Tuesday Bulletin No. 4

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/24/'96

EAST LANSING, MI 48824-2035 September 24, 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 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.

October 3, Thursday "Arabic in Africa: an Illustrated Lecture" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Alan Kaye (Visiting Professor, California State University, Fullerton) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

He will also be giving a talk to the Linguistics Colloquium at 4:30 - 5:30pm, Wells Hall Rm A607, entitled "Linguistic Remarks on the Arabic Dialects of Sub-Saharan Africa".

October 4, Friday SID Film Series presents: "Hyenas" an allegorical story based on Durrenmatt's play 'The Visit'. Ostensibly about the return to a town of a woman who has become wealthy and wants revenge on her former lover. In reality, about the state to which modern Africa has been reduced, its total marginalization in terms of the world's economy, its insignificance, its need to reach beyond the straits of a materialist orientation.

October 10, Thursday "Nyamakuta-The One Who Receives" International Video Series presented by the College of Nursing will be shown in Room A117-123 Life Sciences Bldg, 12:00 - 1:30pm. Mai Mafuta is a nyamakuta--a traditional midwife, in Zimbabwe. Five years ago, Mai Mafuta's skills were inadequate to save her own daughter's life and she died in childbirth. In an attempt to prevent such deaths, over 80 countries have begun training traditional midwives in modern medical methods. Mai Mafuta enrolled in the program. Now she tries to reconcile what she has learned at the clinic with traditional birth practices.


South African Librarian at MSU

MSU and the Center welcomes Ms. Albertina Seanego from Library at the University of the North Pietersburg, South Africa. Ms. Seanego is at MSU in a familiarization and training program in the context of the new MSU linkage with the University of the North following on the visit of Vice Chancellor Ndebele to MSU and of an MSU team lead by Vice Provost and Dean Fred Poston. Ms. Seanego is the Assistant Administrative Officer of the Library at University of the North. Her period at MSU until mid-December is under the coordination of Ms.Onuma Ezera, MSU Africana Librarian. Those wanting to contact Ms. Seanego should phone 355-2366.


World News Connection (WNC)

This is an online Foreign News Alert Service from the U.S. Government. The WNC is accessible via the World Wide Web and provides English- language translations of time-sensitive news and information from thousands of non-U.S. media sources. Information is generally available within 48-72 hours from the time of original publication or broadcast.

Hard copies of the Daily Reports/ Sub-Saharan Africa and Near East and South Asia publications have been discontinued. Information can now be found on the WNC website:

Operation Crossroads Africa
1997 Summer Program

Living/Working/Traveling in Africa; The Forgotten Human Side of Africa; Moving into the 21st Century...Applications are due immediately for program dates beginning the end of June through mid-August. This is an INTENSE living, work and learning experience at the grassroots level in Africa where some of the modern conveniences taken for granted in Western countries, may not be present. Crossroads staff and alumni offer a hand to participants in raising the necessary funds for travel and living expenses. Contributions made in behalf of participants are tax-deductible. There will be a several-day Orientation in New York prior to leaving. Brochures and Applications are now available on-line. E-mail your request (with your full snailmail address) to Both: "Summer Info", and Brochure/Application" or for further assistance, contact: LaVerne Brown, Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc. Phone: (212) 870-2106, M-F 10am-4pm EST. Operation Crossroads Africa sponsors several categories of projects.


African Language Teachers Association (ALTA)

ALTA announces its 1st Annual International Conference, "Defining the Field: African Language Learning and Teaching". This conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be held April 10-13, 1997. The purpose of this conference is to engender understanding and increase awareness of the unique issues involved in African language learning and to provide a forum where focus is given to issues of learning environment. Deadline for submission is November 1, 1996. To receive additional information about the ALTA and a membership application contact: Antonia Y. Folarin Schleicher, African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1414 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1557; Phone: 608-262-2487, Fax: 608-265-4151, email:, or contact Jared Banks, email:


International Dissertation Field
Research Fellowship Program
SSRC-ACLS Fellows for 1997-98

The Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies are pleased to announce a major new initiative in support of field research at the dissertation level.

The International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program provides support for social scientists and humanists to conduct dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world.

This program is open to full-time graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, regardless of citizenship, enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. Applicants must have completed all PhD requirements, except the fieldwork component, by the time the fellowship begins. The deadline for applications is December 2, 1996. For further information and application materials contact: International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-377-2700, Fax: 212-377-2727, email:, web: http//

1997/98 Residential Fellowships

The Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester, is offering Postdoctoral, Predoctoral and Graduate awards. Applications should be submitted by January 31, 1997. Awards will be announced in March. For more details please direct all inquiries to: Associate Director for Research and Curriculum, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester, 302 Morey Hall, Rochester, NY 14627. Phone: (716) 275-7235.


African History

The Department of History at the University of Washington invites applications for a position in African history. The appointment will be at the level of tenure-track assistant professor, beginning September 1997. Applicants should have the Ph.D. degree or anticipate its completion by the time of the appointment, and be highly qualified for undergraduate and graduate teaching and independent research. The successful candidate will be expected to teach survey courses in African history as well as upper-division and graduate courses in areas of specialization. Applications, including c.v., a statement of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation, should be sent to Professor Dauril Alden, Department of History, Box 353560, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195. Priority will be given to applications received before November 15, 1996. The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. AA/EOE.

Academic Directors

The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont is looking for Academic Directors for the Spring 1997 semester. Positions are available in the following areas: Botswana (Kalahari Conservation and Ecology); Cameroon; Ghana; Kenya Upcountry; Kenya Coastal; Madagascar; Mali; South Africa (Cape Town); and Tanzania. Prospective candidates should mail resumes and cover letters to: Christine Spaulding, School for International Training, Academic Studies Abroad, P.O. Box 676, Kipling Road, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676.


The United Nations Internship Program promotes among the participants a better understanding of major problems confronting the world and gives them an insight into how the United Nations attempts to find solutions to these problems. It consists of three two-month (unpaid) periods throughout the year and provides Departments at Headquarters with the assistance of outstanding graduate students specializing in the following fields: Economics; Humanitarian and Environmental Affairs; International Law (second year law students only); International Relations; Journalism; Library Science; Political Science; Population Studies; Public Administration; Social Affairs; Translation and Terminology; and Women's Studies.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants should be enrolled in a Master's degree program at the time of the application and during the period of internship. Applicants who have already received a Master's degree will not be considered. Citizens from all countries may apply. Contact: Coordinator of the Internship Programme, Rm. S-2570, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, Phone: 212-963-4437, Fax: 212-963-3683.

Program Officer - Washington, DC

Position available with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Africa/Near East program. Duties: responsible, under the direction and supervision of the Program Director, for implementation and/or management of democratization projects specific to the mission of IFES. Masters Degree in International Relations, Public Policy, Political Science or a related field; or similar degree at the Bachelors level with 2 years functionally related professional experience; written and oral multilingual skills and/or a strong cultural familiarity with the assigned region; flexible schedule and willingness to travel; French language skills; and Portuguese language ability is a plus. Send resume and cover letter to: HR/IFES, 1101 15th Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20005 or fax (202) 452-0804 or e-mail:
Lisa D. Beckum
African Studies Center
100 CIP, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035
phone: (517)-353-1700

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 96 13:31:59 EDT Message-Id: <> From: Lisa Beckum <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 4

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