Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: March 19, 2013
To: All LATTICE members and friends


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #530

TO: ALL LATTICE Members and Friends:

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Director
  2. Africa in Pictures: The Half That Has Not Been Told Event
  3. College of Education International Potluck- Reminder

    1. Message from LATTICE Director
    Greetings LATTICE Family,
    Just a reminder there is a LATTICE meeting this coming Thursday, March 21st at Spartan Village Community Center’s Room 160.  Please join us for social time from 12:00 - 12:30, and the meeting will be from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

    We have a number of special guests joining us!  This week MSU is hosting Emmanuel Nkuranga, a visual artist and social activist from Kigali Rwanda.   The African Studies Center introduced Emmanuel as the director of “Inema Arts Center in Kigali (Inema means a blessing, a gift, a talent; to cultivate, to give, to receive).  Inema is a studio for Rwandan artists, but it also houses Nziza Artworks — a program in which vulnerable women teach, learn and create artwork (basketry, weaving, sewing, beadwork) that is sold at the studio.  As well, it is home to Art with a Mission, a program that engages vulnerable youth (orphans) in art and dance as a form of self-expression and therapy.  Emmanuel is an amazing, articulate, creative, and politically committed young man.  He'll be visiting classes in The College of Education, the Residential College, and Peace and Justice Studies.”   We are very lucky and excited that Emmanual will also be visiting LATTICE! 

    We have also been awaiting the return of Cornelius Onyekaba, who will be discussing his work coordinating Nigeria’s Carnival and his recent trip to Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago.   We will also be hearing another prize winning presentation on the study abroad experiences of the team of Meghan McCullough and Annie Melcher, 

    Lastly, we will hear about the current project of MSU’s SAID group, Students Advancing International Development.  This Wednesday, March 20th, they will be at the MSU rock (on Farm Lane) to sell baked goods and spread the word about their mission. Please click flyer for more information.

    The planning team is extremely excited about the topic for our April meeting!  We are going to delve into The Paperless Classroom.  Our presenters will be LATTICE members Allison Rogers and Matinga Ragatz.  Allison’s Dansville High School all IPAD classroom was recently featured in the Lansing State Journal, and she and Matinga are going to help us explore this progressive classroom approach.  This pedagogical conversation promises to be illuminating!    However, this meeting will take place on April 11th - not April 18th!  Please mark your calendars!  Also, we will be meeting at the University Lutheran Church at 1020 S. Harrison Road from 12:30 - 3:30 pm.      We will also be taking our annual yearbook picture on this day.  We invite and encourage our members to wear their culture’s traditional clothing for this important photograph!   This will be the last meeting of the year.

    In friendship,
    Karen Klein
    LATTICE Director


    2. Africa in Pictures: The Half That Has Not Been Told

    What is Africa? 

    Africa is a vast continent, bigger in area than Europe, the US, China, India, and Japan combined.  Nevertheless, we tend to simplify this continent that can only be interesting, rich, and incredibly diverse.

    We asked your classmates and colleagues from MSU to contribute their favorite photos of Africa to our project, entitled “Africa in Pictures: The Half That Has Not Been Told” in an effort to shed persistent negative images of the continent.  Their submissions have been compiled into an exciting photo book that will be unveiled at our exhibit on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 115 of the International Center. 

    We invite you to come browse the many high-quality photographs that will be on display at this event.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase at $30 with a discounted price of $20 for students.  The exhibit prints will also be sold through a silent auction.

    All proceeds from the books, photo prints, and donations will go toward the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project, an international organization based here in East Lansing and headed by 2012 CNN Hero Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. 

    Whether you are experienced in or have never encountered Africa, we invite you to come learn about and celebrate the continent with us. 

    Delicious food will be served!

    Lisa Frugé
    Editorial Assistant
    African Studies Center
    Michigan State University
    427 N Shaw Lane, Room 100
    International Center
    East Lansing, MI  48824-1035
    (517) 353-1700


    3. College of Education International Potluck - Reminder
    Join Us For An International Feast With Dishes From Around The World!
    The Office of International Studies of Education continues to collaborate with international students and scholars in the College of Education to put together an exciting event. The purpose of this event is to foster community building across the Departments and at the same time provide an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the presence of international students and scholars within the College.

    College of Education International Potluck
    What Would You Like to Bring?
    Friday, April 5th
    5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Erickson Hall 252
    ALL College of Education faculty, staff, students and their significant others are welcome.



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 1,015 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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