MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/02/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/02/99

Issue No. 4, Spring 1999
February 2, 1999
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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February 2, Thursday "The Implementation and Results of the IMF/World Bank Supported Agricultural Reforms: The Case of Sudan's Gezira Scheme." African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor AbdelRahman A. AbdelRahman, Visiting Scholar (African Studies and Dept. of Political Science), 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 Email:

African Media Workshop "Using Film and Video to Teach about the African Environment," is the title of the workshop scheduled for February 4-6, 1999 at MSU.

This workshop aims to enhance social science, natural science, and humanities undergraduate courses that teach about the African environment, by encouraging the use of film and video images that are accurate representations of Africans and Africa and that challenge the conventional concept of the African environment.

Registration is free, however there is a small fee to cover materials, breaks and an African meal. Inquiries about the workshop should be directed to: Ms. Tama HamiltonWray, Coordinator, African Media Program; Phone: (517) 432-0057 or email:

Conference on Eldercare "Aging and Eldercare in Rich and Poor Countries: Facing the 21st Century," is the title of this conference which will take place on April 8-10, 1999 at the Michigan State University Kellogg Center. Through a series of eight sessions, questions on aging, and their developing contexts will be examined. For further details and registration information, contact: Gail Campana, Educational Program Coordinator, Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), Michigan State University, 306 Berkey Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1111; Phone: (517) 353-5925; Fax: (517) 353-840.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS Summer Institutes NEH - Univ of Arkansas The National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Arkansas at Montecello announce and invite application for NEH Summer Institute which will be held July 3 - August 6, 1999. The NEH focus is on "Islam in Africa." This institute is designed for 30 educators in grades 7-12 who teach or supervise world history, American history, world geography, global studies and related social studies subjects. The institute will concentrate on the historical and contemporary role of Islam in West Africa. Application deadline is March 1, 1999. For more information and an application packet contact: Professor Richard Corby, NEH Institute Director, PO Box 3619 UAM, Monticello, Arkansas 71656; Phone: (870) 460-1047; email:

NEH - Central Michigan University The National Endowment for the Humanities and Central Michigan University announce an NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers, Summer 1999: "Writing Africa: Chinua Achebe, Joyce Cary, Joseph Conrad, and Wole Soyinka." The institute will be held July 5 - August 6, 1999 (5 weeks), at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. For more information, contact: Maureen N. Eke, Central Michigan University, Dept. of English, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859; (517) 774-2662 or (517) 774-3171; email:


African Child Inaugural Conf The African Studies Program, Ohio University, announces a call for papers for the Institute for the African Child Inaugural Conference to be held on June 16-19, 1999. The theme of the conference is, "The Children of Africa: Resources for Learning, Health and Society ." There will also be a special workshop on Saturday, June 19, on methods for incorporating knowledge about Africa's children across K12 curriculum. The deadline for submission is March 1, 1999. For further information contact: Polly Sandenburgh, African Studies Program, Ohio University, Burson House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens, OH 45701, Email:

Call for Papers/Presenters

The New York African Studies Association (NYASA) is currently seeking papers and panel proposals for the 23rd Annual Conference to be held April 16-18, 1999 at State University of New York. The theme for the conference will be "African Diaspora in the Twentyfirst Century." Papers will be accepted from all disciplines, however priority areas for papers are listed in the conference brochure. Deadline for submissions is February 28, 1999. For details, contact: Dr. Anna Marie Evans, Faculty Director, Hart Hall, Global Living and Learning Center, Oswego State University, Oswego NY 13126; Telephone: (315) 341-2000 or 341-2655; Fax: (315) 341-5446; email:


African Development Dissertation Workshop Program 1998-1999 The African Development Dissertation Workshops are designed for SubSaharan African students currently enrolled in doctoral programs in social, behavioral, natural, and biological sciences in the U.S. and Canada. Participants' expenses are fully covered by the university sponsoring the workshop, through a grant to the University of California, Berkeley, from the Rockefeller Foundation. Interested students are invited to apply directly to the host campus. General inquiries about the program may be directed to the Institute of International Studies, email: Please direct workshopspecific questions to the contact listed with the host university. The topics, venue, and dates are as follow:

Univ of California Berkeley, California February 3-7, 1999 "African Development: Prospects, Practices, and Policies." Application deadline was December 15, 1998. For more information, contact: Sally Alcalá, email: sally@globetrotter.berkeley,edu; web site: <>; Fax: (510) 642-9493;

Univ of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota April 30- May 3, 1999 "Social Challenges and Consequences of >Ecological Change in Africa." Application deadline is February 15, 1999. For more information, contact: David Henrikson at

University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin June 13-25, 1999 "Social and Biological Science for Agricultural Development." Application deadline is February 15, 1999. For more information contact: Ms. Sharon Kemp, Training Coordinator; email:; Telephone: (608) 262-5545; Fax: (608) 262-8852; web site: <>

Emory University Atlanta, Georgia May 19-23, 1999 "Health, Culture, and Development." Application deadline is March 15, 1999. For more information, contact: Becky Baldwin, Center for International Studies, 116 Social Sciences Building, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322; email:; web site: <> tm.

Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland May, 1999 "Health and Population Issues in Africa." Application deadline is April 30, 1999. For more information, contact: Dr. Henry Mosley, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, 615 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205-2179; email:

African Studies Association Executive Director African Studies Association (ASA) invites applications for the position of Executive Director. This position is responsible for the administration of the ASA Secretariat in New Brunswick, New Jersey which includes the organization and management of the association's annual meeting, member publications, the ASA Press, membership services, and other duties assigned by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director also manages a substantial budget and endowment and supervises the ASA staff. Minimum qualifications are a Master's Degree, significant administrative experience in managing a substantial budget, supervising a staff, experience in Africa and/or African affairs and issues, and demonstrated ability to work with individuals from diverse national, racial, ethnic, gender, and academic disciplinary backgrounds.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a resume, and at least three references (current phone and email address, if possible) to: Ms. Karen P. Bryant, Assistant to the Executive Director, African Studies Association, 132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400; Telephone: (732) 932-8173; Fax: (732) 932-3394.

Application reviews will begin February 15, 1999, however all applications should be submitted no later than March 31, 1999. Questions should be directed to: Jack Parson, Chair of the Search Committee for the ASA Executive Director; Telephone: (843) 953-7662; email: or if he is not available, David Wiley, ASA President; (517) 353-1700; email:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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