Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: April 6, 2012


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 522

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Meeting
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. Books for Botswana
  4. Request for Teacher Participants
  5. Malaysian Food Fest 2012 (April 7)
  6. Creative Educators Summit at Erickson Kiva
  7. Great Lakes Harmony Brigade
  8. Opportunities
  9. Resources


Greetings LATTICE Family,

As we approach our last meeting of year, we have lots of news to share!  First of all, please remember our last meeting of the year is on next Wednesday, April 11th at Haslett High School's Viking Room with social time from 12:00 - 12:30, and the meeting beginning at 12:30.   However, the meeting will be adjourned at 3:30 p.m., an hour earlier than our normal schedule.  This is due to some good news I am happy to share.  Our own Mary Hennessey has won the 2012 Globie Award!  The presentation will be at MSU at 4:00 p.m. on the day of our meeting, so we will be adjourning early so we can attend and celebrate with Mary!  We congratulate Mary on this well deserved award! 

I have more great news to share!  Please join me in congratulating and welcoming our new LATTICE graduate assistant, Damaris Mayienga!   Damaris has been a wonderful addition to our LATTICE family for many years, and I am looking forward to working with her in this new role.  Thank you to all the other wonderful candidates who went through this process with us, and thank you to Kaliamma Ponnan for all her hard work and for helping us through this transition. 

I’d also like to thank so many members of the LATTICE family who helped make our World Friendship Day on March 24th such a success!  Special thanks to Dwi Yuliantoro, Teddy Trilaksono, Kang Li, Ainur Rosyid, Wendy Chen, Judy Huynh, Linda Dow, Kathy Hicks, Nancy Lubeski, Chris Worland, Jackson Kaguri, Jane Mutatu, Betul Bilgen, Pratheeba Palasuberniam, and Kaliamma Ponnan for all your hard work and generous sharing of your time for this event.   

I would also like to thank all the applicants for the LATTICE 2012-2013 Fellowships.  We are still working through the process, but the award winners will be notified and announced soon. Please make an extra effort to arrive at Haslett High School before our starting time of 12:30.  We have a lot to do and a shortened schedule, and we need to get started right on time.  Arriving late seems to have become epidemic!  As always, we look forward to learning more about each other through the sharing of our favorite foods from our families and our cultures.  If you signed up to bring a dish but are no longer able to do so, please contact Jane Fitch at

In friendship, 
Karen Klein 

LATTICE Video, LATTICE Facebook and MSU LATTICE Linked In



2. LATTICE International Book Club

a) Our last meeting for this year will be on Thursday April 26, at the East Lansing Public Library. We will read and discuss the book The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson.  This is based on a true event. Here's a review:

"In 1927, Japanese school children sent the U.S. 58 dolls, which were viewed as ambassadors of friendship and were exhibited around the country. In Larson's unusual novel based on this event, an old doll maker wishes that his doll, Miss Kanagawa, will be awakened by the heart of a child. Starting with a chapter set in 1928, four stories follow Miss Kanagawa as she passes through four girls' lives, changing each child's life and, in turn, experiencing changes, too. The girls include wealthy Bunny and Lois, who lives with her desperate father in the Depression-era FSA camps; and with deftly handled historical detail, Larson touches on important issues shaping the world of each child, including the Depression, class and gender differences, and Pearl Harbor. The well-developed characters are appealing and distinct, despite the stories' brief lengths, and a concluding, contemporary fifth episode effectively wraps up the book. Elements of magic realism feel underdeveloped, and the individual stories vary in quality, but this is a book that will surely find fans. A fascinating author's note adds additional historical information."

b) They have just made the announcement about Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo as the 2012 One Book, One Community selection. There is a new children's book that would be a good one to pair with this for upper elementary and middle school students. Maybe we can read that for the LATTICE Book Club this fall.  It is called No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis (the author of The Breadwinner).  

c) 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!

d) This newsletter from Scholastic includes a bibliography of books about immigration for grades 3-5, as well as information about a free virtual field trip to Ellis Island.

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



3. Books for Botswana

I am coordinating book donations for children in Botswana and would like to see if anyone in LATTICE is interested in contributing. 

This summer I will be traveling to Botswana with a group of graduate students and faculty from MSU's College of Education.  During our visit we would like to bring and donate books to children attending primary and secondary schools.  We would like donations of new or gently used books for K-12 students.  If any LATTICE members themselves have books to donate it would be greatly appreciated!  I was also thinking it could be a fun classroom activity if teachers wanted to get their students involved and donate books. 

