Events


FEB
20
Date:
Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Kellogg Center, Centennial Room BC
Department:
African Studies Center
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The Office for International Research Collaboration (OIRC) and the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) will present information on funding opportunities and trends for research in Africa and with African partners, followed by an opportunity for faculty to share their research interests and network with collaborators from across campus. All are welcome.

Date:
Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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 "Love of Liberty, Love of Country - My Experience in the Egyptian Revolution"

Guest speaker Reem Fouad Mikhail will share her experience as she took part in the Egyptian Revolution ("on the wake of the Arab Spring.")

Reem Fouad Mikhail is an international development consultant at Lattanzio SpA where she provides technical support to development projects in areas related to labor market and economic development.  She is a former labor market advisor and gender focal point for Deutsche Gasellschaft Fur Internationale Zusammenabeit (GIZ).  Her major area of interest is economic development broadly, corporate social responsibility, and policy interventions related to workforce development.  Her ultimate goal is to initiate a corporate social responsibility project to develop the economy, workforce and downstream to help stabilize the country politically.  Ms. Fouad Mikhail is at MSU as a Humphrey Fellow this year.

FEB
22
Date:
Thursday, 22 Feb 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
201 International Center, MSU
Department:
African Studies Center
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"Gendered barriers to participating in a payment for ecosystem services project in Githambara micro-catchment of the Upper Tana Basin, Kenya"

Dr. Wangui is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Ohio University. She earned her PhD in Geography from Michigan State University in 2004. She has over two decades of experience in the area of rural livelihoods change in East Africa. Her central concern is the examination of the role that gender plays in defining people's access and control of resources that are central to their livelihoods. She has done fieldwork in pastoralist communities coping with climatic and other changes in Kenya and Tanzania. She has also studied older persons coping with new livelihood challenges brought on by HIV/AIDS. Her current research examines gendered dynamics of a large payment for ecosystems services project in the Upper Tana watershed in Central Kenya.

Payment for ecosystem services (PES) is a market-based approach to environmental conservation that seeks to assign values to ecosystem services maintained by diverse resource users. One of the most common types of PES schemes engages local land managers in the conservation of freshwater "provisioning services". The Nairobi Water Fund (NWF), focused on the Upper Tana River in Kenya, exemplifies such a scheme. It is the first of its kind on the African continent and is, therefore an important model for other watersheds in Kenya and elsewhere. This research explores the intra-household barriers to participation in PES and how they are gendered. The geographic focus is the Githambara micro-catchment area, one of nineteen micro-catchments of the Upper Tana included in the PES.

Date:
Thursday, 22 Feb 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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An opportunity to learn and share about first hand experiences on the African Continent.

FEB
23
Date:
Friday, 23 Feb 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
Southern Africa
Department:
African Studies Center
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The first ever MSU Alumni Tour of Southern Africa, (February 23 – March 8, 2019). John Metzler, Assistant Director, African Studies Center will act as the MSU host for the tour. In addition to experiencing the great natural and cultural diversity of Southern Africa, American alumni will interact with South African MSU alumni and will be introduced to MSU's rich history of engagement with this region.

Date(s): February 22 - March 08, 2018  Tour Company: Gohagan & Co., 800-922-3088 ï…•                         Price Summary: From $7,995 per person, plus airfare

MAR
1
Date:
Thursday, 01 Mar 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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An opportunity to learn and share about first hand experiences on the African continent.

MAR
15
Date:
Thursday, 15 Mar 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
201 International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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"'Phaphamani Zulu!': The Use of Amabutho in the Recruitment of Zulu Service in the First and Second World Wars.""

Liz Timbs is a Ph.D. candidate in African History at Michigan State University. Her dissertation research, funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, traces the permutations of Zulu martial heritage in the present-day KwaZulu-Natal province from the era of Shaka Zulu (ca. 1816) to the present-day. Taking a bottom-up approach, it focuses on the changing status and symbolism of Zulu amabutho (regiments, age-grades), noting the shifts and changing meaning of these institutions from the pre- colonial era to the present, arguing that the Zulu amabutho shaped, and continue to shape, youth socialization amongst Zulu young men, while also framing public perceptions of the violent potential of these same young South Africans.

Date:
Thursday, 15 Mar 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
African Studies Center
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An opportunity to learn and share about first hand experiences on the African continent.

MAR
22
Date:
Thursday, 22 Mar 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
MSU Union
Department:
African Studies Center
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March 22, 2018 to March 25, 2018

MSU will host the Association of Contemporary African Linguistics' 49th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL) from March 22 to March 25, 2018. Close to 200 participants working on various areas of African Linguistics are expected to attend. This is an international conference and attendees will be coming from the US, Africa, Europe and other parts of the world. Hosting of the conference rotates among different US and Canadian institutions on an annual basis. Michigan State University last hosted the conference in 1992, the only other time it hosted it being 1978. ACAL helps promote the research, documentation and dissemination of information on African languages.

Date:
Thursday, 22 Mar 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
MSU Union
Department:
African Studies Center
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MSU will host the Association of Contemporary African Linguistics' 49th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL) from March 22 to March 25, 2018. Close to 200 participants working on various areas of African Linguistics are expected to attend. This is an international conference and attendees will be coming from the US, Africa, Europe and other parts of the world. Hosting of the conference rotates among different US and Canadian institutions on an annual basis. Michigan State University last hosted the conference in 1992, the only other time it hosted it being 1978. ACAL helps promote the research, documentation and dissemination of information on African languages.