MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/08/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/08/'96




EAST LANSING, MI 48824-2035 October 8, 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 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 15, Tuesday

"France, Islam and Africa: The French Vision of Islam" African Studies Center Special Presentation with Jean-Louis Triaud (Faculty, University of Aix-en-Provence, France); 4:00 - 5:30pm, Room 201 International Center.

October 17, Thursday SPECIAL WORLD FOOD DAY AWARENESS WEEK SEMINAR: "Africa's Emerging Maize Revolution" African Studies Center Brown Bag, World Food Day Week Special. Round table discussion with MSU Faculty, Carl Eicher, Julie Howard, and Tom Jayne (Agr. Economics); Richard Ward and Dale Harpstead (Crop & Soil Science) and Advanced MSU Graduate Students, Daniel Karanja and Bernard Kupfuma (Agr. Economics). Handouts available from Pat Eisele, 202 Ag Hall. (5-4563) or the African Studies Center; 12:00-1:30pm, Spartan Room B, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. (Note: Longer presentation time and room change.)

October 24, Thursday

"Runyakitara: Uganda's 'New' Language" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Janice Bernsten (Faculty, English, University of Michigan, Flint); 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

October 24, Thursday

As part of the Fall 1996 Epidemiology Seminars, Jeanne Courval, Ph.D. will present: "Analysis of Open Randomized Trials Comparing Artemether to Quinine for the Treatment of Cerebral Malaria in African Children"; 4:30pm, C-102 East, Fee Hall-Patenge Room.


Community Volunteers for International Programs

The Scholarship Committee of the Community Volunteers for International Programs will sponsor the World Gift Shop at the Global Festival, Sunday, November 10, which will be held at the MSU Union Building from noon to 5:00p.m. All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund. The World Gift Shop is asking for donations in the form of handicrafts and other articles that you may have received on your travels. For example, coins, dolls, carvings, jewelry etc. The items must be received by Thursday October 31. Items may be left at the following location with a list of what is being donated and the countries of origin: CVIP Office, room 103, MSU, Center for International Programs (1-5pm). For further details, contact: Avis Butler at 332-4596 or Lois Sollenberger at 349-1862.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants

These grants finance dissertation field research in a variety of areas for those doctoral students who have completed their course work and passed their doctoral comprehensive exams (prior to the beginning of the intended field work) and who are planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation. The focus of the program is to promote, improve and develop modern foreign languages as well as the promotion, improvement and development of modern foreign area studies throughout the educational structure of the United States. The award provides a monthly stipend for grantee and dependents, a project budget, travel allowance and health insurance for one year. For more information please contact Tracy Dobson the MSU Fulbright Program Advisor at: ISP, 211 Center for International Programs by Oct. 15.

David Wiley

David Wiley (Sociology and African Studies) has been elected the Chairperson of the American Sociological Association's Committee on International Sociology. He also serves as the Africa Liaison Chair for the Association. Wiley continued his research with Christine Root and two South African colleagues in Durban (South Africa) in February. The research concerns seven case studies of community mobilizing with local governments, national government, and corporations on mitigating of pollution and working toward "sustainable environment and development." He also was re-elected as co-chairperson of the Council of National Resource Center (Title VI) Directors (CNRCD) with Professor Gilbert Merkx, Director of Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Janice Harper

Janice Harper, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, has received a National Science Foundation dissertation award for her research in Madagascar. After studying Malagasay at MSU, Harper spent the 1995-96 year in Madagascar on her study of "Deforestation and the Changing Pharmacopeia of Malagasy Medical Systems." She returns to MSU in August for analysis of her data and the writing of the dissertation.

David Campbell

David Campbell recently completed a sabbatical leave in Nairobi, Kenya, as a consultant with the Environmental Assessment Division, United Nations Environment Program and as a visiting scientist at the International Center for Research in Agroforestry. He is working on a project entitled "Collaborative Research Towards an Integrated Environmental Information System," for the East African Region for the 21st Century, assessing natural resource information needs through an investigation of the impact of land use dynamics on biodiversity and land degradation.