For those who are interested, please get in touch with me directly and we can arrange a time and place for me to pick up the books.  We do not leave for Botswana until June so I will be collecting donations until the end of May

Alisha Brown, M.A.
Educational Policy Doctoral Student
Michigan State University



4. Request for Teacher Participants

I would like to request for elementary school teacher participants for my dissertation study. This study involves a workshop training at MSU on how to determine cut scores on a test. Following the training, participants will have three rounds of practice recommending cut scores for math test. The recommendations will be analyzed for research purpose. The expected date of this project is end of May, 2012. The length of time will be 6-8 hours. As a token of appreciation, teachers will be given a stipend of $100 plus lunch, coffee/doughnuts

Please contact me at 517-974-6990 or for more information.

Ifeoma C. Iyioke
Doctoral Candidate
Measurement & Quantitative Methods
College of Education
Michigan State University



5. Malaysian Food Fest 2012 (April 7)

The MSU Malaysian Student Organization (MSO) is having Food Fest at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center on Saturday, 7 April 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Malaysia is a multiracial country and because of that, Malaysian food is a fusion of diverse cultures. We will be focusing on food and how it successfully portrays Malaysian culture in several aspects. Furthermore, we will also hold exhibitions, simple performances, and some interactive activities that can help the guests to learn more about our culture. Through food, we are hoping the MSU community will experience the Malaysian culture in a fun and engaging way.

For more information please contact Muhammad Adib Mohd Bakeri at



6. Creative Educators Summit at Erickson Kiva

The DeWitt Creativity Group, LEAP, and Prima Civitas Foundation cordially invite you to attend the Creative Educators Summit on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Erickson Hall Kiva, Michigan State University (11:00 AM through 4:00 PM). The event will highlight Lansing area high school innovative projects, showcase student businesses, and feature cutting edge practices in K-12 technology and entrepreneurial education. Teachers, students, academics, economic development professionals and others will present exciting new programs and practices that offer a glimpse of a new frontier in public education. The cost to attend the event is free! 

Please register at

Jason LaFay.
DeWitt Creativity Group (DeWitt High School)



7. Great Lakes Harmony Brigade

My name is William Stutts, Jr and I am with the Great Lakes Harmony Brigade. We are an organization of barbershop singers that will be meeting for our annual rally in Okemos, Mi on June 1-3. One of the great things that Brigades from all across the country get to do is to perform for students and introduce them to one of the best American art forms - Barbershop singing.  

We would bring 30-50 guys on Friday June 1 to your class and sing some songs from our show package. We also integrate the students by teaching them a short "tag."  Tags are ends of songs and can be easily learned. This lets them feel what it feels like to sing in the Barbershop style.  I have participated in this before and the looks and reactions are awesome to hear this great 4 part harmony. The Great Lakes Brigade also has a community show at the Okemos High School on Sat. June 2nd. We sometimes offer some free tickets to the teachers and some students to see the show.  They have a great time.  

Due to the timing of the rally, we understand that it is close to the end of the school year.  But if you want to bring something inspiring, please consider having us sing for your class.  If you would like to have us come and sing for you, you can contact me at  

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.
William Stutts Jr
Assistant Director
Huron Valley Harmonizers



8. Opportunities

Japan & Taiwan Island Bazaar (April 14)

The MSU Taiwanese Student Association and Japan Club are jointly organizing this bazaar with community support on the 14th of April from 1-5 p.m. The event will take place at the First Christian Church in Lansing. There are going to be games, food, prizes, yard sale, performances and many more. For more information please contact or


Opportunity with Greater Lansing United Nations

GLUNA is looking for an international graduate student to serve on the GLUNA board. This person will serve as an assistant to the VP for Global Education. Responsibilities will include attending and participating in monthly board meetings, planning and executing educational activities including World Friendship Day, and facilitating collaboration between GLUNA, LATTICE and MSU international students.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the United Nations at local levels and develop leadership skills.  

This position was previously filled by Teddy Trilaksono. He will be returning to Indonesia in May. Nancy Lubeski is currently the VP for Global Education for GLUNA. Please contact her at if you are interested in this leadership opporunity. You may also contact Teddy at if you have any questions. 


An Evening with Author Jonathan Balcombe by EVERYbody Reads

"Animals at play are one of the most beautiful things to behold for me. I was transfixed and uplifted." ~ Jonathan Balcombe

"An Evening with Author Jonathan Balcombe," will be held on Friday April 13th at 7 pm at MSU's Kellogg Center. Please join us for an evening with a special author for a special cause. Jonathan will talk on "The Inner Lives of Animals," a presentation about animal emotion, communication, pleasure, and the implications for the human-animal relationship.

