Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: February 24, 2012


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 520

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Meeting
  3. LATTICE International Book Club
  4. 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar Program Competition
  5. Japan Month by Asian Studies Center
  6. Tinker Field Research Grant for 2012
  7. Charter for Compassion
  8. Opportunities
  9. Resources


Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 1st at Haslett High School's Viking Room from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.  We will be discussing teaching social justice in our classrooms with special guest, Dr. Avner Segall.   Please mark your calendar and plan on attending!

Additionally, we will be taking our official LATTICE yearbook photograph at approximately 3:00 p.m. at this meeting.  Please plan on wearing your traditional clothing from your culture for this beautiful portrait.   This is always a highlight of the year!

For the seventh year in a row, LATTICE has been allocated funds to be awarded for graduate student fellowships for the academic year. LATTICE is soliciting requests from graduate students (international and domestic) for fellowships to support research or activities that are related to LATTICE’s mission to cultivate a global perspective in K-12 classrooms.  You will find more information about eligibility and process in the announcement that follows.  Please consider submitting an application!  The deadline is Wednesday, March 14th

Karen Klein

LATTICE Video, LATTICE Facebook and MSU LATTICE Linked In




For the seventh year in a row, LATTICE has been allocated funds to be awarded for graduate student fellowships for the academic year. LATTICE is soliciting requests from graduate students (international and domestic) for fellowships to support research or activities that are related to LATTICE’s mission to cultivate a global perspective in K-12 classrooms.  Although not a requisite for consideration or award, particular attention will be paid to research and activities that contribute (or have contributed) directly to either LATTICE, its network, its teachers' classrooms, or to replication of aspects of LATTICE elsewhere, including overseas.

Please send the completed application form to the LATTICE Session Director at



3. LATTICE International Book Club

Our next meeting will be on Thursday March 8, at 4:15 at ELPL, when we will be discussing the book The Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins. 

 Here is a review from Booklist:
"When 15-year-old Chiko is pressed into military service by the Burmese government, he finds himself involved in an ongoing war with the Karenni people, one of the many ethnic minorities in modern Burma. A scholar, not a soldier, Chiko soon gets wounded and finds himself at the mercy of Tu Reh, an angry Karenni boy only slightly older than he is. Will these two teens, who should be natural enemies, find a way to friendship? Perkins' latest novel—told in the individual voices of the two boys—explores that possibility while introducing a considerable amount of factual and contextual information about present-day Burma. Though occasionally didactic and a bit preachy, this is nevertheless a story that invites discussion of the realities of warfare rooted in long-standing antagonism and unreasoning hatred of "the other." A particularly good book for classroom use."

Han Han Thi, a LATTICE member and Burmese native, will be joining us, and bringing some Karenni refugee students who go to Lansing Eastern High School. I have given them a couple of copies of the book, and they will let us know what they think of it.  I have heard them speak and was amazed by what they have gone through.

Also on March 8,  please bring a book that you would like to suggest for us to read for our last meeting in April, if you have one.

Click  here  for a schedule of poetry events at MSU's Residential College for Arts and Humanities.   Naomi Shihab Nye will be there April 18 for a reading!

USBBY announced their list of outstanding international books for children and young adults.  Maybe there is something there you would like to suggest for our April meeting, or for next year!  Click here to see the list.

Mary Hennessey (
Amy Kilbridge (
Co-leaders, LATTICE Book Club  



4. 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar Program Competition

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2013-2014 academic year (for U.S. Citizens). Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 specific academic disciplines as well as 167 awards open to all disciplines. 

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to participate in one of our weekly webinars. Each deals with a topic germane to the 2013-2014 competition, from regional and discipline information to how to fill out an application. For more information, visit our website. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2012.  U.S. citizenship is required. Please check your eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions here or contact us at

Andy Riess, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Outreach and Communications 
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
A Division of the Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C.  20005-2403



5. Japan Month by Asian Studies Center

 For the entire month of March, the Asian Studies Center will be celebrating Japan by hosting a number of wonderful, cultural events, lectures and presentations. Join us throughout the month for the following events:

Feb. 27 at 4 pm The Opening of the Japanese Doll. 1st floor International Center. This exhibit will run from Feb. 7 to Mar. 29th.

Feb. 28th at 4:30 pm Japan Month Forum Presentation. Presented by Professor Ethan Segale. 303 International Center.

