MSU Tuesday Bulletin [13], 04/08/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin [13], 04/08/97


Academic Year                   MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
April 8, 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 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, Sociology, MSU), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

April 16 - 19, Wed - Sat

"FESPACO Nights in Michigan: African Film and Literature", 23rd Annual Conference of the African Literature Association. (See Conference Section).

April 17, Thursday

"Cultural Tourism in Bushmanland: Anthropologists, Theme Parks, and Film Makers", African Studies Center Brown Bag with Keyan Thomaselli (Director, Center for Cultural and Media Studies, U of Natal, Durban, South Africa), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

April 18 & 19, Fri & Sat

"A Celebration of African Film: Filmmakers from Across Africa", African Film Festival sponsored by the African Studies Center and the African Literature Association at MSU, all films to be shown in B104 Wells Hall.

April 18, Friday

"An Evening of Feature Films" 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Sango Malo, by Bassek ba Kohbio 7:00-9:00 p.m. - Hyenas, by Djibril Diop Membety 9:00-11:00 p.m. - Wend Kunni, by Gaston Kabore

April 19, Saturday

"A Celebration of African Film: Filmmakers from Across Africa" continued. All films to be shown in B104 Wells Hall.

"A Day of Films by and about African Women"
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Monday's Girl, by Ngozi Onwurah
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - These Hands, by Flora M'Mbugu-Schelling

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - **RECEPTION**
Spartan Room B & C, International Center

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Deluge, by Salem Mekuria
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Everyone's Child, by Tsitsi Dangarembga
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Yeelen, by Souleyman Cisse


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 1O 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.

People of the Books

The starving libraries of South Africa need your help! Hillel of MSU has teamed up with a non-profit organization called "Collaborative Education with South Africa : International Book Drive and Friendship Association". During the month of April, they are asking that anyone interested, please donate at least one book to sent to South Africa. Donation boxes have been placed in residence halls, the African Studies Center (100 International Center) and at Hillel (402 Linden). For more information or donations, call: 332-1916.


Western Michigan University (WMU)

WMU African Studies Brown Bag Seminars on Economics, Politics, and Culture in Africa. The dates are: Thursday, April 10, "The Repatriation of Eriterean Refugees from the Sudan" by Hagos Kafil, (Business Consultant), Thursday, April 17, "Race and Public Policy in Democratic South Africa: A View of Recent WMU Study Travel to South Africa" by Thomas Kostrzewa, Ph.D. (Instructor, WMU Dept. of Political Science), Monday, April 21, "Oral Literature and the African Cosmos", Babila Mutia, Ph.D. (Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Western Washington University), all seminars are from 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m., held in the Faculty Dining Room, Bernhard Center.


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:

Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal June 22-28, 1997

The West African Research Center in cooperation with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Studies-Smithsonian Institution presents: The First International Symposium: "West Africa: The Global Challenge", Sessions include: The African Diaspora, Research in West Africa, and Contemporary Issues. Cultural Events, Excursions and Gala Festivities planned throughout the week, Families are welcome. For information on Land and Air packages, contact: Laye Thiam of Timbuktours, Phone: (800) 782-6627, Fax: (212) 889-8688, Email: For information on registration contact: Prof. Edris Makward, 1414 Van Hise Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, Phone: (608) 262-2487, Fax: (608) 262-4151, Email: Or you may contact: Dr. Leigh Swigart, WARC, B.P. 6228, Dakar Etoile, SENEGAL. Tel: (221)21.47.70 Fax: (221)22.08.48 E-mail:


The University of Florida

The University of Florida is pleased to announce a new opportunity for summer study in Ghana in the performing arts. This year's program is scheduled to take place at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, from July 18-August 8. Participants will enroll in two courses, "Traditional Dance and song of Traditional Ghanaian Cultures," and "Performing Arts in Ghanaian Society," which will involve lectures, studio training, and first-hand observations of performances and cultural displays. In addition, educational excursions to sites of historical and cultural importance will be organized. The program will be directed by Professor Joan D. Frosch of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida. For further information contact Professor Frosch at (352)392-2038 or the Web Site:


Sub-Saharan Africa, Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)

History: African History. Johns Hopkins University, Department of History, seeks applications and nominations for a tenure-track appointment in sub-Saharan African history at the assistant or associate professor level, to begin July 1, 1998. Area and topical fields of specialization are open; applications from scholars with interdisciplinary and/or comparative interests are encouraged. Johns Hopkins University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer; we especially seek applications from women and minority scholars. Send letter regarding current and future interests in research and teaching, vita, dissertation abstract, writing samples of no more than forty rages and names of three referees to Sara Berry, Search Committee Chair, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, the deadline is September 1, 1997.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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