MSU Spring--Tuesday Bulletin No. 1

MSU Belletin Spring--Tuesday Bulletin No. 1

January 13, 1997 EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035








Please submit information on Africa-related events or news seven to 10 days in advance of the day it should appear in the Tuesday Bulletin. Submissions may be brought, faxed, or e-mailed to the African Studies Center, Room 100, Center for International Programs, Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700 Fax: (517) 432-1209, E-mail:


January 16, Thursday

"Library Work in the Age of Cooperation: Improving the Terms for African Languages and Other Topics:", African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Joe Lauer, Main Library, MSU; 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.


Directory Update

Blessing Maumbe: 1108 C University Village, East Lansing, Phone: 355-5830, Office: 6A CHH, 353-9611.

Books for Africa

Shell Oil Company has agreed to sponsor a large shipment of books to Africa. Plans are to send 10,000 books to the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Books from any discipline, none older than five years, are being sought. For further information, contact Professor William Strong at Panam University. E-mail:

Center for Language Education and Research

The Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR), a National Foreign Language Resource Center, is offering a program to develop expertise in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) for teachers of less commonly taught languages. Four Fellowships are being offered and if chosen, each fellow will attend a week long workshop from June 15- June 20, 1997 at Michigan State University, develop materials throughout the academic year, and attend a follow-up workshop in 1998. For more information on conditions, eligibility, and application materials, please contact: CLEAR, Attn: Dr. India Plough, Room A-126 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027. Fax: (517) 432-0473. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 13, 1997.

Status of Patrick Kambewa

Patrick Kambewa, a Ph.D. student in Agricultural Economics from Malawi, went to his country last year for data collection. Patrick was in a car accident, with his wife and a child and was hospitalized in April 1996. Patrick has improved a lot since the accident. The Patrick Fund Raising Committee, Mr. Ezabele wa Yasak, Mr. Chege Githiora, Mr. Charles Masangano and Mr. Mongai Mutonya raised $206 from the MSU community, as a token of their appreciation and friendship for his involvement and active participation to the community in general and the African Student Union in particular.

The money was sent with Professor Richard Bernsten who carried it to Patrick on Friday, November 8, 1996. A note from Patrick, in Malawi is attached below:

Bunda College of Agriculture
PO Box 219

Dear Colleages,
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your message together with the money you sent with Dr. Bernsten last month. I was not able to reply when Dr. Bernsten was returning to Michigan State because I was exhausted from the work we were doing.

As many of you are aware, hardly a month passed before I was taken care of by the accident. A lot happened thereafter that for the first time in my life, openly admitted to the importance of moral support. As I pointed out to one of my friends who kept in touch with me, I really got helped by lots of people. To my surprise though, save for a very few guys, the village was silent. You can therefore imagine my relief upon hearing from you guys. I sincerely thank you for organizing yourselves to remember me. Please pass my gratitude to the rest of the members. I am about 90% recovered and walking without any but limping. But WHO CARES ABOUT LIMPING? I should be coming back to school sometime in June. Once again, my many thanks to you all. Hope we will meet again soon. Sincerely yours, Patrick.


Operation Crossroads Africa

Crossroads Africa is not a tour or recreational activity. The fee for participation is $3,500 which covers all living expenses from the beginning of orientation until the return from Africa or Brazil at summer's end. Crossroads is unable to provide scholarships, however, the Crossroads staff will assist applicants who need to raise their fee. Successful participation in Crossroads requires strong communication skills; a sincere desire to establish meaningful contact with people of other cultures; and a willingness to respect different lifestyles, beliefs, and values. Sensitivity, flexibility, and patience are essential. The deadline for receipt of application packages for Summer 1997 is February 1, 1997. For more information, please contact: Operation Crossroads Africa, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1366, New York, NY 10027; Phone: (212) 870-2106; Fax: (212) 870-2644; E-mail:

Global Exchange

Global Exchange, a research, education and action center dedicated to promote social justice between the North and the South, will organize four grassroots delegations to Africa in 1997. The focus is to meet with various grassroots organizations and community development groups to explore social, economic and cultural issues in the region.