EVERYbody Reads will be providing books (with all proceeds from book sales going to the Animals and Society Institute and the Michigan Humane Society).

Jonathan is a passionate advocate for animals and their living spaces. His most recent book, The Exultant Art: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure (2011), received a glowing review in the New York Times. His highly acclaimed books Pleasurable Kingdom and Second Nature present animals and the human-animal relationship in a new light. A PhD scientist, his message touches on timely and important issues, including climate change, biodiversity, and personal health.

He has given lectures and presentations on six continents. Jonathan was born in England and raised in New Zealand and Canada. He studied biology at Canada's York University and Carleton University before earning a PhD in ethology (animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee. He has written over 40 scientific papers and book chapters, and many lay articles on animal behavior and animal protection.

$20.00 ticket price includes Jonathan's presentation and afterglow with opportunity to meet him, purchase his books and enjoy appetizers. To purchase tickets online, please visit our store.

Scott Harris 
(517) 346-9900


Volunteer Ccounselors for Korean Culture Camp

The Korean Culture Camp of Michigan (KCCM) is recruiting counselors for its 23rd annual day camp which will be from June 25 through June 29 at MacDonald Middle School in East Lansing. The camp gives children the opportunity to learn Korean art, Korean music, Korean language, Korean history, hip hop dance, traditional Korean dance, Korean cooking and taekwondo. KCCM started as a culture camp for Korean adoptees in 1989, but it has grown to include first and second generation Korean Americans, siblings of Korean adoptees and any children interested in Korean culture. It is run completely by volunteers and we need your help to make it a success!

Camp counselors are volunteer positions, but KCCM provides you with a camp T-shirt, lunch each day during camp and a small honorarium. It also provides a Certificate of Recognition and documentation (upon request) to be used for future applications (i.e. college programs, employment, internship, etc.). Although we prefer counselors to volunteer all 5 days, we understand this may not always be possible.  Please contact us, whether you can volunteer one day or all week.

As a counselor you are expected to provide Supervision as you help your campers navigate from class to class, Support by participating in the classes with your campers, and Guidance by encouraging your campers to give the teachers their respect and attention. KCCM requires the following:

 Please contact no later than May 1, 2012 if you are interested.

Melissa Daneshyar
Board Member & Camp Volunteers Co-Coordinator
734-620-2621 (Please feel free to send me a text!)


Opportunities from Artists Haven Gallery

Artists Haven Gallery is a respected resource for collectors, interior designers, consultants, corporations, galleries, and museums. It represents contemporary fine art paintings, drawings, and photography by established, mid career, and emerging artists from around the world.

One of the upcoming event is the 2012 International Photography Competition (entry deadline July 9, 2012) with cash & awards valued over $10,000. You are also cordially invited to attend the event “Meet the Artists - Opening Reception” on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 6 - 9 pm. This exhibition runs through April 1 through 30.

Sign up for the newsletter to get current news, exhibit information, events, and other gallery happenings.


Update to MCSS Opportunities for Teachers

The Michigan Council for the Social Studies Opportunities for Teachers page has just added c. 100 new entries. It is also updated occasionally as new resources, events, and opportunities are discovered.

Sylvia Meloche



9. Resources

What is global citizenship & why should it matter?

Here is an excerpt that may be worth small group discussion & prompting for real-life examples at LATTICE "live" or online. The full PDF article is also available.

The following are among the most salient features of global citizenship (this section draws from a variety of sources but primarily relies on Schattle 2007).

Global citizenship as a choice and a way of thinking. National citizenship is an accident of birth; global citizenship is different. It is a voluntary association with a concept that signifies "ways of thinking and living within multiple cross-cutting communities—cities, regions, states, nations, and international collectives…" (Schattle 2007, 9). People come to consider themselves as global citizens through different formative life experiences and have different interpretations of what it means to them. The practice of global citizenship is, for many, exercised primarily at home, through engagement in global issues or with different cultures in a local setting. For others, global citizenship means firsthand experience with different countries, peoples, and cultures. For most, there exists a connection between the global and the local. Whatever an individual's particular "take" on global citizenship may be, that person makes a choice in whether or how to practice it.

