LATTICE

Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

From: lattice@msu.edu
To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: May 6, 2012

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

Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 523


Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. GLUNA Award Nominations (Closing date May 11)
  3. MSU’s Intercultural Documentary Film and Toolkit Project
  4. React and Respond: The Kony2012 Phenomenon
  5. International Children's Festival by Niagara Foundation
  6. Global Sustainable Partnership
  7. Measles Initiative by Red Cross
  8. Opportunities
  9. Resources
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1. Message from LATTICE Session Director

Greetings LATTICE Family,

Thank you for a wonderful year and for making me feel so welcome in the position of Session Director.  I have so many wonderful memories with both new and old LATTICE friends, and I look forward to another year of fascinating learning and discussion together.  We will miss our LATTICE members returning to their home countries, so please keep us informed and stay in touch!  Safe travels to all this summer!

I hope there will be lots of LATTICE members still in town on Wednesday, June 13th for our summer planning meeting.   This meeting will be at my home from 10 - 4 p.m., and will include a potluck lunch.  This is the meeting where we look at where we have been and where we would like to go in the coming year.  We need lots of great minds planning our future, so I hope you will be able to join us.  Last year we had twenty two people help with this process!  If you are able to join us, please send me an email at kklein76@aol.com and I will send you further information.

I am pleased to announce the LATTICE Fellowship Award winners for this year.  We had lots of applications, and I wish we would have been able to give awards to everybody.  However, the committee was only able to award four members this year.  The Fellowship Award winners are Isabella Tirtowalujo, Sumathi Venkatesh, YoungJin Park, and Hsuan-Yi Huang. Congratulations!

Lastly, I want to take this last chance to, once again, thank Kaliamma Ponnan for all her dedication and hard work for LATTICE as our Graduate Assistant.  We wish you the best, and speedy writing completing your PhD.  Best wishes!

In Friendship,
Karen Klein 

LATTICE Video, LATTICE Facebook and MSU LATTICE Linked In

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2. GLUNA Award Nominations (Closing date May 11)

Please see this GLUNA Letter about the awards that it gives to outstanding contributions to Global Education and International Understanding; The Loy LaSalle Award given to an outstanding K-12 teacher aand the Craig B. Stuttman Award given to an outstanding high school student. Each award carries a $300 cash stipend and will be presented at the outstanding teacher's and outstanding student's year-end school award ceremony.

Nominations must be submittted by Friday, May 11, 2012 using the Teacher or Student Nomination Forms.

Nancy Lubeski (lubeskin@hotmail.com)

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3. MSU’s Intercultural Documentary Film and Toolkit Project

Area teachers are invited to participate in an exciting new global documentary film project,which is co-sponsored by Michigan State University and Crossing Borders Education in the UK.  The project features documentary film focused on intercultural communication with an accompanying educational toolkit. Dr. Dawn Pysarchik, MSU project coordinator, is looking for high school teachers who teach subjects in which intercultural communication and understanding is a part of the course curriculum, e.g., history, current events, social studies, economics, languages to help develop the toolkit resources.  The objective of the toolkit is to provide meaningful lesson plan materials to help students gain intercultural understanding and perspective. 

Toolkit elements are teacher/student educational resources and interpersonal exercises designed to provide activities to allow individuals to process the issues and insights of the film, and extend learning.  These could include on-line discussion guides; case studies; readings; quizzes; film vignettes; exercises using social media, video blogs or cell phone technology to directly link American and international students. The toolkit will integrate appropriate methods of intercultural education outcomes assessment that underlie the documentary film. For toolkit elements that are technologically sophisticated, teachers will be linked with technology experts at MSU who can take the toolkit idea and develop it into the final toolkit resource. 

Interested teachers will be asked to participate in two two-hour meetings during the summer to further develop the ideas and objectives for the toolkit. Once toolkit resources are developed, the students in the collaborating teacher’s classes will be given the opportunity to test those toolkit resources that the teacher feels are appropriate for their course content. Teachers will receive a stipend for their engagement in the toolkit development.

Please contact Dr. Dawn Pysarchik if you are interested in learning more about this project or becoming a participant:  e-mail: pysarchi@msu.edu, office phone (517-353-0650) cell phone: (517-290-2376).

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4. React and Respond: The Kony2012 Phenomenon

The Outreach Council of the African Studies Association has just completed the attached document - React and Respond: The Kony2012 Phenomenon.

Here is an introduction to the link:

"Last month a California based NGO, Invisible Children, which has worked in Uganda for the past seven years released a 28 minute video, "Kony2012" that generated unprecedented viewership.  To date over 100 million individuals world-wide have viewed the video.  More than 70% of the viewers were high school age adolescents.  The incredible success of this video provides educators interested in teaching about Africa a unique opportunity to reach interested students with a more comprehensive understanding of the complexities that inform contemporary issues in Africa.  In response to this challenge the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association developed "React and Respond: The Kony2012 Phenomenon," to assist teachers as they take advantage of the "teachable moment" provided by the Kony2012 phenomenon."

Dr. John Metzler
African Studies Center / Department of Teacher Education 
metzler@msu.edu

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5. International Children's Festival by Niagara Foundation

The Niagara Foundation would like announce and invite you all to the 2nd Annual International Children's Festival on May 12, 2012 at Wayne State University's Community Arts Auditorium.  The address is 5411 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI  48202.   The bake sale starts at 2 p.m., and the program runs from 3-6 p.m.  

