MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 1/13/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 1/13/98

Issue No. 1 - 1998
January 13, 1998
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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January 22, Thursday

"Mythical Narratives and Social Conflict in Africa," African Studies CenterBrown Bag with Abdi Kusow (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Central Michigan University), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

January 29, Thursday

"Exploring the Urban Visual Landscape in Mali," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Mary Jo Arnoldi, Curator for Africa in the Anthropology Department at the National Musuem of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

African Language Teachers Association

"Needs and Resources of African Language Learners, Teachers and Programs," is the title for the Second International Conference to be held at MSU April 23-25, 1998.The purpose of this conference is to identify the needs and resources pertaining to African Language programs, teachers and learners and to provide a forum where these topics can be communicated to the field of African Language Teaching.Call for Papers that relate to the field including the following: Acquisition Theory; Assessment and Learning Outcomes; Curriculum Development; Extending the Classroom; Heritage Learners; Learner and Learning Strategies; Materials Development; Documentation and Procurement; Proficiency Development and Assessment; Teacher Training, Technology and Use of Literature. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 1998.For additional information contact: David Dwyer at (517) 355-1808, website address:

VOA International Radio Broadcast

Folu Ogundimu, Nigerian born professor in the School of Journalism at MSU, was featured in a Voice of America (VOA) international radio broadcast. Africa on the Internet began the VOA broadcasting on December 4, 1997.The website address is: http://www or gopher:// 70/00/newswire/thu/AFRICA ON THE NET.Professor Ogundimu also has a publication entitled, "Donor-driven Initiatives and Media Training in Africa", Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, v53, n2, (Autumn 1997), pp. 48-62.The study stems from a 1995 visit to Zambia and work with the USAID Democratic Governance Project in Zambia.

Small-Scale Farms and Agroindustry

Thomas Reardon, Charles Machethe, and Don Mead (Agricultural Economics) wrote a paper entitled, "Promoting Farm-Nonfarm Linkages for Employment of the Poor in South Africa: A Research Agenda Focused on Small-Scale Farms and Agroindustry," which appeared in the September 1997 issue of Development of Southern Africa.They argue that promoting participation in linkages of small farms and small agroindustrial businesses will have a strong impact on employment and incomes of the poor.

Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa

Professor Lawrence Robbins has written a chapter in the book, "Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa: archaeology, history, languages, cultures, and environments" editorJoseph O. Vogel.The book was published in 1997. For information contact: AltaMira Press, a division of Sage Publications, Inc., 1630 North Main Street, Suite 367, Walnut Creek, California 94596, USA.

International Rural Development

George H. Axinn and Nancy W. Axinn have written a new book entitled, "Collaboration in International Rural Development." This is considered a Practitioner's handbook and is designed for use in Development Studies Courses.The book was published in December, 1997 by Tejeshwar Singh for Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd.

Conover-Porter Award

The Africana Librarians Council (formerly called Archives-Libraries Committee) of the African Studies Association (U.S.) seeks nominations for the tenth biennial Conover-Porter Award for excellence in Africana bibliography or reference work.Any Africa-related reference work, bibliography or bibliographic essay published separately or as part of a larger work during 1995, 1996 or 1997 can be nominated for the 1998 award. A prize will be presented during the 1998 annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Chicago, Illinois.Deadline for nominations is the end of January, 1998.Please send nominations or inquiries to: Mette Shayne, Francophonic African bibliographer, Africana library, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA.Tel: (847)-491-2934, Fax: (847)-491-8306, E-mail:

Making Connections for Africa

A newpublication entitled Making Connections for Africa is now available. This book presents twelve propositions designed to stimulate debate on the mobilization of Africa-interested constituencies in the US.To place orders contact: Africa Policy Information Center, 110 Maryland Ave., NE, Suite 509, Washington, DC 20002.Tel: (202) 546-7961, Fax: (202) 546-1545.


