Going Global

\”Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa\”
The Siyazama (Zulu for \”we are trying\”) Project uses traditional and contemporary artistic expression to document the realities of HIV/AIDS; to open lines of communication about the virus and to establish a model for collaborations among artists, educators and health practitioners.
For more information, contact pr@museum.msu.edu or call (517)355-2370.

Sand Mandala Construction by Tibetan Monks
Monday, May 1, All Day, Kresge Art Museum
Kresge Art Museum is privileged to have Tibetan monks in residence from May 1-7 as they create and ceremonially destroy a sand mandala. Visit daily to watch the mandala take shape, learn more about Tibetan art, or simply sit and meditate. After the mandala is finished, it will be ritually dismantled during an impressive ceremony to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. The grains will then be released into the Red Cedar River. The deconstruction ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, contact Heather Winfield at kamuseum@msu.edu.

MSU Press Author Lectures: \”Germans in Michigan\” & \”Poles in Michigan\”
Saturday, May 6, 1:00 p.m., Historical Museum of Bay County, 321 Washington Ave., Bay City
Jeremy Kilar, \”Germans in Michigan,\” and Dennis Badaczewski, \”Poles in Michigan,\” will speak at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Historical Museum of Bay County in Bay City. The museum is located at 321 Washington Ave., Bay City, telephone (989) 893-5733. The authors will be available to sign copies of their books. Michigan State University Press\’s \”Discovering the Peoples of Michigan\” programming is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.
For more information, contact Julie Reaume at reaumej@msu.edu.

\”Securing a Future: Globalization and the North American Auto Industry\”
Thursday, May 11, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, May 12, 7:30 a.m., Kellogg Center
International experts will explore how Canada, the United States and Mexico can collaborate through industry, government, universities and research institutes to secure a healthy North American auto industry in an ever-evolving global economy.
For more information, contact Alane Enyart at enyart@msu.edu

MSU Press Author Lectures: \”Germans in Michigan\” & \”Poles in Michigan\”
Sunday, June 11, 2:00 p.m., Besser Museum of Northeast Michigan, 491 Johnson St., Alpena
Jeremy Kilar, \”Germans in Michigan,\” and Dennis Badaczewski, \”Poles in Michigan,\” will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Besser Museum of Northeast Michigan in Alpena. The museum is located at 491 Johnson St., Alpena, telephone (989) 356-2202. The authors will be available to sign copies of their books. Michigan State University Press\’s \”Discovering the Peoples of Michigan\” programming is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.
For more information, contact Julie Reaume at reaumej@msu.edu.

MSU Press Author Lectures: \”French Canadians in Michigan\” & \”Scots in Michigan\”
Thursday, July 6, 7:00 p.m., MSU Library, Room W449
John DuLong, \”French Canadians in Michigan,\” and Alan Forrester, \”Scots in Michigan,\” will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Historic Mill Creek, Mackinaw City. Historic Mill Creek is located five minutes southeast of Mackinaw City on US-23. The authors will be available to sign copies of their books. Michigan State University Press\’s \”Discovering the Peoples of Michigan\” programming is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.
For more information, contact Julie Reaume at reaumej@msu.edu.

MSU Press Author Lectures: \”French Canadians in Michigan\” & \”Scots in Michigan\”
Sunday, July 16 to Friday, July 21, All Day, Kellogg Center
The ISPL is the most significant conference for research on plant lipids. It will include a number of invited speakers working on non-plant models to stimulate cross-fertilization between plant and non-plant researchers, and a workshop on algal models for plant lipid metabolism.
For more information, contact Helen Geiger at geiger@msu.edu.

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\”Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa\”
All Month
The Siyazama (Zulu for \”we are trying\”) Project, uses traditional and contemporary artistic expression to document the realities of HIV/AIDS; to open lines of communication about the virus and to establish a model for collaborations among artists, educators and health practitioners.
For more information, contact pr@museum.msu.edu or call (517)355-2370.

Sounds of Blackness in Concert
Saturday, April 1, 8:00 p.m., Wharton Center
The Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness have consistently performed, recorded and proudly proclaimed the music, culture and history of African-Americans to audiences around the world.
For more information, contact the Wharton Center.

MSU Press Author Lectures: \”Dutch in Michigan\” & \”Arab Americans in Michigan\”
Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m., International Center, Room 303
Rosina J. Hassoun, \”Arab Americans in Michigan,\” and Larry ten Harmsel, \”Dutch in Michigan,\” will speak at the Rochester Hills Museum and will be available to sign copies of their books. Michigan State University Press\’s \”Discovering the Peoples of Michigan\” programming is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.
For more information, contact the Rochester Hills Museum at reaumej@msu.edu.

Study Abroad Info Session: Netherlands – Retail Management at the Christelijke Hogeschool Nederland (Fall 2006 and Spring 2007)
Wednesday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., 107 South Kedzie

Study Abroad Info Session: Peru – Land of the Incas (Winter Break 2006-2007)
Wednesday, April 5, 4:00 p.m., 113 Bessey Hall

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Undergraduate Conference Keynote Address
Wednesday April 5, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., International Center, Room 303
Keynote presentation by Michael Bochenek, deputy director of the Children\’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. The 3rd Annual Undergraduate Conference is sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Reception for faculty and students following the keynote presentation. Undergraduate panel presentations will take place April 7-8, 2006.
For more information, contact Kristin Janka Millar at kristin@msu.edu.

\”Understanding Wahhabism\”
Friday, April 7-8, 9:30 a.m., Case Hall, Club Spartan
Much of the popular discussion about political Islam in the media tends to equate Islam with fundamentalism, fundamentalism with Wahhabism and Wahhabism with terrorism. This conference aims to unravel the complex relationship among these various phenomena, above all by putting them in their proper historical, social and political contexts. Presented by the Muslim Studies Program at MSU.
For more information, contact Mohammed Ayoob at ayoob@msu.edu

The Tailenders
Monday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., MSU Library, Room W449
\”The Tailenders,\” a documentary by Adele Horne, sponsored by the MSU Global Literary and Cultural Studies Research Cluster. Filmed in the Solomon Islands, Mexico, India and the United States, \”The Tailenders\” explores the connections between missionary activity and global capitalism by examining a missionary organization\’s use of ultra-low tech audio devices to evangelize indigenous communities facing crises caused by global economic forces (72 minutes). Horne will be present to introduce the film and to take questions from the audience following the screening.
For more information about the film, visit Horne\’s Web site at www.adelehorne.net.

\”The Mystery of the Vietnam War\”
Tuesday, April 11, 4:00 p.m., International Center, Room 201
The speaker is Fredrik Logevall from Cornell University.
For more information, contact Marilyn McCullough at mccull67@msu.edu.

Australia – Australia\’s People, Government, Justice System and Public Policies (Spring 2007)
Tuesday, April 11, 4:30 p.m., 204 International Center

\”Journalism in South Korea\”
Friday, April 14, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Room 191
The speaker is Mr. Dae Hyun Cho, executive producer of Korean Broadcasting Systems.
For more information, contact Geri Alumit Zeldes at (517) 353-6430.

MSU Forum: International Immigration to Michigan
Wednesday, April 19, 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Anderson House Office Building, Mackinac Room, downtown Lansing
Michigan is one of many \”border states\” striving for immigration policies that balance economic and cultural development with security and social services costs. This forum will separate immigration facts from fiction, review policies and state-level services, and look at the effect of immigration on Michigan\’s demography.
For more information contact Institute for Public Policy & Social Research at ippsr-action@ssc.msu.edu.

\”The Linguistic Construction of National Identity\”
Friday, April 21, 4:15 p.m., Wells Hall, Room B102
Lecture by Yasir Suleiman, professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at Edinburgh University and the director of the Edinburgh Institute for the Study of the Arab World and Islam.
For more information, contact Anna Davis at davisan@msu.edu.

\”My Journey Home\” A Discussion with Vietnamese American Journalist Andrew Lam
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m., International Center Library
Film Screening of \”My Journey Home\” which follows journalist Andrew Lam as he travels back to his birth country of Vietnam. In addition to the film, Lam will discuss his new book of essays, \”Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora\” in which he looks back at his own past as well as at the lives of other Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese).
For more information, contact Van Nguyen at khanhvan@msu.edu.

