MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/21/'95

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 11/21/'95



Major subheadings: events, MSU announcements, other announcements, Africa-related courses at MSU, conferences, grants, fellowships, scholarships, jobs


November 23, Thursday, Thanksgiving holiday -- No Brown Bag this week.

November 30, Thursday, "My Life as an Artist" with Damian Manuhwa (sculptor, world renowned for his Zimbabwean stone sculpture), 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.

December 1, Friday, Stone Carving Demonstration by Damian Manuhwa, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Sculpture Annex, Kresge Art Center.

December 1, Friday, Reception to celebrate Damian Manuhwa's visit to MSU, African Studies Center, 100 International Center, MSU, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

December 7, Thursday, "The Archaeology of White Paintings Rock Shelter: 100,000 Years of Human Occupation in the Kalahari Desert" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Larry Robbins (Faculty, Department of Anthropology, MSU) 12:00 noon, Spartan Room C, Crossroads Food Court, International Center.


Damian Manuhwa, a renowned Zimbabwean stone sculptor, will visit Michigan State University in late November. Three of Manuhwa's sculptures are in the MSU African Studies Center, and Advisory Committee Chair Professor James Cunningham has studied as an apprentice to Manuhwa. Born in 1952 in the Rusape District of Zimbabwe, he began sculpting in 1969 as an apprentice at the National Gallery Workshop School. Since 1971 he has worked in Chitungwiza, near Harare, and has exhibited independently in many galleries in Zimbabwe, Europe, the United States, and Australia. Since 1986, he has enjoyed a close relationship with the Matombo Gallery in Harare. Mr. Manuhwa is currently an artist-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon.

Zimbabwean stone sculpture is a contemporary art form that began in the early 1960s. Mr. Manuhwa is among the second generation of Zimbabwean sculptors. His pre-Zimbabwe independence work reflects his rural upbringing and emphasizes traditional Shona beliefs and customs. Since independence (1980), his sculpture has featured more contemporary social and political themes. His work may be seen in the African Studies Center and in many private collections in East Lansing.

Mr. Manuhwa will give an African Studies Center Brown Bag, a stone carving demonstration, and there will be a reception in his honor at the African Studies Center. See the events section on page 1 for details. For more information call the African Studies Center at 353-1700. Mr. Manuhwa,s visit is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Art, and the African Studies Center.

A Student's Guide to Scholarships, Grants, and Funding Publications has been created to meet student demand for information concerning educational funding opportunities available for international education. Any student who is interested in obtaining information on grants, scholarships, and other forms of monetary assistance should find this guide useful. Contact the MSU International Studies and Programs Dean,s Office at 355-2350. E-mail:

Issue on African Broadcast Media for the Journal of African Rural and Urban Studies (ARUS). Professor Folu Ogundimu is inviting interested scholars to submit original research material for publication in 1996 concerning the role of radio or other broadcast media within the context of emerging processes of democratization in sub- Saharan Africa. The Journal covers scholarly work in a wide variety of disciplines and profession, including agriculture, environmental studies, health and medicine, history, urban and regional planning and more. The deadline for submission of all manuscripts is April 30, 1996. Contact Folu Ogundimu, Guest Editor, ARUS, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 100 International Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035. Phone: (517) 353-1700. E-Mail: Africa@MSU.EDU


The Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) announces for Spring Semester 1996, Issues of International Development, SOC 490 (Section 1). This course focuses on the dilemmas facing industrialized nations and developing nations in ending severe global inequalities and poverty. It will explore how these dilemmas are explained and the solutions offered to solve them. Special attention will be given to issues of the environment, women, participation and democratization. Class sessions will be based on readings from selected texts and articles, guest lectures and class discussion to clarify issues. Successful completion of this course meets the requirement of a senior-level capstone course for the Undergraduate Specialization in International Development.

International Social Science Research In Africa, Asia, and Latin America is a multidisciplinary graduate seminar designed for graduate students planning to conduct dissertation or predissertation social science research in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eurasia, or the Middle East, including international graduate students.

This is a yearlong course divided into two sections. In Spring 1996, the second section, International Social Science Research: Methods and Praxis will be offered. Students are encouraged to apply for this section even if they did not take the fall section. This seminar examines case studies of international research and reviews the students, own research proposals. It addresses ethical issues which arise in cross-cultural research, the use of local languages for conducting interviews (including translation), gender issues, interviewing, techniques of sampling, and the use of national archives in support of field research. The key written requirements of this second semester seminar will be a critique of a case of field research and a draft proposal for dissertation field research to submit in one of the national competitions in Fall 1996. The spring course may be taken for one to three credits.

