Events


OCT
15
Date:
Sunday, 15 Oct 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
Kiwanis Youth Area, 22300 15 Mile Road, Bellevue, MI 49021
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Cranefest focuses to raise awareness and appreciation of our natural heritage and to support the ongoing educational and conservation efforts of Michigan Audubon and it's Bernard W. Baker Bird Sanctuary. The festival is held at the Kiwanis Youth Area in Bellevue, overlooking Big Marsh Lake.

Events at this family-friendly festival run from noon to dusk and feature artists, vendors, food, and a variety of environmental and conservation-related information and educational activities. The main attraction, the "fly-in" of hundreds of Sandhill Cranes, typically begins slowly throughout the afternoon with the best viewing of cranes between 5:00 p.m. and dusk. The festival is free, but there is a minimal parking fee.

The Asian Studies Center will be having a booth with activities for children along with Pam Rasmussen, MSU ornithologist and expert on Asian birds. 

OCT
18
Date:
Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Spatializing Islam: Non-Muslim Minorities in Pakistan

Cara Cilano, Chair of the Department of English

Professor Cilano's research focuses on Pakistani literature as well as terrorism and literature. She is the lead Principal Investigator on a $1 million U.S. Department of State University Partnerships grant to link UNCW with the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.

She's also a scholar of post-colonial and South Asian literature and served as coordinator of UNCW's Postcolonial Studies minor. An accomplished writer, Cilano has authored three books, eight book chapters, and six journal articles. She's also an editor of a collection of essays and has presented many conference papers.

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. 

NOV
8
Date:
Wednesday, 08 Nov 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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Professor Laura Fair will discuss her recently released book, "Reel Pleasures: Cinema Audiences and Entrepreneurs in Twentieth-Century Urban Tanzania".


Laura Fair is a historian of Tanzanian urban social, cultural and gendered history. Dr. Fair teaches a broad range of courses from surveys of pre-colonial and colonial Africa to graduate seminars on oral history theory, method and praxis. She also runs a 30 acre integrated organic farm featuring fruits, vegetables and pasture-raised chickens and sheep.

NOV
17
Date:
Friday, 17 Nov 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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"Overcoming Challenges: Learning Abroad in a Time of Global Change"

6th Annual Learning Abroad Conference

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at MSU's Learning Abroad Conference on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the International Center. Please hold availability from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

What is this conference about? This conference is about MSU students' learning abroad experiences. We define "learning abroad" to include: MSU students' experiences in a study abroad program, international students' experiences at MSU, and U.S. students' experiences with international students at MSU. The conference is designed to give voice to students' stories through a variety of creative media so that fellow students and MSU faculty and staff may better understand the learning abroad experience. 

Why would you want to participate? Here are a few great reasons why you should be involved. You can...

  • Take time to reflect on your learning abroad experience
  • Share your story so that others may learn
  • Connect with other students
  • Gain valuable experience. Employers and graduate schools value conference presentations

Examples of presentations from last year's conference:

  • The Silver Lining: Intersection of Mental Health and Study Abroad
  • Making the Temporary Last: An Experience about Self-discovery
  • Service Learning in Belize: Moving Beyond the White Savior Complex
  • 9,358 Miles from Home

How do you get involved? Get involved in three simple steps:

  1. Write a proposal. Go to the link Learning Abroad Conference Proposal Form to submit your proposal by October 2, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by MSU faculty, staff, and students. You will be notified of the decision no later than October 13, 2017. 
  2. If your proposal is accepted, you will work with a conference mentor to focus and refine your draft presentation.
  3. Present! All presentations have 10 minutes, including group presentations. 
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. 

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. 

NOV
29
Date:
Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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ISIS, Jihad, and Islamic Law lecture presented by Mohammad Khalil, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Director, Muslim Studies Program.

Mohammad Hassan Khalil is an associate professor of Religious Studies, an adjunct professor of Law, and Director of the Muslim Studies Program. Before returning to his hometown of East Lansing, Michigan, he was an assistant professor of Religion and visiting professor of Law at the University of Illinois. He specializes in Islamic thought and is author of Islam and the Fate of Others: The Salvation Question (Oxford University Press, 2012) and editor of Between Heaven and Hell: Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has presented papers at various national and international conferences, and has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on various topics, from bioethics to early Islamic historiography to contemporary conversion narratives to soteriology to jihad.