Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: September 28, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #512

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. Presentation by EDDIE DANIELS on October 17
  4. Fall Events by Latin American & Caribbean Studies
  5. Message for Teachers from Asian Studies Center
  6. East Lansing Welcomes the World RECEPTION
  7. MSU Events
  8. Opportunities
  9. Resources

1. Message from LATTICE Session Director


I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to our first LATTICE meeting coming up on Thursday, October 6th at Haslett High School's Viking Room. As is our custom, we will begin gathering for social time from noon to 12:30 p.m., and the meeting will run from 12:30 - 4:30.   Kaliamma and I have been busy meeting and extending invitations to join LATTICE to many new international students and local teachers, I would also invite each of you to join us in the process of expanding our LATTICE family.   I would especially encourage classroom teachers to invite another member of their staff to join LATTICE this year.   We are always seeking additional current classroom teachers to join our learning community, and having multiple teachers from the same building could be a real asset for continued dialogue, classroom integration,  project planning, and sharing of resources.   And if that isn’t enough incentive, you can tempt them with our fabulous international potlucks!   

Additional meetings this year will be held at the same time and place, and the dates are November 3rd, December 8th, January 5th, February 2nd, March 1st, and April 11th.  
Please remember there will be a memorial service for Sally McClintock on Friday, October 28th at 2 p.m. at Edgewood United Church.   There will be a reception immediately following the service, and LATTICE has offered to provide food for that event. We will have more specific information about this meal in the near future.  

LATTICE has had a long and deep connection to quilts and quilt projects.  We would like to honor Sally McClintock by creating a quilt celebrating her life.  Our master quilter and long time LATTICE member, Chris Worland, will be our designer, and we invite our entire global LATTICE family to participate. We will be using six inch squares in our design.  For local participants, Chris is preparing six inch squares of a common cloth which you will receive at the first meeting. For our far away friends, you can use a six inch square of any material that you choose or has special meaning to you.  Your job will be:

  1. Use a six inch square of cloth.  
  2. Leave a one half inch border around the perimeter of the square untouched.  
  3. Use a fabric pen or fine point permanent marker to decorate your square.  You could write a short note, poem, quote, or sketch.  Please include your name (and include symbols or script).
  4. Mail your square to me.   

Karen Klein
1940 Wilder Ct.
Haslett, MI  48840

Collecting and joining our thoughts and reflections in this way will create a beautiful and meaningful memorial to our dear friend. I encourage each of you to become involved and contribute to this project.

Thanking you in advance.

Karen Klein
(517) 339-6439

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2. LATTICE International Book Club

Hi everyone,

 I hope your school year is off to a good start!

Our first meeting of the LATTICE Book Club is Thursday Oct. 13 at 4:15 at the East Lansing Public Library. We've had to juggle the schedule a little bit so that our guest speakers could attend. For more info, please contact Amy Kilbridge ( or Mary Hennessey (

October 13 - We will be discussing  Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. This story is about fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother who are pulled from their home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. This is based on the author's family story. If you've read the book already, you might be interested in this clip. It is very  moving.

November 10A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure BondouxA Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux.  Blaise Fortune has gone by the name Koumaïl for most of his life with Gloria in the war-torn Republic of Georgia. Although he loves her like a mother, he enjoys hearing the story of how she rescued him from a train that had derailed and his French mother, a passenger, died, and he dreams of the day he will find his real family. When the Soviet Union collapses, Gloria and Koumaïl begin a long, perilous journey to France where she believes he can live the life he deserves, without the stress and strife of war. As he grows from a child into an adolescent, Koumaïl begins to wonder more about his true identity, and the novel culminates nine years later with a heartbreaking realization. Grade 8 and up. Click here for a good review of it.

January 12Inside Out and Back Again by Than ha Lai (Vietnam). Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai and Noodle Pie by Ruth Starke

Feb.9A School for my Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka (former title: The Price of Stones) by Jackson Kaguri 

Optional title:  Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
Fifteen-year-old Sabine lives a life of luxury with her wealthy Indian family in Kampala, Uganda. Then Idi Amin comes to power and things change quickly. In the summer of 1972, he issues his proclamation that all “foreign Indians” must leave the country within 90 days. All British Indians are expelled from the country. Sabine's father thinks they will be safe because they are Ugandan citizens, but they soon discover that they are in serious danger. Sabine's beloved uncle disappears, and her friend Zena, who is African, turns against her because Zena's military uncle has convinced her that the Ugandan Indians have exploited the African populace. Grade 6–12.