Project Green: International Community Service Fair
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.., Vet Med Field
Project Green will be hosting an international community service fair. Booths hosting community service projects for various nations around the world will be set up. Projects include making blankets for an orphanage in Guatemala, recording books on tape for blind students in London, and putting together health kits for Thailand. Ethnic food and cultural entertainment also will be ongoing throughout the day. All participants must register prior to the event.
For more information, contact Allison Cherrette at cherrett@msu.edu.

Second Annual Black Graduate Student Association Ball
Saturday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., University Club, Shibui Room
The Second Annual Black Graduate Student Association Ball will honor faculty, staff, administrators, graduate and undergraduate students in the MSU community who promote scholarship, service and social networking. The ceremony will also recognize the accomplishments of our MSU graduates, and honor our legacy in a memorial tribute to Black leaders who have past within the past year. This formal event will include an honor ceremony followed by dinner and dancing in an elegant atmosphere for social networking between scholars within the MSU community and business professionals within the Greater Lansing Community.
For more information, contact Mersedes Smith at bgsa_ball@hotmail.com.

\”La Causa: Witness the Movement\” (Performed in Spanish)
Sunday, April 23, 1:30 p.m., Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre
\”La Causa: Witness the Movement\” uses a unique combination of theatre, film footage and live interaction to create a high impact performance that allows audiences to discover history\’s relevance to their lives. In the late 1960s, Cesar Chavez changed the lives of Latin American farm workers, fought for civil rights and battled racism and indecent working conditions. Experience this chapter of American history in \”La Causa: Witness the Movement.\” This special event will be presented in Spanish.
For more information, contact the Wharton Center.

\”La Causa: Witness the Movement\”
Sunday, April 23, 4:00 p.m., Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre
\”La Causa: Witness the Movement\” uses a unique combination of theatre, film footage and live interaction to create a high impact performance that allows audiences to discover history\’s relevance to their lives. In the late 1960s, Cesar Chavez changed the lives of Latin American farm workers, fought for civil rights, and battled racism and indecent working conditions. Experience this chapter of American history in \”La Causa: Witness the Movement.\” This special event will be presented in English.
For more information, contact the Wharton Center.

Myshkin\’s Ruby Warblers in Concert
Friday, April 28, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church Auditorium, 855 Grove St., East Lansing
Myshkin\’s Ruby Warblers is a cult heroine songwriter with her ever-evolving band. They sing gypsy, torch, punk and a bit of chantuese…Folk pop, torchtronic, literary, lush and are infused with the honesty and attitude of a true life original. Myshkin, named by \”Folk Roots Magazine\” UK as \”one of the best songwriters around\”, is most known for her rich alto, odd melodies and vividly storied lyrics. The band tours as a duo – Myshkin on guitar and tenor guitar, Sailor Banks on fretless bass – or a trio, adding either Scott Magee or Leila Chieko on drums.
For more information, contact Dawn Martin at marti778@msu.edu.

Dora the Explorer Live! Dora\’s Pirate Adventure
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Wharton Center
Ahoy! Dora the Explorer is setting sail with her brand new live musical voyage, Dora\’s Pirate Adventure. Join Dora, her cousin Diego, Boots the monkey and the rest of their friends as they embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. They will need the audience to help them navigate the seven seas, overcome a few fun obstacles and confront the Pirate Piggies. Along the way, the audience will use their map-reading, counting, musical and Spanish-language skills to successfully get Dora to the treasure and all ends happily onstage with a \”yo-ho-ho.\”
For more information, contact the Wharton Center.

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Uprooted Strength

Natural disasters have become a trend. If we haven’t ventured down to the Gulf Coast to brave the conditions and contribute to relief efforts, we’ve witnessed the effects on television, we’ve seen the pictures. If we haven’t spoken with victims in New Orleans or known someone with some connection to the recent disaster, we’ve read their testimonies in newspapers. While Rita, Wilma and Katrina have left the Gulf Coast with record-breaking devastation, Americans continue to evolve as a culture of persistence and survival.
However, as volunteers from around the country, even MSU, continue heading down to cities like Waveland and Biloxi to aid in the efforts, another group of MSU students ventured down to Honduras where hurricane relief efforts have been almost forgotten by the media and overlooked by anyone not directly connected to the Central American country. Since Hurricane Mitch engulfed the country back in 1998, Hondurans are still working and persevering today to preserve their homes and culture-makes you wonder if relief efforts will ever end. And while Americans continue the search for hope in retrieving their homes and culture of cities like New Orleans, the group of 17 MSU Alternative Spring Break volunteers discovered answers and hope through the culture and work ethic of Hondurans. Taking a look deeper into the heart of Honduran culture, these photos help to illustrate the importance of stamina to rebuild and maintain when devastation takes its toll and threatens to strip a culture of its identity.

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Up the Mountain
The group of MSU volunteers head up the mountainside to a set of houses being built in Cofradia, Honduras. An organization called Christian Commission Development conducted the housing project, and the houses were meant for single mothers who lost their homes during Hurricane Mitch to live in after the project was finished.

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One Block at a Time
One of the local workers involved with the housing project in Cofradia passes concrete blocks down the line as the group works to prepare bricks to be laid on one of the houses. The local workers have worked almost everyday on the project and expect to have the houses ready to be lived in by June.

Team Tactics
Political science and theater senior Carol Bontekoe (front), physiology senior Samuel Pappas (middle) and medical technology senior Tiffany Dickerson use pick axes to hack into a wall of dirt that was to be laid out as a foundation for another house. With what would take maybe a couple of hours to dig into with a bulldozer, the feat took the MSU volunteers, with help from some of the local children who were eager to work, every day of volunteering to flatten the area.

Clearing the Way
International studies junior Nathan Coplin tosses another shovel of dirt into a wheelbarrow to continue clearing a foundation for the new house. With what would take maybe a couple of hours to dig into with a bulldozer, the feat took the MSU volunteers, with help from some of the local children who were eager to work, every day of volunteering to flatten and clear the area.

Strain of Sand
With a beautiful view of other mountains in the background, Dickerson and nursing junior Rachael Way shovel dirt through a sifter to prepare it for making concrete. The local workers at the worksite greeted the MSU volunteers every morning and taught them to do everything by hand on the site from laying bricks to roofing houses.

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Strength of Mind
Two local Honduran girls named Rebecca (front) and Daniella shovel dirt right along side the MSU volunteers. The two young girls, who lived in one of the houses being built with their grandmother Mercedes, were a prime example of how dedicated and strong Honduran culture can be as they willingly picked up tools every day that the volunteers worked and even shoveled for hours without asking for work gloves.

Refreshing Attitude
Taking a short break from shoveling, Rebecca and Daniella drink Gatorade in the shade. The girls insisted on working saying that it was fun for them, and the group’s bus driver worked everyday as well on the site including a day where he cut his finger, was stung by a bee and fell off a roof, all within an hour and then continued to finish the work day.

Young at Heart
Site staff advisor of the MSU group and former ASB advisor Carlos Fuentes reads a children’s book he had brought from home to Rebecca, Daniella and a little boy named Danny, who is the son of one of the local workers. Although the children displayed a strong work ethic on the site and have been raised within a culture that forced them to grow up fast and take on a great deal of responsibility early, their energy and enthusiasm was a reminder that they were still young and eager to play.

All Work…and Play
Pushing Danny in a wheelbarrow, human biology junior Bret Lindstrom has fun in between moving dirt from one area to another. While working on the site, the group was able to interact and play with the children a great deal, making the workday not only bearable but enjoyable.

Shopping Spree
A local community member holds up a shirt as he sorts through clothes being sold on the last day of volunteer work for the group. Before departing from Michigan, the ASB volunteers packed an additional suitcase filled with donations to bring down to Honduras, and a garage sale was held in Cofradia where community members came from the base of the mountain to shop for themselves and their families.

Local Earnings
Insisting on paying for items she wanted from the garage sale, Mercedes gives psychology junior Sahar Eftekhar Honduran Lempiras. Although profits from the sale were donated to CCD, it was suggested to the group that the community members pay at least a small amount so that community members can be proud to have earned the belongings rather than simply taking them.

Natural Beauty
A local Honduran girl shades herself from the sun under an umbrella as her mother shops at the garage sale. Although the child may have been too young to have experienced the disaster that ensued due to Hurricane Mitch, she will continue to grow up within a culture dominated by resilience and the will to survive.