Global citizenship as self-awareness and awareness of others. As one international educator put it, it is difficult to teach intercultural understanding to students who are unaware they, too, live in a culture that colors their perceptions. Thus, awareness of the world around each student begins with self-awareness. Self-awareness also enables students to identify with the universalities of the human experience, thus increasing their identification with fellow human beings and their sense of responsibility toward them.

Global citizenship as they practice cultural empathy. Cultural empathy or intercultural competence is commonly articulated as a goal of global education, and there is significant literature on these topics. Intercultural competence occupies a central position in higher education's thinking about global citizenship and is seen as an important skill in the workplace. There are more than 30 instruments or inventories to assess intercultural competence. Cultural empathy helps people see questions from multiple perspectives and move deftly among cultures—sometimes navigating their own multiple cultural identities, sometimes moving out to experience unfamiliar cultures.

Global citizenship as the cultivation of principled decisionmaking. Global citizenship entails an awareness of the interdependence of individuals and systems and a sense of responsibility that follows from it. Navigating "the treacherous waters of our epic interdependence (Altinay 2010, 4) requires a set of guiding principles that will shape ethical and fair responses. Although the goal of undergraduate education should not be to impose a "correct" set of answers, critical thinking, cultural empathy, and ethical systems and choices are an essential foundation to principled decisionmaking.

Global citizenship as participation in the social and political life of one's community. There are many different types of communities, from the local to the global, from religious to political groups. Global citizens feel a connection to their communities (however they define them) and translate that sense of connection into participation. Participation can take the form of making responsible personal choices (such as limiting fossil fuel consumption), voting, volunteering, advocacy, and political activism. The issues may include the environment, poverty, trade, health, and human rights. Participation is the action dimension of global citizenship.

Guven Witteveen (


Online course on Modern East Asia

Dr. Ethan Segal, Assoc. Prof. of History, MSU is teaching an online course entitled HST 210 "MODERN EAST ASIA" first session, Summer 2012.

Please click these two links for more information: online courses and registration.


Artists events

I wanted to let you know about some important events coming up at Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.  They are working with a 2 year theme of "Legacy of War" and there are some important visiting artists events coming up that I thought you might be interested in.

Theater of War is a New York based group of excellent actors who do readers theater.  The group brings ancient Greek plays by Sophocles to army bases emphasizing the relevance to veterans - and it's amazing how relevant they are. For my textile friends and other artists, the group Combat Papers make paper from used military uniforms. Some projects they have done is to facilitate veterans in writing poetry and short stories from their experiences on this paper and creating books. 

There will be events next fall also. Of special note is the play War Horse. Steve and I have seen the play and it's fantastic.  The horses are beautiful  life size puppets, the puppeteers are incredible. I'll be working on a September show in the LookOut! Gallery of Weavings of War, textiles from the MSU Museum Collection.

Chris Worland


African Studies Center

Please read the Tuesday Bulletin issue from April 3, 2012. Also check this website for additional resources.


Resources in the Community Relations Coalition

Have you woken up at 3am and wondered, "How do economists value the life-sustaining services provided by nature, such as photosynthesis or the sequestration of carbon?" You won't have to lose sleep anymore thanks to a collection of great links in the Resources area of the Curriculum and Resource Center. We’ve linked to great sites for academics and non-academics interested in topics such as the valuation of ecosystem services and cost-benefit analysis.   And don't miss the video interview with the revered grandfather of ecological economics, Herman Daly!

a) Ecosystem Valuation: Clear, non-technical description of ecosystem valuation concepts, methods, and applications.  This site is useful for users new to this topic.  (General Information)

b) Environmental Damage Valuation and Cost-benefit News: An academic site with legal and regulatory developments pertaining to the valuation of environmental services.

c) Video: Is Growth Good?  An .mp3 (audio file) from the BBC that introduces basic principles of ecological economics, with interviews from Herman Daly and contrasting views from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

To find live links:

1) Enter your username and password to login to the CRC from our website
2) Select the ‘Resources’ section of the CRC menu
3) Select ‘Economics’
4) Select ‘Ecological and Sustainable Economics – General Information’

Also a reminder that you are invited to register for our next orientation webinar to help you get more familiar with the CRC.  This webinar will provide a tour of the main sections and features. Thursday, April 12th at 1pm Eastern Time. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact Lisa Lixey Babe, Curriculum and Program Specialist at

Elissa Trumbull
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Creative Change Educational Solutions
229 Miles Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Office: 734.482.0924
Fax: 734.482.5250



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 522

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Karen & Kaliamma

LATTICE Session Director
Karen Klein

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Kaliamma Ponnan

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