MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/25/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/25/98

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December 2, Wednesday

Ecological Studies of Congo's Ituri Forest in Times of Peace and Times of War." Special Brown Bag with Dr. Terese Hart, former MSU Graduate student (Senior Conservation Scientist and Congo/Zaire Program Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society of New York), 1200 noon, Room 168, Plant Biology Building.

"Wildlife and People of the Ituri Forest of Central Africa," A second presentation with Dr. John Hart, 400 p.m., Museum Auditorium. Both seminars are sponsored by the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program. For further details concerning Drs. John and Terese Hart's visit, please contactProfessor Peter Murphy, 355-4691;

December 3, Thursday

"Global African Cinema as a Tool for Social ChangeThe Case of Sankofa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tama HamiltonWray, Coordinator (African Media Program), 1200 noon, Room 201, International Center.

December 10, Thursday

"Nile WatersA Trigger for Conflict/A Reason for Cooperation." African Studies Center Brown Bag with Sam Laki, Associate Professor (International Center for Water Resources Management), 1200 noon, Room 201, International Center.

January 15, Friday

Director Dan Kouyate's film Keita will feature in the SID International Film Series. The film parallels the quest of the legendary 13th Century Sundjata Keita to realize his heroic destiny with that of his distant descendant, a contemporary Burkinabe boy, Mabo Keita, to learn the meaning of his name. The director makes a passionate case for the continuity of "Afrocentric" education. The film showing is at 630 pm, Room 213, Berkey Hall.


FLAS Fellowships

A) Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in African languages and area studies at MSU are available from the U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Application forms are available from the African Studies Center. The initial deadline is February 19, 1999, however, fellowships can be awarded any time after this date. Applications will be considered until March 27, 1999, although all fellowships may have been awarded by that date.

B) Intensive Amharic Summer 1999 Program will be held from June 21 to July 23, 1999 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. This fiveweek Intensive Summer Program in Amharic will be preceded by a threeday gratis seminar on Ethiopia, June 1719. Three courses will be offered during the InstituteElementary Amharic (AFR 151 & 152) and Intermediate Amharic (AFR 251 & 252), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five weeks; and Advanced Amharic (AFR 450), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five weeks. The Summer program will be directed by Prof. Grover Hudson, Faculty, Department of Linguistics and Languages, Michigan State University.

The three day seminar on Ethiopia for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in Ethiopia will be offered June 1719, 1999. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from Ethiopia, and will include more than 10 MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in Ethiopia. Amharic Intensive Summer Program participants are expected to participate in this gratis workshop.

African Media Workshop

"Using Film and Video to Teach about the African Environment," is the title of the workshop scheduled for February 46, 1999 at MSU.

This workshop aims to enhance social science, natural science, and humanities undergraduate courses that teach about the African environment, by encouraging the use of film and video images that are accurate representations of Africans and Africa and that challenge the conventional concept of the African environment.

Registration is free, however there is a small fee to cover materials, breaks and an African meal. Inquiries about the workshop should be directed to Ms. Tama HamiltonWray, Coordinator, African Media Program; Phone(517) 432-0057. For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 488241035; Phone(517) 353-1700; Fax(517) 432-1209; or

Course Announcement, Spring 1999

A seminar on "Art History in West AfricaArt of the Akan" will be offered in spring 1999. The course will be presented as a seminar that surveys the visual arts of the Akan peoples of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. The readings will be drawn from a variety of sources including historical data, ethnography and recent historical, art historical and anthropological studies of the Akan. The course does not have prerequisites and it is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students with an interest in the cultures of Africa. The course code is HA 491, Section 2, 3 credits. For more information contactProfessor Ray Silverman; Phone3539114;


The editors of BARAZA, MSU's African Student Union (ASU) newsletter, are now accepting articles from students and faculty for the Spring 1999 issue. Articles focusing on issues relating to the African people are accorded higher consideration. Contributions may be in the form of commentaries, critiques, poems, reports, short stories or even artwork. Younger Africans attending public schools in the Lansing area are encouraged to take advantage of their new section in BARAZA called 'Youths Corner'.

The editors also encourage readers to submit short, but concise personal notices regarding graduations, awards, scholarships, etc. Submit articles on a diskette and send it to the African Studies Center, 100 International Center, or via Email to (Mungai Mutonya); (Tumie Thiba);, or to any ASU official. The deadline is December 31, 1998.


Advanced Kiswahili in Tanzania

The Association of African Studies Programs and the African Language Teachers' Association announceIntensive Advanced Kiswahili in Tanzania, June 21 August 13, 1999 in Zanzibar and Daressalaam. The course will be directed by The University of Pennsylvania in affiliation with the University of Dar es Salaam, and the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages, Zanzibar. For more information, please contactDr. Alwiya Omar, African Studies Center, 645 Williams Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104; Phone(215) 8986971. Other summer Group Project Abroad courses (pending US Department of Education funding) areZulu in South AfricaJune 17th to August 14th, for more information contact Dr. Sandra Sanneh, Program in African Languages, Yale University, P.O. Box 206891, New Haven, CT 06520; and Yoruba in NigeriaJune 13th to August 11th, for more information contactDr. Paul Kotey, Center for African Studies, 427 Grinter Hall, P.O. Box 115560, Gainesville, FL 32611-5560.


Director of Administration, Africa Fund

The Africa Fund seeks an organized individual to supervise finances and administration of a 610 person staff and assist in developing program plans and strategic goals for a 32 year old nonprofit agency working for equitable U.S.Africa policy. Experience analyzing and summarizing financial reports is essential. Candidate must also demonstrate the ability to prioritize, liaise with accountants, lawyers, staff and Board, oversee budget preparation, prepare appropriate government and donor reports, maintain personnel records, and coordinate development proposals. Writing and people skills are important. The Africa Fund is an equal opportunity employer; salary high 30s. For full description see the or write Personnel Committee, The Africa Fund, 50 Broad Street, Suite 711, New York, NY 10004. Application deadlinePosition open until filled.

Assistant/Associate Editor, Geography Chicago Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. seeks a candidate to function as both Editor and Coordinator for the geography area and to edit text, plan coverage and presentations for the geography area and organize the implementation of plans. The candidate will also monitor factchecking and review bibliographies submitted by contributors, as well as work with photo editors/producers to select appropriate illustrations and multimedia material. This position requires a M.A. or Ph.D. in Geography with emphasis in African Studies, strongly preferred. Significant writing and editing experience with Web or CD publishing is also required. Send resumes or CV toEncyclopedia Britannica, Inc., Human Resources, 310 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604; Fax (312) 294-2176;

Lisa Beckum African Studies

Center Michigan State University 100 International Center East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 Phone: (517) 353-1700 Fax: (517) 432-1209

Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 12:59:45 -0500 From: Lisa Beckum <> Subject: MSU African Studies Center Tuesday Bulletin No. 14

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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