MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/23/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/23/99



Issue No. 7, Spring 1999

February 23, 1999



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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February 23, Tuesday "Challenges to the national University of Rwanda in Addressing Rwanda's

Development Needs." Special presentation with Dr. Emile Rwamasirabo (Rector of the National University of Rwanda, UNR), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 201, International Center. Sponsored by the African Studies Center and the Institute of International Agriculture. Reception following lecture.

February 23, Tuesday "Aksum in the Ancient WorldSystem." Lecture with Rodolfo Fattovich, (University of Naples), 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Room 41, Kresge Art Center.

February 24, Wednesday "Recent Excavations at Aksum." Brown Bag seminar with Rodolfo Fattovich, (Univ of Naples), 12:00 noon, Room C-106, McDonel Hall. Sponsored by the Departments of Art, History, and Anthropology, and CICALS. For more information, contact Professor Raymond Silverman at (517) 353-9114.

February 25, Thursday

"Domesticating a Foreign Import: Aspects of Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1958-1977." African Studies Center Brown Bag with Nicholas Creary, Advanced Ph.D. Graduate Student (History Dept., MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 28, Sunday The event "The School of Music presents a recital which highlights Uganda's musical instruments" has been changed and will NOT have any African instruments. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy Walsh, (517) 353-9958.

March 4, Thursday "DÈj. Vu All Over Again: Current Worker Participation Debates in the Labor Movements of South Africa and the United States." African Studies Center Brown Bag with John Beck, Faculty (School of Labor and Industrial Relations, 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 E-mail:

The MSU Mandela Fellowship The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and the African Studies Center at MSU will award tuition scholarships for as many as four South African graduate students. Specifically, OISS and African Studies will offer either: Two full tuition waivers for initial degree undertaken for the duration of study, or Four partial tuition waivers covering the cost of the outofstate portion of tuition for initial

degree undertaken. The goal of this fellowship is to make it easier for highly qualified South African graduate students to gain admission to MSU. It is hoped that students receiving the fellowship will eventually move into assistantship, freeing up fellowship funding for other South African students.

For consideration, the candidate must be of South African citizenship and admitted as a full-time regular student in a Masters or Ph.D. program at MSU. For specific details on how to apply, contact: Michael Fisch, Sponsored Student Coordinator, Office for International Students & Scholars, 103 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035; Telephone: (517) 353-1720; Fax: (517) 355-4657; e- mail: Needed: Native speakers of Shona Native speakers of the Shona language are needed for a speech perception study to be conducted at Michigan State University. The participants in the

study will be paid. The tests involve listening to sounds from Shona and English. Participants will be tested on Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27th in the Communication Arts building.

Twenty speakers of Shona are needed for the study. If you are interested in participating, please email:

Jimmy Harnsberger at:

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Peace Corps Day '99: March 2 A wonderful way to celebrate the Peace Corps 38th anniversary and give students the opportunity to talk with someone who has lived and worked in a culture very different from our own. This year, in addition to classroom visits, students can take part in live telephone conversations with currently serving

volunteers working in dozens of countries around the world.

To schedule a visit on March 2 or any other time during the school year, contact Northern Ohio Returned Volunteers Association, (NORVA) Speakers Bureau, at (216) 521-9095 or e-mail:

Call for Papers Wilberforce University The Humanities Department of Wilberforce University announces its first conference on Slave Narratives, to be held on the Wilberforce campus from 14-16 October, 1999. The theme is "Chronicling Our Present; Remembering Our Past; Predicting Our Future."

Papers are invited on any aspect of the slave narrative including the slave as author and character; the underground railroad; contemporary experience

of slave descendants; role of women and so-called minorities and any interesting focus.

Send two copies of a 240-word abstract and/or proposals for sessions by May 15, 1999, to: Dr. Olabisi Gwamna, English Department, Wilberforce University, 1055 N.Bickett Road, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384; Telephone: (937) 376-2911 - ext.615; Fax: (937) 376-2911; email:

AccÈs CinÈma Africain April 23 - May 2, 1999 MontrÈal, QuÈbec (CANADA) African Film Access uses current films and video from Africa and the Caribbean both as documents for exploration and study and as a French language program intensive, within the context of a film festival. The three-day and nine-day programs that are offered include: unlimited film screenings, daily workshops and discussions with exhibiting

filmmakers, daily French language classes, discussions with area specialists, music and dance performances and art exhibits, meals with filmmakers and lodging at the same hotel, and exploration of multicultural MontrÈal. For further information, call or write: Julia Schulz at Penobscot School, 28 Gay Street, Rockland, ME 04841 USA; Telephone: (207) 5941084; Fax: (207) 594-1067; e- mail:; Web site: <>

Temple in West Africa: Ghana Summer Program 1999 The Temple in West Africa: Ghana summer program is tentatively scheduled for July 7 - August 17, 1999. It is intended to investigate aspects of the historical, literary and artistic bases of West African civilization. It also offers a special opportunity for all students interested in classical and contemporary African history, politics, literature, music, dance and

theater to learn about these subjects through academic study and personal cultural experiences.

For more information, contact: Dr. Abu Shardow Abarry, Department of AfricanAmerican Studies, Temple University, Conwall Hall, 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122; Telephone: (215) 204-4684; email: The application deadline is March 15, 1999. Limited scholarships are available.

Travel Seminar to South Africa "South Africa After President Mandela," is the title of this seminar scheduled to take place June 19 - July 3, 1999. This seminar is sponsored by the Center for Global Education at Augsburg College. On the seminar, participants will explore many of the issues facing South Africa. The progress toward,

and barriers to, development and reconstruction in a country ravaged by decades of apartheid rule. The style of the seminar is intensive and includes encounters with people and organizations representing many sectors of South Africa. For applications or more information about the seminar, call the Center for Global Education at (612) 330- 1159 or 800-299-8889 or write: Center for Global Education, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454. Application and deposit are due May 7, 1999.


1999 Scholar Access Grants The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) announces the availability of grant funds for faculty at Upper Midwest colleges. Awards of up to $400 each are available for work at libraries in Madison or Milwaukee, researching projects that have an international focus. Preference will be given to applicants who teach or conduct research that

compares two or more of the following regions: Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Russia, or Central, South, Southeast Asia. For more information contact: WIOC Scholar Access Grant Competition, Joint Center for International Studies, 333 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; Telephone: (608) 265-4745, Fax: (608) 265-2919; email: Application deadline is March 19, 1999.

Editor: Ali Dinar,