Linking All Types of Teachers to Inter national Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: March 27, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #507

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Session: April 14, 2011, noon – 4:30, Haslett High School
  2. Congratulations to Sue Seyfarth - winner of Glen L. Taggart Award
  3. Updates from our Japanese LATTICE friends
  4. LATTICE Book Club
  5. Education for All Monitoring Report 2011: Overview by John Metzler
  6. Opportunities and Resources

1. Next LATTICE Session Thursday, April 14 noon - 4.30, Haslett High School

Please plan to attend our next session in the Viking Room at Haslett High School which is located at 5450 Marsh Rd, Haslett. As so much of significance is now going on around the world, we will hear the perspectives of citizens (not professional media) who are from some of the hot spots around the globe, including the Middle East and Japan. As usual this session is free for everyone (K-12 teachers, MSU faculty and staff, graduate students from all majors, visiting scholars, and community members).International potluck around 3:30 p.m.! The annual LATTICE photograph will be taken on this day, so feel free to come in native “costume.”

Transportation: Please email by April 13th if you need rides or if you can transport people to Haslett High School. Pick up points are Spartan Village, Cherry Lane, Kellogg Center and Erickson Hall.

CATA Bus Number 22 from MSU stops right in front of the school. You can either take the bus at 11:20 or 11:55 a.m.

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2. Congratulations to Sue Seyfarth - winner of Glen L. Taggart Award

On Wednesday 23th March, Sue Seyfarth, Chairperson of LATTICE Board of Directors, received Glen L. Taggart Award for Community Contributions to International Understanding from MSU. According to the MSU International Studies Program, this award is given “to a citizen of the State of Michigan who has made a distinct, sustained contribution to international understanding in their respective communities or in the state at large.”

Sue, a third grade teacher in Holt Community Schools for more than 30 years, has been deeply involved in international education throughout her career. She has positively impacted elementary students through iEARN, International Education and Resource network, and LATTICE. Her goal has been to give students at an early age the opportunity to learn about different cultures in a welcoming atmosphere.

Congratulations, Sue, on this well-deserved recognition!



3. Updates from our Japanese LATTICE friends

Following the recent tragic disaster in Japan, some of our LATTICE friends from Japan have written to share with us their stories:

i) Takayo Ogisu, Doctoral student, Department of Teacher Education, MSU

"As you know, Tohoku area in Japan was hit by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and Tsunami. So far it is estimated that more than 10,000 people have lost their lives because of this disaster. First of all, thank you very much for all of your messages concerning my family and my country. My family is safe and this morning (March 14) we could finally reach two of our relatives (my sister's mother-in-law and sister-in-law) who lived in the most affected area. Thanks again for your prayers.

From now on, the victims will experience long and hard time to settle their lives again. They need lots of money, continuous support, and warn care. I highly appreciate your generous support.I would like to share with you a link from CNN website, which summarizes "how you can help." You can also make a donation from Amazon website to American Red Cross.

Another way is by sending text message via your mobiles:
Red Cross: text REDCROSS to 90999
Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888
GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555
Save the Children Federation: text JAPAN 20222.
UNICEF: text JAPAN to 864233

The 10 dollar donation will automatically be sent to the organization from your phone bill so you could do one of the four.

Lastly, I would love to let you know that many Japanese are deeply touched by the help and support from more than 90 countries. Your care and prayer reach our hearts and make us strong. We know we are not alone. Please, please keep praying for the victims and supporting them."

ii) Chiharu Kato, Doctoral student, Department of CEPSE, MSU

"In the midst of uncertainty (radiation etc), many of my friends and families remain really strong and found positives in their lives. My friend, in particular told me that this is their opportunity to rebuild Japan."

iii) Aki Sakuma, at sakuma@JUEN.AC.JP, LATTICE Member since 2003. (via Sally McClintock)

"I am in Joetsu, Niigata, where another big earthquake struck this morning. It was frightening. My family and parents are alive, but we could not contact my uncle, aunt, and neice in Sendai where the big earthquake, Tunami and fire attacked."

iv) Taka Mochizuki, (Michigan/Shiga Visiting Prefectual Government Representative in 2006 and 2007 (via Sally McClintock)

"Dear friends in Michigan.

Hello, it's Taka in Shiga. I assume you already heard about the terrible disasters of the earthquake and the tsunami hit in eastern Japan, and know that no one in Shiga is hurt. We are OK, though we do worry what had happened in eastern Japan.We heard the scary news that some of the nuclear power plants are severely dameged, and the dangerous amount of radiation is already released to the atmosphere. Since Shiga is so far away from the area, we assume it won't reach our area, though, still my being one of the Japanese citizens, I sincerely worry about the contaminated area and people who live and work in that area.  

