MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/18/00

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/18/00

Issue No. 1, Spring 2000
January 18, 2000
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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January 18, Tuesday

Colloquium #1: "History of Islam in Africa," with Nehemia Levtzion, Faculty (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Topic: Getting Organized, Overview of Themes for the Colloquium.

January 20, Thursday

"The Ethio-Eritrean War and Its Implications for Future Stability and Development in the Horn of Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Kassu Gebremariam, Adjunct Professor (Wayne State University), 12 noon, Room 201, International Center.

January 25, Tuesday

Colloquium #2: "History of Islam in Africa," with Nehemia Levtzion, Faculty (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Topic: Doing the History of Islam in Africa.

February 1, Tuesday

Colloquium #3: "History of Islam in Africa," with Nehemia Levtzion, Faculty (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Topic: Patterns of Islamization in Africa.

February 8, Tuesday

Colloquium #4: "History of Islam in Africa," with Nehemia Levtzion, Faculty (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Topic: Literature, Film, & Material Culture among Muslim Societies in Africa.


MSU African Studies Graduate Fellowships

A) Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (Title VI FLAS) Fellowships for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in African languages and area studies at MSU are available from the U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Applicants must: 1) be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2) hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent before the fellowship program begins; 3) be admitted to a graduate degree program at MSU (except for the summer fellowships); and 4) undertake an approved program of language, area, and/or development studies. Application forms are available from the African Studies Center. The initial deadline is February 18, 2000, however, fellowships can be awarded any time after this date. Applications will be considered until March 31, 2000, although all fellowships may have been awarded by that date.

B) MSU/Ford Minority Fellowships: East Africa MSU with the support of the Ford Foundation announces three competitive fellowships for beginning graduate students in African studies interested to complete an M.A. and Ph.D. in an MSU academic department. The fellowship offers full financial support for a 12 month African studies immersion program in the language and culture of East Africa beginning June 2000. Those completing the 12 month program will be expected to enroll for continuing graduate study at MSU in the following academic year beginning September 2001. They will be eligible to compete for the Center's Title VI African Language and Area Studies Fellowship.

To apply, one must complete forms seeking admission both to this special program for Immersion in African Studies (from the African Studies Center) and to an MSU academic department for graduate degree study. Graduate admission forms may be obtained from the relevant department or through the Admissions Office at MSU. The application deadline is February 18, 2000.

C) CASID/WID FLAS Fellowships at MSU The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and Women and International Development Program (WID) offers fellowships for the study of Arabic, Portuguese, and Swahili from the beginning through advanced levels. Students who are studying other languages as part of their program in international development studies should contact the CASID office regarding their eligibility. Interested individuals may contact Tom Carroll, CASID, 306 Berkey Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824; phone: (517) 353- 5925; Fax: (517) 353-4840; email: Application materials are due February 14, 2000.

D) Summer 2000 Intensive Swahili Language Program will be held from June 19 to July 21, 2000 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Swahili (AFR 101A & 102A) and Intermediate Swahili (AFR 201A & 202A), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five weeks; and Advanced Swahili (AFR 450A), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five weeks.

This five-week Intensive Summer Program in Swahili will be preceded by a three-day gratis seminar on East Africa. The three-day workshop on East African culture for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in East Africa will be offered June 15-17, 2000. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in East African countries. Swahili Intensive Summer Program participants are required to participate in this workshop.

The Summer program will be directed by Prof. Deogratias Ngonyani, Faculty at Michigan State University, who specializes in the linguistics of Swahili and other Bantu languages.

A limited number of FLAS fellowships will be offered to Intermediate and Advanced Swahili students. Application forms both for the Swahili Institute and the FLAS fellowships are available from the Center.

The application deadline is February 18, 2000.

For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or Email:

E) Fall 2000 Mandela Fellowships for South African Graduate Candidates The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and the African Studies Center at MSU announce the renewal of the Mandela Fellowship, with tuition scholarships for as many as four South African graduate students. Either two nonrenewable full-tuition waivers for one year of study (up to 9 credits per semester, including summer) at Michigan State University, or four partial tuition (out-state) waivers for one year of study.

Because the award is nonrenewable, departments are encouraged to nominate only those students who seem highly likely to receive departmental funding for their second year of study. Students recruited to MSU who are residing in South Africa will have preference over students currently enrolled at MSU. For further details and application materials contact: Mike Fisch, Sponsored Student Coordinator, Office for International Students and Scholars, 103 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Fax: (517) 355-4657; email: Application deadline is May, 2000.


Africa: Seeds of Hope, Field Research Program

Microenterprise Best Practices (MBP) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project designed to improve the capacity and performance of institutions providing services to microenterprises. MBP explores, documents, and disseminates the various successes, lessons, and ongoing experiments in microenterprise development, from financial and business development services to the role of microenterprise services in economic and social development. Through its grant program, MBP supports applied research activities to examine, develop, or field test innovative programs, technologies, and methodologies to serve microentrepreneurs.

The objective of MBP's Africa: Seeds of Hope Field Research Program for Predoctoral Candidates and Postdoctoral Researchers is twofold. First, the program is designed to further the microenterprise assistance goals of the "Africa: Seeds of Hope Act" of 1998 by providing support for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers to conduct field research on current trends and innovations in using microfinance to improve the capacity and efficiency of agriculture production in sub-Saharan Africa of small-scale farmers and rural entrepreneurs. Second, the program is designed to complement and contribute to MBP's ongoing research on microfinance in Africa.

The program will award grants to land grant and historically black colleges and universities in the United States for field research at the predoctoral and postdoctoral level. Postdoctoral researchers and faculty affiliated with recognized doctoral programs at land grant and historically black colleges and universities in the United States are also eligible for a field research grant.

Postdoctoral applicants must have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for fewer than seven years as of the application deadline. Predoctoral students and postdoctoral researchers must demonstrate a substantive affiliation and collaboration with a development organization or applied research institution in the field research country.

Grant funds can only support field research in sub Saharan African countries where USAID has a presence. These countries are: Angola; Benin; Democratic Republic of Congo; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Ghana; Guinea; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; and Zimbabwe. Relevant offices of land grant and historically black colleges and universities in the U.S. are eligible to apply for this program. Applications will be available on January 15, 2000. The deadline for applications will be March 15, 1999. Both dates are subject to change. For more information and to request an application, send an email to MBP at visit MBP at http://WWW.MIP.ORG


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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