LATTICE

Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

From: lattice@msu.edu
To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: January 31, 2012

Reply-To: lattice@msu.edu
Website: www.latticeworld.org

Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 519


Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. CLACS Events and Opportunities
  4. Bone Marrow Drive / OISS Coffee Hour
  5. Neuroscience Art Contest for 6-12th graders
  6. World Friendship Day (March 24th, 2012)
  7. Opportunities
  8. Resources
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1. Message from LATTICE Session Director

Greetings LATTICE Family,

We will be gathering again this coming Thursday, February 2nd at Haslett High School's Viking Room at 12:30 p.m.  This month we will continue to explore our theme, The Power of One, by talking about classroom teachers in action.  I am definitely looking forward to our discussion, and I encourage you to plan on joining us!  

Please note we will be ending our meeting at 3:30 p.m., which is an hour earlier than our normal time.  Many of our members will be attending the reception being held for the new Dean of the College of Education, Donald E. Heller, and we are very pleased LATTICE will be so well represented at this event. 

I’d like to say a special thank you to Kaliamma Ponnan for all her hard work and dedication to LATTICE.  Between publishing these newsletters, putting out Facebook and website announcements, creating our monthly reports, tallying the evaluations, finding rides for members to meetings, helping with set up and clean up every month, and all the other countless things she does to help keep LATTICE functioning well, she is always positive, kind, and ready to laugh.  I just wanted to say how much I appreciate Kaliamma!

Karen Klein

LATTICE Video, LATTICE Facebook and MSU LATTICE Linked In

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2. LATTICE International Book Club

In February we will meet on Thursday February 9 at 4:15 at the East Lansing Public Library to discuss the book A School for my Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. The author, Jackson Kaguri, will be our special guest. An additional,  optional title for this session is Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji.

The winners of the Newbery, Printz, Caldecott and other awards was recently announced by the American Library Association. You'll be happy to see that Inside Out and Back Again won a Newbery Honor.  Some titles are possibilities for us to read at the LATTICE Book Club next year!

Mary Hennessey (maryhenn@sbcglobal.net)
Amy Kilbridge (KilbridgeA@aol.com)
Co-leaders, LATTICE Book Club

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3. CLACS Events and Opportunities

Below is a list of upcoming events and opportunities from the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at MSU. If you have an event or news you would like us to include in the next newsletter please e-mail clacs@msu.edu.

a) Study Abroad Information Meeting

Culture and Sustainable Development in Cuba - summer 2012
Fri., Feb. 3, 5:00 - 6:30 pm in room 135 Music Building.

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b) Spring Seminar Series

These seminars will be held on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 in room 201 International Center (Free and open to the public. Classes are welcome – please let us know in advance). Please check this schedule for the seminars that are offered. Past events are available to view at Latin America Learning.

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c) Fellowships & Grants

i) University of Florida library research travel grants 2012

The University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies will sponsor Library Travel Research Grants for Summer 2012 to enable faculty researchers from other U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the Latin American Collection in the University of Florida Libraries, thereby enhancing its value as a national resource.  The grants are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Two travel grants of up to $1000 each will be made to cover travel and lodging expenses. Grantees are expected to remain in Gainesville for at least one week and, following their stay, submit a brief (2-3 pp.) report on how their work at UF Libraries in the Latin American Collection enriched their research project and offer suggestions for possible improvements of the Latin American Collection. Researchers’ work at the Latin American Collection may be undertaken at any time during the summer, starting May 15, 2012.  All travel must be completed by August 14, 2012. At least one grant will be made to a scholar from a Florida college or university. Please e-mail Richard Phillips, Director of the Latin American Collection, for further information.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Application deadline is March 2, 2012 and must be filed electronically. To apply for a Library Travel Grant, send a letter of intent, brief library research proposal, travel budget, and CV to:

Aimee Green, Program Coordinator 
Center for Latin American Studies 
318 Grinter Hall 
Telephone: 352-273-4715 
E-mail: agreen@latam.ufl.edu

ii) The Santander Fellowship: European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

Applications are invited for the Santander Fellowship in Iberian and European Studies for the academic year 2012-2013. The Santander Visiting Fellow will undertake research in any subject related to modern Spain and Portugal, including but not limited to their roles in the EU and their relations with Latin America and global politics.

