MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/31/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 03/31/98

Issue No. 11 - 1998
March 31, 1998
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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AFRICANA EVENTS April 2, Thursday

"Subsistence versus Cash Crop Production in Southern Ethiopia" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Getachew Abate (Visiting Scholar, Univ. of Hanover, Germany) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room B, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

April 9, Thursday

"In Their Own Words: African Women in Higher Education" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis (Associate Professor of English, Western Michigan University) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room E & F, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

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

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:

Smithsonian Institute

The Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of African Art schedule of programs for April include: April 4, 2 p.m.- "The Significance of Names Among the Yoruba Peoples of Nigeria" is the title of this talk by Dr. Adgebola Olarinde, a member of Egbe Isokan Yoruba, a cultural institute.He will discuss how Yoruba names relate to an individual's identity.

April 4, 3 p.m. - "Naming Ceremonies: A Rededication of Olowe of Ise" a reenactment of a Yoruba naming ceremony.

April 18, 11 a.m. - noon - "Seven Artists Seeing" a program for adults and children.Participants will explore the exhibition "The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group."To register, call (202) 357-4600 ext. 222.

April 18, 2 p.m. - "The Role of Oriki (Praise Songs) in Yoruba Oral Traditions" is the topic of this program led by Kayode Akin Fanilola, assistant professor of Yoruba, Lincoln University, Lincoln, Pennsylvania.

April 19, 2 p.m. - "Last Look: ëThe Poetics of Line:Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group'" is the title of this gallery talk led by Andrea Nicolls, assistant curator, National Museum of African Art.

April 25, 2-5 p.m. - "History in Ivory" is the title of this program. Museum curators Bryna Freyer, Christraud Geary and Andrea Nicolls will discuss works of art in ivory from the Kingdom of Benin, the Grassfields region of Cameroon and Loango Coast.After the discussion, museum conservators join the curators to examine and confer on ivory objects brought in by the audience.

Travel to Africa, Cuba and Brazil

Educational Travel to Africa, Cuba and Brazil.The Association of African Studies Programs is accepting applications for Educational travel to Africa, Cuba and Brazil.The tours offer an intensive immersion and exposure to traditional and modern life.Applicants may select from several different itineraries and dates year round.African countries available include: Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Cameroon, Mozambique, and Namibia. Programs range from one to three weeks.For applications and information contact: Prof. Harold Rogers, president AASP, 19 S. LaSalle St., Suite #310, Chicago, IL 60603, or call (312) 443-0929.

Course in Linguistics-London

Linguistics courses at SOAS - University of London.The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is offering a one-year Taught Masters courses in Linguistics.The School also offers research facilities in Linguistics, leading to Mphil/PhD degrees in all of the taught subjects.For more information contact: Linguistics Department (IS), SOAS, Thornhaugh St., Russell Square, London WCIH OXG, UK. Phone: 0171-323-6332, fax: 0171-436-3844.For MA program: Prof. Shalom Lappin, and for MPhil/PhD programs: Prof. Wynn Chao. Visit web site:


Call For Papers:

The Sixth Annual African Studies Consortium Workshop will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, October 2, 1998.This workshop is sponsored by University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges. The choice of this year's theme, "Communicating Africa," was inspired by recent discussions about Africa as presented in the Western media.While this topic deserves further reflection by both journalists and scholars, the workshop organizers invite paper presenters to explore the various ways--historic and contemporary--that Africa is portrayed and portrays itself, not only through the mass media but also through political, religious, and artistic forms and channels. The deadline for volunteering a paper is April 15, 1998.

Please provide the following information:--paper abstract and title--your address, phone, FAX number, and e-mail address.Send to:Workshop Committee, African Studies Center, 642 Williams Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305. Or e-mail Lynette Loose at:, Program Coordinator, Tel:215-898-3883; Fax: 215-573-8130.

Colloquium on African Languages and Linguists (CALL)

The 28th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguists (CALL) is to be held at Leiden University, the Netherlands, from August 31 - September 2, 1998. Papers and research reports on any topic concerning African languages and linguistics are welcome.Please register for attending this colloquium before June 8, 1998.For more information contact: Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, P.O. 9515; 2300 RA Leiden - NL, Nederland; phone: 071-527-22-45, fax: 071-527-26-15, e-mail: GJDimmendaal@rulcri.LeidenUniv.NL.


Research Fellowships

The South-South exchange programme for research on the history of development (SEPHIS) offers doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships under the sub-themes of "The Forging of Nationhood & The Contest over Citizenship, Ethnicity and History" and "Equity, Exclusion and Liberalization."Applications for the fellowships must include: a research proposal (maximum of 4 pages prefaced by an abstract of 100 words) presenting the research problem and research methodology (including the sources to be examined), reviewing the relevant literature and indicating the relevance of the research to one or both of the Sephis themes; an academic curriculum vitae; a letter testifying to institutional affiliation; a reference's report (report sheets can be obtained from the Sephis secretariat or via Sephis World Wide Web site); a budget; and a timetable.Applicants for PhD grants should include a letter of recommendation by their thesis advisor and those for post-doctoral grants should include an indication of the form of publication (book, article, etc) and a copy of the PhD certificate.Applicants for PhD grants must be enrolled at a university in the South and be supported by their institutions.The applications must be received before April 30, 1998. The applications and requests about the grants program should be sent to: Sephis Grants Programme; International Institute of Social History (IISG); Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Phone: +3120-463-63-95, fax: +3120-463-63-85, email:, website:

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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