MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 07/01/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 07/01/97




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:


12 African Guest to attend a Conference at MSU

A Conference entitled "West African University Development: Solving the Problems of Communication through the Internet" is set to begin on July 28, 1997. The conference, which is a joint project of the African Studies Center, H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online, the West African Research Association based at Howard University, and the West African Research Center headquartered in Dakar, is funded by USIA. The participants include the following:

Ghana: Mr. Charles Akpalu, USIS Librarian, Ms. Angelina Armah, Senior Library Assistant, Mr. John Korsah, Librarian, and Ms. Gifty Hanson, Lecturer, Dept. of Library and Archival Studies.

Cote d'Ivoire: Mr. Jacques Niamkey Adom, Director for Cooperation and Scientific and Technical Information, Ministry of Education, Research, and Technology, Mr. Assale Kouapa, CIRES.

Senegal: Ms. Awa Ba Cisse, Assistant to the Director, National Archives, Ms. Awa Diouf Cisse, Librarian, Mr. Jean-Pierre Diouf, Council for the Development of Education, Science and Research in Africa, Mr. Waly Ndiaye, Centre SYFED-Refer, AUPELF, Mr. Olivier Sagna, Director, Ecole des Bibliothecaires Archivistes et Documentalistes.

South Africa: Mr. Manikam Moodley, University Librarian, Univ of Durban-Westville, South Africa.

There will be a reception to welcome our guests on Monday, July 28th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in Spartan Room B, International Center. Please come to meet our distinguished guests and to learn more about the conference on Internet connectivity in Africa.

African Student Union (ASU)

Uniting in diversity is the goal of the newly elected African Student Union officers. The new executive officers are President Somadoda Fekeni, a political science graduate student; Vice president Tangeni Iijambo, an education graduate student; General Secretary John Tonukari, a biochemistry graduate student; Organizing Secretary Nkhelebeni Phaswana, an English graduate student; and Treasurer Rose Punnie Sennayana, a labor relations and human resources graduate student.

Special Thanks to the Africa Book Fund Group

The University of Swaziland Library wrote to thank the Africa Book Fund Group for the kind donation of books sent to their library. Per their University Librarian, "the donated books will make a valuable addition to the University Library collection". The President of the Africa Book Fund is Ms. Sarah Mkhonza, Lecturer in the English Department.


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African Studies Association (ASA) Meeting

The ASA, (USA) regrets to announce a change of dates for the 40th Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The whole meeting has been shifted forward by one day. NEW DATES: Thursday, November 13 to Sunday, November 16, 1997.

Africana Librarians Council of the ASA 40th Anniversary International Symposium: New Date: Thursday, November 13, 1997.

Michigan Opens Trade Office in South Africa

Michigan has become the second state to establish presence in the international trade market in South Africa. Heading the new office in Johannesburg will be Betty Appleby, who for six years has been deputy director of Governor John Engler's Southeastern Michigan Office. "I'm deeply moved as an African-American and a woman to be representing Michigan in a nation emerging after apartheid," said Appleby. "The opportunity is actually to create history for the state of Michigan. The business opportunities there are outstanding." The Johannesburg office is Michigan's seventh international trade headquarters. The others are in China, Belgium, Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong and Toronto. California is the only other state with a South African trade hub. Article taken from the Detroit News, May 8, 1997

Kalamazoo College

"The Decline, Fall, and Afterlife of the African Colonial State" The Center for Western European Studies is sponsoring the fourth lecture in its series on "Europe and the End of the Colonial Era". Professor M. Crawford Young, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, will speak on "The Decline, Fall, and Afterlife of the African Colonial State". Professor Young is one of the world's leading experts on the Congo and is in a position to discuss, among other things, the recent developments in the former Zaire. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, July 8, 1997 at 8:00PM, Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall. For more details call the Center for Western European Studies Department at (616) 337-7329 or (616) 337-7053.

African Performers September 1997 and February 1998

Prince Diabate and Amara Sanoh: this duo features Prince Diabate, an exceptionally gifted kora player, and the warm, husky voice, reminiscent of the blues, of Amara Sanoh. Their work, sensitive and poetic, reflects a contemporary African reality: much influenced by urban culture, rap and reggae yet strongly rooted in traditional codes and references. They will be in the USA during September 97 (Atlanta Festival of the Arts, Atlanta, GA, West Coast, Mid-West, etc...) and February 98. For further information on availability and performance fees, please contact Bernard Schmidt at Pentacle International, 104 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013. Phone: (212) 226-2000 ext. 314. E-mail:

Winter in Ghana, (0, 3 or 6 credits) December 27, 1997 - January 9, 1998

In cooperation with The Institute of African Studies, The University of Ghana is offering a visit to Ghana which will include Lectures on African History, the Slave Trade and the African-American Connection, political, economic, cultural, social, religious and educational aspects of contemporary Ghana; visits to the University of Ghana and other leading educational institutions, the Slave Castles of Cape-Coast, the Obuasi Gold Mines, Musuems, the DuBois Pan-African Cultural Center, Labadi Beach, Akosombo Dam, Tema Seaport, etc.; as well as conversations with the President of the University of Ghana, Asantehene (King of the Ashantis), educators, politicians, workers, students, and farmers, etc. The cost per person is $2545.00. For further information, please contact: Dr. W. Ofuatey-Kodjoe, Dept. of Political Science, Queens College and CUNY Graduate School. Phone: (718) 997-5470 or (212) 642-2350.