Candidates from universities in the countries of the Santander Universities Network are encouraged to apply, but all applications will be considered equally irrespective of provenance. The Fellow will pursue and present his/her own research in the context of the academic life of the College and the European Studies Centre. A good working knowledge of English is essential. The Fellowship carries living allowances of c. £20,000. Applications, including a CV, a description of proposed research (3-5 pages) and the names of two referees should be sent to:

The Administrator
The European Studies Centre
St Antony's College
Oxford OX2 6JF, UK
Fax +44 1865 274478
or email:  anne-laure.guillermain@sant.ox.ac.uk

iii) Columbia University Libraries Research Awards Program

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a new program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections.  CUL will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work.  Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts LibraryThe Burke Library at Union Theological SeminaryButler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries' Area Studies Collections

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d) Conferences & Call for Papers

 “Mapping the Atlantic: Digital Humanities and Atlantic Studies”

A graduate student conference at the University of Michigan is held on April 13-14 2012. The Atlantic Studies Workshop invites submissions of abstracts from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The conference seeks to foster an interdisciplinary discussion among scholars studying the American, European, and African continents as well as those engaged in global and transnational projects. Research incorporating new methods for researching the Atlantic with the aid of digital materials and methodologies is particularly welcome. One-page abstracts, accompanied by a short CV, should be submitted to mstango@umich.edu by February 20, 2012. Questions may be directed to the Atlantic Studies Workshop coordinators, Marie Stango (mstango@umich.edu) or Patrick Tonks (tonks@umich.edu).

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e) Job Openings

i) University of Florida  

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida is conducting a search for an Assistant/Associate Director for Administration. Primary responsibilities are to execute the programmatic activities of the Center in a professionally efficient and effective manner, in compliance with university, federal and foreign granting agency requirements. These duties include but are not restricted to grant and budget management, preparation of grant reports and applications, administrative management of the Center’s office, and supervision of Center staff. Additional responsibilities may include event planning, advising students, writing and editing a variety of materials, coordinating fellowship and grant competitions, and coordinating evaluation initiatives. Master's degree in area relevant to Latin American Studies and two years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor's degree in area relevant to Latin American Studies and four years of appropriate experience.

The ideal candidate will have previous administrative experience in higher education, experience managing budgets and grants, strong written and verbal communication skills, some supervisory experience, and fluency in Spanish or Portuguese. Salary range is $46,500-65,000. To apply: https://jobs.ufl.edu and refer to requisition #0809972. Application deadline: January 20, 2012. The UF Center for Latin American Studies is a nationally visible Title VI-funded center with a range of language and area-studies programs related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino Studies. The position reports directly to the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies.

ii) Rutgers University 

The Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies of Rutgers University's School of Arts and Sciences seeks nominations in Latino Studies for the Rutgers Presidential Post-doctoral Diversity Fellowship.  The Post-Doc is for one year renewable to two.  Finalists will be nominated to Rutgers' Presidential Diversity Fellowship program (pending budget approval).  Nominees must have received their Ph.D. between June 2010 and December 2011 or have defended their dissertations.  Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2012 should supply a letter from their home institution corroborating their defense and graduation dates. Nominations are sought in two areas: Latino Social Science (migration, demography, identity, race,labor/mobility, movements, politics) and Chicano/Mexican American Studies. Applicants are asked to send a current CV, statement of interest, and a writing sample to latcar@rci.rutgers.edu before January 30, 2012.  Electronic submissions only.  The fellowship requires the teaching of one course per year. Information on the Department is available at http://latcar.rutgers.edu.

iii) University of Minnesota

Department of History at University of Minnesota, Morris has an opening for a three-year temporary position in Latin American history, beginning August 13, 2012.  This position will contribute to both the History and Latin American Area Studies curricula.  Teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced courses in Latin American history and a survey course in world history.  Geographical specialization is open; temporal specialization in colonial or pre-colonial Latin America and the ability to offer a course in African history are preferred qualifications. 

