MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 08/31/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 08/31/98

Issue No. 1, Fall - 1998
September 1, 1998
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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August 31, Monday

"Grassroots Development in Northern Togo, West Africa:A Peace Corps Volunteer's Perspective," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Joe Lamport (Peace Corp Volunteer), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.


Common Market Initiative

African Literatures Written in African Languages is the course being offered by Penn State University through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) ìCommon Marketî initiative.The ìCommon Marketî is meant to facilitate the sharing of specialized courses among CIC institutions via distance education technology.The focus of this course is on African literatures written or recounted originally in African languages, an area of growing interest in the field of African literature today.Students will read English translations of texts from Swahili, Gikuyu, Hausa, Amharic, Xhosa, Zulu, Songhay, Maninka, Wolof, and other African languages.This course is at senior-honors level. The department and course number is: Comparative Literature 497H.

For additional material or further questions, contact:Robert L. Church, Acting Vice Provost for University Outreach, 216 Hannah Administration Bldg., East Lansing, MI 48824-1046; Tel: (517) 353-8977; Fax: (517) 432-2069.

The National Ballet of Senegal

The National Ballet of Senegal will perform at the Wharton Center on Wednesday, October 21, 1998 at 7:30 p.m.It is the premiere dance company of West Africa and performs the traditional dances of the region.The National Ballet of Senegalís program for its 1998-99 North American tour is titled Pangols ñ a West African tribal word meaning ìthe spiritual nature of all beings and things.î For further information, contact: Kevin Shaw or Lisa Bremner by voice mail: (517) 353-1982; Fax: (517) 353-5329; or e-mail:


The National Summit on Africa

The National Summit on Africa presents: The Midwest Regional Summit on Africa. The Summit is being hosted by the city of Chicago and will take place September 23-27, 1998.

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, the National Summit on Africa is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.It primarily aims to raise the visibility of Africa in the U.S. by pursuing three goals: 1) To educate the American public about Africa and the mutual benefits of closer and improved U.S.-Africa relations; 2) To develop a shared policy ìAgenda for Actionî for U.S. relations with African countries; and 3) To broaden and strengthen the network of Africaís supporters in the U.S.

Anyone with an interest in Africa or issues concerning global interdependency ñ such as environment, health, development, women, human rights, peace and security, labor, and trade and investment ñ is welcome to participate in the Summitís programs and activities.The Summit seeks to have its process informed by Africans and therefore encourages both U.S. - and Africa-based

African organizations and individuals to participate in the Summitís programs and activities.More information can be found on the website:;; Toll free phone:: 1-800-934-3418 or (202) 861-8644; Fax- on-Demand: 1-800-395-4956; or write to: The National Summit on Africa, The Ennis Cosby International House, 1218 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.20036.


International Conference

Academic Partnerships with South Africans for Mutual Capacity Building 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//

Black British Film

Why arenít there more new Black British features?How do Black film-makers get into the mainstream?What are the opportunities for funding?How do I get my

film distributed?These questions and many others will be discussed at a ground-breaking conference, ìNew Futures for Black British Film,î presented by the BFI, Middlesex University and the Black Film Bulletin. The conference will offer valuable insights into the working structure of the film industry.This conference is designed for all film-makers, experienced and up and coming, as well as academics and students in media and film studies.A special season of Black British films will be screened at the National Film Theatre in London on October 23 and 24, 1998.To find out more, you may write to: Cary Rajinder Sawhney, BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London, ENGLAND, W1P 2LN.

African Studies Association (ASA)

41st Annual African Studies Association (ASA) meeting and exhibition will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL on October 29-31, 1998.This years theme is ìAfricaís Encounter with the 20th Century.îThe conference theme offers the Africanist scholarly community an opportune moment, a year before the close of the century, to take intellectual stock of the salient transformations that Africa and the study of Africa have undergone in the twentieth century.

The ASA is the largest and most widely recognized international association

for African Studies.ASAís Annual meeting and exhibition attracts 1,700+ registrants including professors and other researchers in the field of African studies, librarians of African materials, plus government officials and employees of voluntary organizations that work in Africa.Invited guests from African countries attend as do officials of international organizations and African embassies.

For more information, contact: African Studies Association, Rutgers University, 1132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ08901-1400; Tel: (732) 932-8173; Fax: (732) 932-3394;

ASA Exhibit

Traditionally, a highlight of the conference is the ASA Exhibit.Sales of publications, products and services are authorized and encouraged in the exhibit hall.To reserve space, ASA show management will accept space reservation request by phone.Two complimentary registrations are provided with each exhibit space reserved.For details, contact: ASA Show Management, c/o Exhibit Promotions Plus, Inc., 11620 Vixens Path, Ellicott City, MD

21042-1539; Tel: (410) 997-0763; Fax: (410) 997-0764; e-mail:


International Affairs Fellowship

The International Affairs Fellowship competition for 1999-2000 has been announced.This fellowship, funded by the Council on Foreign Relations, seeks to nourish the relationship between scholarship and stewardship in international affairs by facilitating active policy involvement for scholars and analysts and reflective policy analysis for those in more active roles. Nominations for exceptional candidates are being excepted.Candidates should be 1) promising people in public service whose professional growth would benefit from a period of reflection and writing about an important contemporary issue in international relations; and 2) those already in the private sector or academia whose professional development and potential contribution to foreign policy-making would benefit from a duration of active public service.The Council will offer a number of year-long fellowship grants to candidates

between the ages of 27 to 35 (inclusive) from various disciplines and backgrounds.Nominations should be submitted no later than September 15, 1998. For more detail contact: Elise Carlson Lewis, Director, Council on Foreign Relations, 58 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10021; Tel: (212) 434-9483; Fax: (212) 861-2701.

Sub-Saharan Africa Dissertation Internship Awards for 1998-99

The Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to announce a program of competitive awards to enable African doctoral students to undertake supervised dissertation research in Africa.The program is open to citizens of sub-Saharan African nations enrolled in doctoral programs at universities in the United States and Canada.U.S. permanent residents and Canadian landed immigrants are not eligible.Deadlines for application packages to be received by the Foundation are October 1, 1998 and March 1, 1999.Additional information on this program can be found at the Rockefeller Foundation Website at: ìThe Programs,î then ìAfrican Initiatives.î Or write to: Africa Dissertation Internship Awards, The Rockefeller

Foundation, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2702, USA; or Africa Dissertation Internship Awards, The Rockefeller Foundation, PO Box 47543, Nairobi, KENYA.

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

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.Those selected will work for two years at Harvard University conducting either dissertation or post-doctoral research in their chosen fields and areas.The completion for these awards is open only to doctoral candidates or recent recipients of these degrees who may already hold teaching or research positions.Applications for the 1999-2000 class of Academy Scholars are due by October 9, 1998.For further information, please call (617) 495-2137; fax:(617) 495-8292;or e-mail:

Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship Program

The Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellowship Program of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan seeks applications from scholars in the social sciences and policy or health-related fields whose work addresses key health and policy issues facing black peoples in the African diaspora.Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand and be no more than ten years beyond the completion of their degree.The following materials must be received no later than January 15, 1999: 1) a full curriculum vitae; 2) three letters of recommendation, direct from referees; 3) a research prospectus and schedule of completion; 4) a writing sample.For more detailed information contact: Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, The University of Michigan, 550 East University, 200 West Hall Building, Ann Arbor, MI48109-1092; Tel: (734) 764-5513.

Lisa Beckum

African Studies Center
Michigan State University
100 International Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035
Phone: (517) 353-1700
Fax: (517) 432-1209

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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