MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/16/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/16/97

Issue No. 5 - 1997-98

September 16, 1997



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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September 18, Thursday

"The Relevance of the 14th Century Sociologist Ibn Khaldun for Contemporary Society and History," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Dr. Aberrahmane Lakhsassi (Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Philosophy, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco),

September 19, Friday

"SID at 40: World Conference, Publications and Membership," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Tom W. Carroll (Director, CASID), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 25, Thursday

"Zimbabwean Popular Music as Both Economic and Cultural Product," Isaac Kalumbu (Faculty, Department of Music, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

September 26, Friday

"Alternatives for Increasing Smallholder Agricultural Productivity in Sub- Saharan Africa: Intensification through Multinational Ventures vs. Non-Governmental Organizations in Mozambique," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Julie Howard and Paul Strasberg (Department of Agricultural Economics, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

October 2, Thursday

"The Spread of Ife Religion in West Africa," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Wande Abimbola (Faculty, University of Massachusetts), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

Professor Harris in Uganda

Craig Harris (Professor of Sociology and African Studies Center Core Faculty) was in Uganda for two weeks in June to collect data on the implementation of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Plan supported by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility. Professor Harris interviewed directors and coordinators of various aspects of the program and continued his collaboration with colleagues in the Socioeconomic Section of the Fisheries Research Institute at Jinja. His work in Uganda was supported in part by CASID and the Department of Sociology.

All-University Research Grants

All-University Research Grants (AURIG) are available on a competitive basis to all faculty in support of new projects. In the Arts and Humanities area only, funds may be awarded for project completion grants. The maximum level of funding is $15,000, and the deadline is December 1, 1997. Funding for successful proposals will be available beginning May 15, 1998 through August 15, 1999. (Extensions will not be granted.) For more information, contact: Jean Van Douser, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, 5-0306. Investigators who are planning proposals with a significant ëoutreach" component should consult the Office of the Vice Provost for University Outreach to determine whether funding from that office might be more appropriate. Tel: 2-3351.

Lansing CROP Walk

The Greater Lansing CROP Walk, a community fund-raising event sponsored by Church World Service (CWS), will be held on October 12, 1997. Money raised by CROP Walks nationwide is used by CWS to provide food, medical care, disaster relief and self-help development efforts for needy people throughout the world. The 10K walk will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Dwight Rich Middle School in Lansing. Registration opens at 1:00. Participants can collect pledges for each kilometer that they walk. For more information and recruitment forms, contact Church World Service at 484-7144.

Resources Available from InterAction

InterAction, the American Council for Voluntary Action, has several new resources for internationalists and members of the NGO community. The Essential Internet: Basics for International NGOs has a chapter on disaster response technologies and reviews of web sites of interest to the disaster response and international development communities. Global Work is the title of a 1997-98 volunteer, internship and fellowship opportunities guide. To order publications or request more information, contact: InterAction Publications, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW #801, Washington, D.C. 20036. Tel: (202) 667-8227; Fax: (202) 667-8236; E-mail: <>; web site: <>


Future of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Rally for a New Society (RNS) is hosting an international conference on the reconstruction and future of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire. The three-day conference will take place October 10 - 12, 1997 in Washington, DC. The conference will explore various ways of forging a domestic and international consensus on the transition process and the social, political, economic and cultural advancement of the DRC. The international conference will feature major political figures, business representatives, intellectuals, professionals and media personalities, as well as non-governmental and church figures from the DRC and the Diaspora. The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Members of Congress, Parliamentarians from other countries, business people and other important personalities who have demonstrated a strong interest in Africa and the DRC in particular are also being invited. This conference offers scholars, students and US university representatives a unique opportunity to directly engage Congolese scholars, students and representatives from the intellectual and university sectors in the DRC. The conference will provide an ideal environment for intimate exchange with Congolese representatives, the initiation of relationships and a platform for the establishment of long-term partnerships. For more information, contact: Rally For A New Society (RNS), 2025 I St., NW Ste 709 Washington, DC 20006. Tel: (202) 463- 9373; Fax: (202) 463 - 9374; E-mail: <>

Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies

SERSAS, the Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies, invites Africanists of all disciplines to submit proposals for papers to be presented at their fall meeting. The meeting will be held at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina on October 25, 1997. SERSAS is a multi-disciplinary gathering of college and university faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students residing on the eastern seaboard between Washington, D.C., and Florida and as far west as Georgia and Tennessee. Recent meetings have been hosted by the University of Virginia, the College of Charleston, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; sessions have been devoted to history, religious studies, anthropology, political science, and development studies. Those interested in presenting a paper should send a one-page abstract no later than September 24, 1997. The abstract may be submitted by post or e-mail. If the paper is accepted, the full text must be received by October 8th. For further information, please contact: Liz Normandy, Department of Political Science, UNC-Pembroke, Pembroke, NC 28372; email: <>

Pan African Film Festival

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), the largest independent film festival in the U.S., will hold its 6th annual gathering from February 6-16, 1998 in Los Angeles. Film and video submissions (features, shorts and documentaries) will be accepted through October 15, 1997. The PAFF will exhibit films from all over the world that are made by and/or about people of African descent. For more information, call (213) 295-1706 or fax (213) 295-1952.


International Affairs Fellowship

The Council on Foreign Relations offers an International Affairs Fellowship 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. A number of year-long fellowships are available for candidates between the ages of 27 to 35 from various disciplines and backgrounds. The deadline for submitting nominations for candidates is September 15, 1997. For more information, contact: Elise Carlson Lewis, Director of Membership and Fellowship Affairs, Council on Foreign Relations, 58 East 68th St., New York, NY 10021. Tel: (212) 434-9483; Fax: (212) 861-2701; E-mail: <Fellowships>


Program in South Africa

"A South African Adventure" is a 17 day guided travel program to South Africa sponsored by San Francisco State University An optional five-day extension to Victoria Falls and Botswana is also available. The four 1998 program dates are: January 16 - February 2, April 3 - 20, June 26 - July 13 and September 11 - 28. For more information, contact: San Francisco State University, College of Extended Learning Center, 22 Tapia, San Francisco, CA 94132. Tel: (415) 338-1533; Fax: (415) 585-7345.


International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria seeks applicants to fill the position of Leader of the Training Program. The Leader of the Training Program will be responsible to the Director, International Cooperation Division. Responsibilities include the initiation of strategies for training and human resource development in sub-Saharan Africa.. Applicants should possess sufficient experience and a Ph.D. in a relevant area such as agricultural science or education in developing countries. Fluency in English and a good working knowledge of French are also required. For more information, visit Room 219 in Agricultural Hall at MSU. (Information cannot be given out over the phone.)

International Account Representative

The American Hotel Register Company needs an international account representative for its African market. Responsibilities include expanding the market for hospitality supplies in Africa, directing the international distribution of products, conducting strategic marketing analysis, overseeing all business transactions and processing export documentation. There is a possible opportunity for travel to Africa. Applicants should have a college degree (preferably in business administration), export/import experience, competence in English and French, good communication skills, some exposure to Africa and a willingness to use the phone as a marketing tool. Send a cover letter and resume to: Gide Kouatchou, International Market Coordinator, American Hotel Register Company, 2775 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847) 564-4000, ext. 2143; Fax: (847) 564-5179.

**** 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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