Annual teaching load is 6 courses.  ABD is required; Ph.D. by date of appointment preferred.  An understanding of teaching at a residential, undergraduate liberal arts college is desired. Apply on-line, you may also attach your cover letter and curriculum vitae to the basic application.  In addition, please send via regular mail a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 3 letters of reference to:  Sharon Severance, Division of Social Science, University of Minnesota-Morris, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267 or to severask@morris.umn.edu.  Position open until filled; applications received by February 15, 2012 will receive full consideration.  For other communications, please contact History Search Chair, Dr. Marynel Ryan Van Zee at: mkryan@morris.umn.edu or 320-589-6181, Fax: 320-589-6117.   

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
E-mail: kristin@msu.edu 
Center Website: http://www.LatinAmerica.isp.msu.edu
Open Resources: http://LatinAmericaLearning.org  

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4. Bone Marrow Drive / OISS Coffee Hour

Dear MSU Family,

 An international student from Korea has been diagnosed with Adult T-cell Leukemia/Lymphoma and currently needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

In hopes of saving this student and thousands of others who are waiting for a donor, the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is planning to host a Bone Marrow Drive this Friday February 3, 2012 from 4-6pm, during Coffee Hour, outside of Spartan Rooms B & C in the Food Court.

Doctors will search the Be The Match Registry® in hopes of finding a suitable donor. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed to register. On average, only one in 540 members on the registry will go on to donate. Donors never pay and can usually go home the same day. “Some donations involve surgery and some do not. The patient’s doctor requests either a marrow donation, a surgical procedure, or a peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) donation, which is non-surgical. Donors experience no pain during marrow donation, as this procedure uses general or regional anesthesia.”

We ask that you please come to get a quick, painless cheek swab and sign up for the Be The Match Registry® to possibly save a life. If you are a match, you do not have to donate. If you later change your mind, you simply remove your name from the list.

Please come to the Food Court on Friday to register and recruit others that may be interested. People of Korean descent will have a greater chance of matching our Spartan student but we can all participate in hopes of helping others like him.

Thank you,

OISS Staff
Facebook event

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5. Neuroscience Art Contest for 6-12th graders

The Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University is gearing up for our free public neuroscience fair on February 11th. For the first time this year, the "2012 Neuroscience Art Competition: Neuroscience in the News" will also be sponsored. This art contest seeks submissions inspired by current neuroscience topics. The objective is to let art contribute to the general understanding of the brain. All Michigan students in grades 6-12 can participate in this contest.

This competition will be a great opportunity for students to showcase their art skills in combination with science proficiency. It's also a great opportunity for students that would not ordinarily be enthusiastic about science to learn a little about neuroscience. As participation incentive, there will be cash prizes for the winners and their art will be displayed on MSU's campus.

Postage dates after February 6th, 2012 will not be accepted Submissions may also be dropped off in person by February 8th, 2012.

Winners will receive $100 in cash! Their art will also be displayed on the MSU campus and on Brain Bee at MSU’s homepage. Prizes will be announced February 11, 2012 at the public Neuroscience Fair where selected artwork will be displayed. Artists are encouraged to attend.

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6. World Friendship Day (March 24th, 2012)

To our international friends:

Please consider volunteering for a wonderful day of entertaining and educating middle school students and get a free lunch, too!  Planning is under way for our 2nd World Friendship Day to be held at The Peoples' Church on March 24th.  You would be part of the "Cultural Mall" which was so very popular last year!  Examples of booths from last year include Chinese calligraphy, Indian henna, script, and clothing, Indonesian dance & toys, Taiwanese games & songs, Turkish and African art, Japanese origami, and more! 

