MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/17/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/17/'96

EAST LANSING, MI 48824-2035 September 17, 1996










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:


September 18, Wednesday "Post-Reform Agricultural Development Strategies in Zimbabwe" presentation by visiting scholar Dr. Tobias Takavarasha, (Permanent Secretary of Zimbabwe's Ministry of Agriculture) 3:30 - 5:00, Room 16, Agriculture Hall. If interested in meeting with Dr. Takavarasha during his visit (Sept 18 & 19), please contact Thomas Jayne, Dept of Agricultural Economics (5-0131).

September 19, Thursday "Environment Law in Malawi: Paradigm Shift" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tracy Dobson (Associate Dean, International Studies; Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

September 19, Thursday "Rights of Passage" International Video Series presented by the College of Nursing will be shown in Room A117-123 Life Sciences Bldg, 12:00 - 1:30p.m. Through the stories of four young women coming of age in different parts of the world, this video looks at issues surrounding puberty and what can be the personal cost of this transition.

September 26, Thursday "Pregnancy and HIV/Aids in Zimbabwe" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Harriette Pipes McAdoo (Professor, Dept of Family and Child Ecology, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

Study Abroad Program Development Grants:
The Office of the Dean of International Studies and Programs (ISP) is offering funding to support the development of overseas study programs. This grant program provides seed money for study abroad program development. The goal is to further diversify the extensive array of programs to include new subject matters and program sites. The deadline for the next round of competition is October 1, 1996. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean, ISP, 207 International Center; 353-2350.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
International Predissertation Fellowship Program (IPFP)
October 4 is the initial deadline for social science graduate students at any level to apply for awards as high as $25,000 for a year of Predissertation work in the following areas: Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, non-Russian republics of the CIS, China, Near and Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia, (Japan, Korea, and Russia are ineligible.)

This is an opportunity for Michigan State students in the social sciences interest to conduct dissertation research abroad.

Types of Awards:
1) Standard IPFP Fellowship - Predissertation language training and field immersion for students grounded in a discipline to strengthen their language skills and knowledge of local history and culture in a part of the developing world.

2) Advanced Disciplinary Training Fellowship - Predissertation training only for doctoral students in economics (and agricultural economics), sociology, political science, and psychology who already have "an exceptionally strong area studies background" in order to acquire "advanced theoretical and methodological training...(in) their discipline."

Eligibility: economics, sociology and demography, political science, psychology, history, anthropology, and geography. Only students at MSU and 22 other leading research universities are eligible for these grants.

Application: Forms are available from Dean Corey's Office (Coll. of Social Sciences, Berkey Hall). A first draft proposal is due to Dean Corey by October 4.



Visions of the Future of Africa - Book Project Young, dynamic, and talented Africans who are 40 years of age or younger are invited to contribute papers to a proposed book tentatively entitled "Visions of the Future of Africa." Each contribution should be from the personal perspective of the author. The author should explore the following questions in their essay: What do you think about the future? What are your visions, hopes, fears, ambitions, and goals for the future? What are your perceptions about the trends that will shape the world, your region, nation, and societies? What type of an Africa would you like to live in? These and many other questions should be answered. The year 2026 should be the focus. Papers should be limited to 4000 words. The deadline is December 30, 1996, however, early submittal will allow more time for consideration. Authors whose articles are selected will be paid an honorarium of US$500.

If you would like to nominate someone or yourself to contribute an article, please provide the following information (Name, Profession & Job Title, Nationality, Sex, Address, Telephone #, Fax #, and Email) as soon as soon possible, in order to receive the book proposal and guidelines.

Direct inquiries to Olugbenga Adesida and Arunma Oteh. Address: B.P. 46 Guichet, Annexe BAD, Abidjan, Cote d Ivoire; Tel: (+225) 44 80 81 / 44 70 02; Fax: (+225) 22 26 64 / 44 70 02; email:

CROP Walk - (Lansing Area)
Sunday, October 13th a CROP walk will be held at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Lansing, MI.

CROP is the name given to community fund-raising events sponsored by Church World Service (CWS), an international relief, development and refugee resettlement agency. 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. Funds are deposited in a general account for use in 70 countries around the world, including Africa. In 1995, CWS helped the people of Masongaleni, in Kenya, build a village water system. 25% will be returned for Lansing hunger needs.

To participate in the 1996 Greater Lansing CROP Walk, contact your church or service organization or call Rod Conrad at 374-0832 for information on how to get involved.

Global Exchange Reality Tour to South Africa:
South Africa After Apartheid: Toward Economic Empowerment is the title of this exciting trip scheduled for October 7-22, 1996 and April 12-26, 1997.