Assefa Mehretu

Assefa Mehretu is presently working on three different projects. They deal with small-holder perceptions on land utilization in rural Zimbabwe using rural land use survey data collected in Zimbabwe during his sabbatical in 1990-91, direct measurements of time and energy use by rural households while conducting regular household chores and a micro spatial marginality study focusing on the greater Detroit region. Assefa directed the Michigan State University Social Science program in Rome during the Summer of 1996. The theme was "Global Interdependence and the Role of Europe in World Systems."

John Hunter

John Hunter retired in July of 1995 as "University Distinguished Professor Emeritus." Over a period of almost 30 years, he held joint appointments in the departments of Geography, Anthropology, African Studies, Community Medicine, Community Health Sciences and the Institute of International Health. John continues with research in Africa and world medical geography since retiring. John may be contacted by telephone (517) 355-4649 or by fax at (517) 432-1671 or write to the Geography Dept, Natural Science Bldg. His e-mail is

Master's and doctoral students

Master's and doctoral students who enter this university come from all over the world. Three of these students recently graduated from their respected programs.

Jennifer Olson,


Jennifer received her Ph.D. on her research concerning the "Response to Land

Degradation in Gikongoro, Rwanda."

John Grolle,


John received his Ph.D. for his research on "Famine, Migration, Resettlement

and Recovery: Case Studies from Nortwestern Nigeria."

Kalala J. Ngalamulume,


Kalala successfully defended his research entitled "City Growth, Health Problems and Colonial Government Response: Saint-Louis (Senegal), from Mid-Nineteenth Century to the First World War." He graduated on August 15, 1996. Dr. Ngalamulume is currently an Assistant Professor at Central Washington University.

Congratulations to Jennifer, John and Kalala, as well as to all of the 1995-1996 master's and doctoral graduates.

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife announce "Biodiversity of Lake Malawi: Fish Taxa and Behaviors" presented by ichthyologist, Dr. Jay Stauffer (Visiting from Penn State University). The presentation is Tuesday, October 22, at 7:30pm, Room 128 Natural Science Building. Dr. Stauffer will also present "The Use of Fish Predators to Control Vectors of Parasitic Diseases: Schistosomiasis in Lake Malawi--A Case History" Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Brown Bag, Wednesday, October 23, 12:10pm, Room 338 Natural Resources.


Lansing Crop Walk

The greater Lansing Crop Walk will take place at Dwight Rich Middle School, Sunday, October 13 with WILX's Tim Staudt as the Honorary Crop Walk Chairperson. Registration will take place at 1:00 p.m. with opening remarks at 1:45 p.m. The walk itself will begin at 2:00 p.m. Money raised by CROP Walks nationwide is used by Church World Service (CWS) to provide food, medical care, disaster relief and self-help development efforts for needy people throughout the world. For more information please contact your local church or service organization or Rod Conrad at 374-0832.

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.


Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace/ United States Institute of Peace Fellowships

Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace/United States Institute of Peace Fellowships- These fellowships are awarded to practitioners and scholars in the fields of government, diplomacy, higher education, international affairs, law, military service, the media, business, labor, religion and humanitarian affairs, among others. Special attention will be given to proposals which focus on the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in Africa and Latin America and focus on the roles of regional and international organizations as third parties. Proposals focusing on the development of democratic institutions as a means for building long-term peaceful relations as well as those submissions addressing measures to control the spread of conventional and unconventional arms. Distinguished Fellow and Peace Fellow awards are for twelve months, while visiting Fellow awards are for two to six months. For more information please contact: Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace, United States Institute of Peace, 1550 M St NW, Suite 700F, Washington, DC 20005-1708, (202) 429-3886, Fax 429-6063. The application deadline is October.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships-These fellowships would be awarded to younger scholars who, by Oct. 15, 1996, will have received but will not have held the Ph.D. for more than eight years and who have not been granted tenure. Research proposals will be accepted in all areas of humanistic studies except educational curriculum-building and performing arts. For more information contact: Tracy Cheek. Program Coordinator, 16 College Hall, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA 19104-6378. (215) 898-7156. The deadline is October 15, 1996.