Life Goes On
Before leaving Honduras, the group learned a great deal about the stability of a culture devastated by natural disaster and saw Hondurans as an exceptional example of what it really means to endure. Walking away with enlightenment and hope, it is now possible to see through the eyes of a Honduran that life really does go on.

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\”Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa\”
All Month
The Siyazama (Zulu for \”we are trying\”) Project, uses traditional and contemporary artistic expression to document the realities of HIV/AIDS; to open lines of communication about the virus and to establish a model for collaborations among artists, educators and health practitioners.
For more information, contact pr@museum.msu.edu or call (517)355-2370.

\”Persistent Insurgencies in South Aska: Comparing India, Sri Lanka & Nepal\”
Thursday, March 2, 4:00 p.m., International Center, Room 303
The speaker is Sukh Deo Muni from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
For more information, contact the Asian Studies Center at asiansc@msu.edu.

\”Sharing Secrets: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War\”
Tuesday, March 14, 4:00 p.m., International Center, Room 303
The speaker is Carole McGranahan from the University of Colorado.
For more information, contact the Asian Studies Center at asiansc@msu.edu.

Study Abroad Info Session: United Kingdom-History/Arts and Humanities (Summer 2006)
Tuesday, March 14, 5:00 p.m., 306 Bessey Hall

Study Abroad Info Session: Italy-Social Science in Rome (Summer 2006)
Wed., March 15, 4:30 p.m., 204 International Center

Study Abroad Info Session: Argentina-Globalization, the Environment and Social Capital (Summer 2006)
Wed., March 15, 4:30 p.m., C107 Wells Hall

\”Korean Pop in History: From American Imports to Asian Exports\”
Thursday, March 16, 4:00 p.m., International Center, Room 303
The speaker is Pil Ho Kim from the University of Wisconsin.
For more information, contact Marilyn McCullough at mccull67@msu.edu.

Study Abroad Info Session: United Kingdom-History / Arts and Humanities (Summer 2006)
Thurs., March 16, 5:00 p.m., 306 Bessey Hall

\”Amerasians\” & \”Precious Cargo: Vietnamese Adoptees Discover Their Past\”
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m., Wells Hall, Room B106
Film screening part of the Film Series \”Vietnam in Film: The War and Beyond.\”
\”Amerasians\” directed by Erik Gandini (1999; 52 minutes).
\”Precious Cargo\” directed by Janet Gardner (2002; 56 minutes).
For more information contact Van Nguyen at khanhvan@msu.edu.

\”Journalism in South Korea\”
Friday, March 17, 11:45am to 12:45pm, Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Room 191
The speaker is Dae Hyun Cho, executive producer of Korean Broadcasting Systems
For more information, contact Geri Alumit Zeldes at (517) 353-6430.

Native Night: Educating and Entertaining
Friday, March 17, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, MSU Union, Ball Room
Renowned Native American flutist and Native American contemporary artist Keith Secola hosts a performace to promote Native American education in the music industry.
For more information, contact Michaelina Magnuson at magnuso2@msu.edu.

Liz Carroll & John Doyle\’s St. Patrick\’s Day Concert
Friday, March 17, 8:00pm, Erickson Kiva
The New York Times calls Irish fiddle legend Liz Carroll, \”Brilliant.\” John Doyle is co-founder of the Irish group, SOLAS, and plays guitar and bouzouki. They are touring the Unites States and will combine talents for an Irish celebration concert on St. Patrick\’s Day.
For more information, contact Dawn Martin at marti778@msu.edu.

Divided States/Contested Territories in South Asia
Saturday, March 18, 8:30am, International Center Library
This is the third annual one-day symposium exploring the problems of divided states and contested territories in Asia. Following the format of previous symposia, which explored divided states in East and Southeast Asia, this symposium will feature speakers addressing the conflicts in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kashmir and the tensions between the two regional nuclear powers, India and Pakistan.
For more information, contact the Asian Studies Center at asiansc@msu.edu.

Study Abroad Info Session: France-Organizational and International Communication in Paris (Summer 2006)
Tuesday, March 21, 5:00 p.m., 191 Communication Arts and Sciences

MSU Fringe Festival: Alison Saar
Sunday, March 19, 7:00 p.m., Fairchild Theatre
Lecture by Alison Saar. Addressing humanity in the broadest sense through archetypal imagery, Saar reaches out to audiences from backgrounds as culturally and ethnically diverse as her own European, Native American, and African American roots. Fragments of lore, myth, and legend as well as the practices of the everyday life rooted in these cultural backgrounds are woven into Saar\’s powerful images. This event is part of the Colloquium of Visiting Artists/Scholars: 2005-06 MSU Fringe Festival.
For more information, contact the Wharton Center.

\”The Relevance of Taoism in the 21st Century World\”
Monday, March 20, 7:00 p.m., International Center, Room 303
Annual So-Koo Endowed Lecture with speaker Russell Kirkland from the University of Georgia.
For more information, contact the Asian Studies Center at asiansc@msu.edu.

\”The Japanese Koto\”
Thursday, March 23, 4:00 p.m., International Center, Room 303
Lecture and demonstration by speaker Anne Prescott from the University of Indiana.
For more information, contact Marilyn McCullough at mccull67@msu.edu.

\”No Place to Hide: Student Activism and the Fight Against the Global AIDS Pandemic\”
Friday, March 24, 1:00 p.m., MSU Union, Second Floor
The conference will focus on raising awareness, highlighting current interventions and identifying battles yet to face. Themes to be explored include: gender equality; poverty, hunger and disease; the economics of the crisis; orphan care; and pharmaceuticals and the battle for justice. The primary objective of the conference is to inform and inspire young people to take up the challenge of finding their place to serve the \”greatest humanitarian catastrophe of our time.
Keynotes are set to include: Greg Behrman, author of \”The Invisible People\”; Anne-Christine D\’Adesky, author of \”Moving Mountains: The Race to Treat Global AIDS\” and co-producer of \”Pills, Profits, Protest\”; and Pat Naidoo, associate director of Health Equity, Rockefeller Foundation.
The conference will also include a visual and performing arts showcase and breakout sessions on the various themes.
For more information, contact Paul Brown at brownp17@msu.edu.

World View Lecture Series
Monday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Wharton Center, Great Hall
Speaking will be Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 1992. She is also the founder and president of two technology companies. Alabama born and Chicago reared, chemical engineer, medical doctor, astronaut, professor, Area Peace Corps Medical Officer in West Africa, lecturer and entrepreneur, Jemison is dedicated to promoting wide-spread science literacy and the design and development of sustainable technologies for the benefit of all residents of this planet. As part of the 2005-06 World View Lecture Series, Jemison will inspire and encourage audiences as she shares the achievements and obstacles presented in her own life, always bringing sense of humor to each story she tells.
For more information, contact the Wharton Center.

International Awards Ceremony 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 3:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m., Delia Koo International Academic Center, Third Floor
The International Awards Ceremony is hosted annually each spring by the dean of International Studies and Programs. Its purpose is to bring together MSU faculty, staff, students, community volunteers and others from the wider Michigan community to recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions toward international understanding.
For more information, contact Kathy Riel at riel@msu.edu.

Hmong History & Culture Workshop
Friday, March 31, 9:00 a.m., International Center, Room 303
This daylong workshop will provide an introduction to Hmong history and culture, including lessons on Hmong international and local history, language and textiles. The workshop will include videos and lesson plans suitable for the K-12 classroom. The workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required.
For more information, contact Van Nguyen at khanhvan@msu.edu.

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Dateline: Gondwana – New Fossil Discoveries from Tanzania
Wednesday, Feb. 1, All day, MSU Museum – West Gallery

New fossil finds help reveal how life evolved on the ancient Southern Hemisphere supercontinent, Gondwana. The exhibit profiles ongoing MSU Museum fieldwork in Tanzania, East Africa.

For more information, contact pr@museum.msu.edu or call (517)355-2370.

Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, Feb. 2, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., MSU Union – 2nd floor

A comprehensive information fair for students (and others) interested in learning more about the many exciting study abroad opportunities available at MSU. Program faculty, former participants, academic advisers, financial aid representatives, the MSU Travel Clinic and staff from the Office of Study Abroad will be present to answer questions. Students can enter a raffle to win $50 gift certificates for the Spartan Bookstore. For only $11, students, faculty and staff can have their passport photo taken at the fair.

For more information, contact Inge Steglitz at steglitz@msu.edu.

