MSU Tuesday Bulletin (7), 02/27/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin (7), 02/27/'96



Major subheadings: events, MSU announcements, other announcements, Africa-related courses at MSU, conferences, grants, fellowships, scholarships, jobs


February 29, Thursday, "French Political Theory and the Dilemmas of Malian Local-Level Governance" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Jamie Thompson (Consultant, Associates in Rural Development, Inc., Visiting Scholar, Indiana University), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

March 1 & 2, Friday and Saturday, Conference commemorating the Adwa

Victory Centenary. Guest speakers, panel discussions and cultural exhibits. See related article in MSU Announcements section.

March 7, Thursday, Spring Break - No African Studies Center Brown Bag this week.

March 14, Thursday, "Work, Leisure, and Institutions in Peasant Agriculture" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dejene Aredo (Faculty, Addis Ababa University, Visiting Scholar, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

March 21, Thursday, "H. F. Verwoerd as an Academic" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Roberta Miller (Director, CIESIN, Saginaw, Michigan), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

March 28, Thursday, "Botswana and Its New Financial Policy" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Leapetswe Malete (Graduate Student, Physical Education, MSU) and Scholar Puso (Graduate Student, Business Administration, MSU), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

MSU ANNOUNCEMENTS The Graduate History Association Comparative History Seminar is being offered to bring together history graduate students, faculty, and others to discuss from various perspectives topics and methodologies of historical significance. Each seminar, held for one-two hours every three weeks, will consist of a faculty chair and three graduate student panelists specializing in different geographic regions. Each student will make a 15-minute presentation, after which the chair will moderate a period of questions and discussion. The focus on topics which transcend geographic specialization and the variety of views offered will ensure that the seminars are of broad interest. The seminars aim to encourage dialogue within the department, to give students a comfortable forum in which to present their ideas and research plans and to receive constructive feedback from colleagues with whom they might not regularly interact, and to introduce issues and methodologies that students have not had the time to study on their own.

The second seminar, "Studying Ethnicity: Approaches, Concerns and Methodologies," is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 1996 from 3:00

-5:00 p.m. Dr. Peter Beattie will chair, and presenters will be Liz MacGonagle (Africa), Chege Githiora (Latin America) and Terry Fleming (Near East).

The third seminar, on slavery, is planned for Friday, April 5, 1996 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Chaired by Dr. Reed, it will include Ken Marshall (United States), Brett Cohen (Africa) and Erik Hofstee (Middle Passage). A fourth seminar, on nationalism, is being organized for April 26, 1996.

The seminars will be held in the History Undergraduate Library (3rd floor of Morrill Hall, directly opposite the elevator), unless a larger room is available at the time.

A Conference commemorating the Adwa Victory Centenary will be held at Michigan State University on March 1 and 2, 1996. There will be guest speakers, panel discussions, and cultural exhibits. Located in the Con Con Room of the International Center, the sessions will take place on March 1, from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 2, from 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. An Ethiopian Night will be held Saturday evening from 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. at Roni's Place Reception Hall, in Lansing. For a detailed program, pick up flyers

at the African Studies Center, Room 100 International Center. For more information, contact: Professor Abraham Engda. Phone: (517) 432-1834. Fax: (517) 336-8546. E-mail: engda@pilot.msu.ed.

Africana Libraries Newsletter, No. 85, January 1996 has been published by the Michigan State University Libraries and the African Studies Center, and is produced to support the work of the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) of the African Studies Association. Contact: Editor: Joseph J. Lauer, Africana Library, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824-1048. Phone: (517) 355-1118. Fax: (517) 432-1445. E-mail: <>

Mandi Rukuni (Visiting Scholar, Agricultural Economics, MSU) hosted a visit by Malcolm Blackie, Rockefeller Foundation-Malawi, from January 30 - February 1, 1996. The purpose of his visit was to share experiences about institutional development with respect to small-holder agricultural development in southern Africa with members of the faculty and to gain information on solving the regional problem of low maize production. Blackie said six months worth of progress was made in the two days he spent here. On Tuesday, January 30, Blackie gave a seminar entitled: "Building Agricultural Science and Social Science Capacity in Southern



The Information Bank on Somalia project was launched by the United Nations Development Office for Somalia as one of several initiatives aimed at collecting and making available as much knowledge and information as possible accumulated on Somalia which might otherwise be lost. The Information Bank on Somalia is collecting basic data and information on human resources pertaining to Somali issues, and is assisting the Somalia Aid Coordination Body in identifying national and international consultants/institutions with experience in Somalia and/or with relevant development expertise and later national and local governments in Somalia. Participation in the Information Bank is encouraged. Contact UNDOS, Documentation Unit, Nairobi, Kenya. Telefax: 254-3-448123.