If you have a title you'd like to suggest that the group read, and/or a speaker, and you would like to host a meeting, let us know.  We are open to suggestions!

All are welcome to one or all of our meetings. More info later - take care!

Mary and Amy



3. Presentation by EDDIE DANIELS on October 17

The African Studies Center and the Office of Study Abroad are pleased to extend a warm welcome to Eddie Daniels. He will be visiting East Lansing from October 16-19. A long standing friend of MSU, Daniels is giving a special presentation on Monday October 17 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at 201 International Center. The presentation will be followed with a reception.

Eddie, from Cape Town, was imprisoned on Robben Island for 15 years for protesting the oppression and injustice of the apartheid regime. When he was in prison, he was befriended by Nelson Mandela. Daniels' personal reflections of his time on Robben Island are recorded in his memoir "There and Back: Robben Island 1964-1979".



4. Fall Events by Latin American & Caribbean Studies

1) CLACS Seminar Series. All presentations will take place in room 201 International Center at 2:00-4:30 pm unless noted. Everyone is welcome to attend these events.

Mexican Consulate Research Fellows (IME-Becas) Panel 
by 2010-2011 Mexican Consulate Research (IME Becas) Fellows: Yareth Fernandez, Jesse Anguiano, Evangelina Palma-Ramirez. Wednesday, September 28 at 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, 201 International Center

Working with Local Experts to Survey Nicaragua's Baird's Tapirs 
Presented by Christopher Jordan, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife. Wednesday, October 5, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm at 201 International Center

2) Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Breslin Center

3) Study Abroad Information Meetings

Costa Rica: Development, Health and Environment
Summer 2012, Monday, October 3. 4:00 pm - 118 Berkey Hall

Barbados, St. Maarten, US Virgin Islands
Comparative Law and Legal Systems in the Caribbean
Spring 2012, Tuesday, October 4, 5:30 pm - 118 Psychology Building

Biology in the Galapagos Islands
Summer 2012, Monday, October 10, 7:00 pm AND 8:30 pm - 304 Natural Science Building

Globalization, Social Capital and Development
Summer 2012, Thursday, October 13, 5:00 pm - 75 Agriculture Hall

Healthcare in Brazil
Summer 2012, Friday, October 14, 3:00 pm - West Fee Hall 5th Floor Lobby

Kristin Janka Millar, PhD
Associate Director
Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Michigan State University
300 International Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 USA
Ph: 517/353-1690



5. Message for Teachers from Asian Studies Center

Dear Teacher:

The Asian Studies Center (ASIA) at Michigan State University will be hosting a series of academic and cultural events related to Asia in the academic year 2011-2012. We would like to share our resources for you to use in your teaching about Asia.

In the past decades, the ASIA has carried out exemplary programming that enriches the undergraduate and graduate Asian Studies curricula on campus (both language and non-language) and contributes to people’s understanding of Asian cultures in local community. This has been achieved through internal and external initiatives in support of teaching and research, K-16 outreach, and a full calendar of extracurricular lectures, films, workshops, performances, cultural events, and conferences.

Here are some examples of what we have completed in the past year:

  1. South Asian Festival Community Event at Lewton Elementary School
  2. Korean Coffee House and Korean Film Night events
  3. Japanese Anime Artist Demonstration
  4. Chinese New Year Celebration: Chinese Martial Arts and Folk Music Performance

You can also find more events in the coming month on our website. It is our mission to promote Asian culture and language. We are devoted to help schools and teachers with Asia-related curriculum development and coordinating Asian cultural assemblies in schools.

If you are interested in working with us for future Asian-related events, please contact me at and state how you would like us to contribute to your classroom teaching and school activities. Thank you for your considerations!


