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  • Afrobarometer Survey Data Analysis and Publications

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.afrobarometer.org/

    Description:

    The Afrobarometer is a state-of-the-art research instrument that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa. It includes national partners (independent research institutes in the university and private sectors) that execute surveys in each African country with the goal of learning what Africans think about political and economic reforms in their countries. Through networking and applied training, the partners aim at mutual capacity-building. Surveys are conducted in more than a dozen African countries and in several additional countries on a regular cycle. Countries will be systematically compared and trends in public attitudes will be tracked over time. Its goal is to increase democratization and civic participation.

  • Center for Advanced Study of International Development

    Location:

    202 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) promotes and coordinates the work of faculty and students interested in developing countries from the perspectives of the social sciences and liberal arts. CASID has a strong commitment to its outreach mission serving K-12 teachers and students, post-secondary institutions, government, and business.  Outreach resources include: Publications; K-12 Outreach (LATTICE); Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education; International Business Institute for Community College Faculty, and International Business Center (CIBER). 

     

  • Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Location:

    304 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824.

    Description:

    The Center for European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CERS) at Michigan State University aims to promote study and understanding of European, Eurasian, and Russian culture, society, and political issues. CERS has developed an exceptional program in European and Eurasian studies, combining formerly separate programs and faculties in Western European Studies and Russian, East European and post-Soviet Studies into an integrated pan-European and Eurasian Center, which emphasizes the need to explore linkages and study emerging challenges that transcend the cold war divisions of Europe and reach authoritatively into Post-Soviet Central Asia. The Center offers undergraduate specializations in Russian and East European Studies (REES) as well as Western European Studies (WES).

  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

    Location:

    300 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824.

    Description:

    The Center facilitates learning about this core region of the Americas. It is the nexus between the university curriculum, functional pathways that bring together students from diverse colleges, and fruitful collaborations with other institutions in the US and in the region. The Center enriches formal instruction with experiential learning abroad, film and seminar series, visiting scholars, sponsored events, faculty and student research, and ready access to scholarly resources through campus repositories and loan programs.

  • Confucius Institute Services for Educators and School Districts

    Location:

    Confucius Institute is located at 230 Erickson Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

     

    Description:

    The Confucius Institute at Michigan State University consults with and assists schools and other organizations to develop customized Chinese language and cultural learning programs. CI-MSU also helps schools and school districts recruit qualified Chinese teachers and provides instructional materials, on-going professional development, and on-site support.

  • Experience Chinese: Language and Culture Learning Resources and Programs

    Location:

    Available in Confucius Institute, Michigan State University

    Description:

    Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU)offers a wide range of online and face-to-face programs and activities for K-12 students and adults to learn Chinese and experience China. CI-MSU develops high quality Chinese language and cultural education programs and disseminates them world-wide through innovative uses of technologies.

  • Eye on Africa Speaker Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursdays, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.  Please confirm as individual dates and times may change.  Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    Room 201, International Center, 427 N Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Eye on Africa is a weekly seminar series that provides scholars, policy-makers, applied practitioners, students, and the interested public with cutting-edge and highly-contextualized knowledge about the African continent. Emerging and established scholars share the results of their recent research, with time for audience questions and comments. The series draws on a diverse group of presenters to create an inclusive, holistic view of African history, social movements, the economy, and politics.

  • Geography Colloquium Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the Website below for the current dates.  

    Location:

    Geography Building, 673 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Department of Geography at Michigan State University is one of 12 degree-granting units in the College of Social Science.  Faculty and student research centers on such topics as people-environment relationships, climate, geographic information science, soils-geomorphology, urban structure, and global change. The spatial extent of these research interests range from local to global in such places as Kenya, Brazil, the Great Lakes, China, and Michigan.  The Triple G Colloquium Series invites speakers to share their expertise on currently relevant issues in geography.

    Please see the website below for a current listing of Geography Colloquium Series events.

     

  • Julian Samora Research Institute

    Location:

    219 South Harrison Road, Room 93, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    MSU's Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI), in the College of Social Science, is committed to serving the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest through research on the social, economic, educational, and political condition of these communities. The Institute is involved in:

    • Conducting research and transmitting the research findings to academic institutions, government officials, community leaders, and private sector executives;
    • Disseminating knowledge through publications, seminars, workshops, and private consultation;
    • Providing technical expertise and support to Latino communities for developing policy responses to local problems; and
    • Developing Hispanic human capital through leadership development, empowerment, and education.

    Current research/outreach initiatives target the needs of the Hispanic community in the areas of economic development, education, and families and neighborhoods. JSRI publishes several reports and papers on recent research, as well as produces the NEXO Newsletter, the official newsletter of the Institute and an assortment of books. The Institute's Web site contains information on employment, events in lower Michigan, Latino News, and profiles on companies and institutions who serve the Latino communities. The Institute, in collaboration with MSU Libraries' Special Collections, also has a Virtual Collection with audio and video, publications, and photos of Dr. Julian Samora.