”Our Daily Work/Our Daily Life” Brownbag
Thursday, Feb. 2, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

\”The Measure of a Cock: Cockfighting, Mexican Working-class Masculinity and Resistance to Assimilation,\” with Jerry Garcia
MSU Department of History.
\”Our Daily Work / Our Daily Lives\” is a joint project that focuses on the artistic traditions of workers and on workplaces as contexts for the expression of workers\’ culture. The richness and diversity of workers\’ experiences and workers\’ culture is explored and presented through an ongoing series of exhibits, lectures and presentations; writing and research projects; reunions and demonstrations and discussions. The program was established in 1992 and is coordinated by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program at the MSU Museum and the Labor Education Program in the College of Social Science\’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations.

For more information, contact John Beck at beckj@msu.edu.

”Memories of War: From the Eyes of the Vietnamese”
Friday, Feb. 3, 1:30p.m.

Sponsored by Asian Studies. The speaker is John Whitmore from the University of Michigan, with a special screening of the documentary \”Gao Rang\” (Burnt Rice).

For more information, contact Van Nguyen at khanhvan@msu.edu.

\”Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa\”
Sunday, Feb. 5 – June 30, All day

The Siyazama (Zulu for \”we are trying\”) Project, uses traditional and contemporary artistic expression to document the realities of HIV/AIDS; to open lines of communication about the virus and to establish a model for collaborations among artists, educators and health practitioners.

For more information, contact pr@museum.msu.edu or call (517)355-2370.

American Culture Through a Japanese Lens: A Discussion with Shinichiro Watanabe
Thursday, Feb. 9, 4:00 p.m., International Center – Room 303

Special talk with noted Japanese anime director Shinichiro Watanabe of \”Cowboy Bebop\” and \”Samurai Champloo\” fame.

For more information, contact Van Nguyen at khanhvan@msu.edu.

\”When the 10th Month Comes\”
Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Asian Studies. Directed by Dang Nhat Minh (1984; 90 minutes). Part of the Asian Studies Center Film Series, \”Vietnam in Film: The War and Beyond.\”

For more information, contact Van Nguyen at khanhvan@msu.edu.

MSU Fringe Festival: James Luna
Sunday, Feb. 12, 7:00 p.m., Wharton Center

Performance by James Luna. Luna is a Luiseno Indian who lives on the La Jolla Reservation near San Diego. He has received wide acclaim for his deconstruction of stereotypes and notions of \”Indian\” identity. Luna uses humor and honesty during his performances to confront representations of Indian-ness while celebrating the endurance and history of his people. For more information on Luna\’s work, visit www.jamesluna.com. This event is part of the Colloquium of Visiting Artists/Scholars: 2005-\’06 MSU Fringe Festival.

For more information, contact the Wharton Center at (517)432-2000

\”Remembering the \’Greater East Asian War\': The World of Yasukuni Shrine\’s Yushukan War Museum\”
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4:00 p.m., International Center – Spartan Rooms B & C

The speaker is Takashi Yoshida from Western Michigan University.

For more information: asiansc@msu.edu or (517)353-1680

The Black History Month Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Business College Complex – room N100

Teams of three MSU undergraduates have 10 minutes to make their case for why their nominee should be inducted into the Black History Month Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame. This year 10 of MSU\’s colleges will be represented by nine teams competing for a $1,500 grand prize.

For more information, contact Anne Samuel Crain at crainann@msu.edu or (517)353-3524.

\”Regret to Inform”
Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:00 p.m., Wells Hall – room B106

Sponsored by Asian Studies. Directed by Barbara Sonneborn (2000; 75 minutes). This is part of the Asian Studies Center Film Series, \”Vietnam in Film: The War and Beyond.\”

For more information, contact Van Nguyen at khanhvan@msu.edu.

\”William Kentridge Prints\”
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 18, All Day, Kresge Art Museum – Works on Paper Gallery

As part of MSU\’s yearlong focus on African art and culture, Kresge Art Museum is pleased to display a selection of prints by William Kentridge, one of the most important South African artists in the world today. This collection expresses Kentridge\’s concern with the complex political and historical realities of his homeland and of the human condition in general.

For more information, contact Heather Winfield at kamuseum@msu.edu or (517)353-9834.

Gallery Walk: \”William Kentridge\”
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 12:10 p.m., Kresge Art Museum – Works on Paper Gallery

In this gallery walk, Kresge Art Museum director Susan J. Bandes will explore and discuss the works of William Kentridge.

For more information, contact Heather Winfield at kamuseum@msu.edu or (517)353-9834.

\”Views of the War in Vietnam\”
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4:00 p.m., International Center – room 303
Sponsored by Asian Studies. The speaker will be Olga Dror from Texas A&M University.
For more information, contact asiansc@msu.edu or (517)353-1680.

Frederick Siebert Lecture
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3:00 p.m., Kellogg Center

Sergio Miramontes, one of the top editors at Grupo Reforma, will give the 2006 Frederick Siebert Lecture.

For more information, contact Jane Briggs-Bunting at jbb@msu.edu or (517)353-6430.

\”The Beautiful Country\”
Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m., Wells Hall – room B106

Directed by Hans Petter Moland (2004; 125 minutes). Part of the Film Series \”Vietnam in Film: The War & Beyond.\”

For more information, contact Van Nguyen at khanhvan@msu.edu.

MARIACHI: Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Friday, Feb. 24, 8:00 p.m., MSU Auditorium

Led by the world\’s greatest mariachi, Nati Cano, Mariachi Los Camperos is known around the world for its technical brilliance and musical nuance. With their richly operatic voices interwoven with the melodies of violins, the complex rhythms of guitar, vihuela, harp and the vivid brilliance of trumpets, Mariachi Los Camperos is mariachi at its very best. A classically trained violinist, Nati Cano began his mariachi career at age 8 and is a recipient of the Sivestre Vargas award, the highest musical honor Mexico has for mariachi. Los Camperos de Nati Cano will present Tradiciones, an unforgettable program that showcases Mexico\’s most enduring songs and compelling caniciones rancheras (country songs).

For more information, contact the Wharton Center.

\”The Deferred Temporality of Korean War Films, from Golden Age Classics to New Korean Blockbusters\”
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4:00 p.m., International Center – room 303

Sponsored by Asian Studies. Speakers will be Hye Seung Chung and David Scott Diffrient.

For more information: asiansc@msu.edu or (517)353-1680.

