MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/15/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/15/98

Issue No. 3, Fall - 1998
September 15, 1998
EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035
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September 17, Thursday

ìLibrary Resources on Africa: Trip Report and New Developments.îAfrican Studies Center Brown Bag with Joe Lauer and David Tuffs, Main Library, MSU; 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 21, Monday

Seminar entitled ìHealth Development in Africa,î with Dr. Germano Mwabu (Faculty, University of Nairobi).3:30 p.m. in the Department of Economics, Koo Room, Marshall Hall. Anyone wanting to meet with Dr. Mwabu should contact John Strauss, Professor, Department of Economics, e-mail: or phone: 355-1863.

September 24, Thursday ìReflections on State Retrenchment in West Africa,î African Studies Center Brown Bag with Prof. Nicholas Van de Walle (Political Science, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201,

International Center.


International Conference

ìAcademic Partnerships with South Africans for Mutual Capacity Building,î presented by MSU is to be held October 18-21, 1998.(See CONFERENCES for details).

Dissertation Writing Workshop

MSU Graduate school is sponsoring 4 One-day dissertation writing workshop sessions taught by Dr. Dorothy Duff Brown, renowned writing consultant to the University of California.Dates for classes are: Sunday, September 20, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Room 105 Kellogg Center; Monday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Room 105 Kellogg Center, Wednesday, September 23, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Room 103 Kellogg Center; and Thursday, September 24, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Room 62 Kellogg Center.Attendance is limited to 60 students each day. Choose One day.Please RSVP to Mikala Keating by September 16.E-mail: or Phone: 353-3231.Include your name, phone number, department and college.You may also check the home page at: Meal and Parking will be provided.

Faculty News

Michael Bratton (Faculty, Political Science) has written a chapter titled ìSecond Elections in Africa,î in the Journal of Democracy - v. 9, July 3, 1998, pp.51-66.

Mandivamba Rukuni, Malcolm J. Blackie and Carl K. Eicher, have written a chapter entitled ìCrafting Smallholder-Driven Agricultural Research Systems in Southern Africa,î World Development, Vol. 26, June 6, 1998, pp. 1073-1087.


The Population-Environment Fellows Program

The Population-Environment Fellows Program, sponsored by USAID and

administered through The University of Michigan, provides assistance to overseas agencies linking the population and environmental dimensions of development.Fellows are placed in two-year assignments with host institutions, providing assistance and technical support.The PEFP supports the capacity of host country institutions to respond to development problems in an integrated way and develops a cadre of future leaders with expertise in population and environment issues.Qualified applicants must hold a graduate degree in a relevant area, have course work or experience demonstrating both population and environmental expertise and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.Applications are due annually April 1 and November 1, though they are accepted on a rolling basis. Inquiries as well as formal applications for Sites and Fellows may be obtained by letter, telephone or fax by contacting: The Population-Environment Fellows Program, SPH II, Room M4537, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029 USA; Telephone: (734)647-0222; Fax: (734)647-4947;E-Mail:

American Red Cross (ARC)

The ARCís international social services play an important role in the

community by providing the following services in cooperation with more than 160 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Magen David of Israel, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: *Tracing services to people who had been separated from their relatives (citizens of other countries) due to war, political upheaval and natural disasters.

*Sending messages between prisoners of war and their relatives when normal lines of communication between countries are disrupted;

*Family reunification by assisting families or individuals who are attempting to bring close relatives to the US from other countries where immigration is restricted. *Other specialized services like international casework services, health and welfare inquiries

For more information, contact either Peggy Tuma, International Services

Coordinator of the mid-Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross; Phone: (517) 484-7461, or Ruby V. Bato, e-mail:; or contact Silvanda Silva, e-mail: of Michigan State University.


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.Events of the meeting will be held at the Field Museum of Natural History and Navy Pier as well as other venues.

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; other details and registration, contact Randy Strickland, Regional Coordinator, National Summit on Africa, Midwest Regional Meeting, c/o Chicago Teachers Union, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60654, or call: 1-800-934-3418.

International Conference

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.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//

International Electronic Symposium

The Programa de Estudios Internacionales para el Desarrollo (International Studies for Development Program, PEID in Spanish)of the Sociedad

Argentina de InformaciÛn (Argentina Society of Information) has organized the First International Electronic Symposium ìAfrica in View of the Third Milleniumî that will be held worldwide from November 2nd to December 4th, 1998.This symposium is an event made through electronic mail.This means that the papers, communications, opinions and commentaries on the subject will be presented by the participants through the electronic mail during the weeks of debates.

It is offered to professors, researchers and students, universities or studies center members, officials, diplomatic and NGO members.Registration is open until October 15, 1998.Registration fees are: Without Certificate of Participation - Free, With Certificate of Participation: $15 (Argentina), US$20 (Latin America and Africa), US$ 25 (Rest of the world).Additional information about PEID (in Spanish and English) can be found at: or write: SOCIEDAD ARGENTINA DE INFORMACION Programa de Estudios Internacionales para el Desarrollo (PEID),3 de Febrero 2809, 4th floor "D", 1429 Buenos Aires; orphone (54-1) 786-4821;fax (54-1)782-4090.

Lisa Beckum
African Studies Center
Michigan State University
100 International Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035
Phone: (517) 353-1700
Fax: (517) 432-1209
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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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