MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/7/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/7/97


Issue No. 8 - 1997-98

October 7, 1997



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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October 9, Thursday

"MSU-CICALS Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad to Ethiopia and Eritrea: Trip Experiences and Impressions," African Studies Center Brown Bag with John Eadie (Faculty, Department of History, MSU), Ken Wylie (Faculty, CIS, MSU) and Yacob Fisseha (Assistant Director, African Studies Center, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 10, Friday

"Collaboration in International Rural Development: The Changing Roles of Governments and NGOs," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with George Axinn (Professor Emeritus, Resource Development, MSU) and Nancy Axinn, Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 11, Saturday

"Welcome to Our Mosque," An Introduction to Islamic Culture (sponsored by the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing) with posters, videos, literature, handicrafts and food.The Open House will be held at the Islamic Center, 920 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, 1:00-5:00 p.m.For more information, call 351-4309

October 12 , Sunday

Greater Lansing CROP Walk, a 10K walk sponsored by Church World Service, Dwight Rich Middle School, Lansing, 2:00 p.m.(Registration opens at 1:00).For more information and recruitment forms, contact Church World Service at 484-7144.

October 16, 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.

ASA Conference in Columbus

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

Culture Workshop on Africa at MSU

"Understanding the Dynamic of Contemporary Africa: Beyond the Stereotypes and Images" is a culture workshop on Africa to be held at MSU on October 17-19, 1997.The workshop, designed for professionals in international educational exchange, will examine the contemporary politics, economy, society, languages, arts and culture of sub-Saharan Africa.International student advisors and study abroad advisors will benefit most from the workshop program, which is organized by NAFSA:Association of International Educators.The registration fee is $125.For more information, contact: Jennifer Hunt, NAFSA, P.O. Box 79159, Baltimore, MD 21279-0159.Tel: (202) 462-4811;Fax: (202) 667-3419.

MSU Summer Institute in Shona

The 1998 Intensive Summer Institute in Shona will be held from June 22 to July 24, 1998 at Michigan State University.Thefive-week program is sponsored by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU.A workshop on Zimbabwean culture will be held before the Institute on June 18-20.The Summer Program will be directed by Dr. Albert Natsa (Faculty, Dept. of Curriculum Arts, University of Zimbabwe). Classes will be taught by Dr. Natsa and other indigenous speakers of Shona.MSU faculty and Zimbabwean scholars will lecture on topics in Zimbabwean studies during the cultural workshop, directed by Professor Tapera Chiwocha (former instructor in economic history at the University of Zimbabwe).

Three courses will be offered: 1) Elementary Shona (AFR 151 & 152), 8 credits, 25 hours per week for five weeks;2) Intermediate Shona (AFR 251 & 252), 8 credits and 25 hours per week and 3) Advanced Shona (AFR 450), 6 credits and 18 hours per week.Each course offered in the Intensive Summer Program is the equivalent of one academic year of language instruction. The major emphasis of the Summer Program will be on developing and strengthening oral fluency, vocabulary acquisition, and aural comprehension, with appropriate attention to reading, pronunciation, grammar, and writing.

Housing will be available at the Owen Graduate Center on the MSU campus. Housing and tuition costs vary, depending on length of stay, residency, student status and level of instruction.For students pursuing graduate degrees in African languages and area studies, the U. S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.These provide the costs of tuition and fees, a $2,400 stipend, and sometimes travel expenses for out-of-state students. Applications for the Shona Summer Institute are available from the African Studies Center.Theinitial deadlineisFebruary 13,1998. Fellowships can be awarded any time after this date.Applications will be considered until March 27, 1998, although all fellowships may have been awarded by that date.For further information on the Institute or FLAS Fellowships, contact Prof. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center at (517) 353-1700 or <>.


