MSU Tuesday Bulletin [7], 02/25/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin [7], 02/25/97

February 25, 1997 EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035









Please submit information on Africa-related events or news seven to 10 days in advance of the day it should appear in the Tuesday Bulletin. Submissions may be brought, faxed, or e-mailed to the African Studies Center, Room 100, Center for International Programs, Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700 Fax: (517) 432-1209, E-mail:


February 27, Thursday

"Ethiopian Health and Disease Beliefs: An American Doctor's Experience", African Studies Center Brown Bag, co-sponsored by the Institute of International Health and the Department of Communication with Rick Hodes, M.D. (Medical Director, American Joint Distribution Committee, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

February 28, Friday

"When Worlds Collide" Varapi, Doctors and HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe", CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with David Simmons, Anthropology, 12:00 - 1:00pm, Rm 201 International Center.

March 11, Tuesday

"Recent Studies in the Oral Literatures of Ghana", African Studies Center and History of Art Special Brown Bag, with Kwesi Yankah (Associate Professor of Linguistics, Univ of Ghana), 12:00 noon, Rm 201 International Center.

March 12, Wednesday

"Sounds, Images, and Text: The Art of Communication in Akan Society", Special Seminar with Kwesi Yankah (Associate Professor of Linguistics, Univ of Ghana), Kwabena Nketia (Emeritus Professor of Music, Univ of Ghana; and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Integrative Studies at MSU), Daniel Mato (Professor of Art History, Univ of Calgary), and Raymond Silverman (Associate Professor of Art History, MSU), 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m., Hart Recital Hall, School of Music, Music Building.

March 13, Thursday

"AIDS and Africa's Public Information Campaigns", African Studies Center Brown Bag, with Charles Okigbo (African Council of Communication Education, Nairobi, Kenya), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.


Thoman Fellowship Program

Applicants are now being sought for the 1997-98 Thoman Fellowship Program. The program seeks to bring together 12 advanced Ph.D. students from developing nations to consider strategies which address issues of poverty and hunger, both in our local community and in the students' home communities. Membership in the program carries a $3,000 stipend, and the deadline is March 1, 1997. Interested students can pick up an application in the International Studies and Programs office, 207 International Center.

Summer 1997 Ethiopia and
Eritrea Fulbright/Hays,
Group Projects Abroad
(Faculty Program).

CICALS is welcoming applications for a five-week Fulbright Hays In-Country Language and Area studies Seminar to be held at MSU and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Asmara, Eritrea between June 16 and July 21, 1997. Ten qualified faculty employed at GLCA, HBCU, ACM and other affiliated institutions will participate in a one week on-campus area studies and orientation institute before flying to Ethiopia and Eritrea to complete four weeks of in-country studies. Approximately two weeks each will be spent in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Grants cover round trip airfare and in-country expenses. Each participant will be expected to participate fully in all phases of the program, including a study program designed to enhance teaching/research directly relevant to her/his home institution. Deadline for Applications: March 31, 1997. For further information, please contact Professor Kenneth Wylie at (517) 353-0778 or E-mail:

African Film Festival April 18-19, 1997

The African Studies Center at Michigan State University is sponsoring a film festival Friday, April 18 - Saturday, April 19, 1997. The festival, "A Celebration of African Film: Filmmakers from Across Africa", will feature the works of Bassek ba Kohbio, Djibril Diop Mambety, Gaston Kabore, Ngozi Onwurah, Flora M'Mbugu-Schelling, Salem Mekuria and Tsitsi Dangarembga. In addition to featuring African films, we have invited the filmmakers to introduce their films and participate in discussions about their work. This unique celebration of African film is made possible by the African Literature Association which will hold its twenty-third annual conference at Michigan State University, April 16-19, 1997. We invite you to share in the celebration by attending the festival and meeting the filmmakers. All showings are free of charge and open to everyone. A reception for audience members and filmmakers is planned for Saturday afternoon. For more information contact the African Studies Center at (517)-353-1700. (See end of bulletin for more details on the film festival).

African Literature Association (ALA) at MSU

(See Conference Section)

Awards Convocation

On February 4, 1997 at the State of the University Address by MSU President Peter McPherson the 1997 Awards Convocation took place. One recipient of the Teacher-Scholar Award was Elizabeth A. Eldredge from the Department of History. Eldredge, a published author. Through her teaching skills, she introduces students to language training and helps them look for and understand African representations of themselves in historical material as well as in art and literature. Eldredge is described as being a challenging, sensitive, and accessible teacher, driven by a desire to help students fine tune their critical thinking skills.

International Visitors

Niama Nango Dembele (AEC Ph.D.), an agricultural economist with the International Fertilizer Development Center in Burkina Faso, visited the Department of Agriculture Economics December 13-26. He worked with John Staatz (AEC) and other members of the Food Security II team on issues related to input and output marketing in West Africa and on designing improved market information systems in Mali.

