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MSU African Studies Center
October 05, 2021

Fall #5

Upcoming ASC Activities

Eye On Africa: Dr. Thierno Thiam 
Unbreakable Bridges: Africa and HBCUs
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Register for Eye on Africa
African Tea Time: Egypt & Zimbabwe
Alumni Give Back Projects in Africa 
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Register for Tea Time

Eye on Africa

Eye on Africa is a weekly seminar series of presentations on some of the latest, cutting edge research in Africa. The series creates an inclusive, holistic view of African history, social movements, the economy, science and politics.

Every Thursday, virtually, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (EST)

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Tea Time

African Tea Times are an opportunity to learn and share about first-hand experiences on the African continent. Open to everyone.

Every other Thursday, virtually, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (EST)

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Please see below for other opportunities

MSU Muslim Studies Program
Meeting the Moral Markers of Success: Concerted Cultivation among Second-Generation Muslim Parents
October 7, 2021
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Concerted cultivation describes how parents reproduce middle-class status by preparing children for success through the organization of their family’s daily lives. Scholarship accounting for the potentially important role that minority religious identity plays in this process is warranted. The current study fills this theoretical and empirical niche by exploring the parenting practices of second-generation, upper-middle-class Muslim Americans. Utilizing data from two years of ethnographic fieldwork and 72 in-depth interviews with second-generation Arab and South Asian Muslim Americans in suburban Metro Detroit. Dr. KaramI makes contributions to sociology by presenting novel data on a little understood minority group and their institutions

 Michigan State University African Atlantic Research Team
"Opacity, Transcendence and Tradition in African Diaspora Religion of the Americas: Horizons of Knowing"
Registration Now Available for AART 25th Anniversary Symposium
October 15, 2021
Registration for Symposium

The Michigan State University African Atlantic Research Team (AART) cordially invites you to attend our virtual Symposium, October 15, 2021. The Symposium’s conceptual theme is: “Opacity, Transcendence and Tradition in African Diaspora Religion of the Americas: Horizons of Knowing”. Confirmed presenters include David Carrasco, Harvard University; J. Lorand Matory, Duke University; James H. Sweet, University Wisconsin; Veronique Altglas, Queen’s University Belfast; and James Spickard, University of Redlands, and an historic presentation to one of the oldest Historically Black College campuses, Talladega College of Alabama, Alma Mater of MSU’s late Professor Ruth Simms Hamilton, the guiding inspiration of our Research Team.

The Program will acknowledge the 25 Years AART has mentored students of color toward the academic PhD as well as guide two major panel dialogues of scholar researchers discussing the state of ideas and research regarding “Opacity, Transcendence, and Tradition of African Descendant Religion in the Americas’ portion of the African Diaspora.”

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa
Call for Poster Presentations at ASMEA Annual Conference
Deadline: October 15, 2021

Registration Information 

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is pleased to invite undergraduate students to participate in its Poster Competition at the Fourteenth Annual Conference being held November 13 - 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C. 

In addition we will award Travel Grants of up to $500 to assist in covering costs associated with attending the event. This competitive opportunity is open to student members of the Association. Undergraduates can join at this membership level here.

Applicants must be juniors or seniors in the Fall 2021 academic year to be eligible to apply. Interested students must submit an application via the online submission portal and include a 300-word abstract of original unpublished data. Topics must be related to the Middle East and/or Africa. To submit a poster proposal students do not need to be members, however, to apply for the Travel Grant in conjunction with the poster proposal, applicants will need to become undergraduate student members.

Alliance for African Partnership
Innovating financing for gender equity and implementing SDG #5 in Africa

October 27, 2021

Despite women being over fifty percent of the total global population and significant global attention being placed on gender and women’s empowerment, they are nowhere near achieving equality.1 Many organizations have instead adopted a gender equity principle of providing men and women not with the same resources, but with what they need to succeed. This has been prioritized in the sustainable development goals (SDGs Goal 5) and in the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 (Goal 17). Although there is recognition of the need to have gender equity in every area of development, the situation in Africa in particular, is quite dire and how to achieve it is still not very clear. Therefore, women remain grossly underrepresented across all sectors despite possessing competitive skills and there are many efforts - from higher education to business to government—to increase their numbers. The issues about gender however, go beyond just increasing the participation of women, it is also about eliminating the persistent, structural sexism in work environments at higher education institutions, as well as in the public and private sectors. Women’s voices also need to be represented throughout the value chain, but perhaps most importantly at the leadership level of policy, research, and business so that there are advocates negotiating for gender equity during decision making. Finally, there is need to integrate gender at all levels so that solutions are provided for both women and men in their day-to-day lives as agents of development. This is important because societies thrive when all citizens have equal access to and control of resources, as well as access to opportunities more broadly.  

Alliance for African Partnership
Call for Thought Pieces: Race and Ethnicity in Africa and the Diaspora

Deadline: October 30, 2021
Information on the Opportunity 

AAP Perspectives is issuing a call for thought pieces from anywhere in the world that are short, critical reflections of issues around race and ethnicity in higher education institutions as well as other key stakeholder organizations in Africa and the African Diaspora. 
AAP Perspectives is published by the MSU Press and distributed using a creative commons licensing and will be freely available to the public by download on the website. Print-on-demand copies of the publication will be available for purchase online by the general public; discounted rates are available for selected individuals and institutions by contacting AAP Perspectives via email at

Jobs, Fellowships and Grants

Spring 2022 Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021

Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field. The museum provides a dynamic learning environment and access to supportive mentors that help interns reach their educational and professional goals. Interns can gain practical museum skills and program development experience in a variety of positions! Spring 2022 opportunities include:
Public Programs Social Justice Internship
Public Programs Hip-Hop Research Internship
Public Programs Hip-Hop Programming Assistant Internship
Information Security Analyst Internship
Media Internship
Marketing Internship
Center for the Study of Global Slavery Internship
Architecture and Design Curatorial Internship 
Annie Bell Shepherd Curatorial Internship: African American Women’s History Research
Exhibition Design Internship
Interpretive Planning/Digital Programming Internship

More information on the internships via Handshake

VACorps Remote Internship Abroad in South Africa
Deadline: Rolling 

VACorps will find you a remote internship abroad with a South African company, startup, nonprofit or NGO. During this unique international work opportunity, you will receive a career-relevant internship and work on projects that benefit your host organization. If you are unable to find the time to travel to South Africa, yet want to engage with local organizations in a meaningful way, a remote internship experience is your ideal solution. No visa or expensive international airfare required!

We also offer hybrid internships that will give you the opportunity to begin your internship remotely and then travel to South Africa to meet your colleagues in person and enjoy local travel adventures with VACorps. Speak to our Program Admissions Team to learn more (
More Information on VAcorps Internship 


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