Although the situation is very severe, I hope it won't get any worse. I keep my fingers crossed. May God be with us."

v) Mayo Matsubayashi, LATTICE member since 2004 (via Sally McClintock)

"Thank you Sally. I miss everyone in LATTICE too. It was one of my greatest experiences in Michigan. To support people in Japan, If you could forward the message below to LATTICE members, I would appreciate it.

The devastating earthquake struck the north east part of Japan on March 11. The number of casualties is expected to be in the thousands. The survivors of the earthquake and tsunami are now suffering from the harsh winter weather without electricity and running water. The recent nuclear plant explosion is creating enormous fear. Japan is now in desperate need of supplies and support. 

I would like to ask you to do anything you can to support people in Japan. It doesn't always have to be monetary support. Emotional support or any other support will be appreciated. If you are willing to donate, Red Cross is taking the lead role of helping people there.

Thank you in advance for all your help. I do miss LATTICE and wonderful people I've met there. I hope everyone in LATTICE is doing well." 



4. LATTICE International Book Club

For information about the Book Club, please contact its co-chairs Mary Hennessey ( and Amy Kilbridge (

i) Update from March session

Margy suggested putting all the books discussed at the LATTICE Book Club over the years on LibraryThing, or creating a web page for the book club.  She is going to help to do this so everyone can see what has been read so far. This might also include links to teacher's guides and other helpful bibs.

Two books were recommended by Sally McClintock at this session:

- A fascinating book about how issues are "framed" by words used and meanings insinuated. Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate--The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff.

- Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold Through Arab-American Lives written by Alia Malek are beautifully written tales of culture, religion, and identity.

ii) 100 book lists created by teachers

Click here and scroll down a bit to check out this list that has subjects ranging from bullying to Mo Willems books, to fantasy to Civil Rights. Many are for grades K-5.

iii) "Practice Your English" - every Wednesday

The East Lansing Public Library is hosting "Practice Your English" each Wednesday evening at 7:00, at the Library, 950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing.  Join us for conversation in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.  Children are welcome - activities will be provided.  For more information, contact Mary Hennessey or Jill Abood at 517-351-2420.

iv) Library News: The Perfect Storm of Budget Cuts Take Libraries Back 50 Years

Read the news about The Michigan Library Association (MLA) board of directors concern with Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed 2011-2012 Fiscal Year Budget announced recently. The Governor’s budget proposes cutting 40 percent of state aid to libraries, meaning all libraries are in jeopardy of losing statewide library services.

MLA is Michigan’s oldest and largest library association spanning three centuries. Guided by the belief that access to information, technology, the internet, and government is the cornerstone of a free society, the Michigan Library Association has advocated for libraries on behalf of the state’s residents for more than 100 years. MLA supports education and new literacies, collaboration and resource sharing, intellectual freedom and citizen access to publicly funded research.

Lv) Kirabo Fair Trade Store

Kirabo, the fair trade store in East Lansing, has moved!  It is now located on 225 E Grand River. Just west of MAC next to Potbelly Sandwiches. 



5. Education for All--Monitoring Report 2011

UNESCO has just released its 2011 monitoring report of progress towards EFA.  It is titled "The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education."  John Metzler has posted for us a report overview of this 400 page report. The entire report can be accessed on the UNESCO website



6. Opportunities and Resources

Solar Circle Pottery Sale (April 1 and 2)

Attend this sales event by Solar Event; buy a Pot and Light up a Life in Tanzania. Solar Circle is an incredible non-profit organization with roots here in East Lansing.  Founder, Judy Martin is collaborating with Kazuko Thornton, a retired educator and potter, to raise funds for solar ovens and lanterns for families in Tanzania. Sales are going to be at All Saints Episcopal Church 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 from noon to 6:00 p.m. Please click flier or mystory for more information.


Exploring Humanitarian Law: Professional Development Workshop (April 13)

Learn how to implement Global Themes into the classroom!  Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) is an innovative, International Program that builds critical-thinking skills and character through understanding human dignity, instilling respect, fairness, caring, and responsibilities of Global Citizenship.  Learn more about the EHL curriculum and benefits, obtain easy-to-use lesson plans that fit seamlessly into existing units within curriculum and network with other global educators. Respected educator and leader in international education, James W. Lane will be leading the workshop. Please check this flier for more information.

James W. Lane is a thirty-four year veteran of the high school classroom, having taught Social Studies to students at Orange High School in a suburb east of Cleveland, Ohio.  Lane has also served as Social Studies consultant to districts around the state and has been an adjunct professor at John Carroll University.  A recipient of two Fulbright study grants, Lane has traveled extensively, particularly in the Orient where he has studied in India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and just this summer, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore. Other awards have allowed him to teach in Lithuania for two summers, and to study the cultures of Germany and of Korea. The recipient of Ohio's Best Social Studies Teacher award, Lane has been an active participant and past president of both the Cleveland Council for the Social Studies and the Ohio Council for the Social Studies, and he has served on the Board of Directors for the National Council for the Social Studies. A published author and editor of teacher lessons, Lane has presented at many conferences including an International Social Studies Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. He is now focusing his attention on the International Committee of the Red Cross' Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum.