Charles Machethe, Dean of Agriculture at the University of the North in South Africa, was a visiting scholar in the Department of Agricultural Economics from January 10-30. The visit was part of the UNIN-MSU linkage activities and he worked with Thomas Reardon and Carl Eicher.

Kwane Afreh-Nuamah, fellow and national integrated pest management (IPM) coordinator in Ghana, gave a seminar on "Integrated Pest Management in Ghana" on December 12. The seminar was sponsored by the IIA, Bean/Cowpea CRSP Management Office, and the Department of Entomology.

Visit of Francois Falloux

Mr. FranÁois Falloux, Senior Environmental Advisor, Africa Region, The World Bank, will make a presentation on National Environmental Action Plans (NEAPs) from 12:30-2:00p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 1997 in the Con Con Room, International Center. Mr. Falloux is actively involved in World Bank environmental policy and NEAPs, and is the author with Lee M. Talbot of "Crisis and Opportunity: Environment and Development in Africa." This presentation is open to the MSU community, and is part of the class: RD 491/GEO 492 - Environment and Development Policy taught by Jim Bingen and David Campbell. Mr. Falloux's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Geography and Resource Development, the African Studies Center and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID).

New CASID Interest Group on Globalization

Preet Aulakh (Department of Marketing And Logistics) and Michael G. Schechter (James Madison College) ask that you join them in exploring the topic of "globalization". The two believe that there is much to learn about this term which in its most basic sense involves the compression of the world. The two wish to find faculty to join their Globalization Interest Group as well as assist in the organization of the 1998 spring conference on globalization. If you are interested in learning more about this group please contact: Michael G. Schechter, James Madison College, 352 S. Case Hall, Campus Mail.


Operation Crossroads

Global Volunteers/Interns/Project Directors Crossroads offers an opportunity to do summer work and participate in multi-disciplinary grassroots projects that Africans and Brazilians in rural communities deem valuable. See Tuesday Bulletin No. 3 or 4 for details or contact: Operation Crossroads, Attn: Overseas Department, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1366, New York, NY 10027. Phone: (212) 870-2106.


African Literature Association
(ALA) at MSU April 16-19, 1997

"FESPACO Nights in Michigan: African Film and Literature" is the title of the Twenty-Third Annual Conference of the ALA. The Conference will be held at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University and will focus on recent developments in African film. For more detailed information, please contact: Kenneth Harrow, Department of English, Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1036. Phone: (517) 353-7243; Fax:(517)-353-3755; E-mail:

NEH Summer Seminar For College Teachers

Applications for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, on the topic of "Nation, State, and Cultural Pluralism." Contact: M. Crawford Young, Department of Political Science, North Hall, 1050 Bascom Mall, University of Wisconsin -Madison, Madison, WI 53706. Phone: (608) 263-2040, Fax: (608) 265-2663, E-mail: Deadline March 1, 1997.

All-Russia Conference of Africanists
Moscow, October 1-3, 1997

The Scientific Council on Problems of African countries, Institute for African and Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Association of Africanists have come to the decision to convene the Seventh All-Russia Conference of Africanists on the subject "Africa in Changing World" on October 1-3, 1997. During three days, besides two plenary sessions the work of the conference is planned in the following panels:

1. Economics
2. Socio-Political, Ideological and Legal Problems
3. International Relations. Africa, Russia, CIS
4. Regional and Country Studies
5. History
6. Ethnic and Socio-Cultural Problems
7. Literature Studies
8. Linguistics

Please address all enquiries to: Dr. Yuri Ilyin Executive Secretary, Conference Organizing Committee Institute for African Studies 30/1 Spiridonovka Str., Moscow, Russia, 103001 Tel: 7(095)290-60-25 (Dr.Y.Ilyin); 7(095)290-27-52 (International Department); Fax: 7(095)202-07-86; E-mail:

Third Annual Africana Studies Conference

The Department of Africana Studies at Tennessee State University presents the Third Annual Africana Studies Conference under the theme, "Reclaiming Our Culture: Development and the Africa Centered Paradigm". The conference will take place February 28 through March 1, 1997 at the Floyd-Payne Student Center at the school. Several Keynote speakers will be on hand. For further information please contact Ms. Lynette Moore, Conference Coordinator, Department of Africana Studies, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 37209-1561 Tel: (615)963-5561. Fax: (615) 963-7472.


