MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/24/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/24/98

Issue No. 10 - 1998
March 24, 1998
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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AFRICANA EVENTS March 25, Wednesday

"Rehabilitation of the War-Ravaged Eritrean Agriculture," African Studies Center "Special Guest Lecture" Brown Bag with Mr. Andom Kiflemariam (Head, Department of Public Relations and Training, Ministry of Agriculture, Eritrea) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

March 26, Thursday

"Social and Individual Presentation in Popular Culture: The Case of Popular Paintings and Performances in Kinshasa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Mbala Nkanga, National Institute of Arts, Kinshasa, DRC (Visiting Scholar, Univ. of Michigan), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room B, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

March 26, Thursday

"Crop Production and Protection Challenges in Eritrea," talk with Mr. Andom Kiflemariam (Head, Department of Public Relations and Training, Ministry of Agriculture, Eritrea) co-sponsored by the Department of Entomology, 1:30-3:30, Natural Science Building, Room 243.

Shona, Summer Institute

SHONA 1998 Intensive Summer Institute will be held from June 22 to July 24, 1998 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 Shona will be preceded by a three-day workshop on Zimbabwean Culture, June 18-20.Three courses will be offered during the Institute: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Shona.The Shona Institute will be directed by Dr. Albert Natsa, Faculty, Department of Curriculum and Arts Education, University of Zimbabwe.

The three-day workshop is directed by Professor Tapera Chiwocha, former instructor in economic history at the University of Zimbabwe. Shona Intensive Summer Institute participants are strongly encouraged to attend this gratis workshop.

The MSU deadline for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to graduate students offered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act was February 13, 1998.Since awards may still be given if funds are still available, potential Shona Institute participants who need FLAS support should inquire for such awards from all the Title VIinstitutions-- FLAS funds from different institutions could be combined for a full award.For a list of institutions with potential FLAS awards, visit the web site: For further information, contact: Dr.Yacob

Social Capital Interest Group

The Social Capital Interest Group at MSU will hold its conference on the theme, "Social Capital: An International Conference Bridging Disciplines, Policies, and Communities,"April 20-21, 1998, Kellogg Center, East Lansing, Michigan.For detailed information contact: 303B Agriculture Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824. Phone: 517-432-7034, fax: 517-432-2221, or e-mail:

Fall Course

Anthropology 491, Section 001; "Environmental and Social Change in Contemporary Africa" will be offered Fall semester 1998.This class is intended for students with some knowledge of Africa and an interest in the nexus between people and their environment.The class times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:50 to 2:40.For more information about the course please contact: Prof. Bill Derman, Anthropology, 316 Baker Hall. Tel: 355-0208; E-mail:

South Africa study tours

Global Exchange Presents Reality Tours: The New South Africa: A Nation in the Making1998 Trips: May 25 - June 8 & October 12 - 26.Global Exchange, a non-profit research, education and action center dedicated to promoting social, economic and political justice around the globe through grassroots activism, will organize two study seminars to South Africa in 1998.

Three years after the first election in which all South Africans were able to participate, enormous changes are obvious in day to day life in the cities, townships, suburbs and rural areas.Yet many challenges remain. The trips are to Johannesburg and Cape Town where there will be opportunity to meet with the people and grassroots organizations that have shaped these momentous changes.Discuss with them the victories won as well as the challenges ahead.For more information and application forms, please contact: Global Exchange, Attn.: Shirabe Yamada, 2017 Mission Street, #303, San Francisco, CA 94110;Phone: 415-255-7296 or 800-497-1994, x242; Fax: 415-255-7498; E-mail: -- website:

Afrocentric Website

There is an afrocentric website that may be of interest. The website is called "Black Voices" Voices' website regular features include Interactive Voices where lovers of Afro-centric culture from all over the world gather for cyber chit chat.Black Voices includes features such as Job Smart, financial matters, stock market, Black News Today -- which is updated daily with columns, stories, weather, archives.The Learning Center, Black family today, self-health and fitness files.In the entertainment section, there is music, films, arts ... for the Afro-centric community world-wide.For more information regarding this website, you may contact Bonnie Fontayne of The Fontayne Group via email, or Barry Cooper who is the Founder and General Manager of Black Voices, email:, telephone: 407-418-5908.


African Distance Learning Computer Literacy and Info Tech Conference

African Distance Learning, Computer Literacy and Info Tech Conference, May 20-22, 1998 in Ghana.The objective of this conference is: a) To initiate a long-term effort to promote electronic networking for economic and educational development in Africa.b) To examine the future of education in electronic classrooms without walls.c) To explore the barriers to developing transnational goals for infusing computer literacy into primary, secondary, and tertiary education in Africa.d) To strengthen the capacity of grassroots organizations and low income communities to initiate, choose, plan and manage their own self help projects through computer technology and information systems.

The post-conference tours will involve visits to rural areas.Besides education, the Ghana Computer Literacy and Distance Education Project is interested in exploring how to use emerging technologies to promote better access to health care for people living in remote and isolated areas.To help with planning and organizing, or request more information, contact Dr. Osei Darkwa, Conference Coordinator, Faculty, University of Illinois-Chicago, Tel: 312-996-8508, e-mail:,,, or

TRAVEL TO GHANA, ACCOMMODATION & ACTIVITIES: * For discount travel, housing & activities ideas, contact: Pharra J Herlan,, Expertravel & Tours Ltd or Diane King,, 1-800-505-9991.

Women's Health & Human Rights Africa & the Diaspora

Women's Health & Human Rights / Africa & the Diaspora Conference will be held October 22-27, 1998 in Indianapolis, IN (USA).For travel & logistical arrangements, go to Website: or

For further details regarding this conference contact: Prof. Obioma NNAEMEKA, ConvenorWomen's Human Rights & Health Conference, 2nd Int'l Conf-WOMEN IN AFRICA & THE AFRICAN DIASPORA (WAAD), Pres., Assoc of African Women Scholars (AAWS), French & Women's Studies Program, Indiana University,425 University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202; Phone: (317) 278-2038; (317) 274-0062 (messages); Fax:(317) 274-2347; E-mail:,


Amnesty International

Amnesty International (AI) is seeking a creative and dedicated professional to direct its research, campaigning and development work in Africa.This is a senior-level management position, based at the organization's International Secretariat in London.The person hired will be responsible for leading a team of more than 35 professional specialist staff located in London, Kampala and Paris, in conjunction with more than a million AI members throughout the world.This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to combating human rights violations and to building the human rights movement in Africa.The application deadline is April 20, 1998. For more information, e-mail: (reference "AFR/98/2"); Tel: 44-171-413-5911; Fax: 44-171-956-1157; or write: Amnesty International, reference AFR/98/2, 1 Easton Street, LONDON, WC1X 8DJ, United Kingdom.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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