MSU Tuesday Bulletin (14), 04/16/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin (14), 04/16/'96


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


April 15-20, Mon.-Sat., Africa toward the 21st Century: Vision, Problems and Prospects African Cultural Week. On April 15-19 there will be a display and video presentation in the International Center lobby, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., daily.

April 16, Tuesday, "The Gender Dimension of Poverty" African Studies Center Special Guest Seminar with Anna Mupawaenda (Administrator of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Zimbabwe) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room B, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

April 17, Wednesday, African, African-American Students Discussion on Issues Facing Africa. African Culture Week presentation, 12:00 noon, Spartan Rooms B & C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Discussion participants include Sarah Mkonza (Ph.D. student, in English, MSU) Bernard Kupfuma (Ph.D. student, Agricultural Economics, MSU), Monica Lee (President, Black Student Alliance), Geneva Smitherman (English Professor, MSU), Rukee Tjingaete (Ph.D. student, Communication, MSU) and Folu Ogundimu (Professor, Journalism, MSU) as moderator.

April 18, Thursday, "Africa toward the 21st Century: Vision, Problems and Prospects" African Studies Center Brown Bag during the African Cultural Week, 12:00 noon in Spartan Rooms B & C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Welcome address: Dr. John Hudzik, Acting Dean, International Studies and Programs, MSU. Keynote Speaker will be Ngwarsungu Chiwengo (Associate Professor, English, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama), and a panel discussion with panel participants to include Iheduru Okechukwu (Assistant Professor, James Madison College, MSU), Mike Bratton (Professor, Political Science, MSU), and moderated by Yacob Fisseha (Assistant Director, African Studies Center.

April 18, Thursday, "Resistance and Resettlement in the Zambezi Valley" Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series with Bill Derman (Professor, Anthropology, and Associate Director of Research, African Studies Center) 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., 114 Berkey Hall.

April 19, Friday, Africa, Vision, Problems and Prospects, African Cultural Week seminar hosted by the Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) and the African Student Union at 3:00 p.m. in Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Dr. Tom Carroll (CASID Director) will introduce the speakers, Carl Eicher (Professor, Agricultural Economics, MSU) and Mandivamba Rukini (Professor, Agricultural Economics, University of Zimbabwe and Visiting Professor, MSU) who will speak on Land Distribution in Africa Versus Population Pressure. Keynote moderator: Ngwarsungu Chiwengo (Associate Professor, English, Samford University, Birmingham, AL). Kandeh Yumkella (Professor, Agricultural Economics, MSU) will serve as moderator.

April 19, Friday, Allah Tantou (God's Will), film produced and directed by David Achkar. African Film Festival: Africa's Africa: Films by and about Africans, 7:00 p.m. in 128 Natural Science Building. Free and the public is invited. Discussion following the film.

April 20, Saturday, African Cultural Night: Dinner, Dance and Fashion Show at the MacDonald Middle School, East Lansing, Michigan. The evening's events will include Francis Kofi (drummer) and Mau Mau Band; Amka (African American Dance Group); a poetry reading and the "Ritabi Dancers;" the "Langeli family and Djembejam studio" (drum and dance); and "African World Jazz Ensemble" (Africa Diaspora Explosion). There will be a fashion show, "Africa-Africa" (boot dancers), and the "Caribbean Dance Group."

Dr. David Wiley (Sociology and Director, the African Studies Center) will introduce the keynote speaker, Dr. Lee June (Vice President for Student Affairs, MSU). Closing remarks will be made by Malik Balla (Professor, Linguistics, MSU, and African Student Union advisor), and Gaston Dembele (Ph.D. student, Telecommunication and Education, and African Student Union Acting President).

Tickets: Individuals: $10; Couples: $15; Children under 16: $5.00; Children under 5: Free. Tickets will be available from the African Studies Center (517) 353-1700, or from: Mr. Dembele: 355-0784, Mr.Gichana: 353-7952; Ms. Pindi: 355-1006, Ms. Angela: 355-0945, Mr. Mayo: 353-6824, Mr. Sistrunk: 353-6889, or Mr. Ezabele: 355-2757. There will be a free party after the Cultural night. The venue will be announced.

April 25, Thursday, "Pastoral Development in Uganda: An Overview of Karamoja Region" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Peter Otim (Staff, Center for Basic Research, Uganda and Visiting Scholar, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.


