MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/25/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/25/97


Issue No. 15 - 1997-98

November 25, 1997



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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November 27, Thursday

* No Brown Bag - Thanksgiving Holiday *

December 1, Monday

"Health Care in Tanzania" Special Guest Lecture with Margaret T. Nyambo (Private Medical Practitioner, Mart Buguruni Hospital) and Peter Tenga Tem (Private Medical Practitioner, Omega Medical Services), Room 201 International Center, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

December 4, Thursday

"Exploring New Opportunities for Study in Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with John Metzler (Faculty, African Studies Center, MSU), David Wiley (Director, African Studies Center, MSU) and Cindy Chalou (Assistant Director, Office of Study Abroad, MSU) Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

December 4, Thursday

"MANDELA:Son of Africa, Father of the Nation," Mid-Michigan premiere of the acclaimed film on Nelson Mandela's life.The new 35mm movie will be introduced by Ahmed M. Kathrada, Member of South Africa's Parliament and a close adviser of President Mandela.Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.Students $5; Faculty/Staff/Community $20.All proceeds support the South African Ex-Political Prisoners' Committee.

December 18, Thursday

International Studies and Programs Holiday Open House, International Center Units, 12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.

Ahmed Kathrada Visits MSU

We are honored this month by the presence ofAhmed M. Kathrada, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Michigan State until December 5, 1997. He is a Member of the South African Parliament, the Parliamentary Counselor in the Office of the President and a close adviser of President Mandela. Mr. Kathrada is a veteran of the South African liberation struggle, one of the subjects of the famous Rivonia trial and a long-serving political prisoner on Robben Island and at Pollsmoor Maximum Prison.At MSU, Mr. Kathrada will be working on his papers which he deposited at the MSU Library in 1996.The collection consists of microform copies of his prison correspondence, personal notebooks and documents from his prison years, and the Pollsmoor Prison Library list.

Mr. Kathrada will speak at the Mid-Michigan premiere of "Mandela:Son of Africa, Father of a Nation" on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium.This showing is a benefit for the South African Ex-Political Prisoners' Fund and requires a donation (students $5; faculty/staff/community $20).The Fund was established in October 1996 by President Mandela and other South African leaders once in prison. Its purpose is to assist former political prisoners whose unheralded sacrifices contributed to the birth of a new South Africa. Today, a sizable number of these men and women are in dire straits and in urgent need of assistance. Mr. Kathrada, Chairperson of the Ex-Political Prisoners' Committee, spent 26 years in prison with President Mandela before being released in 1989. He is visiting MSU in support of the Ex-Political Prisoners' Fund.Mandela, an official biography, traces the story of South Africa's struggle for independence through the history of one its most celebrated leaders.Historical and contemporary film footage is highlighted by a rich soundtrack which includes the music of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela and others.Support for Mr. Kathrada's visit is provided by the College of Arts and Letters, the Office of the Provost, CICALS and the Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing and Technology.Benefit sponsors include the African Studies Center, the African Student Union, the Black Graduate Students Association, the Black Students Association, the Caribbean Students Association and the College of Arts and Letters.For more information, contact the African Studies Center at 353-1700 or e-mail <>.

Summer Institute in Shona

Information on the 1998 Intensive Summer Institute in Shona, which will be held from June 22 to July 24, 1998 at Michigan State University, is available at < AfricanStudies/Shona98.htm>.The initial deadline for summer FLAS fellowships isFebruary 13,1998.The application deadline for the 1998-99 academic year FLAS fellowships is also February 13, 1998.Applications are available at the Center.

CLEAR Summer Institute

"Call Materials Development for LCTLS: Introductory Techniques" is an Institute to be held from July 13-22, 1998 at Michigan State University. This ten-day institute is sponsored by MSU's Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR), one of seven National Foreign Language Resource Centers nationwide.The institute provides foreign language teachers with the basic tools needed to author computer-based materials for all language classrooms, from beginning to advanced placement. CLEAR aims to promote collaboration in foreign language research and teacher education across college, departmental and institutional boundaries.To meet this objective, CLEAR's activities and projects integrate the various constituencies involved in foreign language teaching and learning. Projects are divided into five major groupings: Research on Learning and Teaching; Methods and Materials; Second Language Assessment;Linking to Teachers and Schools;and Collaboration with the College of Education. For more information, contact the co-directors:Susan M. Gass and Patricia R. Paulsell, A712 Wells Hall, <clear@pilot.msu. edu>; < edu/clear/homehtml>.

