MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/02/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/02/97


Issue No. 3 - 1997-98

September 2, 1997



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 2, Thursday "Experiencing Democracy: Recent Political Changes in the Republic of Niger" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Robert S. Glew (Ph. D. in Anthropology from MSU, 1997), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

MSU 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 $10,000 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. The application deadline is September 2, 1997.

Gwendolyn M Carter Lectures University of Florida-Gainesville

The Center for African Studies of the University of Florida will be holding its Gwendolyn M. Carter Lectures on the theme "African on Film and Video" from March 22-25, 1998. There will be a series of film and video exhibits followed by discussion on the depiction of Africans on film in non-African countries, African culture and history, cinema encounters between Africans and African Diasporic people, the treatment of inter-racial themes, political and class consciousness in African film, and characterization of African women on film.

CALL FOR FILMS AND VIDEOS: The center will consider film and video works that distributors and individual artists would like to have screened during the conference. CALL FOR PAPERS: There will be a series of scholarly presentations on these aspects from Africa, the Americas and Europe. Some of the presentations will constitute chapters of an edited book that will be published as part of the Center's Carter series books. Abstracts should be sent no later than Monday, September 29, 1997. For further information contact: Dr. Mark A. Reid, Coordinator, Africa Film Conference, Dept of English, Box 117310, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7310; Phone: (352) 392-1013 ext. 246, Fax: (352) 377-7576, E-mail:


National Museum of African Art

"The Nsukka Group and the State of Nigerian Contemporary Art" is a symposium that will be held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. The symposium, held for two days on October 19-20, 1997, will explore the nature and qualities of Nsukka contemporary art and relate the artists' work to the larger contemporary art scene in Nigeria as well as the contemporary art world in Africa and beyond. The exhibit, consisting of 64 works by seven artists trained at or associated with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, will run from October 21, 1997 to April 26, 1998. All seven artists are expected to participate in the symposium along with scholars from Bayreuth, London and the United States. The registration deadline is October 8, 1997. Space may be available after the deadline, but interested participants should call for information. To register or request more information, contact: Katherine Robinson, National Museum of African Art, NMAfA Symposium, MRC 708, Washington, D.C. 20277-2915. Tel: (202) 357-4600, ext. 221. Fax: (202) 357-4879. E-mail: Katherin@SIVM.SI.EDU

Middlebury College Sub-Saharan Africa Symposium

"Democracy and Governance: Sub-Saharan Africa on the Brink of the 21st Century" is the theme of Middlebury College's fifth annual Sub-Saharan Africa Symposium to be held on October 30 - November 1, 1997 in Middlebury, Vermont. Scholars monitoring the development of current congressional legislation on US trade policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa are especially invited to attend. For more information, contact: Leroy Nesbitt, Special Assistant to the President, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Tel: (802) 443-3166.


Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, The Academy Scholars Program, 1997

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies provides significant fellowship support to a small group of the very best young scholars who are able to combine disciplinary excellence in the social sciences with a strong regional focus of application. Competition for these awards is open only to doctoral candidates (Ph.D. or comparable professional school degree) or recent recipients of these degrees who may already hold teaching or research positions. The Academy will make five new appointments this fall. Applications for the 1998-99 class of Academy Scholars are due by Friday, October 10, 1997. For further information regarding the program contact: Ms. Beth Hastie, The Academy Scholars Program, Center for International Affairs, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Phone: (617) 495-2137.


University of California-Los Angeles

UCLA's Department of Spanish and Portuguese seeks an Assistant Professor of Portuguese for a tenure-track position. The area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to teach both Portuguese and Brazilian literatures at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additional expertise in one or more of the following areas is helpful: Lusophone African, Spanish/Spanish American, Afro-Brazilian or colonial Brazilian literature, poetry, theater and gender studies. Requirements include: Ph.D. in hand, native or near-native fluency in Portuguese, evidence of excellence in teaching and strong research potential. Send letters of application and complete dossiers, including at least three letters of recommendation, to Randal Johnson, Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 5310 Rolfe Hall, UCLA, Box 951532, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532. The application deadline is October 1, 1997.

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:

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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