Heng Jiang
Outreach Coordinator, Asian Studies Center
301 International Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
517.505.2574 /



6. East Lansing Welcomes the World RECEPTION

The City of East Lansing, the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and the Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) cordially invite you to the 2nd Annual East Lansing Welcomes the World event. Please join us to celebrate with FOOD, FUN and FRIENDS! This event is free and open to all community members.

Date: Sunday, 02 Oct 2011
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd

This event welcome international students to the community and celebrate 50 years of service by CVIP.  The East Lansing Welcomes the World event is free and open to all community members.

There will be short speeches by the Mayor of East Lansing and MSU President Simon, awards, student performances and international food provided by local restaurants. We hope you can join us. And don't forget to bring your camera! For more information, please visit this website.

Office for International Students & Scholars
Michigan State University
105 International Center
(517) 353-1720



7. MSU Events

Countdown to the Broad Gala

As part of the Countdown to the Broad a cocktail party fundraiser will be hosted on Friday, November 4, 2011 to kick-off the final months of preparation for the spring 2012 opening of the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

The gala will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Spartan Club, located on the fourth floor of Spartan Stadium. The evening will feature an exciting new media environment, a presentation by special guest, New York-based artist Andrew Kuo, and a single, prized auction item.


MSU Museum

Some great exhibitions are happening at the museum. All is welcome to find out more about Great Dance, Evolution in Action, Michigan and the Civil War, and Masks. Entrance is free.


Dinosaur Dash by MSU Federal Credit Union

Great big fun and fitness come in a dinosaur-sized package at the MSU Museum's annual MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash on Sunday, Oct. 2. The fast, flat 5K race is a fall-time favorite and a long-time benefit for the Michigan State University Museum educational programs. Meanwhile, a full line-up of activities creates colossal-fossil fun for the entire family.

Dashers compete in several different divisions and dinosaur trophies are awarded to overall male and female winners in both the running and walking categories. New this year to help accommodate the large field of runners at this popular event: a 9:30 a.m. start for the first wave of runners (with expected finish times under 30 minutes).

Meanwhile, three special runs are designed for the younger crowd: the Museum Mile for youths 12 and under to run or walk a one-mile loop, and the Mini-Dash, an all-out 200-yard sprint for kids 6 and under. A new Diaper Dash is designed for the youngest of dashers, along with their parents and companions. All participants receive an official Dinosaur Dash medal, and children will also get a souvenir dinosaur mask in celebration of the museum's special exhibit, "MASK: Secrets & Revelations."

Learn more and register here.


MSU Symphony Orchestra 2011-12 season

The MSU Symphony Orchestra promises an exciting, diverse repertoire and renowned guest artists - all notable soloists who perform with major orchestras. Please click here for more information.


Faculty conversations: "Relics of the Big Bang"

Reinhard Schwienhorst, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is giving a talk about "Relics of the Big Bang," an upcoming show at Abrams Planetarium about MSU′s role in a global effort to unlock the mysteries of the universe.


WKAR's 'QuizBusters' kicks off 23rd season

High school students from 64 mid-Michigan schools will be competing for scholarships to MSU in the 23rd season of "QuizBusters," premiering Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 and 6:30 p.m., on WKAR-TV.



8. Opportunities

Brain Bee Competition at MSU

The Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University is excited to announce a unique opportunity for your students. We will be hosting the local branch of an international neuroscience competition this spring, along with compiling quality study materials online and presenting on campus interactive experiences for participants. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to be able to interact with neuroscientists at the university and potentially have the opportunity of a summer lab experience, which is quite an honor for a high school student.  We would love it if you would be able to pass this information on to your students or other interested teachers. Please check here for more details.and questions can be directed to You can also follow us on twitter (@brainbeemsu) or facebook (Brain Bee at MSU) for more updates.

The Brain Bee at MSU Organizing Committee 
Cynthia Jordan, PhD
Neuroscience Program, Associate Director 
Michigan State University 
Dept of Psychology and Neuroscience Program
108 Giltner Hall
East Lansing, MI  48824-1101
517-355-1722 (office, Giltner 239)
517-432-1674 (lab)
517-432-2744 (FAX)


Indonesian Writing Contest

This Writing Contest is to be held in English or in Bahasa Indonesia/Indonesian Language).It is organized by the Education Division of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Washington, DC in collaboration with the Center of Southeast Asian Studies, the University of Michigan. Please check the following links for: Entry form and information about rules.

