MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/8/98

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 09/8/98

T-H-E T-U-E-S-D-A-Y B-U-L-L-E-T-I-N Issue No. 2, Fall - 1998 September 8, 1998
Weekly News from the AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - 100 INTERNATIONAL CENTER EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035 For back issues, see archive: <>




September 10, Thursday "Malawi Wildlife Law Emphasizes Sustainable Use and Community Participation.o/oo African Studies Center Brown Bag with Tracy Dobson, Faculty (Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU), 12:00 noon, Room 201, International Center.

MSU ANNOUNCEMENTS Free English Lessons There is an English tutoring program for international students, scholars and friends of Michigan State University, supported by the volunteer efforts of staff and faculty. A list of volunteer tutors and times is available from the African Studies Center. If you have questions, contact: Dr. Betty Tsang at: 333-6386, or 355-9672, ext. 386; e-mail: or Dr. Delia Koo, 332-1443 (before 9:30 p.m.); e-mail:

Course Announcements

Fall 1998
TC 872 International Telecommunications course. This course will focus on media and media programs in support of agriculture, health and education in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Class will meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-6:50 p.m. For more information, contact: Prof. Bella Mody, 418 Communication Arts and Sciences, Phone: 432-3378, e-mail:

Anthropology 831 Cultural Ecology/ Environment and Development A new graduate-level environmental course with special focus on African water resources. This new course presents an overview of anthropological and other social science theories and debates concerning the relationship between people and the environment. Part I considers perspectives of major environmental interlocutors, ranging from advocates of the rights of nature through social scientists relying on anthropocentric frameworks. This section includes readings on theoretical approaches used in anthropology and the other social sciences to study human/environmental interactions, including political economy, political ecology, coevolutionary, contextualized and feminist frameworks. Part II focuses on the conceptual underpinnings of contemporary environmental policy documents and programs related to water sector reform and management. While the focus is on water, the policy approaches considered are being widely implemented in forestry, fisheries, soil conservation and other natural resource arenas, and will therefore be of general interest to students. The instructors are: Dr. Anne Ferguson and Dr. Bill Derman, Department of Anthropology. Meeting times are: Thursdays, 3:00 - 5:50 p.m, 321 Baker Hall.

NOTE: First class will meet on Monday, August 31 from 5:30 7:00 pm in 555 Baker. Second class will be held on Monday, September 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm in 555 Baker Hall. Regular class schedule (3:00 5:50 in 321 Baker Hall) will commence on Thursday, September 17. Pick up syllabus from Gail in 354 Baker Hall. For further information, please contact: Dr. Anne Ferguson, Room 202 International Center, Phone: 353-5040 or 432-1669, e-mail:

Spring 1999
HST 880 - Seminar in Comparative Black History. "The Afro-Brazilian Experience in Comparative Perspective.o/oo This course will examine documents and historiography on Brazilians of African descent from the sixteenth century to contemporary times. A reading knowledge of Portuguese is encouraged, but not required. Class will meet on Mondays from 4:10 to 7:00 pm. For further information, contact: Professor Peter Beattie, Department of History, 405 Morrill Hall, Phone: 353-2035, e-mail:


The Population-Environment Fellows Program
The Population-Environment Fellows Program, sponsored by USAID and administered through The University of Michigan, provides assistance to overseas agencies linking the population and environmental dimensions of development. Fellows are placed in two-year assignments with host institutions, providing assistance and technical support. The PEFP supports the capacity of host country institutions to respond to development problems in an integrated way and develops a cadre of future leaders with expertise in population and environment issues. Qualified applicants must hold a graduate degree in a relevant area, have course work or experience demonstrating both population and environmental expertise and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications are due annually April 1 and November 1, though they are accepted on a rolling basis. Inquiries as well as formal applications for Sites and Fellows may be obtained by letter, telephone or fax by contacting: The Population-Environment Fellows Program, SPH II, Room M4537, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029 USA; Telephone: (734)647-0222; Fax: (734)647-4947; e-mail:

CONFERENCES The National Summit on Africa The National Summit on Africa presents: The Midwest Regional Summit on Africa. The Summit is being hosted by the city of Chicago and will take place September 23-27, 1998. Events of the meeting will be held at the Field Museum of Natural History and Navy Pier as well as other venues.

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, the National Summit on Africa is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. It primarily aims to raise the visibility of Africa in the U.S. by pursuing three goals: 1) To educate the American public about Africa and the mutual benefits of closer and improved U.S.-Africa relations; 2) To develop a shared policy "Agenda for Actiono/oo for U.S. relations with African countries; and 3) To broaden and strengthen the network of Africa's supporters in the U.S.

