MSU Tuesday Bulletin (13), 04/09/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin (13), 04/09/'96



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


Apr. 8-12, Mon.-Fri., Religion in America seminar sponsored by the Department of History and the African Studies Center, with twelve Visiting African Scholars.

April 10, Wednesday, "Insights into the Tijaniyya Order in the 19th and 20th Centuries," 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center. Visiting African Scholars on the panel include: Fatima Harrak, Assimi Kouanda, and Mai Korema Zakari, with Ousmane Kane presiding. (See related article in MSU Announcements.)

April 11, Thursday, "What Nigerians Want" African Studies Center Brown Bag with MSU Visiting Scholar Ike Iyioke (feature writer with The Guardian Newspapers Ltd.) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

April 11, Thursday, "Mauritania and Senegal: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives," a panel presentation, will be held 3:00 - 5:00 p.m, in Spartan Room C, International Center. Visiting African Scholars on the panel include Ibrahima Sall, Abdel Wedoud Ould Cheikh, and Penda Mbow, with MSU Professor David Robinson, presiding. (See related article in MSU Announcements).

April 12, Friday, "Moroccan Women Through Ben Jalloun's Fiction" SID Luncheon seminar with Majat Sebti (Professor of English, University Muhammad V, Rabat, and Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

April 12, Friday, Reception Honoring the African Scholars visiting MSU for the Religion in America seminar. 3:00 p.m. in Spartan Room B, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

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.

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. Keynote Speaker will be Ngwarsungu Chiwengo (Associate Professor, English, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama), and a panel discussion with panel participants to include Bella Mody (Professor, Telecommunication, 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 all.

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. Kande 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 Amka, African American Dance Group; a poetry reading, the Sankofa Children's Performance, the Langeli Dance Group, a fashion show, the Gamboot Dance Group, the Caribbean Dance Group, and a Mau Mau Dance.

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 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.


Religion in America is the title of a symposium that will be held at Michigan State University on April 8 - 12, 1996. In attendance will be 12 African scholars (see Tuesday Bulletin #9, March 12, 1996) who will be in the United States for two weeks due to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and USIA.


Summer 1996 -- Intensive African Language Program. Title VI National Resource Centers for African Languages and Area Study and The Association of African Studies Programs announces the Fourth Annual Co-operative African Language Institute July 17 - 23, 1996. Beginning Level - Bambara, Chichewa/Chinyanja I, Hausa I, Yoruba I: Intermediate Level: Swahili, Chichewa/Chinynja, Hausa and Zulu. For application materials and further information, please contact: Ouesseina Alidou, Department of Black Studies, The Ohio State University. Phone: 614/292-0758: E-mail:

The University Research Expeditions Program at the University of California is offering the public an opportunity to be a member of a University of California research team at one of three locations in Africa. For more information, contact: University Research Expeditions program, Department D05, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. Phone: (510) 642-6586.


Gender Relations in Comparative Perspective (Anthropology 220) will be offered Fall Semester 1996. Anthropology is unique among the social sciences in drawing attention to how gender roles and relations vary among cultures. Its cross-cultural perspective offers new insights into our own as well as other societies. In this course, case studies from Latin America, Africa and the U.S. are used to illustrate the cultural construction of masculinity and femininity. In these different contexts, we will examine how gender roles and relations are shaped by broad political, economic and ideological forces, as well as how gender interacts with other systems of stratification and differentiation such as class, race and ethnicity. Instructor: Dr. Anne Ferguson. Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:20 a.m., 144A Brody. For more information contact the Department of Anthropology, Baker Hall: 353-2950.

Course Announcement Fall 1996: GEO 850 - Seminar In Regional Development: Development Issues in Africa's Drylands. This Graduate Seminar 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 and lead discussion on selected topics. The class will meet on Fridays from 9:10 a.m. to 12:00 Noon in Room 409 Natural Science Building. The instructor is Dr. David Campbell, Professor of Geography and African Studies.


Graduate Fellowships and Internships in Africa 1996-1997 are being offered by The Center for African Studies at Ohio State University. This Title VI National Resource Center, in consortium with Ohio University, is inviting applications for fellowships for the 1996-1997 academic year for African American students intending to pursue a masters degree with specialization in African Studies. The fellowships include a 2 - 3 month internship with the American development organization, Africare, in one of the 27 African countries where Africare operates. Closing date for applications is April 15, 1996. Contact: C. Magbaily Fyle, Director, Center for African Studies, The Ohio State University, 314 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210-1215. Phone: (614) 292-8169.

The African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering Scholar Access Grants to Africanist faculty at colleges in Wisconsin and other Upper Midwest States. The purpose of these grants is to allow scholars from four-year and two-year colleges to go to Madison to conduct research in the University of Wisconsin library and consult with Africanist colleagues. The deadline is April 12, 1996. Contact: Thomas Spear, Director, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1454 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706. Phone: 608/262-2380.

The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium Announces the 1996 College Faculty Access Grants for Comparative Research. The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) consisting of Madison and Milwaukee Title VI Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, announces the availability of grant funds for college faculty interested in doing comparative research concerning more than one world area. Application deadline is April 15, 1996. Contact: WIOC Scholar Access Grant Competition, c/o Heather Miller, Area Programs Support Office, 301 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Phone: (608) 262-5962. Fax: (608) 265-2919.


The West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) is looking for a senior scientist with a Ph.D. in either agricultural economics or economics for the position of production economist in its Continuum Program. More information is available in 219 Agriculture Hall, MSU. Information cannot be given out over the telephone.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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