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Apr 17

Infusing Inclusiveness in the Classroom

Date/Time: Tuesday, Apr 17 - Friday, Apr 27 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: ComArtSci Building Room 184

Department: ComArtSci

Description: Please join ComArtSci Faculty Impact Award winners Allison Eden (COM), Karl Gude (JRN) and Amol Pavangadkar (M&I) for a panel discussion where they will present teaching practices that best help their students understand and appreciate diverse populations. Lunch will be served. This event will be moderated by Stephanie Steinhardt.

Apr 18

Learn at Lunch - Equity and Learning While Abroad: Being Mindful of the Local-Global Dynamics

Date/Time: Wednesday, Apr 18 - Thursday, Apr 19 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: MSU Main Library, Green Room, 4th Floor West

Department: The Academic Advancement Network, the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Graduate School and MSU Libraries

Description: Speakers include James M. Lucas, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education; Christine Trinidad, Education Abroad; and Eduardo Olivo, Residence Education and Housing Services. Global and intercultural learning is an essential component of education abroad; however, educators must also attend to intragroup diversity. Creating an inclusive study abroad program is more than having a diverse group of participants; it is about ensuring that the program environment provides all students with equitable learning outcomes. This session will use a case study approach to foster discussion about how inclusion and inclusive teaching interface with education abroad before, during, and after travel.

Apr 18

Year of Global Africa - MSU Press Book Launch, Discussion and Signing w Author, Greg Marinovich

Date/Time: Wednesday, Apr 18 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Mosaic: The Multicultural Unity Center, MSU Union

Department: African Studies Center

Description: Book launch featuring South African Pulitzer Prize winner Greg Marinovich, followed by Q&A and book signing. Light refreshments available. Greg Marinovich is photojournalist, author, and filmmaker. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and teaches visual journalism at Boston University and Harvard University.

Apr 19

Date/Time: Thursday, Apr 19

Location: MSU Union, Room 50, Garden Level

Department: Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Academic Advancement Network, Associate Provost's Office of Undergraduate Education, Education Abroad, the Graduate School and MSU Library.

Description: Speakers: Dr. James M. Lucas, Undergraduate Education; Christine Trinidad, Education Abroad; and Eduardo Olivo, Residence Education and Housing Services. Global and intercultural learning is an essential component of education abroad; however, educators must also attend to intragroup diversity. Creating an inclusive study abroad program is more than having a diverse group of participants; it is about ensuring that the program environment provides all students with equitable learning outcomes. This session will use a case study approach to foster discussion about how inclusion and inclusive teaching interface with education abroad before, during, and after travel.

Apr 19

Date/Time: Thursday, Apr 19 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: 201 International Center

Department: African Studies Center

Description: TITLE: "Confronting the Contradictions of Documentary Photography" by Greg Marinovich In this presentation, South African Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and author Greg Marinovich discusses the ways in which he has dealt with, or not dealt with, the contradictions that face conflict journalists in Africa and around the world. He references Susan Sontag and Frantz Fanon in addressing the issues of photographing violence, both as a partial insider in his own country and a complete outsider as a photojournalist parachuted into a war zone. Born in South Africa in 1962, Greg Marinovich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and author of The Bang Bang Club (Basic Books, 2000) and Murder At Small Koppie (MSU Press, 2017), which won the prestigious Alan Paton award for non-fiction in South Africa. He has spent 25 years doing conflict, documentary and news photography around the globe. He has made several documentary films. He was a World Press Photo judge in 1994 & 2005. He received the Nat Nakasa award for courageous journalism. Marinovich was Editor-In-Chief of the "Twenty Ten" project, managing 100 African journalists in all forms of media. He teaches workshops and talks on photography and storytelling. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2013-14 and is currently a Visiting Associate Professor in journalism at Boston University.

Apr 19

Mujer A Mujer 2018 Workshop Series

Date/Time: Thursday, Apr 19 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Holden Hall C136

Department: Migrant Student Services, College of Natural Science, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative

Description: Mujer a Mujer is based on a mission to empower undergraduate women by helping them develop academically and professionally through inspirational role models. For more information contact: Erica Fiasky, fiaskye@msu.edu, Danielle Lopez, floresd3@msu.edu, Aleida Martinez-Flores, marti995@msu.edu.