"Kenyan Kids: An African Childhood," a new educational traveling kit, is now available for lending through the Boston Children's Museum and the Outreach Library. The traveling kit contains an assortment of items that illustrate the life of a typical Kenyan

child, such as children's clothes, toys, books, artwork, and magazines. The kit also comes with a detailed teacher,s curriculum guide and a workbook with photographs of Kenyan life. Rentals can be arranged by calling the Outreach Program (617/353-7303) or by calling the Children's Museum (617/426-6500). For rentals through the mail from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, call the Children's Museum at 800-370-5487.

"Africa 1996 Afrique: Crisis and Renaissance et Crise" is the title of the 1996 Meeting of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) to be held May 1-5, 1996, in Montreal, Canada. It will be jointly organized by McGill University and the Universite de Montreal. Also occurring will be the international African film festival, <<Vues d'Afrique>>, a world famous event held each year in Montreal, to present a program of cinematic presentations and debates between scholars and filmmakers. For more information, contact: Ms. Loy Denis, CAAS Secretariat, Centre d'Etudes de l'Asie de l'Est, Universite de Montreal, C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre Ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada.


"South Africa 1895-1921: Test of Empire" will be convened by the Humanities Research Center on Thursday, March 28, through Saturday, March 30, 1996, at St. Edmund Hall, at Oxford Brookes University. Speakers from many countries, including South Africa, the United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, France, India, Russia and the United Kingdom will give presentations on topics such as: South Africa as a seedbed and test-case of empire, the South African War and the humanitarian conscience, black South Africa and the First World War, imperialist and anti-imperialist women and South African issues, and African attitudes to the British Empire. For further details and registration forms contact: Pauline Tobin, South Africa Conference, School of Humanities, Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP, England. Phone: 01865 483572. Fax: 01865 484082.


A Rockefeller Resident Humanities Fellowship Program is being offered by the James Coleman African Studies Center in coordination with The Center for the Study of Women at the

Institute for the Study of Gender in Africa at UCLA. The Institute encourages applications in three priority areas: Development of multidisciplinary approaching gender in Africa; the examination of the historical dimensions of gender in Africa,s early and precolonial past; the study of culture and gender. To apply submit a 100-word abstract; a proposal of no more than 1500 words detailing the research agenda, its theoretical basis, and its scholarly relevance; a full c.v. and three letters of recommendations. Send inquiries and applications to Muadi Mukenge, African Studies Center, 10244 Bunche Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310. Deadline is March 15.

The Biodiversity Support Program (BSP) is soliciting proposals under its 1995 Conservation Impact Grants Program for applied field-based research and analysis relevant to the conservation of biological diversity in selected USAID-assisted countries worldwide. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 15, 1996. The maximum grant awarded will be US$15,000. Contact: Conservation Impact Grants Competition, Biodiversity Support Program, c/o World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037. Phone: (202) 778-9793, or 88-3462.

Fax: (202) 293-9211, or 861-8324.


The Department of History and the Women's Studies Program of the University of Utah invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of women in Latin America or sub-Saharan Africa. Ph.D. should be completed by date of appointment. The position is a joint appointment, with teaching responsibilities divided between History and Women,s Studies. Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in feminist scholarship and research. Starting date Fall 1996. Review of applications began December 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Contact: L. Ray Gunn, Chair, Joint Search Committee, Department of History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112.

The Women's Studies Program at Oberlin College seeks candidates for a continuing position at the advanced assistant professor level or above, to begin in August 1996. Candidates should have a specialization in the social sciences, and methodologies. Those with substantive interest in the comparative study of women

in the Third World or minority women in the United States are especially encouraged to apply. For more information contact Kay Oehler, Coordinator, Women,s Studies Program, Rice Hall, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074.

The Teachers for Africa Program is sponsored by the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH). Throughout the Program, teachers, school administrators and university professors are sent to African nations to teach in schools at the primary, secondary, or university level including teacher,s colleges. Teachers have been placed in schools in Ghana, Gambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Benin. Teachers are needed in all academic disciplines. Application deadline is March 25, 1996. For application and further information contact: Dr. C.T. Wright, Executive Director, International Foundation for Education and Self-Help, 5040 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 260, Phoenix, AZ 85254-4610. Phone: 602/443-1800.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States (FAO) hopes to engage academic personnel on sabbatical leave from universities to carry out agricultural research or related assignments. Contact: Mr. Charles Riemenschneider, Director,

FAO Liaison Office for North America, 1001 22nd Street N.W., Washington D.C. 20437. Phone: (202) 653-2400. Fax: (202) 653-5760.


From: Judith Lessard <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin Spring #7, February 27, 1996