SENEGAL: West African Culture and Grassroots Development, March 24 - April 7 and November 3 - 17 (2 trips). They will travel to Dakar, Goree Island, and Kaolack. The delegation will meet with dynamic grassroots organizations to explore the challenges brought by rapid population growth, drought, and IMP structural adjustment programs, as well as their struggles and achievements. The cost is $2,800.00 per person.

SOUTH AFRICA: Redefining Development and Democracy, May 26 - June 9 and October 12 - 26 (2 trips). Through the journey to Johannesburg and Cape Town, the delegation will meet with the people and grassroots organizations to learn about the victory, changes and challenges they are faced with almost 3 years after the first non-apartheid election. The cost of this trip is $3,300.00 per person. Trip cost includes round-trip international airfare from New York, all local transportation, accommodations, two meals a day, seminars and program activities, a full-time trip leader, interpreters, reading materials and personal meetings to suit your particular interests (as available). For more information and trip application form, please contact: Global Exchange, Attn: Shirabe Yamada, 2017 Mission Street, #303, San Francisco, CA 94110. Phone: 415-255-7296 or 800-497-1994, ext.242. Fax:415-255-7498. E-mail:


1997 Tillers International Workshops

Following is the 1997 schedule of classes to be given by Tillers International:

- Woodcarving Workshop, January 11-12
- Introduction to Blacksmithing (310a), March 1-2
- Intermediate Smithing (311a), March 15-16
- Ox Driving (221a), March 22-23
- Ox Training Clinic (224), April 12-13
- Draft Horse Basics (230), April 26-27
- Farming with Oxen and Horses (132), May 27-31
- Draft Power for Overseas Projects, June 9-13
- Introduction to Blacksmithing (310b), June 14-15
- Ox Driving Clinic (221b), June 20-21
- Oxen Basics and Yokes (222a), June 20-25
- Blacksmithing (315), July 8-12
- Agricultural Tools and Implements, July 14-18
- Solar Applications for Small Farms, July 26
For class fees and other information write: Tillers International, 5239 South 24th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49002-2019 or call: (616) 344-3233, Fax: (616) 344-3238, Web Page:

American Historical Association

An annual meeting of the American Historical Association, will take place in New York City, January 2-5, 1997. The theme of the conference is "Human Rights." For more information please contact: Margaret Strobel, Women's Studies Program, Office of Social Science Research, B-110 BSB, 1007 W. Harrison, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL 60607-7136.

South African Historical Society

The Biennial conference of the South African Historical Society will take place at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference will take place July 6-9, 1997 and will focus on the theme of "Land and Social Problems in the History of South Africa." For more information please contact: Cobus Ferreira, SAHS Secretary, Department of History and Cultural History, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa. Fax: 012-4202698. E-mail:


Africa and African Diaspora

Africa and African Diaspora (Latin America/Caribbean). Carnegie Mellon's History Department seeks new faculty member whose interests center in Africa and the African Diaspora in the Latin American/Caribbean region. Interdisciplinary orientation is highly desirable. Ph.D. required in History, Anthropology, or related social science fields. Although defined as an entry-level position, appointment at a higher level is possible and qualified scholars are invited to apply. Candidates from under represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Send application letter, transcripts, vitae, letters from three references, and scholarly writing sample to Erick D. Langer, Chair, African Diaspora Search Committee, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 by December 18, 1996.

African Art Museum Director

The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, are looking for a Director. For more information please contact: Barbara Schneider, Secretary to the Search Committee, Smithsonian Institution, Room SI 124, MRC 013, 1000 Jefferson Drive, Washington, DC 20560.

Africana Studies Position

The African Studies Department at Wellesley College invites applications for one senior and one junior tenure-track position beginning September of 1997. For more information please contact: Search Committee, Department of Africana Studies, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02181.

Date: Mon, 13 Jan 97 12:08:48 EST Message-Id: <> From: Lisa Beckum <> Subject: Spring--Tuesday Bulletin No. 1

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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