MSU Tuesday Bulletin (1), 10/16/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin (1), 10/16/'96



Major subheadings: events, MSU announcements, other announcements, Africa- related courses at MSU, conferences, grants, fellowships, scholarships, jobs


January 14, Sunday, "What's Happening in Nigeria?" The Nigerian Forum for Democracy will hold a panel discussion on the Nigerian Situation with Mr. Ayo Walker (Ph.D. Candidate, History, MSU), Dr. Kofi Egbo (Nigerian Forum for Democracy), Dr. Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor (College of Human Medicine, MSU), Dr. Vincent Khapoya (Political

Science, Oakland University), and moderator, Dr. Folu Ogundimu (Communication Arts and Sciences, MSU), Con Con Room, International Center, 3:00 p.m. Cosponsored by the African Studies Center, African Students Union, and the Nigerian Students Association, MSU. For information, call (517) 592-4718, (313) 592-4718, or (810) 332-4184.

January 18, Thursday, "Mobilizing on Environment and Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Communities, Corporations, and Government in Durban" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Christine Root (formerly Associate Director of the Washington Office on Africa, Research Analyst for the Center for International Policy in Washington, and legislative Analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives Democratic Research Group) and David Wiley (Professor of Sociology and Director of the MSU African Studies Center) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

January 19, Friday "An Update on Sierra Leone" an informal discussion with Dr. Kandeh Yumkella (Agricultural Economics, MSU, and former Minister of Trade, Industry and State Enterprise in Sierra Leone), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Con Con Room, International

Center. (See related article in MSU Announcements Section).

January 24, Wednesday, "Roots of Hunger, Roots of Change" film sponsored by the Women and International Development Program (WID) and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology. 3:00 - 4:20 p.m., 113 Bessy Hall. (See related article in MSU Announcements Section.)

January 25, Thursday, "Hausa Culture in West Africa" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jennifer Burt (Agricultural and Extension Education masters student) and Usman Adamu (Agricultural and Extension Education Ph.D. student), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. (This subject/speaker is tentative.)

January 25, Thursday, "Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc." information meeting, Spartan Room E and F, Crossroads Food Court, International Center, 3:00 p.m. (see related article in MSU Announcements section).


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship applications are available at the African Studies Center. Fellowships for graduate studies in African languages and area studies are expected to be available at MSU through a grant under Title VI of the Higher Education Act from the U.S. Department of Education. Summer and Academic Year (1996-97) fellowship applications are available. Deadline for submission of all references, transcripts, and forms relating to the FLAS application is February 16, 1996.

An Amharic Intensive Summer Institute will be held at MSU from June 17 - July 19, 1996. The African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages will offer a five-week intensive summer program in Amharic at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. A Workshop on Ethiopian Culture will be offered June 17 - 19. Amharic Institute Fellowships are available (see the FLAS article above).

For further information on the FLAS Fellowships and the Amharic Summer Institute, contact: Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035. Phone: (517) 353-1700. Fax: (517) 432-1209. E- mail: <> or <africa@msu.ed>

"An Update on Sierra Leone" is the title of a discussion with Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Assistant Professor in the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics, who took a leave of absence from 1994 to December 1995 to become the Minister of Trade, Industry, and State Enterprise in Sierra Leone. He recently returned from this mission. He will hold an informal discussion about the political transition program, the current state of rebel war, and other related issues in Sierra Leone. A reception will be held following the discussion. This event will take place on Friday, January 19, 1996 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Con Con Room, International Center. Contact Manelisi Genge (353-0907), Gaston Dembele, (355-0784), or Gichana Manyara (353-7952). Cosponsored by the MSU African Students Union, Nigerian Students Association, Kenyan Students Association, the African Studies Center, and Agricultural Economics.

Operation Crossroads, Africa, Inc. informational meeting will be held Thursday, January 25, 3:00 p.m. in Spartan Room E and F,

Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Operation Crossroads offers the opportunity to travel to and perform volunteer work in Africa or Brazil. The cost is $3,500. Contact Cindy Felbeck Chalou, Office of Overseas Study, 109 International Center. Phone: 353-8920.

The African Student Union (ASU) at Michigan State University joins the international community in condemning the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the internationally renowned playwright, and seven other Nigerian activists by the Nigerian Military Government. These eight persons were executed by the Nigerian military regime on November 10, 1995 for demanding the restoration of the civilian government and democracy in Nigeria. (This statement was issued by the ASU Executive Board on December 12, 1995).

International Development Workshops. The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), working with the Michigan International Development Outreach Education Network (MIDEON), will sponsor a Saturday workshop for faculty, students and community members on exploring international development topics through a variety of academic disciplines. MSU will host a session on January 20, "Exploring Third World Issues Through the Visual Arts."

In September 1995, Alma College hosted the workshop: "Exploring Third World Issues Through the Humanities," and in October 1995, Delta College hosted the workshop: "Exploring Third World Issues Through Music." For more information, contact Gail Campana at CASID, (517) 353-5925.