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Set Free in Dachau

The day was ironically bright and sunny with clouds slowly rolling overhead and tree leaves floating in the gentle breeze. Walking down the winding trail that led to the entrance of the camp, the roughness of gravel grinding under my thin, tattered sandals competed with the heavy pressure in my chest that seemed to grate itself against each breath that I took. Everyone looked the same as I felt. Quiet, solemn. What can you really say to someone when you realize you’re walking on the same path so many others have been dragged down, bound in shackles?
I was prepared to be depressed, but for some reason curiosity made me eager to get to the entrance gate. A couple wrong turns and there it was. A tall, stone entryway bordering an iron gate that displayed the words “Arbeit Macht Frei.” Skimming through a small brochure, I discovered the phrase is German for “Work sets you free.” More irony. [gate]
Working my way through mounds of other tourists taking photos of the gate that marked the line between imprisonment and the outside world, I cautiously stepped onto the other side. A field of gravel stared me in the face. Slowly I wandered off to the right toward a set of long buildings that stretched on for what looked like miles. The drone of the man’s melancholy voice on my audio guide told me that the buildings I was about to walk between were known as the bunker, or a prison within a prison. Taking one last gaze at the rows of barbed wire that menacingly bared their teeth above my head, I walked into the prison wing.
Headset on and camera in tow, all I could do was stand in uncertainty and stare down the long, dark hallway that extended in front of me. The cracked, concrete walls seethed with wear. Two adjacent lines of silhouetted doorways led to cells that looked even more gloomy and sinister than the hallway itself. Ducking into one of the first rooms on my right I didn’t know whether I felt refuge from the intimidation of the hallway or unease from the dank, restless vibes I got from the cell I had entered.
Looking around, I noticed there were displays of laminated books and texts bordering the box of a room, two windows near the ceiling, and more concrete. Putting a stop to the speaker of information at my fingertips and letting the audio guide dangle from my wrist, I turned to a set of laminated pages that were positioned under the windows. They were log books of prisoner accounts. As I skimmed the first few pages trying to ignore feelings of discomfort and let them sink in all at the same time, I heard something fluttering near the ceiling above my head. [birdinflight]
My eyes followed the noise to the window on the left, and I noticed a small bird flapping its wings in place. At first glance, I thought it was perched on the outside of the bunker cell window. When I looked again, I realized that it was actually inside of the cell trying to fly out. Looking more closely, I saw that the barred window was also sealed by a clearly cemented pane of glass. The only way for the bird to escape was through the same door it had entered-the same door so many had entered. Snapping a few pictures with my camera, I wondered how it would manage to escape since the door to the cell room was much lower than the windows. An older man with a white ball hat and small tree branch walked in and tried to guide the bird away from the window and toward the door.
As more people filled the room and left again, I began reading the pages of prisoner accounts. A Jewish prisoner was describing the level of excruciating pain he felt after being beaten and tortured by SS guards in the bunker. In detail he explained how he couldn’t even lie still for more than a couple of seconds because the pain was so intolerable, but when he moved the pain would only double. Reading on, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed. How could anyone do something like this to another person? What possessed so many people to allow a place like this to exist? How was it possible to endure something like this? Why was I so angry? [crematorium]
All of a sudden I felt a slight tap on my shoulder. Tearing my eyes from the page, I answered the gentle pat through a glaze of both sadness and frustration. It was the man that was trying to guide the trapped bird from the window. He began talking to me in (what I thought to be) fast German. Since I don’t speak German, all I could do was hold my hands up in apology and slight embarrassment. After all, here I stood as a blatant summer weekend tourist complete with camera, audio guide and all. And to add the ignorance icing to the cake, I didn’t speak a lick of the language. However, it was at this point when I realized no audio guide, brochure or translation could ever teach what was about to be impressed upon me.
The man realized that I didn’t speak German, so in broken English he said, “You…set…bird…free?” Looking up at the window and then back to the man, I shrugged my shoulders and said, “Me? But how?” His eyes looked tired but full of energy and drive. “I’ll lift you up…to window…then…,” he said. He got down on one knee and linked his fingers together to demonstrate how he would lift me toward the window. Grabbing his white hat and pointing to the bird, he explained, “You…grab…with this.” Peering down at him and then back up to the ceiling, I thought it was impossible. With a nervous laugh, I cracked a joke about being heavier than I looked. He didn’t understand.
Stifling my laughter, I set my camera and bag on the ground. It was worth a try. He got back down on one knee and turned his hands into a stepping stool. Flicking my sandal off to the side, I slid my foot into his hands and grabbed his shoulders as he hoisted me toward the window to our left where the bird was pounding its wings at its reflection in the glass. As I took the man’s hat from his head and went to reach toward the window, the bird hurled itself to the other window on the right side of the wall. Letting me back down to the ground, the man pointed encouragingly to the right window as if to say, let’s try this again.
When he lifted me up a second time, again the bird flew to the opposite window. At this point, freeing the bird seemed hopeless, and the man was clearly tired. Seeing his disappointment and watching the bird continue to struggle, I decided we shouldn’t give up. Picking the tree branch up from the ground, I said, “Here, lift me up one more time.” With a slightly desperate laugh but a look of determination, he readied himself again.
I stepped into his hands one last time and, holding onto his shoulders, we wobbled toward the left window again. I was planning to use the stick to let the bird perch itself, but as I got closer and closer to the window, I realized it wasn’t flying away this time. Tossing the stick to the ground, I eagerly grabbed the man’s hat off of his head. I clutched the windowsill with my right hand for support and cradled the bird with my left. As I started to slide down the tilted, black display wall, this time with the bird in tow, the man guided me to the ground.
There we stood in the middle of the cell as I cupped the bird in both hands and looked at my rescuing partner in disbelief. A part of me wanted to stay standing there so I could let the moment sink in until he pointed toward the exit with a look of satisfaction and half smile. Not even bothering to put my sandal back on, I turned from him and started to make my way out of the bunker cell. [monumentbunker]
I hobbled down the dark corridor of the prisoner wing toward the light of the exit door. Squinting from the brightness of the sun, I stood at the top step of the doorway and raised both hands and released my grip on the hat. With a sweeping motion, the bird seemed to soar out of my hands in slow motion and into the sky. The imprisoned bird was free. And for whatever reason, something inside of me couldn’t help but feel liberated.
I returned to the bunker cell and thanked the man. I wanted to say more, but he wouldn’t have understood me. Besides, I’m pretty sure he knew how I felt. I put my sandal back on, picked up my camera and audio guide and took one last look out the cell room windows at the blue sky outside. As disheartening as the bunker was, I was able to be a part of something that was impossible for countless prisoners who were tortured and trapped in that very same cell.
Wandering throughout the rest of the bunker area, exploring the rows of prisoner barracks that lined the center of the camp, and witnessing the horror of the gas chambers and crematorium, it became more and more apparent that the experience is something that I will always remember. I gradually approached a monument standing near the middle of the camp that displayed the phrase “Never Again” in five different languages. The reasons behind that message had never been made more clear to me than they were that day.
I walked around in a state of both slight shock and increased awareness. I couldn’t stop thinking about what went on in that building, let alone the numbers of people who never did make it out of Dachau alive. I’m not Jewish and, as far as I know, I have no relatives who were directly affected by something of this magnitude. But any person with a heart in their chest and eyes in their head that enable them to witness something of this magnitude cannot avoid being impacted or at least affected in some way. [birdsill]
As I made my way out of the camp, the gravel was still grinding under my feet and my heart was still thumping, but for reasons that were different from my arrival. On a sunny day in Dachau, I helped accomplish something that so many others before me were never able to do – to set a soul free.

For more information about Dachau, visit the official website at http://www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de/englisch/content/index.htm

To learn more about the Holocaust, go to http://www.ushmm.org/

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Brought to Light

Anyone can take a picture. Anyone can slide a set of vacation snapshots into a dusty old photo album and tuck it away for safekeeping. However, when it comes to capturing the essence of a certain place, framing the perfect scene and displaying a distinct message through the lens of a camera, these images are deserving of a bit more than snapshot status. Follow the experiences of study abroad participants and interns as The Big Green zooms in and gives you a closer look at a number of global issues brought to the surface through each geographic image. With the blink of an eye and the click of a shutter button, let this Study Abroad photo essay open your eyes to a photographic journey of the world.

Majestic Outlook
Sociology senior Sarah Lang studied abroad through the Combined Arts and Humanities and Social Science in the United Kingdom program last spring. Lang took this picture during an early morning tour of the Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. “The view from the castle was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen,” Lang said. “I thought being able to depict in a photograph exactly what I was seeing from the castle would be the closest to the true scenery one would ever be able to see without actually being right there.”

Breath of Scottish Air
Studying abroad through the Photo Communication in Europe and the Czech Republic last summer, journalism sophomore Kristen Creager also had the opportunity to experience Scotland, especially its culture. Taking this portrait of a Scottish bagpiper in Edinburgh, Creager said including the bagpiper with a view of the city in the background allowed her to capture the essence of the city.

Natural Tranquility
Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh city life, the Photo Communication program also offered Creager the chance to escape to the Isle of Arran. In an attempt to convey the serenity of nature, Creager left the Scottish island with this peaceful image of a deer silhouetted by the sun setting. Reflecting on her study abroad and photography experience, Creager said, “I learned that there are no bad photographs, just different interpretations. I completely recommend [the program] to anyone, whether you can take a picture or not.”

Mediterranean See
Santorini, a Greek town known for picturesque scenery, provided sociology junior Erin Heyboer with more than enough reason to capture the magnificent view through the viewfinder of her camera. Studying abroad through the Social Science in the Eastern Mediterranean program in Greece, Heyboer described the town as “surreal” and said being there was almost like living in a Dr. Suess book. “As cliché as it sounds, it was heaven on earth,” she said. “The blue and white buildings overlooking the clear, deep blue sea was almost too much to be true.”

Greek Splendor
Especially during nightfall, Heyboer said the Greek islands were breathtaking. On her way back from dinner, Heyboer took this picture of the sunset on Mykonos, a party island known for tourism. “A sunset and sunrise are the perfect way to represent Greece,” Heyboer said. “This picture reminds me of the serenity of Greece. A sunset is a slow, gradual progession that cannot be rushed. You never see people worrying about time or being five minutes late for dinner.”

A Shot in the Dark
Marketing senior Lauren Johnson studied abroad in London for six weeks last summer. Johnson was able to portray the beauty of a Paris sunset with this image during an evening visit to the Eiffel Tower.

Social Suicide
During the middle of his internship in Dublin last summer, communications junior Lucas Fowler took a trip to London and came across a protest display that occupied an entire block near the Parliament. The display included this poster of a stick figure holding a gas pump to its head. “I snapped a quick photo and walked on,” he said, “content with the fact that the most rewarding thing I had seen was a temporary display that would stand as long as there was discontent. Far above Big Ben, Westminster, the Abbey, the Thames, the Globe Theatre or even the Tate Gallery, that was the most memorable sight in London.”

Take a Stand
Lang also had the chance to witness part of the “Make Poverty History” campaign efforts during an event in Trafalgar Square last spring. “There were thousands of people there, all with the same goal: to make poverty history in Africa,” Lang said. “Being able to see such an influential man speak is something not many people will ever be able to experience.” While Lang said seeing Nelson Mandela speak was one of the biggest highlights of her trip, she used this image of the audience and banner to show others around the world the importance of ending poverty.

As part of their Vertigo World tour, Irish rock band U2 put on a show for millions of people at the Olympic Stadium in Rome last summer. The word “Coexist” lit up the stage as lead singer Bono blinded his own eyes with a bandana that bared the expression. Combining symbols from Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions, the message was sent as an attempt to bring people of all races, ethnicities and beliefs together in peace.

Around the Bend
During a summer in Rome study abroad program through John Cabot University, English senior Peter Gallina got his feet wet in Venetian culture during a weekend trip to Venice. As the early afternoon sunlight poked it’s way through a maze of buildings, Gallina caught a gondolier maneuvering tourists through narrow, winding canals at just the right second. “There’s something for everyone in this picture,” Gallina said. “[It] captures the honest truth of Venice. The paddle in the middle of the sunlight, the gondolier expertly kicking off the wall-it’s just so easy for these guys to be perfectly photogenic.”

Pope Appraisal
Every Sunday morning in Rome, thousands of people gather near the Vatican to witness Pope Benedict XVI appear at a window and address the crowd. In this image, the hands of a person in the crowd are framing the pope as he preaches from his window. As mentioned by Creager, photos can be interpreted in many different ways, and this photo is no exception.

Governmental Framework
Interning in Australia for New South Wales Senator Marise Payne, political theory junior Michael Foley took advantage of the beautiful scenery the country’s capital has to offer. Shooting from a second floor balcony of the Australian National Parliament House, Foley was able to perfectly frame the Australian War Memorial seen in the background. “The photo is interesting because you can see the beauty of Australia’s capital of Canberra mixed with the Australian architecture,” Foley said. “You can tell that the capital was planned out before it was built, like Washington D.C., which might inspire other comparisons between the two countries.”

Twist of Tradition
Law student Jeremy Pickens who studied abroad in Mexico through the College of Law and Universidad Panamerica said he took away an appreciation of the Mexican culture and history during and after his experience. “Studying another legal system was eye-opening, but being immersed in another culture was inspiring,” Pickens said. Following a tour of the world famous distilleries in the town of Tequila, Pickens took this photo of Mexican women performing traditional dances to live mariachi music.

Child’s Play
Pickens also met these two boys in a plaza in Guadalajara. He said the boys were showing off their pride for their local football team, the Chivas. “The boys were super excited to have their photo taken, and really enjoyed seeing it instantly on the [Liquid Crystal Display] screen,” Pickens said. “I think they really captured the spirit of Mexico. Even without material wealth, they seemed to be quick to smile, happy to talk and willing to share.”

Bond of Wisdom
From December of 2004 to June 2005, International relations senior Don Amboyer also met his share of people from different cultures. Taking part in an internship approved by the Office of Study Abroad and the Madison Field Experience Office at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Amboyer assisted in researching political, military and economic developments in the Middle East, wrote several articles and assisted with the production of documentary programs for satellite news station broadcast. Coming across these two men during a visit to the market in Shabam, a village about an hour from the area where he was studying Arabic, Amboyer said, “I think they were particularly interesting because of their position as respected elders of the community. Yemen has a large youth population and these men typify the knowledge and wisdom that the country relies upon.”

A Bedouin Journey
Traveling a great deal throughout the Middle East, Amboyer also made his way to the ancient city of Petra where he made friends with a number of people from the Bdul tribe that settled in Wadi Mousa. He said he took this picture one morning before the young boy left on his donkey to meet the day’s new tourists. “There is a general perception that the entire region is anti-American and it is unsafe for Westerners to travel there,” Amboyer said. “I was never ill-treated during my travels. People who were complete strangers offered to help and guide me through their worlds and asked nothing in return.”

Skin Deep
Also venturing to Sudan with a friend who was visiting family, Amboyer stopped at an elementary school along the Nile as the children began recess. After noticing one boy who was looking at him and crying, Amboyer said, “He was telling his teacher through the tears that I scared him with my white skin. He hadn’t ever seen a white person before, and he was very afraid. It took a few minutes, but he settled down and we became quick friends.” After his internship experience, Amboyer said he hopes opportunities will increase for student-to-student contact between the region and the United States.

Maternal Nourishment
Journalism senior and The Big Green editor-in-chief Sarah Hunko studied abroad through the Race Relations in South Africa program last summer in order to venture outside of the West and study race. She visited the township of Gugulethu, located outside of Cape Town, South Africa during her study abroad program. Spending time at a shebeen, which is basically a bar, drinking, dancing and talking just before sunset, Hunko observed a woman taking time out to breastfeed her child. The mother found no shame in chatting with other women in the shebeen and caring for her baby at the same time, regardless of her surroundings.

Reach Out
Hunko also had the opportunity to interact with these children reaching through the fence of a day care center located in an informal settlement area that was without running water in Soweto, an infamous township outside of Johannesburg. “The photo of the children (and the white hand) symbolizes the stark difference between the local children and us as visiting Americans,” she said. “Personally, I had to deal with my own undeserved privileges, and I’m still coping with the fact that I can’t change the lives of nearly enough people.”

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Also taken in Gugulethu, Hunko witnessed a rainbow that stretched over and beyond the entire impoverished area. While the experience stimulated a range of concern and ambition within Hunko, she said, “Americans have so much to learn from Africa. They have so little compared to us but appreciate life and each other and their history in very profound ways.” With the collage of concealed international experiences brought to light with every captured image and snapshot, study abroad participants and travelers alike have and will continue spreading inspiring hues of hope all over the world.