Please contact Nancy Lubeski at lubeskin@hotmail.com if you would be willing to lend your considerable talents to a good cause! Middle school groups are encouraged to attend this event.

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7. Opportunities

2012 Thomas R. Pickering Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation likes to remind students interested in applying to the 2012 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs & Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships that the deadlines are fast-approaching. The deadline is February 3, 2012 for the Undergraduate Program. For more information please visit this site.  

Jeré Smith (smith@woodrow.org)
Program Associate, Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Programs
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
PO Box 2437 | Princeton, NJ 08543-2437
Ph: 609-452-7007 or 1800-899-9963 ext. 142 | Fax: 609-452-0066

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Friendshop Family Activity Night (Feb. 13)

My name is Ashley Maloff and I am one of the Co-Directors of Friendshop. I am writing to let you know of a free activity night that will be taking place at the East Lansing Public Library on February 13th from 7-8:30pm. The activity night is "All Around the World" themed where elementary students and their families can join us for a night of arts and crafts, coloring, and other fun activities as we "travel the world" together. Our program is entirely run by MSU College of Education students. I've attached our flyer below for all of you.

Ashley Maloff
maloffas@msu.edu

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"Inside the Egyptian Revolution & the Rebirth of a Nation"

The Arabic Flagship Program at the Linguistics and Languages Department at MSU is inviting a guest speaker, Ashraf Khalil on February 6. His talk will be in Room 115 International Building, from 5:30-7:30.  

Ashraf Khalil is a famous American/Egyptian journalist/writer and is currently touring the U.S. Universities. This is a great opportunity to learn about what happened in Egypt after the revolution, future of the Middle East Politics, and discuss about his book.  

Dr. Wafa Hassan
Director of Outreach
Arabic  Flagship Program
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics &Languages
A644 Wells Hall
Phone:(517) 353-7870
hassanw@msu.edu
www.arabicflagship.msu.edu

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2012 Summer Research Fellowships for College Teachers

The UNC and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces its 2012 competition for Summer Research Fellowships. With funds from the US Department of Education, the Consortium will award at least three fellowships of up to $1,000 each to faculty from four-year colleges, community colleges, and HBCUs to use the Duke and UNC libraries and other campus resources. The fellows will be chosen in a competition targeting regional faculty from institutions of higher education in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, with preference for regular faculty from four-year colleges, community colleges, and HBCUs. The project must have a clear focus on Latin America or the Caribbean.

We will give priority to proposals to create a new course or add substantial content to an existing course at the candidate’s institution. The project should take place between June 1-August 14, 2012, and the length of stay should be at least one week. The awardees will be assigned to one of the two campuses. Fellows will have access to both library systems regardless of where they are based: the campuses are only nine miles apart, and regular bus service joins the two. The award has no other program participation requirements. The award pays a stipend of up to $1,000 to cover travel, living, and incidental expenses. Applicants should be US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must be employed as faculty at an institution of higher education in fall 2012. Students, faculty, and staff of Duke or UNC are not eligible to apply. Please see attached for more details and application form. Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz Associate Director Institute for the Study of the Americas University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 301 Pittsboro Street (corner of McCauley and Pittsboro) Campus Box 3205 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3205 919-966-1484 (main) 919-962-2418 (direct) 919-962-0398 (fax) http://isa.unc.edu ">Summer Research Fellowships. With funds from the US Department of Education, the Consortium will award at least three fellowships of up to $1,000 each to faculty from four-year colleges, community colleges, and HBCUs to use the Duke and UNC libraries and other campus resources.