Almost three years after the first election in which all South Africans were able to participate, enormous changes are obvious in day-to-day life. On this trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town and the surrounding townships and rural areas, participants will spend time with the people and grassroots organizations who have taken part in these changes, and discuss with them their perceptions of the victories won and the challenges ahead.

Trip price: $3,300 from New York and $3,525 from San Francisco. The price includes round-trip airfare from JFK or San Francisco Airport, all hotels, two meals per day, a full-time trip leader, all ground transportation within South Africa and the flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Russ, Global Exchange, 2017 Mission St., #303, San Francisco, CA 94110. Phone: (415) 255-7296, ext. 229.

The Commonwealth Writers Prize
The 1997 Prize will be awarded for books published in the period January 1 to December 31, 1996. The timetable is as follows: Closing dates for entries: November 30, 1996. Meeting of regional panels February 7-15, 1997. Announcements of regional winners, February 15, 1997. Final judging and awards ceremony, April 15-30, 1997. Write: Commonwealth Foundation, Marlborough House, London SW1, England, for more details.


International Conference on Land Tenure and Administration to be held November 12-14, 1996. This conference, hosted by the University of Florida will provide an international forum for discussing current land tenure and land administration initiatives in emerging economies. It will identify issues of common concern and highlight effective strategies to reform existing land administration structures and processes. Emphasis will be on active debate and discussion of ideas. For a detailed brochure and further information call: Dr. Grenville Barnes, Geomatics Program, University of Florida at (352) 392-9492 or Fax: (352) 392-4957. E-mail:

The Third Annual Conference of African Studies, CCSU takes place on Saturday, November 2, 1996 at Diloreto Hall, Central Connecticut University, New Britain. The theme of this year's conference is "African Civilization." Scholars interested in participating this year should contact Dr. Gloria Emeagwali. Phone: (860) 832-2815/6 or e-mail:

The African World Expo is planned for October 10-13 at COBO Hall Convention Center, One Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI. This year's AFRICAN WORLD EXPO will feature an extensive program of conferences, seminars and workshops on trade, investment and joint venture opportunities between North America and Africa. For more information contact: African World Expo, 14000 Wyoming, Detroit, MI 48238. Phone: (313) 868-4723, Fax: (313) 834-9274.


The National Endowment for the Humanities announces an October 1, 1996 deadline for the Summer Stipends Program. NEH Summer Stipends support two months of full-time work on projects that will contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Period of grant must cover two full uninterrupted months and will normally be held between May 1, 1997 and September 30, 1997. Stipend: $4000. Send inquiries to: Summer Stipends Program, Rm. 318, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20506, or e-mail:

Research on Africa at the Rockefeller Archive Center: In 1997 the Rockefeller Archive Center will make a special series of grants to support research in its collection on topics related to Africa. The Center's collections include materials on American philanthropic involvement with agriculture, economic development, education, humanities and the arts, medical science and public health, the natural sciences, race relations, the social sciences, and wildlife and environmental conservation in Africa in the 20th century. The deadline for applications is November 30, 1996. For application forms and additional information, contact: Darwin H. Stapleton, Director, The Rockefeller Archive Center, 15 Dayton Avenue, North Tarrytown, NY 10591-1598. Phone: (914) - 631-4505.

University of Michigan Fellowship Opportunities for 1997-98. The Advanced Study Center of the International Institute, U/M, invites applications and nominations to its 1997-98 seminar on "Theories and Practices of Religious toleration/ Intoleration." Fellowship opportunities are available to U/M students, faculty, and staff as well as to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, community organizers, media professionals, and cultural practitioners from outside the University. Applications from Ph.D. students, junior and senior scholars, and professionals are due January 10, 1997. Nominations of senior scholars and practitioners are due December 20, 1996. Contact Rebecca Armstrong, Program Coordinator, ASC of the International Institute, University of Michigan, 340 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 49109-1220: Phone: (313)-763-9154; e-mail: The World Wide Web is:

Africa Assistant Professor.
The history department of Mount Holyoke College invites applications for an entry-level, tenure-track position in the history of sub-Saharan Africa with shared responsibility in the African-American and African Studies Program. As the only full-time African historian, the successful candidate should demonstrate wide-ranging, interdisciplinary teaching interests. Appointment begins July 1, 1997, and Ph.D. should be completed by September 1, 1997. Send syllabi for a one-or two-semester survey course and one course of your choosing, along with a current CV and letters of recommendation by November 1, 1996 to: Chair, African Search, Department of History, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075. Candidates will be interviewed early January. Mount Holyoke College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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African Studies Center
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