MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/30/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/30/97


Issue No. 7- 1997-98

September 30, 1997



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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October 2, Thursday

"Domestic Origins of Sudan's External Debt Crisis," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Abdel Rahman (Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science and African Studies Center, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 3, Friday

"Concerns about Southern and Southeastern Africa: Agricultural, Economic, Social and Political Issues," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Eunice Foster (Faculty, Plant and Soil Sciences, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 1-4, Wed. - Sat.

"Nigeria: Beyond the Troubled Times," theme of Nigerian Cultural Week, sponsored by MSU's Nigerian Students Association. For more information, contact: Ike Iyioke, 355-9804 (home), 432-2435 (office), iyiokeik@; John Tonukari, 353-1702,; Dolapo Lambo, 337-9135, See below for related events.

October 9, Thursday

"MSU-CICALS Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad to Ethiopia and Eritrea: Trip Experiences and Impressions," African Studies Center Brown Bag with John Eadie (Faculty, Department of History, MSU), Ken Wylie (Faculty, CIS, MSU) and Yacob Fisseha (Assistant Director, African Studies Center, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 10, Friday

"Collaboration in International Rural Development: The Changing Roles of Governments and NGOs," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with George Axinn (Professor Emeritus, Resource Development, MSU) and Nancy Axinn, Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 12 , Sunday

Greater Lansing CROP Walk, a 10K walk sponsored by Church World Service, Dwight Rich Middle School, Lansing, 2:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 1:00). For more information and recruitment forms, contact Church World Service at 484-7144.

Nigerian Cultural Week Events

October 1-3 Nigerian Cultural Exhibition in the Lobby of the MSU Union, all day.

October 2 The Last Hope, Film Presentation, B104 Wells Hall, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

October 3 Two speeches by Dapo Olorunyomi (Award-Winning Nigerian Writer living in exile in the U.S.), "Nigeria: Beyond the Troubled Times" in Spartan Rooms B & C, International Center, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., and "The Grim Reality: Public Policy and Environmental Management in Nigeria" in Room 236, Communication Arts and Sciences Building, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

October 3 Glamor Girls, Film Presentation, B106 Wells Hall, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

October 4 "Nigerian Economic Development, Technology and Society," Keynote Speech by Bartholomew Nnaji (Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh), B108 Theater, Wells Hall, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 4 "Reminiscences of the MSU - University of Nigeria, Nsukka Relationship," Grand Finale Dinner with Professors George Axinn, Glenn L. Johnson and Felix Nweke, Ramada Inn, 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. Free Dinnerñpasses must be obtained at October 4 keynote speech.

ASA Elections

Congratulations to David Wiley (Director, African Studies Center and Professor of Sociology) and Ken Harrow (Professor, Department of English) in the recent African Studies Association (ASA) elections. Dr. Wiley was elected Vice President and Dr. Harrow was elected to the Board of Directors.

African Children's Day

The African Student Union (ASU) invites the MSU community to attend African Children's Day on November 2, 1997 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Spartan Village Community Center. The event will feature music, plays/drama, poetry reading, story-telling, traditional dance and children's games. Activities will be designed to help children develop an awareness of their cultural heritage. Africanists are encouraged to contact ASU ahead of time if they plan to participate with their children. African Children's Day is part of the annual African Cultural Week at MSU, and ASU plans to emphasize children and families as part of the celebrations this year from October 30 - November 2. For further information, contact a member of the African Children's Day Task Group: Mary Mayoya (chairperson), 337-2374; Mary Kitula, 355-1272; Rukee Tjingaete, 355-1155 <tjingaet@pilot.msu. edu>; or Somadoda Fikeni, 355-2782.

Farm-Nonfarm Linkages in South Africa

"Promoting Farm-Nonfarm Linkages for Employment of the Poor in South Africa: A Research Agenda Focused on Small-Scale Farms and Agroindustry" is a paper by Thomas Reardon (Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, MSU), Don Mead (Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, MSU) and Charles Machethe (Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of the North, South Africa) which appears in the September 1997 issue of Development Southern Africa. The authors argue that promoting participation in linkages of small farms and small agroindustrial businesses will have a strong impact on employment and incomes of the poor.