National Security Program (NSEP)

The National Security Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates who want to study abroad.Although the application deadline is February 9, 1998, students must begin their applications now so the material may be reviewed and submitted by campus advisors.Questions about the program may be directed to: Leslie Anderson, Director, National Security Education Program, Undergraduate Scholarships, Institute of International Education, 1400 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005-2403. Tel: (800) 618-NSEP, Fax: (202) 326-7698,

Studies in Kenya and Senegal

Kalamazoo College offers Undergraduate Studies in Kenya and Senegal.These programs run from September to June and provide students with first hand experience in the host countries, cross-cultural and language training, as well as an academic program of study.Students must bejuniors or seniors, be in good academic standing (minimum 2.75 GPA), mature enough to adapt to an environment very different that of the United States and should have completed at least two years of college-level French or the equivalent.Application deadline is February 15, 1998.For information, contact: Kalamazoo College, Center for International Programs, 1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295.Tel: (616) 337-7133; Fax: (616) 337-7400; E-mail:; Web: http//


African Language Teachers Association

African Language Teachers Association Second International Conference 1998, April 23-25. (See Page One for details).

African Development Dissertation Workshops

The African Development Dissertation Workshop Program 1997-1998 is a project of the Rockefeller Foundation, coordinated by the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley.Following are a list of workshops being offered through this program:

Queens University-Kingston, Ontario April 15-19, 1998

Theme: "Research for African Development: Equity, Security, and Sustainability" This workshop will focus on methodological issues relating to research in the social and natural sciences dealing with the problems of achieving development with equity, security, and Sustainability in the natural and social environments of sub-Saharan Africa.Application deadline: January 15, 1998.For more information, contact: Dr. B.J. Berman, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6; E-mail: or Dr. W. Tettey at

Emory University-Atlanta, Georgia, May 6-10, 1998

Theme: "Health, Culture, and Development" This program seeks applications from students whose dissertation research will examine the interaction of health, culture, and society.The proposals may focus on issues of current public health importance in Africa or may take a longer term perspective.Application deadline: January 15, 1998.For more information, contact: Becky Baldwin, Center for International Studies, 116 Social Sciences Building, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322; E-mail:

University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign May 7-10, 1998

Theme: "The Arts and Humanities in Africa's Economic and Political Transitions" This dissertation workshop will provide a venue for intensive discussion of research proposals relating to the arts in any manifestation to African development.While methodology will vary with subject matter and discipline, all proposals should include at least nine months of field work in Africa.Application deadline: January 15, 1998.For more information, contact: Sue Swisher, Center for African Studies, 210 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820; Tel: (217) 333-6335; E-mail:

University of Minnesota-Minneapolis May 8-11, 1998

Theme: "Challenges of Social and Ecological Sustainability in Africa" This workshop will center on doctoral students' dissertation projects which address the fundamental challenge facing Sustainability efforts in Africa today: reversing both the current decline in the quality of people's lives and the increasing damage to African ecosystems.Application deadline: January 15, 1998.For more information, contact: David Henrikson, 260 Social Sciences Tower, 267 19th Avenue South, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455; E-mail:

Brown University-Providence, Rhode Island May 13-16, 1998

Theme: "African Development in the Late 1990's" The general theme of the workshop will be national and regional strategies for economic development for sub-Saharan African nations in the era of liberal economic policies.Application deadline: January 15, 1998.For more information, contact: Dr. Louis Putterman, Department of Economics, Box B, Brown University, Providence, RI 02904; E-mail: Louis_Putterman@Brown.Edu.

University of Wisconsin-Madison June 7-19, 1998

Theme: "Social and Biological Science for Agricultural Development" The Summer Institute for African Agricultural Research (SIAAR) is a two-week program with four primary objectives: 1) Exploring Current African Research; 2) Improving Research Proposals; 3) Enhancing Research Skills; 4) Building Networks. Application deadline: January 15, 1998.For more information, contact: Sharon Kemp, Training Coordinator, Summer Institute for African Agricultural Research, 240 Agricultural Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1562; Tel: (608) 262-5545; Fax: (608) 262-8852; E-mail:


University of Oxford - History

The University of Oxford invites applications for a postgraduate research studentship in African Environmental History.Preference may be given to applicants focusing on southern or central Africa.Closing date is February 16, 1998.For more information, contact: Charles Shaw, University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, ENGLAND; Tel: 01865-270036; E-mail:

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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