MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 08/19/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 08/19/97




August 19, 1997 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:


August 28, Thursday

"Increases in Women's Education and Fertility Decline: Evidence from Nigeria", African Studies Center Brown Bag with Agatha Awuah, (Graduate Student, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Competition Reopened for Fall 1997

Graduate Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for modern language and area or international studies are available at MSU under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Fellows may be enrolled in any discipline, but some restrictions may apply. FLAS awards cover the cost of core college tuition and fees at MSU, plus a stipend of $8,000 for the academic year. A smaller number of summer grants cover tuition and fees for intensive study of foreign languages and bear a stipend of $1,500. To be eligible an applicant must 1) be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2) hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent before the fellowship program begins; 3) be admitted to a graduate degree program at MSU (except for the summer fellowships); 4) undertake an approved program of language, and/or development studies.

FLAS Fellowships at Michigan State University are awarded by the University's three Title VI National Resource Centers for Foreign Language and Area or International Studies. Applications are available from 1) African Studies Center, Dr. Yacob Fisseha, Asst. Director, 100 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035, Phone: (517) 353-1700, Fax: (517) 432-1209, E-mail:; 2) Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), Gail Campana, 306 Berkey Hall, Phone: (517) 353-5925, Fax: (517) 353-4840, E-mail:; 3) International Studies and Programs (ISP), John Hudzik, Acting Dean, 207 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035, Phone: (517) 355-2351, Fax: (517) 353-7254.

Ralph H. Smuckler Award

The Ralph H. Smuckler Award for International Studies and Programs presented the MSU 1997 Award to Dr. Terrie Ellen Taylor. Dr. Taylor is an internationally renowned malaria research authority who recently won a four year National Institutes of Health grant of approximately $1 million dollars to investigate how malaria kills its victims. Every year she spends the six months of malaria season in Malawi, caring for young children with this deadly disease and seeks more effective modes of treatment and prevention. Pathologists from all over the world come to work with her, as well as MSU medical students and residents, in her capacity as co-director of The Malaria Research Project at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. Wishing to share her progress with colleagues, Dr. Taylor is widely published in her field.

Here at MSU, Dr. Taylor is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also is a core faculty member of the African Studies Center. Dr. Taylor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction at Swarthmore College in 1977 and her D.O. from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine as salutatorian in 1981. Further, in 1986 Dr. Taylor returned to school and earned a Masters in Tropical Medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. While completing her education Dr. Taylor served in MSU's Department of Community Health Service and worked in Khartoum, Sudan with the NIH/SUDAN Medical Parasitology Research Project.

New E-mail Account

The African Studies Center's new E-mail account has been established. The old address will continue to function until June 1998. The new address is:


Eric Crawford (Agricultural Economics) was in Lome, Togo, April 22-25 where he attended the International Workshop on Development of National Strategies for Soil Fertility Recapitalization in Sub-Saharan Africa. Organized by the World Bank and the International Fertilizer Development Center, the purpose of the conference was to develop a framework for preparation of national soil fertility improvement plans. Crawford served as a facilitator for the working group on Public Agriculture Services and as a member of the conference proceedings committee.

Free English Lessons

The University offers an English tutoring program for students, scholars and friends of Michigan State, supported by the volunteer efforts of staff and faculty. You may enroll in the Fall session or the Fall and Winter session. Place: Rooms E1 or E2 Owen Graduate Center or in another location convenient to the teacher and students. For more information and a list of tutors, please call: Dr. Betty Tsang; Phone: 333-6386 or 355-9672 ext 286, e-mail: or Dr. Delia Koo; Phone: 332-1443, before 9:30p.m., e-mail:

House for Rent

Professor Harrow's house will be available for rent during the months of January to August, 1998. The house is very close to MSU campus. For more information, call Ken or Liz Harrow at 332-0422.

New Book

"Africa's Emerging Maize Revolution," edited by Derek Byerlee and Carl K. Eicher was recently published by Lynn Rienner Publishers, 1800 30th Street, #314, Boulder, Colorado 80301 at $29.95 in paperback. The book includes contributions from MSU authors including Julie Howard, Thom Jayne, Daniel Karanja, Richard Ward, David Tschirley, Bernard Kupfuma and former MSU students - Larry Rubey and Joseph Rusike.