1997 Tillers International Workshops

- Introduction to Blacksmithing (310a), March 1-2
- Intermediate Smithing (311a), March 15-16
- Ox Driving (221a), March 22-23
- Ox Training Clinic (224), April 12-13
- Draft Horse Basics (230), April 26-27

For class fees and other information write: Tillers International, 5239 South 24th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49002-2019 or call: (616) 344-3233, Fax: (616) 344-3238, Web Page:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(UIUC) will be hosting a weekend dissertation workshop for sub-Saharan African doctoral students entitled, "Society, Social Movements , and Environmental Change." The workshop will be sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation's African Developmental Dissertation Proposal Workshop, and co-organizers for the event are the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University and the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The workshop will take place May 11-14, 1997 and will allow students who are engaged in a wide range of critical themes to come together. Participants' expenses will be fully covered by Northwestern University through the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. In order to apply, students must submit a draft dissertation research proposal and a current resume by February 28 to: African Development Dissertation Workshop Competition, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, 620 Library Place, Evanston, Illinois 60208-4110. For any questions please contact: Roseann Mark at Northwestern's Program of African Studies. Ms. Mark can be reached by e-mail at, or by telephone at (847) 4901-7323.


Summer study abroad program in Ghana, West Africa. June 14 - July 26, 1997

Where: University of Ghana - Legon Sponsorship: North Carolina State University, Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, African American Studies Program, and the NCSU Study Abroad Office. Cost: $3,300 (all inclusive of airfare, tuition, and accommodations). Financial Aid: Scholarships from $300 to $1,000 are available (deadline March 15, 1997) Application Deadline: March 3, 1997. This six-week (1997) summer study abroad program in Ghana, West Africa is designed to prepare participants for the 21st century enabling them to develop and refine their skills in cultural awareness, intercultural adjustment, critical observation, and research. The program is open to students and other interested individuals and groups throughout the US. Further information can be obtained via the Web at: psy508001/ghana97 or by contacting: Craig C. Brookins, Ph.D., (919) 515-1725, email:


A Celebration of African Film: Filmmakers from Across Africa
All showings will be held in Wells Hall B 104
Free parking will be available

An Evening of Feature Films

Friday, April 18, 1997

4:00- 6:00p.m.
Sango Malo by Bassek ba Kohbio
In Sango Malo, Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek ba Kobhio creates the story of an idealistic teacher who is sent to a village in the bush where he attempts to put into practice a program of practical education. In the process, he bumps up against the traditionalists and the village authorities. We have asked this up and coming filmmaker to attend our festival and discuss his work with the audience.

Hyenas by Djibril Diop Mambety
We are pleased to welcome Djibril Diop Mambety, one of the most talented filmmakers working today, to our film festival. His latest film, Hyenas, is a major piece on the current state of corruption and disarray which permeates contemporary African official dom. We have invited Mambety to talk about his film.

Wend Kuuni by Gaston Kabore
Gaston Kabore, one of the fathers of African cinema, has been asked to introduce his audience in East Lansing to this film where he incorporates oral storytelling qualities as he tells the tale of a child who is traumatized by the death of his mother and adopted by a warm family. The film takes us to the period before colonialism.

A Day of Films by African Women
Saturday, April 19, 1997

Monday's Girl by Ngozi Onwurah
Onwurah, a Nigerian living and working in London, created this documentary about traditional practices of initiation for Waikiriki girls in Nigeria. The film focuses on two girls in particular: Florence who regards the ceremony as an honor, and Azikiwe, who has lived in the city for ten years and considers it an indignity. We have invited Ngozi Onwurah to discuss her film with festival participants.

These Hands by Flora M'Mbugu-Schelling
This film represents a breakthrough in African filmmaking. Its subject is a group of emigre women from Mozambique living in Tanzania. They are obliged to live by breaking stones into small pieces for a quarry and for their hard labor, earn only a pittance. The film remains largely on the outside of their experiences, making no attempt to explain or exploit their situation.

*3:30-4:30p.m. Reception, Spartan Rooms B & C, Crossroads Cafeteria*

Deluge by Salem Mekuria
The Ethiopian filmmaker Salem Mekuria, in Deluge, has made a moving memoir about the revolution following the overthrowing of Haile Sellassie in Ethiopia. Her family, best friend, and several acquaintances were deeply implicated in the politics of the times, and Mekuria made this film so as to bring home to her own daughter the meaning of the events in Ethiopia.

Everyone's Child by Tsitsi Dangarembga
We have asked Dangarembga, a major filmmaker and novelists from Zimbabwe, to introduce her first feature film, Everyone Counts, to those attending its showing at our festival. The film deals with the problems AIDS has brought and the destruction it has wrought on village life and values in the Zimbabwean countryside.

Yeelen by Souleyman Cisse
Souleyman Cisse was born in 1940 in Bamako, Mali and began his film career as a projectionist after Mali gained its independence in 1960. He is regarded as one of Africa's most admired filmmakers. In Yeelen he portrays the mythic story of a power struggle between two magicians.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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