Events


FEB
3
Date:
Saturday, 03 Feb 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
The Robin Theatre
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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In Spanish with English Subtitles

A poignant doc by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, Tempestnarrates the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of the violence and impunity that afflict México. Through their voices, we are drawn into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity, and resistance.

On a normal day on her way to work, Miriam is arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. While the government reports that a criminal gang has been rounded up, in reality a group of innocent Mexicans has fallen victim to the vagaries of a corrupt system. After her detention, she is handed over to a private prison controlled by the Organized Crime, where she is forced to pay a monthly fee to remain alive.

Adela works as a clown in a traveling circus. Ten years ago, her life was irreversibly transformed; every night during the show, she evokes her missing daughter, Monica. Tempest has screened at more than 60 film festivals worldwide, collecting awards in Berlin, Lima, Havana, Madrid, Cork, and many others.
 

Part of the MSU Latinx Film Festival

Date:
Saturday, 03 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
The Robin Theatre
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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As I Walk Through The Valley documents 40 years of musical history and Mexican-American culture. It is the first comprehensive look at rock music in the Rio Grande Valley. The film is an oral history of the popular music of The Valley told by the musicians, promoters, producers, and scenesters who lived it. The Rio Grande Valley has been called a flashpoint for the creation of Mexican-American Culture in the United States. Roughly 230 miles south of San Antonio, the river delta known as The Valley is a network of cities and roads that sits at the southernmost border between the United States and Mexico. Combining over 100 hours of interviews as well as never-before-seen archival footage and photographs, this documentary tracks the musical evolution of a region that has forged its own unique identity between two countries.

Part of the MSU Latinx Film Festival

FEB
4
Date:
Sunday, 04 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Studio C! Meridian Mall Okemos
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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In Spanish with English subtitles

Gabriel is a promising attorney whose life is turned upside down when he receives a phone call from the police. A sect has committed mass suicide in the Canary Islands and his sister Cordelia was one of the followers. Her cadaver is yet to be found. Gabriel hasn't seen his younger sibling in years: something happened between them and their lives went in opposite directions.

Gabriel departs immediately for the islands to find out what's happening and to help with the investigation. There he meets Cordelia's feisty friend Helena, full of raw emotions. They both share their desire to find Cordelia, alive.

Gabriel quickly discovers that Heidi Meyer, a magnetic woman with dark origins, seduced his sister into "The Community." Cordelia found refuge in the sect, where she was able to work through the wounds of the past, only to become a witness—and an accomplice—to strange events that preceded a tragic ending.

As Gabriel dives deeper into the mysteries of the sect, he begins to question the truth about his life. He quickly realizes that finding his sister is the only way to save himself.
 

Part of the MSU Latinx Film Festival

FEB
5
Date:
Monday, 05 Feb 2018
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
Hubbard 129
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Why attend?
Effective communication skills and your ability to make social connections will positively affect your experience here at MSU. Social connections are proven to enhance resiliency, as well as promote emotional well-being, and effective communication is integral to making social connections. Additionally, employers cite effective communication skills and ability to work well in teams as key traits they look for when hiring.

What to expect?
No registration required. Just come, learn, and have fun. The workshop will give you tips on effective communication skills, ways to deal with difficult people and handle conflict, as well as explore opportunities to build your social connections here at MSU.

FEB
6
Date:
Tuesday, 06 Feb 2018
Time:
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Room 201 International Center
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
Date:
Tuesday, 06 Feb 2018
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Main Library Green Room (4 West)
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Muslim Journeys Book Club—The Bosnia List by Kenan Trebincevic with Susan Shapiro, led by Dr. Amy Simon, William and Audrey Farber Family Endowed Chair of Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History, Department of History, James Madison College & Jewish Studies Program

Feb. 6, 7pm, MSU Main Library (Green Room): 
 
Join us for a new Muslim Journeys scholar-led book discussion series. This year we will be reading from a variety of genres on the pressing topics of racism, war, and genocide. Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time. 
 
Co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing and the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing

 

FEB
7
Date:
Wednesday, 07 Feb 2018
Time:
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location:
University Lutheran Church
Department:
Community Volunteers for International Programs
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CVIP Executive Committee will meet to discuss current issues and make recommendations to the CVIP Board.

Date:
Wednesday, 07 Feb 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
International Center Room 201
Department:
Office of International Health and Safety
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The Office of International Health and Safety offers "Critical Incident Management Seminars" several times per year. Program Directors and Assistants who have not completed this seminar within the last two years must attend a seminar in advance of their program's departure.

We encourage all Program Directors and Assistants to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. The goals of this seminar are to assist in: preventing foreseeable harm; preparing for critical incidents on education abroad programs by providing information, tools, and resources; responding to the needs of students; implementing recommendations for enhancing health, safety, and security on education abroad programs; and, understanding Program Director responsibilities.

Registration requested. Please email oihs(at)msu.edu

Date:
Wednesday, 07 Feb 2018
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:
N124 BCC
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
FEB
8
Date:
Thursday, 08 Feb 2018
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Ctr
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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"Lamenting Jerusalem in the Medieval Mediterranean"

Tamar Boyadjian (English)

Feb. 8, Noon, 303 International Ctr

Tamar Boyadjian's research and teaching interests focus on medieval literature and culture. Additional areas of specialization include Medieval English literature; Jerusalem in medieval literature; the crusades and crusading literature; Mediterranean studies; medieval theology and historiography; and literary intersections between Europe and the Middle East in the medieval period. She is also interested in Medievalism –particularly the expression of beliefs and practices of the Middle Ages in contemporary art, film, and pop culture.

Her current book project, The City Lament: Jerusalem in Crusading Narrative, examines the re-presentation of the city of Jerusalem in narratives produced during the crusades in the English, French, Latin, Arabic, and Armenian traditions. In its attempt to challenge hegemonic and entrenched approaches to the study of the crusades and medieval literature, this book project seeks to expose cultural and literary intersections between Western Europe and a number of ethno-religious cultures of the "east," by arguing for shared modes of representing the loss of the city of Jerusalem in their narratives. In addition to her book project, she is working on a study of the representations of peoples of the "east" –such as the Armenians, Arabs, Mongols, and "Saracens" –in medieval English literature, and the ways in which the literary sources of the "east" characterize England and Western Europe.