MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/11/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/11/97

Issue No. 13 - 1997-98
November 11, 1997
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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AFRICANA EVENTS November 11, Tuesday

"Converging Histories in the African Diaspora:Free-African American Emigration to the British Caribbean 1838-1865," Public Lecture with David Barry Gaspar (Distinguished Professor of History, Duke University), Union Building, Gold Room B, 7:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Comparative Black History Ph.D. Program and the students of HST 880, "Black Diaspora History."

November 13, Thursday

No Brown Bag - African Studies Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

November 15, Saturday GospelFest 1997 with Reverend Columbus Clayton and the New Mount Calvary Baptist Church Choir of Lansing, sponsored by African Student Christian Fellowish, 100 Engineering Building, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.For more information, contact Daniel Karanja, 355-2778, <>.

November 16, Sunday MSU Global Festival ë97, Exhibits and Performances by International Students;World Gift Shop, Union Building, 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.

November 17, Monday "Who Owns Indigenous Knowledge:Intellectual Property Rights, Ethics and Indigenous Knowledge," Public Lecture with D. Michael Warren (Professor of Anthropology and Director, Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development, Iowa State University), Union Building, Parlor B, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.Sponsored by the African Studies Center, CASID, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Anthropology and the Institute of International Health.

November 19, Wednesday "Current Education Reforms in Ghana," Special Guest Lecture with Raymond Bagulo Bening (Acting Vice-Chancellor, University for Development Studies), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon. "Decentralization and Rural Development in Ghana," Department of Geography Colloquium with Raymond Bagulo Bening (Acting Vice-Chancellor, University for Development Studies), Room 304, Natural Science Building, 3:00 p. m.

November 20, Thursday "The 1997 World Development Report: A Welcome Agenda for Better Policymaking?"African Studies Center Brown Bag with Alice Sindzingre (Centre National de la Recherche Sientifique, Paris), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

November 21, Friday "Improving Food Aid Targeting in Ethiopia: A Study of Food Aid Insecurity and Food Aid Distribution," Population Research Group Brown Bag with Daniel Clay (Faculty, Institute of International Agriculture, MSU), Room 309 Berkey Hall, 12:05 - 1:00 p.m.

_Northeast African Studies_

Northeast African Studies, Volume 3, Nos. 2-3 (New Series) 1996 are just out from Michigan State University Press.For subscription information, contact: MSU Press, 25 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823-5202.Tel: (517) 355-9543; Fax: (517) 432-2611. For editorial inquiries, contact:Harold G. Marcus, Editor, Northeast African Studies, Department of History, 319 Morrill Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824-1036. <>.

Agricultural Policy Reform

Thomas Jayne (Agricultural Economics) presented the opening address to the Agricultural Economics Association of Ethiopia in October. Copies of the paper, "Institutional Details of Agricultural Policy Reform in Africa: Implications for Productivity Growth," (co-authored with James Shaffer and John Staatz) are available from Roxie Damer,<damerh@>.Dr. Jayne also visited Nairobi, Kenya in September and worked with colleagues at Egerton University under the USAID-funded "Kenya Agricultural Marketing and Policy Analysis" project, a two-year collaboration between MSU and Egerton University.

Maghrebian Literature

Critical Perspectives on Maghrebian Literature is a collection to be published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in late 1998 or early 1999.Articles (20-30 pages) in English or French (to be translated into English) can be submitted through June 1998.For more information, contact:Mimi Mortimer, Department of French and Italian, CB 238, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0238.Tel:(303) 492-6234;Fax: (303) 492-8338; <mortimer@spot.colorado. edu>.


Religion in Africa

The University of Michigan's International Institute and several of its affiliated area studies centers are offering a series of workshops during 1997-98 on religion in the world. The workshop on November 15, 1997 will explore the diversity of religions and religious expressions in Africa.In presentations by area specialists, special attention will be given to the influence of religions on history, culture, the arts and contemporary issues. The workshops are designed for K-12 teachers, community college faculty, teachers-in-training, librarians and curriculum specialists. Selected background readings, curricular materials, bibliographies and an ethnic lunch will be provided at each workshop. The cost for attending is $25.For more information, contact:Joshua Greenbaum, Program Coordinator, CMENAS, 144 Lane Hall, 204 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 41809-1290;(313) 764-0350; <>.