The governments of the Republic of Indonesia and the United States of America have made a commitment to strengthen their bilateral partnership in the area of higher education. With the goal of promoting Indonesia in the broader U.S. community, the Education Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at The University of Michigan, offers this writing contest.

This contest is an opportunity for anyone interested in Indonesia to win a week vacation in Indonesia. Three prizes will be awarded, two for the Indonesian language essay and one for the English language essay. Essays will be judged by a panel of experts drawn from U.S. universities and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

Theme: Indonesia: Its Beauty, Diversity and Challenges

Category A: English Language essay
For students currently enrolled in an institute of higher education. It consists of two categories:
1. Undergraduate Student category
2. Graduate Student category

Category B: Indonesian Language essay
1. Non-student category (open for public)
2. Student Category (Students in higher education)

Prize: Three winners will receive a certificate from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies of the University of Michigan and a week’s vacation in Indonesia, arranged by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. The embassy will provide round trip transportation from the U.S to Indonesia and accommodations and transportation in Indonesia.

Timeline: Contest is open from September 6, 2011 to October 31, 2011. All entries must be received by midnight onOctober 31. The panel of judges will make their decision by November 4 and announcement of winners will be onNovember 7, 2011.

Selection: A panel of judges drawn from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and Indonesian language experts and instructors from U.S. universities will evaluate the essays. See attached announcement for essay criteria and contest rules.

Imam Wahyudi Karimullah
Past Intern, Education Division, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Washington, DC
Graduate Student of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education
Michigan State University, U.S.A


Stanford and *Ms.* Magazine Essay Contest

Join the conversation on the future of feminism in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ms. magazine. Stanford University and Ms. magazine invite you to enter an essay contest. Write a 150-word essay that reflects on how it captured an era or moment, or how it may have shaped your own life.

Ten $100 cash prizes will be awarded for the best short essays. Entries will be judged on originality, vision, awareness of feminist issues and quality of expression. Winning essays will be displayed alongside the *Ms.* covers on the Stanford campus in January 2012.

The essay contest is open to everyone.  Contest runs from August 1– October 15, 2011.  Click here to learn more about this contest.



9. Resources

Michigan Writers' Collection

The Michigan Writers Collection, located in the Special Collections Division of the MSU Libraries is devoted to collecting and making accessible all the manuscripts and published works of selected writers with important ties to Michigan. Established in 1989, the collection already features several of the most outstanding writers of the last quarter century. Among those in the collection are winners of a Pulitzer Prize, the Yale Younger Poets Award, National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and Guggenheim Fellowships.


The CommUNAcator

Please check the official Newsletter of the Greater Lansing United Nations Chapter. The Chapter website is available here. The next planned event is a UN Day Dinner/Program on October 23 at East Lansing Hannah Community Center. Everyone is welcome.

Nancy Lubeski (   
Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA) 


Tuesday Bulletin from African Studies Center

Please check the Fall No.3 issue of Tuesday Bulletin. It has lots of information about events and resources.


Newsletter: Wisdom, Words and Women

Here is the August/September 2011 edition of the MSU Women's Resource Center Newsletter Wisdom, Words and Women . The newsletter may also be accessed on the MSU Women's Resource Center website.

Audrey Smith
MSU Women's Resource Center
332 Union Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1029
517.432.3846 [FAX]


Events at EVERYbody Reads

Please check this website for updated news about what is happening at EVERYbody Reads. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri is visiting to tell his inspiring stories on Thursday September 29th 6-9 p.m.



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 512

LATTICE is supported by 14 mid-Michigan School districts, Ingham Intermediate School District, and the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Center for Advanced Studies of International Development (CASID), Center for European and Russian Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), College of Education, Graduate School, International Studies and Programs, Women & International Development (WID) at Michigan State University. With members from 80 countries, the LATTICE list currently has 942 subscribers worldwide. To be removed from this list, please mail to List-Unsubscribe

Karen & Kaliamma

LATTICE Session Director
Karen Klein

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