MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/30/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/30/99

Issue No. 12, Fall 1999
November 30, 1999
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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November 25, Thursday

Thanksgiving Holiday No Brown Bag

December 2, Thursday

"The Description of Languages in Southern Africa: The Politics of Discourse," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Sinfree Makoni, Professor (Linguistics, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

December 3, Friday

"The Use of Oral Sources in Historical Research and Teaching Practices," Department of History Brown Bag with students and faculty, including Africanists, who have thought about and used oral sources as a teaching and research methodology. Room 340, Morrill Hall, noon -1:30 p.m.

December 4, Saturday

"ADWA- an African Victory," film showing and discussion with filmmaker Haile Gerima, 2:00 p.m., Room 108 B, Wells Hall, free admission. Narrating in his own words, Haile joins the voices of Ethiopian historians, elders, priests, poets, and singers, capturing on film the education and experience that shaped his consciousness. This event is organized by the Graduate Students of Black History. Please email: or phone Somadoda Fikeni at 355-2782 for inquiries.


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 18, 2000, however, fellowships can be awarded any time after this date. Applications will be considered until March 31, 2000, although all fellowships may have been awarded by that date.

B) Intensive Swahili Summer 2000 Program will be held from June 19 to July 21, 2000 by the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary Swahili (AFR 101A & 102A) and Intermediate Swahili (AFR 201A & 202A), both 8 credits each, for 25 hours per week for five weeks; and Advanced Swahili (AFR 450A), 6 credits, for 18 hours per week for five weeks.

This five-week Intensive Summer Program in Swahili will be preceded by a three-day gratis seminar on East Africa. The three-day workshop on East African culture for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in East Africa will be offered June 15-17, 2000. Lecturers will be drawn from across the nation and from MSU faculty who have taught, worked, and conducted research in East African countries. Swahili Intensive Summer Program participants are required to participate in this workshop.

The Summer program will be directed by Prof. Deogratias Ngonyani, Faculty at Michigan State University, who specializes in the linguistics of Swahili and other Bantu languages.

A limited number of FLAS fellowships will be offered to Intermediate and Advanced Swahili students. Application forms both for the Swahili Institute and the FLAS fellowship are available from the Center.

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 Email:


Book on African Cuisine

"The Peppers, Cracklings, and Knots of Wool Cookbook: The Global Migration of African Cuisine" was recently published by the State University of New York Press. The book's author, Diane M. Spivey, spent fifteen years researching this topic. According to Ali Mazrui, "This book introduces us to Africa's contribution to an emerging global cuisine." The book is available at Black and independent bookstores throughout the country and on-line ordering through or purchased directly from SUNY Press via email at: The book has 422 pages.


African Languages and Literatures

The Ford Foundation, Africa World Press, Inc., The Red Sea press, Inc., and The Pennsylvania State University, together with the University of Asmara, University of Iowa, and New York University, will sponsor a conference on African languages and literatures, January 11-17, 2000, in Asmara, Eritrea.

Freely accessing a verbal tradition of more than 1,000 African languages dating back over the millenia, the conference theme "Against All Odds: African Languages and Literatures into the 21st Century," will embrace people everywhere who use languages and literatures to embody their dream of a better world. For more information contact: Charles Cantalupo, Organizing Chair, Against All Odds, The Pennsylvania State University, 200 University Drive, Schuykill Haven, PA 17972; Tel: (570) 385-3672.

Public Health

The Epidemological Society of Southern Africa will host a conference, February 24-25, 2000, in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The conference theme "Poverty and Inequity: The Challenges for Public Health in Southern Africa" will focus on addressing poverty, inequity and health under the following sub-themes: Innovative approaches and linkages between Government, NGO's and Communities; Environmental Health/Environmental Epidemiology; Health Promotion: Innovative Applications; HIV/AIDS and TB; and Rural Health Challenges: Disease Burden and Health Service Delivery. For more information contact: Anle Odendaal, ABO facilitator; Tel: (+27) 43 7267941; Fax: (+27) 437210607;

5th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies Indiana Univ.

The Graduate Students in African Studies and the African Studies Program at Indiana University at Bloomington are pleased to extend an open invitation to all graduate students to participate in the 5th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference in African Studies to be held in Bloomington, Indiana from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2, 2000. This is an interdisciplinary conference that is intended to provide an opportunity for graduate students at all levels of their careers to present their work in a friendly and collegial atmosphere. Graduate student participants from any college or university are welcome, but those from mid western institutions are particularly encouraged to participate. We are seeking graduate papers from any field, whether social sciences, humanities, natural and applied sciences, or law.

The contributions for the conference are flexible. Some examples would be: research proposals and papers; preliminary results of research/field data; methodological, theoretical, or conceptual papers; thesis and dissertation chapters, either in process or complete; term papers, etc. Submissions: Please submit a short (half-page) abstract, single-spaced, and a $5 registration fee (checks should be made payable to: Indiana University) by December 15, 1999. Please be sure to include your name on the abstract and attach it to the page containing the following: the paper title, author's name, institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and your email address. Send submissions to: 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference, African Studies Program, Indiana University, Woodburn 221, Bloomington, IN 47405.

For details on lodging, visit: Queries may also be addressed by email to: Leslie Fadiga Stewart, Amadou Fofana, Liz McMahon,, or Tristan Purvis


International Winter School 2000 - South Africa

The International Winter School (IWS) at the University of Natal is now accepting applications for the International Winter School 2000. The session starts on June 17 and will run to August 5, 2000. The following courses are being offered: Culture and Diversity in the Rainbow Nation, Service Learning, Policy Issues and Community Service, African Art, Post-Apartheid Fictions, and Zulu Language and Culture. For brochures, application forms or additional information, contact Andrea Gommans via or write: International Winter School, University of Natal, Durban 4041, SOUTH AFRICA; Phone: +27 (0) 31 260 2677; Fax: +27 (0) 31 260 2136; or visit the website at:


Assistant Professor Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

Appointment to begin August 2000. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Literature with specialization in African literature and theory. Preference will be given to applicants with native or near-native competence in a language of the southern Africa region, eg. Chichewa, Kimbundu, Shona, Tswana, Zulu, and in English. Duties include teaching African literature (in English or in translation) and theory, as well as the African language at all levels. Finalists may be required to submit a sample of their scholarly writing. Applicants must send a letter, vita and three letters of reference by January 15, 2000 to: Professor Magdalena Hauner, Chair, Dept. of African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706.

African Education Univ of California-Los Angeles The Department of Education and the International Studies and Overseas Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles announce an open rank, tenure track faculty position in Comparative and International Education/African Education. An earned doctorate is required, as well as demonstrated scholarship and publication record appropriate for the designated rank. Regional and temporal specialization must be contemporary Africa. Preference will be given to candidates who complement existing departmental strengths and the research and programs of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center (visit site at: Candidates with strong academic disciplinary background are particularly encouraged to apply and must have an ongoing or realistic planned program of field research in Africa. Send application letter, curriculum vita, sample papers, and have at least three letters of reference sent to: Patricia M. McDonough, Chair, Department of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521 or contact Professor Daniel Solorzano, Chair of the Search Committee, at for more information. Screening of applications will begin January 7, 2000.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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