"Contemporary Issues in International Development: An Exploration of Audiovisuals" is a film series sponsored by the Women and International Development Program (WID) and The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and the Department of Anthropology, and is available for variable credits as ANP 491, Section 7. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the film series which will be shown in 113 Bessy Hall on Wednesday's, from 3:00 - 4:20 p.m. The first film, "Roots of Hunger, Roots of Change," focuses on Senegal, and documents the legacy of colonialism. The February 7th film, "Man-Made Famine," documents how hunger in Africa is rooted in issues such as export agriculture, male migration, and cultural norms that discriminate against women. Contact the WID office, (517) 353-5040.


Contemporary Issues in International Development: An Exploration of Audiovisuals (ANP 491, Section 7) will be offered Spring Semester 1996. See the related article in the MSU Announcements section (above). For more information, contact Professor Rita Gallin, 353- 5040.

Programs of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). Four OTS courses will be held during the summer of 1996: "Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach", "Tropical Plant Systematics", "Tropical Biodiversity", and "Tropical Conservation Biology". Application deadline is Friday, March 1, 1996 (except for Tropical Biodiversity, the deadline for which is April 5, 1996). Some financial assistance may be available. There are also two OTS fellowship programs for the support of graduate student research in Costa Rica. OTS courses are considered to be among the world s finest in the area of tropical studies. MSU graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the MSU campus OTS representatives, Dr. Peter Murphy, Botany and Plant Pathology, 355-4691; or, Dr. Thomas Burton, Zoology, 353-4475. The African Studies Center has a copy of the OTS information, stop by 100 International Center (mention Tuesday Bulletin, Spring No. 1).


The Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum in Okemos is featuring an African menu for the month of January. Cuisine from Nigeria (Jan. 2-11), Ethiopia (Jan. 12-22), and Morocco (Jan. 23-31) is being served. February's entrees will feature Mediterranean entrees, and March will feature Middle East entrees, and April will feature India. The restaurant is located at 2138 Hamilton, at the corner of Hamilton and Okemos Roads.


1996-97 MSU Thoman Fellowship Program applicants are being sought. This program is designed to bring together 12 advanced Ph.D. students from developing countries to consider strategies to address issues of poverty, hunger, and food security, both in our local community and in the students' home communities. Fellows meet several times as a group over the course of the academic year and also volunteer in local agencies. Funded primarily by the W.B. and Candace Thoman Foundation of Lansing, MI, it is a highly regarded program. Membership in the program carries with it a

$2,500 stipend. Application forms are available from the Office of the Dean, International Studies and Programs, 207 International Center. Application deadline is March 1, 1996.

Travel Grants to International Meetings Abroad are being awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to assist scholars in all fields of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences to participate in international meetings held outside the United States. Priority will be given to well- planned, broadly international meetings and infrequently-held international congresses. Approximately 170 awards of $500 each (regardless of destination) will be made to individuals to offset necessary expenses such as air travel to and from the U.S. The postmark deadline for applications is February 1, 1996, for travel to international meetings occurring between June 1, 1996 and May 31, 1997. Announcement of awards will be made by the third week of April, 1996.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold the Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field and must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Scholars of all ranks affiliated with institutions, as well as

independent scholars at all stages of the career, are eligible to apply. Only persons who will read papers or have a major, official role in the meeting are eligible for an award. Membership in an ACLS constituent society has no bearing on eligibility. To request application forms, interested scholars should fax the ACLS Fellowship Office, 228 E. 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3398, fax: (212) 949-8058, and give the following information: (1) The official name, dates, place, and sponsorship of the meeting, (2) applicant s highest academic degree and proposed role in the meeting, and address to which application should be sent. Only applications from individuals on their own behalf will be accepted. Conference planning committees or sponsoring organizations may not apply. For more information contact: Julie R. Sissman, Program Associate, American Council of Learned Societies 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017. Tel: 212 697-1505 x.130; FAX: 212 949-8058. E-mail:

Residential Fellowships for 1996-97 at the Frederick Douglas Institute for African and African-American Studies, at the University of Rochester. Postdoctoral fellowships, predoctoral dissertation fellowships, and two four-year fellowships for graduate study, with tuition plus academic year stipends.

Application deadline is January 31, 1996. The African Studies Center has a copy of this information (mention Tuesday Bulletin, Spring No. 1) or contact: Associate Director for Research and Curriculum, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester, 302 Morey Hall, Rochester, NY 14627. Phone: (716) 275- 7235.

"Minority Rights and Environmental Justice in Africa: The Agony of the Ogonis in Nigeria" is the title of an international conference to be held at Cornell on February 23 - 24, 1996. The conference will be sponsored by the Nigerian Student's Association and dedicated to the memory of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Contact: M. Ibe Ibeike-Jonah, Nigerian Student s Association, 133 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 or e-mail:

From: Judith Lessard
Subject: try again: Tuesday Bulletin Spring No. 1, January 16, 1996

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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