Events


SEP
12
Date:
Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018
Time:
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
Brody Dining Hall Conference Room
Department:
Community Volunteers for International Programs
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The CVIP board retreat focus will be: Listening to Student and Community Voices; Call and Response. It includes breakfast and lunch. Parking passes are available if needed. RSVP to Lisa Homeniuk by August 24th.

Date:
Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location:
Room 303 and 305, International Center
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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If you are eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN), you may apply at a convenient on campus location. If you are not eligible for an SSN but wish to apply for either a Michigan driver's license or Michigan identification card, you may come to the application session and request a "letter of ineligibility," which you can use during your driver's license or identification card application.

Please note your eligibility:
F-1 students must have employment in order to apply for an SSN.
F-2 dependents are not eligible for an SSN.
J-1 students and scholars are eligible for an SSN.
J-2 dependents are only eligible for an SSN with approved work authorization.

No application will be accepted without all the required documents from this checklist.

Bring all the originals AND photocopies of the required documents to the session.

NOTE: Social Security Administration will be available from 9-11:30am and 1-3:00pm only. 

SEP
13
Date:
Thursday, 13 Sep 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
TBD
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Linking All Types of Teachers in International Cross Cultural Education.

Date:
Thursday, 13 Sep 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Rm 201 International Center
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About the Speaker

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.

About the Talk

His book Myombekere na Buganoka, received a mere glance in 1945. Yet, when Aniceti Kitereza welcomed an American to his home on the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania in 1969, ordinary began to be transformed to extraordinary. From her forthcoming book – Aniceti Kitereza – A Tanzanian Epic, Dr. Shoonie Hartwig will give glimpses in word and picture of Kitereza's writing, its one of a kind contribution to African literature and the man, a one of a kind lived epic. His novel first written in Kikerebe, is now published in Kiswahili, French, German and English. The story of the publishing process is an epistolary saga. The story of the man places Kitereza and Tanzania at the epic center of African literature.

Date:
Thursday, 13 Sep 2018
Time:
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:
115 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Yemen Symposium

4 Panelists will discuss the current situation in Yemen

Prof Mohammad Ayoob will discuss the international politics behind the crisis 

Summer Issawi will share personal/familial accounts

Professor Russell Lucas will discuss domestic politics

Professor Reza Nassiri will discuss the health crisis in Yemen 

 

SEP
16
Date:
Sunday, 16 Sep 2018
Time:
8:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel and reflect on that history, the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program is very proud to sponsor its largest academic conference ever: "Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity" on September 16-17, 2018 at MSU's Kellogg Center. The conference brings together 40 internationally recognized scholars from Israel and the United States under one roof to discuss Israeli society, culture, politics, foreign policy, and agricultural, biomedical, water, environmental, and business innovation. Scholars and researchers will come from Michigan State and 9 other U.S. universities, including Syracuse University, Smith College, Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Illinois. Israeli panelists hail from institutions including the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Tel Hai University, Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, the Weitzman Institute, Hadassah University Hospital and more. The conference includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and members of non-governmental organizations and think tanks, including the Brookings Institution and the Institute for National Security Studies affiliated with Tel Aviv University.

A featured keynote speaker is Gilead Sher, who heads the Center for Applied Negotiations and is a senior researcher at the Tel Aviv Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Sher was PM Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator to former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and in 1999-2001 he served as the Israeli Chief and co-Chief negotiator at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks. He has written several books and co-chairs the NGO Blue White Future. Another keynote speaker is Oded Shoyseyov. an expert in nanobiotechnology who has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific publications and is the inventor or co-inventor of 45 patents. Other experts include Naomi Chazan, Professor Emerita of Political Science at the Hebrew University, who served three terms as a Member of the Knesset on behalf of the Meretz Party, has authored eight books on comparative politics, served as President of the New Israel Fund between 2009- 2012 and is among the founders of the International Women's Commission for an Israel-Palestinian Peace. Another prominent speaker is Donna Robinson Divine, the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government, Emerita at Smith College, who has written several books and is currently serving as President of the Association for Israel Studies.

The conference is open and free to the public. Join us for this amazing array of American and Israeli academic excellence. Meals are complementary and one can register for kosher meals.

