Tuesday Bulletin No. 2, January 19, 1999

Tuesday Bulletin No. 2, January 19, 1999

Issue No. 2, Spring 1999 January 19, 1999 Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive http//



January 19, Tuesday

African Film Series: 12:00 noon 2:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. "Politics Do Not a Banquet Make." The theme of this film is set by a quote from a former Ethiopian soldier, "You can't eat politics like you can eat bread." Through interviews with a wide variety of individuals (peasant farmers, urban unemployed, soldiers, and senior government officials) set against the backdrop of rural and urban life in contemporary Ethiopia, this film investigates the relationship between food production/distribution/hunger and politics in the recent history of this important African country.

"The Poverty Complex." This video addresses a complexity of issues and topics related to international development: food security/famine/hunger, poverty, structural adjustment, endemic and epidemic diseases/health care, gender roles/relationships, environmental degradation, and representations of the third world.

January 19, Tuesday

"Migrants and Housing Investments: Theory and Evidence from Nigeria." Seminar by Una Okonkwo, Economics PhD student (Northwestern University), 3:30 p.m., Koo Room, Marshall Hall. Sponsored by the Economics Department at MSU. Please direct all inquiries to Professor John Strauss at 355-1863. All are welcome.

January 20, Wednesday

African Film Series: 12:00 noon 2:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. "The Desert and the Deep Blue Sea." This video looks at the pressure being placed on Banc d'Arguin National Park (Mauritania) to allow commercial fishing on its grounds. This step could prove disastrous to both the wildlife and the local fishers.

"Zimbabwe: Tourism Along the Zambezi River." This video looks at the impact of tourism on the people and environment of the region around Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. The program focuses on the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits and liabilities arising from the expansion of and growing dependence on tourism.

"Baabu Banza: Nothing Goes to Waste (Niger)." This program shows the amazing industry and inventiveness with which Niamey's garbage dumps are gleaned. We observe among the many resurrected objects here, the amazing uses to which old tires are put.

January 21, Thursday

"The Leaf of Allah: Qat Culture in Harar (Ethiopia)." African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tim Carmichael, Graduate Student (History, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


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 five week Intensive Summer Program in Amharic will be preceded by a threeday gratis seminar on Ethiopia, June 17-19. Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary 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.

A three day seminar on Ethiopia for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in Ethiopia will be offered June 17-19, 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.

The Summer program will be directed by Prof. Grover Hudson, Faculty, Department of Linguistics and Languages, Michigan State University.

For further information, contact Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Assistant Director, African Studies Center, 100 Center for International Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Phone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; or Email:

African Media Workshop

"Using Film and Video to Teach about the African Environment," is the title of the workshop scheduled for February 4-6, 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 or email:


Health and Society in Africa Spring Conference The Berkeley-Stanford Joint Center for African Studies invites scholars and students to their April 24, 1999 Spring Conference. The theme of the conference is "Health and Society in Africa." A wide variety of themes will be covered including, the restructuring of health care organizations, delivery systems and financing, the economic and social impacts of AIDS, the contributions and role of traditional health providers and many related topics. The Center is also interested in papers and panels

that reflect ongoing research on law and colonization in Africa, African humanities, South Africa in transition, democratization and human rights, natural resources and political economy as well as gender. Abstracts of not more than one page should be sent to: Christine Capper, Joint Center for African Studies, Stanford Center for African Studies, Building 240, Room 104, Stanford, CA 94305-2152. Telephone: (650) 723-0295. Email: The deadline for abstracts is February 15, 1999.


The National Council on U.S. Arab Relations offers: "Passage to Morocco," a three week language program at the Arab Language Institute in Fez, Morocco. The program consists of intensive Modern Standard Arabic study, cultural diversity exploration through home stays, lectures on Morocco and related North African issues and visits to historical and cultural attractions. For more information contact: The National Council on U.S. Arab Relations, Passage to Morocco Program Coordinator, 1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1210, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 293-0801, Fax: (202) 293-0903.


Boston University - Art Historian

Boston University is seeking an Art Historian to fill the vacancy for Assistant Professor. The position is a renewable or tenure track. The candidate must have a Ph.D., and interest in participation in the Museum Studies Program. The candidate will teach African Art and architecture to undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline for applications is January 25, 1999. Applications and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Professor Jonathan Ribner, Chairman, African Search Committee, Art History Department, Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 302, Boston, MA 02215

Trinity College - Modern Sub-Saharan African History

Trinity College announces a one-year open rank position in Modern Sub-Saharan African History. This leave replacement vacancy begins in fall 1999. Responsibilities include a twosemester survey of SubSaharan Africa and courses in areas of specialization. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and information about the candidate's teaching can be sent to: Professor Luis Figueroa, Department of History, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106. Telephone: (806) 297-5285. Fax: (806) 297-5111. Email: Also Dario Euraque, Director of International Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106. Telephone: (806) 297-2398. Email: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Trinity website is: http//

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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