Events


JAN
23
Date:
Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019
Time:
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
Business Center Complex, 1st Floor
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
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Are you a business major interested in studying abroad?  Come to the Spring 2019 Broad Study Abroad Fair!

Program leaders and advising staff will be on-hand to showcase education abroad programs sponsored by the Eli Broad College of Business.

Date:
Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
B310 Wells Hall
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
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Learn how you can go abroad while gaining internship experience and earning academic credit.  See below for program links.  All majors are welcome to apply.  Programs include housing, orientation, internship placement, and more. Highlighted internship locations include Argentina, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, & Spain.  The application deadline for programs listed below is February 1, 2019. 

 

Date:
Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Location:
208 Farrall Hall
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
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Zoom available for information session: msu.zoom.us/j/5173533258

Date:
Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019
Time:
6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:
208 Farrall Hall
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
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Zoom available for information session: msu.zoom.us/j/5173533258

JAN
24
Date:
Thursday, 24 Jan 2019
Time:
All day
Location:
Main Library, 4th Floor, West Wing
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A New Form of Hunger in Africa? The Double Burden of Malnutrition
Now through February 2019
Main Library, 4th Floor, West Wing

MSU has contributed to improved nutrition in Africa for decades. Since 1960, and the beginning of MSU's relationship with Africa, the study of Africa's agriculture, food security, and food safety have been major tenets of MSU's teaching and research on Africa. The projects undertaken by MSU's Food Security Group, made up of faculty and graduate students from AFRE and other departments, represent an important aspect of partnership with the African continent. The work of the Food Security Group has been supported by MSU Libraries, which provide the materials necessary for research and simultaneously work to document the history of research and partnerships in Africa.

Through a selection of library materials, artifacts, and photographs, this exhibit introduces key concepts toward ending hunger and improving livelihood in developing countries. As part of MSU's Year of Global Africa celebration, we wish to share several of the key issues that a dedicated group of MSU faculty, students, and staff attempt to address in Africa to ensure access to safe and nutritious food to all.

Exhibit curated by Elisabeth Paymal, Jessica Achberger, and Anita Ezzo ; artifacts courtesy of the Food Security Group at Michigan State University.

To learn more about the work of the Food Security Group and food transformation in Africa, please plan to attend the January 24, 2019 Eye on Africa series lecture by Cynthia Donovan and Dave Tschirley, 12:00-1:30 pm, International Center. Room to be announced.

Date:
Thursday, 24 Jan 2019
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
International Center, Room 201
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About the Talk:

Modern African food markets are in transition, and MSU researchers, are working with their collaborators to understand the changes, the effects those changes have on the economy, and on diets of urban and rural populations. Demographic changes underpin many of the changes, with migration and urban population growth as well as rising incomes.  Even in rural areas, Africans are buying and eating more processed foods. How can markets transition to continue to meet the demands with local and regional production, marketing and processing?

On the consumption side, shifts in demand may be contributing to increasing threats to health from malnutrition, with nutrient deficiencies, over nutrition, and lack of dietary diversity. Legumes provides one example where reversing the negative consumption trends are tied to a series of investments from breeding to storage to processing, to marketing, and finally to home preparation and consumption. Shifts in the legume food systems demonstrate how transitions in food systems can provide a positive shift to healthy food choices, in urban and rural areas. 

About the Speakers:

Since 1981, Cynthia Donovan has been involved with agricultural research, training and outreach in developing countries. She is currently Deputy Director of the Feed the Future Legume Systems Research Innovation Lab, as well as an Associate Professor in International Development in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) and a member of the Core Faculty of the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. She is a long term member of the Food Security Group in AFRE. She has previously worked with the FAO, IFPRI, and West African Rice Development Association (now Africa Rice).  With the Innovation Lab Director, she currently manages a $13.6 million program to fund multidisciplinary competitive grants in Central America and West Africa.  She focuses on key issues in development including production economics and technology adoption, market development for smallholder participation (especially legume market development), market information systems, and impact assessment of policies and shocks on rural households. She has lived in Senegal and Mozambique, with substantial research in Rwanda, Zambia, and other sub-Saharan African countries. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and has professional competency in Portuguese, French and Spanish languages.  

