Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: October 12, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 513

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. Presentation by EDDIE DANIELS on October 17
  4. Fall Events from Asian Studies Center
  5. Dinner Invitations from Niagara Foundation and Lansing UN
  6. Request for Teachers' Stories
  7. Opportunities
  8. Resources

1. Message from LATTICE Session Director

Greetings LATTICE Family!

Just a quick note to thank everybody who participated in our October 6th meeting.  It was wonderful to be together again, and a special thank you to all the people who brought food for our delicious meal.  Our next meeting will be November 3rd at Haslett High School's Viking Room.  We will gather for social time at noon, and the meeting will be from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.   As always, please contact us if you need a ride from campus, and please plan on staying for the entire meeting.

Remember that LATTICE is about learning through relationships.  We have begun the journey of getting to know each other better, and I strongly urge you to make connections outside of our regular meetings too.  Please consider meeting a new LATTICE friend for a cup of coffee, visit a classroom, or host international students for Thanksgiving dinner. I remember a prior LATTICE international member who wanted to take a ride in the country and see some of those iconic big, red barns while the leaves were changing colors.  She didn’t have a car, and a LATTICE friend took her for that ride. 

Remember, LATTICE is bigger than the Viking Room.

If you have any ideas, comments, or questions, please feel free to contact me! 

Karen Klein
Session Director

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There will a meeting of the LATTICE planning team on Tuesday, October 18th in Room 305 of MSU’s International Center from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Please consider joining the planning team!  Hope to see you there!

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2. LATTICE International Book Club

Our first meeting of the LATTICE Book Club is this Thursday Oct. 13 at 4:15 at the East Lansing Public Library. 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 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.

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!



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 & Back: Robben Island 1964-1979".



4. Fall Events from Asian Studies Center

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. Please check this link for information about our events.

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.

Heng Jiang
Outreach Coordinator, Asian Studies Center
301 International Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
(517)505-2574 /



5. Dinner Invitations from Niagara Foundation and Lansing UN

a) Annual Dialog and Friendship dinner - October 13

LATTICE members are cordially invited to Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner 2011 organized by Niagara Foundation-Michigan. This event is held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Room Big 10 C, 55 South Harrison Road, East Lansing. The theme for this year is Leadership and Social Responsibility

The Keynote Speakers are Kim A. Wilcox (Provost, Michigan State University) and Bob Thomas (Executive Director, Michigan Chamber Foundation). There will be live Classical Turkish Music performance.

Registration is required as seating capacity is limited. Please RSVP by either filling out the RSVP form by clicking here or by e-mailing 

Yasir Bilgin
Executive Director
Niagara Foundation-Michigan

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b) United Nations Day Dinner – October 23

It's time again for our annual United Nations Day dinner and program on October 23 at the Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. The Keynote speaker is Jan McAlpine who is the Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat. There will also be cultural performances by Indonesian musicians and dancers. Sultan's will be providing the dinner. We look forward to seeing you. LATTICE members are cordially invited to attend all GLUNA events.  

Mike Van Egeren
The Greater Lansing UN Association



6. Request for Teachers' Stories

Education, schooling, and teachers have been the focus of much national debate recently. Policy-makers, parents, tax-payers, and many others raise their voices about what matters, what should change, or what should stay the same in schools. Whatever the changes or the continuities, teachers’ voices are rarely included. 

I am hoping to redress this problem by soliciting and posting teachers’ stories from around the country, which I would then post on a publicly-open blog. The purpose of this story-sharing is to present what teachers’ lives are like to the rest of the world.  The project’s goal is to bring together a diversity of perspectives and create a dialogue about teachers’ lives in schools. My ultimate hope is that the sum of these stories will be greater than its parts and that teachers raising their voices might begin to influence policy and practice.

How can you participate? Click on this page for three general questions and a selection of prompts. You can email your responses, use the attached form and mail it to me, or use my contact information below to set up a phone interview or a meeting to record your story. You are not limited to writing – if you prefer to make a recording or a video with yourself telling the story, please feel free to do that. Keep it short and try to focus on the story you want to tell. You do not have to identify yourself or provide any demographic information – if you prefer to remain anonymous, your identity will be protected. Because teachers’ lives are closely intertwined with the lives of their colleagues, students, and communities their schools serve, it is important that information that reveals the identity of people in your stories be disguised or kept confidential.

This project is NOT a research project. Its purpose is solely to provide teachers with the forum to share their stories with the public and to bring humanity back into the conversation and into schools. I hope that you will consider giving your time to share your story with the rest of the world. If you do it, and others join, together these voices will be more convincing.

Feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have. Also, feel free to forward this letter to any friends or colleagues, present or former teachers, inviting them to participate as well.

Olena Aydarova, Doctoral Student
Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education
Michigan State University
(517) 268-8566
Blog Address:



7. Opportunities

Presenters needed at Wilcox Elementary School in Holt

I teach at Wilcox Elementary School in Holt, and October 19 from 6 – 7:30 is our International Night. We are looking for a few more presenters. These would be informal presentations at tables in our library; families (with pre-school through 4th grade children) will be the audience. They will be walking around the room and visiting tables. Sample topics could be clothing, handwriting, games, or food.
Please let me know if you can participate by 3:20, Thursday, October 13.