The course is useful for those who wish to incorporate social science techniques in dealing with international, human issues that arise in research in other fields such as resource development or health. Students planning to apply to the International Predissertation Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council or other foreign area predissertation or dissertation research awards are encouraged to participate. Many graduates of this seminar have been successful in winning research awards abroad.

Students may enroll in any of the following seminar numbers. AEC 890 (Manderscheid); ANP 890a (Whiteford); EC 895 (Strauss); GEO 890 (Mehretu); HST 890 (Marcus); PLS 993 (Silver); RD 890 (Bingen); or SOC 890 (Wiley).

Students who plan to enroll should leave their name, department, and special-topics course number, and the name of the signatory professor with one of the three primary instructors: Tom Carroll, CASID, SS. Phone: 353-5925. Fax: 353-4840. Scott Whiteford, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Phone: 353-1690. Fax: 353-7254. David Wiley, African Studies Center, Phone: 353-1700. Fax: 432- 1209.


New Directions, is the title of a new essay series that seeks to open new avenues of inquiry in the study of Africa. Publishers of this new series is the Joint Committee on African Studies (JCAS) of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council. New Directions will accept essays written in English and in French from scholars in the humanities and the social sciences. The series is intended as a forum for challenging rather than for surveying established research agendas that have shaped understandings about Africa. Each year New Directions will seek to publish, in English and in French, two to three essays ranging in length from twenty to thirty pages. A proposal for a New Directions essay should be presented in the form of a two-page abstract and sent to: New Directions, Africa Program, Social Science Research Council, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158. Phone: (212) 661- 0280. Fax: (212) 370-7896.

Dissertation Proposal Workshop for African Students at U.S. Universities. The Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, and the Rockefeller Foundation are sponsoring a workshop on March 8 - 10, 1996, for African students working on topics related to Africa's informal economies. The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to offering African students in the U.S. who are preparing for field research in Africa, opportunities to discuss and refine their dissertation proposals prior to submitting them to their committees. As one in a series of thematic workshops held in the U.S., the goals of this workshop are threefold: to provide a forum for intensive discussion of students, own research designs; to assess strategies and methods for meeting specific challenges in the study of informal economies; and to create networks of faculty and students who are pursuing similar research. To apply for participation, African doctoral students should send a one- page prÇcis of dissertation research, current vitae, and the dissertation supervisor's full contact information to: Prof. Jane Guyer, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, 620 Library Place, Evanston, IL 60208-4110. Tel: (708) 491-7323. The deadline for applications is December 1, 1995.


Ryder Scholarships are available to Michigan State University undergraduate students studying overseas during 1996-97, for programs approved through the Office of Overseas Study. To apply students must submit a letter explaining how the specific program fits in with their academic and career goals, and a Ryder Scholarship Application. Past award winners usually maintained a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better. Application deadline for spring 1996 is November 30, 1995; and March 1, 1996 for summer or fall students. Please direct questions to Sue Hauser, 200 Linton Hall. Phone: 355-5229.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress in 1984 to promote research, education, and training on the nonviolent resolution of international conflict. The Institute conducts an annual solicited grant competition on themes and topics of special interests. The topics for 1996 include: New approaches to conflict management, peacemaking, and peace keeping; Economic and/or environmental factors and international conflict; Professional conflict resolution training programs and materials; and, Cross-cultural negotiation research and training. The closing date for receipt of 1996 solicited grant applications is January 2, 1996. Contact: United States Institute of Peace, Solicited Grants Projects, 1550 M Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-1708. Tel: (202)429-3842 or Fax: (202)429-6063.


Human Rights Watch in a joint venture with the Jesuit Refugee Service, seeks a full- time staff member to serve as an investigator and advocate for refugees and the displaced in sub-Saharan Africa. The specialist will focus initially on Western and Central Africa and Sudan. The specialist will monitor and investigate human rights developments affecting refugees and the displaced and, through writing and advocacy, work to publicize and curtail human rights abuses that they encounter. For more information, contact: Africa Refugee Search Committee, Human Rights Watch, 1522 K Street, N. W., Suite 910, Washington, D.C. 20005. Phone: (202) 371-6592. Fax: (202) 371-0124. E-mail: Application deadline: November 30, 1995.
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 95 10:10:08 EST From: Judith Lessard Subject: Tuesday Bulletin, Fall #13, November 21, 1995

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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