MSU Tuesday Bulletin (14), 11/28/'95

MSU Tuesday Bulletin (14), 11/28/'95

TUESDAY BULLETIN, FALL, NO. 14, November 28, 1995


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


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, "Evidence for Large-Scale Prehistoric Mining in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana" 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 on November 30 - December 1, 1995. Three of Mr. Manuhwa's sculptures are in the MSU African Studies Center, and Advisory Committee Chair Professor James Cunningham has studied as an apprentice to Mr. Manuhwa. On Thursday, November 30, Mr. Manuhwa will give an African Studies Center Brown Bag, on Friday, December 1, 1995 he will give a stone carving demonstration, and later that day there will be a reception in his honor at the African Studies Center. See the Events Section above for times and locations. 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.


The Pan African Anthropological Association published the first volume of its journal African Anthropology in December 1994. The journal will provide a forum for African and Africanist anthropologists for publishing articles, research reports, review articles and book reviews. For subscription information, contact the Pan African Anthropological Association, BP 1862 Yaounde, Cameroon. E-mail: Pnkwi@Cam.Healthnet.Org. Manuscripts should be submitted to: Editor, African Anthropology, c/o International Center for Applied Social Science Research and Training (ICASSRT), B.P. 1862, Yaounde, Cameroon.

Eritrean Studies Review. Dr. Tom Killion, San Francisco State University, and guest editor of the new journal from the Eritrean Studies Association (ESA), is calling for papers for the third issue, "Popular Organizations and the Nationalist Movement, 1941-1991." For further information, contact: Tom Killion, College of Humanities, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94123. Phone: (408)462-5941. E-mail:

Global Service Corps (GSC) is an international service-learning organization. GSC offers opportunities for volunteers to work together with citizens of developing countries on sustainable development projects. Current projects include: Kenya Village Health Education Project, Kenya Biointensive Gardening Project, Volunteers to Southeast-Asia-Thailand, and a Costa Rica Conservancy Project. In August 1995, Global Services Corps became a project of Earth Island Institute (EII). EII publishes the award winning Earth Island Journal. Contact: Global Services Corps, 300 Broadway, Suite 28, San Francisco, CA 94133-3312. Phone: (415) 788-3666, ext. #128. E-mail:

Information regarding the execution of Ken Siro-Wiwa. The Association of Concerned Africa Scholars [ACAS] has a web page on Siro-Wiwa. It contains ACAS and other organizations, background papers and action alerts. The ACAS web page is located at: The ACAS page on Siro-Wiwa specifically is located at:

An internship program in Senegal is being offered by the University of Minnesota's program in International Development (MSID). Students must have 2 years of college French and they will obtain more language instruction in French and Wolof while doing pre-departure training during fall quarter in Minneapolis. Students will spend 6 months in Senegal working on a grassroots development project and doing additional language training. For additional information contact Jim King (612) 626-2234. E-mail at

Update on AID - Congress Cuts Aid to Africa by 25 percent. Congressional negotiators from the House and the Senate have agreed to compromise on foreign aid for the next fiscal year which eliminates a specific earmark of funds for Africa, but provides language that suggests the U.S. should "seek" to allocate funds in a manner that could result in Africa related projects receiving approximately $600 million. In the 1995 fiscal year Africa received approximately $800 million. The 25 percent cut in aid to Africa, approved in a joint House-Senate conference committee October 26, is viewed by Congressional advocates for Africa as a partial victory because it provides funding for Africa substantially above the level set in the House of $528 million. Pressure from advocates for Africa around the country averted far worse cuts in the Africa aid program, although the latest legislation severely weakens the U.S. aid program in Africa and does nothing to bring about needed reforms in the U.S. assistance program.


West Africa and the African-American Connection (HST 362), offered Spring Semester, 1996, will examine the politics, economy and culture of West African societies during the period from about 1400 to the end of the precolonial period in the late 19th century. This corresponds to the time when the Atlantic slave trade had an enormous impact on West Africa and the time when millions of Africans, unwilling immigrants to the Americas, laid the foundations of African-American societies.

The course will focus on four themes: 1. West African cultures, economies and states; 2. the transformations of these cultures in West Africa; 3. the ways in which the slave trade and slavery functioned within West Africa and between West Africa and the Americas; and, 4. the formation of African-American cultures, particularly in the Caribbean and southern United States.

