MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/27/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 01/27/98

Issue No. 3 - 1998
January 27, 1998
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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January 29, Thursday

"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 also 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.

February 5, Thursday

"Post-Apartheid Media Restructuring in South Africa: Black Empowerment," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Keyan Tomaselli, Visiting Scholar (U of Natal, Durban-Westville, South Africa), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

February 12, Thursday

"Ubuntu Worldview and African Renaissance," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tshimpaka Yanga, (Faculty, Univ of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

Research Recognition Day

"Research Recognition Day," April 3rd and 4th, 1998, is organized and developed by COGS to celebrate graduate student research at MSU. Both faculty and students are encouraged to participate. Abstracts for either oral or poster presentations for the Research Recognition Day are solicited. All abstracts must be limited to a single page, with at least one inch margins. The title of your paper and your name must also be placed at the top of the page containing the abstract. Please designate in which subject area your abstract should be considered as well as whether you are submitting your abstract for oral or a poster presentation.For more information, contact COGS at the address below. All abstracts must be submitted by February 6th, 1998, to: The Council of Graduate Students (COGS); 316 Student Services Building; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI 48823; telephone (517) 353-9189.

Book Update

Update: 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: 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).

Summer Institute in Tanzania

The University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) in collaboration with the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Makerere University (Uganda) and the University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) James S. Coleman African Studies Center will inaugurate the UONGOZI (Leadership) INSTITUTE, a summer school, July 4 to August 15, 1998, in Tanzania. This project will involve undergraduate students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law and related fields from the three African universities and America.Students will learn problem solving techniques, critical thinking, and the values of team-work and cooperation. They will also be introduced to current theoretical, methodological, and substantive debates in academic disciplines as well as in the wider society as they relate to East Africa. A major feature of the INSTITUTE will be the interaction of the students with prominent African leaders as well as noted African and Africanist scholars. This year's curriculum will be based on the theme of Democracy and Development.Who is Eligible? Students at the mid-point of their undergraduate education, and in good standing. East African students must be enrolled at any of the participating institutions in the region. American-based students may be from any US or Canadian college or university. Application deadline: March 15, 1998. Awards to be announced on April 15, 1998. East African students may receive application forms by contacting the UONGOZI INSTITUTE representative at their respective institutions.American-based students may receive application forms from the James S. Coleman African Studies Center at UCLA. University of California-Los Angeles, The James S. Coleman African Studies Center, PO Box 951310, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310.

Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS)

ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN WOMEN SCHOLARS (AAWS). Membership of the organization is open to African WOMEN and MEN (academicians, independent scholars, activists, students, and policy makers) everywhere committed to engendering and promoting scholarship in all disciplines in African Women's Studies. Aims & Objectives: (1) To promote and encourage scholarship on AFRICAN WOMEN in African Studies; (2) To forge intellectual links and network with scholars, activists, and policy makers inside and outside Africa; and (3) To participate actively in continental and global debate on issues specifically relevant or related to African women. For more information contact: Obioma Nnaemeka (President), at Association of African Women Scholars; Women's Studies Program; Cavanaugh Hall 001C; Indiana University; 425 University Boulevard; Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA. Phone: (317) 278-2038 or (317) 274-0062; Fax: (317) 274-2347; E-mail:


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.


FLAS - Ohio University

Africa and African Languages at Ohio University, 1998-99: FLAS (African Language and Area Studies) Fellowships are available at Ohio University for graduate study in any department. Fellowships cover tuition and fees, and include a $10.000 stipend for the academic year. Fellows must be admitted to an academic department at Ohio University for graduate study. Application Deadline: February 16, 1998. For applications and further information, contact Dr. Stephen Howard at (614) 593-1840; e-mail:; visit the African Studies website:http://www.cats. african/main.htm.


CORRECTION on Undergraduate Fellowships: This is a retraction of the Tuesday Bulletin's commendation of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) Fellowships for undergraduate study abroad which appeared recently in Tuesday Bulletin No.1, January 13, 1998.In fact, a wide consensus exists in the African Studies field and among many other area studies specialists that U.S. undergraduates should study abroad, but should not utilize Defense Department funds.Statements have been made against using the NSEP and other military and intelligence funding for any aspect of African studies by - the African Studies Associa- tion (ASA), the Association of African Studies Programs (AASP), the directors of the U.S. Title VI National Resource Centers in African Language and Area Studies, the MSU African Studies Center faculty, and the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS).Information on these positions can be found on the ACAS webpage at: homepage.html.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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