Thank you,
Sue Seyfarth


Great Lakes International Trade and Transport Hub Summit

The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) invites you to participate in a forward-thinking meeting about trade and transport between the U.S. Midwest States of Michigan and Ohio, and Canada. The meeting is entitled Great Lakes International Trade and Transport Hub Summit: Developing an Action Agenda. The event will take place at Michigan State University's Kellogg Center in East Lansing beginning on Sunday, October 16 through Tuesday, October 18. Additional information may be found at this link.

Among the confirmed speakers are
Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan
Doug Rothwell, President, Business Leaders for Michigan
Russell MacLellan, Past Premier of Nova Scotia
Roy Norton, Consul General of Canada

According to DeWitt High school teacher Jason LaFay (, members of the International Club at his school will attend this Summit. Ann Marie Schneider, M.S. of the Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (Legislative Leadership Program) has arranged a fantastic opportunity for DHS students to not only observe but participate in the event by submitting ideas related to increasing trade (focusing on global education) between the United States and Canada. These ideas will help comprise a bi-national, strategic plan to guide the expansion of export related industries in Michigan. Jason wishes to thank Ms. Schneider, Kathy Cusick and Holly Hetzner for creating an exceptional learning opportunity for his students to better understand issues related to global trade.


Instructional designers needed

This information might interest MSU Graduate students.We are currently looking for instructional designers to fill vacancies in several projects. Our instructional designers need not use special software, as all of the work is done on Word. Instructional designers typically work with subject matter experts and course writers. Interested individuals should submit resumes and writing samples to the email given below. Before we invite individuals to work with us, we ask them to complete a short assessment.

Andrew D. Pass, Founder
A Pass Educational Group
36671 Grand River, Suite 104
Farmington, MI 48335
(248) 302-1829



8. Resources

The John Dewey Society

The John Dewey Society was founded in 1935 as a forum for those who were interested in the relationship between schools and society. We subscribe to no doctrine, but in the spirit of Dewey, we welcome controversy, respect dissent, and encourage the responsible discussions of issues of special concern to educators. In the upcoming months, the Society will be launching a new journal--School and Society--which seeks to address the issues of those working in our schools. 

Please feel free to contact me for more information.

Dr. Kyle Greenwalt
Executive Secretary, The John Dewey Society
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Teacher Education
328 Erickson, Michigan State University
(517) 353-0824


Screening of Indonesian Movie: Laskar Pelangi - October 18

On behalf of the Indonesian Student Association (PERMIAS) and Asian Studies Center we would like to invite you to the screening of an Indonesian movie that talks about different faces of schooling in Indonesia that portrays the stratification in the society. Please watch the trailer.

Title         : LASKAR PELANGI (The Rainbow Troops)
Day         : Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Time        : 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Venue      : International Center, Room 303
Presenter : Dwi Agus Yuliantoro

Laskar Pelangi is a 2008 Indonesian film adapted from the popular same titled novel by Andrea Hirata. The film is the highest grossing in Indonesian box office history and won a number of local and international awards.The movie follows a group of 10 schoolboys and their two inspirational teachers as they struggle with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village on the farming and tin mining island of Belitung off the esat cost of Sumatra. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Teddy Trilaksono
PERMIAS 2011-2012


"Tony and Janina's American Wedding"

The International Club at DeWitt High School and Welcoming Michigan are proud to present the film "Tony and Janina's American Wedding" on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM (Michigan State University International Center Room #303). Admission is free.

The following is a synopsis of the film (taken from an official Web site) and other general information:

Tony & Janina’s American Wedding is a feature length documentary that gets to the heart of the broken, red tape ridden U.S. immigration system. After 18 years in America, Tony and Janina Wasilewski’s family is torn apart when Janina is deported back to Poland, taking their 6 year old son Brian with her. Set on the backdrop of the Chicago political scene, and featuring Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez at the heart of the immigration reform movement, this film follows the Wasilewski’s 3-year struggle to be reunited, as their Senator Barack Obama rises to the Presidency. With a fresh perspective on the immigration conversation, this film tells the untold human rights story of Post-9/11, that every undocumented immigrant in America faces today, with the power to open the conversation for change.

Many thanks to Ruthless Films for making the film available for screening. For more information regarding the film, please refer to this website. Please feel free to contact for any questions regarding the local screening.

Jason Lafay
(517) 668-3165


The CommUNAcator

Please check the official Newsletter of the Greater Lansing United Nations Chapter. The Chapter website is available here.  

Dr. Nancy Lubeski,
Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA)
Principal, Wexford Montessori Magnet School
(517) 755-1741; (517) 420-6808


Tuesday Bulletin from African Studies Center

The Fall No.6 issue (October 11) of Tuesday Bulletin is now available. Any Africa-related events or news can be sent seven to ten days in advance of publication. They can be sent to the African Studies Center, 100 International Studies and Programs, at Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; Email:


African Journal of Teacher Education (AJOTE)

The African Journal of Teacher Education ((AJOTE) might be of interest to many of you. It provides a forum for examining all local, national, regional and continental policies, practice, experiments and research on the training of teachers for all levels and tiers of education. The journal will publish articles on broad topics relating to the theme of teacher education, but occasionally, the journal's regular or guest editors might focus on particular issues on specific themes. The journal is currently accepting submissions for the Spring 2012 issue through October 31, 2011. Submissions after that date will be considered for the following issue. 

Amy Jamison
Assistant Director
Center for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN)
206 International Center, MSU
(517) 353-5040; Fax: 517-432-4845


Newsletter: Wisdom, Words and Women

Here is the October 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) 353-1635; Fax: (517) 432-3846



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 513

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 953 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