MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/01/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/01/'96




EAST LANSING, MI 48824-2035 October 1, 1996









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:

October 3, Thursday

"Arabic in Africa: an Illustrated Lecture" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Alan Kaye (Faculty, California State University, Fullerton) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. He will also be giving a talk to the Linguistics Colloquium at 4:30-5:30pm, Wells Hall Rm A607, entitled "Linguistic Remarks on the Arabic Dialects of Sub-Saharan Africa".

October 4, Friday

SID Film Series presents: "Hyenas" an allegorical story based on Durrenmatt's play 'The Visit'. Ostensibly about the return to a town of a woman who has become wealthy and wants revenge on her former lover. In reality, about the state to which modern Africa has been reduced, its total marginalization in terms of the world's economy, its insignificance, its need to reach beyond the straits of a materialist orientation. 6:30pm, Old Horticulture Bldg.

October 8, Tuesday

CASID Seminar Series: "Investigating Third-World Searches for Security: The Case for a Levels of Analysis Approach" by Karl Claxton (Ph.D. Student, University of New South Wales, ADFA Campus). From 3:30 - 5:00pm, 204 International Center.

October 10, Thursday

"The Politics of Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Okey Iheduru (Faculty, James Madison College, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

October 10, Thursday

"Nyamakuta-The One Who Receives" International Video Series presented by the College of Nursing will be shown in Room A117-123 Life Sciences Bldg, 12:00 - 1:30pm. Mai Mafuta is a nyamakuta--a traditional midwife, in Zimbabwe. Five years ago, Mai Mafuta's skills were inadequate to save her own daughter's life and she died in childbirth. In an attempt to prevent such deaths, over 80 countries have begun training traditional midwives in modern medical methods. Mai Mafuta enrolled in the program. Now she tries to reconcile what she has learned at the clinic with traditional birth practices.

October 17, Thursday

SPECIAL HUNGER AWARENESS WEEK SEMINAR: "Africa's Emerging Maize Revolution" African Studies Center Brown Bag, World Food Day Special. Round table discussion with MSU Faculty and Advanced MSU Graduate Students. Papers are now available for pick-up at 202 Ag Hall, See Pat Eisele (5-4563). This seminar will be presented at a Special Time from 12:00-1:30pm, Spartan Room B, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. (Note: Longer presentation time and Room change.)


International Pre-Dissertation


IPFP are aimed at students whose surroundings are limited in the areas of role of culture as a factor in social science research, economics, political science, sociology and psychology and those who wish to consider a career in teaching and research in the developing world. There are no citizenship requirements but foreign nationals are discouraged from studying their own culture. The deadline is October 3, 1996. If you are interested please contact Dean Corey's office in the College of Social Sciences, Phone: 355-6674 for more information.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Dissertation Awards

Announcement of the Rockefeller Sub-Saharan Africa Dissertation Awards

Eligibility: Citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa nations in the U.S. or Canada. Not permanent residents of the U.S. or landed immigrants. Purposes: To return to Africa to conduct dissertation research in association with a local university or research or research institute. Emphasis given to research on economic development in agriculture, environment, education, health, humanities, life sciences, and population - involving field observation or using primary sources available only in Africa. Strongly encouraged to stay in Africa at least 12 months if at all possible. Proposal must be approved by MSU departmental dissertation committee before money is released. Deadlines: October 1, 1996 or March 1, 1997. Visit the African Studies Center, 100 International for a copy of the announcement and the application instructions.

Terrie Taylor

Terrie Taylor, associate professor of internal medicine, has received a grant of almost $1 million in order to study malaria. Taylor spends half of every year in the African nation of Malawi treating and studying patients with the disease. The National Institutes of Health grant will be used to discover the reason why over 30 percent of the world's population is at risk of becoming a victim of this disease. The four year project will take place for the most part at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi and will set up control groups to follow malaria patients through all stages of their disease. Taylor has been a faculty staff member at Michigan State University since 1986. She earned her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in 1977, a D.O. degree from the Chicago college of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981 and a master's degree in tropical medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1986.


