MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/07/04


Issue No. 14 Fall 2004
December 7, 2004


EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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December 9, Thursday

"Africa's New Maize Paradigm: History, Maize Breeding, and Farmer Knowledge in Southern Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jim McCann, Faculty (Boston University), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

December 9, Thursday

Celebrating South Africa at Ten: through film
"Soldiers of the Rock," a narrative film produced by South African film students in 2003, will be shown at 7:00 p.m., Room B-108 Wells Hall.

December 10, Friday

"Hotel Rwanda," film presented by Amnesty International and the East Lansing Film Society, 8:00 p.m., Rom B-108 Wells Hall. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Professor Ken Harrow at (517) 353-7243 or e-mail:

January 21, Friday

Celebrating South Africa at Ten: through film
The following two award-winning documentaries post 1994 South Africa will be shown at 7:00 p.m., Room 108 Bessey Hall.

"Long Night's Journey into Day," and "A Red Ribbon Around My House." (See MSU announcement for details about the films).


African Studies Center Application for Foreign
Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 2005-06

The African Studies Center at MSU is now accepting on-line applications for FLAS fellowships for academic year 2005-06 and for the 2005 Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI). The FLAS
fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of
Education Title VI program for the study of language and non-language courses on Africa.

Detailed information on the fellowship, and on-line application guidelines and forms are available on the Center's website: Applicants who can not access the on-line forms can either use the printable PDF files available at the bottom of the application form webpage or contact the African Studies Center at (517) 353-1700; or e-mail:

The deadline for submitting applications to the Center is February 18, 2005. In accordance with the Title VI centers' agreement of rotating summer course offerings under SCALI, African languages study in summer 2005 will be hosted by Indiana University-Bloomington. For more information visit the following site:

Celebrating South Africa at Ten

Please join MSU in celebrating South Africa's ten years of freedom by participating in a two-evening festival of South African film.
Thursday, December 9, 2004
B-108 Wells Hall
7:00 p.m.

  1. Soldiers of the Rock South Africa, 2004, 96 min. Narrative film produced by South African film students in 2003

To experience the world in which his father died, Vuyo decides to take a break from business studies to join a jaded crew of deep level miners. He teams up with ex- con laborer Suto to organize the team to purchase their own mine, but a resentful dissenter forces Vuyo to a dramatic subterranean showdown.

Friday, January 21, 2005
Room 108 Bessey Hall
7:00 p.m.

Two documentaries post 1994 South Africa:

  1. Long Night's Journey into Day South Africa, 2000, 94 min. Producer/Director: Frances Reid, Director: Deborah Hoffmann

For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When if finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid's rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future.

  1. A Red Ribbon Around My House South Africa, 2001, 26 min. Filmmaker: Portia Rankoane Volume 13 of Steps for the Future

A mother and daughter are in crisis because of their different responses to AIDS. Pinky, flamboyant and loud lets everyone know she is HIV-positive. But her daughter, Ntombi, is battling to just like everyone else. Her mother's courageous and touching refusal to be quiet or passive in the face of AIDS, sets them apart. Pinky acknowledges the difficulties her openness poses for her daughter, but makes no apology. Throughout it all, her sense of humor about life are apparent. We leave the film with Pinky doing what she does best living.

NIH Grant to Fund Partnership with U of Malawi

MSU will use a grant of more than a half-million dollars to establish a partnership between MSU's medical ethics program and the University of Malawi.

The four-year $725,256 grant from the National Institute of Health's Fogarty International Center will be used by MSU's Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences (CEHLS) to help African scholars develop active research and teaching programs in the area of human subjects research ethics.

Scholars from Malawi and the surrounding region will spend a semester at MSU, where they will be matched with an MSU mentor, and take advanced courses and independent study matched to their discipline and research interests. The fellow will then return to Malawi, where further coursework will focus on issues specific to research ethics. For additional information, visit the Web at

Reprinted from MSU News Bulletin, Vol.36, No. 7, Nov. 24, 2004


Letter Regarding the Loss of Harry Moniba

Colleagues who are interested in Africa and Liberia, Liberia and we all have experienced a terrible loss. Apparently in the snow storm Wednesday, November 24, 2004, two Liberians lost their lives on Michigan Rte 127 near Jackson, Michigan, USA.