  • Julian Samora Research Institute Reference Materials and Reports

    Location:

    http://jsri.msu.edu/publications 

    Description:

    The mission of the Julian Samora Research Institute is to generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge to serve the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest and across the nation.  The Institute offers a variety of informational resources covering many Michigan Latino topics.

  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies Symposium: Threads of Hope: Weaving Peace in Colombia (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 11 - 13, 2017

    Location:

    East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    Each spring the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies organizes a symposium featuring faculty and student scholarly and creative work related to Latin America and the Caribbean. The 2016 symposium, Threads of Hope: Weaving Peace in Colombia, explores different aspects of the peace process, reconciliation and nation-building in Colombia, examines the long-term impacts of the civil war in Colombia and employ interpretive humanities, reflects on Colombia's transition to post-conflict, peace and reconciliation, and presents illustrative cases of peace-building by diverse groups including Afro-Caribbean, indigenous, rural peasants, and women's movements.

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

    Location:

    1518 Haslett Road, P.O. Box 204, Haslett, MI 48840

    Description:

    MSU's College of Education, in conjunction with International Studies & Programs, developed the Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education (LATTICE) program, an international educational partnership between teachers in six mid-Michigan school districts and international graduate students/scholars at Michigan State University. LATTICE concentrates on adult learning and promotes practical links to K-12 classrooms to connect schools to local and internatioal communities. The program stimulates discussion to change attitudes and beliefs about cultural differences and similarities. LATTICE members, representing 54 countries, meet for presentations, discussions, food, and music at monthly forums that advance greater understanding of issues of diversity. Topics range from personal issues such as religion and member's own personal experiences to global ones featuring members' culture, native food and crafts, and literature.

  • Michigan Traditional Arts Program

    Location:

    MSU Museum, West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Michigan Traditional Arts Program (MTAP) develops and implements programs that advance cross-cultural understanding in a diverse society through the identification, documentation, preservation, and presentation of the traditional arts and cultural heritage of the state of Michigan. In addition to heading up programs like FOLKPATTERNS, the Great Lakes Folk Fest, and the Michigan Stained Glass Census, MTAP also offers several online exhibits, and research and technical assistance.

  • Online Certificate Program in Criminal Justice: International Focus

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Globalization is creating profound and fast-moving changes in the field of criminal justice. The three-course (nine-credit) Certificate in International Focus offers relevant, career-oriented courses and research projects focused on such issues as organized crime, money laundering, international fraud, and drug trafficking. This flexible program enables participants to enhance their knowledge and skills in this increasingly important field of law enforcement while continuing their regular employment.

    Participants can use the certificate program as the first step towards a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Those who complete the certificate program and meet the School of Criminal Justice’s admission criteria for the master’s degree may transfer the certificate courses to their master’s degree program.

  • Publications on Gender and International Development

    Location:

    Online at the Website listed below.

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) focuses on global transformation and gender relations. Their publication series includes:

    • GPID Working Papers featuring article-length manuscripts by scholars from a broad range of disciplines.
    • GPID Bulletin, which contains information on new publications, video resources, scholarships, conferences, and Web sites.
  • Sociology Colloquium Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    All Colloquium events are held from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.  Please see the websites below for a current schedule.

    Location:

    Room 457 Berkey Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    Each year, the Department of Sociology invites a number of guest speakers to present on their scholarship. Recent speakers have presented research on a variety of topics, including political sociology, race, gender, health, sexuality, and criminology.

  • Teaching About East Asia Workshop (February, March, April 2017)

    Dates:

    Saturdays, February 25, March 4, and March 11 from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm and April 29 from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm.

     

    Location:

    Room 303 International Center, East Lansing, MI.

    Description:

    This free 30 hour course will provide an overview of the history and culture of China, Japan, and Korea with a special emphasis on pedagogy, best practices, Common Core connections, and teaching resources. Designed to assist middle and high school teachers of World Cultures, World History, and World Geography classes, this four-part workshop will be held on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, in February, March, and April. Upon successful completion of the course requirements, each participant will receive $500.00 teacher stipend upon course completion, $300 in free teaching resources, 30 SCECH credit hours (approval pending), and qualification for future NCTA international study tours. This course has limited enrollment. Registrations accepted in the order received. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by email.

  • Transnational East Asia Colloquium (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    January 23, February 9, March 1, April 10, and April 11, 2017.  4:00 pm.

    Location:

    Room 303 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    This colloquium, sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and other key supporters, is intended to deepen our knowledge of East Asia as a region from transnational perspectives by bringing outstanding scholars from around the world to the Michigan State University campus in the spring semester of 2017. Through lectures based on their cutting-edge research, these scholars will illustrate innovative ways to understand history, culture, society, as well as religion in East Asia beyond national and regional boundaries.

  • Visiting International Professional Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is a world leader in providing executive education and professional development training. We offer non-degree certificate programs and short-term workshops in any field. We connect you to the expertise of world-class faculty and resources at MSU and you will benefit from the distinct American Higher Education System without enrolling in a full degree program.

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