Apr 19

Date/Time: Thursday, Apr 19 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Wharton Center

Department: Colleges of Arts & Letters; Comm Arts & Sciences; Education; Music; Social Science; Honors College, University Outreach and Engagement

Description: We are pleased to announce that #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke will speak at the Wharton Center at 7:30 p.m. on April 19, 2018, as a part of the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. Ms. Burke is an activist who has dedicated her work to empowering sexual abuse survivors and breaking down the power structures and conditions that perpetuate the incidence of sexual assault. Her voice on our campus is timely, and her message is critical to the healing that needs to begin for so many survivors, both on our campus and in our local community, and to the cultural change that must occur within our university environment. Tickets are free and will be distributed on first-come, first-served basis at the Wharton Center Box Office. Each person is limited to two tickets. Along with Xhercis Méndez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the African American and African Studies Program, who created the Transformative Justice Speaker Series, and our sponsors listed below, we are grateful to be able to offer this opportunity to you.

Apr 20

Date/Time: Friday, Apr 20 | 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Location: 302-303 International Center

Department: Dept. of English, African Studies Center, Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities, Muslim Studies, Film Studies, African American & African Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Dept. of Romance & Classical Studies and Asian Studies Center

Description: One of the defining and intractable issues in contemporary literature of the Global South, African, South Asian, and Postcolonial in general, is dislocated people seeking refuge across national boundaries. This Symposium is a reflection on the different states and cycles of displacement, assimilation, and return, and of the disruptions and transformations of State institutions and structures that mediate these transitions in politics and culture. Reception: 5:00-6:30, RSVP to Jyotsna Singh at jsingh@msu.edu.

Apr 20

Date/Time: Friday, Apr 20

Location: Kellogg Center, Big Ten Room A

Department: Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD)

Description: April 20, 2018 is your chance to participate in a refreshingly positive and uplifting event that chronicles human struggle, partnership, and success. Join the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) and esteemed guests who know the annual RCPD Awards Reception as a moving experience that expands awareness of what is possible when we collaborate to maximize ability and opportunity. RSVP now and reserve your place at the 46th anniversary celebration. Friday, April 20 at 1:00 pm Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room Big Ten A The reception showcases academic excellence and signature programs, while highlighting student, alumni, faculty, and community leaders from a range of MSU colleges. This is a unique, highly positive and emotionally impactful celebration of ability and accomplishment. I am confident that you will be inspired by this community of ability and derive satisfaction from our university’s leadership. I encourage you to share this invitation with others – all are invited. To RSVP: www.rcpd.msu.edu/programs/awards-reception/awards-appreciation-reception-rsvp

Apr 21

Commemoration Event - 24th Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Date/Time: Saturday, Apr 21 - Tuesday, Apr 3 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: MSU International Center, room 115

Description: This event commemorates and celebrates the lives of the more than one million people who were killed in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The guest speaker for the event is the Honorable Mathilde Mukantabana, a professor and Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. The event serves as an opportunity for attendees to unite, support and heal the wounds of survivors, as well as to build a better, inclusive, equitable, and resilient society. For more information, call Dr. Jean Kayitsinga at 517-604-0748, Dr. J.P. Nshimyimana at 659-133-7575 or Espoir Tuyisenge at 630-621-0363.

Apr 22

Date/Time: Sunday, Apr 22 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: 103 Music Practice Building

Department: Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, College of Music, Sam and Mary Austin, MSU Alumni Association

Description: Pan Americanism “Revisited & Re-imagined” As part of the MSU 2018 Latin IS America Festival, composition faculty Ricardo Lorenz joins forces with guest conductor Carlos Botero and University of California-Davis musicologist Carol Hess in order to recreate the historic programs offered by the Pan American Association of Composers during the first decades of the 20th century. This Musique 21 concert will include rarely performed works by PAAC members Silvestre Revueltas, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Henry Cowell, and Edgar Varese. Generously sponsored by Sam and Mary Austin Livestream.com/musicMSU is generously sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association. $10 adults; $8 seniors; free for students and those under 18 with valid ID

