MSU Tuesday Bulletin [12], 04/01/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin [12], 04/01/97

April 1, 1997 EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035









Please submit information on Africa-related events or news seven to 10 days in advance of the day it should appear in the Tuesday Bulletin. Submissions may be brought, faxed, or e-mailed to the African Studies Center, Room 100, Center for International Programs, Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700 Fax: (517) 432-1209, E-mail:


April 3-5, Thur-Sat

"All North American Conference on Zaire" (ANACOZA), coordinated by the United Zaire Club and the African Studies Center with support from other units and campus organizations. The event is being held in the Con Con Room, International Center, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The public and MSU community are cordially invited to participate. For more information contact: Ezabele wa Yasak at 353-1700.

April 3, Thursday

"Current Status of Academic and Applied Medicine in Sudan", African Studies Center Brown Bag with Charles MacKenzie (Faculty, Pathology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

April 3, Thursday

"Sidet: Forced Exile", (a 60-minute video that reveals the consequences of war and displacement by focusing on contemporary women in the Horn of Africa), WID, CASID, and Anthropology film series, 3:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. , Rm 222 Bessey Hall.

April 4, Friday

"Teacher-Initiated School Improvement", CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar, with Professor J. Schwille, (Teacher Education) and Dr. Martial Dembele, (World Bank/Ougadougou) 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Rm 201 International Center.

April 10, Thursday

"Invisible Irrigation: Women and Development Projects in the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe", African Studies Center Brown Bag with Bill Derman (Faculty, Anthropology, MSU )and Heather Holtzclaw (Graduate Student, Anthropology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

April 11, Friday "A System for Appropriate Integrated Waste Management for the Humid Tropics: A Tale of Awareness and Change in Costa Rica", CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar, with Prof. Cynthia Fridgen, (Resource Development), 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Rm 201 International Center.


African Literature Association

(ALA) at MSU (See Conference Section).

African Film Festival

April 18-19, 1997

The African Studies Center at Michigan State University is sponsoring a film festival Friday, April 18 - Saturday, April 19, 1997. The festival, "A Celebration of African Film: Filmmakers from Across Africa", will feature the works of Bassek ba Kohbio, Djibril Diop Mambety, Gaston Kabore, Ngozi Onwurah, Flora M'Mbugu-Schelling, Salem Mekuria and Tsitsi Dangarembga. In addition to featuring African films, we have invited the filmmakers to introduce their films and participate in discussions about their work. This unique celebration of African film is made possible by the African Literature Association which will hold its twenty-third annual conference at Michigan State University, April 16-19, 1997. We invite you to share in the celebration by attending the festival and meeting the filmmakers. All showings are free of charge and open to everyone. A reception for audience members and filmmakers is planned for Saturday afternoon. For more information contact the African Studies Center at (517)-353-1700.

Swahili Intensive Summer Institute: June 16 to July 20, 1997

The African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic Asian and African Languages will offer a five-week intensive summer program in KiSwahili preceded by a workshop on the culture of East Africa. Three KiSwahili levels (introductory, intermediate, and advanced) will be offered. Limited Foreign Language and Area Studies, (FLAS) fellowships will be available for intermediate and advanced KiSwahili attendees. The deadline for the FLAS fellowship was February 21, 1997; however, FLAS fellowships will continue to be considered through the end of April, subject to availability of funds. For more information on the program contact: 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, E-mail: 21248YF@MSU.EDU.

Special Courses

Sociology 862 and Resource Development 862 will be offered for three credits for the Fall semester of 1997. The class will meet Friday mornings at 9:10 a.m. until noon in room 220 of the Natural Resources Building. Farming Systems Research and Extension represents a new paradigm in the application of science to agriculture. For more information about the course please

contact: Prof. George H. Axinn, Resource Development, 313 Natural Resources Building. Tel: 353-1913. E-mail: axinn@pilot, or Prof. Craig Harris, Sociology, 429A Berkey Hall. Tel: 355-5048. E-mail:

AEC 891c (Data Collection & Analysis in Developing Countries-3 credits), offered ONLY every other year, will be taught during the summer of 1997. The full session course will meet Tuesday and Thursday, 12:40-2:00. SPSS instruction will be offered in computer lab sessions, Thursday 2:30-4:00.

This course covers the survey research process-including the fundamentals of writing a research proposal, rapid appraisal, questionnaire design & pre-testing, sampling, implementing a survey, data entry, data analysis, and reporting results. An optional 1 O hour/week SPSS training lab will be offered. Students will have an opportunity to apply the theory covered in class/readings through implementing a survey research project--all class members will join in designing and carrying out a personal interview survey, analyzing the data collected, and writing a report. For more information and to set up an appointment contact Professor Richard H. Bernsten in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Bean/Cowpea CRSP, e-mail:, Phone: 355-3449.

Funds for Graduate Student Travel

The Graduate School has limited funding available for graduate student travel for research, conference presentations, and emergencies. 1. Requests should be accompanied by a summary of cost-sharing with the student's department and college. 2. Requests are usually limited to $500 or less. Only one request per student will be considered during his/her degree program. 3. Requests must be accompanied by letter or endorsement from the major professor/advisor that the student is making satisfactory progress in his/her graduate program. 4. Requests from international students for tuition and/or living expenses must be accompanied by a review/endorsement from the Office of International Students and Scholars. 5. Requests should be in the form of a brief letter from the student indicating the amount of funding needed, how it will be used in support of the student's degree program, and, if appropriate, why this is a situation which cannot be dealt with through the normal departmental/college channels. A decision on support will be made within three weeks after receiving all of the necessary materials. For further information and the application form, contact Karen L. Klomparens, Assistant Dean, the Graduate School, 118 Linton Hall, Phone: 355-0301.