Books for the course will include Philip Curtin, ed, Africa Remembered; Basil Davidson, The African Genius; John Fage, A History of West Africa; Gwendolyn Hall, Africans in Colonial Louisiana, John Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World. For more information, contact Professor David Robinson, Department of History, 353-8898.


Symposium on Contemporary Literature of the African Diaspora will be held in Salamanca, Spain, on March 21 - 23, 1996. Papers to be read should be between 9-10 pages long on contemporary fiction, theater, media, or poetry of the African Diaspora. Abstracts must be sent before December 31, 1995 to: Olga Barrios Symposium on the African Diaspora, Departmento de Lengua y Literatura Inglesas y Literatura Norteamericana, Universidad de Salamanca, C/Placentinos, 18,37008 Salamanca, Spain.


A Rockefeller Resident Humanities Fellowship Program has been established at the Institute for the Study of Gender in Africa at UCLA. The James Coleman African Studies Center in coordination with the Center for the Study of Women invite applications for this fellowship. The Institute encourages applications in three priority research areas: (1) development of multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding questions of gender in Africa, including the use of such resources as historical linguistics, archaeology, ethno-archaeology, oral tradition, folklore, and art history; (2) the examination of the historical dimensions of gender dynamics in Africa,s early and precolonial past; and (3) the study of the culture of gender, in all its myriad of meanings and concepts.

By March 15, candidates should submit: (1) a 100-word abstract; (2) a proposal of no more than 1500 words detailing the research agenda, its theoretical basis, and its scholarly relevance; (3) a full curriculum vita; and (4) three letters of recommendation. Inquiries and completed applications should be addressed to: Muadi Mukenge, African Studies Center, 10244 Bunche Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, California 90095-1310.

Higher Education Title VI Language Fellowships (FLAS) are expected to be available at Indiana University during the academic year 1996-97. Holders of FLAS fellowships must undertake full-time study during the tenure of the award and be enrolled in formal language instruction in the language of the award. Fellowships are available for language study as well as for programs combining language with area studies. Indiana University has a National Resource Center for African Studies and a wide range of African languages is offered by the Department of Linguistics, including three years of Swahili, and two years of Hausa and Twi, and a flexible schedule of tutorials in less commonly taught languages, tailored to meet the research needs of graduate students. Three years of Arabic are offered by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Application deadline is February 1, 1996.

For more information and application materials, contact (after December 1, 1995): Professor N. Brian Winchester, Director, African Studies Program, Woodburn Hall 221, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405. Phone: (812) 855-6825. Fax: (812) 855-6734.


The Africana Studies Department at San Diego State University is seeking a political scientist to teach a range of courses that survey the African and African-American political and cultural experience. Possible fields of expertise include: African American political thought; African American political participation; African or Diaspora politics; political economy. The Department is interdisciplinary and is developing a global curriculum. Candidates must have the Ph. D. degree in political science of African American studies and demonstrate commitment to both teaching and scholarship. This is a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 1995 and continue until the position is filled. Send letters of application, resume and three letters of recommendation to JoAnne Cornwell, Chair, Africana Studies Department, San Diego State University, San Diego CA 92182-8132. San Diego State University is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer.

A Chairperson in the Department of Black Studies is being sought by The Ohio State University. Nominations and applications are being accepted for this tenured position at the level of professor with a possible adjunct appointment in a relevant department. The Department of Black Studies is a multidisciplinary unit offering the bachelor's and master's degrees in Black Studies, with specialization in African-American or African Studies. Candidates must have a doctorate in one of the humanities, the arts, or social science disciplines, plus a distinguished record of scholarship and professional activities in African-American studies, qualifying for appointment and tenure at the rank of professor. The expected date for assumption of duty is September 1, 1996. Consideration of applications will begin on or about January 12, 1996 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are requested to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and nominate three referees. Nominations and application materials should be sent to: C. Magbaily Fyle, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Black Studies, 486 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210.


Date: Thu, 30 Nov 95 16:31:24 EST From: Judith Lessard Subject: Tuesday Bulletin, Fall No. 14, November 28, 1995

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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