David Tschirley is Professor, International Development in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, and Co-Director of the department's Food Security Group. He has over 20 years of experience in applied food security research, mentoring of developing country researchers, and active policy outreach.  His work emphasizes three main areas: 1) agrifood system transformation in Africa focusing on diet change and its implications over a range of policy and programmatic issues, including employment, midstream and upstream change, and nutrition; 2) the intersection of food aid, staple food markets, and emergency response, including extensive work on monetization, local and regional food aid procurement, and the role of food trade and government policy in emergency response, and 3) institutional approaches to linking smallholder farmers to cash crop markets such as cotton and fresh produce.  He is the author of over 20 journal articles, several book chapters, one edited book volume, and dozens of working papers and policy briefs.  Dr.  Tschirley has consulted for and otherwise served the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., InterAmerican Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, The MasterCard Foundation, USAID, World Bank, and World Food Program.  Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Tschirley has had long-term assignments in Ecuador (1987-1990) and Mozambique (1995-98) and works most actively now in East and Southern Africa.

Date:
Thursday, 24 Jan 2019
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:
201 International Center
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
JAN
25
Date:
Friday, 25 Jan 2019
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Location:
International Center Room 303
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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This essay's close look at the name change petitions housed in the New York City Civil Court over the course of a century allows us to see the ways that women and transgender people throughout the 20th and 21st centuries increasingly came to use name changing as a tool to empower themselves, to shape their gender identities and to challenge gender norms.  At the same time, however, the petitions also indicate the repressive elements of name change law, as women and transgender people have increasingly felt it necessary to undertake the bureaucratic difficulties associated with name changing in order to establish the personal identity and familial authority that non-trans men are granted automatically in United States legal tradition.  Examining the name change petitions of non-trans women and transgender people (both men and women) illustrates both the promise of name changing, and its limitation, as a vehicle for restructuring gender norms.    

Date:
Friday, 25 Jan 2019
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center Spartan Rooms B&C (inside the food court)
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Join us for OISS Weekly Coffee Hour! It's a great place to make friends, network, be involved and start the weekend. And free coffee and tea are always provided!

JAN
26
Date:
Saturday, 26 Jan 2019
Time:
11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
International Center
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Have you ever dreamed of spending a winter's day in charming alpine village while in Michigan? Join us for a field trip to Frankenmuth where you can visit the World's Largest Christmas Store, explore downtown Frankenmuth with its Bavarian-style architecture, and be part of Zehnder's Snowfest—one of the top snow sculpting events in North America! You can enjoy larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings at the festival, as well as all the following:

 
·         The Collegiate Alumni Ice Carving Challenge
·         National Collegiate Ice Carving Competition
·         Musical Carousel and Zoom Ride for everyone of all ages
·         Zehnder's Snowfest Warming Tent with food, refreshments, exhibit booths and entertainment
·         Children's Play Area with Children's Pony Rides and Free Petting Zoo
·         Free shuttle to and from downtown Frankenmuth and Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland starting 2:00 p.m.
·         Annual Firework Display at 6:45 p.m.
 
This trip is open to all students and scholars, so grab a friend and get ready for some fun in Michigan's Little Bavaria! For more information about Frankenmuth, you can check their website: https://www.frankenmuth.org/; schedule of the Zehnder's Snowfest can also be found on the following website: https://www.zehnders.com/zehnders-snowfest-schedule/
 
More details about the trip below:
 
Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Depart the International Center at 11:00 a.m.
Return to the International Center at 8:30 p.m. (approximate)
Bus ticket for the trip is $25 per person.
Purchase tickets here: https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3822
 
**Limited seats available, so purchase your bus tickets soon!
 
Please email Vicky at leewai1(at)msu.edu with questions.