Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: October 18, 2012
To: All LATTICE members and friends


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #526

TO: ALL LATTICE Members and Friends:

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Director
  2. Free Workshop for High School Students at the Arab American National Museum
  3. U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students
  4. Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program to China
  5. MSU Global Festival Brings you the World
  6. GEEO Summer Travel Programs for Educators
  7. Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS) - Fall 2012 Upcoming Events
  8. United Nations Annual Dinner and Program

    1. Message from LATTICE Director

    Greetings LATTICE Family,
    Thank you to everybody that attended and helped with our first meeting in our new location.  It was wonderful to be together again, and meet so many new friends.  So many people helped with clean up after the meeting, that I believe we might have set a new time record!  Thank you all so very much!  We have a few bugs to work out with our new “home” and I appreciate all the helpful suggestions.  I believe we have some good solutions to the parking pass/no pass issue, and I will send out information about that closer to our next meeting. Please remember your personal commitment to “What is going to happen next?” that you filled out at the end of the meeting.  I would love to hear reports about your results.  Even if you were not able to attend our first meeting, please plan on joining us next month!

    Our next meeting is November 11th, and social time will be from 12:00 - 12:30, with the meeting from 12:30 - 3:30.   Our main focus will be civic education in our global classrooms.  We will, as usual, plan on continuing the sharing of our cultures and family traditions through our potluck lunch.  Please feel free to bring a dish to share even if you did not sign up with Jane Fitch. 

    Please consider joining our planning team for the 2012-2013 year.  We generally meet once a month at Grand Traverse Pie Company at the corner of Grand River and Hagadorn Road at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  We will be meeting this month on October 23rd.  We would love to have your ideas and input when planning our monthly meetings.  If you have any questions about this group, please feel free to contact me anytime. 

    I hope to see many in our LATTICE family at the GLUNA event Sunday night.  We have already sent out the flyer, and this event is featured again in this newsletter.  It sounds like a great environmental program, one of our own LATTICE teachers, Kathy Hicks, will be honored that evening, and there will be a musical performance by Shujing Xu.  You may remember her as Andrea who amazed us last year with her musical skill on the luigen.  Also, please notice students’ dinners are free if they register for the conference through the MSU website for Sunday night only.  I hope to see many of you there! 

    In friendship,
    Karen Klein
    LATTICE Director



    2. Free Workshop for High School Students at the Arab American National Museum

    Dear Social Study Educator,
    I'm writing to inform you about a *FREE educational program available to you and your students from the ArabAmerican National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn, Michigan, the only museum of its type in the U.S.

    Through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the AANM is offering high school students in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana an opportunity to experience the Arab American National Museum's educational outreach program, Understanding Arabs, Arab Americans, and Islam.

    This ½ day onsite workshop informs and engages young adults on issues of cultural diversity and sensitivity through:               
                     --Classroom presentations by AANM educators
                    --Tours and workshops at the Museum (sample itinerary enclosed)
                    --Informational educational materials
                    --Opportunity for moderated cross-cultural dialogue

    Through these offerings, students experience Arab culture firsthand; gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Arab World, Arab Americans and Islam; and get the chance to ask questions and engage in dialogue in a safe, welcoming environment.

    *Many program elements, including workshop fees and meals are FREE for qualifying schools. Funds are limited, so don't hesitate!  

    Please feel free to forward to any and all contacts you feel would be interested.  For further information or to schedule a classroom presentation or Museum visit, please contact Wisal Samaha at 313.624.0219 or

    Thank you for your consideration.


    Wisal Samaha
    Arab American National Museum
    13624 Michigan Ave
    Dearborn MI. 48126
    Fax: (313)582-1086



    3. U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

    The U.S. Department of State announces scholarships for American high school students to study abroad. For more information about particular scholarships and countries involved go to Dept. of State pdf



    4. Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program to China

    The Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program to China is open to K-12 educators and administrators with responsibility for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies. This summer 2013 program will provide a broad cultural orientation to China. The program is geared towards educators with little or no experience in China. Participants are responsible for a cost-share, usually $450, as well as travel insurance, required inoculations, and passport and visa costs. Airfare, room and board, fees, and program-related travel within China are supported by the project. For application and details, visit Fulbright abroad



    5. MSU Global Festival Brings you the World

    The MSU Global Festival will bring the world to you. Scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11 at the MSU Union, the festival will showcase MSU's international community. Representing countries from around the world, the festival will feature exhibits, demonstrations, performances, food and crafts.