One of these was Harry Moniba, probably the leading candidate for the Liberian Presidency in the scheduled October 2005 election. Harry Moniba had a Ph.D. in History MSU (with either Harold Marcus or James
Hooker) and was the former Liberian Vice President under President Doe. In February 2004, Moniba had announced his candidacy for the Liberian presidency and was campaigning in Michigan at the time of the accident. His announcement of his candidacy can be found on his personal website at:

Other stories on the accident and Moniba are found at:

We all are saddened by this terrible news of the loss of so gifted an African leader...and "one of our sons." Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.

Dave Wiley
Director, MSU African Studies Center

Spring 2005 International Health Opportunities

Following is information about the Spring 2005
international internship opportunities to help restore eyesight and prevent blindness in a refugee camp in Ghana and in rural villages in Ghana, Tanzania, and Benin. Summer 2005 Internship Opportunities are also available in Ghana, Tanzania, Benin, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, India, and Thailand.

Contact for an application and details. All persons over the age of 18 are welcome to apply, including premedical students, medical students, public health professionals, nurses, graduate students, doctors, and others.

Buduburum Refugee Camp in Ghana
December 28 - February 28, 2005 - Rolling Application Deadline

Humjibre, Ghana
February 1 - March 30, 2005 - Rolling Application Deadline

Nyamuswa, Tanzania 2005
January 15 - March 15, 2005 - Rolling Application Deadline

Pobe, Benin 2005
January 15 - May 15, 2005 - Rolling Application

Ghana, Tanzania, Benin, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, India, and Thailand
Summer 2005 - Rolling Application Deadline


Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Fellowships

The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) is pleased to offer fellowships funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to:

  • help doctoral candidates who may otherwise not have opportunities or encouragement to work in original source materials in the humanities in the United Kingdom;
  • help doctoral candidates in the humanities to deepen their ability to develop knowledge from original sources;
  • provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed most helpfully in the future. To be eligible, an applicant will: 1) be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the humanities in a graduate school in the United States or Canada; 2) complete all doctoral- degree requirements except dissertation research and writing before the beginning of the fellowship's tenure; and 3) propose research for the dissertation primarily in original source material in the holdings of one or more institutional repositories such as archives, libraries, historical societies, and museums of the United Kingdom. Further details about the fellowships and application process, as well as materials needed can be found at: Complete applications must arrive at the IHR by January 17, 2005.


Dissertation Fellowships

Support is provided by Guggenheim (Harry Frank)
Foundation, for individuals to complete the writing of their doctoral dissertations in any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that will increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Ten or more fellowships in the amount of $15,000 are awarded each year.

Eligible applicants are Ph.D. candidates who are in the writing stage of the dissertation. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country. For information contact: Katie Wilson, Assistant Program Officer, Guggenheim Foundation, 527 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
10022; Tel: (212) 644-4907; Fax: (212) 644-5110; e- mail:; website:


Asst. Professor - University of Kansas

The University of Kansas Department of African & African-American Studies seeks candidates for a tenure- track position with specialization in KiSwahili and African languages, contingent on budgetary approval. Responsibilities include teaching KiSwahili courses and collaborating in the coordination of African language instructions. Candidate should have a Ph.D. at time of appointment; teaching experience in relevant field; Native or near-native proficiency in KiSwahili;
Educational background in foreign language teaching; Demonstrated ability to teach oral and written language skills; Familiarity with other African languages and/or African linguistics; Experience in performance-based teaching and proficiency testing. Send cover letter, three letters of recommendation, CV, transcript, teaching evaluations, course syllabi, and two samples of written work to: Search Committee Chair, Department of
African and African-American Studies, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 9 Bailey Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045-7574. Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2005.

Asst. Professor of Anthropology - Ohio University

Open position to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Anthropology; engage in theoretically grounded empirical research in the field of
Anthropology; advise students, and provide service within the department and the broader university. Ph.D. with expertise in applied Socio-cultural Anthropology and the ability to teach some combination of the following: public policy, legal anthropology,
development, and human rights/ethics are the minimum qualifications. Please send cover letter, CV,
publications or other samples of scholarly writing, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of reference and copies of graduate transcripts to
AnnCorinne Freter-Abrams, Applied Anthropology
Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701- 2979. Review of applications begin January 3, 2005.

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