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  • Center for Economic Analysis

    Location:

    Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 88, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824

    Description:

    The Center for Economic Analysis provides timely, high quality research, data, and analysis that contributes to the overall awareness of how the agricultural, natural resource, and related sectors and other community economic development activities contribute to the state economy. The CEA provides a number of services, including:

    • Economic Forecasts
    • Economic Policy Analyses
    • Demographic Profiles
    • Impact Assessments
    • Market Assessments
    • Tax Policy Impacts
    • Tourism Impacts
    • Needs and Poverty Assessments
  • 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.

     

  • Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

    Location:

    509 E. Circle Drive, Room 321, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) applies research to important public policy issues, and strengthens relationships between the academic and policymaker communities. IPPSR is involved in:

    • Promoting and conducting interdisciplinary research on public policy issues;
    • Providing survey research and evaluation services through the Office for Survey Research;
    • Producing public policy and political leadership education and training programs such as the Legislative Leadership Program, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and Tomorrow's Political Leaders; and
    • Engaging in problem solving discussions around pressing societal needs.

    Examples of projects include the State of the State Survey, the National College Health Assessment survey, and the Thumb Rural Health Network Survey. IPPSR offers an annual Policy Forum Series, which serves as an interactive meeting about issues facing Michigan communities. The Institute's Web site also contains searchable publications, information on special projects, and links to related public policy Web sites.

  • Institute for Public Policy and Social Research Spring Forum Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    • January 18, 2017
    • February 15, 2017
    • March 15, 2017
    • April 19, 2017

    Location:

    Anderson House Office Building, 5th Floor Mackinac Room, downtown Lansing, across from the Capitol Bldg. The address is 124 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Forums are open to all who want to learn more about current issues being discussed in the policy arena. Each panelist will discuss their perspective before the forum opens to audience discourse. Attendees have an opportunity to contribute to the policy discussion.

  • 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.

  • Muslim Studies Conference: Islam, Muslims, and Contemporary American Politics (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 13 - 14, 2017. 

    Location:

    303 International Center, East Lansing, MI, 48824 and Kellogg Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    This conference will include keynote speakers, scholarly research presentations and panel discussions.

  • Office for Survey Research

    Description:

    MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) conducts social scientific, policy, and political surveys through The Office of Survey Research (OSR). The OSR serves public, private, and non-profit organizations and researchers who seek to use surveys to learn about attitudes, needs, experiences, and behavior of individuals and institutions. The OSR administers in excess of 40,000 telephone, Web, and mail questionnaires each year. Our computer-assisted telephone interviewing facility can accommodate more than 2,000 interviewing hours per week. OSR's projects span needs assessments, epidemiological studies, opinion surveys, client feedback surveys, social or economic impact studies, and political polls. We are expanding our resources in the area of web survey services and focus groups.

  • Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the website below for the current schedule.

     

    Location:

    MSU Museum Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

    Description:

    "Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives" is a cooperative project that focuses on the cultural traditions of workers, workplaces as contexts for the expression of workers culture, and the diversity of historical and artistic presentations of workers' lives. "Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives" explores the richness and diversity of worker experience and workers culture with exhibits, lectures and presentations; writing and research projects; and reunions, dialogues, demonstrations and discussions. 

  • 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.
  • Race in 21st Century America Biennial Conference (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 13, 2017.  8:30 am

    Location:

    Kellogg Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The tenth biennial Race in 21st Century America conference is FREE to attend and it brings to campus leading scholars, community activists, public officials and residents, representing racial, ethnic, gender and ideological diversity, to participate in an important conversation with the MSU community about the problem of race in America. Though the conference will cover a number of areas, our theme this year is Race, Gender and Sexuality. The race conference, as we call it, is fundamentally designed to examine systems of power and privilege in the United States, especially the ways in which they impact communities of color. We also identify specific goals and strategies that promote democratic, yet radically transformative, social, economic and political structures…Our project is not simply about identifying and examining problems, but especially proposing actionable recommendations for addressing twenty-first century challenges.

  • School of Planning, Design, and Construction Guest Lecture for National Hispanic Month (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 11, 2017.  5:00 pm

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    The School of Planning, Design and Construction has invited special guest lecturer, Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary and co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force, to speak at a special guest lecture in celebration of National Hispanic Month.  He will present on “Cities and How They are Fueling America’s Destiny: Smart Growth and a Sustainable Future, and American Latinos and the Nation’s Future.”

  • 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.

  • World View Lecture Series: Ta-Nehisi Coates (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 3, 2017.  6:30 pm.

    Location:

    Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48825

    Description:

    Over the last few years, Ta-Nehisi Coates has established himself as one of America’s finest intellectuals, a writer whose essays are so powerful and rigorously researched that he has forced many discussions on issues that would otherwise be ignored. His 2014 extended Atlantic essay, “The Case for Reparations,” stands as one of the most brilliant exposés of recent history. He is also the author of two memoirs, The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, which are both brilliantly conceived. Coates continues the discussion on racism prompted by MSU’s Project 60/50 and One Book One Community. A special chance to see this in-demand author in a rare speaking engagement.

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