5th World Congress of Orisa Tradition and Culture,

Beginning August 3, 1997 to August 10, 1997 San Francisco will be the host city for the lectures and presentations on the Orisa '97 theme, "A World Cultural Rebirth: The Orisa Tradition in the 21st Century." The Congress is the annual gathering of practitioners, devotees and others interested in the world-wide, Africa-derived spiritual belief system of Orisa. An ancient faith that honors the ancestors and all natural forces, Orisa is known and practiced around the world under various names -- Yoruba, Santeria, Candomble and Vodun, among others. For the first time, the Congress comes to the United States. A press kit with full congress schedule, newsletter and other pertinent information is available from Congress Headquarters, 762 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94102-4119, Contact persons: Elsie Washington or Prof. Nontsizi Cayou. Phone: (415) 563-3585, Fax: (415) 563-3508.

African World Expo '97, U.S.A. August 22-24, 1997

The African World Expo '97, the Window for Trade and Investment Flows will be held in Detroit, Michigan at Cobo Exhibition and Conference Center. The Expo will draw companies, organizations, and government agencies from North America and Africa. For more information, you may call the Efiong Eniang, Director, (313) 868-4723 or fax only at (313) 834-9274, or call the Africa Chamber of Commerce at (202) 331-7053 or fax at (202) 331-1809.

Black Film & Video Network Presents: Infotainment 97: Toronto

Black Talent News will be presenting a one day conference, INFOTAINMENT 97: TORONTO (in association with the Black Film and Video Network) on September 8, 1997 at the Royal Ontario Musuem in Toronto, Canada. The conference is the day after the Planet Africa event and culminates with the BFVN's "Reel Black Awards". For further information on this event, contact: Tanya Kersey-Henley, Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief, Black Talent News at

Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) September 27 & 28, 1997

The Third Annual MAAAS conference will be held at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Africanists, including faculty (professors and teachers), staff, students and interested members of the community, from the region and beyond, are invited to submit paper and panel proposals on the interdisciplinary aspects of "RE-IMAGING AFRICA" from past, present, and future perspectives. The deadline for proposal submission was June 15, 1997. However, if you would like to send a proposal, you may contact Betty J. Harris, President, Women's Studies Program, Physical Sciences Center 530, Norman, OK 73019, Phone: (405) 325-3481, Fax: (405) 325-7709, e-mail: Membership and registration fees should be sent to: Fred Morton, Treasurer, Dept. of History, Loras College, Duluth, IA 52004-6178, Membership: faculty ($20); students ($15); independent scholars ($15); institutions ($30). Pre-registration (until July 1): faculty ($15); students/independent scholars ($5). Registration (after July 1): faculty ($25); students/independent scholars ($10). Please make checks payable to MAAAS. All conference presenters must pay membership and registration.


Applications invited for Research Grants in the Study of the World Christian Movement. The Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, CT, administers the Research Enablement Program for the advancement of scholarship in studies of the worldwide Christian movement and of the development of Christian communities in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. Subject to availability of funds, grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline for receiving 1998 grant applications is November 14, 1997. For more information, categories and official application forms, please contact: Geoffrey A. Little, Coordinator, Research Enablement Program, Overseas Ministries Study Center, 490 Prospect St., New Haven, Connecticut 06511-2196, USA. Phone: (203) 865-1827, Fax: (203) 865-2857, e-mail:


The University of Florida's Center for African Studies seeks applicants for Assistant Director, a nine-month, non-tenure accruing appointment, renewable yearly. Start date August 8, 1997. Responsible to the Director of the Center, the Assistant Director will possess a doctorate in any discipline with a specialization in African Studies. The position calls for first rate administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills, and the ability to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds in a large public university. With guidance from the Director, the Assistant Director will be responsible for the development of new research, teaching programs, and academic exchanges with African universities, liaison with Univ of Florida faculty specializing in Africa, and the general student population. Application deadline: July 15, 1997. Salary negotiable. Send curriculum vitae, letter of application, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Assistant Director Search Committee, Center for African Studies, 427 Grinter Hall, Gainesville FL 32611. Fax: (352)-392-2435. Univ. of Florida is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Those requiring special accommodation, may contact the Search Committee.


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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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