This event can be attended by Middle school and high school teachers and future global educators. It will take place at American Red Cross 1800 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. RSVP: Anna Bliss, 517-484-7461 ext. 167 or

Anna Bliss│ Program Coordinator, Disaster and International Services │ American Red Cross Central Lower Michigan Region│1800 East Grand River Drive│Lansing, MI 48912│Phone 517.484.7461 x360 │


Ernesto Cardenal speaking at MSU on April 18

Ernesto Cardenal, a Nicaraguan Catholic priest and poet and a famous liberation theologian, will speak at MSU’s Residential College for Arts and Humanities at 4:30 PM on Monday, April 18.


2011 SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop (Deadline: April 27)

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Korea Foundation are pleased to announce the fourth annual Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop. It will take place on  July 6-10, 2011 at Pacific Grove, CA - Asilomar Conference Center. Applications are due by April 27.

This Workshop seeks to create a sustained network of advanced graduate students and faculty engaged in research on Korea. It provides an informal setting for participants to give and receive critical feedback on dissertations in progress. Individual students will lead discussions of their projects with mentor faculty and peers from various disciplines to receive creative and critical input on improving their fieldwork plans or writing strategies. Last year's
mentors were anthropologist Nancy Abelmann from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sun Joo Kim from Harvard University, Seungsook Moon from Vassar College, and Jun Yoo from University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Only full-time advanced graduate students, regardless of citizenship, enrolled at US or Canadian institutions are eligible. Participants may be in any social science or humanities field. Applicants must have an approved dissertation prospectus but cannot have completed writing for final submission. Special consideration will be given to students from universities that are not major Korean Studies institutions.

Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop
Social Science Research Council
One Pierrepont Plaza, 15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 718-517-3640 Fax: 212-377-2727


23rd Annual Community-Wide Spelling Bee (Saturday, April 30, 2011)

Parents Action Committee on Minority Academic Concerns (PAC-MAC) is organizing Spelling Bee at MSU Kellogg Center Auditorium beginning at 1:15 on April 30. Students from around the Greater Lansing area in grades 1st-8th will participate. There will be something for everyone. All spelling bee contestants will receive a “goody bag”, Certificate of Participation and their names will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a bicycle.

Students placing 1st-4th in each grade level will receive cash prizes, a trophy and will be recognized by the Lansing City Council in May. Teachers: when two or more students from your class participate in the Spelling Bee your name will be entered into a drawing for a special gift. Principals: the school with the most enrolled students will receive the 2011 Plaque of Recognition.

In preparation for the spelling bee, one rehearsal has been scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Specific information about the rehearsal along with general spelling bee information will be shared upon receipt of the registration fee. Parents/Guardians/Grandparents interested in securing a registration form for their children/grandchildren can do so by contacting Ms. Audrey Smith via email ( or by phone (517-887-2118). The registration fee is $10/student and the deadline is April 25, 2011.

See registration and schedule for more information.

Lori Strom, MPA, CHRS
Coordinator, Family Resource Center (
1407 S. Harrison Rd., Suite 225 Nisbet
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 432-3745; Fax (517) 432-3862


International Institute: Your Global Crossroads

Please take a look at the March issue from University of Michigan. As usual it has lots of opportunities for teachers. One particular workshop that has been organized is a professional development workshop entitled "Afghanistan Past and Present: Connections, Communities, Conflicts" which is for middle and high school teachers. There is also going to be Euro Challenge 2011: Michigan Regional Competition which teachers are welcome to observe. This is an opportunity for students in grades 9 and 10 to learn about the European Union and its single currency, the euro. Another notable event is a free Islamic dance drama performance by F. X. Widaryanto using gamelan instrument. Widaryanto is an accomplished gamelan musician, choreagrapher, scholar and a university administrator at STSI Bandung. Currently, he is a visiting artist in residence at UM for academic year 2010-2011.


Upcoming Series: Food of Korea

Guven Witteveen ( has posted an Amazon blog that has interesting discussions about food. For the next few weeks, Tracy Schneider and Jean-Georges will explore various Korean cuisines. This site also has other famous contributors and guest chefs. You can subscribe to this blog for daily updates.



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 507

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Connie & Kaliamma

LATTICE Session Director
Connie Detjen

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Kaliamma Ponnan

(Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education)
Office of International Studies in Education 513K Erickson Hall College of Education
Michigan State University East Lansing
MI 48824