Carnegie Report on South Africa

_A House No Longer Divided: Progress and Prospects for Democratic Peace in South Africa_ is a report on an international forum held in Cape Town in June 1996 on the dramatic transformation of South Africa and the challenges that lie ahead.The conference report, published in July 1997, is available free of charge from the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 715, Washington, D.C. 20036-2103.Tel: (202) 332-7900; Fax: (202) 332-1919.The report is also on the Carnegie Corporation's Web site:<>.

African Micro Enterprises

A new book on African micro enterprises in Nairobi, Kenya and Harare, Zimbabwe entitled _Social and Political Dynamics of the Informal Economy in African Cities: Nairobi and Harare_ by Kinuthia Macharia was recently published by University Press of America Press, Lanham, MD. Those interested in the book can contact the publisher or the author at <> for more information.

Centre for Cross-Cultural Research

"Transcultural Images and Visual Anthropology" is a short-term, intensive research program for graduate students at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research in Canberra, Australia from August 3 - 28, 1998.This program will focus on questions of transcultural representation, the constitution of visual 'knowledge' and the structuring of visual works and field research methods.In particular, it will address the role of visual research and publication in anthropology.Applications are invited from students already enrolled in M.A. and Ph.D. programs who have been on-course for a minimum of 6 months at their home university.The program will incorporate intensive colloquia, film screenings and visits to museums and other cultural institutions.Students will receive individual supervision and have the opportunity to conduct research in the Australian National University libraries and archives located in Canberra.The closing date for applications to this program is February 27, 1998.The program will be open to a limited number of participants with candidates selected on an open, competitive basis.The Center will provide successful candidates from Australia and New Zealand with financial assistance to attend.Students from other countries are welcome to apply, however, a participatory fee will be charged.Further information and application forms must be obtained from the Administrator, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 0200.Tel: (02) 6249 2434; Fax: (02) 6249 2438: E-mail: <> Applications may be downloaded from the Center's website < Ref: CCR 10.9.2>.An earlier program on "Writing Voyages and Encounters" will be held from May 4 - 29,1998, but the closing date for applications to this program was October 31, 1997.


Midwest Graduate Student Conference

The 3rd Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies will be held February 27 - March 1, 1998, at the University of Wisconsin -Madison.This conference is intended to provide an opportunity for graduate students with a shared academic interest in Africa to present their work in an atmosphere of collegiality.The organizers seek graduate papers fromany discipline and aim to facilitate linkages and cooperation between graduate students in the Midwest.Graduate students from other institutions are also very welcome, and students who do not have work to present are encouraged to attend.The conference is designed to be a forum for sharing between all students at the graduate level, and as an experience for later professional work.All relevant contributions are desired.Submit a short abstract and a $10 registration fee by December 21, 1997.Completed papers are due by February 15, 1998 , but should be sent to panel chairs and not to the address below.Presentations should be a maximum of 15-20 minutes in length.Do not include your name on the abstract; attach it to a page containing the paper's title, the author's name, institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and/or e-mail address.Send submissions and queries to:Graduate Students in African Studies, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706.Email contacts:Jeremy Liebowitz <> and Mike Williams <>.


Earlham College

Earlham College has two tenure track positions available for those with a specialization in African or African American Studies.The Music Department seeks to fill a position in Ethnomusicology (African American, African or Latin American Studies) and Instrumental Instruction.Interest in the role of women in music is also a plus.Serious consideration is guaranteed to applications received by January 5, 1998.Send letter of application, c.v. and placement file (including three letters of recommendation) to:Daniel H. Graves, Music Department, Drawer 65, Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374.The English Department seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor of English in African American Literature.The position also involves the planning and administration of the African and African American Studies Program.For more information, contact: Barbara Caruso, English Department, Drawer 62, Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374. Tel: (765) 983-1322; <carusba>.Consideration of candidates will begin December 15, 1997.

Kenyon College

The English Department at Kenyon College has a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level for a scholar whose speciality is global Anglophone literature, Victorian literature and/or postcolonial literature and theory.For more information, contact: Kim McMullen, Chair, Department of English, Sunset Cottage, Gambier, OH 43022-9623.Tel: (614) 427-5210.

**** 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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