Conference registration.

If you have any questions email the MSU Jewish Studies Program at jewishst(at)msu.edu, or call 517-432-3493

SEP
17
Date:
Monday, 17 Sep 2018
Time:
8:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Location:
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel and reflect on that history, the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program is very proud to sponsor its largest academic conference ever: "Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity" on September 16-17, 2018 at MSU's Kellogg Center. The conference brings together 40 internationally recognized scholars from Israel and the United States under one roof to discuss Israeli society, culture, politics, foreign policy, and agricultural, biomedical, water, environmental, and business innovation. Scholars and researchers will come from Michigan State and 9 other U.S. universities, including Syracuse University, Smith College, Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Illinois. Israeli panelists hail from institutions including the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Tel Hai University, Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, the Weitzman Institute, Hadassah University Hospital and more. The conference includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and members of non-governmental organizations and think tanks, including the Brookings Institution and the Institute for National Security Studies affiliated with Tel Aviv University.

A featured keynote speaker is Gilead Sher, who heads the Center for Applied Negotiations and is a senior researcher at the Tel Aviv Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Sher was PM Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator to former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and in 1999-2001 he served as the Israeli Chief and co-Chief negotiator at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks. He has written several books and co-chairs the NGO Blue White Future. Another keynote speaker is Oded Shoyseyov. an expert in nanobiotechnology who has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific publications and is the inventor or co-inventor of 45 patents. Other experts include Naomi Chazan, Professor Emerita of Political Science at the Hebrew University, who served three terms as a Member of the Knesset on behalf of the Meretz Party, has authored eight books on comparative politics, served as President of the New Israel Fund between 2009- 2012 and is among the founders of the International Women's Commission for an Israel-Palestinian Peace. Another prominent speaker is Donna Robinson Divine, the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government, Emerita at Smith College, who has written several books and is currently serving as President of the Association for Israel Studies.

The conference is open and free to the public. Join us for this amazing array of American and Israeli academic excellence. Meals are complementary and one can register for kosher meals.

Conference registration.

If you have any questions email the MSU Jewish Studies Program at jewishst(at)msu.edu, or call 517-432-3493

SEP
19
Date:
Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Prof. Christiane Gruber's Visual Culture of Islam course from the University of Michigan as part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC).  

Christiane Gruber's primary field of research is Islamic book arts, paintings of the Prophet Muhammad, and Islamic ascension texts and images, about which she has written two books and edited a volume of articles. She also pursues research in Islamic book arts and codicology, having authored the online catalogue of Islamic calligraphies in the Library of Congress as well as edited the volume of articles, The Islamic Manuscript Tradition. Her third field of specialization is modern Islamic visual culture and post-revolutionary Iranian visual and material culture, about which she has written several articles. She also has co-edited two volumes on Islamic and cross-cultural visual cultures. She is currently writing her next book, titled The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images.

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Date:
Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Prof. Christiane Gruber's Visual Culture of Islam course from the University of Michigan as part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC).  
 
SEP
21
Date:
Friday, 21 Sep 2018
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center Room 303
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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GenCen Colloquia - Dr. Sitara Thobani

The figure of the 'Indian' dancer – depicted variously in the image of the devadasi, the tawa'if and the bayadere – has long captured imaginations on both sides of the colonial divide. In this paper, I historicize manifestations of the generalised figure of the Indian dancer in contemporary popular culture to examine its genealogy from the 18th century to the present. Drawing on examples from the visual and cinematic arts as well as from music and dance performances and literary texts, I analyse the ways in which this figure is evoked by different actors to varied effects. Moving beyond the dominant approach that centres the male Orientalist gaze however, I focus specifically on representations produced by women. So doing, I address the following questions: how is/has this figure been evoked by different women actors and to what specific effect? In what ways do representations of this figure converge and/or diverge with the identities of their producers? How do the tropes of female sexual agency and sensual femininity come to be attached to this figure by women, and what do they accomplish? My approach allows for a comparative analysis of Indian and Western constructions that sheds light on larger processes of gendered, sexual and racial-cultural identity formation. My paper thus presents an analysis of how gendered Orientalising discourses grounded in the colonial past are iterated in alignment with the gendered contingencies of the present.