The Population-Environment Fellows Program (PEFP) provides fellowships for individuals who have completed graduate degrees in areas related to population and environment. Fellows are placed in developing countries for two year assignments where they work in host agencies to provide assistance and technical support. The program is administered through The University of Michigan and sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development. The program targets entry-level professionals with a demonstrated commitment to a career in international development. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible. The selection and placement process generally takes anywhere from 6 months to a year. Additional information and application may be obtained by contacting: The Population-Environment Fellows Program, SPHII, Room M4537, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029. Phone: (313) 747-0222, Fax: (313) 747-4947. E-mail:

The History Research Papers is a new series which has been launched to make available in Namibia works on Namibian historical subjects. It covers the results of primary research, work in progress, source documents and work published abroad which is not otherwise accessible in Namibia. It aims in particular to bring the efforts of Namibian students, writers and scholars to a wider public in Namibia - to schools and communities as well as University seminars and a professional readership. For more information or to order the history research papers write: History Research Papers, History Department, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA.


Seminar in African History: Islam and Morocco in African History (History 484) will be offered Fall Semester, 1996. In this course the rise of Islamic civilization and the different forms which it has taken on the African continent over the last 1400 years will be examined. The course will concentrate on the societies and states of Morocco and will cover relations with West Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, religious, artistic, literary and material culture, resistance to European encroachment and conquest, Morocco within the French empire, and contemporary issues of development, democracy, equality, migration, citizenship, civil society and "political Islam." Guest lecturers in literature, art and other fields will participate in this course. Instructor: Professor David Robinson. For further information, contact Dr. Robinson at the Department of History, 318 Morrill Hall. Phone: (517) 353-8898.

Seminar in Regional Development: Development Issues in Africa's Drylands (GEO 850) is a graduate seminar that will be offered Fall Semester, 1996. The course will focus on issues arising from the interaction between societal and environmental processes in arid and semi-arid areas of Africa. The conceptual framework for the course is Political Ecology and topics to be discussed include: climatic variability, drought and desertification, strategies for coping with food insecurity, pastoralism, crop production, wildlife and tourism, and alternative livelihood strategies. Participants in the seminar will prepare a research paper and lead discussion on selected topics. The class will meet on Fridays from 9:10 to noon in Room 409 Natural Science Building. Instructor Dr. David Campbell, Professor of Geography and African Studies has conducted research on society-environment interaction, land use change, and community responses to recurrent food deficits in Niger, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. He is currently on leave from MSU in Nairobi where he is a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a visiting scientist at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF).


The Scandinavian Institute for African Studies invites applications from junior scholars permanently attached to African University departments to conduct research at the Institute for up to three months on one of the Institutes four current research themes: urbanization, structural adjustment, poverty, and South Africa in Southern Africa. Fellowships awarded cover the cost of flights to Sweden, a stipend, office space, access to computers, and photocopying. For more information contact: Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, Box 1703, S-751 47 Uppsala, Sweden. Fax: (018) 69 56 29.

Rotary Foundation Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are awarded for two or three years of study abroad at an institution assigned by Rotary Foundation Trustees. The primary purpose of these scholarships is to further friendly relations and international understanding among people of different countries. Applicants should be able to read, speak and write the host country's language; be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary Club; be pursuing university studies; and have completed at least two years of university coursework when the scholarship begins. Rotary Foundation provides $10,000 in scholarships each year. Contact: Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201. Deadlines are set by individual Rotary Clubs between March and September. All district-endorsed applications must be received by Rotary Foundation no later than October 1.


AAWORD/AFARD -- Association of African Women for Research and Development/Association de Femmes Africaines pour la Recherche sur le Developement -- is looking for an Executive Secretary. The candidate should have graduate training and experience in formulating, conducting, and evaluating research projects; a familiarity with issues of gender and knowledge of project design and implementation; and be fluent in French and English. Please send detailed curriculum vitae and copies of 3 publications to: Prof. Jadesola Akande, President AAWORD; Women, Law and Development Center, P.O. Box 167, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. Send additional copies to the Acting Executive Director AAWORD/AFARD, B.P. 3304, Dakar, Senegal.


Date: Thu, 11 Apr 96 21:08:47 EDT Message-Id: <> From: Judith Lessard <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin, Spring No. 14, April 16, 1996

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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