Anyone with an interest in Africa or issues concerning global interdependency ^ such as environment, health, development, women, human rights, peace and security, labor, and trade and investment ^ is welcome to participate in the Summit's programs and activities. The Summit seeks to have its process informed by Africans and therefore encourages both U.S. - and Africa-based African organizations and individuals to participate in the Summit's programs and activities. More information can be found at: <>; e-mail: For other details and registration, contact Randy Strickland, Regional Coordinator, National Summit on Africa, Midwest Regional Meeting, c/o Chicago Teachers Union, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60654, or call: 1-800-934-3418.

International Conference "Academic Partnerships with South Africans for Mutual Capacity Buildingo/oo is the title of the International Conference to be held October 18-21, 1998. The conference is presented by MSU in collaboration with Historically Disadvantaged Institutions Forum, Committee on Technikon Principals, and South African Universities' Vice Chancellor's Association. The conference is limited to 250 participants from universities, educational associations, donors, and government agencies from South Africa, Europe, and North America. In their papers, speakers will identify major issues of higher education in South Africa and how they can be addressed through linkages with partner institutions. The conference will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. For further details regarding the conference and registration, please contact the organizers at: 426 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1034; Phone: (517) 353-6676; Fax: (517) 353-6393; e-mail:, webpage: http//

African Studies Association (ASA) 41st Annual African Studies Association (ASA) meeting and exhibition will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL on October 29-31, 1998. This years theme is "Africa's Encounter with the 20th Century.o/oo The conference theme offers the Africanist scholarly community an opportune moment, a year before the close of the century, to take intellectual stock of the salient transformations that Africa and the study of Africa have undergone in the twentieth century. For more information, contact: African Studies Association, Rutgers University, 1132 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400; Tel: (732) 932-8173; Fax: (732) 932-3394; e-mail:

FELLOWSHIPS Sub-Saharan Africa Dissertation Internship Awards Sub-Saharan Africa Dissertation Internship Awards for 1998-99 The Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to announce a program of competitive awards to enable African doctoral students to undertake supervised dissertation research in Africa. The program is open to citizens of sub-Saharan African nations enrolled in doctoral programs at universities in the United States and Canada. U.S. permanent residents and Canadian landed immigrants are not eligible. Deadlines for application packages to be received by the Foundation are October 1, 1998 and March 1, 1999. Additional information on this program can be found at the Rockefeller Foundation Website at: <> Choose "The Programs,o/oo then "African Initiatives.o/oo Or write to: Africa Dissertation Internship Awards, The Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2702, USA; or Africa Dissertation Internship Awards, The Rockefeller Foundation, PO Box 47543, Nairobi, KENYA.

JOBS Univ of Fort Hare, South Africa - Professor, Economic Sciences The University of Fort Hare is seeking a candidate to fill the position as Professor in the Faculty of Economic Sciences, supported through the Educators for Africa (EFA) program. Requirements for this position include a distinguished academic who is strong in accounting and finance that will assist and guide in the following main areas: curriculum development and renewal; deepening research capacity; internationalizing the curriculum (especially the MBA program); assisting in student and staff academic development; and doing minimal teaching on both post graduate and undergraduate programs. To apply, applicant must be a U.S. citizen; have a doctorate or equivalent degree in a relevant area; have at least five years experience as a college or university professor; and have current evidence of good health. For further information, contact Prof. T.M. Jordan, Dean of Economic Sciences, Univ of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314 Alice 5700, South Africa; phone: 040-8022037; Fax: 040-8532041, e-mail:

Northwestern University - Tenure-track position The program of African Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the study of African Thought, with a primary disciplinary focus in Philosophy or Religion. This appointment begins September 1, 1999. Candidates whose primary training has been in History, Anthropology, Linguistics, or African American Studies will also be considered. For more information, contact: Chair, PAS/Political Science Search, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, 620 Library Place, Evanston, IL 60208-4110, USA. Applications received by November 15, 1998 will be given full consideration; those received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.

Northwestern University - Comparative Politics The program of African Studies and Department of Political Science invite applications for a full-time, open-rank (tenured or tenure-track) position in comparative politics, with appointment to begin September 1, 1999. Candidates should have established teaching and research interests centering on current political dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa and their relationships to other global processes. For more information refer to contact information mentioned above. Applications received by November 15, 1998 will be given full consideration; those received after this date will be considered until the position is filled.


Date: Fri, 04 Sep 1998 11:32:32 -0400 From: Lisa Beckum <> (by way of Lisa Beckum <Subject: Tuesday Bulletin No. 2

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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