MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/09/99

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 02/09/99

Issue No. 5, Spring 1999 February 9, 1999 Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive http//



February 11, Thursday

Markets and Market Links: SME Development in South Africa and Zimbabwe." African Studies Center Brown Bag with Don Mead, Professor Emeritus (Dept. of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

February 18, Thursday

"Transformation in Higher Education in South Africa: The Issues, Challenges, and Changes in Historically Advantaged Institutions." African Studies Center Brown Bag with Ann Austin, Faculty (Education Administration, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

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.


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:


Volunteer instructors, Nairobi, Kenya American Universities Preparation Institute (AUPI) in Nairobi, Kenya, is currently recruiting volunteer instructors. The volunteers will teach English and other secondary school subject area classes, while learning about Kenyan culture and studying Kiswahili. Candidates must possess a BA or BS. No prior teaching experience is needed, orientation and training takes place on site. For more information contact: Trina Gunn at

Summer Institutes

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:


April 15-17, 1999, Columbus, Ohio "International Conference on Women: Technology, Art and Culture." The African Women Global Net work, together with the Center for African Studies and Ohio State University, will host this second annual event. For more information, write to: AWOGNet at AWOGNet, Center for African Studies, Ohio State University, 314 Oxlet hall, 1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1219; Telephone: (614) 292-3238.


African Environmental History Research Studentship, University of Oxford, (UK)

The University of Oxford invites applications for a postgraduate research studentship in African Environmental History. Preference may be given to

applicants focusing on southern or central Africa. Environmental History is construed widely to include approaches from the vantage point of economic and social, cultural or intellectual history, the history of science and medicine, or historical geography. For further particulars and application forms, contact: Charles Shaw, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD; Telephone: 01865-270036; Email:

African Studies or Slavic Research Librarianship

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries announce an academic year postdoctoral fellowship program for the training of an African studies or Slavic studies research librarian. This program is supported

by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which offers one ninemonth fellowship (non- renewable) to a recent Ph.D., in any field specializing in either African or Slavic studies who wishes to pursue a career as an African or Slavic library specialist. Candidates should submit a letter describing their training, experience, and interest, along with a resume and the names of three references to: Lila Fredenburg, Indiana University, Library Human Resources Office, 1320 East Tenth Street, Rm C201, Bloomington, Indiana 47405 1801. Application reviews will begin March 15, 1999.


State University of New York Visiting Assistant Professor

The Department of Africana Studies of the University at Albany invites applications for the position of visiting assistant professor/visiting lecturer in the area of African History, preferably West Africa or African American Sociology. The position is a one year appointment with the possibility of renewal beginning September, 1999. The candidate must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 1999 and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, short publications or writing samples, evidence of teaching experience and three letters of recommendation must be sent to: Professor Kwando A. Sarfoh, Chair, Department of Africana Studies, University at Albany (BA 115), 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222; Telephone: (518) 442 - 4725;

University of Florida - Yoruba Instructor

The Department of African and Asian Languages

and Literature at the University of Florida is seeking applicants for a one year Visiting Instructor position in Yoruba Language and African Humanities. The position is for the 1999/2000 academic year beginning August 13, 1999. Minimum qualifications are MA and native or near native fluency in Yoruba and African Humanities, Cultures and Literatures. A letter of application, curriculum vitae including courses taught and institutions where the courses were taught, at least three letters of reference (received directly from the referees), and university transcripts should be sent to: Yoruba Search Committee, Attention: Dr Avraham Balaban, Department of African and Asian Language and Literature, University of Florida, Grinter Hall 470, PO Box 115565, Gainesville, FL 32611. The closing date for applications is March 19, 1999.

University of South Florida Dean of International Affairs

The University of South Florida invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of International Affairs. Qualifications for the position include an earned doctorate, successful experience in teaching and research in the international dimensions of an academic discipline, a significant record of scholarly achievement, commitment to academic excellence, extensive foreign experience and a second language and experience in interacting with

government and business organizations. Letters of application describing interest in the position and the qualifications, a curriculum vitae and names and addresses of five references should be sent to: Dr Mohsen Milani, Chair, International Affairs Search Committee, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Avenue, ADM 226, Tampa, FL 33620. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 1999 and continue until the position is filled. Web page for additional information is:

The School for Field Studies

The School for Field Studies at Beverly, Massachusetts, announces anticipated Faculty and Administrative openings for the following positions: WildlifeCommunity Development Specialist, starting date May 15-August 15, 1999, African Wildlife Ecologist, starting date July 15, 1999, African Wildlife Manager, starting date July 15, 1999, and Student Affairs Manager, starting date July 15, 1999. The location for the first two positions is the Center for Wildlife Management Studies, Athi River, Kenya. The other three positions are for the Center for Wildlife Management Studies, Kimana, Kenya. A cover letter and curriculum vitae with details of interests and experience can be sent to: The School of Field Studies, Attention: CC0924, 16 Broadway, Beverly, MA 01915, Fax: (978) 927-5127, Email: The closing date for each position is three months prior to the start date.


Date: Fri, 05 Feb 1999 09:51:34 -0500 From: MSU African Studies Center <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 5

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar,