Events


FEB
26
Date:
Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019
Time:
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center Room 303
Department:
Visiting International Professional Program
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Join VIPP for an afternoon of intellectual conversation that shows the diversity of our scholars! Each scholar will give a short presentation in his or her field of expertise from economics, finance, business to mathematics and science. Everyone is welcome. Open to public!

FEB
27
Date:
Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019
Time:
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Union - Lake Superior Room
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
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It is entirely possible to live abroad in a country where we hardly speak the language and not improve in fluency at all. Even in regard to language-oriented programs, the research is inconclusive about how much proficiency learners can be expected to gain and what factors will lead to those gains. Nevertheless, we firmly believe that a strategic and flexible effort to acquire language while abroad, whether the program requires it or not, can diminish the impact of "language shock" (Agar, 1994) and enhance the overall benefits of the overseas experience.

 

In this presentation, we will focus on language and culture in terms of dynamic skill sets that will continue to develop during a sojourn abroad rather than static content that must be acquired beforehand. Drawing on theories of intercultural competence and situated learning, we will present frameworks that can be used to design training and reflective tasks before, during, and after a study abroad program. Specifically, we will offer examples of investigative, interactive, and reflective tasks that can develop intercultural skills, support the emergence of community in a program cohort, and encourage engagement with communities in the local context while abroad. As time allows, we will workshop these tasks with participants to adapt them to the type, focus, and location of particular programs.

 

Presenters:

 

Dr. Felix Kronenberg is the Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement, an academic unit that supports foreign language teaching, research, and outreach at MSU and beyond. He is also a professor in the German department and a national and international leader in regard to language learning technology, gamification, and innovative language resource centers.

 

Dr. Amanda Lanier is faculty in CeLTA and Director of the MA in Foreign Language Teaching, an online program with students and alumni in 30 states and 10 countries that develops master teachers of over a dozen foreign languages. Her research and teaching focus on motivation, identity, culture, and other aspects of language acquisition, as well as sociocultural learning processes in online courses.

 

For more information or to register, please contact Kris Windorski at windorsk(at)msu.edu

 

Date:
Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019
Time:
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Union Lake Superior Room
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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It is entirely possible to live abroad in a country where we hardly speak the language and not improve in fluency at all. Even in regard to language-oriented programs, the research is inconclusive about how much proficiency learners can be expected to gain and what factors will lead to those gains. Nevertheless, we firmly believe that a strategic and flexible effort to acquire language while abroad, whether the program requires it or not, can diminish the impact of "language shock" (Agar, 1994) and enhance the overall benefits of the overseas experience.

In this presentation, we will focus on language and culture in terms of dynamic skill sets that will continue to develop during a sojourn abroad rather than static content that must be acquired beforehand. Drawing on theories of intercultural competence and situated learning, we will present frameworks that can be used to design training and reflective tasks before, during, and after a study abroad program. Specifically, we will offer examples of investigative, interactive, and reflective tasks that can develop intercultural skills, support the emergence of community in a program cohort, and encourage engagement with communities in the local context while abroad. As time allows, we will workshop these tasks with participants to adapt them to the type, focus, and location of particular programs.

Presenters:

Dr. Felix Kronenberg is the Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement, an academic unit that supports foreign language teaching, research, and outreach at MSU and beyond. He is also a professor in the German department and a national and international leader in regard to language learning technology, gamification, and innovative language resource centers.

Dr. Amanda Lanier is faculty in CeLTA and Director of the MA in Foreign Language Teaching, an online program with students and alumni in 30 states and 10 countries that develops master teachers of over a dozen foreign languages. Her research and teaching focus on motivation, identity, culture, and other aspects of language acquisition, as well as sociocultural learning processes in online courses.

For more information or to register, please contact Kris Windorski at windorsk(at)msu.edu.

Date:
Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019
Time:
3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
Mosaic Center, Multipurpose Room - MSU Union
Department:
Latin American Studies Center
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Learn what it's like to serve in the Peace Corps through the eyes of our returned volunteers. This panel will discuss the many successes and challenges of our volunteers, covering a diverse range of experiences.

FEB
28
Date:
Thursday, 28 Feb 2019
Time:
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:
110 Chittenden Hall
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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As Education Director for the American Physiological Society (APS), Dr. Marsha Matyas got to experience many dimensions of working for a professional society.

The APS is a non-profit organization that publishes journals which cover the entire spectrum of physiology, ranging from cellular, molecular, and organ to system levels.

This is a chance to ask questions about the field of science publishing, science advocacy and policy, and professional development for scientists. Lunch is included.

**This event is for GRAD STUDENTS ONLY**

Register here: https://grad.msu.edu/node/1598/register

Date:
Thursday, 28 Feb 2019
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Room 201, International Center
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Details Forthcoming

Date:
Thursday, 28 Feb 2019
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Alexander Thurston (University of Ohio) will lecture on "Boko Haram's Internal Disputes and International Connections"

 

Alex Thurston is a scholar of Islam and politics. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Comparative Religion at Miami University of Ohio. Previously he taught in the African Studies Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University (2013), and an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University (2009). In 2013-2014, he was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. His first book, Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016; it examines the lives, activism, and intellectual production of Nigerian Muslims who graduated from Saudi Arabia's Islamic University of Medina. His second book, Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement, was published by Princeton University Press in 2017. The latter book was reviewed in Foreign Affairs, the London Review of BooksTimes Higher EducationFinancial Times, and elsewhere. His other publications have appeared in African Affairs, the Journal of the American Academy of ReligionIslamic AfricaDie Welt des IslamsIslamic Law & SocietyAfrican Studies Review, and the Journal of Religion in Africa. He has conducted field research in Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, and Mauritania.

Date:
Thursday, 28 Feb 2019
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center, Room 201
Department:
Office for Education Abroad
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The Office for Education Abroad offers a workshop for advisers and staff who want to support and encourage inbound non-degree seeking international ASP&E students.

Visit the ASP&E Workshop webpage for more information about this workshop. RSVP REQUIRED.

NOTE: This workshop is intended for MSU academic advisers and other support staff.

Date:
Thursday, 28 Feb 2019
Time:
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Berkey Hall 118
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Employers are looking to hire people with tangible and transferable leadership experience. The Leadership Academy professional development series will help you understand and develop who you are as a leader, show you different leadership perspectives, and give you exposure to leadership in practice.

**This event is for GRAD STUDENTS ONLY**

Register here: https://grad.msu.edu/node/1572/register

Date:
Thursday, 28 Feb 2019
Time:
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Wells Hall Rooms A328, A330
Department:
Asian Studies Center