MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/03/'96

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/03/'96

From: Lisa Beckum <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin
African Studies Center at Michigan State University



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 3, 1996 Fall, No. 1


September 5 "Creation of the National Park's System in Thursday Medagascar" African Studies Center Brown Bag
with Jennifer Burt Graduate Student, Agricultural & Extension Education, MSU), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

September 6 SID Film Series presents "Guelwaar" a film that Friday focuses on the split between Muslim and Christian
communities in the southern part of Senegal, the Casamance. The film begins at 6:30 PM in the Small Auditorium in the Old Horticulture Building.

September 12 "Surviving in the Sahel: Rural Livelihoods, Coping Thursday Strategies, and Natural Resource Management"
African Studies Center Brown Bag with Professor David Seddon (Visiting Scholar, Prof. of Development Studies at the Univ of East Anglia, the U.K.) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.



Religion Religion and the Media (REL 210) 4 credits 10:20-12:10, T-Th 316 Bessey Hall -- Instructor: John Hinnant (2-0062)

Resource Development Special Topic in Resource Development: Pesticides, People and Politics (RD 491) 3 credits 12:40-2:00, MW - Instructor: Jim Bingen (3-1905)

International Rural Community Development (RD 876), 3 credits, 2:40-4:00, W - Instructor: George Axinn (3-1913)

Sociology Environment and Society (SOC 452), 3 credits, 8:00-8:50, T-Th - Instructor: Craig Harris (5-5048)

International Inequality and Development (SOC 832), 3 credits, 10:20-1:10, M - Instructor: Ruth Hamilton (3-9505)

Social Ecology (SOC 864), 3 credits, 10:20-1:10, T-Th - Instructor: Craig Harris (5-5048)

Individual Readings on Africa (SOC 890), VA credit, Hours to be arranged.

Agricultural Economics Agriculture in Economic Development (AEC 861) 3 credits 3-4:20, MW 211 Ag Hall Instructors: Tom Reardon (5-1521) and Carl Eicher (3-9330)

*Role of agriculture in economic development: a history of ideas *Models of agricultural development (e.g., induced innovation) *Food security and food policy and marketing analysis, food aid *Agribusiness in the Third World: obstacles and potential *Accelerating and sustaining agricultural development *Environment and agricultural development links *Combating natural resource degradation in a peasant economy *Land tenure, land reform, and land settlement *Technology: research and extension strategies; social, economic,
and environmental impacts of technology *Women in development *Human capital and lost science in the Third World *Nonfarm sector micro enterprise development *The changing food economy .. changes in food habits and market
structures in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe

For more information contact: Thomas Reardon, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. 48824, phone: 517 355 1521 fax 517 432 1800 email-

Spring 1997-Africa Related Courses Corrections

African Religion and Introduction (REL 360) 3 credits 1-2:20, T-Th 114 Berkey Hall Instructor: John Hinnant (2-0062)

Special Topics in Resource Development: Pesticides, People and Politics (RD 491), 3 credits 12:40-2:00, T-Th -- Instructor: Jim Bingen (3-1905)

1996-97 FLAS Fellowships

U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship awardees for the 1996-97 academic year are the following: Charmagne Andrews (Art History, Shona, research interest: traditional material culture and contemporary arts of southern Africa, especially Zimbabwe); Laurie Brush (Veterinary Medicine, shona, research interest: epidemiology and tropical diseases in food animal medicine); Kimberly Butler (Political Science, Chichewa, research interest: the role of political parties in the consolidation of democracy in newly democratizing countries); Dawne Curry (History, Zulu, research interest: comparative studies of resistance movements); Ellen Foley (Anthropology, Wolof, research interest: cultural and medical anthropology in West Africa); Donna King (English, Zulu, research interest: political/aesthetic issues in South African literature); Michelle Kuenzi (Political Science, Fulfiilde, research interest: the relationship between literacy, development and democracy in West Africa); Elizabeth MacGonagle (History, Tsonga, research interest: the interaction of politics, culture and ethnicity in Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe); and Megan Plyer (Anthropology, Swahili, research interest: East African wildlife management and conservation strategies from a cultural perspective). These fellowships are for graduate studies in African languages and area studies and are made available at the Center through a grant under Title VI of the Higher Education Act from the U.S. Department of Education.

Legends of the Nile Embark on a fascinating travel experience over 3,000 years in the making! The ancient riches of Egypt await your discovery and amazement on this unique program. From Cairo, capital of Egypt; to Luxor, storehouse of antiquity; to the treasure-filled towns that adorn the banks of the legendary Nile, you'll come face-to-face with sights whose glory will exceed all your expectations. The highlight of this trip is a five-day, four-night Nile River Cruise. With all excursions and most meals included, the "Legend of the Nile" is an unparalleled travel value. Space is sure to go reserve your place today! For further information or to make a reservation call the MSU Alumni Lifelong Education office at (517) 355-4562.


