Events


NOV
3
Date:
Friday, 03 Nov 2017
Time:
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:
118 Psychology Building
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Cross-cultural psychologists have mostly contrasted East Asia with the West. Professor Thomas Talhelm tested 1,162 Han Chinese participants in six sites and found that people in southern China are more interdependent and holistic-thinking than people in the north. I propose that rice farming's irrigation and high labor requirements gave southern China a tight, interdependent culture. In contrast, traditional wheat farming required less labor and less coordination, giving northern China a more free-wheeling independent culture. The fact that these differences exist among in this sample of China's youngest generation who have not farmed for a living suggest these agricultural legacies continue to affect people in the modern world. 

Thomas Talhelm is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Thomas has lived in China for five years as a Princeton in Asia fellow, as a freelance journalist in Beijing, and most recently a Fulbright scholar. He researches how rice farming gave southern China a very different culture from wheat-farming in northern China. Thomas also founded Smart Air, a social enterprise that makes low-cost DIY air purifiers to help people in China protect themselves against air pollution. 

This event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research and the Department of Psychology. 

NOV
6
Date:
Monday, 06 Nov 2017
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:
3rd Floor of the International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Come interact with a traditional Japanese dance troupe and three artists from Japan (ceramics, textile designs on "tenugui", and Edo doll making). This exciting event will allow MSU students, faculty, and community members to learn a traditional Japanese dance and watch demonstrations by these artists.

Organized by the Asian Studies Center, the Citizen Scholars Program in the College of Arts & Letters, and the Japan Council. 

NOV
7
Date:
Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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"Post-Secondary Apprenticeship and Vocational Education in Japan and Germany: Exploring Policy Implications for the U.S."

All are welcome to attend this panel on apprenticeship education to follow the visit by the artists from Japan. Presentations with discussions to follow the panel. 

Date:
Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Berkey 118
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Please join us for these films from or about Japan, screened for IAH 241G, "Japanese Film and Culture."

From Studio Ghibli, a highly acclaimed animated tale of a girl who finds herself trapped in a mysterious world of witches, bathhouse workers, talking frogs, and more. Academy Award winner.

NOV
8
Date:
Wednesday, 08 Nov 2017
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location:
305 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Arabic Diwan is a gathering of Arabic students who are in the Arabic program, where they speak the language and learn about the culture in a relaxed environment with the Fulbright teaching assistant. Students from all Arabic language levels are encouraged to attend. Also, we extend the invitation to the Arabic-speaking students at the English Center.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Arabic Program. 

NOV
12
Date:
Sunday, 12 Nov 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Union
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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The MSU Global Festival is returning to the MSU Union on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.

See the world in just one day while enjoying international exhibits, live performances, a world gift shop, children's activities, performance workshops, a fashion show and more!

All proceeds from the world gift shop go to international student scholarships. Take home some new dance moves, as students will teaching traditional steps in an open dance studio following their performances.

Admission to the festival is free, with parking for free at the Grand River Ramp.

The Global Festival is sponsored by The Office for International Students and Scholars, MOSAIC, MSU Federal Credit Union, University Activities Board, MSU Union and Community Volunteers for International Programs. For more information, visit the Global Festival website

NOV
15
Date:
Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location:
305 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Arabic Diwan is a gathering of Arabic students who are in the Arabic program, where they speak the language and learn about the culture in a relaxed environment with the Fulbright teaching assistant. Students from all Arabic language levels are encouraged to attend. Also, we extend the invitation to the Arabic-speaking students at the English Center.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Arabic Program. 

NOV
16
Date:
Thursday, 16 Nov 2017
Time:
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Robertson Room, The Peoples Church
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Dr. Sam Striker, who has been a NATO and U.S. Military civilian consultant in Afghanistan, will lead the discussion on The Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country continuously since 9/11. Will the current administration maintain the status quo; reversing the Obama administration's drawdown? Or will it withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no-win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

NOV
17
Date:
Friday, 17 Nov 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Co-Sponsored by Office for Education Abroad, the Office for International Students and Scholars, and the Academic Advancement Network, the Learning Abroad Conference (LAC) features presentations from students returned from international learning experiences and international students currently studying abroad here in East Lansing. Presentations include a variety of formats from poetry to journal entries to music compositions to video, and more.

The conference gives voice to the student experience through a variety of creative media so fellow students as well as the greater MSU community can better understand the nature and impacts of student learning abroad. 

Established in 2012, this will be the sixth year for this annual conference. 

Co-sponsored by the Office for Education Abroad, the Office for International Students and Scholars, and the Academic Advancement Network. 

NOV
18
Date:
Saturday, 18 Nov 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
Hikone Campus, Faculty of Economics, Shiga University 1-1-1, Banba, Hikone, Shiga, Japan
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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The Center for Risk Research (CRR), Faculty of Economics, Shiga University (Japan) invites International scholars to submit a paper for presentation at the first International Conference on Risk in Economics and Society, Shiga University (RESSU), celebrating a newly launched faculty of Data Science on the same campus. The CRR was established in 2004 for strengthening the Faculty of Economics' commitment to this important field of risk in economics and society. The CRR has organized several international conferences in the past few years, including the 12th International Conference on Asian Financial Market in January 2017.

The first RESSU conference welcomes both theoretical research papers and empirical research papers on topics relating to risk in Economics as well as in broader social science. We strongly encourage international scholars to submit research papers in the following fields in economics: macroeconomics, microeconomics, international economics, and environmental economics. We also welcome papers in data analysis and social psychology.

The deadline for a full paper submission is August 18, 2017. Papers will be selected by the conference committee members. Notification about decisions will be made by August 31, 2017. 

The Conference starts early morning on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

There is a ¥10,000 (Japanese yen) fee to be paid at the registration table at the conference venue. A special registration fee of ¥5,000 is available for full-time graduate students. Registration fees include: Reception (at Hikone), Luncheons, coffee breaks, a copy of the conference program, and admission to all conference sessions.