Cross-Currents in Africa

"Cross-Currents in Africa" is the subject of the Fifth Annual African Studies Consortium Workshop sponsored by the University ofPennsylvania and Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges.The workshop will be held at the University of Pennsylvania on October 17, 1997 in conjunction with "African-American Studies: The 21st Century and Beyond," hosted by Penn's Afro-American Studies Program.For more information, contact: African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, 642 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305.Tel: (215) 898-6971;<>.

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 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 undergraduate general education courses and introductory-level courses in the arts and humanities.The African Media Program, a unit of the Center, warmly welcomes educators (K-12 and undergraduate) to attend this workshop. Anyone interested in attending the workshop should contact the African Media Program at the Center for an application.Call (517) 353-1700 or e-mail John Metzler <metzler@pilot.msu. edu> or Carmela Garritano <>.

ASCAC Midwest Regional Conference

The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) will hold its 13th Annual Midwest Regional Conference on November 7-9, 1997 at Wayne State University in Detroit.The conference, co-hosted by the Department of Africana Studies at Wayne State and the Eye of Heru Study Group, Inc., will focus on developing pedagogical paradigms for African centered community education.For more information, call (313) 532-9429 or (313) 865-5710.The ASCAC website is at <http://www.>.

Society of Africanist Archaeologists

The Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) will hold its 14th biennial conference at Syracuse University from May 21-23, 1998.Post-conference excursions are scheduled for Wednesday May 20 and Sunday May 24.Proposals or inquiries concerning possible symposia, panels, and individual papers should be sent to: SAfA, c/o the Department of Anthropology, 209 Maxwell Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244.For information on joining SAfA, contact: Scott MacEachern, Treasurer-SAfA, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 04011.Tel: (207) 725-3925; Fax: (207) 725-3023; <smaceach@polar.>.


Fulbright Teacher Exchange

The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program coordinates one-for-one exchanges of teachers in four African countries:Benin, Morocco, Senegal and South Africa.Each U.S. school participating in the program continues to pay the U.S. teacher's salary and receives in exchange a highly qualified international teacher (paid by his or her home school).The program is open to full-time teachers and administrators of all subjects at elementary, secondary and two-year postsecondary institutions. Participants must be U.S. citizens with at least three years of full-time teaching or administrative experience.Applications must be completed by October 15, 1997.For more information, contact the Program Outreach Department, Tel: (202) 401-9171.Mailing address: United States Information Agency (USIA) Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, 600 Maryland Ave., SW, Room 140, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520.Tel: (800) 726-0479; Fax: (202) 401-7203; <fulbrigh@grad.usda. gov>.


Research Analyst in Mozambique

The International Food Policy Research Institute's Food Consumption and Nutrition Division seeks a Research Analyst/Senior Research Assistant to assist with the preparation of a poverty assessment for Mozambique. This is a fixed-term position for 12 months. The work entails writing a poverty assessment (primary data source is a household survey which is just coming out of the field) and capacity building. In this context, capacity building primarily means teaching three to four researchers from the Mozambique Poverty Alleviation Unit on how to construct a poverty profile and do poverty analysis.A M.A. degree or equivalent and either substantial progress toward completion of Ph.D. or three years professional experience related to the position are required.The position requires the following skills:ability to communicate proficiently in oral and written English and Portuguese (or Spanish with demonstrable ability to quickly learn Portuguese); demonstrated report writing skills; moderate statistical-analysis skills and familiarity with household surveys; ability to work in either Stata or SPSS; and willingness to work in Maputo for the duration of the contract.Anyone interested in applying should notify Dean Jolliffe, Tel:(202) 862-5637;<> or Gaurav Datt, Tel: (202) 862-5615;<>.The address of the Institute is: 1200 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-3006.Tel:(202) 862-5600; Fax:(202) 467-4439.

African Historian - University of Florida

The University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in African History, beginning August 1998.Only those possessing a Ph.D. or expecting one by the time of appointment should apply.Letters of application, C.V., three letters of recommendation and supporting materials are due by December 5, 1997 to:Professor R. Hunt Davis, Department of History, P.O. Box 117320, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7320. <>.

**** 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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