MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/14/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/14/97


Issue No. 9 - 1997-98

October 14, 1997



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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October 16, Thursday

"Food Production Prospects in Africa: Emphasis on Cassava," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Felix Nweke (Agricultural Economist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon. *Please note change of speaker.*

"Biotechnology in Agriculture: Its Potential and Problems," MSU Dept. of Agricultural Economics Distinguished Speaker Presentation with David Zilberman (Faculty, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC-Berkeley), Room 16, Agricultural Hall, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

October 17, Friday

"Hunger Awareness WeekñPanel Presentation by the Thoman Fellows," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar, Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 22, Wednesday

"Ibn Khaldun and Islamic Mysticism," Special Guest Lecture with AbderRahmane Lakhsassi (Professor of Islamic Studies, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco and Visiting Scholar in the College of Arts and Letters, MSU), Northwestern Room, Union Building, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

October 23, Thursday

"The Contribution of Inland Valley Swamp (Bas-Fond) to National Food Security," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Georges Dimithe (Graduate Student, Agricultural Economics), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.*Please note change of speaker.*

October 24, Friday

"Understanding NGOs' Contributions to Rural Development in Zambia," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Angela Bwalya Mwanakaoma (Graduate Student, Resource Development), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 24, Friday

"Sugar, Slaves, Plantations and History," Special Guest Lecture with Joseph Miller (Faculty, Department of History, University of Virginia), Parlor C Union Building, 2:00-4:00 p.m.Sponsored by CICALS, College of Arts and Letters and the African Studies Center.

Oct. 25, Saturday - Nov. 2, Sunday

"Africa Today: A Silent Recovery," Theme of Africa Cultural Week, sponsored by the MSU African Student Union.*Related events are listed below.*For more information, contact Somadoda Fikeni or Tangeni Iijambo at 355-2782.

October 25, Saturday

Cultural excursion to Detroit museums.Visits to the African-American Museum, Splendors of Ancient Egypt exhibit and the Henry Ford Museum.

October 30, Thursday

"Africa and the New World Order: A Silent Recovery?" Keynote Address by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (Renowned Kenyan Writer), Northwestern Room, Union Building, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

October 31, Friday

Sports Activities:Soccer, Volleyball, Tug-of-War, Frisbee.Spartan Village Soccer Fields, 2:30-6:00 p.m.

Student Panel on the theme Africa Today: A Silent Recovery - Rukee Tjingaete, MSU Ph.D., Journalism, "African Image, Media and the Post Cold War Era";Agatha Awuah, Economics, "Demographic Trends in Contemporary Africa";Marie Mayoya, MSU Ph.D., Ed. Administration, "The Emerging Trends in Africa at the Dawn of the 21st Century." Spartan Village Community Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

November 1, Saturday

Culture Night and Dinner, MacDonald Middle School, Cafetorium, 1601 Burcham Ave., E. Lansing, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

November 2, Sunday

African Children's Day, Spartan Village Community Center, 2:30-6:00 p.m

New Publication on Communication

Folu Ogundimu (Faculty, Journalism) and Cornelius B. Pratt (Faculty, Advertising) have written a chapter titled "A developing-region-based model of proto-norms for international and intercultural communication" in a new book, _Ethics in Intercultural and International Communication_.(Fred L. Casmir, Mahwah, NJ:Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997.)

Rides to ASA Conference Still Available

Transportation to the African Studies Association (ASA) conference in Columbus, Ohio on November 13-16 is still available from the African Studies Center.Call or e-mail Patricia Johannes at the Center to sign-up for a ride, 353-1700, <johanne7@pilot.>.For general information about the conference, check out the ASA web site at < African_Studies/ASA/ASA97.html>.

Yoruba Exhibit at the Met

"Master Hand: Individuality and Creativity Among Yoruba Sculptors" is an exhibition of 50 outstanding sculptures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City until March 1, 1998.The exhibition challenges tribal stereotypes of African Art and explores the boundaries of individual creativity in Yoruba culture.For more information, contact the museum at 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028.Tel:(212) 879-5500; Fax:(212) 472-2764.

