MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/4/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/4/97

Issue No. 12 - 1997-98
November 4, 1997



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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November 5, Wednesday

"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa: A Psychological Perspective," African Study Center's Special Guest Lecture by Herby M. Pillay (Consultant Psychologist) Room 11, Olds Hall, 3:30-5:00 p. m.

November 6 , Thursday

"Examining a Context for Post-Colonial African Discourse: Reflections on a Recent Visit to Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Ebere Onwudiwe (Director, Center for African Studies, Central State University, Ohio), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

November 7, Friday

"Image and Development: An Exploratory Discussion," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Ebere Onwudiwe (Director, Center for African Studies, Central State University, Ohio), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

November6 - 8, Thursday - Saturday

"African Film and Videotape in the Arts and Humanities Curriculum," a workshop offered by the African Studies Center; Call the Center for details on workshop activities and film showings in the MSU Union Building, 353-1700.

November 13, Thursday

*No Brown Bag * - African Studies Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio

November 15, Saturday

GospelFest 1997 with Reverend Columbus Clayton and the New Mount Calvary Baptist Church Choir of Lansing, sponsored by African Christian Fellowish, 100 Engineering Building, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

November 16, Sunday

MSU Global Festival ë97, Exhibits and Performances by International Students;World Gift Shop, Union Building, 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.

November 19, Wednesday

"Current Education Reforms in Ghana," Special Guest Lecture with Raymond Bagulo Bening (Acting Vice-Chancellor, University for Development Studies), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

"Decentralization and Rural Development in Ghana," Department of Geography Colloquium with Raymond Bagulo Bening (Acting Vice-Chancellor, University for Development Studies), Room 304, Natural Science Building, 3:00 p. m.

November 20, Thursday

"The 1997 World Development Report: A Welcome Agenda for Better Policymaking?"African Studies Center Brown Bag with Alice Sindzingre (Centre National de la Recherche Sientifique, Paris), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

FLAS Fellowships at MSU

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships, both for summer 1998 and the 1998-99 academic year, will be available from the African Studies Center for a limited number of students.FLAS Fellowships are funded by the U. S. Department of Education under the Title VI Program.The 1998-99 academic year FLAS Fellowship will be offered to qualified graduate students to learn an African language and to follow a course of study that focuses on Africa.The fellowship provides the costs of tuition and fees and a total stipend of $10,000 for the fall and spring semesters.The Summer 1998 FLAS Fellowship is offered to qualified graduate students who want to study Shona during MSU's five week intensive Summer Institute. Summer FLAS Fellowships provide the costs of tuition and fees and a $2,400 stipend.There will be a three-day workshop on the culture of Zimbabwe just preceeding the start of the language institute.FLAS application packets for both the 1998-99 academic year and the summer 1998 Shona Institute are now available from the African Studies Center. The application deadlineisFebruary 13,1998.If you would like an application packet mailed out to you, send your address to the Center or e-mail Dr. Yacob Fisseha, <>.

Spring Course Offerings

"Foundations of New Societies" is the topic of this spring's Comparative Black History graduate seminar (HST 880) with Professor David Robinson. The course will explore the foundations of new African and African-American societies on the African continent and in the Diaspora.A number of MSU and outside faculty will give presentations in the course of the term. Students interested in the seminar are requested to enroll in the course immediately and contact Dr. Robinson in the History Department, 301 Morrill Hall, 355-7501, <>.

"Population Issues in Development: Past as Prologue" is a new course to be offered in the spring with Professor Nan Johnson in the Department of Sociology.The course will draw broadly from the social sciences to understand population issues that block, or arise during, socioeconomic development.It will compare demographic transitions in various parts of the world, including Africa.A multi-disciplinary approach will be used to describe the demographic "whats" and the social-scientific "whys" of historic and current demographic transitions.The course is offered as SOC 490 or HST 452.For more information, contact Dr. Johnson, 425B Berkey Hall, <johnsonn@pilot.>.

_Gender and History_ Special Issue

"Feminisms and Internationalism" is the theme of a special issue of _Gender & History_ to be published in 1998.The editors for the special issue seek essays which address the theme of the history of internationalism in feminist theory and praxis, possibly including the following topics: the ways in which "internationalism" has been conceived historically within feminism and women's movements; the nature of and historical shifts within "imperial" feminisms; changes in the meaning of feminist internationalism both preceding and following the end of most formal empires in the 20th century; the challenges to, and the reformulations of, internationalism within feminism by women of color and by women from colonized or formerly colonized countries; the fragmentation of internationalism in response to a growing emphasis on local over global contexts of struggle as well as on a variety of different feminisms instead of a singular feminism; and the context for the reemergence of internationalism within feminisms and women's movements as a result of the new modes of globalization in the late 20th century.The deadline for submissions, which should be around 9,000 words in length, is December 15, 1997.The three editors for the special issue are Mrinalini Sinha, Donna J. Guy and Angela Woollacott. For more information, contact:Mrinalini Sinha, North American Co-Editor, Gender and History, Department of History, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4519.Tel: (618) 453-4391;Fax: (618) 453-5440; <Sinha@SIU. EDU>.


"Oral History on the Border"

The Oral History Association invites proposals for papers and presentations for its 1998 annual meeting, to be held October 15-18, 1998 in Buffalo, New York.The theme of the meeting is "Crossing the Boundary, Crossing the Line: Oral History on the Border."Proposals that relate to mediations among diverse communities; class, ethnic, racial, and gender perspectives; interdisciplinary approaches; transnational issues; migration and immigration; transgressions; new frontiers in technology; lesbian and gay history; relationships in interviewing; marginality; oral history and received historical wisdom; shifting borders in oral history; and ethical and legal boundaries are especially encouraged.Proposals on other topics are also welcomed.The Program Committee invites proposals from oral history practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines and settings, including academic institutions; museums; historical societies, archives, and libraries; community organizations; media professionals; and independent historians.We also encourage proposals from graduate students and from those involved in both precollegiate and postsecondary teaching. Sessions may address the many uses of oral history in media such as film, video, radio, exhibitions, drama, and new electronic media.Similarly, while sessions may be organized in the customary panel format, we encourage proposals for roundtables, workshops, poster sessions, media and performance- oriented presentations, off-site sessions, and other formats that go beyond the boundaries of conventional conference presentation.The proposal deadline is December 15, 1997.For further information, contact:Debra Bernhardt, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. Tel:(212) 998-2640;Fax:(212) 995-4070;<bernhrdt@elmer1.bobst.>.


Wildlife Management Studies in Kenya

The School for Field Studies seeks candidates for Center Director of their Center for Wildlife Management Studies in Athi River, Kenya. The Center offers spring and fall semester programs (32 undergraduates each) and two consecutive one month summer programs.All faculty and staff participate fully in an intensive learning community, including daily living with students from meals and lectures to fieldwork and field trips, as well as managing all the affairs of operating a field station/camp.Requirements include a Ph.D. in Environmental Education, Ecology, Resource Management, Planning or International Development or a Masters Degree with 7 years of applied experience; 5 years administrative experience in equivalent or related positions; 3 years teaching experience emphasizing curriculum integration and field experience; directly relevant teaching and research experience in a similar ecosystem;strong background in field-based education; experience working or living in East Africa; and ability to work under field conditions. Send resume to:Trudy Cullen, School for Field Studies, 16 Broadway, Beverly, MA.01915. Tel: (978) 922-7200, ext. 304; Fax: (978) 927-5127.

**** 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:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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