MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 07/14/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 07/14/98

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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Issue No. 2, Summer - 1998
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ July 14, 1998
++++++ Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
+++++++++++++++++ EAST LANSING+ MI+ 48824-1035
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July 14, Tuesday

"The National Political Economy, the University, and Connectivity in Ghana, Zambia, Senegal, Cote díIvoire, and South Africa.î Special seminar presentations with 26 African visitors (Participants from Senegal,in the African Studies Center/H-NET Internet Training Project) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

July 16, Thursday Special seminar presentation with participants from Cote díIvoire, 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

July 17, Friday Special seminar presentation with participants from South Africa, 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

Note: Earlier seminars were presented on Thursday, July 9thwith Ghana participants and Monday, July 13th with Zambia participants. H-Net Training Project

The African Studies Center/H-NET Internet Training Project welcomes 26 African participants to MSU for a USIA-sponsored workshop.This is the second summer workshop for African scholars and educators to receive training at MSU in the academic uses of the Internet.The group consists of university faculty and administrators, computer specialists, and staff from each participating countryís ministry of education, from Ghana, Zambia, Senegal, Cote díIvoire, and South Africa. The 1998-99 Executive Committee of the African Students Union has been named. Stephen Bakiamoh as President, Geoffery Thande, Vice-president, Ben Moholwa, Secretary, and Nina Agbota, Treasurer.Congratulations to the newly appointed leaders.

Farewell to Agatha Awuah

Agatha Dadzie Awuah (soon to be Dr. Awuah) will be leaving the African Studies Center at the completionof her dissertation defense, scheduled for July 7, 1998.After nearly five years of faithful and outstanding service, Agatha served as a Research Assistant here at the Center.During her tenure with the Outreach Program, Agatha enriched the lives of many Michigan teachers and students with whom she worked.She will be greatly missed both by her ìclientsî and her colleagues at the African Studies Center.I am sure that you will join us in sending Agatha off with our very best wishes and warmest congratulations on the completion of her doctoral dissertation.Dr. Awuah will be the first African woman to earn a Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University!Agatha is unsure of her immediate plans, but eventually she and her family will return to work in Ghana. (Submitted by John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator)

Congratulations to Professor Carl Eicher University of Zimbabwe Doctorate Award

Professor W.M. Mukondiwa, Registrar of the University of Zimbabwe has announced that MSU Professor Carl Eicher, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Core Faculty Member of the African Studies Center is being awarded a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) Degree, Honoris causa, at the graduation ceremonies of the university on Friday, July 10, 1998.+ Professor Eicher has been deeply involved in the expansion of the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Agriculture, conducting research and teaching there, and producing a number of publications on food security and agricultural research.

International Internship Directory

The Directory of International Internships, edited by Charles A. Gliozzo and Vernicka K. Tyson, 4th edition has been published.This revised edition is an essential reference work for students seeking international internships.The Directory is a comprehensive guide to international internships sponsored by educational institutions, government agencies, and private organizations.It consists of over 160 pages including a bibliography and indexed by subject and geographical areas.For further information regarding the purchase of this Directory, write: Attn: Directory of International Internships, Michigan State University, Career Services and Placement, 113 Student Services Building, East Lansing, MI 48824.

International Conference at MSU

ìAcademic Partnerships with South Africans for Mutual Capacity Buildingî is the title of theInternational Conference to be held October 18-21, 1998. The conference is presented by MSU in collaboration with Historically Disadvantaged Institutions Forum, Committee on Technikon Principals, and South African Universitiesí Vice Chancellorís Association.The conference is limited to 250 participants from universities, educational associations, donors, and government agencies from South Africa, Europe, and North America.In their papers, speakers will identify major issues of higher education in South Africa and how they can be addressed through linkages with partner institutions.The conferencewill be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

The registration fee of US $175 includes eight meals, shuttles to and from Lansing Airport and the conference hotels, the reception, and a post conference report.Early registration is advised. For further details regarding the conference andregistration, please contact the organizers at: 426 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1034; Phone: (517) 353-6676; Fax: (517) 353-6393; e-mail:, webpage: http//

African WEB Resources at Stanford

Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources at has a section on President Clintonís Africa trip - The guide is prepared by Karen Fung, Deputy Curator, Africa Collection, Hoover Library.

Call for Articles (in English or French)

ìThe African Short Story at the Boundary of other Genresî An invitation has been extended by the electronic journal Mots Pluriels (referred) to be guest editors of an issue dealing with the African Short Story.Papers should specifically address the African Short Story, a genre still little studied in spite of its growing importance in the field of African literature. The relationship of the African Short Story to other genres will be the focus of the issue and contributors are encouraged to investigate the nexus between this genre and oral literature, poetry, novel, essay, theatre, literary critique, and also radio, cinema, etc... .

Contributions can deal with the writing of a single author, with the works of an era or that of a country or a cluster of regions. However, analysis has to be approached from a comparative perspective, shedding some light on the originality of the African short story in showing what has been retained from European origins and what belongs to the specificity of its African development and the tailoring by African authors to suit their needs.

Articles of 3000-3500 words should be sent separately to the two guest editors.One copy should be posted to:Professeur Guy Ossito Midiohouan, Departement de lettres modernes Faculte des lettres, arts & sciences humaines, Universite nationale du Benin, BP 526, Cotonou (Benin); and a second copy should be e-mailed and posted to:Professeur Vincent Engel, Centre d'etudes de la nouvelle, Universite catholique de Louvain, Faculte de philosophie & lettres, Place Blaise Pascal 1, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, (Belgique) e-mail:

Please add a short bio/bibliography (5 or 6 lines) of the author of the article mentioning affiliation, teaching activities and latest publications (3 or 4). Deadline for submission is October 15, 1998.

For more information, please write to the guest editors; e-mail: or to:Dr. Jean-Marie Volet, The University of Western Australia, Department of French Studies; Fax: (61) 8 9380 1182 . E-mail:


Berlitz International - Interpreters

Berlitz International is seeking individuals who may be able to interpret between their native language and English.The positions are paid, freelance positions across the United States, and especially in the New York City / Newark areas.Candidates should be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents.For further information, please contact:Brian Kranick, Phone: 1-888-241-9149 ext.117, Fax:202- 496-0868;

London School of Economics Research Assistant

London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science (UK) - Research Assistant Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant to work with Dr Hugh Roberts on a research project on contemporary Algeria. Central aspects of the political economy, including the nature of the political system, religious, linguistic and other cultural divisions, conflicts over economic liberalization and the transition to market economy, the changing organizational structure of the hydrocarbons sector and the evolution of energy policy, will be studied from contemporary documents in an historical perspective.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake research in London on both primary and secondary sources and to compile dossiers on basic features of Algerian history and political economy. This research may also involve some travel to France. S/he will also be required to assist in the organization of workshops and conferences.

Candidates should have a good honours degree in history or the social sciences and a Master's degree, and at least some background knowledge of the modern Middle East. They should also be fluent in written and spoken French and possess computer skills. Fluency in Arabic will be an advantage.

Appointment will be for twelve months from September 1, 1998 or as soon thereafter as possible.For further particulars phone Drucilla Daley on Tel: 01719557425 or email with your postal address. Please quote ref: G141. Closing date: 21 July 1998.

The LSE is an educational charity committed to equal opportunities and excellence in teaching and research.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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