_Southern Africa Report_ on the Web

_Southern Africa Report_, a magazine of political and economic developments in the southern African region, has a new web site at < tclsac>._Southern Africa Report _ is published four times a year by an editorial collective of Canadian academics and activists with a long history of involvement in issues central to the development of the region.

New Journals:_African Studies_and_African Philosophy_

The journal _African Studies_ encourages Africanist scholars working in various fields to submit papers for consideration.Rooted in a long tradition of scholarship, it has been under new editorship and the direction of a new editorial board since 1994.First published as _Bantu Studies_ in 1921, the journal included among its early editors and contributors many pioneering scholars in anthropology and linguistics. Building on this legacy, the journal now casts its net more broadly and includes history, sociology, politics, geography, and literary and cultural studies.With the transformations under way in southern African society and universities, _African Studies_ provides a forum for writing in which metropolitan concerns are transformed and recast inlight of indigenously-generated ideas and debates.It also encourages dialogue between scholars writing in, and about, different countries in the South. The end of the academic boycott has facilitated South Africa's reentry into the field of international scholarship, which has made for a vibrant exchange of ideas between local academics and those from abroad or from other parts of Africa. While mirroring the character of local debate, the journal aims as well to contribute to broader and more international dialogue.To this end, the journal draws not only on the commitment and expertise of its working editorial board which is based at the University of the Witwatersrand, but also on a wide range of referees both within and beyond southern Africa.The address for subscriptions is:African Studies, Carfax Publishing Company, Box 25, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3UE, U. K.Tel:+44 (0) 1235 52 1154:Fax:+44 (0) 1235 55 3559. Contributions and letters to the Editor should be addressed to Dr. Charlie Mather, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and books for review and book reviews should be addressed to Dr. Tom Lodge, Department of Political Studies, both at University of the Witwatersrand, Wits 2050, South Africa.For information on past issues, consult < wits_university-press/african-studies/homepage.html>.

A new journal, _African Philosophy_, aims to promote scholarly research and teaching of philosophy from the point of view of African and African Diaspora experience and traditions. An additional aim is to consolidate and promote inter-cultural dialogue with other traditions of philosophical thought. The journal will strive to publish high quality work from a variety of philosophical traditions within African and Africana philosophy. The editorial team is headed by V.Y. Mudimbe, Emmanuel C. Eze and John Pittman. The publisher is Carfax of Oxford, UK. Address all inquiries to: Bruce Janz, African Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Augustana University College, 4901-46 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta, Canada, T4V 2R3. Tel: (403) 679-1524;Fax: (403) 679-1129;<janzb@>.


Space Available for Workshop on African Film and Videotape

"African Film and Videotape in the Arts and Humanities Curriculum" is a workshop offered by the African Studies Center at MSU on November 6- 8, 1997.The Center strongly encourages and warmly welcomes educators (professors, K-12 teachers and graduate students) to take advantage of remaining space in the workshop.The workshop is designed to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction by providing college faculty with methods and strategies for incorporating high quality film and video on Africa into courses in the arts and humanities.Anyone interested in attending the workshop should contact John Metzler <metzler@pilot.msu. edu> or Carmela Garritano <> at the Center, (517) 353-1700.


Anthropolgy - Haverford College

Haverford College's Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment (assistant professor level) in social/cultural anthropology with an area of specialization in sub-Saharan Africa.Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1998.Send letter of application, C. V., writing sample and a placement dossier, including three references, to: Sharon Nangle, Secretary, Anthropology Search Committee, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 19041-1392.Materials must be received by November 15, 1997.

English - Texas A&M University

The Department of English at Texas A&M University seeks an African-Americanist (tenure-track, Assistant Professor level) with strong interests in African-American and other American literatures, ethnic studies, race/gender theory, multiculturalism and postcolonialism. Connections to the university's Race and Ethnic Studies Institute are possible. Dissertation must be completed by August 1998.Send letter, C.V. and the names of three references to:Dennis Berthold, Chair, African-Americanist Search Committee, Department of English, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4227.Inquiries should be postmarked by November 7, 1997.Information about university is available at <>.

**** To submit information on Africa-related events or news, send it seven to 10 days in advance of the publication date. Submissions may be brought, faxed, or e-mailed to the African Studies Center, Room 100, Center for International Programs, Telephone: (517) 353-1700;Fax: (517) 432-1209 E-mail:

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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