The National Library of Poetry

The National Library of Poetry has announced that $48,000 in prizes will be awarded this year to over 250 poets in the North American Open Poetry Contest. The contest is open to everyone and entry is free. To enter send one original poem, any subject and any style, to: The National Library of Poetry, 1 Poetry Plaza, Suite 1989, Owings Mills, MD 21117-6282. The poem should be no more than 20 lines and the poet's name and address should appear on the top of the page. Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 1996. A new contest opens November 1, 1996. The National Library of Poetry, founded in 1982, is the largest poetry organization in the world.


The Harvard Academy

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies program provides fellowships for young scholars who are focusing on training social scientists in area studies, especially on those areas of the world that require the use of difficult languages. If selected, the scholar will work for two years at Harvard University conducting either dissertation or post-doctoral research in their chosen field. The competition is opened only to doctoral candidates or recent recipients of these degrees. Applications for the 1997-98 Academic year are due by October 11, 1996. For more information please contact Chester D. Haskell, The Academy Scholars Program, Center for International Affairs, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138. The fax number is (617)- 495-8292 and the phone number is (617) 495-9498.

SSRC & ACLS: International Dissertation

Field Research Fellowships

The International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program provides support for social scientists and humanists to conduct dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. This program will award up to fifty fellowships in 1997 which are provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They will allow doctoral candidates of proven achievement and outstanding potential to use their knowledge. The application deadline is December 2, 1996 and the announcement will be made in May of 1997. If you are interested, please contact: International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York , NY 10019. The phone number is (212)377-2700 and the fax is (212) 377-2727.



The Future Face of Post Cold War Africa: Building Inter-African Solutions to urgent needs. Organized by Peace and Appropriate Development. Theme of the conference consist of human rights, conflict prevention, economic improvement, etc. For more information please contact PADA. Postbus 857, NL-2300 AW Leiden, Netherlands. For details call at + 31-71-5148117.


Pew Charitable Trusts offers Research Advancement Grants for Projects on Christian Mission and World Christianity. For details contact Geofrey A. Little, Research Advancement Grants, Overseas Ministries Center, 490 Prospect Street, New Haven Connecticut 06511-2196. Tel: (203)865-1827. <>.


Competition for the Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology (approximately $1,000) has been announced by the Barclay's Bank Trust Company. The prize is awarded for anthropological research published during 1996 with preference for work relating to Nigeria or elsewhere in West Africa. For details contact Y.A. Yearsley by fax at (01606) 313005. In inquiries quote reference KY/66/61/888.



The Mennonite Central Committee Service Opportunities Listing has opportunities in agriculture, education, community development and health and community service in Africa. For a copy of the listing contact the MCC US at 21 South 12th St., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500. Tel: (717) 859-1151. E-mail:


St. Lawrence University invites applications for a tenure-track position in U.S./African-American History. Send letter of application, c.v., transcripts, three letters of recommendation and student evaluations to: Chair, Search Committee, Department of History, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617.


The Africa Policy Information Center and the Washington Office on Africa seek interns for Fall and Winter of 1996-1997. For details contact Vicki Lynn Ferguson, Associate Director for legislative Affairs, WOA/APIC, 110 Maryland Ave., NE, Suite 509, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: (202) 546-7961. E-mail:



Boston University offers an academic study abroad program in Niamey, Niger. For details contact Boston University, International Programs, 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. Phone: (617) 353-9888. E-mail: Website:


Vassar College, Program in African Studies invites students from all colleges and universities to participate in a junior year study abroad program in Rabat, Morocco, Contact: The Dean of Students, Box 5, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Tel: (914) 437-5260.


The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College invites students to a study abroad program in Namibia for Fall 1997 and to two week seminars in Uganda and South Africa in Spring and Summer of 1997. Contact The Center for Global Education at (800) 299-8889 or e-mail:


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