Doug Killam African Studies Conference Univ of Guelph, Ontario; October 24-26, 1997

Interested academics, writers and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts of papers or suggested readings for this conference, aimed at building up African studies research and teaching at the University of Guelph, Ontario. There will be a one-day special focus on Canada-South Africa relationships, but papers are invited on the following topics as well: Teaching African Studies; Research methodologies; Language, literature, postcolonialism; migrations; gender and globalization; Cultural Retheorizing Development; Interdisciplinarity in African Studies. The sessions on South Africa would include democratization, and especially links between postcolonial theory and South African culture and literature. Participants should send brief abstracts (200 words) and a conference fee by August 31, 1997 to the coordinator, Cherry Clayton, Dept of English, University of Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1. Phone: (519) 824-4120, ext. 8974; Fax: (519) 766-0844; E-mail: Fees are $70 for registration; $30 for students or underemployed.

Conference: Friday, October 24, 1997 University of Leiden, Faculty of Social Sciences

The Peace and Appropriate Development for the Horn of Africa (PADA) Foundation is organizing a one day international conference on "Looking at an Event Beyond its Media Coverage: The Horn of Africa after General Umar Hasan Ahmad al Bashir". To register as a participant, speaker or panel member or to submit a paper or receive other materials and information write: The PADA Foundation, PO Box 857, 2300 AW Leiden, The Netherlands, Phone: ++ 31 71 5148117 / 5140953; Fax: ++ 31 71 5147550.


Social Science Research Council

The Social Science Research Council offers three month Visiting Scholar Fellowships for African post-doctoral researchers and professionals for study in international peace, security and related issues. The program is directed to those who have not had the opportunity to study outside their home countries. Contact: Social Science Research Council IPs Programs, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158 Phone: (212) 661-0280.


The Rockefeller Archive Center has a grant program supporting research on topics related to Africa. Awards support travel to and research at the Center, which contains records of the Rockefeller family, foundation and university, as well as other philanthropic organizations and individuals. Grants are made to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars whose work requires use of the center's collections. Awards provide up to $1,500 for U.S. and Canadian scholars and up to $2,000 for researchers from abroad. Applications must be postmarked by November 30. Further information: Dr. Darwin Stapleton, Director, RAC, Rockefeller University, 15 Dayton Avenue, North Tarrytown, NY 10591-1598. Phone: (914) 631-4505.

International Fellows Program

International Fellows Program, field study opportunities in grass-roots, self-help, economic development projects in a number of African countries. Graduate student or senior. Stipend, living allowance, insurance and transportation. Contact: IFESH, 5040 East Shea Blvd, Suite 260, Phoenix, AZ 85254-4610, Phone: (602) 443-1800.



Recruitment for Development Volunteers in Ethiopia/Eritrea The Farmer-to-Farmer Program at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), University of Arizona, is looking to expand its database of short-term volunteer technical consultants to assist in improving agricultural production in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Project efforts will be on-going over a 5-year period. Experts are needed to work on assignments in sustainable land management, cooperative and agribusiness development, watershed and rangeland management, dryland forestry, irrigation technology and water catchment systems. Detailed scopes of work, and expected qualifications, will be developed for these specialty areas as they are identified by in-country personnel. In accordance with the provisions of the Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) Program, no salaries are offered, but sponsors will cover all trip and project related expenses. Interested individuals may contact: Kathy Thompson at: e-mail: phone: (520) 622-5546 FAX: (520) 798-3066. mail: Kathy Thompson, BARA, Anthropology Building, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0030.


University of Michigan

The University of Michigan's Women's Studies Program and Center for Afro-American and African Studies seek to make a joint appointment at the associate or full professor level beginning Fall 1998. Candidates in any field working on gender, Africana, and the African diaspora are encouraged to apply, including those with an interest in Black feminist or comparative cultural studies. We are especially interested in candidates who would welcome the opportunity to work in two well-established interdisciplinary units. Send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae by September 2, 1997 to: Women's Studies / CAAS Search Committee, 200 West Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1092. The University of Michigan is an EOE/AA Employer.

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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