Tuesday Bulletin No. 15,

Tuesday Bulletin No. 15,

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December 10, Thursday

December 10, Thursday "Nile Waters: A Trigger for Conflict/A Reason for Cooperation." African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Sam Laki, Associate Professor (International Center for Water Resources Management), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

December 11, Friday "The Impact of the Jonglei Canal on the Economy of the Nilotics." CASID/SID presentation with Dr. Sam Laki, Associate Professor (International Center for Water Resources Management), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

January 15, Friday Director Dan Kouyate's film Keita will feature in the SID International Film Series. The film parallels the quest of the legendary 13th Century Sundjata Keita to realize his heroic destiny with that of his distant descendant, a contemporary Burkinabe boy, Mabo Keita, to learn the meaning of his name. The director makes a passionate case for the continuity of "Afrocentric" education. The film showing is at 6:30 pm, Room 213, Berkey Hall.


David Wiley, Director of the African Studies Center at MSU since 1977, has been named president of the African Studies Association (ASA). Wiley has been a member of the national association for 30 years. He hopes during his year term the association will strengthen relations between the United States and Africa, and find ways the ASA can interact with the media, strengthen the African universities and increase the exchange between African and U.S. libraries. He also plans to help spread African teachings in American colleges and schools. The association also encourages more accurate media coverage of Africa because Africa is often misrepresented in U.S. media and film. Wiley quotes that "this is a very important moment for this association to remind Americans of how much of their language, art, music and culture came from Africa." Many congratulations to him.

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 fiveweek Intensive Summer Program in Amharic will be preceded by a threeday gratis seminar on Ethiopia, June 1719. 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 threeday seminar on Ethiopia for students, faculty, and members of the public with a special interest in Ethiopia will be offered June 1719, 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 46, 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:

The Institute of International Health is distributing application packets to minority students for May August 1999 overseas research postings. The Institute received a bridge funding from the Forgarty International Center, National Institute of Health, for this project. The deadline for submission of completed application forms is December 15, 1998. For more information contact the Institute of International Health at B301 West Fee Hall, MSU, Telephone (517) 353-8992; Fax: (517) 355-1894.


Howard University is hosting the 20th anniversary of the national Model Organization of African Unity on March 36, 1999 in Washington, DC. The model provides an opportunity for students to study the OAU through simulation augmented by classroom instruction and briefings at African Embassies in Washington, DC. For more information contact: Michael C. Nzwanze, Department of Political Science, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059. Telephone: (202) 806-6850/6720.


The African Studies Program, Ohio University, announces a call for papers for the Institute for the African Child Inaugural Conference to be held on June 16 19, 1999. The theme of the conference is, "The Children of Africa: Resources for Learning, Health and Society ." There will also be a special workshop on Saturday, June 19, on methods for incorporating knowledge about Africa's children across K12 curriculum. Proposals may be for individual or panel presentation. The proposals should include the title page, author names, affiliations, telephone, fax and email addresses. The length of the abstracts should not exceed two pages. The deadline for submission is March 1, 1999. For further information contact: Polly Sandenburgh, African Studies Program, Ohio University, Burson House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens, OH 45701, Email:

The AfroRomance Institute from Languages and Literatures of the African Diaspora, University of Missouri, Columbia, invites proposals for papers to be presented at a conference on May 12 15, 1999. The theme of the conference is, "Spain in Africa and Latin America: The Other Face of Literary Hispanism." The conference will focus on Equatorial Guinea, Forgotten Black Communities in the Americas: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. Topics will include, diaspora/exile, Equatorial Guinean Literature of Spanish Expression, Subject Creation and the Construction of Literary Blackness in AfroHispanic Literature, Revisiting Literary Representations of Africans in Spanish Literature, Colonialism/Postcolonialism, Linguistics Pidgins/Creoles. The abstracts are due on December 1, 1998. For more information contact: AfroHispanic Conference Coordinator, Romance Languages and Literature, 143 Arts & Science Building, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.Telephone: (573) 882-4874, Fax: (573) 884-8171,

The African Literature Association will hold its 25th annual meeting on March 10-13, 1999 in Fes, Morocco. The conference theme is: Continental NorthSouth and Diaspora Connection and Linkages. For more information contact: Edris Makward, ALA 1999 Coconvener, 1414 Van Hise Hall,1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, Telephone: (608) 262-2487, Telephone: (608) 262-2487, Fax: (608) 265-4151, Email:

The African Women Global Network, together with the Center for African Studies and Ohio State University, will host the second annual international conference on women on April 1517, 1999, in Columbus, Ohio. The theme of the conference is: "Technology, Art and Culture". For more information write to: The Ohio State University, AWOGNet at AWOGNet, Center for African Studies, Ohio State University, 314 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1219; Telephone: (614) 292-3238.

The African Language Institute announces the 1999 Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI), at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut. The institute will support the instruction of a number of African languages as well as provide a program of cultural activities. Some of the language being offered include Kiswahili, Setswana, Gikuyu and IsiZulu. For more information contact: Wiebe K Boer, Coordinator, SCALI, Yale University, 493 College Street, New Haven, CT O6511; Telephone: (203) 787-0696.


The American University in Cairo announces the African Graduate Fellowship Program for African students interested in pursuing a Master's degree at the American University in Cairo. Fellowships will be offered for the academic year 1999-2000 to full time graduates from various African countries. For more information contact: American University in Cairo, Office of Graduate Studies, 113 Kasr ElAini Street, CAIRO 11511, EGYPT.

The University of Pennsylvania announces a summer graduate program in Dakar on "Dual Intellectual Citizenship". The program is meant to provide an opportunity for American Africanist graduate students to: interact with and establish mentoring relationships with African scholars, familiarize themselves with the intellectual trends and scholarship on the continent and analyze perspectives found in Africa, develop relationships with African peers that may lead to lifetime intellectual partnerships. The deadline for applications is February 1, 1999. For further information contact: Dr. Leigh Swigart, Assistant Director, African Studies, email: or (after January 1, 1999); Telephone: (215) 898-6449; or (215) 898-9979 (after January 1, 1999).

Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 17:04:25 -0500 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 15

Editor: Ali B. Dinar,