Apr 23

Date/Time: Monday, Apr 23 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: RCAH Lookout! Gallery, Snyder-Phillips Hall

Department: Lyman Briggs College, Col. of Arts and Letters, Dept. of Art, Art History, and Design, Col.of Music (Diversity Inclusion Committee), Global Engagement Network/RCAH, Center for Adv Study of Intl Dev, Honors College

Description: Join us for an evening of music and conversation with Emmanuel Wokurach on April 23 at the Lookout! Gallery in Snyder-Phillips Hall. This event is presented by Snares to Wares, a community-based conservation initiative dedicated to improving human livelihood and protecting wildlife in and around the village of Pakwach, Uganda. Emmanuel was born in Pakwach, Uganda. He has been playing the African Harp for most of his adult life, despite losing his eyesight to Cerebral Malaria at the age of 7. Emmanuel plays for the tourists at Paraa Safari Lodge, where they stay while visiting Murchison National Park

Apr 24

Mujer a Mujer Spring 2018 Lunch and Workshop Series

Date/Time: Tuesday, Apr 24

Location: Akers Hall

Department: Migrant Student Services, College of Natural Science, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative

Description: This is a workshop series that began in Fall 2014, and we are excited to be able to continue providing these workshop and lunch networking sessions! Please share widely with students who you think would benefit from this initiative! Please feel free to refer students to connect with one of us to discuss further: Erica Fiasky, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, fiaskye@msu.edu Danielle Lopez, College Of Natural Science, floresd3@msu.edu Aleida Martinez, Migrant Student Services, marti995@msu.edu Students: If you do not have a meal plan we will provide a meal ticket.

Apr 25

Face To Face: A Conversation About Race

Date/Time: Wednesday, Apr 25 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Hannah Community Center

Department: City of East Lansing and the East Lansing Human Relations Commission

Description: This program is free and open to all. In response to East Lansing High School student Alex Hosey's essay, "Why I Sit," the City of East Lansing and the East Lansing Human Relations Commission are hosting a facilitated panel and community conversation about race. The event will be facilitated by MSU professor Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews, and will also feature a panel of speakers.

Apr 25

Date/Time: Wednesday, Apr 25 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: East Lansing Public Library

Department: East Lansing Public Library

Description: Join us for a very special visit from MSU scientist Kay Holekamp and author Sy Montgomery as they talk about their new book, Hyena Scientist for 5th to 7th graders. This myth-busting new addition to the critically acclaimed Scientist in the Field series by Sibert medal winning team Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop is perfect for nonfiction readers looking for more female scientist narratives, or a fresh perspective on an underrepresented animal—Hyenas! Timely and inspiring, The Hyena Scientist sets the record straight about one of history's most hated and misunderstood mammals, while featuring the groundbreaking, pioneering research of a female scientist in a predominately male field in this offering by Sibert-winning duo Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop. As a scientist studying one of the only mammalian societies led entirely by females, zoologist Kay Holekamp has made it her life's work to understand hyenas, the fascinating, complex creatures that are playful, social, and highly intelligent—almost nothing like the mangy monsters of pop culture lore. Author of more than twenty-two books, Sy Montgomery was a National Book Award finalist and has been honored with a Sibert Medal, as well as many other awards. Visit symontgomery.com. Nic Bishop is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children, including the Sibert-winning Kakapo Rescue. Visit nicbishop.com.

