon. There is something for everyone so.....bring your family and friends and join the festival on Sunday, November 18, 2001. Admission is free!

For more information call the CVIP office, 353-1735 or Lois Park, festival coordinator, 351-5106. The Global Festival is co sponsored by International Studies and Programs, the Office for International Students and Scholars, the MSU Student Union and Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP).

WANTED: Items from your world travels which you no longer want. Donate to the World Gift Shop. Proceeds provide scholarships for spouses of MSU international students. To donate call Lillian Kumata, 351-6046.


Eduwatch seeks Nigerian Authors

Eduwatch, a nonprofit education organization located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is inviting Nigerian authors to submit listings of their published children's books and other books that reflect Nigerian culture. Authors are encouraged to send a single copy of any book(s) they wish to have considered for recommendation to readers on the Eduwatch website. Books that focus entirely on politics or religion are not eligible for submission and will not be accepted. Authors should include a brief autobiographical sketch; not to exceed 150 words and their contact information along with their entry. Once publications have been reviewed, one Nigerian author will be featured periodically on the website for the purpose of drawing attention to his/her literary works. Books submitted will not be returned. Authors whose books do not meet Eduwatch review standards will be informed in writing. Submit all entries to: Eduwatch, Meet an Author Project, 8817 Swallow Court, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879. Or visit the web site at:


Call for Papers

"Post-WCAR: Reviving the Dialogue for Africans and African Descendants" is the title of this Graduate conference to be held February 23-24, 2002 the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The topics for the conference may cover, but are not limited to the following: Reparations, Debt, Present day slavery, Religious intolerance, Western media coverage of Africa and the African Diaspora, Language survival, Homosexuality, Environmental racism, Access to education, Discrimination against AIDS/HIV carriers, and Effects of globalization on Africa and African descendants. Papers/presentations not on the list will be accepted and considered, however, all papers/presentations must focus on Africa or African Descendants.

The deadline for abstracts or presentation outlines is November 15, 2001. Please send queries or proposals to Kevin Etienne-Cummings at or write: Center for African Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Rm 210, International Studies Bldg., Champaign, IL 61820.


Institute for Study of Islamic Thought in Africa

The Institute for Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) invites applications for Africa-based junior scholars to take part in its 2001-02 program on "African Muslim Commentaries on the State." The fellowship will be tenable at Northwestern University for varying periods during the spring quarter (April 1-June 30, 2002).

The competition is open to Africans who are either advanced doctoral students (studying in Africa or abroad) or junior scholars/researchers working in African universities who have received their last degree within the past five years. ISITA will provide fellows with round-trip airfare from the applicant's country of residence to Chicago, Illinois and pay a stipend sufficient to cover living expenses.

Applicants must summit: 1) A cover letter indicating their interest in competing for the ISITA fellowship and assuring ISITA that they are able to secure research leave from their institution of study or employment for the period of the fellowship; 2) A research proposal of no more than 1,200 words that addresses current research interests and their direct relevance to the 2001- 02 ISITA theme. The proposal may be written in either English or French, but the applicant must be sufficiently fluent in English to present a paper and participate in discussions in English; 3) A cv that includes full contact information (e-mail and postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers, etc.); 4) A chapter of applicants thesis or other substantial piece of scholarly writing, published or unpublished; and 5) Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's scholarly work. These letters must be included in the application package. Applications must be received by November 30, 2001. For details, write ISITA Coordinator, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, 620 Library Place, Evanston, Illinois 60208-4110, USA.


Message-Id: <> Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 16:46:59 -0400 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 10

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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