The fellows will be chosen in a competition targeting regional faculty from institutions of higher education in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, with preference for regular faculty from four-year colleges, community colleges, and HBCUs.  The project must have a clear focus on Latin America or the Caribbean.  We will give priority to proposals to create a new course or add substantial content to an existing course at the candidate’s institution.  The project should take place between June 1-August 14, 2012, and the length of stay should be at least one week.  The awardees will be assigned to one of the two campuses. Fellows will have access to both library systems regardless of where they are based:  the campuses are only nine miles apart, and regular bus service joins the two.  The award has no other program participation requirements.  The award pays a stipend of up to $1,000 to cover travel, living, and incidental expenses.  Applicants should be US citizens or permanent residents.  Applicants must be employed as faculty at an institution of higher education in fall 2012.  Students, faculty, and staff of Duke or UNC are not eligible to apply. 

Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz
Associate Director
Institute for the Study of the Americas
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
301 Pittsboro Street (corner of McCauley and Pittsboro)
Campus Box 3205
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3205
919-966-1484 (main)
919-962-2418 (direct)
919-962-0398 (fax)
http://isa.unc.edu

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Summer 2012, South Africa Study Abroad Program

Upcoming  Information Meetings and Advising Sessions:
February  10th, 17th, and 24th in the AAAS Office in 1 Morrill Hall @ 1PM

Through the African American and African Studies major, Research and Action in the New South Africa provides a unique international, service-learning, and research-intensive course experience in South Africa. Students will be immersed in real life contexts where they will directly examine, explore and engage the ‘African World View’ in practice. The country provides a dynamic site for examining the intersections of race, identity and historical legacies that inform the country's current transcendent political, cultural and economic structures.

Undergraduate students will conduct field research in South Africa for participation at MSU’s-URAF.  They will learn about comparative race topics. They will immerse themselves in South African cultures and languages, and they will work with English teachers in rural community schools in Mafikeng. Graduate students will intern with higher educational partnerships in South Africa. In either Pretoria, Mafikeng or Soweto, interns will work with South Africa’s communities and institutions whose primary focus is to contribute to important economic development and social justice policy.

Topics include:

"Pan African Language and Culture" at The University of South Africa, Pretoria

"Economic and Community Development" at The University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus

"Rural Development in South Africa’s Homelands" at The University of Northwest, Mafikeng

Program Contact(s):
Kimberly Ross
College of Arts & Letters
Phone: (510) 703-1922
E-mail: rosskim2@msu.edu

Professor Rita Kiki Edozie
James Madison College
Phone: 517-432-5291
E-mail: rkedozie@msu.edu

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Satrang 2012

The Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students (CIUS) presents Satrang, its annual South Asian cultural event on Friday March 16th at MSU Auditorum (seating begins at 6:30 p.m..The show spotlights India through videos, live music, a fashion show, and awesome dances.

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Carribean Cultural Show

The Carribean Student Association will be having its annual cultural show on Sunday, March 25th at MacDonald Middle School. It is still accepting volunteers for talent, modeling, coooking, and set up, so everyone's help would be much appreciated .

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8. Resources

African Studies Center

Please check the Lecture Series that are organized by the center. Also check the schedule for the "Eye on Africa" series for Spring 2012 and the January 31st 2012 issue of Tuesday Bulletin.

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Newsletter from RCAH Center for Poetry

Do you have any news you'd like to share with a poetry community? Want to join a poetry mailing list?Reach out to the Center for Poetry at MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. This center publishes news about various events in its Newsletter that is published biweekly during the academic year. Send an email message to cpoetry@msu.edu or call (517) 884-1932.

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End of LATTICE Newsletter # 519

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 (ISP), Women & International Development (WID) at Michigan State University. With members from 80 countries, the LATTICE list currently has 984 subscribers worldwide. To be removed from this list, please mail to List-Unsubscribe

Karen & Kaliamma

LATTICE Session Director
Karen Klein
kklein76@aol.com

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Kaliamma Ponnan
lattice@msu.edu

LATTICE
(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
www.latticeworld.org