MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/20/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/20/98

Issue No. 2 - 1998
January 20, 1998
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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January 22, Thursday

"Mythical Narratives and Social Conflict in Africa," African Studies Center Brown 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

"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. Ms. Arnoldi, who is also sponsored by the Art Department, will hold a Public lecture at 7:00pm in 108 Kresge Art Center.The lecture is entitled: "African Voices: The Challenge of Representing Africa in the Museum".For additional information regarding her visit, contact: Ray Silverman via e-mail: or phone: (517) 353-9114.Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Visiting Scholar

The African Studies Center welcomes Dr. Getachew Abate, Visiting Scholar in African Studies and Agricultural Economics from Hannover, Germany.He will be here for the 1998 year to work on issues of his specialization.He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hannover (Germany) and B.Sc. (Great Distinction) and M.Sc. degrees from the Alemaya University of Agriculture in Ethiopia.His fields of specialization include: production economics, farming systems, farm management, agricultural marketing, and price analysis, project planning and management, and operations research.His publications concern integrating coffee and food production, cash crops and subsistence production, traditional and contemporary coffee production, farmer knowledge of marketing information, production efficiency in the coffee industry, and intercropping for farm sustainability.

Dr. Abate is available for lectures, seminars, and projects.He can be reached by phone at home at (517) 355-7970.

Publication Information

Note: The Tuesday Bulletin has received additional information regarding George and Nancy Axinn's book "Collaboration in International Rural Development-A practitioner's handbook."Although the book was published by Sage Publishers in New Deli, India, the book can be ordered in the USA from Sage Publications, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, California 91320-2218; Fax: (805) 499-0871; E-mail:; website: is listed at $18.95 for paperback (plus shipping).The book is also available at the MSU bookstore.

African Language Teachers Association

"Needs and Resources of African Language Learners, Teachers and Programs," is the title for the African Language Teachers Association 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:

African Film and Video for Teaching French, English, and Swahili Language and Literature

"African Film and Video for Teaching French, English, and Swahili Language and Literature" is a workshop sponsored by the African Studies Center at Michigan State University (MSU) to be held at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans (see Conference section for complete details).

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Two Exhibitions displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art from January through March.The museum is located at 950 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C., 20560.For more information, contact: Janice Kaplan, (202) 357-2700.

New Exhibitions "A Spiral of History: A Carved Tusk from the Loango Coast, Congo" will open to the public on February 1 and will run through April 26, 1998.A single carved ivory tusk reveals an artist's conceptions about history and cultures in transition.A band of figurative scenes, spiraling from the base to the tip of the tusk, depict historical, ceremonial, anecdotal and daily events.This 19th-century Kongo tusk is a historical document in ivory.

"Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings" will open to the public on March 15 and will run through September 7, 1998.African art is not always anonymous; some masterpieces were made by skilled individuals whose fame extended well beyond the villages or towns in which they lived.Olowe of Ise (circa 1875 - circa 1938) was such an artist.His unique style of carving attracted the notice of several Ekiti-Yoruba kings, who eventually commissioned him to sculpt doors and veranda posts for their palaces.This exhibition presents more than 30 major works by Olowe of Iseñincluding the museum's palace door and bowl with figurines, as well as shrine figures, veranda posts and a mask.


African Language Teachers Association

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

African Film and Video for Teaching French, English, and Swahili Language and Literature

"African Film and Video for Teaching French, English, and Swahili Language and Literature" is a workshop sponsored by the African Studies Center at Michigan State University (MSU).You are invited to attend the workshop on Thursday, March 12 - Saturday, March 14, 1998 at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. The workshop is designed to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction by providing college and university faculty with methods and strategies for incorporating high quality African film and video into undergraduate French, English, and Swahili language and literature instruction at all levels.

This workshop builds on the continuing national service of the MSU African Media Program. Workshop participants will: ÿview African film and video; ÿattend presentations on the use of narrative and ethnographic film in French, English, and Swahili language and literature instruction, and ÿreceive curricular materials on using African film in undergraduate language and literature classrooms at all instructional levels.

Participants will stay at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in New Orleans' Garden District at2203 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70140.Phone: 1-800-443-4675.Cost: $80 single; $89 double.

Participants must be registered with MSU before Friday, February 6, 1998. There is NO registration fee.To register, e:mail: Carmela Garritano at or John Metzler at begins at 3p.m. on Thursday, March 12.On Thursday, participants will begin to register for the workshop at Xavier University at 1 p.m. The opening session will take place at 4 p.m. A reception will follow.Friday and Saturday sessions take place at Xavier University.Transportation from the Ramada Hotel to the workshop site at Xavier will be provided.


Intensive Advanced Hausa & Yoruba

Intensive Advanced Hausa & Yoruba in Nigeria Summer 1998 Group Project is being offered at Bayero University, Kano (Hausa), and Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (Yoruba).The program runs from June 13 - August 11, 1998 and is organized by the University of Florida.Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, two years of college level (or equivalent) Hausa or Yoruba is required.The application deadline is February 10, 1998.For further information, contact: Dr. Paul A. Kotey, Hausa & Yoruba GPA Administrator, Center for African Studies, 427 Grinter Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611; Tel: (352) 392-2183 or 392-7015; Email:

Intensive Swahili

The Association of African Studies Programs is offering an eight-week advanced intensive Swahili course in Tanzania for twelve participants, with the support of the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) program, from June 14 - August 9, 1998.The course will be directed by the Council on African Studies, Yale University, and the Department of Kiswahili, University of Dar es Salaam.Participants must be U.S. citizens, national or permanent resident, and have successfully completed a minimum of two years of college level courses in Swahili.Deadline for application is February 1, 1998.For completed details, contact: Ann Biersteker, Council on African Studies, Yale University, P.O. Box 208206, New Haven, CT 06520; Tel: (203) 432-3436; Fax: (203) 432-5963; Email: ann


Indiana University - Zulu Instructor

The African Languages Program at Indiana University is seeking a graduate student instructor to teach Zulu, beginning September 1998.Native or near-native fluency in Zulu is required.Experience teaching Zulu to non-native speakers is preferred.Tuition fees and stipend will be provided for up to two years.Degree students (for example, those seeking a Masters degree) must be admitted to a regular graduate degree program at Indiana University.Information about academic departments or programs, application procedures, and contact personnel can be viewed on the World Wide Web at the Indiana University Home Page: Non-degree students should contact the Language Coordinator, Nhlanhla Thwala at: African Languages Program, Woodburn Hall 221, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405; Tel: (812) 855-6786; Fax: (812) 855-6734; Email:

Howard University - History

Howard Universityinvites applications for a History Department Chairperson beginning July 1998.Howard University is undergoing a thorough review of its structures and program.A major research center devoted to the study of African and African diaspora issues is expected to attract national interest.All applicants should be seasoned scholars qualified for a senior appointment, with an area of specialization in the African Diaspora.Send a letter stating your interest in the position, along with a curriculum vitae to: Professor Emory Tolbert, Department of History, Howard University, 2441 Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20059. The deadline has been extended to Monday, February 2, 1998.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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