Black Harvest International Film and Video Festival

July 11 - 20, 1997

The 1997 Black Harvest International Film and Video Festival will take place at The Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The festival highlights the films and videos of black artists worldwide. The programming committee is currently previewing films and videos for inclusion. To enter work, send O" preview tape to: Black Harvest, The Film Center, 280 South Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603. Include: 1. self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of tape, 2. contact phone, fax and E-mail, 3. press kit with title, year of production, running time and credits, 4. stills and reviews if available. Festival entries will be announced by the end of May and tapes will be returned in June.


African Literature Association (ALA) at MSU

April 16-19, 1997 - Festival Panafricaine du Cinema de Ouagadougou (FESPACO)

"FESPACO Nights in Michigan: African Film and Literature" is the title of the Twenty-Third Annual Conference of the ALA. The Conference will be held at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University and will focus on recent developments in African film. For detailed information, please contact: Kenneth Harrow, Dept of English, Morrill Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1036. Phone: (517) 353-7243; Fax:(517)-353-3755; E-mail:

University of Kentucky

Call for Abstracts, April 30, 1997

"Postcolonial Realities and the Caribbean": Call for Abstracts for the 19th Annual Conference in St. Lucia, July 25 -31, 1997. For further information, contact: Dr. O.R. Dathorne, Dept. of English, University of

Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506. Phone: (606) 257-6966; Fax: (606) 323-1072.

University at Albany State University of New York

(June 4 and June 5-8, 1997)

One Day Conference June 4, 1997

"Gender Research in Global Perspective": This one-day conference will feature guest scholars discussing aspects of gender research from various disciplinary and area perspectives. The conference is open to the public and is intended for faculty, students, and others interested in Women's Studies, Area Studies, and Ethnic Studies.

Faculty Development Institute June 5- June 8, 1997

"Cross-Cultural Approaches to Curriculum Transformation": This four-day faculty development institute will focus on substantive and pedagogical

issues in creating or transforming courses to incorporate cross-cultural materials on women and gender. Conference speakers, women's studies and area studies scholars, and curriculum specialists will facilitate workshops and discussions during the institute. Forty participants for the faculty development institute will be selected from faculty applicants who are revising existing courses or developing new courses to include significant coverage of women and gender in international contexts. Participants may be from any discipline and will receive a stipend to help cover expenses. Institute participants are encouraged to attend the conference on June 4 and must be available for the entire period of the institute. For application materials and more information on both events, contact: Ms. Deborah White, Research Associate, IROW, SS-341, University at Albany, Albany, NY 12222. Tel. (518) 442-3311; Fax (518) 442-4936; E-Mail: The application deadline for the curriculum institute is April 11, 1997. Both events are sponsored by: University at Albany State University of New York Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (CELAC), Institute for Research on Women (IROW), Center for the Arts and Humanities, University at Albany. They are funded by the Ford Foundation and the University at Albany, State University of New York, and organized in conjunction with the three-year project Internationalizing Women's Studies: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Gender Research and Teaching, funded by the

Ford Foundation. The project focuses on the regions of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

University of Maryland College Park

April 4 & 5, 1997

"Frontiers and Borderlands in History and Memory": This conference draws together scholars from a wide spectrum of area and disciplinary perspectives to collectively engage two overarching questions: How have people encountered "other" peoples across the great range of time and space that constitutes world history? How have those encounters translated across time into popular and national memory? Alan Taylor, recipient of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in History, will deliver a concluding talk that addresses these topics from his perspective as an historian of the American "Frontier." For more information, e-mail:, or call or write: James F. Brooks, Department of History, 2115 Francis Scott Key Hall, #2101K, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7315; Phone: (301) 405-4302 or (301) 405-4265.


Graduate Fellow Position Announcement

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks suitable candidates for a position of Graduate Fellow with the ILRI based at the offices in Niamey, Niger. The Graduate Fellow will work in Niger under the direct supervision of Dr. Timothy O. Williams and with colleagues from the natural and social sciences. The research is expected to lead to the completion of his or her Ph.D. dissertation. Funds provided to ILRI by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will support the Graduate Fellow's stipend, benefits and field research costs. The field work could begin as early as April 1997 but not later than September 1997. More information can be obtained from Brent Swallow, e-mail:; Fax: 254-2-631481 or 631499, Peter Hazell, e-mail:; Fax: (202) 467-4439, or Tim Williams, e-mail:; Fax: 227-752208. The closing date for applications is March 31, 1997.


Africa/World, Jackson State University (Mississippi) The School of Liberal Arts invites applications for a faculty position to begin August 12, 1997. This position is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position (unless otherwise specified). All applicants should provide evidence of teaching excellence, scholarly activities and professional service. In addition to teaching, duties will include advising students, serving on committees, and writing grants for external funding.

HISTORY: Assistant Professor. Successful candidate must be qualified to teach a required freshman World History course, as well as African History. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach Latin American History. Teaching beyond the teaching assistant level is essential. Ph.D. preferred; ABD considered. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 1, 1997 and will continue until position is filled. Letters of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts and three (3) letters of recommendation should be mailed to the address below with attention to the chair of the specific department. Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Box 18019, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217.

Jackson State University is a coeducational institution supported by the State of Mississippi. Designated as the state's urban institution, it has comprehensive programs at the baccalaureate, master's, specialist and doctoral levels offered through the School of Liberal Arts, School of Business, School of Education, School of Science and Technology and School of Social Work. Jackson State University is located in Jackson, Mississippi, the capital and largest city of the state.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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