March 3rd at 9:00 am. Michigan Japanese Quiz Bowl. at Wells Hall. Join us for this full day of student competition featuring a number of cultural events and performances.

March 14th at 5:00 pm. Screening of "Ran" as a homage to the famous director Akira Kurosawa. Venue: 303 International Center.

The center is also planning a number of wonderful community events and presentations. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.



6. Tinker Field Research Grant for 2012

The purpose of this program is to make it possible for graduate students interested in Latin America and the Caribbean to carry out research in the field and to acquire key knowledge about the language, culture and geography; to gather field data; and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in the field. A major priority of these grants is to provide graduate students with experience in developing independent research projects and conducting hands-on field research in Latin America or the Caribbean. It is expected that this pre-dissertation field research experience will make subsequent student dissertation proposals more competitive for external sources of funding. These grants are not a substitute for seeking dissertation funding from such external sources.


1. Doctoral or masters student in good standing. Preference is given to doctoral students in the early stages of their studies. Masters students are eligible to apply.

2. Students must travel abroad for at least two weeks (preferably one month), with travel completed before December 31, 2012.

3. Students may not be a current Tinker grant recipient.

Amount of the Award

Grants will be limited to a maximum of $1,500. Proposed budgets should reflect the minimal amount required for travel and maintenance for at least 14 days in the field. The total travel time cannot exceed two months.

Please visit Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies for more information.

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
Center Website:
Open Resources:



7. Charter for Compassion

"Charter for Compassion" is the multi-lingual, one-page result of a Council of Concern, composed of religious leaders from six major religious traditions. The website follows from the 2008 T.E.D. talks award to author Karen Armstrong in which she received a cash award, plus was invited to "make one wish to better our world." Her choice is the separate religion from strife, since the core of the many religions is based on compassion. 
The website invites visitors to sign the charter in agreement, or to post personal experiences relating to the subject of compassion. I think current LATTICE members and alumni may wish to read the charter; some may wish to sign it.

Guven Witteveen
Outreach Education Consultant and Evaluator



8. Opportunities

11th Annual Asian Diversity Career Expo - March 9, 2012

Asian Diversity Career Expos are the nation's longest running career fairs of its kind and are specifically designed to connect top Asian American talent with U.S. and global companies. It is to be held at Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York City from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The Career Expo is held in partnership with the Northeast Consortium which consists of the following schools dedicated to helping Asian Diversity fulfill its mission:

Exhibitors / Sponsors will have an opportunity to:

Attendees will have an opportunity to:

Participating industries include:
Advertising / Banking / Biotechnology / Energy / Engineering / Finance / Food & Beverage / Global Media / Government / Healthcare / Hospitality / Insurance / Legal / Marketing / Pharmaceuticals / Technology / Telecommunications

For all inquiries regarding the Career Expo:
If you have any questions regarding attendee matters, or sponsorship opportunities, please email us at, or call 212.465.8777.

**This diversity event is open to all individuals from all ethnic backgrounds

Countdown to the Broad Events : Trending Now

The next event is by Broad Museum Curator of Contemporary Art, Alison Gass. This event is on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in 118 Psychology Building 

Alison Gass, will host a conversation highlighting up-and-coming artists and trends in contemporary art based on her own travels, gallery visits and studio visits. She will discuss the kinds of artists and projects that will be an integral part of the Broad's future programming.


Alumni reunion in Malaysia

We're hosting an international alumni reunion and leadership conference in Malaysia March 8-11. It might be possible to sponsor hotel cost

Claire Brender
Director of International Alumni Relations
308B International Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Ph: (517) 884-2131
Fax: (517) 353-7254


Children 9-12 needed for a focus group research study

Your child is being asked to participate in a research study at MSU on the ease of use of cereal packaging. The School of Packaging is doing this on behalf of the Kellogg Company. The study is carrried out in the following 3 stages:

Stage I: This is a focus group study. If you allow your child's participation, they will meet with a group of other children at the School of Packaging to talk about cereal packaging. In exchange for their participation, they will receive $40. The focus group will tke no longer than one hour and 45 minutes. To participate in this study your child must have no known food allergies of any kind, be between the ages of 9-12, consume cereal, have transportation to the School of Packaging at MSU, be willing to be video-taped, have signed permission, and be willing to provide contact information to remind you of your appointment.