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

The Spencer Foundation awards some 30 fellowships each year in order to support doctoral students in a variety of fields. The dissertations must promise to contribute different perspectives to the history, theory, or practicing of education. Although the dissertation topic must concern education, graduate study may be in discipline. For more information please contact; Catherine Lacey, Program Officer, The Spencer Foundation, 900 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60611-1542, (312) 337-7000. The application must be postmarked by October 23, 1996.

1997 Robert McNamara Fellowship

This fellowship will be given in order to provide support of imaginative post-graduate research in areas of economic development. The topic for 1997 is "The role of NGO's in development land reform. It is not for support to be put towards advanced degree or fieldwork for a Ph.D. degree. Those chosen must be nationals or residents in countries which are eligible to borrow from the World Bank. Research must be done in a developing country for six to twelve months. For more information please contact: World Bank Headquarters, Rm. M-4010, 1818 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20433, USA.


Citizen Ambassador Program of People to People International

The Citizen Ambassador Program of People to People International is developing a delegation of educational counselors to visit South Africa this October. "Education for Reconciliation" is a major South African theme and calls for the involvement of both educators and mental health professionals. The goals of the team are to share expertise and to establish linkages that could continue after the initial visit. The delegation will gather for a briefing in New York City on October 14, Following the briefing the group will then travel to Johannesburg, Soweto, Kruger National Park and Cape Town, returning to New York on October 26, 1996. The estimated cost of the trip per delegatee or accompanying guest is $5, 275 in U.S. money. This includes transportation, all meetings and activities, accommodations, most meals and substantially all other costs. If you wish to bring your spouse or a guest, a special program of cultural events will be arranged for them. For more information please contact: Ms. Nicole McGrath, Program Coordinator at the Citizen Ambassador Program. She may be reached at (800) 669-7882 or (509) 534-0430 extension 507 in the Pacific time zone.


Washington Office on Africa

The Washington Office on Africa/Africa Policy Information Center- The WOA has undergraduate internships available for legislative assistant/research assistant positions. Intern tasks will include the following: the tracking and analyzation of African-created legislation, sharing information with congressional staff and media outlets, working with coalition partners, researching and drafting background text for upcoming publications and assisting with community education and grassroots initiatives. The internships are non-paying and are available in full-time or part-time positions. For more information please contact: Vicki Lynn Ferguson, Associate Director for Legislative Affairs, WOA/APIC, Washington, D.C.,(202) 546-7961, fax: (202) 546-1545, or The deadline is Dec. 1, 1996.

African American History Assistant Professor

The University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track position, African American History at the rank of Assistant Professor. Anticipated start date, August 1997. Ph.D. required; teaching experience and publications desired. Appointment will include association with the University's Institute for African American Studies. The Search Committee is chaired by Bruce M. Stave. Send application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: African American Search, c/o Altina Waller, Chair, Department of History, 241 Glenbrook Road, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-2103. Screening of applications will begin November 15, 1996 and continue until the position is filled. We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, and members of minority groups to apply.

University of Natal,

Duban, South Africa,

Ref No. D57/95

The University of Natal has a post available in the Department of Social Anthropology. This is an exciting position in a University which has a strong developmental and community ethos and which is directly involved in key aspects of the government's Reconstruction and Development Programme. A research interest in Southern Africa would be a recommendation, and the ability to bring new ideas, theories and strategies to bear in an emergent transdisciplinary environment are essential. The incumbent would be expected to undertake the administrative duties or Headship for specified periods. Enquiries and more information can be obtained from the Recruitment Section, University of Natal, Durban 4041, South Africa or contact: Keyan Tomaselli at Centre for Cultural and Media Studies, University of Natal, Durban, e-mail:


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