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Travel With A Purpose

Trav•el, v., 1. to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip. n., 1. a movement through space that changes the location of something.[quote2]
However defined, the word travel can mean something different to anyone who’s ever hiked, driven or flown anywhere in the world. It’s a two-week cruise. It’s a week’s worth of sunbathing on foreign shores. It’s a four-day camping trip. It’s a weekend visit to long-lost relatives.
But while summer road trips, study abroad adventures and hotel stays have become as routine as Slurpee stops, luggage tags and customary bibles in bedside drawers, MSU students have acquired ulterior motives when it comes to packing up and leaving East Lansing until next fall. Through internships, teaching experiences and volunteer opportunities, a number of students intend to get a bit more out of their travel plans than passport stamps and a collection of snapshots.
Although Becky Hart has been to London and recently went on a Caribbean cruise with her family, her plans to teach English as a second language in Korea for 13 months have been in the forefront of her mind. After graduating in December 2004 with a degree in music and studying the role jazz music has played in Japan, Hart said she was inspired to travel beyond past vacation experiences.
“I feel like I have to be doing something when I go somewhere,” said Hart, who has also gone to Honduras twice for mission work at an orphanage. “When I went on a cruise, I felt ambiguous. I wasn’t doing anything, I was just consuming, and that left me unsatisfied. Yeah, it was relaxing, but that’s not the type of trip for me.”
While Hart is uncertain what to expect from her teaching experience and will be faced with the decision of what to do after teaching in a foreign country, she said she still feels more excited than nervous.
“I have no fears whatsoever,” Hart said. “I’ve been in a static mood. What is sticking around here gonna do? I’m just so open to everything right now. I’m definitely sure this is going to give me a travel bug that I won’t be able to get rid of.”
Physiology and Spanish junior Jason Manzano has also felt a continuous urge to travel after going to parts of Mexico through MSU’s Alternative Spring Break program, studying abroad in Costa Rica and traveling to the Philippines with his family. Volunteering at an orphanage in Queretaro, Mexico, Manzano was motivated to search Missionfinder.org and came across an opportunity to offer his services at an orphanage in Peru this summer.
“I like to travel and volunteer,” Manzano said. “I thought this would be a good way to do both and also practice my Spanish. I just want to do my part. I know I can’t change the world, but I’d like to make some contribution.”
Like Hart and Manzano, English senior Phil Johnson has also had a great deal of mission work experience. Graduating in May, Johnson will apply his interest in volunteering by serving two years in the Peace Corps.
“Even when I’m home, I like to get out,” Johnson said. “I always do mission trips, so this is sort of like a big mission trip.”
Although Johnson has spent a great deal of time on the road, including trips to Mexico, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Czech Republic and other parts of the United States, he said he tries to get more out of his trips than most tourists.
“I think it seems like a zoo,” Johnson said. “You’re just going to look at things. I’d rather go to Costa Rica in the rain forest and see a sloth than go to the zoo and see monkeys. I’d rather do what the locals do. I want to live in a foreign country for two years and get the whole effect.”
Preparing to leave in August, Johnson has learned he will be placed somewhere in Central Asia to work. Although he is still unaware of a definite country, he said he is content with wherever he is told to go.
“I told them no preference,” Johnson said. “I’d just like to leave it to fate. I figure it will work out, I’ll just go where they need me.”
While Johnson has left his summer plans up to the universe, Tolga Yaprak has yet to decide between two summer job internships in Turkey. The international studies sophomore plans to intern for either Novartis or Coca-Cola and would work in communications for either job. Yaprak, who traverses the globe at least once a year and has family living in Turkey, said he enjoys international travel because his career and personal growth will benefit from the skills he has formed abroad.
“When you get put into a new environment where your culture doesn’t really help you, you have to find yourself and be a problem solver,” he said. “When you’re working, you’re introduced to a new type of work experience. You get the same results through different procedures. You really get a lot of experience in life.”
“I think traveling allows people to look at themselves as individuals as opposed to how they are in society,” Hart agreed. “It increases the opportunity to turn inward and be out of your element to not only define yourself, but make changes.”
Leaving immediately after first summer session classes end and returning right before fall semester classes begin, Yaprak said he has grown used to being on a tight schedule. He said he looks forward to gaining even more international experience this summer.
“Later on in life, it would look a lot better with a multinational corporation on your résumé,” Yaprak said. “I could get an internship here, but I’d rather do something new. It spices life up a bit.”
Matt Wiersma, political science and pre-law junior, also plans to kick his summer up a notch by backpacking through Europe with his cousin. With a homemade, crumpled itinerary in tow, the duo will trek throughout both Eastern and Western Europe, visiting countries including Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Croatia. Since Wiersma has vacationed in Florida and Canada only a couple times before, his lack of travel experience has made him even more eager to explore the foreign continent.
“When else am I going to have time to take a month and travel across Europe with my cousin?” Wiersma said. “This is a once in a lifetime chance.”
Comparing his anticipated travel plans to studying abroad, Wiersma said he wants to have the freedom of traveling on his own and planning his own schedule, rather than worrying about roaming around with a larger group of people taking classes.
“I always wanted to study abroad, but never wanted to do the study portion of it,” he said. “I also won’t have to coordinate a whole group of different ideas. If I want to, I can go anywhere I want. I’ll like essentially not having anyone to tell me where I can or cannot go. I don’t think I could handle a group of people deciding what to do for a day.”
While his family has warned him about traveling on his own, Manzano, who will either live alone or with a host family in Cusco, Peru, said he was done studying abroad and was ready to go out on his own.[quote3]
“I don’t really like going with big groups,” Manzano said. “By myself, I’m my own person, and I only have to worry about myself.”
However, Francisco Quiroga, an economics junior who was born in Puerto Rico but considers Argentina his home since he lived in the South American country for most of his adolescence, said he still thinks studying abroad could be beneficial for students. Although he has traveled back and forth countless times between MSU; Argentina, where his mother and three younger brothers live; Brazil, where his father works, and Puerto Rico, where the rest of his relatives live, Quiroga said he still hopes to study abroad before he graduates.
“Going back home to see family and friends is not anything new,” said Quiroga, who justified his desire through his roommate who studied abroad in London and came back a changed person. “I still want to study abroad because it’s an excuse to go somewhere else. It’s not the same thing as living in Argentina.”
But the Argentine said he is grateful for the places where he grew up and explored. Attending an international high school, Quiroga said being surrounded by diversity has helped him broaden his mind and develop a better understanding of the world.
“The school I went to was extremely diverse, it was hard to find two people from the same place,” Quiroga said. “I feel a lot more comfortable with people who have been places. I like the fact that I’ve lived in all those places, because I get to see their views. I see the way people think here and there. I’m on middle ground because I’ve been on both sides.”
While Quiroga said he is uncertain where he will live in the future, he is supportive of other people who decide to live abroad.
“If it was one of my friends going to live somewhere else, even if I’ve never been there, I’d say do it,” Quiroga said. “To live there and integrate yourself completely is one of the best possible things you can do.”
“Everyone should travel, but I don’t consider cruises traveling – that’s America on wheels,” said Hart, who leaves for Korea in July. “People have no understanding of why I want to go. They’re thinking of it in a very different way, but I can be the bridge between people who have no idea and the other side.”[quote4]
Johnson said, as much as he likes to travel, he’d appreciate staying in one country for a long period of time so he might have the chance to become really familiar with a place that’s different from what he’s used to.
“You’ll start to understand the culture, rather than just view it,” Johnson said. “You have more of a purpose, instead of just imposing American culture on foreigners.”
Yaprak said he looks forward to his summer plans, but understands travel might not be for everyone.
“Everybody is different, and everybody acts and reacts in different situations,” Yaprak said. “If I could excel in another country, others might not. That’s one thing you learn when you travel. There are all types of people, and you just need to respect what that person feels.”
“Once you go out into the real world,” he said, “and once you see what you can do in life and the rewards, then it’s all worth it.”

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Worldwide Talent

[talent0] Tipping her black hat, Jamii Nesbitt skipped down the steps and took center stage as everyone anticipated what her energy had in store. With knees to the ground and her back to the audience, she waited for the music to begin.
As hip hop rhythms sprung Nesbitt into action, her dynamic attitude and explosive dance moves rocked the McDonel Hall Kiva. It was a matter of minutes before dropped jaws and raised hands fed her adrenaline and provoked her to dance even harder.
“I’m used to performing in crowds,” Nesbitt said. “It’s a way for me to interact with people, and there’s no limit to what you can do.”
The Arabic and Muslim studies sophomore was one of 15 performers to display a variety of musical ability Wednesday night during the International Talent Show sponsored by MSU’s McGlobe Club. In an attempt to give students a break from studying, the show also provided a chance for audience members to experience the talent of cultures worldwide.
“It attracts people of all cultures, and that’s why I joined it,” Nesbitt said of the fourth show in two years. “There’s not so much pressure with small crowds. It’s more like you’re dancing for friends.”
[talent1] Finance junior and former McGlobe president Amal Dutt started the talent show two years ago after being inspired by his own experience as a drummer in his home country of India. Dutt said he enjoys the camaraderie he found in meeting other international students and that the talent show was a way of bringing even more students together.
“The unity factor is at 100 percent,” he said. “When you think about partying and having a good time with people of so many different cultures, you learn something new everyday.”
Julie Hargrove, a human biology junior and member of McGlobe, lives in McDonel Hall and said she liked living in such a diverse environment and being exposed to more than she had been growing up.
“I come from a real small town where there’s really no variety of culture at all,” Hargrove said. “Coming here, it was really eye-opening. I enjoy introducing cultures to other people because it’s something I wasn’t exposed to growing up.”
Although Hargrove didn’t perform, she joined other students who were entertained by an assortment of performances including guitar players, singers and dancers with influences from all over the world. Having played guitar for five years, the typically reserved Lymann Briggs senior Ivan Orlic said it took a lot of courage to be able to perform in front of so many people, but was glad because it gave him the opportunity to meet other musicians.
[talent2] “I’m a pretty shy person,” the Peruvian native said, “but being a part of this really opens me up and helps me interact with people. After I played, three other guitar players came up and started talking to me. That wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t performed.”
Three judges determined the best performances, and awards were given at the end of the night. Finance junior Roopak Kandasamy and civil engineering freshman Abhishek Deora won an award for “Best Entertainer” after performing a Punjabi dance that was well-received by the crowd. Kandasamy, who started dancing when he was 15 and has been a part of MSU’s Bhangra dance team for four months, said he was glad they decided to perform.
Physiology senior Beau Makarewicz won the award for “Most Unique” after singing and playing a song on his guitar. “I just couldn’t resist,” Makarewicz said. “I’m a musician, I had to rush to the call.”
Nesbitt, who heard about the event while working in McDonel cafeteria, also said she couldn’t resist the chance to show her skills, and said she hopes the McGlobe club will continue to organize talent shows in the future.
[talent3] “When you actually see people performing,” Nesbitt said, “it opens your mind to what they’re all about. That’s what stuff like this makes me see.”
Ratikant (Jimmy) Behera, a mechanical engineering junior from India, also said the talent show was a great way for students to identify with one another and bond through their love for music.
“We have so many international students here from India, Pakastan, Ukraine, Egypt-all over the world,” he said. “Talent comes from all different cultures, and we just want people to have a good time and appreciate those cultures. That’s what this is all about.”