Apr 26

Date/Time: Thursday, Apr 26 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: East Lansing Public Library

Department: East Lansing Public Library

Description: Join us for a very special visit from MSU scientist Kay Holekamp and author Sy Montgomery as they talk about their new book, Hyena Scientist for 5th to 7th graders. This myth-busting new addition to the critically acclaimed Scientist in the Field series by Sibert medal winning team Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop is perfect for nonfiction readers looking for more female scientist narratives, or a fresh perspective on an underrepresented animal—Hyenas! Timely and inspiring, The Hyena Scientist sets the record straight about one of history's most hated and misunderstood mammals, while featuring the groundbreaking, pioneering research of a female scientist in a predominately male field in this offering by Sibert-winning duo Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop. As a scientist studying one of the only mammalian societies led entirely by females, zoologist Kay Holekamp has made it her life's work to understand hyenas, the fascinating, complex creatures that are playful, social, and highly intelligent—almost nothing like the mangy monsters of pop culture lore. Author of more than twenty-two books, Sy Montgomery was a National Book Award finalist and has been honored with a Sibert Medal, as well as many other awards. Visit symontgomery.com. Nic Bishop is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children, including the Sibert-winning Kakapo Rescue. Visit nicbishop.com.

Apr 26

Date/Time: Thursday, Apr 26 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: 201 International Center

Department: African Studies Center

Description: Tara Mock is a fifth year doctoral candidate in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University (MSU). Her dissertation, entitled "Manufacturing Sameness: Continuities and Expansions of Community Identity in Afro-Chinese Relations", explores cultural identity and community formation through the lens of Chinese nation branding in Africa. The project questions whether Africa's incorporation into Chinese cosmology encourages expansion of community identity beyond sanguine and geographical boundaries to include the "Global South" née Chinese. Prior to MSU, Tara received a MALD in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and studied international business at the HEC School of Management in Jouy-en-Josas, France. Her areas of research interest include Afro-Chinese relations, cultural political economy, and globalization in Africa. The talk will present an overview of the scholar's research project which examines the constitutive role of Chinese nation branding in the interconnected materialities of culture, economics, and politics within Afro-Chinese relations. The project questions how people in Kenya, South Africa, and the Gambia receive and reconstitute notions of 'community', 'self', and 'other' constructed through Chinese nation branding in Africa and how such constructions are diffused through one-on-one interaction.

Apr 27

Date/Time: Friday, Apr 27 - Friday, Jun 1 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Orientation at MSU; Michigan Communities-various

Department: Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources

Description: The goal of the Fellows Program is to build fellows' capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation and for them to learn about issues of women's economic empowerment. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan fellows will develop their leadership capacity and professional skills through a fully funded four-week fellowship program in the United States. The four-week U.S. program will include a professional internship with Michigan organizations focused on agriculture, innovation, agro-entrepreneurship, and women's empowerment and additional seminars and trainings with professionals from Michigan State University and throughout the state of Michigan. The Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Professional Fellows Division and administered by Michigan State University (U.S.), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), University of Nairobi (Kenya), and Kyambogo University (Uganda). We are recruiting young Tanzanian, Kenyan, and Ugandan professionals from diverse backgrounds in private, public, non-governmental, and education sectors who are either women agribusiness entrepreneurs or individuals working to increase women's economic engagement in the agricultural sector. Participants will take part in internships with Michigan institutions and dialogue in seminars and meetings with U.S. leaders in economic development in the food and agriculture sector. Fellows will also select, design, and complete a special project in an area of their own interest. Seminars will combine presentations and discussions to provide an opportunity for Fellows to share experiences from their home countries and organizations and observations from their internship placements. Fellows will also have the opportunity of a one-week homestay with an American family. Three-Day Participation in the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington D.C.: The Congress will allow participants the opportunity to meet and share their experience with Fellows from around the world and participate in dialogue to examine the roles of individual and institutional leadership in economic development and women's economic empowerment.

Apr 27

Date/Time: Friday, Apr 27 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: University Club, 3435 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910

Department: Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commision

Description: Join The Conversation to foster dialogue about utilizing the power of the arts to promote peace and understanding among world cultures. Participants will represent a variety of interfaith, intercultural and international viewpoints. Conversations will be interspersed by music from our two classical artists. The primary presenter will be Maestro Karim Wasfi, famed Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra conductor who witnessed the impact of music when he played it for 53 children, who were making their home in a Baghdad mosque after ISIS displaced them from Ramadi and Falluja. He will discuss art and peacebuilding and the importance of overcoming "the ugliness of killings by beauty, by music, by art and creativity". Maestro Wasfi will be accompanied by Detroit concert pianist, composer and conductor Alvin Waddles, who will musically discuss Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's words. "Music is The universal language of all mankind”. They will be joined in the conversation by Mohammad Hassan Khalil, Director of The MSU Muslim Studies Program, Pastor Byungman Park, New Hope Korean Baptist Church, moderator Barbara Roberts Mason and others. The goal is to fill the audience with people who have stories to tell about their experiences with peace and the arts. Let us all be a part of this conversation.