Here is an article about last year's event:

Detroit, Michigan – April 23, 2011 – The First Annual International Children’s Festival activities took place at the Community Arts Auditorium of the Wayne State University from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2011 with participation of 15 groups from various countries/cultures and more than 600 in attendance. The event is hosted by the Turkish American Society of Michigan and Niagara Foundation.

The festivities of the International Children’s Festival featured children ethnic performance groups from the following countries/cultures: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Hmong, India, Japan, Meskhetian Turks, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Turkey, USA (African-American) and USA (Native American).

Stands were setup for country exhibits where the guests had a chance to become more familiar with different cultures from around the world. In addition to the exhibit stands of the countries listed above, South Korea and Chaldean Assyrian Syriac Youth Union also setup exhibit stands and contributed to the event.

Women’s Branch of TASM ran a bake sale to offer Turkish food delicacies and refreshments together with face painting, popcorn and cotton candy for children from 2:00-3:00 pm.

A donation stand was available for those who would like to make donation for the benefit of the people affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Part of the proceeds from the bake sale was also donated to the Consul of Japan in Detroit for the same cause.

Dignitaries in attendance included the Honorable Kuninori Matsuda (Consul General of Japan in Detroit), the Honorable Frederick Hoffman (Honorary Consul of Germany in Detroit), the Honorable Brenda Lawrence (the mayor of the City of Southfield) and Professor Ahmad Ezzeddine (Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and International Programs at the Wayne State University.

Betul Bilgin
Niagara Foundation 
bilginbe@msu.edu 

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6. Global Sustainable Partnership

Please see this Press Release about the Hydraid BioSand filter project Grand Rapids NGO drinking water project in Tanzania, founded by Kimberly L. Fogg who was one of our monthly speakers.

To view photos and video of the project, please click here.

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7. Measles Initiative by Red Cross

I have developed an event on Measles Initiative and your support and participation in it is greatly appreciated. For teachers in the area I would like to do outreach and education about global measles problems. In addition to or instead of the measles week, I would love to come and do a short presentation on Measles and the Initiative just as a means of educating more people on this issue. Also, this is something that could be done in the fall, if there is not enough time in the short amount of the school year that is left. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Chelsea Walker
Americorps Together We Prepare
Disaster Services
American Red Cross
Central and Northern Michigan Region

1800 Grand River Ave. Lansing, MI 48912
517-484-7461 ex. 167 (p)
517-719-1057 (c)
517-484-3799 (f)
cwalker@midmichiganredcross.org

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8. Opportunities

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 lubeskin@hotmail.com if you are interested in this leadership opporunity. You may also contact Teddy at trilaksono@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

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9. Resources

Great Summer Reading

I have found some interesting reading lately to pass along. Please share titles you find good to read professionally or just for personal enrichment on things Japanese.

1. Series of 1st person interviews with people in several kinds of work (60+ pages each for Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China an SE Asia; all in paper or as eBook at Amazon. Here is the link to one example, the Japanese At Work book by John Spiri.

2. All about coffee shops of Japan now and in the past by social observer Merry White, Coffee Life in Japan (eBook or print editions). I downloaded the sample chapter and am hooked!

This fascinating book-part ethnography, part memoir-traces Japan's vibrant café society over one hundred and thirty years. Merry White traces Japan's coffee craze from the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day, as uniquely Japanese ways with coffee surface in Europe and America. White's book takes up themes as diverse as gender, privacy, perfectionism, and urbanism. She shows how coffee and coffee spaces have been central to the formation of Japanese notions about the uses of public space, social change, modernity, and pleasure. White describes how the café in Japan, from its start in 1888, has been a place to encounter new ideas and experiments in thought, behavior, sexuality , dress, and taste. It is where a person can be socially, artistically, or philosophically engaged or politically vocal. It is also, importantly, an urban oasis, where one can be private in public.

3. Fund-raiser for Japan's Tohoku 3.11 relief by food editor Elizabeth Andoh.  Here is a snippet from the blog article where I spotted the book,

After the disaster, Elizabeth wondered what she could do to help those in the devastated region, a region with a rich culinary heritage that includes the fishing industry, miso, and saké production. Eager to nourish the morale of displaced residents, she began writing KIBŌ ("Brimming with Hope") Recipes & Stories from Japan's Tohoku.

Guven Witteveen, (sjmi@ hotmail dotcom)

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World Bank and Indonesian Education

Please listen to Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati (World Bank Managing Director and former Finance Minister of Indonesia) discussing the challenges currently facing Indonesia as a middle-income country (MIC), and measures that need to take place to overcome these challenges.

Dwi A. Yuliantoro
College of Education
Michigan State University
http://www.educ.msu.edu/globalcohort/
dwiagus@msu.edu
517-7750577

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Asian Studies Center Spring 2012 Magazine

Please click to read the Asian Studies Center Spring 2012 Magazine. The articles share the stories of our students, alumni, faculty and community.

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African Studies Center

Please read the Tuesday Bulletin issue from April 17, 2012. Also check this website for additional resources.

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End of LATTICE Newsletter # 523

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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