Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: September 7, 2012
To: All LATTICE members and friends


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #525

TO: ALL LATTICE Members and Friends:

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Director
  2. MSU Community Language School
  3. One Book, One Community Events
  4. East Lansing Welcomes the World Event
  5. MSU International Coffee Hour
  6. Workshops and Resources on East Asia


    1. Message from LATTICE Director

    Greetings LATTICE Family,
    Welcome back to the new school year!  I always love the anticipation that comes with a new school year, and I hope you are all comfortably settling in after a wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating summer break.   I also am very excited about LATTICE!  We have a number of things to share about our plans for this year, and we hope to see you soon.

    First of all, LATTICE has found a new home!  This year we will be meeting in the Spartan Community Center’s South Lounge.  Also, are new meeting time is from 12:00 (sharp) to 3:20 p.m.   Here are the dates for the 2012-2013 meetings:
    October 11th
    November 8th
    December 6th
    January 17th
    February 21st
    March 21st
    April 18th

    September is the time when we recruit new members, and we need everybody’s help!  Please think about who you could invite to join our learning community.  Do you know a K-12 teacher, administrator, or international grad student involved with education?  We would love to meet your friends and colleagues! 
    The Office of International Students and Scholars holds free coffee hours every Friday evening from 4-6 p.m. in the Spartan Rooms B/C off the Crossroads Café in the International Building.  Please consider attending this event!  This is a great place to meet lots of people and tell them about LATTICE.  I will have a display and handouts available too.  Public parking is available right in front of the International Building.  If you are available to help recruit this Friday, please send me an email at

         The planning team is a group of LATTICE members that meet to brainstorm ideas and thoughts about topics, speakers, approaches, and activities for our meetings.  Please consider joining this group!  We will be having our next meeting on Thursday, September 13th at 4:15 at the Grand Traverse Pie Company at the corner of Grand River and Hagadorn.  If you are able to join us for this meeting, please send me an email at

    STORIES IN TEXTILES EVENT – “Weavings of War”
         On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the LookOut! Gallery in C200 Snyder Hall, there will be a very “LATTICE” type event connected to the “Weavings of War” exhibit.  After viewing the textiles from Asia, Africa, and North and South America, there will be a panel discussion featuring panelists from Afghanistan, Peru, and other countries.  Chris Worland, a longtime LATTICE member and textile artist, tells me a quilt created by LATTICE members following 9/11 is included in this exhibit.  Since there is an international cafeteria available to the public right there, I suggest our LATTICE members could continue our conversations over dinner. I believe the charge for the general public is $8.99 for unlimited choices.   For more information on this event please click on stories on textiles 

    In friendship,
    Karen Klein
    LATTICE Director


    2. MSU Community Language School

    Languages for Kids (ages 6-12)
    Our unique programs offer language and culture instruction for kids and
    provide practice for speaking and listening while incorporating some reading and writing. The interactive and engaging learning environment in our classes and the small size of our groups ensure active learning
    and individualized attention. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for most languages.

    Arabic: Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm
    Chinese: Fridays from 5:15-6:15 pm
    ESL: Mondays from 5:30-7:00 pm (starting September 17)
    French: Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm
    German: Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm
    Hindi: Fridays from 6:00-7:00 pm
    Italian: Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm
    Japanese: Fridays from 5:00-6:00 pm
    Shona: Fridays from 5:00-6:30 pm
    Spanish: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm

    Languages for Preschoolers (ages 3-5).
    Our programs introduce children to the target languages and cultures in a playful way. By speaking in the target language throughout the entire class, the children are immersed in the language and become familiarized with the sounds of the language while learning to say simple phrases. The focus of the class is on listening and speaking, supported by visual cues. Please email us directly if you are interested in enrolling in the preschooler classes.

    Chinese: Fridays from 5:00-6:00 pm *Will run as a trial for 4 weeks and will be extended based on parent feedback.*
    French: Mondays from 5:00-6:00 pm *Will run as a trial for 4 weeks and will be extended based on parent feedback.*
    German: Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45 pm
    Hindi: Fridays from 4:45-5:45 pm
    Spanish: Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm, Level 2 (prior experience)
    *Waitlisted for fall.*
    Thursdays from 5:00-6:00 pm, Level 1 (little or no prior experience)

    Languages for Teens (ages 13-18)
    These classes are a conversational supplement for older students with prior experience (at least one year of the target language).

    French: Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm
    Spanish: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm

    Classes start the week of September 10, 2012 (ESL starts September 17) and run through the week of November 12, 2012 (ESL ends November 19).
    All classes meet for 10 weeks in Wells Hall on campus. Classes will be canceled if fewer than 5 students enroll.
    Multiple-program/child discounts are available (25%).

    Registration rates:

    - $130 for 60-minute classes
    - $180 for 90-minute classes

    Please enroll online at

    We are in the process of scheduling monthly culture events and immersion workshops for teachers for fall. Please check our website for more information. Feel free to share this information with other interested families.
    Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D.
    Director, Community Language School
    Michigan State University
    Wells Hall
    619 Red Cedar Road, B135J
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
    Phone: 517-355-7587


    3. One Book, One Community Events

    Film nights at East Lansing Public Library , 950 Abbot Road
    "Slumdog Millionaire" (R) - Monday, Sept. 10; 7 p.m.
    A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

    Aparajito" (NR) -Thursday, Sept. 13; 7 p.m.
    W499 Michigan State University Main Library, MSU Campus
    Swarnavel  Pillai, Department of English, will lead a discussion following the film.