Apr 28

Date/Time: Saturday, Apr 28 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Lansing Center

Department: Capital Area District Library

Description: The author of this year's Capital Area Reads selection, Behold the Dreamers, winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award and an Oprah's Book Club selection, is Imbolo Mbue. Ms. Mbue will talk about her own experiences and the themes of family, immigration and the American Dream. This free event is held at the Lansing Center. Free parking available in the Lansing Center lot or parking garage by mentioning the words "Library Author Event." Registration required; call 517-367-6348. In order to facilitate maximum student participation in the "Meet the Author" event on April 28, 2018 we have decided to organize a group trip via CATA. To facilitate a group of students attending the event we are planning to travel together via CATA to the Lansing Center. If you are interested in joining our group, please meet at the MSU Union in the lobby in front of Sparty Store at 2:45 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We will then walk together to the CATA bus stop on Michigan Ave for the 20 minute ride to the Lansing Center. If you have any questions regarding the ride, please contact John Metzler at the African Studies Center: metzler@msu.edu

May 1

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Room 303 International Center

Department: African Studies Center

Description: Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller, public speaker, social entrepreneur, and human rights advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflict, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries as a child. At age twelve, she was granted asylum in the United States and went on to receive a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Clemantine now uses stories drawn from her experiences to catalyze change and create community. Ms. Wamariya will speak about her new book : The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After. There will be a question and answer period and an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.

May 3

Date/Time: Thursday, May 3 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: 305 International Center

Department: International Studies and Programs, Alliance for African Partnership, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

Description: Join world-renowned economist and agricultural development expert, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for a presentation on the evolving landscape of development research in Africa entitled, "The changing landscape of impactful research in Africa." During the open forum, Dr. Adesina will also lead a discussion about how international universities can be more effective through partnerships. Dr. Adesina will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Agriculture from MSU during the advanced degree ceremony on Friday, May 4.

Aug 6

Year of Global Africa: The History of African Studies at MSU-a MSU Libraries Exhibit

Date/Time: Monday, Aug 6 - Monday, Dec 31 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: MSU Library

Department: MSU Library and MSUFCU

Description: From Nsukka to Now: The History of African Studies at MSU This exhibit traces the origins and history of African Studies at Michigan State University, beginning with the founding of the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1960. Using material from MSU Libraries’ Special Collections, it focuses on three key themes in this history: partnership, innovation, and activism. This exhibit is sponsored by MSUFCU.

Sep 13

Date/Time: Thursday, Sep 13 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: 201 International Center

Department: African Studies Center

Description: For more than fifty years, Dr. Hartwig has lived in Minnesota, North Carolina and Tanzania as a teacher, researcher, program facilitator and as a writer. She taught at St. Olaf College and North Carolina Central University. The Lutheran College Consortium for Tanzania, an exchange program between several Lutheran colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam was operative for thirty-three years. Mwangaza Education for Parthership ELCA/ELCT is in its twenty first year. She has published four books, the most recent – EDUCATION OF A STRANGER (2014) and LIVING WITH DYING – A FAMILY VOCATION (2017). The primary documents, letters, pictures and tapes related to ANICETI KITEREZA – A TANZANIAN EPIC, were collected in 1969 when she lived on the island of Ukerewe. During that time, her husband, Gerald Hartwig, assembled oral traditions from the Bakerebe in preparation of writing their history. Kitereza was one of his informants. The Hartwigs published four articles related to Kitereza's novel – Bwana Myombekere na Bibi Bugonoka. Currently, Dr. Hartwig lives in Roseville, MN. She is mother of four, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of seven.