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Lost In Frustration

Julie Crane was blown away by the magnificent views at Machu Picchu. She appreciated the hospitality of her Peruvian host family. She enjoyed escaping the Michigan winter and discovering the beaches of Lima. Despite an unexpected addition to her itinerary, she said she would do it again in a heartbeat.[peru1]
“I’m an adventurous person,” said the mechanical engineering sophomore who was encouraged by her roommate to study abroad through The Land of the Incas program in Peru this past winter break. “I don’t really think about it, I just go.”
However, when Crane realized her passport was missing only a day before the group’s scheduled departure from Peru, she realized she wasn’t going anywhere soon. After a delayed return to the United States, one drawn-out debate over who was to blame and unwanted attention from the media, Crane said she hopes her experience will encourage future students to take caution while traveling.
On her last Thursday in Lima, Crane remembers dumping the contents of her purse onto the bed of her hotel room before she left to explore the city. She returned later that night only to notice her passport was gone. She told Marcelo Siles, one of the professors leading the study abroad program, and kept looking until Friday, when the group was ready to return to Michigan.
“I just kept thinking, ‘God, this is awful,’” Crane said. “Either the maid had stolen it, or it flew out the window. At that point I was crying and a little livid.”
Unable to find her passport or retrieve a replacement until Monday when the American Embassy office reopened, Crane stayed in Peru while the rest of the group flew back to the United States Friday evening. She was able to stay with a Texan man she and her friends met during their trip until Saturday, when horticulture professor Irvin Widders arranged for her to stay with a local MSU alumni family. The family helped her renew her passport Monday morning before she caught a plane back to Michigan at 2 a.m. Tuesday. Looking back, Crane said she now realizes the mishap could have been prevented.[cow1]
“It was my fault my passport got stolen,” Crane said. “I had never had a passport before, and it was naïve that I left it on my bed.”
Director of Study Abroad Kathleen Fairfax has been at MSU since 2001 and said losing a passport is quite typical for travelers in general. While Crane’s incident received a great deal of attention because of confusion at the time of departure, Fairfax said there was nothing particularly unusual about the occurrence except the interest from the media.
“There’s really nothing that sticks out about this incident,” Fairfax said. “I think the case turned out fine – she made it home safe. These kinds of things are hot for a week or two then blow over.”
Fairfax said the typical protocol of the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) has been set up to be notified if something goes wrong with students traveling with the programs. She also mentioned a 24-hour emergency number that is given out at pre-departure meetings for students in need of help while abroad.
The Peru program, created by the Director of Study Abroad and International Programs and Audiology and Speech Sciences professor Paul Roberts, has taken place for two years now. Roberts said students have lost items including wallets, passports and cameras in the past, but it has never caused major problems. However, he added, before they leave, they now plan to stress even further that students check their belongings before going anywhere.
“You can take anything that happens and make an issue out of it,” Roberts said. “You can’t prevent all problems when you send 2,500 students out. All you can say is minimize, not prevent, problems.”
“The important thing to remember in any program is that all students are adults,” Fairfax said. “They have the means to make decisions for themselves. When a student is over 18, we ultimately can’t force anybody to do anything.”
Siles, who was in his second year of conducting the program, led 20 students throughout Peru and parts of Bolivia, where the group’s experiences ranged from hotel stays in Lima to home stays with host families in Cusco to a one-night stay with natives on the Island of Amantani. He said, since the group moved from place to place, there were bound to be unexpected problems.[man1]
Mentioning a recent phone call he received from a father who wanted to be assured nothing would happen to his son who is planning to study abroad, Siles said he could never guarantee anything.
“You talk about us taking adults,” Siles said. “Being an adult means having responsibilities and those basic responsibilities mean taking care of your stuff. But people always understand that mistakes can happen.”
Crane said she now wishes the professors would have taken everyone’s passports and put them in a safe place rather than keeping it for herself. Understanding she is an adult, she said she still feels faculty leaders should take more responsibility for their students.
“I’m an adult by law, but I don’t have the experience of a 40-year-old,” Crane said. “I’ve never been in this position before. Now if I were put in this situation again, I’d know what to do.”
Zoology and fisheries and wildlife junior Jamie Morrison also traveled to Peru with the program. She said she remembered professors constantly telling the group at pre-departure meetings and their classroom in Cusco to guard their belongings or keep them in drawers.
“In a host family’s house, you can leave your things out,” Morrison said. “It’s different when you transition to a hotel where you have to guard your things.”
Morrison said, although the unfortunate incident seemed to damage the program’s reputation, she thought the trip did, in fact, run smoothly. Describing how much she learned and how much fun she had, Morrison said the professors seemed really excited about the program, especially fisheries and wildlife professor Dr. Thomas Coon, who has studied fish in Lake Titicaca.
“I don’t really like talking about fisheries and wildlife,” Morrison said, “but to see him excited made me excited.”
Crane also said the trip was enjoyable overall, commenting on the beautiful scenery and delicious food. “I would probably still go back,” Crane said. “I don’t think I’ll ever see anything like that ever again.”
Crane also partly blames OSA for not acting more quickly during her extended stay and said she realized it could happen to anyone. “I went into the program thinking that I’m with a school that has the largest study abroad program in the world,” Crane said. “I had no fears, I thought I was safe and it ended up not being the case. I was stunned that this had happened.”
[julie3]“ Despite a conflict in stories, leading Crane to hire a lawyer to deal with the incident, she said she doesn’t plan to sue. “Everybody’s going to point fingers, but these things weren’t happening because of just one person,” Crane said.
Morrison, who suggested ways for study abroad to improve, said faculty leaders could be more active in letting participants know they will be treated as adults and the professors are not their babysitters. She added students should always have an emergency fund in case of an accident.
“For people who have never traveled before, they might not understand,” Morrison said. “They don’t know the country’s foreign culture, and they don’t know the stereotypical views in a foreign country no matter how much you tell them to be careful. Even if you’re on vacation, you still have to have your head in the game.”
Offering advice for future travelers who might encounter similar problems, Crane said it is important to stay level-headed in all circumstances. “Everybody handles things differently,” Crane said. “If you freak out, you’re going to make the whole situation much worse.”
“If something doesn’t feel right or safe, students need to let someone know,” Fairfax added. “Maybe now [students] will realize that this kind of thing can happen to them, too.”
While the incident was under investigation until recently, OSA and faculty members are now under a gag order by Michigan’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prevents them from discussing Crane’s incident further.
“I’m not asking for a soapbox to say everything,” Fairfax said. “The student’s home safe and we go on from there.”
Regardless of the problems that came with their experience in Peru, Siles said he has been able to discover what positive lessons have been gained rather than forgotten. “I don’t think we’re going to put this in the past,” Siles said. “I learn from every situation, so I can always improve. Now we can ask a few hours before to check for passports and minimize all risks.”
I think good has come out of it,” Crane agreed, “because I learn from my mistakes, and I know to be more careful in the future. I’m still looking forward to traveling again. The difference is that it’s only made me stronger. Plus, it makes a great story.”
“You’ve got to look out for yourself,” she warned future travelers. “Don’t make stupid decisions like I did. Your passport is your ticket out of the country. If you don’t have it, you’re going to be staying a while.”

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