Participants from this stage of the research will be eligible to proceed to Phase II, which involves a home visit and eye tracking, and Phase III of the evaluation which, involves the creation of video diaries regarding cereal consumption.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Britteny Bratschi at or 231-690-7647 to make an appointment.

If you have questions or comments regarding this study, please contact Dr. Laura Bix, Associate Professor of Packaginig at MSU at 517-355-4556 or


MSU's Media Sandbox events

Michigan State University's Media Sandbox will host visiting speakers on creativity to inspire students and the public.

Documentary film editor Toby Shimin will screen the film "Buck" and host a discussion at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in room 147 Communication Arts and Sciences Building. Shimin began her film career as a sound editor for projects like "Fire from the Mountain" and "Working Girls." She switched to picture editing in 1988 with "The Children's Storefront." She has cut several diverse projects for PBS, including AIDS Warriors for the 2003 season of Wide Angle and two projects for American Experience: Miss America, which premiered at Sundance in 2002; and Seabiscuit, for which she was nominated a 2003 Emmy.

All presentations are open and free to the public. In addition to making public presentations, the visiting lecturers will dedicate time to teaching MSU students on campus. 

Contact: John Zimmerman, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Office: (517) 353-5981


MSU Libraries Student Art Competition

The MSU Libraries would like to add MSU undergraduate and graduate students' art work to its building and is holding an art contest to select the best two entries. Each entry will receive a $500 cash prize. Please check this website for more information about this contest.


Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women

SAGE Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World is inviting academic editorial contributors to to its new online library reference that will look at women today around the world and delve into the
contexts of being female in the 21st century. Thus the scope of the encyclopedia will focus on women’s status starting in approximately 2000 and look forward. The new work will supplement the 4-volume print and online edition of the encyclopedia already in production.

The 500 signed entries (with cross-references and recommended readings) will cover issues in contemporary women’s and gender studies and the articles will include information relevant to the following academic disciplinary contexts: women in different cultures/countries; arts and media; business and economics; criminal justice; education; family studies; health; media; military; politics; science and technology; sports; environmental studies; and religion. The article submission due date is
March 30, 2012.

This comprehensive project is being published in stages by SAGE Reference and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a digital product available to students via the library’s electronic services. The General Editors, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, are Dr. Mary Zeiss Stange of Skidmore College, and Dr. Carol K. Oyster of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.



9. Resources

African Studies Center

Please read the Tuesday Bulletin issues from February 14 and February 21, 2012. Also check our website for additional resources.


MSU Center for Teaching & Technology E-news

Sign up for your free newsletter here and get updated information about technology conferences, services and resources provided by the College of Education.

Technical Interns in Education
133 Erickson Hall 
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 
517-355-8437 (TIES)


Free Online Teacher Learning

These are some great resources from EdTech e-list sent to us by Dr. Guven Witteveen ( Some of the online teacher development subjects included here are:

Global Classroom Collaborations -- Elementary teachers from around the world will discuss, design, and establish collaborations between their classrooms.

Global Classroom Collaborations -- Secondary teachers from around the world will discuss, design, and establish collaborations between their classrooms.

The P2PU School of Ed brings the model of open, community-based peer learning to professional learning for K-12 teachers.

All P2PU courses are free and open licensed.

Guven Witteveen ( .


Art Exhibition

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities is having an exhibit in the LookOut! Art Gallery for Black History Month and the artist will be in residence for a full week.

LaShawnda Crowe Storm creates quilts, installations, postcards and monumental figures to investigate the past and its impact on the present.  In her show "Working Through" she focused on bringing to the fore unspoken chapters of our history, as in her series entitled "The Lynch Quilts Project."

Viewers can participate as creators helping her construct her pieces.  The collective venture modeled on quilting bees, community participation in making her quilt blocks can lead to discussion about local and national history and its consequences. Internationals and nationals would find this exhibit informative. Here's the information for Working Through:

LookOut! Art Gallery,  C200 Snyder Hall
February 13 - March 2, 2012
M, W 12-4, T, Th 12-2pm, F 10am-4pm  (or ask in office to be let in)

Chris Worland


Opportunities for Teachers from the International Institute

Please check the February 2012 issue for latest information about sponsored programs for teachers and the public such as workshops, lectures, movie screenings, and art and crafts.



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 520

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

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