MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/06/07

The African Studies Center at MSU

Tuesday Bulletin for November 6th, 2007

Topics covered in this issue: Events | Announcements | Other Announcements | Fellowships | Conferences | Jobs
African Groups Fair (Know Africa)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

African Culture Week "Taste of Africa," 5:30-7:30 p.m., 3rd Floor International Center. Contact the African Student Union president, Dako Mamud at for further details. Movie Night

Friday, November 9, 2007

African Culture Week "Taste of Africa," 8:00 p.m., Conrad Hall. Carnival D'Afrique

Saturday, November 10, 2007

African Culture Week Gala- "Taste of Africa," 5:30 p.m., McDonald Middle School Auditorium (Admissi! ons for MSU students: Free; Public: $10). Dinner at the McDonald Middle School Cafeteria. Admission for MSU students: $8; Public: $10). Dinner Show is $15. Contact Dako Mamud at; (203) 545-3198; or Oby Okolo at, for further details. Gramsci Now: Cultural and Political Theory

Friday-Sunday, November 9-11, 2007

An International Symposium commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of Antonio Gramsci. Registration: Nov. 9th at 6:00 p.m., East Lansing Marriott at University Place. Visit for details. Trade, Not Aid

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

James Madison College, Political Economy Specialization presentation by June Arunga, Inter Region Economic Network (Kenya), 2:40-4:00 p.m., Club Spartan, 3rd Floor Case Hall. June Arunga produced the BBC documentary "The Devil's Footpath" and is Co-author of The Ce! ll Phone Revolution in Kenya. Tr ade, Not Aid - The Need For More Than Foreign Aid to Solving Poverty in Africa

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Special Brown Bag talk by June Arunga, Inter Region Economic Network (Kenya), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Games Night

Tuesday-Saturday, November 6-10, 2007

African Culture Week, "Taste of Africa," 7:00-9:00 p.m., Int'l Center Food Court. Debate (Speak Out)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

African Culture Week, "Taste of Africa," 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., McDonel Hall Kiva. Writing a History of the Muridiyya from Within: Challenges and Rewards

Thursday, November 8, 2007

African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with Cheikh Babou, Faculty (History, Univ. of Pennsylvania), 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center. Announcements
Free Reso! urce for Teaching About South Africa

South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy is an exciting new resource for teaching about South Africa. Explore interviews, videos, and other new resources about South Africa at: MSU's MATRIX, African Studies Center, and Department of History recently launched the online resource about the struggle for democracy in South Africa in the second half of the 20th century.

The Overcoming Apartheid website contains:

- Eight narrative units

- Essays about selected topics

- First-person accounts from 50 people-40 hours of videotaped interviews

- Multimedia resources about key events in the anti-apartheid struggle

- Educational activities

- Recommended readings and videos.

The site was created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. F! or more information, write to:! ; or pho ne (517) 355-9300. New Editor - Northeast African Studies journal

Lee Cassanelli is the new Editor of Northeast African Studies - a journal of the MSU African Studies Center and MSU Press. Professor Cassanelli is a faculty in the Department of History and African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. His e-mail is: . MSU AgEcon Food Security International Updates

Please visit the Food Security Group website at: for new items and updates in the Department of Agricultural Economics at MSU. Performance at Wharton Center -Nov. 16, 2007

The following performance will be performed in the Cobb Great Hall at the MSU Wharton Center. For ticket information, call 1-800-WHARTON, or (517) 353-1982 or visit

-Sweet Honey in The Rock - Fri., Nov. 16, 2007, 8pm, an internationally-renowned a ca! ppella ensemble, which has a vital presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and communities around the world. Sweet Honey in The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Spring Course Announcement

PHL351 "African Philosophy," Tuesday/Thursday, 3:00-4:20 p.m., Instructor: John Otieno Ouko .

Course topics include: Definition and justification; epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical issues in African Philosophy; the "rationality" debate; and connections among African, African American and feminist philosophies. For more information, call the Department of Philosophy at 355-4490. Other Announcements
Special Issue of Global Development Studies - CFP

Global Development Studies! intends to publish a special issue in spring 2008 focusing on! sub-Sah aran Africa. The theme is: "Global Labor Migration and Emerging Trends in Development Finance: An Assessment of the Economic and Social Impact of Migrant (Worker) Remittances in Sub Saharan Africa." This issue will examine the central relationship between global labor migration and the flow of remittances from host countries to workers' countries of origin; the development impact of remittances, recognizing that remittances have become a major source of capital and development finance. Suggested topics and areas include: 1) Structural Changes in the Global Economy and Global Labor Migration; 2) Conceptual and Methodological Issues Relating to Remittances; 3) Patterns of Migration and Remittance Flows to sub-Saharan Africa; 4) Macroeconomic Impact of Worker Remittances; 5) Contribution of Worker Remittances.