African Film and Videotape

"African Film and Videotape in the Arts and Humanities Curriculum" is a workshop offered by the African Studies Center at MSU on November 6- 8, 1997. The workshop is designed to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction by providing college faculty with methods and strategies for incorporating high quality film and video on Africa into undergraduate general education courses and introductory-level courses in the arts and humanities. The African Media Program, a unit of the Center, warmly welcomes educators (K-12 and undergraduate) to attend this workshop. Anyone interested in attending the workshop should contact the African Media Program at the Center for an application. Call 353-1700 or e-mail John Metzler <metzler@pilot.msu. edu> or Carmela Garritano <>.

Southern Africa in Comparative Perspective

The Berkeley-Stanford Joint Center for African Studies invites scholars in all disciplines to participate in their Annual Spring Conference on April 25, 1998. The 1998 theme is "Southern Africa in Comparative Perspective." In addition to this topic, the Center is especially interested in panels that correspond to: Democracy and Human Rights, Law and Colonialism, African Humanities, Natural Resource Management, and Health and Society. Papers dealing with other topics are also welcome. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts. The deadline for abstracts is February 16, 1998. Send one-page abstracts to: Janet Small, Joint Center for African Studies, 356 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2314. Tel: (510) 642-8338. Questions about the conference may also be sent on e-mail to <>.


Kellogg Institute for International Studies

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, dedicated to advancing research in comparative international studies, will offer up to six residential fellowships of one or two semesters at the University of Notre Dame for the 1998-99 academic year. Fellows work on individual or joint research projects related to the Institute's themes: 1) democratization and the quality of democracy, 2) paths to development, 3) religion and the Catholic Church, 4) social movements and organized civil society, and 5) public policies for social justice. While the Institute has emphasized Latin American research, proposals for projects on Europe, Asia, and Africa will be considered. The Institute seeks scholars from any country, but candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in any discipline of the social sciences or history. Applications will be evaluated individually, but joint projects will be considered. Stipends vary with seniority. Visiting Fellows have faculty status within the University and may hold joint appointments in academic departments for which they may be invited to teach a course. All Visiting Fellows receive health insurance and subsidized housing on campus; Fellows from abroad may receive one direct round-trip economy airfare. A complete application, including references and all documentation, must be received by November 15, 1997. Additional information and application forms are available on the Kellogg Institute Home Page <> or by contacting Gabriela Mossi, Acting Academic Coordinator, University of Notre Dame, The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677. Fax: (219) 631-6717; E-Mail: <Mossi.1@>.


International Faculty Development Seminars

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers three International Faculty Development Seminars which focus on African issues this year. "Ghana and the Dynamics of Economic Development" will take place at the University of Ghana from January 4-14, 1998. A seminar exploring "The Dynamics of the New South Africa" will be held in Cape Town and Pretoria in June 1998. A third seminar on "Understanding Islam: Impact on Politics, Economy and Education in Turkey" is scheduled for June 1998 in Ankara, Turkey. For more information, contact: CIEE, 205 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017-5706. Tel: (888) COUNCIL; Fax: (212) 822-2699;<>; <http://www.ciee. org/>.


Sociology/ Race, Ethnicity and Nation

The Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara anticipates an opening at the Assistant Professor level in the department's program in Race, Ethnicity & Nation. The appointment would begin in July 1998. Subspecialties are open. The search committee is interested in applicants whose scholarship and teaching focuses on major racial/ethnic groups in the United States and/or on issues of race, ethnicity, and nation from a comparative or global perspective. Potential for excellence in teaching and research is necessary, and a Ph.D. is normally required at the time of appointment. To apply, send C.V., letter of application, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to: Chair, REN Search Committee, Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9430. The deadline for applications is November 15, 1997.

**** 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:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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