Travel opportunities to Ghana African Travel Seminar announces travel opportunities to Ghana. Trips cover the Central, Ashanti, Eastern, Volta and Greater Accra regions. Seminars are open to adult learners and professionals who want to further their knowledge of Africa, as well as vacationers who want more than basic tour experience. The seminar features discussions and presentations on history, law, culture, daily life, music and dance. For further information on dates and program brochures, please contact Georgina Afua Lorencz, 3010 Rosewood Lane North, Plymouth, Minnesota 55441, USA. Phone: (612) 553-2842.

The African World Expo is planned for October 10-13 at COBO Hall, 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: Walter Hage, Trade Promotion Coordinator, Phone: (313) 226-3650, Fax: (313) 226-3657.

The United States Information Agency (USIA) has resumed its financial support for a program that sends books and computer resources to universities around the world. The program annually sends 20 shipments of about 20,000 books each, to universities in various countries. USIA recently sent 17,000 reference books and CD-ROMS to Grenada. Shipments are being prepared for Bosnia, Ghana, India, Nepal and South Africa.

The Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA) is a resource and forum of African experts in the management of environment and natural resources. NESDA's mission consists of helping African societies achieve environmentally sustainable development. They offer workshops and seminars, consultation with experts, and programs for funding several African countries . For further information contact: Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA) /nesda.html.


The 1996 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association will be held November 23-26 at the Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco, California. The National Panels Chair for the conference is Toyin Falola of the University of Texas at Austin. The Conference theme is "The Challenges of Renewal in Africa." Future ASA dates are: November 12-15, 1997, held in Columbus, OH and October 28-November 4, 1998, held in Chicago, IL.

Peace and Appropriate Development in Africa (PADA) Foundation is organizing a three-day international conference on The Future Face of Post Cold War Africa: Building Inter-African Solutions to Urgent Needs, on November 22-24, 1996 at Leeuwenhorst Congress Centre in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. Most of the 32 or more speakers, panel members and trade union representatives, will come directly from Africa. This unique international conference will be the largest the PADA Foundation has ever organized. For more information, please contact: The PADA Foundation (Organization for Peace and Appropriate Development for the Horn of Africa), P.O. Box 857, 2300 AW Leiden, The Netherlands, Phone: ++31 71 5148117, Fax: ++31 71 5147550, Evenings and weekends, Tel/Fax: ++31 71 5210370. Dr. T. Maru Gubena, Director.

The University of Fort Hare, South Africa announces an International Conference on "Affirmative Action in Employment and Education: A Dialogue Venue: The University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape Province, and South Africa". Deliberations will explore the varied experiences with Affirmative Action policies in the US, South Africa and Malaysia, using the US experience to dialogue with the new approaches to this policy in South Africa and to compare with the situation in Malaysia. The interface with gender issues will be highlighted. Interested delegates may contact: C. Magbaily Fyle, (614) 292-3844, Okey Onyejekwe - (614) 292-0379 or Sharon Subrenduth - (614) 292-8169.

Creative Writing in English Conference Announcement "Across Languages and Cultures: Creative Writing in English by non-Native Speakers" will be held Oct 24-26, 1996, at West Chester University, West Chester, PA.

This conference aims to explore how non-native speakers of English, especially Africans, use the language in their creative writing. Writers will discuss the challenges of writing across cultural language boundaries with emphasis on the inter-personal processes involved in using English and/or African vernaculars to mediate and articulate experiences, thoughts and artistic creations.

A second aim of the conference is to encourage scholars to examine the cultural and linguistic features of the English language as used by Africans in creative writing during the past 50 years.

A third aim is to place African creative writing and poly-lingualism in the context of multi-culturalism and poly-lingualism elsewhere (e.g. among the African-American diaspora) and in other situations produced by conquest, immigration, and exile.

Keynote speaker is Chinua Achebe, and invited plenary speaker is Ngugi wa Thiong'o. For more information contact Obinkaram Echewa, Dept of English, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19380; tel 610-436-2822; fax 215-849-1071; e-mail


The Voice of America (VOA) post vacancy announcement for Supervisory International Radio Broadcaster (Hausa). The incumbent serves as Hausa Service Chief of the African Division. Directs the Service staff in preparing daily programs for broadcast to the target area in Africa, plans programs, evaluates and selects source material, edits and adapts English language scripts to assure balanced programming, and holds regular performance reviews with the staff. Fluency in Hausa and English language required. The closing date is September 6, 1996. Interested persons should contact: Oanh Tran, Personnel Management Specialist, International Broadcasting Bureau at (202) 619-3117 for further details.

Date: Thu, 29 Aug 96 15:49:28 EDT Message-Id: <> From: Lisa Beckum <> Subject: Tuesday Bulletin

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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