Walker Hill Scholarship

The 1997-98 Walker Hill International Scholarship will be awarded to a MSU Doctoral student to support a predissertation visit to the site of doctoral research in a country outside of the U.S. Approximately $1,300 will be available for a student at the predissertation stage who demonstrates scholarly excellence, character and personal attributes that prove a high probability of success in an international setting. Financial need may be considered, but international students may not apply to conduct research in their own countries.Students interested in applying should submit a one-page c.v. and a letter of application (addressed to Dr. Charles Gliozzo) describing the use to which the scholarship funds would be put in the context of the student's overall program of study.A copy of the student's official academic transcript and two letters of support from faculty are needed, including one from the student's advisor specifically endorsing and describing the proposed use of funds.These should be sent directly to International Studies and Programs (ISP).For more information, contact: Dr. Charles Gliozzo, Office of the Dean, ISP, 207 International Center, 355-2350.

WorldWID Fellows Program in South Africa

The WorldWID Fellows Program is recruiting a specialist in economic development and access to credit for a one-year fellowship program that will consist of training and orientation in Florida and Washington, D.C. followed by a field placement with the USAID Mission in South Africa.In South Africa, the target population will be families earning below the median income for whom shelter and enterprise are inextricably linked.The WorldWID Fellows Program is managed by the University of Florida under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Global Bureau, Office of Women in Development.The goal of the program is to increase the number of U.S. citizens with technical expertise and gender analytical skills that can be used in the implementation of U.S. foreign assistance programs.Persons with highly developed skills relevant to the strategic areas of the USAID are encouraged to apply.Those areas are: economic growth; democracy and governance, including human rights; environment; girls' education; and population, health, and nutrition. WorldWID Fellows are selected for training programs that begin in January and June.The successful applicant for this position will already have some knowledge of the field of women in development/gender and development and experience in private enterprise and urban development.Applicants should also be prepared to begin participation in the program by January 26, 1998.

Applicants should have a Masters or Doctorate in Urban Planning, Community Development, Economics or a related social science field and knowledge and experience in the design, implementation, evaluation, and replication of approaches and interventions on gender issues.U.S. citizenship and experience in working with disadvantaged communities (preferably in a developing country) are required.WorldWID Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,500, domestic and international travel to the field Mission and some other costs associated with the program.For more information on the WorldWID Fellowship, contact:Dr. Martin McKellar, Recruitment Coordinator, WorldWID Fellows Program, University of Florida, Office of International Studies and Programs, 123 Tigert Hall, Box 113225, Gainesville, FL 32611-3225.Tel: (352) 392-9386; Fax:(352)392-8379; <>.Web page: <>. All communications about this placement should be with the WorldWID Fellows Program.Applicants should not contact USAID overseas Missions or offices in Washington, D.C.

Population-Environment Fellows Program The Population-Environment Fellows Program at the University of Michigan seeks applications from individuals who have completed graduate degrees for fellowships in areas related to population and environment.Placements are for two years and take place overseas in developing countries where fellows work with population, environment and development organizations.The deadline for fall applications is November 7, 1997.For more information, contact: Michele McCarthy, Program Associate for Recruitment, Population-Environment Fellows Program, SPH II, Room 4531, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029.Tel: (313) 647-0222; Fax: (313) 647-4947; <popenv@sph.>.


Indiana University- Swahili

The Program in African Languages and Linguistics at Indiana University announces an opening for a lecturer/language coordinator in Swahili, beginning September 1998.This position entails teaching Swahili, as well as supervision and coordination of African language instruction in Hausa, Twi and Zulu.Requirements include teaching experience, native or near native fluency in Swahili, and an M. A.Send letter of application, c.v. anddirect three letters of reference to: Robert Botne, Program in African Languages and Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Memorial Hall 322, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.Applications received by January 15, 1997 are assured full consideration.

**** To submit information on Africa-related events or news, send it seven to 10 days in advance of the publication date. Submissions may be brought, faxed, or e-mailed to the African Studies Center, Room 100, Center for International Programs, Telephone: (517) 353-1700;Fax: (517) 432-1209 E-mail:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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