    "Bunty Aur Babli" (PG) - Monday, Sept. 24; 7 p.m.
    This Bollywood film follows two mismatched characters who go on a wild road trip in Uttar Pradesh and, while being dogged by a policeman, fall in love.

    Presentations and demonstrations

    A talk by Former U.S. Ambassador to India David C. Mulford
    Reaching New Heights: U.S. - India Relations in the 21st Century - Thursday, Sept. 20; 7 p.m.

    MSU Kellogg Center Auditorium, MSU campus
    Former U.S. Ambassador to India, David Mulford, will discuss the ties between the United States and India and its tremendous growth during the 21st century.

    "Indian Culture 101" presented by Shashi Karve - Wednesday, Sept. 19; 7 p.m.
    East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road
    Learn about India’s vast and vibrant culture, including customs, festivals, religion, sand art demonstrations and more with Cultural and Interfaith Outreach Volunteer Shashi Karve. Free.
    Bhangra Dance Demonstration -Tuesday, Sept. 25; 7 p.m.

    Snyder-Phillips Hall RCAH Auditorium
    Learn more about Indian culture by checking out this fun, interactive dance demonstration by the MSU Bhangra Dance Team.

    A Taste of India: A Dinner Demonstration of Indian Cuisine -Wednesday, Sept. 26; 7 p.m.
    Brody Square Dining Hall, MSU Campus, 241 W. Brody Road (across from Kellogg)
    The admission fee is $5.75, which includes dinner and parking at Kellogg Center. No prior registration is required. Learn more about One Book, One Community.


    4. East Lansing Welcomes the World Event

    The 3rd Annual East Lansing Welcomes the World event will take place at the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 from 3-5 p.m. International students and families are invited to come and meet their East Lansing neighbors. To learn more click welcome East Lansing


    5. MSU International Coffee Hour

    OISS welcomes you to the Coffee Hour event that takes place every Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. at the International Center (Spartan Room B & C). It is a great place to make friends, be involved and start the weekend… and the coffee is free! For more details please go to MSU Coffee Hour


    6. Workshops and Resources on East Asia for Educators

    Primary Source is excited to kick off the 2012-2013 school year with East Asia-focused online courses, resources, and a study tour opportunity for K-12 educators. Could you share these professional development opportunities (listed below) with the teachers in your community? We would love to get the word out to educators who are looking for support in integrating teaching about East Asia into their curriculum.
    10-Week Online Courses with Primary Source

    The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China
    Oct. 3 – Dec. 11 (Course A), Jan. 16 – Mar. 27 (Course B)
    Explore the remarkable richness and endurance of Chinese civilization, from the emergence of China's earliest civilizations to the end of the dynastic phase in 1911.
    *Open to all K-12 educators
    *PDPs/Credits: 45 PDPs; 2 graduate credits
    *Fee: $425 plus optional fee for graduate credits

    Changing China: History and Culture Since 1644

    Oct. 3 – Dec. 11 (Course A), Jan. 16 – Mar. 27 (Course B)
    The complex history of modern China and its unique place on the world stage will be the central focus for this online course, which will explore the period from the Qing Dynasty and the decline of dynastic China to the present day.
    *Recommended especially for educators in grades 6-12
    *PDPs/Credits: 45 PDPs; 2 graduate credits
    *Fee: $425 plus optional fee for graduate credits

    New! Japan in the World: Historical and Cultural Developments (5th Century – Present)
    Oct. 31 – Jan. 9
    Explore Japan through its history, arts, and literature. With an emphasis on Japan post-1853, this eight-session online course integrates an overview of Japanese history and culture with extensive consideration of the best pedagogical approaches to translate such learning into effective teaching. We will examine rich primary and secondary sources that explore Japan's geographic features, belief systems, feudal and contemporary government systems, artistic traditions, and the ways in which Japan has interacted with the world.
    *Open to all K-12 educators
    *PDPs/Credits: 45 PDPs; 2 graduate credits
    *Fee: $425 plus optional fee for graduate credits

    International Study Tour
    China: Ancient Legacies and Modern Developments
    Apr. 11 - 21, 2013: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
    *Grant subsidized, application required. Contact Abby Detweiler at for more information.
    *Open to educators who participate in a Primary Source online course on China
    Primary Source's study tours are designed to deepen educators' knowledge of the world so that they are able to better enhance cultural understanding in the classroom. Tour participants visit historical sites and meet with teachers at local tours. On some tours, individual one to two night home-stays allow tour participants a glimpse into family life of another society. Tours are led by experienced Primary Source staff members and leading scholars from local universities and colleges. Participants will receive individualized support as they conduct research on their own area of interest.

    Free Resources for Teaching About East Asia from Primary Source

    *Primary Source World
    Online curriculum from Primary Source World features teacher-created, classroom-ready activities designed around key primary sources.

    *Resource Guides
    Resource guides provide book, film, website, and curriculum resources for teaching and learning about topics and regions.

    Gina Sultan
    Marketing and Development Associate
    Primary Source
    (617) 923-9933 ext. 16

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LATTICE is supported by 17 mid-Michigan School districts 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 996 subscribers worldwide.

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Best Wishes,

Damaris & Karen

LATTICE Session Director
Karen Klein

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Damaris Mayienga

(Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education)

Office of International Studies in Education 513 Erickson Hall College of Education
Michigan State University East Lansing
MI 48824

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