Interested contributors should submit their abstracts of no more than 200 words to the managing editor no later than November 15, 2007. In addition t! o the proposed title, each abstract should include the objectives and organization of the study and the conceptual framework. For further details, please contact the Managing Editor, Global Development Studies, c/o International Development Options, 912 Falcon Drive, Largo, MD 20774; USA; Tel: (301) 350-3910; Fax: (301) 350-1056; e-mail: Fellowships
Aluka Award for Innovative Teaching, 2008

The Aluka Digital Library is a broad and diverse collection of materials about African history, culture, and botany relevant to disciplines such as global politics, economics, archaeology, anthropology, architecture and preservation, ecology, history, and human rights. Aluka aspires to enrich teaching and research by making valuable primary and supporting materials about Africa available to students, faculty, and researchers. The Aluka Award for Innovative Teaching recognizes instructional uses of the d! igital library that enrich teaching about or related to Africa! .

All graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in any discipline are eligible to apply. Applicants must teach an accredited undergraduate or graduate course. There will be six awards of US $2000. The award is unrestricted and may be used toward any academic- or research-based expense, including books, supplies, equipment, or travel. The deadline for submissions is January 25, 2008.

Complete details about the award program are provided at, along with a downloadable pdf version of the proposal guidelines. General questions may be directed to To learn more about Aluka or access the digital library, please visit Aluka is currently available to more than 3,800 institutions worldwide. You should already have access to Aluka through your institution's library until 31 December 2007. Please contact your campus library, check JSTOR's list of participants, or contact Aluka ! directly at to determine the status of your access to the digital library. Conferences
17th Annual African/Diaspora Conf., May 1-3, 2008

The Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution & The Pan African Studies Program Present The 17th Annual African/Diaspora Conference entitled: African Youth in America & Africa: Bridging the Gaps, to be held at California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA, May 1 - 3, 2008. This conference examines the state of African youth in the USA and Africa, with a focus on discussing inter- and intra-cultural group challenges, including crime and other conflicts. Together, participants will examine the prospects for bridging the gaps among African youth, as well as identify best practices and models for youth empowerment, leadership development, crime prevention, networking, and family stability.

The organizers s! trongly encourage submission of paper proposals that are based! on case studies and best practices on domestic and international youth issues: e.g. youth development and leadership, peer relations, U.S.-African youth study abroad exchanges, community outreach, crime prevention and peace building/peacemaking, peace education, African youth parenting; family; art expression, media and value formation, African-African American relations, girl-child education; Child soldiers; youth gangs/cults; etc.

Please include the following in your proposal: name, current position and institutional affiliation, paper title, abstract (75 words maximum), your mailing address, email, phone and fax number. You will be notified of acceptance by email, plus any publication guidelines. Selected papers will be considered for publication and inclusion in the conference proceedings. The organizers prefer presentations in English; but can accommodate French speakers. Participants are responsible for the conference registration fee of U.S. $50, plus their travel cost! s. Fee waiver available for students.

The deadline for submissions is November 29, 2007. Please email/fax/mail proposals to: Ernest Uwazie, Director, Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6085, USA; Tel: (916) 278 -6282; Fax: (916) 278 -3429; e-mail: For more information, visit Jobs
African Languages & Literature - UNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has officially reopened its search for an Assistant Professor of African Languages and Literature.

The Department of African and Afro-American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in West African languages and literature effective July 1, 2008. Candidates must have a Ph.D. ! in African languages and literature or related field, native o! r near-n ative fluency in a West African language, and a demonstrated ability to teach one or more West African languages (with a strong preference for Wolof) at all levels. The successful candidate will be expected to assume responsibility for coordinating the department's African language program and maintain a strong commitment to scholarship. The department's web address is

Submit cover letter and resume by December 15, 2007 to Michael Lambert, Chair, African Languages Search Committee, Department of African and Afro-American Studies, CB #3395, 109 Battle Hall, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3395. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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