    This is an ideal event for families and anyone ready to travel the globe through sights, sounds and tastes. As part of the festival, the World Gift Shop will offer unique and beautiful items for sale, with proceeds benefitting a special scholarship fund, and the Global Café will serve a menu of international cuisine.

    Admission to the festival and parking on campus is free. Festival hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.
    The MSU Union is located at the corner of Grand River Ave. and Abbot
    Rd. on the campus of Michigan State University. Click here to see the flyer.

    For more information, go to

    The MSU Global Festival is sponsored by the Community Volunteers for International Programs, the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions and International Studies & Programs.



    6. GEEO Summer Travel Programs for Educators

    Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. 

    GEEO is offering 22 different travel programs for the summer of 2013: India/Nepal, Italy, Portugal/Spain, Amalfi Coast, Eastern Europe, Budapest to Istanbul, Vietnam, Comfort Thailand, Thailand/Laos, Cambodia, China, Comfort China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Turkey 15 day, Turkey 8-Day, Kenya/Tanzania, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline. From September 6th-September 26, 2012 save an additional 5% on the GEEO program of your choice through our Early Booking Discount.

    Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

    Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST. 
    Jesse Weisz
    Executive Director
    Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)

    Toll Free Phone: 1-877-600-0105



    7. Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS) - Fall 2012 Upcoming Events

    OCTOBER 24
    CLACS Seminar Series  (MSU International Center, room 201, 3:00-4:30 pm)      
    “Xocén is Your Home: An Ancient World in Modern Perspective” by Joshua Lieto, Senior, Spanish, College of Arts and Letters

    NOVEMBER 1          
    Symposium (location and time TBA)
    Carlos Morton: The Legacy of Don Juan, music by the Department of Music and Dia de los muertos altars

    Symposium – (location and time TBA)
    “The Legacy of Don Juan” by George Peters, Clint Goodson, Valentina Denzel, Joseba Gabilondo
    Reception in MSU Union Gold Room

    CLACS Seminar Series  (MSU International Center, room 201, 3:00-4:30 pm)                  
    “Documenting Nepantla: Decolonial Knowledge and Chicana Subjectivity in the Films of Lourdes Portillo” by Nohemy Solórzano-Thompson, Associate Professor of Spanish, Whitman College

    NOVEMBER 8-10     
    Symposium – Grand Valley University, Grand Rapids, MI
    “Entre la tierra y el ciberespacio/Between the Earth and Cyberspace, Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica Annual Congress

    Special Presentation (MSU International Center, room and time TBA)
    Henning Jensen Pennington, Rector, University of Costa Rica

    CLACS Seminar Series (MSU International Center, room 201, 3:00-4:30 pm)       
    “The Why, What and How of Proficiency-oriented Instruction in Spanish” by Bill VanPatten, Professor of Spanish and Second Language Studies and Director of Romance Language Instruction, College of Arts and Letters

    DECEMBER 5          
    CLACS Seminar Series (MSU International Center, room 201, 3:00-4:30 pm)
    Tinker Field Research Grant Graduate Panel, Jennifer Kelly (Costa Rica), Wiliams Castro (Brazil), Amy Michael (Belize), Ellen Holste (Costa Rica), Kamahra Ewing (Brazil)

    Click here for more events/announcements.

    Kristin A. Janka Millar, PhD
    Associate Director
    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    Michigan State University
    300 International Center
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 USA
    Ph: 517/353-1690
    Fax: 517/432-7471



    8. United Nations Annual Dinner and Program

    The United Nations Annual Dinner & Program will be Sunday, Oct. 21. GLUNA will be honoring our outstanding Teacher, Kathy Hicks, and Student, Mackenzie Robson. Click UN 2012 flyer for more information.



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,

Karen & Damaris

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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