MSU Tuesday Bulletin , 05/27/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin , 05/27/97




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:


College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Kim Witte, Ph.D., Department of Communication, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, has received the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award. Professor Witte, described as an inspirational teacher believes in her students' dreams and helps to make them come alive. Dr. Witte has a special commitment to internationalizing the curricula. Her health communication lectures feature Africa, China, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. A leading health communication scholar in the nation, Professor Witte has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and numerous other works. Her research has won awards both nationally and internationally.

Ralph H. Smuckler Award The Ralph H. Smuckler Award for International Studies and Programs presented the MSU 1997 Award to Professor David Sherman Wiley, twenty years the director of the African Studies center at Michigan State University. He has a deep personal, political and academic commitment to the peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa. He is professor of Sociology and an internationally known Africanist. He has taken a strong leadership role, at MSU and nationally, in a number of areas and obtained significant grants to match: African media, African Language instruction, and pedagogy, linkage grants with African Universities, and coordination of overseas study programs in Africa. Under his leadership, MSU has produced more Ph.D. dissertations on Africa than any other North American University. On leaving MSU, Dean Ralph Smuckler had this to say about David Wiley: "He is one of the few African Studies directors who is widely respected on the national scene. He is close to being in a class of his own. His views are sought and respected on US African Studies and relations between government agencies probably more that any other African Studies Leaders."

Africa-Related Courses at MSU Seminar in African History Fall 1997: HST 484 Islam and Morocco in African History. This course will focus on the history, including the history of religious belief and practice, of selected Muslim communities in Africa, with a special focus on Morocco and the Maghrib and some attention to Andalusia, or Muslim Spain. The focus will be on North Africa; however, areas that can be called "the Middle East" or the Mediterranean Islamic heartlands, or Sub-Saharan Africa will not be ignored. For more information, contact: Prof. David Robinson, History Dept., 318 Morrill Hall, Phone: 353-8898, e-mail:


Father's Day Dinner Day of the African Child and Father's Day Dinner with Chosen/Abakhetwa from South Africa. The date is Sunday, June 15, 1997. This special event will be held at the McCamly Plaza Hotel, Branson Ballroom, Battle Creek, MI. For tickets and further information contact: David Norris at (517) 355-9909 or (517) 353-9489. Student cost is $25, Non-student is $35.00. Dress is African Traditional or Formal.

Exhibition Friends of African and African-American Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will host the extraordinary exhibition "Splendors of Ancient Egypt" from July 16, 1997 through January 4, 1998. An extensive educational program is being planned in conjunction with this exhibition. The Friends of African and African American Art is soliciting your help and input to implement special activities and programming from the African American community that will enhance the educational aspects of this exhibition. The intention is to bring in Egyptologists of great renown to enlighten the community.

The exhibition covers a time span of over 4500 years from the Egyptian Predynastic period through the Egyptian Coptic (Christian) era. It features over 200 ancient Egyptian treasures, including mummy cases, jewelry and statues excavated from areas near the Great Pyramids in Giza. Detroit is the only Midwestern city that will host this exhibition. If you have questions, please call: Camille Brewer at (313) 833-9151 or write: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202.

American Red Cross (ARC) The ARC's international social services play an important role in the community by providing the following services in cooperation with more than 160 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Magen David of Israel, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:

Tracing services to people who had been separated from their relatives (citizens of other countries) due to war, political upheaval and natural disasters.

Sending messages between prisoners of war and their relatives when normal lines of communication between countries are disrupted;

Family reunification by assisting families or individuals who are attempting to bring close relatives to the US from other countries where immigration is restricted. Other specialized services like international casework services, health and welfare inquiries

For more information, contact either Peggy Tuma, International Services Coordinator of the mid-Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross; Phone: (517) 484-7461, or Ruby V. Bato, e-mail:; or contact Silvanda Silva, e-mail: of Michigan State University.


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:

All-Russia Conference of Africanists Moscow, October 1-3, 1997 The Scientific Council on Problems of African countries, Institute for African and Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Association of Africanists have come to the decision to convene the Seventh All-Russia Conference of Africanists on the subject "Africa in a Changing World" on October 1-3, 1997. During three days, besides two plenary sessions the work of the conference is planned in the following panels:

1. Economics 2. Socio-Political, Ideological and Legal Problems 3. International Relations. Africa, Russia, CIS 4. Regional and Country Studies 5. History 6. Ethnic and Socio-Cultural Problems 7. Literature Studies 8. Linguistics

Please address all enquiries to: Dr. Yuri Ilyin, Executive Secretary, Conference Organizing Committee Institute for African Studies 30/1 Spiridonovka Str., Moscow, Russia, 103001 - Tel: 7(095)290-60-25 (Dr.Y.Ilyin); 7(095)290-27-52 (International Department); Fax: 7(095)202-07-86; E-mail:


1997 Tillers International Workshops Following is the 1997 schedule of classes to be given by Tillers International:

- Draft Power for Overseas Projects, June 9-13 - Introduction to Blacksmithing (310b), June 14-15 - Ox Driving Clinic (221b), June 20-21 - Oxen Basics and Yokes (222a), June 20-25 - Blacksmithing (315), July 8-12 - Agricultural Tools and Implements, July 14-18 - Solar Applications for Small Farms, July 26

For class fees and other information write: Tillers International, 5239 South 24th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49002-2019 or call: (616) 344-3233, Fax: (616) 344-3238, Web Page:

South African Historical Society The Biennial conference of the South African Historical Society will take place at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference will take place July 6-9, 1997 and will focus on the theme of "Land and Social Problems in the History of South Africa." For more information please contact: Cobus Ferreira, SAHS Secretary, Department of History and Cultural History, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa. Fax: 012-4202698. E-mail:


Study in Ghana

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.

Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 16:52:06 -0400 Message-Id: <> From: Lisa Beckum <> Subject: MSU-Summer Bulletin

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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